When I’m Pitching a Fit

When I'm Pitching a Fit

You’ve seen it. The arched back. The clenched fists. The scrunched up face. The flailing feet. The hideous shrieks of indignation.

And all you wanted to do was put their shoes on so they could do what they wanted to do: go outside and play.

They thought you wanted to torture them, because, you know, that’s what you do.


All of heaven watched it. The rebellious stand. The raised fists. The reproachful eyes. The stomping feet. The cries of indignation.

And all God wanted to do was bend me a little this way and mold me a little that way so I could do what I wanted to do: move into my destiny as His Royal Daughter.

And I thought He wanted to torture me, because, you know, that’s what He does.

Natalie Klejwa is a Wemmick, loved by the Woodcarver, wife of 22 years to Joe, and mother to 9 Wemmicks ages 2-20. She is a business owner (Apple Valley Natural Soap), founder and administrator of the Visionary Womanhood blog, publisher and contributing author of Three Decades of Fertility, You Can Do it Too! 25 Families Share Their Stories, and The Heart of Simplicity: Foundations for Christian Homemaking.

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9 thoughts on “When I’m Pitching a Fit

  1. I love this. May God help us to trust his love. I was just thinking about how surprised I am by suffering (when James tells us not to be), and I think the surprise comes because deep down I think very highly of myself and believe that I deserve better. It helps to see that, as his children, suffering is not necessarily punishment. It is meant to purify us. And yes, by his grace, we do want that.

    • See now, I think Kelly C. rocks at doing that. Me? Not so much. I keep telling myself “Talk less, say more. Like Kelly.” But I think I usually manage to blab a little too much, going in circles and saying the same thing 389 ways. This post was an honest effort to do better. Thank you for noticing, Tereza. Do you know that when I think of you, I see your avatar photo in my mind? Is that really you? It’s so adorable.

  2. I would say that the description sounds like my children (and it does), but I know that ultimately it’s a description of me. *cringe* An excellent point made with few words, Natalie. Made me think of the post “When She Said it Wasn’t Fair”. I liked that one, too. =)