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What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow.

Martin Luther

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Isn’t it ironic?

Did you know that Butterfly’s do not really sleep? They just sort of rest but it is like sleep for them? Interestingly enough this sounds something like my little Butterfly. I am having the most difficult time getting her to sleep! She sleeps pretty good but it is getting her to go to sleep and stay asleep for more than 5 minutes. It is taking me a good 15-20 minutes to rock her and put her down. During the day this is not a good thing considering my two boys being left to themselves. I don’t know if maybe I am waiting to long to lay her down and she is overtired or if she is just fighting it. At night she is doing fairly well, sleeping a good 4-5 hours in the first round of sleep and then 3-4 the second and third. After doing her sleeping log I learned that I need to set some better routines for her, so that she can know what to expect each day. I am working on them still. A big thing that I am working on this week that became a really bad habit over the week we were on our trip is falling asleep while eating. This is especially difficult at night, when we both fall asleep while eating :0). She just went down for the evening so I am going to follow right behind her now but just wanted to take a moment and update on our progress.

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Peace-full Thoughts

This evening on our way home from a long outing I sat in our van wondering… wondering about the ability to obtain peace… peace in parenting… peace in so many daily struggles… peace, just peace in general. That reality, this fruit (Galatians 5:22) that Jesus leaves us (John 14:27) that He is the prince of Himself, I stared out the window oblivious to the car beside us still consumed in my thoughts. How can we in these extreme moments of chaos and confusion grasp this invisibly juicy fruit. I yearn for peace to fill my home and my heart with its presence constantly and consistently, not just a sporatic visitor that comes and goes as she pleases and with no warnings. Stay… unpack… become a part of our family dear kind friend. 

I pray that God will teach me how to walk calmly and gently through each struggle… in each day.

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I am in day 7 of the Honor Your Husband Challenge hosted by Christine. I am a little behind most in this challenge but that is okay. I am also posting late because my internet has been down for 3 days. I wanted to share some things that I have learned in this challenge so far.

First, I wanted to do this challenge to confront my lack of motivation and laziness in honoring my husband, which is to respect him, to hold him in high esteem as the church does for Christ. I want to do this through the simple daily things. I don’t want to just do the laundry, wash the dishes, clean the house, say hello when he walks in the door, say good night when he does to bed… but I want these small acts to express my love and honor for him and I want them all to work together to glorify the Lord.

This week I have been very aware of the many things going on around me especially my husband and his needs, I made it a point to. Anytime I noticed something that I could help make his life a little easier I jumped on it, recording it in my journal and then acting on it the next chance I got. I learned something about myself also. Who am I? Who have I become? I realized that I am not the same woman that my husband fell in love with. I realize that of course I am going to change some with the years and the different seasons in life, but I wonder what happened to that care free, laid back, fun loving girl that use to laugh and joke and jump at a dime to do something for her man? I am amazed at the woman that I have become and not in a good way so much. I want to resort in some ways back to who I was before… before I became so extremely self absorbed and irritable. Another thing that I think is a huge lesson that most if not all of us wives need to learn is that manipulation is destructive and foolish, it is number 1 on my husbands annoyances in the marriage. Over dinner one evening I asked him what he thought was the most annoying thing that the woman typically does? With out a doubt manipulation he said. I sat guilty. I became a master of manipulation in my early days of marriage but I soon reaped the negative results of it. I have to say that today it sneaks its way into my marriage, I don’t even realize that I am in the middle of it until he points it out to me. Another thing that I have learned this week is that others notice the things that I do for my husband and it reflects on the Lord.

This week has been a reminder to me as well of how much I love my husband. He is a man that I enjoy doing things for and now I just pray that the Lord will continue to give me the strength, energy and  motivation to do them.

Here is something that I am continually striving to do during this challenge: to find it with in myself to not, if possible (which it always is), complain, whine, grumble or nit pick!

Goals for this week:

  • Do something daily to show him how much I love, honor and respect him.
  • Keep the house and clothes clean. (especially his pants)
  • To speak with only kind words.

Last week’s goals are still continuing. :0)

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About a month ago I was talking to a friend about my life and just about the everyday struggles of being a wife and homekeeper. Family life had become pretty crazy with the arrival of our new little Butterfly and in the middle of it all I got confused of my calling and my husbands. Some how I had twisted God’s calling on my life and my husbands. I was under the overwhelming pressures that come with trying to juggle a new baby, two active boys, homeschooling, home management and being a good wife.  I was failing at all of them. During all of this I was expecting my husband to help me with all of the juggling and not allowing him to leave the house with out feeling guilty.  I needed some encouragement and advice from another woman.  After pouring out my heart to my friend she said something to me that day that really got my attention…”Our husbands were not created to be our helpers… we were created to be their helpers…” She continued talking but I knew that this is what the Lord wanted me to hear and understand. He began from there to whisper more truths to me through the kind words of my frined. I left my home that day feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, and ashamed and went home encouraged and ready to pick up my cross and be the woman that God created me to be, my husbands helper. I released my husband from my death grip and began to slowly progress at juggling my callings. I continued to struggle with them dropping them here and there but I didn’t feel overwhelmed, well maybe a little sometimes :0), but hopeless and ashamed not anymore because I knew that I was living out God’s will for my life… what he created me for… to be my husbands helper.

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit forhim.” Genesis 2:18

Eve was made to perfectly fit Adam as his helper just as I believe we are today.  It is a wonderful calling that many do not understand. I believe deeply in my heart that God has called me to be a helper to my husband which is not to be confused with a doormat. The definition for helper is: a person that makes things easier or better for another person. I will admit that I am a woman who is trying to overcome my selfishness but that lets it overcome me more than I would like hindering me from being the help mate that the Lord created me to be.  The Lord is still working on me… thankfully He is slow to anger and patient with His children… another lesson He is teaching me.

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Love better

When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.
C.S. Lewis

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