Yesterday afternoon I had a great opportunity to speak to 8 young women at the Mercy Crisis Pregnancy Center in Reading,Pa. Although it was a small group of women I knew from the moment I opened my mouth that God had hand picked these women to be in my class. I have not done my presentation on relationships for almost 2 or even 3 years now so I started out a little rusty until I moved out of the way and I completely felt the Lord speaking through me the things these girls needed to hear. I remember at one point as I was speaking about their worth that I could see them the way God saw them. He didn’t see them as a statistic or by the fact that some had multiple children by different fathers or the clothes they wore. Yes He saw them in all their sin, in all their suffering and all their pain and confusion of living life apart from Him. What I saw was God’s amazing love pursuing their hearts, telling them that they are beautiful because He is the one who created them. I wish I could have sat down with each of them so I could hear their personal stories. My heart was so broken yet hopeful for them because as I shared my story of redemption I was reminded that I once sat in their place. BUT GOD in his great mercy rescued me! Not because I was so like-able and definitely not because I was such a great person. He rescued me because I am sinner in need of a Savior! I am thankful this morning for the gospel that is powerful to save . I am thankful that the gospel daily reminds me of what I have been saved from! I know without a doubt God is pursuing the hearts of those women like He did mine! My prayer this morning is that by God’s grace their eyes would be open to truth of the gospel so that they may be able to share their story of redemption to others who may sitting where they are now! I have great expectations of this because I serve an amazing God!
So blessed to still have amazing godly women in my life that know me so well and still point my heart to Jesus although we are miles apart! Loved the day God gave us with all our kiddos! #thankful
I want her eye lashes!
At least he didn’t eat them the whole time:)
Just started reading #glimpsesofgrace! SO good!
When I was pregnant with my first child I remember having a conversation with a good friend about how I would eventually leave my current job to be at stay at home mom. Even as a fellow believer the idea of me doing this did not sit well with her. Her concern was the fact that God was using me so much in my job and it was clear that it was part of my calling which was the true. I was able to share an abstinence message to thousands of kids each year. I definitely loved my job but as I look back I wish I had more knowledge then as I do now after being a mom of 3 for 3 plus years. I would have shared with her why I was confident that God had now called me to stay home rather than work outside of the home. At the time I didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew was that my husband and I agreed that this is what we wanted for our children long before they came along. I am not expert in parenting but I have learned a lot. One thing I have learned is that yes I could have put my children in daycare ( there is nothing wrong with that)and continued speaking and making a difference in kids lives but for me personally I think God was calling me and is still calling me to make a difference in MY own children’s lives. As a Christian I cannot forget that my children are lost and need the truth of the gospel everyday. That is a high calling in and of itself! I am not going to lie, its hard work but so far its been worth it. So I decided to make a list of some of the things I have learned in the past 3 years of being a mommy of 3. The list is more for me to look back on when I have those days when I feel like I am not making a difference because it feels like I just do the same thing over and over again everyday. The truth is there is no place I would rather be! The list are not in any specific order and I am sure I will be able to add onto the list as years go by.
1. It’s the hardest thing I have ever done but at the same time it’s a blessing. I do not regret being able to stay home and watch my children grow!
2.I feel tired most of the time.
3.I am over joyed when I have energy!
4.I have to be intentional about teaching my children about Jesus. It doesn’t come naturally like I thought it would.
5.A schedule keeps me sane.
6.A schedule keeps my children sane.
7.Coffee keeps me sane.
8.Oh and yes the word of God keeps me sane!
9.My relationship with Jesus is not the same as it was when I single ( that is okay) so I am learning that I cannot be just based my relationship on past experiences but on his truth that doesn’t change.
10.I have to remind myself of the gospel daily and sometimes moment by moment.
11.I could not be the parent Christ wants me to be without the grace of Christ.
12.I need women in my life. I especially need older women in my life.
13.Sometimes I feel lonely.
14.Play groups are needed.
15.Adult conversations are needed. I don’t care if its from a stranger some days! Lol
16.It’s not selfish to take time for myself.
17.I can get angry at a 6 week old, 1 year old, 2 year old and 3 year old! Hard to admit but its true.
18.Toddlers are a lot smarter than we give them credit.
19.Being last is really hard.
20.There is joy in having a clean house. Especially because I know it blesses my husband.
21.I will never be a perfect mom.
22.Not everyone is going to agree with how my husband and I parent.
23.Praying with my children and hearing my children pray is a gift and melts my heart.
24.Asking my children for forgiveness is humbling and powerful!
25.Saying no is a good thing but saying yes is too!
26.I am still trying to work on not caring what others think when my kids are not acting like little angels in public.
27.My kids can break my heart and melt my heart all in one day.
28.Trying to see things from their perspective changes everything.
29.Sometimes the dishes and the laundry can wait!
30.It really bothers me when they wake up early from their naps. Seriously! GO BACK TO SLEEP!!! Lol
31. Kids are quick to forgive.
32.It’s easy to be lazy.
33.Getting dressed and putting on a little makeup makes me feel better.
34.To do list are very helpful.
35.I will make mistakes and that’s okay.
36.It’s okay for me to feel like I can’t do it.
37.It’s okay to have a pity party once in a while.
38.Laughter is always good!
39.5 minutes with God is better than not making anytime at all with Him.
40. I am not having kids based on how much money we make! Yes I know kids are expensive!
41. I love learning about the gifts God’s given them.
42.I love helping them see their gifts and helping to develop them.
43.I am always thinking of escapes routes if anything would happen when Kris is not with around.
44.Somedays i get sick of my own voice! I yell a lot! Sad but true.
45.Nursing hurts so bad in the beginning but after the pain passes its awesome!
46.I get offended when they don’t listen to me.
47.It’s awesome when I see first how their disobedience is offensive to God before it offending me.
48.It’s okay to eat 8 Oreos a day when you have 3 young kids! Lol
49.I love nap time!
50.I love to praying over my kids when they are sleeping.(I am already praying for their spouses)
51.Kids are very good at mimicking the good and the bad!
52.. You can potty train a 22 month old in 3 days!
53.Its my job and my husband’s job to parent and teach our children about God. Not the school or the church.
54.Just because you have kids doesn’t make you a parent. Parenting makes you a parent.
55. Seeing your child get their feelings hurt is the worst feeling in the world! I wish I could protect them from everything!
56.People will always be judgmental.
57.Kisses and hugs go a long way.
58.One on one time with each child is so important!
59.There is nothing like watching your child spend time with their daddy. They need their daddy in a different way that they need me. I love it!
60.Notice and acknowledge the little things. It makes them feel special!
61.It’s easy to be isolated than to go out with 3 young kids.
62.Some people look at me like I am crazy for having 3 kids back to back. They often think I am crazier when I tell them we are not done.
63.I love when strangers tell me I am blessed because of my children.
64.I have to be intentional with my friendships.
65.It’s okay to only have a few friends to share life with.
66.A good cry never hurt anyone.
67.I think my kids learn the most by watching how my husband and I love each other on a daily bases.
68.My kids show me God’s heart in so may ways.
What are some of the things you have learned? I would love to hear them:)
7 months old! Such a cutie:)
This picture just makes me smile!
Summer time fun!