Thursday, October 29, 2009

Time is Flying by Too Fast....

I always say this but time is flying by way too fast!!! I can’t believe it is fall already!! We have had so much fun this season already. God has really been working on our hearts lately. Both Dan and I have been studying the book of Leviticus. God’s Word is so rich and full that it would take me a long time to explain all of the insight I am gaining into His love and character by my study in the Old Testament. I have not really been into “studying” the Old Testament before but God has drawn me to this place where I am hungry to know all that I can about Him through His Word. It has been powerful and life changing to say the least. Dan and I have been praying together every morning. Dan has really driven this process and I am so proud of his leadership in this area! God is showing us a lot about His unfailing character, His grace, and His love. He is sharpening us daily and using each other to do it. It has been a season of getting things in order. I am also finally realizing that motherhood is something I have always wanted to do. Many times I have wondered what would I do if I wasn’t a mom or what is my true passion? The answer is that my heart’s desire and passion has been fulfilled in being a wife and a mother. It is challenging at times, but a job that I truly cherish and feel grateful that the Lord has given me this awesome occupation. This job is not to be taken lightly or for granted as it does not come easily for everyone.

I desire in motherhood to be a good steward of what the Lord has provided. With that said, I love reading my friend Stephanie Hillberry’s blog: because she is always talking about stewardship in some capacity. She is very resourceful and talented at putting her hands to what the Lord calls her to do and does not waver. Outwardly her blog is not advertised as “Christian” but you can see Christian concepts and principals throughout her writing. To me, she is a good example of using your time and talents to be a creative and virtuous woman of God. This is what I desire to be as a mom: creative and virtuous, a good steward in raising kids that love God with all of their hearts. To be proactive in budgeting and meal planning so I can be a good steward of what God has provided. God is teaching me a lot in this process of surrendering my life and the lives of my family members fully to Him.

The other thing that the Lord has been allowing me to do as a mom is meet a lot of fellow moms, whether it be through MOPS, at the park, library or play groups. I have had fun spending time and hopefully encouraging other moms in their journey of motherhood. I have thoroughly enjoyed this part of being a mom: a chance to meet people you otherwise would never meet or hang out with. God has a way of creating an instant bond between fellow moms. It has been such a blessing!

My current occupations as a mom of one will be increased to mother of two when Little Man Junior comes Jan 11, 2010. We are anxiously awaiting his arrival. By anxious I mean – We have nothing “ready” and we are very excited! Although we know how to care physically for a newborn there are lots of questions. What will he look like? What will his temperament be like? How we will handle the transition from one to two kids? Will there be enough love and attention for both? With that said I know deep in my heart that all of this will work out and that our family will feel more complete with this new little one. I never thought I could love Alex as much as I do so I know that I will love for this new precious gift just as much!! I can’t wait to see Alex and Little Man Jr. interact and watch them grow together!

Colossians 3:23,24
"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve."

1 comment:

Andy's Mom said...

I really loved this post Jess! It made me focus my thoughts and intentions toward stewardship and offering up this intense and challenging job of motherhood to the Lord in a more conscious way. What we do as moms is so hard and so beautiful and though I need constant prayer to get through each and every day I often forget that I am doing this work for God first and foremost and not just for the children or myself. He is the one who sees it all and loves it without the judgement and criticism that I too often have for myself.

I am so glad that we have been able to see each other often and get to know each other so much better. I look forward to much more fellowship with you!