Every day is a constant battle of my will to rededicate myself to God’s will for me.  My flesh wants to be selfish, my flesh wants to give in to the “grumps”.  I get tired, I get weak….both very good things that can/should be used to bring me to my knees, asking/begging God to give me a loving, servant’s heart toward my husband…..and children.

God bless you families that are seeking to glorify Him, I encourage you to keep on.  The days can be weary, it’s hard to stay on track, our minds wander off of our first love (Christ) and we stumble so often.  But, God’s love gently brings us back on course, pressing on.  It’s all good, it’s all worth it.

Those basic things a Mama does?  Laundry, meals, housework, smiles and hugs, encouragement, time to look her loved ones in the eyes…….not so basic, but actually good opportunities to show LOVE to God, and give Him the glory by serving her family with a grateful heart.

I guess what I’m trying to say is…..I’m tired today, and feeling a tad overwhelmed with my responsibilities.  However, at the same time, pulling me back in the other direction, is an awareness of God’s grace (like I wrote about on Friday) which will and does give me the strength to live for Him.  Not myself. 

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Take My Life and Let It Be

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise;
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
     —Frances Ridley Havergal



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  1. Great sentiments … my heart’s prayer exactly.  And said with my favorite hymnwriter, too!
    Did I give you that “Dog Bus” sweater?  My boys used to have one just like it …
    I thought of you often last week.  Wish you were here!

  2. What a beautiful family photo!Yes, it is a daily struggle. I fight laziness and the grumps every single day, and I have no where near the number of responsibilities that you do! However, God’s grace is enough for each of us. He gives us all that we need to get through the day. His mercies are new every morning – GREAT IS HIS FAITHFULNESS!! Each morning as I am fighting to get out of bed, I say this verse over and over “Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning; our salvation is times of distress. Is 33:2” Our Lord IS gracious, he IS our strength, and he IS our salvation.Keep fighting the good fight, and thanks for the encouragement

  3. You don’t know me but I really enjoy reading your posts. You are honest with your struggles. Yes, I get the grumps myself here at home. We have 5 boys (ages 22-9). Thanks for the encouragement! You have a lovely family. God bless you! Naomi

  4. Yes, I sure do feel that fight…even pared down to my small family…looking to Jesus for grace and strength each day. Thanks for the encouragement. I love that Hymn,and that reminds me to have David add the CD with that and other hymns to his playlist for when we work. Somehow when we consecrate all those things over to Him, we recieve such joy!! Your family picture is wonderful! All eight of you I like how everyone is around you and Rich. Caleb sure looks happy.

  5. That is a great picture of all of you! Caleb’s big smile just makes me want to smile back! Of course you are tired! What new mom isn’t? But as you said, God’s grace is so available. Just remember that sometimes the way you can serve your family best is by taking a nap!

  6. Well stated.  I think we moms all go through those days of “the grumps”, as you put it.  Our mission at this stage in our lives is to minister to those precious ones that God has entrusted to us.  What an awesome responsibility (but I must say sometimes I find it to be unappreciated and “boring”) that I feel inadequate to complete somedays.  Hang in there.  We are here to support each other and lift each one to the throne of grace!!     Your family is beautiful!!

  7. Well said, Shan.  I need to constantly resubmit my will to God’s.  Love the picture and the hymn!  Glad to hear that you got a nap in.  Keep on keepin’ on- you’re doing an awesome job~ by the grace of God!  Love you!

  8. What a lovely family picture! Praying that things will “slow down” and you won’t feel so overwhelmed — Spring is coming — I think we’ll all feel better — it’s been a long winter!

  9. I was thinking about you the other day when I was reading in my bible. I was reading Psalm 42, and verses 7-8 really popped out at me. I thought that I wish I had read them when I was home all day and up all night with my little ones.
    7Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
     8Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
    I especially love verse 8! But I hope they are an encouragement to you as well. BTW, I LOVE your family picture.

  10. Great picture…I hope you get some rest and start feeling like your normal perky Shanda self, soon…I’m always here if you ever want to chat or need a hand.  Love, Trish

  11. God bless you and encourage you – may He build you up where you’re broken down and strengthen you where you’re weak, and help you to get a good night’s rest and wake up full of new hope and joy in the morning. Your family is so beautiful … what a wonderful thing you and your husband are doing for God, to be loving parents to those children.

  12. “Every day is a constant battle of my will to rededicate myself to God’s will for me.  My flesh wants to be selfish, my flesh wants to give in to the “grumps”.  I get tired, I get weak….both very good things that can/should be used to bring me to my knees, asking/begging God to give me a loving, servant’s heart toward my husband…..and children”
    Oh Shanda I love you & the way you think….you are such an encouragement to me…may God bless you greatly…..you are such a blessing in my life….even through a blog….=)

  13. Beautiful family picture.  I know I’ve just stumbled upon reading your posts, but I feel so encouraged by your blog.  I admire all the moms who have been in the trenches and have rested on God’s strength.  I have three little boys and just found out that I am pregnant so I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed … when I read your posts I find that I’m not alone in the day to day routine of life.
    Bless you for your encouragment to me through your blog.

  14. I think it’s neat that in almost all of the pictures since Seth was born, Caleb looks extra happy! No sign of any resentment that he’s not the ‘baby’ anymore.Having nowhere else to turn but ‘up’ is always a good place to be…that takes all the responsibility off of YOU and onto Him.Hugs and prayers headed your way.

  15. There are a few blogs I visit daily – yours being one. I’ve said this before, but I’m going to say it again. I’m old enough to be your mother, yet our age knows no boundaries. I enjoy our friendship and, once again, your words encourage me to redirect my life regarding my husband and these last 3 young children of ours.Lovely family picture, Shanda!

  16. This is such a sweet family picture.  I definitely want a copy to place in my Bible to remember to pray for you each and every day.  It almost makes me cry as I think of how much I miss each of you.  Give each other a hug…compliments of Miss Irmler.  Love you, Shanda!

  17. Wow Jake looks so different!  Love caleb in the sweater and the Havergal lines, Chloe and I are so enjoying that book I told you about (Morning Stars).
    It is nice to see you all back together again, I know you are tired but you look so full of joy and life!
    Are the boys still full of stories today?
    David looks different too, what is up with that?! did Rich’s mom give them haircuts or something, it wasn’t that long that they were away, seriously do they look different to you as well?
    Soon the Spring will come and they will be running around outside and you will be able to take more walks and feel the sun, and read Proverbs out on the porch and feel more energy.  His mercies are new every morning!!!

  18. It is amazing to me that you say just the right things!! at a loss for words right now! This hymn is incredible and yet another thing that I need to post somewhere that I can see it on a regular basis!!

  19. Wonderful post and BEAUTIFUL family picture. Would you believe we have that same Gap sweatshirt Caleb is wearing. I have the matching baseball hat and socks to go with it. It has been through 3 or 4 of our boys.

  20. Glad to know that another mama out there struggles with the grumps and all this ugly selfishiness. Why can’t I just miraculously be super sweet and just love to serve these little people with all their everyday needs? I guess Jesus wants us to rely on His strength and I forget to reach for Him in those moments, when I feel so done. Bless you and your youngin’s

  21. I so love your honesty.  I too find it a battle at times to stay cheerful and not resenting the daily grind.  Yet, I would never want to do anything other than be with my kiddos everyday.  Its also easier to feel overwhelmed after having a new baby.  Yet, no matter our circumstances….. having a large family or smaller one…… none of us are adequate or can stand on our on without Gods strength or guidance.  I believe we all know this but remembering to ask for his strength and leaning on Him is what we forget.   
                    — From one mom to another….. Amanda

  22. I love this hymn. Isn’t there such power in those old songs?? I love the new ones too, but at times just don’t think they hold the same powerful messages as some of the older ones!lovely family picture. you’re looking so good – and amen! to God’s grace pulling us to HImself and giving us strength where we are weak. {{hug}}

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