Saturday, February 20, 2016
Motherhood is indeed a blessing and wonderful and brings great joy. In a lot of ways, this is similar for believers and unbelievers alike. It seems as though simply having children is a common grace.
However, motherhood is a spiritual institution. And, as believers in Jesus Christ, we go beyond delighting in this common grace, eventually to come about its fullness, and we see the spiritual side of motherhood; in its entirety: We lose our lives, to find them- In Christ.
God is purifying us and our faith. We do the hard work of teaching and training our children in the ways of God-- we see and acknowledge that Satan is right there too, wanting to kill, steal, and destroy us, our homes, our kids, and our relationships. So we put on the armor of God to fight this battle in the unseen world. We stand, as mothers, always on guard against sin- our sin and the temptation toward it, we train ourselves here to be godly. We pray, we seek God, we're broken down but He builds us up. We seek God's face, heart, wisdom and peace for motherhood, every step of the way. We rejoice, yes, but we do not stand unaware of the spiritual battle for our homes and the children within.
When, I say when, trials, testing, training ground, and temptation come upon us mothers, we're not surprised as if something 'strange' were happening to us. Rather, we Christian mothers have been keeping watch for such events and we're prepared.
Furthermore, undoubtedly, God will use motherhood as a training ground to test and prove the genuineness of our faith.
So, yes, we delight in and rejoice in our children and motherhood, but at an even greater depth than the non-Christian, and we fight the good fight of faith, and run, run the race marked out for each one of us as God has portioned and assigned. We don't compare our 'lot' or portion with another's, no, we fix our eyes on what is before each one of us, and run toward Jesus.
We mothers are being built up into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, and we are, in all our strengths AND weaknesses, acceptable to God through Christ! Amen!
Because I believe one's thoughts should always stand up to the word of God:
1 Peter 4:12 & 19, 1 Peter 2:4-5, 1 Peter 1:7, Matthew 16:24-25, John 16:33, Philippians 4:19, Ephesians 6:12-13, Hebrews 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 2:11, proverbs 22:6, 1 Timothy 4:7-8, John 10:10-11, 1 Peter 5:8-10, 2 Corinthians 10:12, proverbs 4:25-27, psalm 87:7, Romans 14:4, James 1:2-4
I hope to log this here to look back upon when my flesh and heart seems to fail me; for it has before and will again. But God will remain the strength of my heart forever. Psalm 73:26
Friday, February 19, 2016
Our sweet baby Grace is 9 months old! I just adore these pictures of her. I'll add more to this post after her 9 month well child check in a few days!
Grace is a very happy, easy going baby.
She seems to have more energy than the boys and seems to like to "play" more at this age than the boys did. Maybe that's just because she has two brothers.
She is crawling all over, beginning to eat finger foods, and trying to pull herself up in things!
I just love her expressions and her personality.
We love you Grace!
Thanks for the photo shoot I'll treasure always!
Friday, February 5, 2016
Happy new year!
What have we been up to?.....
We traveled the first weekend in January to a family Christmas celebration, and stopped at a McDonald's for some lunch!
Some of the children at the Celebration!
We will play outside all year round!
And we frequently have pajama days inside!
Sweet Grace is 8 months old now!
She is sweet, funny, energetic, crawling, talking, and loves playing with the boys!
An insect zoo demonstration with other homeschooled children!
Lots of dancing in the kitchen!
The helmet is in case someone falls; says Ethan, my child who doesn't so much like danger and pain.
Sammy getting his groove on...I have a hard time keeping clothes on these kids!
Couch love....in pajamas!
Sammy received a vacuum for Christmas and wants to vacuum all the time, every day, every chance he gets! And he insists on us vacuuming with him; which is actually great since Grace is crawling all over and finding every piece of food or dirt left behind.
She has the sweetest smile! She just lights up!
Here are the boys....collecting everything in the house to make a mountain, lava pile, ect. Ethan, the boy who doesn't like danger said, "Mom, come see what we did! It's gonna be cool. And dangerous!" Hahaha
Gracie baby crawling under things!
The guys building snowmen!
Hiding in our closet, sweet boys!
Someone has met a new friend; her reflection! My boys were never that interested in their reflections. Grace, on the other hand talks to, laughs, smiles, and kisses her "new friend."
"Grace, today I'm a fireman!" Said Ethan.
Our boxes keep getting bigger for all the children to fit into! A morning kitchen boat ride!
Happy 8 months of life Grace!
You bring such joy to our lives and we love you!
"Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don't have..." Ecclesiastes 6:9 NLT