Perfection

Have you ever looked at your children and thought perfection?  I do all the time, especially when my little boy is sleeping in my arms.  I think, “How could he be more perfect than this?”

Does that mean that I think my children are perfect?  Absolutely not!  I know they are human and that they mess up.  I feel like the only thing I say to Witten lately is no because he’s constantly into something that he shouldn’t be.  Ann Elizabeth is my fun, loving child who thinks she should break down into major fit mode anytime she doesn’t get her away, and Olivia is almost in the double digits, which means the preteen days have begun.

I know that they are not perfect, but there is a love there that looks beyond all of their shortcomings.  There is an unconditional love that I have for them that no one can take away.  It is the same way with our heavenly Father.  When He looks upon us, He sees perfection.  Not because we are perfect, but because of the sacrifice of Jesus.  He sees us through the lens of the Cross.

Romans 5:19 says, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”  We are made righteous through the blood of Jesus, and that’s how our heavenly Father looks at us.  Does this mean we go on sinning?  Of course not!  Just as though we wouldn’t want our own children to continue in their bad behavior just because we have unconditional love for them, so God does not want us to continue in our sin.

We want our children to grow and learn from the things they do wrong, and God wants us to grow as well.  Hebrews 5:12-14 says, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.  For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

We should be striving to grow and become more Christ-like everyday.  We should be striving for that perfection that God sees us as.  No, we won’t achieve it in this earthly life, but we will in glory with Him!

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5 Things to Pray for My Marriage

Marriage is hard.  Plain and simple.  Two separate people come together and suddenly everything is joined, but that’s the way God designed it.  Genesis 2:24 says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”  Where before there were two, there is now suddenly one, and although, you love that person, this transition isn’t always an easy one.

That’s why prayer is so important.  Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  God tells us to bring everything to Him in prayer, and this especially true with our marriages.  I believe it is important to pray specifically as well.  I’ve listed 5 ways to pray specifically for our marriages.

1. Communication

It is so important that we communicate with our spouse.  It is so easy to become caught up in the busyness of life that we fail to just talk to the one we love.  However, communication is a two way street.  We must also listen.  Proverbs 19:20 says, “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days.”  Pray that you will have open your heart to your husband and listen when he speaks.

2. Trust

It is so hard to have a good relationship when there is no trust.  You must be willing to forgive your spouse and trust.  This one is especially hard for me and one that I have to constantly ask for help with.  I know that my marriage will flourish, though, if I am able to forgive and trust my husband completely.  Matthew 6:14 says, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”  If you struggle in this area, give it to God and pray that He will help you trust your husband.

3. Love

This should be a no brainer, but I have been in a loveless marriage before.  Sometimes all the little things become one big thing and we stop loving.  We must make a choice everyday to love our spouse.  We must remember that they are human too, and we can also be unlovable.  The main way that our husbands experience love is through respect.  Ephesians 5:23 says, “Wives submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.”  Pray that the Lord will help you to show love to your husband always.

4. Conviction

I know this one may seem odd, but we should pray that if we have caused an offense, that we are convicted.  Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  So we are definitely going to mess up.  We need to pray that we are able to recognize that sin and ask for forgiveness from not only our husbands, but also from our heavenly Father.

5. Blessing

Lastly, we should be praying for blessing for our marriages.  God wants to see your marriage thrive.  Marriage is a vision of Christ and the church.  He wants that picture to be beautiful.  Pray that God will bless your marriage in unthinkable ways.

I pray that your marriage is one that is centered around God and His holiness.

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Does it Really Matter, Momma?

I stayed home from work today because my baby has been running fever. I cherish these days because all I really want to be is a stay at home mom.

Even though he wasn’t feeling well, I was excited about being home. I️ woke up with my husband and fixed breakfast for the kids. I took the girls to school, and I just knew today was going to be a productive day.

However, life never seems to go the way I plan. Even though Witten is feeling better, he’s still fussy. After trying to put him down for a nap, I finally let him sleep on me.

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I️ had to make my mind stop focusing on the laundry on the love seat, the mess in the floor, and the dishes in the sink. It didn't matter at that moment. All that mattered was the little boy in my arms that one day won't remember how many loads of laundry I️ did or the dishes I️ washed. He'll remember the love I️ gave him.

So yes, I’ve been “lazy” today because that’s what he needed. Does it really matter that my clothes aren’t folded? Does it really matter that there are toys in the floor? The answer is no because they will get picked up and the dishes will get washed. Clothes will be folded.

Sometimes, though, we have to remember that it’s okay to sit and hold our babies. They won’t be little long. Years pass in the blink of an eye, and I️ don’t want to miss my babies because I️ was too busy cleaning. The house will be clean again. Today I’m going to hold onto my babies a little longer.

Welcome

Writing a blog has always been something that I’ve wanted to do.  I’ve tried writing with blogspot, but I never seem to be able to reach the audience I want to.  I’m hoping with this blog, I can reach readers and inspire others through my faith and love for my family.

I am a wife, mother, and teacher.  I have a wonderful husband, Thomas, who is also a teacher, and we have two daughters, Olivia and Ann Elizabeth, as well as a son, Witten.  I teach fifth grade at a middle school in Caruthersville, MO.  My husband and I are also the youth leaders at our church.

My hope through this blog is to be an inspiration to someone.  I will share my life struggles, my faith, and my family with you.  I hope you come along for the ride.

 

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