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When each new year arrives, I like to select a life verse to focus on throughout the year. It’s typically a verse that catches my attention in the weeks leading up to the beginning of the new year.
Choosing a verse for 2016 was easy. Proverbs 31: 25 started popping up everywhere as 2015 came to a close. As I reflected on the meaning of the verse, it became even clearer that it was the perfect verse for 2016. I love how one small verse of scripture can speak volumes. The verse sums up exactly what I need to change in my life in the coming year.
The year of 2015 was one of the most difficult years of my life. I’ve felt beaten down spiritually, emotionally, and physically. My health issues escalated, making it difficult to keep up with my work at times. I often found my self-confidence shot as I continued to wonder why my husband left me. Due to my health issues, I was not as productive as I needed to be with my writing, which caused me to worry about finances and what the future might hold if my health continues to decline.
A major computer crash a few weeks ago stressed me out so much that I ended up at my doctor’s office getting an EKG. Why was I suddenly finding it hard to deal with a small issue like a broken computer? While minor annoyances can be frustrating, I typically handle them much better than I handled this incident.
As I took inventory of my life during 2015, I realized I had gotten careless with my daily time in prayer and scripture reading. Way too many days began with me rushing to my home office to start the work day and fitting my quiet time in later, which never happened many days.
I also realized I had neglected my health a lot over the past year. Eating out of control, eating junk food, eating too much fast food, drinking sugar-laden sodas, and not caring about what I put in my mouth has taken its toll on my physical health. I gained weight, which made my other health issues even more noticeable. My physical stamina and strength continued to decline due to lack of exercise. Most days I hurt too much to move. By the end of 2015, I felt like I was in a downward spiral in all areas of my life. I knew I needed to make some drastic changes in the upcoming year.
As I began to reflect on Proverbs 31:25, I thought about what it means to be a woman who is clothed with strength and dignity and who can laugh without fear of the future. Looking back at 2015, I lacked a lot in the woman of strength department. I felt weak and powerless most of the time. At times I felt defeated, depressed, and discouraged about the circumstances in my life.
I certainly didn’t feel very dignified as I watched the numbers on the scale go up and as I continued to base my self-worth on the fact that my husband left me. Instead of laughing without fear of the future, I was worrying about how I was going to survive.
What does it mean to be a woman who is clothed with strength and dignity? It’s a woman who is strong because God is her strength. A strong woman gets her power from God. She does this by nurturing her relationship with God on a daily basis. She is a woman who consistently prays and opens her Bible to seek God’s truth. She puts God first, not work or the million other distractions that compete for her attention.
Dignity means the state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed. God loves us and desires what’s best for us. I believe a woman clothed with dignity is a woman who lives out her life in a manner that makes her worthy to be called a woman of God. A woman of dignity strives to live in a way that honors God in every area of her life. She doesn’t let the opinions of others determine her worth. She takes care of her body and her appearance. She manages her household and finances well. She is a good steward of all that God has entrusted into her care.
Being able to laugh without fear of the future may seem like a rather arrogant verse of scripture, but it has nothing to do with being boastful. Being able to laugh without fear of what the future holds means you feel joyful and at peace. You trust God with your future. You are confident he will work all things out for your good. When a woman’s relationship with God is first, and she is living out the Christian life in every area of her life, she feels at peace about what tomorrow will bring. There’s no need to worry about money, health, or even death, because she knows her future and eternity are secure with God.
As I begin the new year, I’m going to focus on Proverbs 31:25 and rebuild my life. I need to get back to putting God first every morning. I truly believe when God is not our priority, things begin to fall apart quickly. I got off track in a lot of areas in 2015, and the state of my health and well being at the end of the year revealed the path of self-destruction I was on.
I can’t change a lot of things in my life, but I can choose to change the things that matter most. I can choose to be a woman who is clothed with strength and dignity and who laughs without fear of the future.
Do you have a life verse you want to focus on this year?
I’m celebrating my 40th wedding anniversary today. There is no milestone anniversary party planned. I won’t be looking out the window watching for the local florist to arrive with a bouquet of yellow roses. I won’t be waiting in anticipation to see if my husband got me a romantic card or special gift to celebrate our years together.
I will celebrate my anniversary alone.
What a difference a decade makes. I will never forget our 30th wedding anniversary. I was going about my daily routine when I heard a knock at the door. I opened the door to find the local florist delivering 31 beautifully arranged roses. There were 30 yellow roses and a single white rose. My husband had ordered a yellow rose for each year we were married and a white rose to represent our future together.
I was delighted, and our future seemed so promising that day. We had made it 30 years, and I assumed we would stay together until death took one of us.
I never imagined my husband would leave a few years later and move to another state to begin his life with another woman. There was no goodbye. No sitting down and telling me what was wrong. No warning. He just left one day, changed his cell phone number, and never came home. Suddenly, my husband was gone. My four children’s father was out of their life, and the grandchildren no longer had a pap who played with them on Sunday afternoons.
That was 5 years and 7 months ago. We are still married. He filed for divorce a few years ago, but due to a glitch in the court system, the divorce hearing was postponed. It was rescheduled for a later date. A few weeks prior to the date, I received a text from my husband saying he canceled the divorce and was going to think about things. Strangely, I received papers from the attorney and the court stating we had reconciled, even though we hadn’t.
A lot has happened since then, but I won’t go into specific details. We talk on a regular basis. My husband has helped me out financially many times, and he put me back on his health insurance at work.
I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m continuing to leave it in God’s hands. I’ve been told by many people that I’m crazy for putting up with my husband. I’ve been told I should file for divorce. I’ve been told I should date and that I deserve someone better than my husband.
I hear from Christians that God wants me to be happy, and God doesn’t want me to remain in this marriage. I’ve been told I have biblical reasons for divorce. I’ve been told God has someone special out there waiting for me.
However, I strongly feel God is leading me to trust him and continue to live my life as a Christian wife. I’ve never felt led to pursue the divorce. I’m not buying into the God- wants-nothing-but-my-happiness line. God wants me to be obedient to his word and his truth more than he wants my happiness.
I’ve continued to live as a married Christian woman after my husband left, and I will continue to do so. I don’t have to answer to God for what my husband is doing. I only have to answer to God for my own actions. I would rather be right with God, and dealing with the loneliness and pain of a broken marriage, than be living a life of sin and separated from God.
I am choosing to honor God and my marriage vows, even though my husband is not. I must pray for his salvation and pray he gets his life right with God before it’s too late.
Think about it. If your spouse was diagnosed with a horrible disease would you turn your back on them? Sin is a horrible disease that is capable of sentencing one to eternal hell and separation from God. We need to pray for our spouse’s salvation when they fall into sinful living.
Being right with God, and knowing where we are going when we leave this world, is more important than the state of our marriage. I’m sure the people who recently lost their lives in the terror attacks on Paris never imagined their life would end that night. Death often comes suddenly and without warning.
After reading about my marriage issues, I’m sure you probably wonder why I would choose to celebrate a broken marriage on my 40th anniversary. The answer is easy. I’m choosing to focus on the positive stuff rather than only seeing the negative.
I’m celebrating because:
- God joined me and my husband together in a covenant marriage for a reason.
- God allowed me to experience love, marriage, and intimacy. I got to experience what it was like to walk down the aisle and marry the man I love.
- I got to experience life as a military wife.
- I got to experience the sense of pride a military wife feels when she sees her husband in his uniform.
- I got to experience the agony of being separated while my husband was deployed and the excitement of finding a letter in the mailbox to brighten my day. I still have every love letter and card he sent me.
- I got to experience the joy of my husband returning home from those deployments safe and sound.
- Because of our life together, four amazing children were brought into this world. I will never forget seeing them for the first time and the thrill of a newborn baby being placed in my arms.
- I had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mother for my four children. I never missed a first smile, first step, or first word.
- I now have five precious grandchildren to love as a result of that trip down the aisle 40 years ago.
- Our legacy of love will continue to grow, through our children and grandchildren, long after we depart this world-all because we walked down that aisle 40 years ago.
What does it look like to celebrate an anniversary alone? For me it means taking a trip down memory lane. I will order take-out for dinner and look back at the cards and letters from years gone by. I will look at photos of the children and grandchildren and thank God for the incredible blessing they have been in my life.
I will spend some extra time in prayer for my husband. I will spend some extra time thanking God for the wonderful gift of marriage that he allowed me to experience.
But most of all, I will thank God for his amazing grace and for giving me the strength to continue walking this difficult journey as a married woman living alone.
Today, I am choosing to rejoice and celebrate. I am choosing to be thankful for the incredible blessings God has brought into my life since I was a starry-eyed young girl walking down the aisle 40 years ago.
Rejoice always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (I Thessalonians 5: 16-18)
He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Making a quilt is often a long and time consuming process. In the beginning stages of quilting, the mountain of fabric scraps that need to be cut into accurate shapes can seem overwhelming. It takes a lot of preparation. Depending on the size of the quilt, you may not see the finished results of your stitching for a long period of time.
Working consistently on a quilt is important if you don’t want it to end up as one more unfinished project. It’s easy to feel excited about beginning a new quilt, but then life often gets in the way. Your good intentions can easily end up stuffed in a drawer and forgotten.
Losing weight is a lot like quilting. It’s exciting to start a new weight loss plan, but for emotional eaters who typically have a lot of pounds to lose, it can seem overwhelming at the same time. It can be a long journey to the finish line, and the motivation to keep going can dwindle over time.
However, those who love quilting and those who have lost a lot of weight will tell you it’s worth all the hard work and effort when you see the finished results.
Making a weight loss quilt is a good way to turn your excess pounds into a lovely tapestry. It’s a great way to record your progress and celebrate your success. In the end, not only will you look great and feel better, you will also have a beautiful new wall hanging to enjoy and use as a visual reminder of your transformation and hard work.
Even if you’re not a sewer, you can still enjoy the beauty of a weight loss quilt. Collect your quilt squares. Once you reach your goal weight, you can have a seamstress complete the quilt for you.
- Subtract your goal weight from your current weight to determine the amount of quilt squares you need to cut.
- Cut your quilt squares from 100% cotton fabric. The size of the squares will depend on how big you want your quilt to be. A good size is two inches.
- If desired, decorate two mason jars (see photo above) to use for keeping track of the pounds you need to lose and pounds you have lost. You can place motivational quotes or scriptures on the jars for extra encouragement. These can be found in the scrapbook section of most stores.
- If you would rather see your quilt in progress, you can make a project board and place a square on the board for each pound lost. A medium-sized cork board, bulletin board, or an artist canvas covered with felt or flannel will work fine. The fabric squares will naturally stick to the felt or flannel. Cut a piece of flannel or felt about an inch larger than the board on all sides. Stretch the felt or flannel over the board, and secure it to the back of the board with staples or glue.
- Once you reach your weight loss goal, stitch your squares together by hand or machine. Finish your quilt with batting, backing, and border fabric. Quilt all layers together to finish your quilted wall hanging.
Making a weight loss quilt is also a good way to take something negative and turn it into something positive. If you are an emotional eater, you’re probably already aware of the negative thoughts and feelings connected to obesity.
When another attempt to lose weight becomes one more time you failed, it can be difficult to see anything good about your attempts to lose weight. You may look in the mirror and only see rolls of fat or a double chin staring back at you. Your self-confidence suffers and you become depressed and discouraged.
Making a weight loss quilt can help you see each excess pound in a positive light. As you watch your quilt come together, you will have a visual reminder that you’re on your way to a healthier lifestyle and a thinner body.
At the end of your weight loss journey, your finished quilt will tell a beautiful story of perseverance, transformation, and victory over emotional eating.
“The time of the falling leaves has come again…How beautifully the leaves grow old! How full of light and color are their last days!” ~John Burroughs
As nature closes the curtain on summer and ushers in the arrival of fall, I’m enjoying the lovely transformation taking place outside my window. The summer leaves are trading in their green attire for the lovely hues of fall, and the colorful splashes of orange, red, and yellow makes even the dreariest days appear bright.
How beautifully the leaves do grow old! Since I’m in the autumn season of life, fall’s arrival always reminds me to pause and reflect on my own aging process.
I’m not talking about physical appearance. I’m accepted the fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin that becomes more noticeable each year. My inner beauty is what I’m concerned about, and I always find room for plenty of improvement.
Unfortunately, many of us in the autumn season of life get too caught up in preserving our outward appearance. Rather than focusing on our inner beauty, many of us are too busy having a mid-life crisis, stressing out about things we have no control over, and trying to preserve our youth.
We live in a youth-oriented culture. Numerous products appear on the market claiming to make us look younger. Advertisements abound for anti-wrinkle creams, vitamin supplements, and pills that boast about their ability to prevent or delay the aging process.
Lets face it, we are growing older each day. No matter how hard we try to avoid the aging process, it’s going to happen. No lotion or cream can stop it. I’m not saying it’s wrong to use moisturizers and take care of our physical appearance, but inwardly is where true beauty starts.
There’s only so much we can do about our physical beauty, but we have a lot of control over the state of our inward beauty. No woman is more attractive than one who has a lovely inner spirit that shines through to the outside.
Do you know an older person with sparkling eyes and a face that seems to glow? Although the aging process has taken its toll on their physical beauty, their inner beauty is so powerful that it cancels out the signs of their physical age.
My grandma Mitchell was an expert on inner beauty. She loved life and was joyful in all circumstances. Her inner contentment and faith shined through to the outside.
And it wasn’t because grandma had an easy life. She was married to an alcoholic and raised five children in an alcoholic home. She had to work hard to keep the children fed, because my grandfather spent what money he made on booze. He became mean and surly when he was drunk. At times, she had to walk for miles with the children to keep them safe. Driving wasn’t an option, because grandma never got her license until pap died.
Grandma became a widow in her early 50’s and remained single until she passed away from bone cancer in her early 80’s. She endured many hardships in life, but through it all her inner beauty shined through. She enjoyed life and always had a smile to greet anyone who showed up on her doorstep.
She was the happiest person I knew, and she wasn’t putting on an act. The light in her face and her rosy cheeks reflected an inner peace and contentment that couldn’t even be snuffed out by the years spent with an alcoholic husband and a rough life.
Grandma aged gracefully and beautifully. Her countenance never once reflected the hardships of life she endured. Those who didn’t know her history would never have imagined the difficulties she endured mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially.
No matter what season of life we are in, it’s never too early or too late to start an inner beauty regimen. We can age beautifully by starting to cultivate some inner beauty basics right now.
Inner Beauty Basics
- Seek an intimate relationship with God and nurture it by praying and reading the Bible consistently.
- Believe and trust that God has a special purpose for you in every season of your life.
- Make God’s word the authority for every choice and decision you make.
- Be content and thankful for what you have.
- Count your blessings every day.
- Choose to love, forgive, encourage, and help others.
- Don’t dwell on the past. Learn from past mistakes and move forward.
- Use the gifts and talents God gave you, and don’t worry about the outcome. God wants a faithful servant, not a popular or famous one. You simply need to be faithful and do the work. God will do the rest.
- Get enough sleep, eat healthy most of the time, stay active, and take time for your hobbies and the things you enjoy. Taking care of your physical body can improve your mental and emotional health.
- Live your life with an eternal perspective. This life is only temporary. Heaven is forever.
When we age inwardly and spiritually well, we will grow more beautiful over time. Our faces will be radiant with God’s love, and our beauty will shine as bright as the leaves in autumn.
How’s your inner-beauty regimen? What areas do you need to work on that will allow you to age beautifully and gracefully?
The ringing of the alarm signals the start of a brand new day. I’m exhausted. I guess I should have gone to bed earlier last night. I resist the urge to pull the covers up for a few more minutes of sleep. I want to pray and read the Bible before the busyness of the day sets in.
I walk down the hall to my home office. I decide I should start my computer first. It can be sluggish at times, and it may need time to install any software updates. Once I finish my quiet time the computer will be ready for my work day.
The computer starts and an update needs my attention. Since it will only take a few minutes, I proceed to complete the installation. Then I notice an email alert from a client. It’s a revision request for an article I wrote the previous day. Since the changes required are minimal, I decide it should only take a short time to complete. I like to keep clients happy, so I justify the need to do it now, even though my agreement with the client is a 24-hour turnaround time for revisions.
The day is young, and I still have plenty of time to have my quiet time…
While I’m working on the article, I notice I have social media messages. I better check them in case they might be work related. Answering the messages takes longer than I expected. Then I notice the invitation on Facebook to the family cookout. I need to post what dessert I’m taking and the RSVP date is today.
My stomach starts to hurt, and I realize I forgot to take my medication that I need to take 30 minutes prior to breakfast. I head downstairs to grab a glass of water and my medication. By the time I can eat breakfast, I should have the revision request finished.
With the revision complete, I head to the kitchen to make breakfast. Before I finish eating, I receive a few text messages that I need to reply to. I clean up from breakfast and decide I need to do laundry. It will only take a few minutes to toss a load of clothes in the washer before I sit down to have my quiet time.
While starting the laundry, I realize it’s the beginning of the month and a few bills are due soon. It won’t take long to get them in the mail, just a few minutes.
While outside at the mailbox, I notice my flowers look wilted. I decide I should go ahead and water them while I’m outside. It won’t take long at all.
As I’m walking in the door the phone rings, and I find out I’m getting company for a few hours. They are family, so I decide I won’t stress about what needs done. Life is short and I want to treasure moments with my family as long as I’m able.
By the time my company leaves, I realize the day is half over and I need to get to work. As the day progresses, my focus is on work, which due to my various jobs will keep me busy until nearly 10:00 at night, sometimes longer, with just a break for dinner in between jobs.
By the time my day is finished, I’m exhausted with no time or energy left for what is most important-my time with God.
It wasn’t anything big that kept me from spending time with God early in the day. It was the little things -distractions, distractions, and more distractions.
Way too often I’m a no-show when God is waiting to meet with me in the early morning hours, and I feel ashamed by how easily I get caught up in the cares of this world and neglect what is most important.
Forgive me for allowing the distractions of life to rob me of a glorious encounter with you in the morning. I’m humbled to think you desire to have an intimate relationship with me. So often I stumble and fall in my walk of faith. I rush into the day neglecting to seek your strength for the day ahead.
Later in the evening, I fall into bed exhausted, too tired to pray, or I fall asleep praying. Rather than giving you the best part of my day, I give you the pieces that are left over- a few minutes here, a few moments there.
Yet, there you are, waiting for me to come to you in prayer, wooing and luring me to come meet with you.
I am humbled when I think a holy God would even want to meet with me. Above the symphony of all you created, the roaring thunder, the waves crashing along the seashore, the howling winds, and the melody of the birds, you still long to hear my voice.
And you are always there…waiting for me to seek you. Help me to never take it for granted and to make my morning meeting with you a priority.
In Jesus’ name, amen
How often are you a no-show when it comes to meeting with God? What distractions are keeping you from a glorious early morning encounter with God?
1. Building on the wrong foundation
What are you building your house on? God’s principles or the world’s standards? The Bible or the opinion of your favorite talk show host? The timeless truth in scripture or what is trending on social media?
Scripture says that a house not built by the Lord is built in vain. First and foremost, we need a biblical foundation.
Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. (Psalm 127:1)
2. Nagging and arguing
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Nagging is pointless and can eat away at your marriage. When you find yourself feeling irritated over an issue with your husband, ask yourself if the issue will matter in light of eternity. If it won’t, let it go.
Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife. (Proverbs 21: 19)
3. Failing to appreciate the good qualities in their husbands
Not all husbands are romantic and attentive, and some aren’t very talkative. That does not mean they aren’t good men.
If your man works hard to provide for his family, and is a good father to his children, count your blessings. There are many women who would love to have man who is a good provider and who is not a deadbeat dad.
I’ve watched several women throw away good men in pursuit of a more romantic man or because they felt they deserved more in life. As a result, homes were destroyed, children’s lives were disrupted, and the women ended up financially destitute while in pursuit of a better life. The grass is not greener on the other side.
Respect your husband and focus on his good qualities.
A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. (Proverbs 12: 4)
4. Being discontent
Discontentment is destructive, and Satan knows how to use it to his advantage. It started long ago in the Garden of Eden. Eve was discontent. God told her she could eat any fruit in the garden, except one. Instead of being glad for the abundance of fruit she could eat, she wanted the one she wasn’t supposed to have. Satan convinced her to doubt God’s word and to eat the forbidden fruit.
Eve threw away living in a garden of paradise to live in a world filled with pain and suffering. Don’t give in to discontentment. Remember Eve. It only takes one bad choice to ruin your life.
Learn to develop a thankful attitude. Choose to enjoy the good things God has blessed you with. Being content and living in peace with what you have is good for your health.
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. ( Proverbs 14: 30)
5. Being addicted to social media and cell phones
Social media and cell phones have a part in our lives, and they are wonderful when used in moderation. However, they should not take over our life or become our modern day idols.
Instead of updating your Facebook status multiple times a day, take a few minutes to drop a note or card in the mail to someone who is sick or recently had surgery. Take a meal to a family in need. Read to your kids or prepare a special dinner for your husband.
Don’t be afraid to turn off your cell phone. With the new smart phones, we have 24-hour access to the internet, email, and social media. Again, cell phones are wonderful inventions, but people have become so addicted to them that they are never disconnected from technology.
A few months ago, I had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting a toddler who ran out into the street. The worst part of the incident was the fact that her mother never noticed, because she was walking and texting.
Young or old, it seems as if everyone is totally mesmerized by technology, and it is quietly destroying homes and families. How much more powerful we all would be in our walk of faith if we skimmed through the Bible as often as our social media sites and email.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. (Proverbs 31: 27)
6. Not being a good steward of money
Buying things we don’t need, overspending at the grocery store, and too many trips to the local fast food place, are all ways for money to dribble away. I am guilty of all three.
It all begins when the grocery store sale flyer arrives in my mailbox. I see all the things on sale and decide to stock up on a few things. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially when the price is good and it’s for items I will use. The temptation comes when I end up going through every aisle in the store and purchasing things I don’t need.
Eating out too often is costly. This includes hitting the dollar menu at the local fast food place. Money that is dribbled away little by little adds up to a big financial drain over time.
Financial problems can put strain on a marriage and family relationships.
What would happen if we saved small amounts of money instead of spending it? Proverbs 13: 11 has the answer.
Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
7. Viewing children as a burden rather than a blessing
Being a mother requires a lot of sacrifice. It’s hard work even on the best days. But it is also the most rewarding thing you will ever do. Children should never be seen as obstacles standing in the way of career advancement or as cramping your social life.
Children are a blessing, and whatever you have to give up to be a parent is worth it. A career can be started at any time in your life, but you only have one chance to raise a child. You can always have a social life, but your child will only have one childhood.
Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from him. ( Psalm 127: 3)
8. Neglecting the home
Keeping house doesn’t mean you must adhere to a rigid cleaning schedule or have an immaculately decorated home. Caring for the home is overseeing what goes on in the home, as well as making it a safe and healthy environment for the family.
We’ve all heard the old saying, “If mama isn’t happy, nobody’s happy.” It’s true. As women, we have an amazing influence on our homes and families. We set the mood in the home and should take our role seriously.
A wise woman builds her home by working hard to meet the needs of those within her household. She is aware of what needs to be done and keeps her family well fed and clothed. She is available to offer faithful instruction to her growing children and others within her household.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. (Proverbs 31:26)
9. Putting too much focus on outward appearance
It doesn’t matter how much makeup you wear, or if you dress in the latest designer fashions, if your inside is ugly it will show on the outside.
That doesn’t mean outward appearance doesn’t matter. It does. Dressing appropriately and attractively is a good thing, but it’s not everything.
Do you have a harsh spirit or a quiet and gentle spirit? Are you encouraging others or tearing them down through unkind words or gossip? Are you loving others when they make mistakes or being judgmental?
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. (Proverbs 11: 22)
10. Failing to accept the seasons of life
This one seems like common sense, but it is a real problem among women. Single women wish they were married. Married women long to be single again. Women with small children wish they had the freedom that older woman with grown children have. Older women miss the days of mothering small children and wish they could go back.
Every season of life requires sacrifice. Every season has good and bad points. If you have young children, you are busy and very limited in how much free time you have. It’s part of the mothering process. Time will pass and your day will arrive when you have more freedom.
If you are single, use this time to serve God fully. If you are married and have children, you must set aside time to meet the needs of a husband and family.
We may have seasons of good health and seasons of poor health. We have a season when we are young and a season of being old. Some seasons will definitely be more challenging than others, but that’s part of life.
Accepting the season you are in, and allowing God use you right where you are, is freeing. Willingly accept your current season and let go of seasons you are no longer in.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
God entrusted women with the ability to build their homes. Brick by brick we can build a home that will impact future generations. Each decision we make has the power to build or tear down our homes.
When we act in wisdom, and allow God’s word to determine our priorities in the home, we will build a home with a solid foundation for the future. Likewise, if we fail to pursue wisdom and give in to our selfish needs and harbor discontentment in our hearts, we will tear our homes down brick by brick.
Are the choices you make each day building your home or tearing it down?