Friday, August 24, 2012

Why I Do What I Do

Right now, as I sit on the floor matching a basket full of socks for the millionth time it can make me have a moment of, "Why am I doing this? Nobody even appreciates this. They just expect it. What's the point?" 

Matching socks is not the only time I think about this.... Sometimes when wiping up the peanut butter and jelly off the table, or picking up the dirty socks and towels off the floor, or when dusting all the decorations that clearly no one else in the house cares about!

I'm not alone, right? Tell me you have those moments, too???

So what keeps me from blowing off these things and focusing on what I want to do? Because I love my family and I desire to serve God! 

~ John 13:34 ~
"So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other."

We are to love others with a love like Christ's.

How did Christ love? Christ was a servant to all those around him! He washed his disciples feet, He healed the sick, He spoke to the outcasts, and He fed those around him. Being a servant is who you are, it's not just what you do. Volunteering at church or giving to charities is great. But being a true servant starts in your every day life.

~ Phillipians 2:5-8 ~
"You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!"

Christ came to earth to live as a man, so that he could better show His love and better serve us! He even died on a cross! How much more selfless can you get??

Does this mean that those we serve are always deserving of what we do for them? No. By serving those around us, we are serving Him! We are not serving others for their sake.  

We serve to reflect Christ!

You are serving in all the little things you do throughout the day. Every time you do the laundry, cook, clean, carpool, wipe noses, run errands, change another diaper and every other little thing!

Now, sometimes I find myself doing all my responsibilities and getting everything done... But with a terrible attitude! I complain about how much I have on my schedule and look for pity from others. I envy others that seem to have it easier than me. I'm frustrated when I don't have time in my day to do what I want to do.

~ Colossians 3:23 ~
"Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people."

Serving is NOT crossing things off the "To-Do List"! Serving is willingly sacrificing my wants and desires by doing something helpful for someone else purely out of love! Not out of self-gain! Without expecting anything in return! Doing my best even when I don't receive a "Thank you!"

As I finish matching these socks, I smile. Knowing that my family won't think twice when they find their sock drawer full. And that's okay, because God has not missed a single moment of my servanthood.

I don't write this because I happily sacrifice for others constantly and want you to learn from my perfect example. I write this, because it's on my heart and I feel it may touch your heart!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Change in Season and Life

I don't know about you, but this Summer has been crazy. And now... I have lost steam! This seems to happen to me every Summer. I start off being full of energy and having big plans. By the last few weeks I am tired and bored. I'm also a little depressed, when I think about all the plans I had of fun things to do with the kids and realize we barely did any of them.

Lately, we've been filling our time with t.v. and bickering! It's been grand!

Thank goodness for the change in season and schedule that is quickly approaching! I do love summer, but fall is definitely my favorite season. Summer makes me feel lazy. Fall seems to energize me!

There are a few things I need to get done before school starts.
  1. Take inventory of the kids school clothes.
  2. Go school clothes shopping.
  3. Go school supplies shopping.
  4. Stock up with healthy food for school lunches.

This Fall I plan on making a few changes...
  1. Get back to meal planning. We have eaten out a lot!
  2. Get back to cooking homemade items. I can't even remember the last time I've made anything besides dinner.
  3. Stock freezer cooking again.
  4. Stick to my cleaning schedule. My house has stayed pretty clean this summer, but some days we do no chores and other days we do all the chores. It's definitely easier to stick to doing a little bit every day.
  5. Start setting weekly goals for myself. This will help me stay focused on my priorities.
  6. Couponing! I have managed to mostly stay in our budget of $50 a week, even without using coupons. But we've also been eating out a lot. Without coupons my money hasn't been buying nearly as much.
  7. Blog more consistently. 

What about you??? Are you excited for the change in season coming? What is your favorite season? Do you have any changes that you need to make???

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Constantly Communicating with God

I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips. 
 My soul will boast in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 
 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together. 

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears. 

Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame. 

This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles. 

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them. 

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

Fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him lack nothing. 

The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 

Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days, 
keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking lies. 

Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it. 

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their cry

the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles. 

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 

A righteous man may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all; 

he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken. 

Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned. 

The Lord redeems his servants;
no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.

This past week I have been reading a lot out of the book of Psalm. This book is full of emotions, but also of God's promises. It is full of encouragement for those going through difficult times. 

My husband delivered an amazing message this past Sunday about healing. (Titled: God is Still God.) He spoke about the story of Job. The main point was that through it all God is still God AND God is still good! Because those things are true, we cannot stop communication with Him. We have to continue crying out to Him. God created us with all of these emotions. Therefore, He is fully capable of handling them all!

The moment we stop communicating with God that is when we take God out of the healing process. What have you been silent to God about? What emotion are you scared to give him? What area of your life do you feel that God is too small for? Or maybe you think He's too big and doesn't care. 


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Still God

Lord, the God who saves me,
day and night I cry out before you.
May my prayer come before you;
turn your ear to my cry. 

I have no words right now! There is so much turmoil and heartache.... This verse just happened to be my devotions this morning! Coincidence? I think not.

I know that God is still here and in control, but sometimes it's hard to see

This verse was written by David, who went through all sorts of trouble and triumphs in the Bible. And this verse reminds me that it's okay to have feelings... Any and all of them! I can worry, question, be sad and mad and a million other things! And God is still God! Nothing in this world changes who He is! Not a person or a circumstance!