This morning I read posts from these three lovely ladies: Emily, Jami, and Laurie. The funny thing is that I typically avoid the computer in the morning, but I was feeling down, disconnected, and ineffective, so I decided to hop on biblegateway to see what the verse was today: "I know that my redeemer lives and in the end He stands on the earth" Job 19:25
After reading the posts from these amazing gals, and then a verse in the height of Job's suffering, I was reminded of the most important point: The holy reign of my Redeemer. The importance of giving Him the first place in my life and heart and allowing Him to guide my days.
I felt so much encouragement. I had such a week of doubting my effectiveness as a mom...wondering if I was doing my best, and at the end of the day when tucking them into bed, I wondered if my children would call our time together a 'bust'.
I'm far from being a perfect mom...but the Lord doesn't measure my days or effectiveness by how many tantrums my little miss throws. Or by whether or not my home looks perfect at the end of the day. Or by any other standards we sometimes place on ourselves.
He just wants us to rest in Him. He wants us to give Him the moments that belong to Him in the first place. In each of the stories I read this morning, He was the still small voice telling me that He is the one I should be striving to be near...to please...to be placing my trust in.
Thanks girls...I needed that this morning.