Thursday, July 14, 2011

Happy Thursday!

I love this photo because I obviously looked like a young girl in love. While this picture is not an accurate physical representation of either of us today, the love part still rings true!

The love that I felt in this photo is very different from the love that I feel today. Once our love was new, exciting, and full of getting to know each other. Today we are deeply committed, deeply loved and have shared 20+ years of life together.

I'm thankful for the gift of laughter my husband has. He has an uncanny ability to bring humor when it is needed most. It has served us well as a couple to be able to laugh together.

Every once in a while he still surprises me with a 'Happy Thursday' gift, which is a small gift given in honor of whatever day of the week it is, rather than a special occasion. Most recently it was a bouquet of flowers.

I acknowledge that he has a huge responsibility both at work and at home. I appreciate all he does and I probably don't tell him nearly as often as I should.

If there were to be a photo of us today I would hope my eyes would show the love and respect I have for this wonderful man.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mid-Afternoon Uplift

It's mid-afternoon and I've instituted a mandatory rest time for my toddlers today. I can hear the intermittent fussing of children, the clanging of dishes from the teenagers and the whirring of cars as they pass along the highway outside. Each of these things adds to the lack of peace that I feel.

Somebody always needs something. Some days I have so much more to give than others. I worry that I am not good enough.

I sit in my room, the only place that is mine. There is a glass of iced tea beside me as I whisper desperate prayers to God. I hear him whisper in that still small voice that somehow surpasses the volume of all else. I drink in the liquid and bask in the glory of the Lord.

Once again, I am renewed, refreshed.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Holding onto the Buoy

Life is hard and I'm not going to lie, mine is especially difficult at the moment. I feel like problems in life keep hitting me in waves that come crashing with great intensity and frequency. I envision myself holding onto the buoy, wishing I could catch my breath before the next wave hits.

The good news is that I'm not drowning! I have something to hold onto; my faith and my heavenly Father and the promise he made to never leave or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

I feel the need to take stock of all that is good in my life rather than to dwell on what is bad.

**I have six beautiful, incredible children. Each one of them is a precious gift. They make me smile and even laugh out loud. I am truly blessed as a mother!

**I am able to be a stay at home mom in this season of my life. I get to enjoy playing with my children and enjoying all things summer.

**Teenagers and toddlers, what a joy! I'm serious when I say I love both stages of life!

**I have a yard full of beautiful flowers. One of life's simple pleasures!

**I have a wonderful husband who loves me.

**I'm blessed with some beautiful friendships, old and new.

**I am physically healthy.

**I live near almost all of my extended family.

**I am not depressed, I'm not the old me but I'm the best I've been in a few years.

**It may sound strange to say but I love my house. It is homey and I love to decorate and have doing so in the 2 years we have lived here.

Thank you Jesus for the many blessings in my life. Thank you for the opportunity to grow through the trials in life. Thank you that no matter what, you are always here.