Sunday, June 17, 2018

To My Children's Father On Father's Day

     Once again, I am delighted to celebrate Father's Day, in honor of my husband.  I am grateful for the childhood memories with him in the making for our wee ones.  By God's grace, they will have a right perspective of what it means to have a loving father.

     My children are blessed with a father who loves them.  In the scorching summer heat, he labors to insure that their needs are met.  Though tired from a strenuous work day, he is prepared to play with his son, or give mama's arms a reprieve from holding a teething girl.  He chooses them, over himself, daily.  He desires their hearts.

     He sings to them from a soul full of worship unto our God.  He prays over them, desiring God's best for them.  He readily shares the glorious truths of God to their attentive, and easily distracted, ears.

     He is ever prepared to be tackled by a rambunctious li'l boy.  He happily anticipates the moments that his li'l girl coos and babbles to him in her babyish dialect.  He delights in his children.

     Children, for whom he achingly prayed for years; yearning to hear a li'l one say "Daddy," and mean it for him.   Children that have been used of God to refine him, and teach him of his relationship with his Heavenly Father.    Children who are the heritage of the Lord, not ever expected to receive, yet ever grateful and in awe that they are his.

     As his wife, and mother of his children, I get to observe their relationships with each other.  Beyond measure is my heart blessed, to see the love between them:  To watch how effortlessly our boy rushes to his daddy's arms for protection from his fears in the night; delighting in how cheerful our daughter is when she sees her papa; catching Dear recognize himself in his children, and then voicing his appreciation to God for His love and long suffering with him; knowing that he does not take this role lightly, and seeks to guide our blessings as God would desire, is an incredible gift.  It is with much gratitude that I say,  "Happy Father's Day, Dear!"

Monday, March 12, 2018

Twelve Years Ago...

...These words made a profound, life-changing impact upon my husband:

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Matthew 11:28-30

     Those words moved my husband to go unto Jesus Christ, to receive that rest of which He spake.   That very night he was born again!  I love this particular "birthday," as it carries so much more significance than his first one.  Immediately, there was such a transformation!  I could see the peace and joy filling him.  There was absolutely no denying that a life-altering event had just occurred; and, life as we knew it would never be the same.

     My blessed husband:  what a gift he is to me!  As the years progress, our relationship deepens and strengthens--all to God's praise!  Knowing that for the gift of salvation our lives are what they are, I am eternally grateful.

     I am not ignorant of the fact that I am in a special position.  I married a lost man, whilst I was behaving myself poorly as a saved woman.  Our marriage could look much different, but for the power of the Holy Ghost. 

     I have known women who went to their graves, praying for the lost souls of their husbands.  I know wives today, who are at constant odds with their husbands, because they are in a divided home.  These scenarios could have been my lot...

     ...But, for the grace of Christ that redeemed my darling!  Oh, that night will ever be vivid in my mind; just as vivid as the night I was born again!  To be present for such a glorious event; to be the blessed wife of a redeemed man:  oh, say, but I'm glad, I'm glad!

     These past twelve years have been a privilege to walk with my husband, as we grow in Christ together.  To be led by him in the word of God, by the word of God, with a heart that loves the God of that word...What a sweet, sweet gift it is to me!  I cannot help but to glory in the gift God has given me in my man!

     I could share so many stories from the years of learning and growing.  The journeys and experiences I have had, with a man zealous for Christ...A visionary, kingly, with a servant's-heart man...Yes, many interesting stories can be told.

     I would not trade any of them, though...Even the difficult, challenging ones.   All have taught us a greater reliance upon our Lord, and a deeper appreciation for Him.  All of them have drawn us closer together.

     As we now journey into parenthood, I am looking forward to watching him lead our children.  I know that he loves Christ, and that will be evident to our children.   That love makes him the amazing father he already is.   What a gift they have in him, too!

     Twelve years ago, a new man was created.  Though there are traces of the old man he once was, that new man shines forth.  A man who once only cared for earthly things, became a man who desires to keep his eyes on heavenly matters.  A man who once mocked a preacher's son, now is the one mocked for preaching God's word.  A man who once struggled with finding meaning for his life, now has peace and joy knowing his God and his purpose.

      Praise God for this very special day!  Praise God for the fact that my husband's name is written down in glory, and that we shall be blessed to spend eternity together!  God is worthy to be praised!


Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017: A Year In Review

     Chalk it up to all the hormonal influences in my life these days, but, I cannot help but constantly muse upon the blessings of motherhood.  As I observe our son, I am in awe that God gave him to us.  He is a constant reminder of a long-awaited answer to prayer.
   
     Now, here we are, with another blessing on the way!  Again, I am awed that God would see fit to bless us with her.  I know my shortcomings, my failures, my sins.  I know that there is so much room for improvement.  However, we are still the recipients of some of life's greatest treasures:  children.


     I know I have probably mentioned it previously, yet, it bears repeating:  having had to wait for so many years for our children, has given us a much greater appreciation for them.  We see value in them that we, most likely, would have neglected to see, had they come much earlier in our lives.  We have, gratefully, matured in areas of our lives that desperately needed it.

     However, I know that I would be foolish if I were to rest my confidence in ourselves, rather than our Lord who strengthens and enables us for the tasks at hand!  I am so grateful that He is ever-present in our lives.   I cannot think of any moment wherein I would not need Him!

     That recognition has been a constant in our lives this year.   As we continue seeking His specific will for our lives, we find ourselves holding ever closer to Him.  Just as a child holds onto their mother's skirt for reassurance, I find myself doing the same with my Lord.  Continuing our "wilderness experience," as we have come to title our nearly half a decade worth of experiences, can do that to a person.

     If anything that would be considered my "take away" for 2017, it would be my utter dependency on the Lord.  It seems that that notion is a rather frequent one, too!  I am grateful that He is dependable, and wants me to rely upon Him.  

     I pray that any who read this post, will find the upcoming year one full of a closer walk with Christ.  May it also be full of many reasons to praise God!  Here is to happily anticipating a new year, full of new mercies, with our Lord and Saviour!
    

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Five Months, Already?!

     It has been a long time since I last wrote in my blog!  Five months have passed, rather quickly!  I do have good reason.

     I know that I mentioned, after the birth of our son, that I would probably be writing less.  I knew the business of motherhood would quickly demand my attention...And, boy, has it ever!

     I know I am still learning the ropes of being a mother, (hey, I am still learning how to be a good wife!).  There are days that feel like a total wash:  Where "no" seems to be the word of the day...or week; where you stay in jammies all day, because it is just one of those days

     On top of trying to guide, and corral, a very inquisitive boy, God decided to throw a surprise our way:  another baby!  So, I am learning how to not only care for a rapidly-growing toddler boy, but I am also experiencing growing a little girl at the same time!  Whoa!

     So, though I am completely grateful for our newest blessing, I am not quite as apt to write as I would desire.  Many times, the idea just tires me.  Keeping our son alive, as well as all that my body is experiencing with our little girl's rapid growth, takes quite a bit of energy.  Oh, and then there's that being-a-wife-thingy.

     I must say, my husband is a very gracious man towards me!  This pregnancy has proven to be much different than the previous one; on top of the fact that I am keeping care of a little boy in the process.  So, when dinner is whatever I can throw together at the last minute, he does not complain.  There have been many times, after a hard day at work, he will jump in and conquer dinner for us.  I could list many more ways he has helped me, but suffice it to say I know I am one very blessed woman! 

     Just like last time, I am in awe that God would see fit to bless us with a little soul.  I honestly believed, after the birth of our boy, that our prayers had been answered; and, they had.  Once he starting growing out of certain things, I would donate them; for, I saw no need in keeping them--after all, I was not expecting another child.  Though my husband's prudence in this matter wisely kept me from departing from every item our son no longer used/needed, I still did not expect another child...Especially so soon!

     Well, God had other plans!  To say I was dumbfounded, flabbergasted, shocked--yes, to it all!  Grateful, thankful, blessed--yes!  To have another blessing from the Lord, and then to learn it would be our first daughter, oh, our hearts were overflowing with praise!  Again, just as before, I know that it is all to the praise and glory of my Heavenly Father! 

     So, if you would, kindly keep us in prayer, as we prepare in the ensuing months for this newest addition to our family!
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