Being a Mom


Being a mom.

When I signed up for motherhood 16 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. Fast forward to today my feelings haven’t changed much. Each day I prove I can’t do it with my own strength or my own wisdom. Everyday is an act of faith.

Last year was again my hardest year… I seem to be stuck in a pattern of every year proving to be the hardest one yet. At first glance I might feel like quitting at the thought of going forward to the next… but after much thought and persuasion, I take it on as a blessing.

God never asked me to do this because it was easy… In fact I never told Him I wanted to be the mother of these children because it was going to be all fun and games. But much to my illusion I never thought it would be this hard and challenging. I think of my life without my children and I would be lost, and probably much less dependent on God to sustain me day to day. When I look at life that way, I must be right where He wants me. He loves to prove to us His mighty power. If this was all just an easy deal, how would He show His Mighty Hand in my life daily?

If you’re feeling like me and a bit fearful of what the New Year will unfold for you, remember your Savior is not one bit afraid. He knows the beginning from the end. He is coming back soon to take you home. Today is just another day to trust in His promises.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

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There have been many changes over the summer at our home. One being my oldest working long hours most days away from home. After a week of that I really started to ponder the concept of time. My time with him will only be less and less from now on. I have been a stay at home mom and even homeschooled him his whole life but I cant help but wish I would’ve spent more time with him.

I have laid awake nights trying to weed my life of things I waste time on so I have more time with my 8 children. This life has so much to offer us to keep us busy… But why do we want to be busy? People say to me whenever I am out, “Wow you must be busy with all those children”. Well yes I am busy busy busy…. but when I reflect on my days, I am still not content with the way I spend all of my time.

Reflecting on time wasting will last beyond my youngest leaving the home I am sure. But today being sure my time is used as God would have me use it is important and I must be obedient.

Deep thought…

If Jesus were with me everyday (He is :)) would I  use my time different?

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

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What is your lifework? This is not asking what you do for a job or how you make money. Rather what has God asked you to do for Him and for a lifetime.

For all of us, our lifework is to tell of Jesus and His love for this world. We also have a lifework that He calls us to as individuals. Your lifework may be mothering, helping your community, helping the sick, or being a missionary in your own town or across the ocean. Our lifework is not always fun, or we might not feel qualified. That is because this work is not done or completed easily. We often are on uncharted waters not sure where the Shipmaster is taking us. But we stay strong and continue to work, not because we know how it ends but rather we know deep down we were called to do this. It is not a work that is finished in days, months, or even years. It is our lifework.

No matter what season of your lifework you are going through, remember it does not need to be completed or figured out today… You have a lifetime to complete your lifework.

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Her Worth is Far Above Rubies


Proverbs 31:10
Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.

This is the first verse of the famous Proverbs 31. Let’s take a look at this glorious woman and every aspect of her life.

The first verse proclaims this woman as virtuous. What exactly is virtuous? Biblegateway says, Literally a wife of valor, in the sense of all forms of excellence. Others explain virtuous as strength. Either way, any meaning you can come up with, would all lead to a woman who stands out among a crowd of women to her husband.

This woman had a way about her that made her a prize for her husband. When we think back to our wedding day that was exactly what we were. We all probably dressed up and we were a beautiful site to behold. While that may have been the first attraction for our husbands, they most likely adored more than that about us. A few verses later it describes beauty as passing, so our beauty can only get us so far with our husbands. When they described virtue as strength it would most likely be a strong character. When we walked down that aisle it was for more than what there is on the outside. Our character is what shines out of our hearts, in other words, it is Jesus in us! Our husbands choose us because we had a strong character years ago… How is our character today? Is it the same? Have we changed for the better? The worse? It is true that we should be together for better or worse, but we should all be striving for a stronger character each day!

The second part is our worth, far above rubies! A wonderful woman is worth more than precious stones! How wonderful to know that our efforts and faithfulness is appreciated! It reminds me of our salvation, absolutely FREE but yet worth more than we are able to describe with the human language. Jesus is our King and when we live for Him, as wives, we take part in His worth and become more valuable than precious stones!

Some people look at Proverbs 31 as an impossible example of a woman. For me it is a beautiful look inside of the heart, home and life of daughter of the King!

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New year/ New Start


It doesn’t matter how big or little of a celebration you will have as we enter into this new year, we all have somewhat of a fresh slate feeling. Every person has struggle or improvement to be made in one aspect or another of their life. Maybe for you it is finances, weight, marriage or some sort of self betterment. Whatever it may be, I challenge you to surrender it to the only Person that can truly help you through.

Why did Jesus the God of this universe come down to be Emmanuel (God with us)? He came to be one of us… To feel things as we do. To experience hurts, struggles and victories along side of us, something that could not have been done unless He (God of the universe) became a man Himself and lived as we live in this broken world. How cool is that! We have a God who knows what it is like to be us… Not only did He create us, He is one of us! That is unlike any other god…

2014 is the time to let your Savior save you from the struggles!

2014 is the time to let your Redeemer give you victory where you need it!

2014 is time for you to accept the forgiveness your Father has already given you!

2014 is the time to draw closer to your best Friend then ever before!

2014 is time for you to let go and let God!

Praise Him for what He has done and what He is about to do in your life!

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