So I always see cute pictures on other blogs for Wordless Wednesday and I think to myself, "That would be so easy. Why don't I do that?" Well, the answer to that is because I can't resist adding a caption to that picture. : ) I figured since that's the case, I should just title mine Word Filled instead! Since I'll be filling this post with words, I thought I would share something the Lord has been teaching me recently, in hopes that it will help you wherever you are!
A few weeks ago, I was really feeling pretty good about how things were going in our house. I was keeping a clean house, getting dinner cooked, keeping a good schedule for all three kids, basically feeling pretty good about myself. I was giving myself a pat on the back and congratulating myself on a job well done when it all came crashing down (I mean, you could see that one coming, right?). One little person got sick, and then another, and then another and then a big person. Needless to say, we spent almost 3 weeks dealing with sick, cranky children which meant all my hard work went down the drain. The TV became my babysitter some days, dinner didn't always make it on the table, and you wouldn't have wanted to walk in my bathroom! I was pretty frustrated about it all, when I realized exactly WHY I was so frustrated. I had been relying on myself to do it all. My pride had tripped me up and I had fallen on my face, instead of living on my knees in need of my Father daily. If you know me well, you know that my "independent" streak is something with which I constantly struggle. As frustrating as it was to realize, there was also a sense of hope in that realization. I was much quicker to respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and see the places I needed change. I still try to have dinner on the table every night, a clean bathroom, and a schedule for the kids, but I know that without a constant reliance on the Lord, it will end up in shambles around my feet. My goal is not to pat myself on the back with how great I am, but to recognize my inability to do any of it without Him. Trust me, my inability is daily put before me with these three! With all of that said, my small group has been memorizing a verse every two weeks and so I chose James 3:17 "For the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy." That is not the wisdom that naturally comes out of me, but it is the wisdom that I need to deal with all that is thrown my way each day!
And because I love them, and I know some of you just really want to see pictures of my three beauties, I'll leave you with my little loves.