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Thursday, September 1, 2011

thankful...



The past few times that I have seen Gwen, we have giggled most of the time. We have had several meetings where we literally giggled our way through them. We decided at the end of our last meeting that we have reached our point of delirium. THEN, we laughed at the thought of our lives being so crazy that all we can do is laugh. DELIRIUM for SURE! I am so glad that we have learned to laugh instead of cry. WITHOUT doubt, it is joy straight from my sweet Savior.

My children have just had their first full week of school. I have spent the whole week just trying to catch up on everything that I set aside this summer while they were home. This week has brought two REALLY tired kindergarteners, a LOT of whining, 7 REALLY hungry children papers to sign, laundry to wash, homework to be done, soccer/football/piano/cheerleading practices to attend, and the list goes on.....

The conversations amongst my children just make me smile. The comparisons of how a teacher has changed from year to year, who is dating who, how much taller he/she is, who they played with on the playground. We have some MAJOR sibling rivalry that goes on in my house. We have learned to talk it out, and so far, it has seemed fairly healthy. It gives us the chance to talk about our differences and how God created each of us with different strengths/weaknesses. When I get frustrated, I try to stop and think about how boring it would be if we were all the same....B.O.R.I.N.G!!

I have noticed my children saying "i love you" to each other more than ever. My son, Michael, tells his youngest brothers/sister at least five times a day that he loves them. Tonight, when Michael was going to bed, Grace said " i love you Michael" Just this past week, I have heard MillerAnne and Annabelle tell the little ones several times " i love you!" It makes my heart happy. It makes me feel like all of my exhaustion isn't completely in vain. In the middle of all of the discipline, I feel as though that these three simple words are my affirmation that my children ARE getting it.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Each time I fix a "booboo", put lotion on Josie, help her get her clothes on, etc..she tells me EVERY TIME..."I love you mommy." Isn't it funny how she associates me caring for her without me saying a word that I love her? That is the way we were created. What if you NEVER heard those three little words? How empty would your heart feel? How much would you LONG to hear and feel the love from another?

Today I am thankful. SO thankful for those three words that Mike speaks to me each and EVERY night before we fall asleep. Thankful that God has filled my bedrooms upstairs with children. More than anything, I am thankful that love grows. If there are more people to share it, the more it grows. I am watching it spread all over my home and it does a mama's heart good:)




3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello there!
I found your blog and Gwen's as well through following Katie, then finding (and LOVING)147. I occasionally pop on over and read yours and Gwen's latest posts. You are both ladies and Mommas I aspire to be like. Loving the ones who are in need, loving your husbands, babies, and those around you. Your love for Christ is so obvious through all of that. Just wanted to let you both know that you are an encouragement and joy to read about. Praying all is well in your houses.
With Joy-
Brittni

RaVae Erickson said...

Now THAT is a breath of fresh air! :)

Joy in the Journey! said...

Three very precious words! I long to say those to our son waiting for us 9,000 miles away, I long to hear him say them and I long to hear the children say it to each other!

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