Friday, July 30, 2010

These Two

 I love these two.  And God has recently convicted me of a few things.  
  1. My time with the Lord has been lacking significantly.
  2. This has affected my outlook on life, parenting, marriage, friendships, the Church, and myself.
  3. Tunnel vision has taken over.  What I mean by that is my selfish tendencies have skyrocketed in frequency and intensity.  Being without quality time in the Word and in prayer has taken its toll on our family.
  4. Thanks to my loving husband, I've been corrected, guided, Biblically encouraged, and gracefully lead back to my first love, Jesus.  
  5. These two darling children are gifts from God and it's my duty to make our house the most comfortable, relaxing, peaceful, loving, soul-soothing place on the earth for them.
  6. I need to be in the Word before Jason or the kiddos wake up.  I also need to pray prayers of gratitude and pray specifically for the kids' character as they grow and pray for Jason as he leads our family.  
  7. Waking up early is tough but once I get in the habit I know it will be the best part of my day.  Just me, the Lord, His Word, and coffee.  
A few blogs have truly inspired me and I know I didn't blog-hop by accident.  God's sovereignty played a huge part.  I encourage you to check these out and take tips, advice, etc. from fellow mothers who don't have it all figured out but who try their hardest.  Why not gain from another's conviction and wisdom?

Check out: 

Wasting my time as a mother is not an option.  Living as though Christ truly dwells in our lives and in our home needs to be evident.  It's not something to fake.  So here's to real life.  Here's to conviction, a loving husband's straightforward correction, and two beautiful children who need to see Christ living in their mommy much more than they've ever seen.

I raise my caffeine-filled mug, head nod, sip, and sigh with the hope of starting fresh, with intention and conviction.



Amber said...

been convicted of many of the same things lately! not sure where my time is going, but not enough is being devoted to training our little disciples and and investing in them. i raise my mug too :)

lydia said...

I love you! Thanks for this great post; I want to follow in your footsteps....

Traci said...

I love you! Your growth in Christ and desire to serve Him through loving and nurturing your family is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your heart and struggles so openly.

Maggie said...

Thanks for being so transparent Rach! You are a huge encouragement to me. Praying for you sis:)

Marisa said...

Thank you for sharing your heart. It such a challenge to be a godly mom. Thankfully we have a powerful God!

You will come to cherish these quiet moments in the morning. I still don't have it perfected, but I have found that having a few moments to myself before the kids wake makes all the difference in my day.

I think it's kinda ironic that I just recently added Inspired to Action and Passionate Homemaking to my Google reader!

Brandi said...

Praying for you & your sweet fam! Great to hear what God is doing in your life. Your obedience (even more so because it is coming in the form of early mornings!) is encouraging & challenging.

jenny said...

Such a good post! Thanks for sharing your heart. A wonderful reminder that our first priority each day must be time in the Word....we are incapable of intentional mothering without God's truth in our hearts and minds. And praise Him for husbands who point us back to the Word. Praying for you.
Jenny C.

gretchen said...

Ham...I miss you! I love this post. I love Jesus. I love you. I love those two little munchkins! I can't wait to be home consistently making it a haven for my family. It will be a few more years...