Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Race of Life and Motherhood/ Thankful Tuesday

 Life is a race. I think we would all agree. One second you are in a peaceful state when the next moment a huge storm comes, then middle ground, back to peace and the cycle continues. I guess lately, I have realized that motherhood is much the same way. The peaceful moments (at least for me) sometimes are few and far between. Some days are good but most bring about pretty difficult challenges and tests in my patience and endurance in life.

The Lord keeps bringing this scripture to mind, 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly...."

The last sentence commands us in these verses not to run aimlessly. I think the Lord has been trying to teach me since I moved to Ohio that life is full of a lot more surprises than I thought it was. Storms are going to happen in life in general and in motherhood. In fact, for me sometimes, storms are way more common than peace, and so I have to learn how to depend on the Lord and learn from what He wants to teach me from storms. If I whine through them or just make it through them without trusting Him, the storm has not taught me anything and I have not pleased God.(Hebrews 11:6) My goal on this earth is to be sanctified by Him through and through. (1 Thes 5:23) so how do I do that?

Well, first I think it comes from being in His word. A scripture He brought to light last week is in James 1. It is says "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." "Perseverance" or in some versions "patience" in the greek means steadfastness, constancy, endurance, in the New Testament it is the characteristic of a person who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty, faith and piety in even the greatest trials.

I know storms are going to come in life and in motherhood. May I be a woman who doesn't expect peace but is aware that God is in the business of proving my faith genuine (1 Peter 1) and giving me the perseverance I need to finish this race (James 1) so that He can complete His good work in me. (Phil 1:6)

After reading over that, it sounds depressing! ha! I have so much joy in life and today is Thankful Tuesday so let me turn a corner and talk about Thankfulness!

My baby doll looked so cute today as she went to school. I can't wait to get Adelyn in her shirt too so I can take some pictures of the both of them by the pumpkins! :) Hopefully, I will do that today! Also, I need to complete Adelyn's 22 month post. I think I am avoiding it a bit because I don't want her to be so old but I am so thankful and honestly couldn't say or type it enough that for the most part she is such a happy child when we went through such hard times with her for so long! God is good!

I am still so sick. I don't know why I just can't kick this stuff and Adelyn has it too but despite all of that we had a great time for just a bit getting some fresh air yesterday at the park. I am so thankful that just for a little while being outside made everyone feel better and that Annabelle has not gotten what Adelyn and I have which means she is still able to go to school! Please pray for us if you are reading this. We need to get better.

On this Thankful Tuesday I just have to take the chance to thank God for His continual goodness to me. I just finished the most amazing book I borrowed from a friend. God really used it to teach me so much and I pray that it sticks!!

That's all for now. I know I have been random today. If you made it to the end of this post,
"May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace."
Numbers 6:22-27ish

1 comment:

Mrs. Williams said...

I'm so glad I came across this today, I really needed to read this. So on this Tuesday, thank you.