An Ode To Moms

I must start here by saying I’m 30 years old and I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.  There.  I said it.  Is that horrible?  I’m a blessed to be, stay at home mommy of three and wife to one and thats my career.  Too bad they don’t offer college degrees for that right?  Too bad folks don’t give full time moms the credit they deserve either.  Allow me to step up on my soap box for a moment. 😀 I’ve been called lucky, fortunate and blessed.  Along with being accused of  “sitting at home on my bum instead of out looking for a job”.  So sad that people don’t recognize this career of SAHM (<—-Stay At Home Mom) as a full time job.  We don’t just sit on our bums all day, at least I don’t!  We cook, we clean and when I say we clean, I don’t mean we just pick up after people!  I mean we scrub toilets, sinks, dishes, floors, tubs, walls, furniture, etc.  We do laundry, fold it, put it away and go through the process again and again, it’s never done!!!  We do homework, we bathe smelly children, we referee sibling arguments, kiss boo boos, tell bedtime stories sometimes more than twice, pray and worry and pray and worry some more over these little creatures we call our children, we cook some more, we clean some more, we do some more laundry, on and on…Do you see any time for just sitting around on our bums???  I don’t think so!!!  Pay?  I’m sorry did you say pay?  Ha!  There is no pay!

Now on to the mom who does all of the above AND has a full time or part time job.  I just heard a hush fall over all of you.  The hair just stood up on my arms.  You know why?  Because we should ALL salute her!  So many of the women are leaving their homes because of the economy and going to work full time.  They no longer have the luxury of staying at home with their children full time.  They take full and part time jobs.  Some of them second or third shift.  They sacrifice time with their children in order to provide for them.  I have one question for those moms, WHEN do you sleep?

I encourage all of you moms out there today to stay strong, keep the faith and know that you are not alone.  God sees every deed, He sees our struggles, He sees our joys and the reward that awaits us is Great.

Below are some quotes I found on Moms.  Enjoy!

“Being a full time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.” -Mildred B. Vermont

“A suburban mothers role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever.” -Peter De Vries

“The phrase working mother is redundant.” -Jane Sellman

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? -Milton Berle

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.” -Lisa Alther

“All mothers are working mothers.”- Author Unknown

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Published in: on October 22, 2009 at 7:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Love Without Boundaries

What does it mean to you to love someone without boundaries?  I’ve pondered the last week about what it means to love without boundaries.  To me, it means to give someone my all, to not hold out on them, to pour every resource I have on them, when they are in need or even when they are not, emotional (listening), physical (hug, offering my belongings or resources to help them), financial ($$$), to really jump in and love someone for who they are, heart and soul.  Regardless of their quirks, their shortcomings, despite the differences…true, genuine, put a hurtin’ on em’ L-O-V-E!  I’ve often heard people describe their love for others in their lives like this…”I love them but“, “I’ll love him or her if“, “Maybe I’ll love them” – Now before I get to far into this and start getting emails about every scenario under the sun allow me to clarify a few things.  The l-o-v-e that I am speaking of is the biblical kind.  The kind that I sort of touched on in The High Road post.  The “Love thy neighbor as thyself” kind of love.  So please go with me on this, k?

How might we as christians begin to l-o-v-e without boundaries?

Reaching Out- Some might ask, who’s my neighbor?  Your neighbor isn’t just the person that lives next door.  Your neighbor is your family members (immediate and extended), your friends (near and far away) and let’s not forgot our “earthly” neighbors!  Just because there is a huge body of water or large amount of land that separates us from other states or countries doesn’t mean they aren’t our neighbors.  We, as members of the Body of Christ ARE His annointed hands and feet on this earth and we ARE to minister to those in NEED around us.  Extending ourselves, literally next door, down the road, into the next city, the next state, the countries that border us and AROUND THE WORLD.  It is up to us to reach out to our neighbors for the cause of Christ and l-o-v-e God’s people, these neighbors are His children too, without boundaries!

Matthew 25:40 Jesus said “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

So how reach out?-  GIVE!!!!! Give, give, give!  Give of your time.  Volunteer your time to your local shelters.  Do it as a family and get your children involved.  What better way to teach your children a lesson about giving to others than for them to see firsthand the lives of those that are less fortunate.  Donate, donate, donate!  Donate items from your household.  Clothing, furniture, decorative items, baby items and food.  These things can be given to folks who are rebuilding their lives after natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, etc.  Tithes & Offerings!  Tithe to your local church.  Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” The LORD himself tells us to tithe of what he has blessed us with and he will bless us in return.  Let’s not be stingy with what he has given us!  The local churches, if they are bible believing and teaching churches will be doing their parts as well to give back to the communities and help those in need.  How about other countries?  How do I help those people?  Well I’m glad you asked!  Ask your church if they support overseas missionaries, thats a start!  If you want to personally start helping overseas by sending funds, allow me to suggest Gospel for Asia.  You can locate them on the web at http://www.gfa.org they are one of my favorite mission based charities and 100% of the funds goes straight to the mission field!  The founder K.P. Yohannon wrote a wonderful and compelling book Revolution In World Missions – It WILL change your heart and outlook on missions forever and I encourage all of my blog friends to contact GFA and have them send you a copy, the book is free and they will send you 5 copies for FREE!  Might I suggest as a way of getting the word out on how to reach around the world and help those in need, that if you support a charity that benefits those overseas, please comment on this post.  Leave the charity information in your comment and hopefully others will “copy cat” and follow along and want to help our neighbors in need around the world.

What seems so little is really BIG to some- Bless a new mother with a meal.  Take an elderly person a potted plant.  Go greet a new neighbor and take a long a basket of cookies!  Smile at a stranger!  Offer to babysit for a couple who needs a night out.  Pray for our President and our country!  Take a sack of groceries to a family whose breadwinner is out of work.  Write a letter to one of our military personnel.

Love YOU!- Last but not least don’t forget to l-o-v-e you!  I hear so many comments from women who say “I love my hair but I hate my thighs!”, “I’m okay with my body but I wish I had straight hair and not curly hair!”, “If only I had her talent!”  We’ve all said something like this!  We’ve all programmed our minds to believe that we have to be the status quo and if not, then we aren’t good enough!  If only we could see ourselves the way that the God of the universe does!!!  Perfect!  More than acceptable!!!  Enough!!!  Flabby thighs, curly hair, red hair, this talent, that talent, doesn’t matter!  Why???  Because HE is the author of US!  He shaped each and everyone of us and His opinion is and should be the only one that matters.  I ask you today, do you know that you ARE GOOD ENOUGH FOR HIM?  BELIEVE IT!  L-O-V-E YOU without boundaries!

Finally, l-o-v-e people not because of something that they might can do for you, not because they married into your family, not because you married into their family, not if they will act a certain way for you, not because they are the same color as you, act as you do, talk as you do, speak the same language as you and are as fortunate as you are…show mercy and kindness and respect and l-o-v-e them because they are God’s children.  L-o-v-e them because He loves you AND He loves them.  L-o-v-e is what makes the world go round and l-o-v-e was pierced with nails and hung on a cross more than 2,000 years ago so that we could L-I-V-E…share His l-o-v-e with someone today.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


Published in: on October 16, 2009 at 4:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

The High Road

The High Road is unfortunately the road less traveled.  Don’t believe me?  Take a long look at the world around you.  Take a look at your relationships within your family, your friends, your ex-friends, co-workers, the unity or lack thereof in churches, communities, etc.  The list goes on and on.  What is the High Road you ask?  The High Road could be defined as The Golden Rule.  The Golden Rule is found in Matthew Chapter 7 Verse 12 “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” The High Road could also be a willingness to forgive, forget and move on.  The word forgive means to cease to feel resentment against an offender : pardon.

Doesn’t that pretty much sum it all up?  If you want to be treated with kindness, then be kind to others.  Want people to be honest with you, then be honest with others.  Want to be loved, then show love to others.  It sounds pretty simple, right?  Then why do we struggle with the details?  Why is it then, when loved ones and friends forsake us and pierce us with their words that we want to strike back and cut them as deep as they have cut us?  Why is that when someone steals from us we are angered to the point of physical violence?  Why is that when we are driving down the highway and someone doesn’t merge for us, we are overcome with rage?  We immediately have a knee-jerk reaction and before we know it our mouths, hearts, minds and bodies have spun out of control and things are done and said that unfortunately can’t be taken back.  When the smoke clears and there is some sort of resolve, all that is left to turn to is forgiveness.  Sort of makes you wish you’d take that High Road now, doesn’t it?

I can think of so many times I should have taken the High Road that I should be the chief expert on NOT taking the High Road!  So sad, but oh so true!  You learn from your mistakes.  I realize, especially since having children that time is so short and we aren’t promised tomorrow, next week or next month.  Friend, we aren’t even promised the blessing of the next hour!  Make it a point to take the High Road!  It is the road less traveled, but a road full of blessing, wisdom and an opportunity to grow more spiritually and connect with our Heavenly Father on a much more personal level.  I promise, you won’t be sorry! 😀

Final Thought- Is there someone you need to forgive?  Is there someone you need to say “I’m sorry” to?  If so, do it TODAY!  Bridge the gap, move forward and BE BLESSED!  Let’s do unto others, BEFORE we want others to do unto us!  Always remember, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.

Published in: on October 12, 2009 at 4:05 pm  Comments (1)  

Your Obituary

We’re all dying.  Now if you live in reality, not in a fairytale world, that sentence shouldn’t come as a newsflash to you!  It’s true, each day we are all one step closer to deaths door.  While it’s not something we go around talking about and planning on, it is a reality.

This past summer, my husband and I were faced with the “C” word.  Cancer.  It’s an awful, ugly word.  Jon had been battling kidney stones for a few weeks and finally they got the tests run and they found tumors on his kidneys that were indicators for cancer.  He came home from the doctor and his face told me something was terribly wrong.  Something you need to know about my husband is nothing shakes him.  He’s not a worrier, he doesn’t fret.  He’s cool as a case of cucumbers, FROZEN!  But when he walked in the house on this particular day, he was shaken and pale.  He began to tell me about what the doctors discovered on the tests and how they needed to do more tests to be sure.  I froze up, then I fell apart.  How could this be, I wondered?  My husband, thirty five years old and kidney cancer!  Within hours my emotions were so out of control that in my mind I was at his funeral!  I finally had to grab a hold of myself and say “STOP! This belongs to God, not me! Enough!”  I had to repeat Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I Am God.”

Weeks went by, the MRI was rescheduled six times before they finally got him in.  After about eight weeks, we finally got the results back and it WASN’T CANCER!  Praise God!  Those two months were trying.  We sought God.  He was our comfort.  We couldn’t ask why, because there was no answer.  We don’t know why, we may never know why.  But I will tell you what I do know.  I saw my husbands faith rise to meet the challenge during those very dark days.  I saw a man get up and choose to love and serve the Lord despite his circumstances.  I saw a man who was ready to fight cancer, win or lose.

One night while lying in bed we were discussing death and our obituaries and funeral arrangements.  Right after we received word that Jon might have cancer, a very dear friend of ours passed away from cancer.  Brent was just a few years older than Jon.  While our hearts ached for Carol and the boys and the families, our hearts rejoiced at the same time because Brent was at home and at rest with the Lord.  We were talking about obituaries and Jon had mentioned how so many of the obituaries talk of the persons achievements in life and their passions.  He said “thats all fine and great but I want my obituary to say one thing…”The lease ran out on Jon’s body, he’s gone home.”  Tears filled my eyes as I realized this man that my heart so dearly loves is right.  We are merely leasing these bodies.  They are just temporary homes for our souls.

Final Thought- What do you want your obituary to say?  Feel free to leave your thoughts below.

Published in: on October 8, 2009 at 11:37 am  Comments (2)  

While I’m Waiting…

Have you ever just reached a point in your life where you don’t know where your at?  I don’t mean your depressed or sad or the world around you has gone completely dark.  But maybe your a little fidgety, almost like you sense somethings getting ready to happen, but you aren’t sure what?  Well I’m not sure why but I’ve been having those same types of feelings for the past month now and strong ones.

I’ve been leading a women’s bible study at our church and we’ve been studying “What Happens When Women Say “Yes” To God written by Lysa Terkeurst.  This is my second time reading through and studying the scriptures with this book and I find myself READY TO GO and say YES to God anytime, anywhere!  But I’m not sure to what, where, when, how.  Only HE has those details.  Isn’t hard sometimes to be patient?  I’m grinning as I write this because I’m thinking of those little toy cars that you place against the floor and wind up the rear wheels and when you let go, they speed off into the distance!  Well, thats kind of the way I feel, except I’m just squalling my tires right now and Gods got a hold of my rearend I guess! 😀  Thank you Lord!!!!  I certainly don’t want to fly off somewhere on my own and end up out of your will!

I’m reminded of the Psalmists that wrote “Be patient and wait upon the LORD” (Psalm 27:14) – We can really mess things up if run ahead of God’s schedule.  Talk about a traffic jam!  If we are in a rush to see whats ahead for us according to Gods plan we might miss out on something really special in the present, the here and now.  So I believe I’ll do just as the Word says, be patient, wait on Him and serve Him.

John Waller sings a beautiful song that was on the Fireproof soundtrack “While I’m Waiting”.  I’m going to post the words below and see if I can find the media clip to it.  I hope you find it to be as inspiring as I do.

I’m waiting, I’m waiting on You Lord And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You Lord Though it is painful, But patiently I will wait
I will move ahead bold and confident, Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint
I’ll be running the race Even while I wait

I’m waiting, I’m waiting on You Lord And I am peaceful
I’m waiting on You Lord Though it’s not easy But faithfully, I will wait

Yes, I will wait!

I will serve You while I’m waiting, I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting, I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve you while I’m waiting, I will worship while I’m waiting on You, Lord

Published in: on October 6, 2009 at 9:16 pm  Comments (4)  
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