As I near the end of this pregnancy, I’ve found myself doing a lot of sitting. . . .in my husband’s big comfy recliner, with my Bible and journals nearby.
This morning, I read this in Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening devotional book and copied it down:
“Beloved, remember what you have heard of your Lord Jesus, and what He has done for you. . . let your memory treasure up everything about Christ which you have felt, or know, or believed, and then let you fond affections hold Him fast for evermore. Love the person of your Lord!”
Each and every journey of life is different. After graduating from High School, I went to one year of Bible college before Rich and I got married in 1995. We had our first child a year and two months later. The past 13 years of my life have been focused on loving and caring for my husband and our growing family.
God has taught me so much about Himself during these years. How I trust Him! How I love Him. How I need Him as I do His will for me—to be not only His child, but to also be a wife and mother to the precious ones He has blessed me with. I love my place in this world, despite the ups and downs, the fears, the burdens along the way, the sins He has shown me, in my own heart. God’s bright love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness outshines the darkest day, and the darkest moments. With Him in my heart there is always “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow”.
So, I’m thankful for this waiting time—when my life has slowed down. I have time, now, to really meditate and think about my Savior (while doing a lot of sitting by the fire and keeping one eye on the kids). I believe with all my heart that God understands a Mother’s life….how very busy we are with our young ones, how mentally and physically exhausting it often is, so I know that in the weeks to come when I am so tired and busy with a newborn, He will give me the grace I need.
I also believe that this time, as I wait with my Bible in my hands and my journal in my lap, is a gift from Him so that I can be refreshed and filled, in preparation for the upcoming birthday of my son Seth. I am so very grateful. It will be another memory of His love and care for me, to treasure up.
I took all these pictures today. Quick snapshots of my life.
Here is Jacob, with his legos. He was so industrious today and did two days worth of school.
My pretty little maid, all done with schoolwork for the day, and folding clothes for Mama:
Ethan, finishing up his reading assignments in my preferred sitting and thinking spot—Rich’s big comfy chair. My Bible and journals are stacked on the table beside him, along with a few little books I was reading to Caleb.
Caleb likes to play with David’s Leapster:
Davy got home from school at 11:30. He runs to and from the bus every day. As fast as he can (like the gingerbread man).
The view I see:
“In Your name they rejoice all the day” Ps. 89:16
“Let your godly ones sing for joy.” Ps. 132:9b
“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.” Ps. 51:12
“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face.” Proverbs 15:13a
“I would have despaired unless I had believed
that I would see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.” Ps. 27:13
(verses that have touched my heart, and were copied in my journal, in the past few days)