We finally have the internet hooked up in our new house, and it is so nice to be able to catch up with our friends on facebook and to read my blogs. I am so thankful to have this resource that is so encouraging and uplifting. It is wonderful to be able to read about other families that share our beliefs and goals.
Speaking of beliefs, I have been pondering the difference between believing something in my heart and showing those beliefs with my actions. I believe that children are gifts from God and that having as many of those gifts that He chooses to give me is a good thing. However, my actions and attitude lately has been saying the opposite. Throughout the Bible, when God wanted to bless someone He gave them children. When He talks about blessing them, He says that He will greatly increase their number. There is not one place in the Bible where God speaks of children as a burden. I know that the Lord has blessed us and I truly hope He continues to do so. But, lately I have been so grumpy and impatient. I am tired of feeling sick to my stomach, not sleeping well, my back hurting, ugh whatever…I am re-evaluating my priorities. So many times I think that because we are not involved in sports, music lessons or running all over the place that our life is incomplete. I feel like I’m always waiting for the next phase of life before we can be happy or finally feel at home. When I am feeling sorry for myself, it is like I am saying that God doesn’t know what He is doing. I have some goals for myself in the coming weeks. When I look at my children, I want to see them as a present straight from God…not a burden or work. When I am not feeling well, I want to be thankful that this means that I have a child growing inside of me. When I am at home day after day, I want to realize that this is the realm God has given me to minister to my family and anyone who comes through my door. When I feel like complaining, I want to understand that I am in a spiritual battle and that Satan would like for me to give in to my own selfishness. I know that God does not give everyone the same tasks to fulfill, but this is the job He has called me to. I need to do this with a cheerful attitude and to do it with everything I am.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
1 Corinthians 3:18-20
Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”
A song of ascents. Of Solomon.
1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
its builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchmen stand guard in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.
3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
children a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are sons born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their enemies in the gate.
A song of ascents.
1 Blessed are all who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways.
2 You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your sons will be like olive shoots
around your table.
4 Thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
5 May the LORD bless you from Zion
all the days of your life;
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem,
6 and may you live to see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel.
101.) For pregnancy
102.) God’s blessing
103.) God’s forgiveness
104.) A ministry
105.) Blogs that encourage
106.) A husband’s patience and understanding
107.) The Bible that shows the way God wants us to live
What are you thankful for today?