Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thankful Thursday

I missed Thankful Tuesday on here again so I am just making it Thankful Thursday. I have spent this week recovering from all of last week's fun! :) Also, Annabelle has been under the weather so we have been trying to let her rest some at home. We still don't have internet and we don't think we will be getting internet or cable anytime soon so blogging might be more sparatic and that's ok with me because everything comes in seasons right?!

I am thankful for so many things this week. First of all, I went to the doctor this morning and baby Abraham looks great. His heart rate was faster than usual 160 something and they said it was probably because he was kicking away. It never gets old hearing a baby heartbeat in your belly. I am thankful for God giving us this little boy.

Second, I have been going through (or wrestling through) the book of James for the past little bit. Talk about a book that is convicting... I feel like this is a season in my life in which the Lord is asking me just to focus on being or becoming more of the wife He wants me to be for Adam and the mommy for the three babies I have.

I have been blessed beyond belief to get to do some things that I really enjoy lately like help lead worship, craft, throw parties, and fix up a home again, but I feel like my heart's focus right now has been mostly in the wife area. Oh and the Lord has so much work to do in this area of my heart. I am prone to resentment, bitterness, and discontentment but He continually shows me how destructive this is to my marriage, to Adam as a person and to my girls. I am called to "do him good all the days of my life"* and I have realized more and more lately that this has way more to do with my attitude than it does taking care of our kids, the food, or his laundry.

I read in "Wife School" this past week that one of the most attractive qualities a man sees in his wife is contentment. Period. Contentment makes him feel as if he is enough for her, that all his hard work as a man is enough. Wow. I would have never put all of this together on my own. I think it's awesome that this lines up exactly with what the Lord tells us to do in His word. He says, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with what you have, for He has said, I will never leave you or forsake you." * It also says in Philippians that Paul had learned to be content. I know it's hard work and a process; it's not a natural feeling for me including me.

I am thankful that God has brought to light my many inadequacies and has started to "in my weakness, show me that His grace is strong and sufficient."*

I also am thankful today that for the school that God has provided for the girls to attend. This preschool has been so humbling for me in many ways and most of all has shown me where I needed to step it up and work with my girls, especially Annabelle in some areas where I have been lacking. I think through all of the changes etc in the past year, we have not ceased to discipline her but we have many times ceased to discipline her heart and for a strong willed child like her, this is huge. All of this came out in the first couple of weeks of school when she kept testing her teachers and was having such a difficult time submitting to their authority. I am thankful that this is a great time and opportunity to get all of this back on track for our family.

So, today I am thankful for many things, most of which my family and for the grace, mercy, and patience of my God in my journey.

{Annabelle Star of the Day for her 5th b-day}
 {Adelyn's STAR of the WEEK poster}
 {Dress like a Community Helper for AB and 
Yellow Day and Show and Tell day for letter "B", Ballerina Barbie}
 {"Sick Day"}
{Snacks on the counter and Dress Yourself Day}

*Proverbs 31
*Hebrews 13:5,6
*2 Corinthians 12:9

1 comment:

Angie said...

Beautiful thoughts Ashley.

So happy to hear that all is well with the baby! Your right, you never wear tired of just listening to that beautiful heartbeat.

I too have been trying to focus more on my husband and marriage. I feel like it is the one area I neglect to give enough attention. I have 3 little ones so I'm tired after a long day & I'm not sure I "show" my love in the ways I should.

I know exactly what you mean by having a strong willed child. We have done the same thing with Axle. We have definitely disciplined him but not his heart.

A very inspiring post for me friend. May God continue to bless you and yours.