We all have difficult days, or nights in my case. I've been challenged this past week to be grateful even after sleepless nights. I think Ernie is teething or hitting a growth spurt; he gets up several times a night (reminds me of when he was a newborn!). Last night was one of those nights. What added an extra challenge was the fact that I had a friend that was planning on meeting me at the YWCA at 6am this morning. I went believe it or not. As I drove to the Y all I could think about was how tired I was and how much longer I could keep this up. It's about that time that I realized I needed God's help; to get through the workout, to get through the day, to get through this sweet but tiring season of life. It felt good to call on a God who cares. Now, when I got to the gym I honestly contemplated napping for an hour in the locker room instead of working out :). Sanity won though and I hit the stairmaster.
"cast all your anxieties on him, because hecaresfor you"
"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Thank you LORD that your love is stronger, higher, deeper, and better than anything else.
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight"
LORD, thank you for your grace upon grace lavished upon me. Thank you that not only was I forgiven of past sin that day, 10 years ago, when I first believed in and treasured your Son, but that your grace is promised for my future as well. Thank you that he died the death I should have died in order that I could have abundant and eternal life. Amazing. Help me to remember it's all okay because my biggest problem in the universe is solved. I am forgiven.
Earnest is asleep in his bassinet breathing evenly in and out. I love watching his small chest rise and fall. The in-laws left a few hours ago after Ernie Boy's bath. They spent the day here which was wonderful. They watched Ernie while I worked my two hour shift (did you know I teach P.E. 7 hours a week? :) ). I even got to bake pumpkin bars this afternoon (recipe soon to come). It's these quiet times after my son is asleep that I have the opportunity to reach for my Bible. The husband and I have been trying to make a habit of reading the Bible together in the evenings. It's kind of funny, but we read by the faint glow of book-lights so we don't wake the babe.
Here are a few reasons I want to read this book more: 1. These words create faith.
"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ."
2. The God of the universe spoke it into existence. 3. It teaches me God's ways and trains me to abide by them.
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work."
-2 Timothy 3:16-17
4. God's word is alive and active. 5. God uses his word to help me know my own heart and to know His.
"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
6. God's word is eternal and holds eternal significance. 7. God's word gives me life. 8. God's word is light in darkness.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
9. God's word is embodied in the person of Jesus Christ.
10. These words invite me to know Jesus and His grace and truth.
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth...And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace."
Thanks LORD for your matchless word that brings faith, love, hope, and life.
How are you thankful for His Word?
*For the entire "Heart of Thanks" challenge click here.
It's 9:52pm and I'm typing this post from my warm cozy bed. Thanks LORD for warm beds. Thanks for a refrigerator full of good food to eat. Thanks for a home where our little family can live. Thanks for thick winter coats, a furnace that works, and new windows that keep the cold air out. Thanks for sustaining my life and going abundantly beyond what I could ask or imagine. And help me God to be mindful that all of these daily comforts are undeserved blessings from you.
So, here we are again...spending another delightful weekend at our parents' home. Laundry is fresh and folded, the aroma of apple crisp is in the air and Earnest is asleep after a full day at grandpa and grandma's. As I ponder God's provision in my life I can't help but thank Him for our parents. God has used both Josh's parents and my own to really provide above and beyond our needs in this season of life. They have cared for us in so many ways! From cooking and cleaning to waking up extra early to hold the little guy while we catch a few more z's; they have blessed us incredibly.
Thanks LORD for all you provide. You know all of our needs and meet them always.
One of the reasons I love Fridays is because I get to spend most of them with my lovely mama. Some days we go grocery shopping, others we just enjoy the day together at home. Whatever we end up doing there is always a lot of laughter involved. I have so many special people in my life to be thankful for. My mother is one of them. Isn't she beautiful? She shines radiantly with the love of Jesus.
Life is filled with trials of various kinds, some great, some small, all change us. Jesus says to expect them (John 16:33). The question is: How will we respond? I know it's easy for me to retreat to comfort, complain, feel hopeless, or wish my circumstance away. However in the second part of John 16:33 Jesus tells us to "be of good cheer" because He has overcome the world.
That is good news for my soul.
In this new season of motherhood I find myself facing new and different trials. Some days these questions creep into my mind: am I being a good enough mom for my boy? a good enough wife for my husband? a good enough friend? Being a new mom has pushed me a little past capacity (or more) at times. I kind of had this idea while pregnant that when I became a mama I would have the tidiest home, delicious home cooked meals waiting for my husband when he came home, and smiling children to greet him (funny, huh?). Well, my house has baby stuff lying all around and hasn't been deep cleaned since who knows how long, I never have a meal ready by the time Josh gets home, and Ernie's mood is constantly fluctuating. I've had to ask God for His help a whole lot more; I think that's what He intended. I've also had to seek Him in reminding me where my identity lies.
I am His; and He loves me...(deep breath out).
I am also not on trial to be "good enough"; I have complete freedom to be a mom and wife who doesn't always know what she's doing and who fails because there is forgiveness. He also promises to be my help throughout the whole journey.
Thanks God for trials; they make me reach out for your hand
and call on your name. They also make me stronger and bring joy.
" Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."