I'm honoring these women by Spring cleaning today. I've worked my butt off as a single mom and in this season of my life I'm able to stay home with my family. I love them, school them, teach them to respect others. I don't need a day off to prove my worth. This is the job I've been blessed with. Many women have to do what I do after working 8, 10, 12 hours a day. I am thankful for this opportunity, thankful God has blessed me so richly, thankful to have a husband who provides for us so that I CAN stay home. I'm blessed to be a woman, to be a mother and wife. I can appreciate what I've been given without trying to prove my worth to others.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Just got finished reading the saddest dog story ever, my eyes are puffy, nose is runny. Kids are looking at me like I'm nuts. I've never realized how much my dog loves me! When we pick my husband up, I know she'll act like she hasn't seen him in a year, but that's how she feels!
I know how I feel when my husband gets home, exhausted and exhilarated at the same time - a break! Let these little ones tell you how their day was while I rest for a minute! But imagine how your kids feel. We have had one date in the past year, I was dying for it, loved every minute of it! What were they thinking while we were gone? They are adjusted enough that they didn't think we were gone forever, but I'm wondering if I took them seriously enough, did I put enough into their hugs and kisses? I know it seems insane to compare this story to children, but the repeated line kept getting to me,
"I will never leave his side."
True love. Lola got extra loving and may or may not have had some deli ham hand fed her by her sobbing mommy. Am I loving enough? Am I showing it? No, I don't need to jump around in circles when my husband comes home, but does he know that I will never leave his side? Do my kids know it? Do you know it?
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
Think about it for a minute. More than your mom loves you, more than your kids love you, even more than your dog loves you. He laid down his life for you. That means, if Jesus were to suffer and die for just one person, you, he still would have chosen to die. In spite of all your sins, your times of lack of faith, he would have died just for you.
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139:13
"O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord." Psalm 139:1-4
What are you going to do with that today? Accept it. Live it.
"For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end." Psalm 48:14
Posted by Nicole at 12:03 PM
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Please put someone in my path today that I can be a blessing to. Whether it is online, at the grocery store, or first and foremost, my family. Spirit lead me and give me a servant's heart and help me to show God's love to everyone I come in contact with today. Be with me and fill me up, remind me that you are with me in everything I do today. Lord, I read your word that you have given us and it gives me hope that surpasses any worry I could possibly have. You have not left us alone in this world, but you guide our steps as a father teaching his child to walk. Make me a light in this broken world, to show your love to others. In the words of David, "But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone." Thank you, Lord, for another day, and may I live it to the fullest for you and only you. In Christ's name, Amen.
Posted by Nicole at 11:08 AM