So my youngest child started school today…I expected to be bawling but instead I’m really excited! ^That chick gets it *smile*
I was pretty young when we started having children so I haven’t have a chance to explore/plan/create a career or longterm future for myself just yet…but, driving along in my EMPTY car, I just realised that now I can! I can think about what I’d like to do with myself. Whatever that may be. Wow!! I’m definitely enjoying the feeling, excitement and options of this new season.
Read this first thing this morning;
In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
Feeling very grateful that God is so kind to comfort this mother’s heart…which may just be a little nervous about sending her biggies back to school today and youngest to his first day tomorrow…. 😉
I woke up today with a fluttering belly… My children go back to school tomorrow and all of a sudden I was nervous. How will I get them back into the school routine? Will I be stressed everyday again? Or will I be able to find a better way of living this year? Will I be okay when my youngest starts school on Thursday? All these questions, fears, worries were floating around my mind and heart until I read this:
12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
15 To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. (from Psalm 92)
Phew! Such a reminder that God has it all in control…and even the little things like lunch boxes, school bells and homework (which sometimes seem so BIG!) are in His hands. Thankfully He cares about it all.
We spent a lovely afternoon with friends today, I enjoyed it immensely. This is what I’m most grateful for today 🙂
I know it’s cliche, to be thankful for Australia…on Australia Day…but I am. Every year I feel a swell of gratitude on this day. I really do love and appreciate this place. Women like Ita Buttrose have always inspired me and I was pumped to see her awarded Australian of the Year! So even though its corny, it’s true 🙂
I wrote yesterday about fear and anxiety…which is definitely something I’m struggling with at the moment.
But what I know for sure is that God will heal me… I know He will because He has done it time and time again for me already plus He promises it in the Bible:
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-3)
So, while I’m not enjoying this experience, I do know that God is my healer and that one day I’ll be able to look back and smile and say thank you for healing me… We all will 🙂
I am really struggling with fear and anxiety at the moment. I’m so grateful for God’s promises. He reminded me of them again today:
“God has promised to make all things new – and the enemy wants you to lose faith in that promise, and in the rest of God’s promises.”
“When Jesus asks, “Do you love me?” He is also saying: “Then keep your eyes on me. Keep believing in what I have created you to do. Turn over to me your fear, and hold fast to faith in me. Replace that fear – fear that I did not give you – with the love, power, and sound mind that I have given you. Know that my presence is your antidote to fear.””
Quotes come many thanks to Christine Caine (Undaunted, pages 96 and 112)
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
This verse breathes pure, undefiled purpose and significance. Each and every one of us has a part to play on this earth. None of us are just here for the heck of it. God has placed gifts and talents and beauty within us all and He must be so excited watching us unfurl, blossom and bloom as we discover Him and ourselves.
Re-reading this verse has made my day!
I’ve been enjoying some classic novels lately. I just finished reading Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and now I’m devouring Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women;
Beth said nothing, but wiped away her tears with the blue army sock and began to knit with all her might, losing no time in doing the duty that lay nearest her, while she resolved in her quiet little soul to be all that Father hoped to find her when the year brought round the happy coming home.
Oh to be able to write like that!
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
This my God; a God of infinite love. Love that it is intimately personal while able to embrace an entire humanity. My prayer is that somehow, my life will express the gratitude I have for Him, His love and His faithfulness.