How are we doing mamas?

10 12 2009

Something has been on my heart lately.  How am I doing about showing thankfulness and happiness to my children and to those who are lost.  Do I complain about the size of my house? Or do I praise God about our home no matter the size? Do I complain about all the laundry I have to do or do I praise God that I have 5 wonderful people to be doing laundry for?  Am I thankful that we have a warm home and lots of warm clothes to wear in this very cold weather (3 degrees today) or do I complain about how cold it is?  Do I thank God my husband has a job or do I complain that he isn’t home enough?  Am I thankful that we have a T.V and stations or am I discontent that we don’t have a certain sports station or TLC?  Do I praise God that we have laughter, toys on the floor and little feet scampering about the house?  Do I thank God that we have food in the fridge even if it isn’t what I want to eat that night or I am complaining about what we have been given?  Do I thank God for the people He has given us to serve or do I hope to be somewhere else? 

The list can go on and on and on and on and on… get the point. 

How are we doing mamas about showing our children how great our GOD is?  Do they hear us complain so much that they don’t think our God is taking care of us?  Are we so unthankful that they don’t want to serve this powerful God?  Our children are watching us!  They will see if we are unhappy and discontent!  They will follow our lead.  “When mama aint happy aint nobody happy” is an old saying, but is VERY true too.

When we do our chores around the house do we say “thank you God for beds to make, we could be sleeping on the ground.  Thank you God that we have good doctors to get Owen better.  Lord you are great to provide us with 3 meals a day and snacks!”  or do our children hear “If I have to fold one more load of laundry, I am sick of this food I want to go out to eat, why can’t we have more money to go out?, I am sick of these toys all over the floors!”

What kind of heart do we have?  What kind of life are we showing to our children and those who are lost?  Would they (our children and those who are lost) even want to hear about our God after spending time with us?  Do we praise Him, respect Him and cherish Him above all. Do we thank Him for all things in all circumstances?

Let us remember that we have little ones watching us!  Let them know that our God is big and supplies all our needs and has taken great care of us!

2009…Is it really almost over?

7 12 2009

Can it really be almost 2010?  WOW!  This year has been amazing in so many ways.  God has truly blessed our family and taught us so much.  This past year we have sold our home, miscarried a child, moved out of state, conceived another child, had a separation for 7 months (my husband was working out of state, while I had 3 children at home and pregnant at the same time), started a new job,  gave birth to our 4th child and started our first “real” year of homeschooling.  God has been so faithful to us and has taught me many things….

1. That His ways are best all the time!

2.  Patience.

3. That when you think things are tough you need to look at what God is doing in His time and that one day we will understand it all, even if that day is in Glory.

4. That He loves my children more than I will ever love them. (I think of the birth of our 4th child and how He protected me and Ethan).

5. He is my best friend!

6. Schooling can be very hard on a family….expcially with 3 little ones under foot, but He will give the patience and guidance needed everyday.

7. That when a marriage has troubles (ours had a VERY hard time while he was gone for 7 months) He will help you work it out. 🙂

God has taught me so much about friends, faithfulness and providence over this past year.   I am not sure how we survived except for HIM who carried us through.  We praise HIM who cares and loves us.  There will be years in your life that are just plain HARD.  This was one of those years for us.  Plain hard, but loving and praising Him has been a lesson learned.  He is God and we are not, His ways are best and mine are not.  I pray that none of you have to go through a year like ours, but if you do I will pray that God will bring you though it like he did for us.  We are more trusting and more faithful because of it.  God is good, good all the time!