Most of you probably know (or are realizing) how much I love to write. It’s been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I remember the first story I ever wrote was about a beautiful mermaid that lived in a golden pond. How fun….I can’t wait to share my joy of reading and writing with my own children. I have kept a journal since I was tiny, and even though now I do not “journal”, I keep a book I’m writing for my children, and in many ways this blog is therapeutic for me and my way of journaling to myself and you.
I have personally committed to write about God’s work in my life on my blog. I write about everything else; once I begin my course at the Institute for Children’s Literature, I’ll even write about writing. He is the BIGGEST part of my life, so it’s only natural for me to write about Him and His work in us. I usually let you know what’s going on with our family Bible time on my other blog, but I, as more than a mom and even more than a wife, need to write about more. I’ve linked up with Sarah on “Motivate Me Monday’s” before, mostly to read other encouraging spiritual material from other moms, wives….it is also very important to me not to spend so much time on the computer that I am not accomplishing His work or surrounding myself with His Message. Reading these other ladies’ blogs is a way for me to be “mutually encouraged by their faith…” –Romans 1:12
I was reading through Sarah’s post about Satan’s work in our lives and it’s funny that I was thinking about the same things yesterday. I talked last week about my attitude and actions towards my children during times of stress, and I love watching God’s grace unfold to give me more patience and wisdom in dealing with them….even when I’m exhausted (because is there ever a time in motherhood that you’re well rested??)
After Grayson woke up at 5 am, and Ava was fussing most of the morning, before I knew it, I was back to my old ways…impatient, snappy. Certainly not shining with the fruits of the Spirit. And it reminded me of something…this is not just about me and God. There is someone else involved in this journey I’m on. He is waiting for me to become tired, to become weary….he is waiting to tempt me.
If you know me well, one thing you probably know is that I can be a bit headstrong….sometimes a bad thing, but in this case, I find it to be a good attribute. It made me really angry yesterday to see Satan’s work on my heart. It infuriated me that I quit leaning on God just long enough for satan to sneak his way into my heart. I read this verse yesterday….
“The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts.” Psalm 119:110
Satan’s wickedness in this world is waiting for me to stumble…the difference is where is my heart, who’s footsteps am I following?
If I am actually following Christ daily, the Lord is protecting my steps, my heart from invasion from the enemy. He will give me ALL I need to be more patient, more loving, more compassionate, more like Him.
One of my favorite promises…..
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. ” 2 Corinthians 9:8
It will not be my goodness that gives, that loves on this earth; it will be the grace of “Him who is able.” I love that! That I will be given every grace so that I may abound in every good work. That means even when I feel overwhelmed with all I have going on, it is not an excuse to keep me from serving, from allowing God to daily transform my heart into His.
“Father, please give me the grace to become more like You, to serve others even when it seems beyond my reach. Guide my steps so that I may not be snared. Give me the strength it takes to give myself wholly to you.”