Saturday, February 11, 2012

Who Are You Trying to Impress?

Have you ever gone on a cleaning spree a few hours or a day before expecting guests at your home?  Come on, you know that you have!  Haven't we all?  Today while folding laundry in our bedroom, God laid on my heart that He is most important.  What He thinks matters most.  But who are we always trying to impress or make think that we are tidy housekeepers?  Is it our friends, or is it the most important One named Jesus? 

You see, in Proverbs chapter 31 there is a beautiful "instruction booklet" from our Heavenly Father that very specifically instructs us on how to maintain our homes and families.  When we follow His instructions, are homes are not cluttered, we aren't eating the bread of idleness, we aren't anxious and unorganized--THAT is the way He intended it to be!  Not hurried nor worried not getting ourselves into a gossip session with our neighbor or friend, but instead, settled and peaceful.  We are to be peaceful keepers of our home.  When there is peace within us as mommas, we then give our husbands and children a better chance of peace within our home as well. 

But back to my earlier revelation from God.  Imprint this on your mind:  Am I trying to impress God or man?  Are we cleaning our house hurriedly to impress a friend that comes calling, or are we being keepers of our home because God commands that to us in His Holy Word?  Think that over.  Really take time to digest it.  I will be here digesting it alongside with you all!  My heartfelt prayer is that you will choose Him first.  My prayer also is that I can be an encourager to all of my sisters-in-Christ. 

If you don't know Jesus but want to, I am here.  Feel free to drop me a line or two and I'd love to fill you in on the greatest gift on earth!

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.  Her children arise up, and called her blessed;  her husband also, and he praiseth her.  Proverbs 31:27-28 (KJV)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

20 Months

It's absolutely hard to believe that 20 months have gone by since we last saw our precious Ethan.  It seems like yesterday, and yet it seems like forever ago since we heard his voice and saw his innocent smile. 

Life goes on, but not a day goes by that Ethan's name is mentioned fondly, whether I accidentally call Evan by his brother's name (which, by the way, Evan adores!), Evan talks about his brother, or Josh recalls a memory of our dear son.  We have purposed to never forget him, we still love him, and we still count him as a part of our family.  It doesn't matter if he is with Jesus, he is still our son;  a vital part of who we were, and who we are now as a family. 

Thank you Jesus for our son whom we miss dearly.  Hold us near when we feel faint and weary.  We thank You for the strength to continue, and pray You will send mommies and daddies our way that need us.  AMEN.