Monday, February 8, 2010
Being a wife to Stephen and a mother to Charlie and Piper is my calling in life. God has placed this on my heart as a full-time job and I love it! I don't want to be doing anything else. I am finding that no other job I've ever had has been more demanding or more rewarding. I am being taught, disciplined, blessed, spent, and renewed like never before. I learn more about God's precious grace and mercy every day.
God paints the Gospel in the everyday life of this momma so clearly! The evidence of our sin nature is there every day in my children, who are not yet saved, and then again in myself, who as a believer in Christ still struggle daily with walking in freedom from sin. I see so clearly my need for Jesus to do for me (and for my children) what we could never do for ourselves. And, in my discipline and forgiveness toward my children, I am reminded of how God lovingly disciplines us and forgives us when we disobey.
When Charlie acts against something he's been taught, I have to correct him, but I don't say "Great, now you've ruined it and I can never love you again." No, I just correct him, forgive him, and we move on with all the love I can give still available to him. That is such a beautiful picture of what God does for us. We disobey, our sin is punished (or has been in Christ), God forgives us (because of what Christ has done), and every bit of God's love is still offered and available to us! We just move on! Praise the Lord! I love that God's Truth is everywhere. He is so good to give us reminder after reminder of His grace and His love. Thank you Lord!
I'll have to practice at this, but expressing my thoughts and what God is teaching me is something that I've been wanting to do for a while now...the lessons are too good to keep to myself! I don't have any unrealistic expectations of being the best thing you've ever read or anything like that, but if even one person is encouraged or helped in any way from reading this, my transparency will be worth it. I'll leave you this time with a summary from God's word of what He's been showing me lately:
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (psalm 73:26)
What words of encouragement for a momma! Many more thoughts to come...