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Saturday, August 15, 2015

These Days of Life

These moments are going fast and I'm holding on for dear life, and sanity. This life stage is hard and worth it. Mommy of two little kids. Ages 3 years and 5 months. I hope and pray that I am growing daily in patience and refinement. 
It's not easy by any stretch of the imagination, but that's not really my goal in life. Being a mom makes me pray, "Dear GOD, Please HELP!" throughout the entire day, call my mom in tears, laugh my head off, take deeeep breaths in front of the mirror and give myself pep-talks to hold on to any ounce of self-control I can grasp. I sing the goofiest songs I can think of, and read colorful storybooks all for these sweet moments, these wonderful people. 
 The rooms flow back and forth from play and meal and laundry zones, back to tidy, back to play, back to clean again ... ish. A cycle of living-rooms. I'm aiming to be faithful in the little things. Not giving up on cleaning up, only to have messy happen again. Life isn't boxes to check off a list anymore. It's about endurance and keeping-at-it. Not giving up.
Through it all there is so much goodness. I still read life-giving books, eat delicious meals and my husband gives me kisses and flowers. I get overwhelmed so often, but still sometimes just sit and listen to the rain, peace all by myself. The moments are there.
We go out for family dates to coffee shops, parks, road trips, beaches and museums, and though they may not always go "as planned" there are memories made. This is what their childhood is made out of -- love, through it all.
These are my people, they are gifts to me. God gave me more than I can handle, and I've learned to start asking for help. I will not be tempted to sin without a way of escape, as promised in 1 Corinthians 10:13, but I can't do this life by myself. I need the Lord Jesus, I need family and I need friends. In their kindness, they reach out and hold my hand to squeeze. We can do this, together.
I work hard to teach, to train. I want to do this thing the best I can. Teach my son and my daughter to play and respect -- to be gentle, and strong. These are the glimpses of sweet and simple joy
But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law - Galatians 5:22-23

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