I am a wife and a stay at home mom and a follower of Christ. I live in the South and I love my home and my family and I think my church is an incredible place to be. I am very blessed. Every single day I am amazed at God's great love and redeeming power. My greatest thrill is encouraging others with stories of how He has proved Himself faithful over and over in my life...which makes it a very sweet life!
...for putting up with me through the teenage years! How hard it is some days to live with someone who is so moody and selfish!!! (and yes, I am wise enough to realize it would be SO much worse if Taylor was a girl!)
Wow. So many different things swimming around in my head right now, causing me to feel worried and anxious. I so need some peace.
I printed out an article this morning titled "God Walks with You through the Valleys" and I am seriously planning to read it and reread it all day (or at least until it soaks in!) According to the article, here are just a few things I can do while walking through the valley:
*Learn some valuable lessons that I couldn't learn if I was on the mountaintop!
*Praise God for giving me life and ask Him to accomplish His full purpose for me.
*Ask God to make me aware of His presence and give me the peace that only He can give--the peace that surpasses all understanding.
*Remember that God will be faithful to me even when I am not faithful to Him (that's big!)
*Count on God's promises in Scripture as He works out His plan for my life. Cling to His providence and move forward in confidence.
*Know that He will not allow any suffering beyond what I can bear--and remember that seasons of suffering end and often result in positive growth for me.
*Don't quit living a faithful life--if I do, I'll miss out on God's best for me.
*Stay focused on God and cling firmly to Him and His promises. Be assured that even when things are confusing to me, God knows what He's doing in my life.
Satan would have us be much less than we have been created to be. He tempts us to gluttony and greed, then makes us feel weak and unworthy...When we give in to the temptation to indulge, we are really giving in to the plan of the devil to turn us from God. Follow the Lord at all times, and the devil will flee from you.
Today's thought: Chocolate cake is nothing but devil's food! (ha!)
You know, lately I have been busy here, trying to conquer all the clutter in our house so that we can give it a good, thorough "spring" cleaning. Well, it's indeed long overdue and there's no question it's necessary...but...I was reading this morning about something even more necessary--spring cleaning for your soul! This really hit home with me. I'm ashamed to admit that lately I have found lots of clutter even in my heart. Big, ugly things taking up space such as self-pity, resentment, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, and worst of all, hypocrisy.
There's a new magazine on sale now called Lily. It is sort of like Martha Stewart Living, but with a Christian perspective. I highly recommend it! Anyway, there was an article in that magazine by Joyce Meyer that really spoke to me. She begins it with "Sometimes we are absent of joy because there is unconfessed sin in our lives." She suggests getting alone with God and asking Him to reveal any issues that you should deal with. She also talks about CHOOSING to be joyful regardless of your circumstances. She says "God is concerned about our countenance because, like a mirror, it reflects what's going on inside us. Our faces will either help or hurt our witness for the Lord. People can't see inside our hearts, but they can see our faces. That's why we need to develop the healthy habit of smiling--it reflects the good things that God is doing inside us and creates a hunger in them for what we have."
I think I may spend a bit more time with God today, working on the clutter in my heart, so that I may be a more joyful Christian--at least for today it seems THAT is where my cleaning should start!
And by the way...this reminds me of one of my favorite songs called "Welcome Home" by Shaun Groves. The lyrics get me choked up everytime I hear them! It's a beautiful song. Here are just a few lines:
Welcome to this heart of mine I've buried under prideful vines Grown to hide the mess I've made Inside of me, come decorate, Lord
Open up the creaking door And walk upon the dusty floor Scrape away the guilty stains Until so sin or shame remain
Spread Your love upon the walls And occupy the empty halls Until the man I am has faded No more doors are barricaded
Could I ask you a favor? If you're reading this (duh!), could you please say a prayer for Mac? He's been running a fever off and on for about 24 hours now. If you have a young child you know how scary that can be. It freaks me out when I pick him up and his tiny little body is so hot to the touch! Anyway, please pray that his fever will go away soon so he can feel like his old self again! Thanks.
Having a HARD time getting "up and going" this morning. Mac got sick yesterday--fever and vomiting--and we were up almost all night long with him. Half the time his little body was on fire with fever, then after a dose of Motrin at about 3 a.m. he began to feel better (a little TOO much better) and he wanted us to play and read to him. Can you believe that at 4 a.m., after being up all night, we just really weren't in the mood?! He finally went back to sleep at about 5 a.m. but woke back up at 6:30!!!! As soon as I get Sarah on the school bus he is going back in his crib and I am yanking the cord out of the telephone for about 3-4 hours! ;)