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my “to-do” list… and yours

Today I am over on my own blog… sharing a thought that is dear to my heart.

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It is overwhelming. This day-to-day of being a wife and mother, a sister and daughter, a friend, a mentor.

There is pressure from the world to do-all, be-all, have-all…. and if you don’t… well, I won’t go there.

There is pressure from within ourselves, and sometimes even from within our circle of friends, to do-it-right, to-make-it-look-good… and if there’s a crack in that mirage you’re selling to the public, the whole thing comes crashing down one day.

But do you know where none of that pressure originates? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Please join me over there to read the rest!


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Whose honour will cause rejoicing?

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. Proverbs 31:25

What do people see when they look at me?

According to this, I should be desirous of people not even noticing whether I wear silk and purple. [Proverbs 31:22]
If people see strength and honor…. then I will one day rejoice.
But…. do I want people to think that *I* am a “strong woman”? Do I want people to talk about *my* honor?
purple daisiesI have recently discovered a love of not just fixing my hair nicely but of decorating it. hehe—a little flower clip just makes me feel a little dressed up, even if I’m wearing denim and a T. And since most days my “mommy-hairdo” is a pony… my few flower clips get plenty of use!! :)And I have even had quite a few people comment on how cute it looks…

But that is NOT what I want people to remember when they think of who I am!

I want them to remember

strength

and

honour

But, even more specifically, I want people to think of God’s strength in my life

and God’s name being honored!

And I’m sure that most of you reading this would desire the same…

But HOW does HIS strength get noticed?

How can we wear this honor?

Each person’s journey will look different on the outside, but inside—that’s where the rubber meets the road, so to speak.

Do I take ANY time to speak to Him each day?

The days I do pray don’t actually always run smoothly, but **I am not a basket case** in the midst of the chaos!

The days I don’t… well, I try not to think of those days. Even the GOOD seems off on those days! HA

Am I open to correction? From the hubby, my preacher, SS teacher, even my children?

If not, I will not change— and change requires strength, which in turn creates more strength

This learning and growing and repeating is hard stuff.

It REQUIRES His strength.

pink flowers

Does my mouth open in criticism of those in the ministry? Do people find my “personality” hard to work with?

If so, I am not wearing this honour that brings rejoicing.

This honour requires a humble spirit {NOT being walked over!}

the hidden man of the heart… a meek and quiet spirit… in the sight of God of great price. I Peter 3:4

This honour requires me to allow HIM to take control of my assertiveness.

As a woman, this can be difficult! but THAT is what a quiet spirit IS. It’s not about never talking or sitting in a corner while others DO things… but getting involved and allowing others to have control of a situation and not having a point of view that says “My way or the highway, people!”

So, this is something I have been learning… hopefully growing in… and will need to repeat regularly!

And maybe one day I will rejoice …in time to come… that my life brought Him honour and used His strength!!


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But who will take care of Mommy?!

I’m sure many of you spend your days wiping noses, cleaning up messes, correcting behaviors, and much more.  There’s the laundry, the meals, the cleaning, the organizing, the shopping…so much goes into caring for a family!

Surely, I’m not the only one who crashes into bed at the end of the day, exhausted from meeting everyone else’s needs.  The thought of someone else meeting mine (I’m thinking a foot rub and a bowl of ice cream) occasionally crosses my mind.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  My husband is excellent at caring for me.  In fact, just the other day, he brought home a giant box of my all time favorite indulgence….Fudge Rounds–the really big ones, too!!  🙂

But, as much as Jonathan loves me and does his best to care for me and meet my needs, he will never fill the deepest ravines in my heart.  That’s a role he’s not meant to fill.

I was created to be more than a wife and mommy, though I cherish these facets of my life deeply.

I was created to be a daughter of the King.  I was made to be guided and tended by the Good Shepherd.  Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd.  Have you ever thought about what that title means…the ins and outs of shepherding?

One of my favorite books is Philip Keller’s A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23.  If you haven’t read it, I can’t express to you how much you’ll enjoy it.  It’s a simple, but comprehensive look at our Savior’s diligent, loving care for us as His children.  I finished this book with a greater understanding of my favorite psalm and also a greater understanding of my precious Savior.  It made me fall more in love with Him.

Friend, if you are overwhelmed at the prospect of caring for everyone in your home, remember that you have One who cares far more for you than you may ever imagine!!  Rest in His care today!

With Love,

Heather