A new day dawns and offers a freshness…a candid beginning…a simple rejoice.
The blessings given therein are beautiful and abundant. Their eyes aglow, their laughter tickling, their little feet stomping down the hallway. Life is good for them, and I am heart-filled to be the one in which they find their care. My children – my family, they are a gift.
But sometimes, I forget…sometimes I have to remind myself to stop my self-flesh from craving more of the me that interferes with the them. When I remember, I get the good more; more simple, more joy, more rest, more peace, more present.
We all have a choice.
Our days can be filled with things, all the work doings of the day that “fill” self but don’t reap the best fruit…or they can be filled with hearts turned towards one another; spirits inclined and eternal work doing.
In everything we choose to partake in we must remember that the stakes are high. The enemy wants to distract us from real, meaningful soul relationships…especially with our family.
This is a struggle I fight daily, the struggle with the want of success…the desire to be desired…the self-fulfillment of me (which friends, will always interfere with family). Can I just say, “yuck.” I don’t want more of me!
I want more of Him. I want my flesh to cover a Jesus heartbeat. I want to die and let Him live. I want to lay down all of it…and rest in His perfect idea of good…because that good idea has everything to do with family. Why? Because family is His idea, and living His family ways bring Him glory.
So I want to bring Him glory and find the goodness…
The goodness in serving my family with a joyful attitude.
The goodness in being present for my children as their journeys unfold each new day.
The goodness in supporting my husband, trusting him, and leaning on him.
The goodness in giving life to my home by securing warmth and peace with pies and organization and laughter.
The goodness in the quiet, intimate moments that breath listen.
Some questions then must be asked…
Do I put myself and my desires before my children?
Am I spending more time on the computer than reading with them, rolling on the floor with them, and taking in their moments beside them?
Am I urging my husband away so that I can do my thing?
Is my home a refuge or a most-days chaotic, unkept gathering place?
Are my sweet babes heads being filled with God and goodness and discipline and thoughtfulness or entertainment?
Am I (or my family) so busy that I (we) can just enjoy?
If I continue on the path I’m on, will I one day look back with regret?
Let’s all take some time to answer these questions, ponder the significance of our answers, and then choose to live…fully alive out of ourselves, smothered in His grace, and enjoying His good ways.
Oh Lord, would you give us an undivided spirit that seeks your way, not our own. That seeks your face each day, first thing, and then clings to you when each selfish pulse beats. Would you help us to love our children…love them by giving to them our time and attention and hearts. Rip out our ugliness, which is vanity and self-interest and replace it with meekness and trust. Help us to let go so we don’t one day regret. May our time be carved by you and for you. Our God. Your goodness and plan far outweighs our ignorant perception of life. May you fill the heart…may we bow to your best.Leave a Comment