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I’m Trying…

These are not New Year’s resolutions. Ha! Those wouldn’t last for very long. “I’m Trying” is a walk through a few tasks in life that I desire to do better. Maybe you have a few things “You’re Trying” to do better yourself with a joyful heart. Join me in trying to be and do better in life.

I just need to say this:

Haleakala National Park at Kipahulu

I love and adore my three children. They are each unique and gifted in their own God-given way.

Just sometimes…

God, I know I give them to You and then take back a worry, and this cycle continues to repeat itself. Now, I’m releasing them back to you…again. Thank you, Lord.

“A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them.” Proverbs 13:24 MSG

“Always remember these commands that I give you today. Be sure to teach them to your children.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7a ERV

“Discipline your children while you still have the chance; indulging them destroys them.” Proverbs 18:19

“Fathers, don’t make your children angry, but raise them with the kind of teaching and training you learn from the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

I pray that you will enjoy soaking up The Son every moment of each day. –Stephanie

Thank you, Cole, for washing those dishes. :)

I can easily become the colonel; okay…move me straight on up to The General, of The Shuff Household. Barking order left and right seems to be my tone at times with the kids.  “Pick up your shoes from the kitchen.”  “You’re bedroom looks like you have clothing for carpet and is a storage area for lost cups.” “Clean up you room!!!”  You get the point.

Since I went back to work about four years ago, “momma” needs a little help around the house. The children are old enough to pull quite a bit of weight around here.

Now, I must say that they do.  Hunter, Holly, and Cole all do various chores in and around the house.  The issue is…when it gets done. 

I would leave notes on the counter for them to see when they come home. When I later came home, the note was in plain view, but they just “didn’t see it” there.  That’s when General Stephanie would huff and puff, raise her voice, and the tone of disappointment was evident.

  • Proverbs 15:4, “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”

After seeing how their spirit was being crushed by my “mom-gone-wild” rant, I became convicted. 

I can imagine that God would probably love to point His finger, shake His head, cut His eyes at me, and scold me.  But, He doesn’t.

If I am to strive to be more Christ-like, then I definitely need to start with my actions in the home.

  • Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

So this is where the “I’m Trying #3” comes in to play. 

For about a month now I’ve been trying to ask or say kindly my need, instead of command what I want done.  “Would you please unload the dishwasher for me?”  “I would appreciate it if you cleaned your room before I get home.”  The chore wasn’t always done successfully, but my attitude had changed to a much calmer response.  When the request was done, I would use my manners and say “Thank you”.

  • Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

I noticed that the kids’ were more willing to complete the task when asked nicely.

Now…let’s be honest….I have lost it, but only a couple of times. When I did, God convicted me and I was quickly reminded to take a deep breath and just make my request known again in a kinder tone. 

It’s not always “rosey” around here at chore time.  But, I believe they’ve learned, and are learning, a lesson…Just like I am.

I’m Trying.


About three weeks ago we, The Fam, took the boat out for a day of fishing.  The first part of the day was a little chilly, so sweat pants and a jacket was the attire for the morning.  As the sun started to hover overhead, the heat began to be felt and it was time for a vitamin D boost.  The morning attire was shed, sunscreen was applied, and I was ready.  Then it happened…I saw myself. Ugh! Standing up wasn’t as bad as when I sat down.  My mid-section was not so becoming. 

That’s it!  I know what the problem is.  For one, every day….yes every day…I would have a chocolate chip cookie and a cup of sweet-tea with my lunch at school. I have this thing for sweets, especially chocolate.  That is one habit that needed to come to a halt.  I told my co-workers to tell me “No!” if they hear me ordering either of those two items.  This chic was now on a plan.

Secondly, at the beginning of the school year, my principal made us write down personal goals.  One of my goals was to walk more during the week to stay healthy. Well that goal kept getting pushed aside after I felt like I had been walking all day in the classroom.  I was ready to come home, do the “mommy/house” thing, and RELAX!  After our family fishing trip, it was time to buckle down and get busy accomplishing that goal.

Here’s where the “I’m trying” fits in. I have been trying to resist those daily cookies and tea at lunch.  I have broken down once since I set my mind to resisting.  My buddy, Brooke, heard me order the items.  She did as I asked her to do and told me “No!” But I said that I’ve been so good, I just had to that day.

My walking has been a bit sporadic, but I definitely am “trying” doing it.  Not only am I walking, but leg lifts and sit ups too. 

“I’m trying” to take better care of myself. 

Now that our town’s famous Strawberry Festival is here (Plant City is The Winter Strawberry Capital of the World), I’ll be trying to tell myself “No!” to many of the sweet treats I would usually indulge in.

Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

I’m trying….and I can!


“I’m Trying” That’s the name of a new section I’m going to be posting in every now and then.

I guess I’m a little late on New Year’s resolutions, but the instances that I’ll be writing about don’t just pop into my mind on January first.  Usually when I made NY’s resolutions, they didn’t last for very long. So, maybe this will be a good thing for me.

The “things” I’m trying to do may be mundane or life changing.  Regardless what the task at hand may be, I desire to tie it in biblically.  It may be a stretch at times, but we’ll see how it all fits together in the end.

While I’ve been “trying” to do various tasks over the past couple of weeks, God put it on my heart to step it up a bit. 

Last Sunday in our small group study we were studying about leaders.  Okay, the bible verses were referring to the pastors, deacons, and then eventually all Christians, but it was as if God wanted me to become a better leader in my home.

I’ve noticed that the things that I’ve already started “trying to do better” is making me a happier and less stressed person. (Not that I’m a stressed person anyhow.)

Here’s the first writing of a few more to come in the near future:

Laundry. That’s definitely one word that makes me roll my eyes.  But…that will hopefully soon change. 

I’ll put a load of clothes on the wash and then toss them into the dryer all day long.  But when it comes to folding and putting them all away, well…that’s one daunting tasks I’ve handed down to my daughter, Holly. I can probably guarantee that when she grows up, she will NOT work in the laundering business.  I believe she loathes it as much as I do.  Anyhow, when she puts my stack of clothes on my bed, I used to just move them to the bench in my closet where they would remain for a while. Well not anymore! “I’m trying” to gather my stack of fresh clean clothes and put them in their proper location immediately. 

It’s been over two weeks now, and so far so good. 

Colossians 3:23 says, Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”  I’m trying to do my laundry chores as if I’m doing it for the Lord.  I know, it sounds crazy, but it is making me hang and put away my clothes with a joyful heart instead of a rancorous attitude.  Plus, it doesn’t really take that long to do, and when it’s done, it’s done!

No one has really noticed, and I haven’t said anything to bring attention to my success at trying, but between me and God…I feel that I’m being a better steward for the Lord.

I’m trying….