Adventure - A bold undertaking in which risks are to be run and chances taken. An unusual experience.
Yep! Marriage is an adventure!
Last night, the family was together in my sons' room and as the oldest played his keyboard, Mama was putting on a show dancing up a storm. What a joy it is to have the activity of our limbs. My goodness, sometimes we don't think about it until we're reminded of how blessed we are. Some Mothers are not able to do simple tasks that I sometimes find myself complaining about. Some Mothers don't have custody of their children and yes, I get TIRED of mine from time to time. Some Mothers don't have good health and have to solicit help to care for their children. Yes, it's a whole world out there we're not aware of. It's a wonderful thing to know God will love us enough to use people and events to remind us of how grateful we should be.
Luke 11:5-7 (NIV)
Then he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.' "Then the one inside answers, 'Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.'
I am so thankful for Mondays and Wednesdays and I wish I could get my husband to agree to more nights in the week like this. Well, I know I'm pushing it, so I'll just be thankful for what's going on now.
Tennis backboards are great for training and exercise; yet I found out Sunday, while practicing my swings, that there is no challenge to chase or return balls when you’re alone. I had to continually motivate myself to stay one more minute and hit one more ball. Challenging myself in the game of tennis led me to weigh whether or not my life was being challenged. Have I progressed since last year or the year before? Is my walk more effective? Am I dealing with the same dead issues I dealt with in previous years? Have I passed relationship tests with friends and family or am I still in remedial classes waiting to graduate from the school of love and forgiveness? Is my social circle enclosed with encouragers or am I stuck in the slow lane with grumblers, mumblers, and complainers? It’s easy to become stagnant in life if we aren't challenged to do better. I want to always strive for excellence and have a passion for life. I want to be surrounded by women who aren’t afraid to challenge my signs of complacent mothering. I want to be surrounded by wives who will admonish me to always show love to my husband. I want to be surrounded by believers who will challenge a complacent spiritual walk. I want to be an example to my children to live boldly, with passion, and in faith. I’m up for the challenge and it’s time to shake the dust from my feet of all things and people hindering me from moving forward in Christ. Are you up for the challenge? I thank God for MOMSWEB and the many women who challenge and encourage me as I strive to be a Titus II Woman. This week, our latest Raising Mothers E-Newsletter will be available online for viewing and several Mothers have submitted challenging words as we plunge into another year as women, wives, and mothers. I'll be sure to challenge you to read their encouraging words with an email notice to inform you when our newsletter is aired!
Philippians 3:13-14 (NKJV)
With the unpredictable weather we’ve been having, my family has definitely endured our share of aches, pains, and viruses. Saturday morning, my youngest awoke crying with an earache, which meant another trip to the hospital. While the doctor was contemplating whether to prescribe antibiotics or not, I asked him what his hesitation was. He said whatever is going on in my son’s ear would take its natural course and heal itself, yet the antibiotics would help the process. This is so true; our body is a miracle and God created it to heal itself. I recently put this to the test when an unwelcome virus decided to visit my body. I decided to attack it with natural home remedies. It took longer for my health to be restored, yet it happened. Whether we take medicine or not, it is the blood of Jesus that heals and restores our health. It is God’s amazing grace and mercy that keeps us in our right minds and good health. As my son swallows his daily antibiotic, I remind him to thank God for His healing power and for blessing doctors with wisdom and knowledge to treat sickness and pain – God gets all the glory!
Many of us have made commitments to develop healthier lifestyles. I encourage you to continue with your commitment as I continue to exercise and eat healthy to control my blood pressure. Yes, it requires hard work and discipline, yet I remind myself to do my part, so God can do His part as I continually withdraw from his amazing grace and mercy on my health, life, and strength – day, after day, after day.
Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
I enjoy shopping as much as I enjoy yearly mammograms, so all my shopping trips are completely out of necessity. My maturing twelve year old watched me closely yesterday as I continually picked up items and placed them back on the shelf. He said to me with frustration in his voice, “Mama, live a little!” I laughed, yet his words spoke volumes to me. As I continued walking through the aisles, I reflected on my life in 2007, which was the year of no fear for me. Fear is what keeps me from being all I am created to be. Whether it’s fear of failure, rejection, being talked about, or fear of the unknown – fear keeps me from living to my fullest potential. I didn’t recognize many of my abilities until I acknowledged my fear. I prayed to be bold enough to allow God to have His way in every area of my life. God’s power and creativity runs through each of our veins, yet when we allow fear to reign, our life suffocates beneath the surface of our flesh. I challenge you to unleash God’s power and creativity in 2008 and live a little! Is there some place you’ve always wanted to go or something you’ve always wanted to do? Is there something you've started that you need to finish? If fear is keeping you from moving forward, step over it in the name of Jesus and follow the Holy Spirit without hesitation. You’ll be surprised of where it leads you! This year, I will continue recognizing fear in my life and stepping out on faith to allow God to do what He does best in me and through me. Watching my life unfold before my eyes is amazing as God increases and fear decreases. Come on, ladies…it’s a new day and a new year, so let’s live a little!
Psalm 34:4 (NKJV)
I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.