Woe Is Me and Sitting Among Friends Blog Party #28

Woe is me! Woe is me!

Today, as I picked up a heaping pile of clothes off my floor, all I could think was, woe is me. My little princess, and I say that in the most loving way, decided to go to my dresser drawers and empty my clothes all over my bedroom floor.

I thought she was playing so quietly today and she was. Very calmly throwing everything out of my dresser drawers. As I was feeling sorry for myself, having to clean up and refold all those clothes, these words came to me, woe is me. Ugh!

I am sure it is not a coincidence that I am studying some of my favorite verses from Isaiah 6.  

Sometimes as parents, we get stressed out and our kids, who are our absolute joy, can bring out the worst in us.

As a believer, I am quickly drawn to the fact that I am in the presence of a Mighty God. What would He think of my behavior right now? What am I showing my children in this moment?

To get the whole picture of someone standing in the presence of God, I will share Isaiah 6:1-5. We see this beautiful picture of the Lord in His proper place; high and exalted and seated on His throne.


In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
At the sound of their voices, the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” (NIV)

Isaiah was rocked. His woe to me was not a pity party, it was the realization that He was a mess in the presence of God.

Every time I read this verse, I have a similar reaction. I am this person. Having the Holy Spirit dwelling in me, I am in the presence of My King. He is exalted and in His presence, I am ruined! I am reminded that I am doomed if not for Him. Just as Isaiah, I live in a society of people of unclean lips but I, too, can be that person.

I can spout off because of my pride, my occasional gossiping mouth, putting myself first, and feeling in utter despair over minor details. 

As Isaiah felt, my thoughts and words must be of utter disgrace in the presence of a Mighty King. Sometimes, I feel nothing more than ruined in His presence.

Tweet: #Hope, my friends, turns a corner here in the story just as it does when I #bow my head before #God http://bit.ly/WoeisMe via@Jaime_Wiebel
Hope, my friends, turns a corner here in the story just as it does when I bow my head before God.

Isaiah 6:6-7 (NIV) Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it, he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

As believers, our sins have been atoned for. The price has been paid. The guilt has been taken away.

Does this mean we can go on in living in our ways? As the writer of Romans says, “Shall we go on sinning because we are forgiven? Certainly Not!” Because of God’s Grace we are free to live in obedience to Him.

When we are convicted by the Holy Spirit of our sins we are to repent and turn from them and walk in the ways of the Lord.


Have you been rocked lately by the presence of God? 
      How do you turn your eyes toward God and not yourself?  
Do you have any tips for parents in moments such as these?

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48 comments :

  1. It is always fun to join in here each Wednesday and thanks for linking at Tuesday Talk too this week. Hope to see you tomorrow at Party at My Place.

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    1. I am always glad you are here and so early, Michelle! You must live on the other side of the world. I am always happy to be connecting at your place. Have a great week, friend!

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  2. Jamie, I love so much about this post, I hardly know where to start. For one thing this--"sometimes as parents, we get stressed out and our kids, who are our absolute joy, can bring out the worst in us"--just happened in this house. Am working through it...help me, Lord. Then, I love the Scripture from Isaiah. We spent much time in that book during Bible study a few years ago, and that verse--"In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord"--remains so powerful to me. I love the truth that when an earthly "hero" of ours is moved out of the way, we can see the One we truly should worship. And also, this: "Hope, my friends, turns a corner here in the story just as it does when I bow my head before God." I love how you phrase that! Thank you for this lovely post...so glad I stopped by from Coffee & Conversation! :)

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    1. Glad you are here today, Elizabeth. I love this reminder you gave us here. In the year King Uzziah died, reminds us that hero can cloud our vision of seeing what we are truly supposed to worship and it is never to be man. Sometimes those heroes have to get out of the way so we can really see God - Our true hero. Oh, How Isaiah saw Him, seated in His proper place. I love these verses! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Thank you for hosting! Oh, yes, we have all thought Woe is me (or something like it) at least once. And this is a great post reminding us of God's blessings and grace. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie. I do appreciate you stopping every week and sharing your comments with us. Have a great week!

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  4. I'm stopping by from #wholeheartedwednesday link-up! I love your site!

    This speaks to me: "Sometimes as parents, we get stressed out and our kids, who are our absolute joy, can bring out the worst in us."

    It reminds me of my latest writing...you can read it here: http://michellenehrig.com/the-journey/

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I do appreciate those kind words. I am glad that you have shared with us here. Sometimes, it is easier as parents, if we speak the truth of hardships. I don't like to degrade my children in any way, but sometimes it is tough and not all smiles and sunshine. We need to know that we are normal parents who have struggles. Glad you are here and I hope you stop by again next week!

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  5. I love everything about this post! The woe is me....who doesn't love a good pity party, as long as it doesn't last too long! Your guest vlogger, Sue, do you not just love that woman? And, Jaime, your faithfulness to host the linkup. THANK YOU!

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    1. Aww, Susan, You are sweet! Yes, I do love watching Sue. From the first time I saw her, she just cracked me up. There are so many great writers here and I just want to take the opportunity to show off everyone's work. I have been blessed by so many of you! Thanks for stopping by and encouraging us with your comments.

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  6. wow - jamie! Thanks for picking me! (As I said, I didn't always get picked! especially with warts and ringworm -) bless you in all you do today. (:
    great post - being rocked by HIs spirit is the greatest privilege - including conviction of my sinful heart. a great gift, repentance.

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    1. Well God chooses you and that is all that counts. You are spreading His Word and in such a cheerful manner. Thanks so much for joining us here every week and yes, if we could be rocked by God in a mighty way, Oh the blessings!

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  7. Very interesting, I think that we forget that our kids are still growing in every way. I used to tell my two ever so often that when I yell at you don't listen to the yelling but listen to why I am.

    Thanks for hosting.

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    1. I think you are right Patrick. I have to stop all the time and remember that they don't know and understand things the same way I do. I shouldn't expect them to respond the way I would think. They are just kids and learning. Thanks for sharing with us here!

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  8. "As believers, our sins have been atoned for. The price has been paid. The guilt has been taken away." Amen! I love this beautiful truth. No condemnation, not even when we get irritated with our children for throwing all our clothes on the floor. :) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. A beautiful truth we sometimes have a hard time embracing. As parents, I think we often times, feel like failures. In our responses and decisions. Just reading verses from the kings of 2 Chronicles this week to take some parenting tips. God does truly provide us with an amazing guide book for life! Thanks, Lisa, for sharing your wisdom with us here!

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  9. Hi Lisa! Thank you kindly for hosting the weekly link party! Bless you!

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    1. Hi, Lora. So glad you are here every week. Thanks for blessing us with your posts!

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  10. It's easy to get a woe is me attitude. I'm so thankful for God's grace and help to face life with joy. I appreciate your posts and weekly link up so much!

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    1. It is easy, Elizabeth. I think we, as a society, are expected to always put ourselves first, where we have time to develop that "woe is me" mentality. Serving others in love leaves less room for that kind of reaction. So glad that you are here and sharing your heart with us here!

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  11. Your link party is on Wednesday! I knew there was someone I was missing this week Jaimie! I am humbled when I think about who I am in Christ and what God has done for me. That was not always the case but I'm thankful for His grace. Turning and keeping our eyes on God takes practice and focus. The more consistent we are, the easier it becomes! Thank you for the opportunity to share. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

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    1. Don't forget us. We love to have your contributions! I have a list at the top of my site. Of course, I am not on it. But all are welcome to use it.
      Humbled at all Christ has done. What more can be said. I think if we take the time, not to dwell on the past, but remember the depravity of where we came from it can only lead to humility in the presence of a perfect God!
      Many blessings to you and Glad you are here every week, friend!

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  12. It's so funny that I'm reading this today. I actually was reminded yesterday of how my 3 littles decided to lather themselves up in vaseline a few years ago. I can look back on that and laugh at it now, but back then it was far from funny! It is amazing how they can bring out the worst in us, isn't it?? I love that God is patient with me as His daughter. I know it something I need to work on with my kids. Just as He extends grace, I need to have grace too. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oooh No! We can always look back and laugh. Except for when they get hurt. Being a parent in the trenches is much harder then being one in perspective. Yes, I am always disappointed in myself when they bring out the worst in me. I, too, have to work on it, but who doesn't? You are so right, what a loving God we serve that He is so gracious with us even when we are dropping the ball. So glad to have mamas like you sharing and helping me to feel "normal". I am glad you are here ever week sharing with us, Alisa.

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  13. Thankyou yet again for hosting Jaimie. It's always a privilege to visit with such inspiring friends. Love, Mimi xxx

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    1. Glad and honored you are part of the group, friend! Thanks for sharing your work here!

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  14. When I think about Jesus, he always brings me to my knees in submission for what he has done. But, I know he doesn't want me to stay there. He calls me daughter, and wants me to get to my feet and go and serve him. Thankful for your words and linkup, Jaime.

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    1. That's such a great point, Rachel. Although, Christ can bring us to our knees, He doesn't want us to stay there. I love the story of when Jesus is walking through the crowd and the women touches the trim of His robe for healing and He doesn't reprimand her. He doesn't belittle her for being someone she wasn't supposed to be, He calls her daughter. He heals her and tells her to go. That is exactly what we are supposed to do with our healed hearts. Go and share the love of Jesus with others! So blessed you are her every week, friend! I look forward to you sharing next week!

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  15. Your little princes will soon grow up, and if my mother was right, her daughter will empty her dresser drawers. (smile) Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. That is funny you say that. I asked my mom the other day something about myself. I said did I ever do that, she said no way! But they always say you pass on the things to the next generation. That is why we try to pass on our faith. Their little stories are forgiven and I hope that I am able to pass on a faith for them to pass on and not just silly antics. I am sure I emptied my mother's drawers in different ways. Always learning to be that mommy, Jesus seeks for me to be. Thanks so much for sharing your stories, dear Hazel!

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  16. Jaime - Great post - I love these verses in Isaiah as well, I especially love the picutre that is painted in regards to the Lord's Robe filling the temple.I tried to paint it once, but it didn't turn out the way I saw in my mind. I love when God rocks me - its so good to be in HIS presence. your neighbor at #Grace&Truth

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    1. oops neighbors at #DanceWithJesus, but I also say you at several other link-ups today as well :)

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    2. There are so many amazing verses in Isaiah. I love how we are taught the faithfulness and mercy from a God who loves us throughout this book. I am with you, I love when we are rocked by the presence of God! So glad you found our space and we look forward to you coming back and sharing with us!

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  17. Yes, Jaime, God has rocked my world recently, but it's too personal for the internet. ~smile~
    Thank you for hostessing.



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    1. Thanks, Laura, for the tips. Some of these directions didn't work and caused me a lot of time to fix. Her link may be a little out-dated. Not sure. I don't typically reply to people that comment on my blog via email. I am not sure that I have the time to do that. I figure the conversation can happen here. Not sure how others feel about that if they like getting an email response?
      I like there to be an ongoing conversation here. I only have so much time to manage a blog and since this is the space I do it, this is where I take the time to have conversations. Some comments I leave, I leave them for anyone to see. I feel my ministry and the great conversations happen there. Leaves room for others to see the comments and maybe help them in their walk. I do take a lot of time to comment and it is not just necessarily for the commenter but for the sake of the conversations as a whole. Most of the people that comment are no-reply bloggers. I was not sure what that meant but now I do, thanks.
      I did switch to a reply blogger, if it didn't work because I switched my profile back, I have to leave it that way because I want my profile linked to my google+ account. I appreciate your feedback and sharing your insight with us here weekly.

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  18. Hi, Jaime! I am late to the party this week. I'm so glad you shared this amazing post. I definitely have days where I feel woe is me. Thanks for the reminder, and for hosting! Hope you have a wonderful week :)

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    1. So glad you are here, Kelly. Stop by when it works our for you. Either way we are just happy that you are contributing and sharing your space with us. Us moms need to be here for each other. Glad you are one of those people! Have a great week, friend!

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    2. Thanks, Jaime! I'm so thankful for your linkup and glad that all of us Moms can connect and encourage each other as well. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope you have an amazing week and look forward to you linking up again this week :)

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  19. Thanks so much for sharing your post and Blog Party at Together on Tuesday :)

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    1. Hi, Lisa. Thanks for stopping by this week and thank you for sharing your space with us! Have a great week!

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  20. Hi friend! Ahhhhhh.... this was such. a. week. I'm so sorry it has taken me so long to get back to comment. This weary Mama could use a friend's prayers.

    I so loved this post (just like I love all of your posts!). When your little princess did her little redecoration, well, oh my! I can only imagine the deep breath. The heart drop into your stomach. The raising of blood pressure! ha! I can smile now at the memories of my stinkers doing stuff like that, but those were tough moments when they happened!!!

    I love the book of Isaiah. I think I'd have to say it might just be my favorite book of the Bible. So much good stuff there!
    Hugs,
    Lori

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    1. Heavenly Father, I thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet together in prayer. I thank you for amazing mamas like Lori that I can come together in prayer with. Lord, times are not easy, we get weary and need to seek your presence for strength and endurance for the footsteps of our days. Heavenly Father, I can not thank you and praise you enough for the fact that we can bring this to your feet. Lord, I lift her up to you today for rest in all that you are. In your precious name, Amen.
      Friend, I appreciate you and you coming here and sharing your heart. You are in my thoughts this week.

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    2. I just ♥ you to pieces and am so thankful for you! Your prayers are doing mighty things, friend!

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    3. You are so sweet! I hope whatever you are facing draws you closer to God, my friend!

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  21. Great post with a great perspective. Thank you for hosting this linkup. Blessings

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    1. Thanks, Stacey. Glad you stopped by to visit with us this week!

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  22. Jaime, I love that portion of scripture from Isaiah 6. I especially like how you pointed out that "hope" turns the corner in verses 6 and 7. I made note of that in my Bible. :) Thank you for faithfully hosting the Sitting Among Friends link-up. It is truly a joy to link with you in the Lord's work. Sweetest blessings to you, my friend!

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  23. Thank you so much for reminding us that although we are "undone" as Isaiah said, we have been forgiven and God loves us more than we know. Thank you also for sharing this with the #LMMLinkup!

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