If God read your current FB status or latest tweet, would He "Like It?" I'm feeling convicted by my actions today. Am I living to please my Savior, others, or myself? So much of what I do is still to impress people. God is the only one always watching me. Always! That's one of the major problems with this thought. Galatians 1:10 (NIRV)
Thankful for my husband!
My desire is to be a woman that does him good and no harm all the days of my life (Proverbs 31:12).
"A true mother will hold up her offspring when affliction comes,
teaching them by her own sublime example how to meet the storm."
~Dr C.H. Pearson, The Cabin in the Northwoods
Pray for the President.
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior"
1 Timothy 2:1-3 (ESV)
"Moms tell their kids, 'You are my sunshine on cloudy days.'
Moms know every fear and delight of their children.
Moms understand the inexpressible feelings kids have of joy and sadness.
Moms are always there when loneliness invades.
Moms are made from God and show His love to their kids.
Moms set an example for children in how they should grow up.
Moms mean the world to children.
Moms are worth more than all the dark chocolate in the world."
Cole wanted to get out our Veggie Tale's manger today, and it's only October! Of course, we did anyway! Together, we acted out the story of Jesus' birth. When it was the shepherds turn Cole said, "We brought you gold, bubble gum, and toys. Jesus needs something to do!" I smiled. I love the heart of a child! He didn't want Jesus to get bored. He knew Jesus would need things to do! That other stuff the Wise Men brought didn't sound like much fun... Bubble gum and toys... Now we're talking!
My husband did some missions work in Guatemala recently. While he was there, he had the opportunity to speak intimately with some of the Guatemalan people. Some folks had so little. One women's perspective has been impactful to both Chad and I. While Chad was accessing her needy situation, she patiently looked at him and said, "I am not poor. Sometimes people are so poor all they have is money." What more could I add to that? Sometimes all we have is money. True wealth is far beyond money. My prayer is I teach my kids what really matters that they might be some of the wealthiest men around!
Almost a year ago, God placed a call on my life to begin and facilitate a Single Mom's group within our church called Together. I'm not a single mom. Actually, I'm quite the opposite. I'm a stay-at-home mom with a super loving and supportive spouse (my friend who does this with me is also the same)! It may sound crazy for me to take this on. But repeatedly I'm reminded that God sent Jonah to Nineveh. Nineveh wasn't his homeland and these weren't his people, but God needed him to go. Sometimes all it takes is a willing heart to serve.
The single moms of our group are so strong! They possess a beauty that Revlon will never come close to manufacturing. At the conclusion of each meeting, I leave blessed. My prayer is something likewise rubs off and also blesses them. Thank you, women of Together. You mean a lot to me!
I had a routine doctor's visit today. Nothing unusually or special just a regular check-up. The unexpected part came as I was reminded twice I had miscarried five years ago almost to the day. Sitting quietly in the waiting room, I looked over my paperwork including my past history. "4 pregnancies" it read. My initial thought was, "That's crazy. I only have three children." Then almost within the very same breath I realized it said, "Pregnancies." Oh! The pain associated with that miscarriage never completely left, and this place doesn't allow me to forget. Wow, five years! Had it really been that long? I later sat across from a nurse who restated the fact again, "You have had four pregnancies." "Yes," I quietly spoke in response. Vivid images filled my mind as I recalled sitting in this parking lot alone crying out to God in tears after the ultrasound revealed our child was not alive.
I didn't expect any emotions to be associated with this visit today. But there was. It was real. I love that child. Always will! It was good for me to think about that little one today. Four pregnancies. Yes. Three children. Yes. Three here, and one there waiting for me... One day we will meet!
Saw a church billboard today that made an impact on me.
It said, "A Parent's Life is a Child's Handbook."
Powerful thoughts to think that my life is the training manual my kids receive.
Who edits this thing I call "my life?!" Left me convicted and thinking...
Rebecca Dawson, M.A.
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