As a new momma there is so much good advice, counsel and tips that experienced mothers have shared with me. I soak it all up hoping to avoid as many of those “I wish I would have known” or “If only I had’ moments as possible. My children mean the world to me, and I don’t want to let them down.
The word of wisdom I hear the most often that is either accompanied by teary eyes, a far away look, or a huge smile: “They grow up so fast! Enjoy, enjoy, ENJOY every minute you have with them!”
Oh, how I agree with this advice. Look past the messes, the frustration of their disobedience, the melt downs over the wrong shoes-for-this-outfit, another embarrassing scene in the store, or another sleepless night. These moments will seem so trivial and unimportant compared to the moments you laughed, smiled, played and watched them discover their little worlds.
It is difficult to maintain this perspective especially when I really am frustrated: so I try to stop and ask myself, “Is this [event] really worth getting upset about?” Or “Am I putting my children’s needs and hearts before my own desires and wants?”
I remember the day my 3-year-old was born. She was such a tiny little baby. Now, I am having conversations with her and sharing my morning cup of coffee.
All the advice-giving Mothers are right. Our children do grow up so fast. “Lord, may I never waste the precious moments I have with these little ones who so often brighten up my day.”
“Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;” Colossians 1:11 (KJV)
No matter what is on your heart, God knows.
No matter what you’re waiting for, continue to do it patiently with joy.
Talk to the Lord about whatever it is, pour your heart out to Him, and then get up and serve Him for today.
Rest assured God is already taking care of your tomorrows…in His time.
These past couple of months have been a roller coaster of emotions for me. All of the difficult and painful events that have spurred this wild emotional ride have driven me to the Lord and His Word. ‘What better place to be?’ you ask?.
The emotional loops, turns, ups and downs have revealed more of my selfish heart. Psalm 139:23-24 says, “Search me,O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me. And lead me in the way everlasting.” He sure has been showing me my wickedness! I have memorized Scripture telling us to search our hearts because they can not be trusted. (Proverbs 4:23) And Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
Oh,but it is so ugly and depressing when I actually see the sinfulness of my own heart. As my heart is being revealed, I think of the verse in Isaiah 6:5, “Woe is me for I am undone!” I always have to remind myself that just because I was not aware of these attitudes and sins until now does not mean they were not there. Ignorance is not bliss. I am so thankful the Lord does not abandon us or leave us to ourselves when going through the process of revealing our hearts. He guides us to repentance to make us more like Him. He already knows what is in my heart. (Psalm 51:9-13)
I’ll leave you with this encouraging verse.
Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say,on the Lord.”