I've been searching God's Word for encouragement, good books for motivation and good friends for understanding. I'm thankful for all three, because sometimes I just need to get back up and keep trying to be better, to give more of myself, to offer grace, to re-surrender and acknowledge I don't have the answers, I don't know these outcomes, but I do have a Father who cares about all of it and He can help me.
God is pointing me to Himself and teaching me about His grace. I want to extent the grace I have been given. He has also reminded me I am called to serve these little people, in doing so, I'm really serving Him. When it seems I'm not appreciated and no one has a clue what I give or what I give up, He sees. Sometimes I'm so settled in being the mommy martyr that I refuse to see my faults and areas I need to change and grow.
This past month has been a season of searching and praying. I'm praying for the Lord to show me my own sin, to help me not miss the important moments of listening and loving my kids, to give me a new heart for serving my family and giving them grace. I fail every day and I cling to new mercies every morning.
"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."
This scripture speaks for itself and I have needed to remember that apart from Him I can't do anything. I desperately want to bear much fruit and I am continually striving to abide in Him.
Abiding in Him is all that matters and when I do that, all the other things don't seem as hard and tiresome.
If you'd like more details on many of the pictures I posted you can visit my instagram feed."It is no abstract thing - the state of your heart is the state of your home. You cannot harbor resentment secretly towards your children and expect their hearts to be submissive and tender. You cannot be greedy with your time and expect them to share their toys. And perhaps most importantly, you cannot resist your opportunities to be corrected by God and expect them to receive correction from you.
God has given us the job of teaching His law and demonstrating His grace. We are to be guides to our children as they walk with God.
Sin is just a fact of life. It is the way we deal with it that changes ours."
-Loving the Little Years- Rachel Jankovic