Stuff like this makes me wonder how it will be when we live far from civilization, and we have to diagnose and treat everything ourselves. My sister-in-law pointed me to a quote that I can’t get out of my mind. I catch myself imagining all sorts of scenarios that drive me to distraction and worry. Perhaps we all need to be reminded of God’s grace for each moment, and remember that there is no grace for our imagination.
Making baby wipes: half roll of Bounty paper towel, 2 cups warm water, 2 TB baby oil and 2 TB baby wash. (Not for eating, silly)
in order to throw things out I ran across an old song soundtrack from a friend’s
wedding. She had made a soundtrack for me so I could practice before the
wedding. I listened to the song, vaguely remembering it. (I still can’t remember which friend’s wedding it was for.) However, after the song was over I let the
tape run a little longer.
Suddenly I heard a long, loud EEEeeeeeeeeeeeeee and a man’s voice saying, “radio
broadcast for Feb. 21 in 3, 2, 1….” and then Elizabeth Elliot’s voice came on.
I continued to listen to three of her 15 minute broadcasts all about suffering
and being content with our lot in life. I was encouraged to remember that God is
never surprised by the circumstances we find ourselves in and it is His
exclusive trademark to make something beautiful out of ugliness. I was also
reminded of Christ’s sacrifice that ultimately guarantees our future, no matter
what life may bring
Another unexpected encouragement came from cleaning off a shelf in our
bedroom. I found a packet of papers I received last summer when we visited
Covenant Life Church in Washington D.C. while on vacation. The front of it says,
“Especially for Moms: a collection of verses, testimonies, and quotes compiled
to encourage and refresh you”. I had never read it, so I sat down to read and
soon tears were flowing down my cheeks. The verses and words seem hand-picked
for the situation I find myself in.
Let me not be at my own disposal,
But rejoice that I am under
the care of one
Who is too wise to err,
Too kind to injure,
Too tender to crush.
1. Do not complain about anything, not even the weather.
2. Do not picture myself under circumstances in which I am not.
3. Never compare myself or my lot with anyone else.
4. Never dwell on the wish that things had been, were, or are
different. God loves me better and more wisely than I do myself.
5. Never dwell on tomorrow. Remember that it is God’s,
not mine. The Lord will provide. (contributed by Ivy Barnett)
So I plod along, praying that God will give me the strength and inner joy that I need to get through each day. 🙂 Maybe these things will encourage someone else?
I have a devotional book I read called The Valley of Vision. It is a collection of old puritan prayers. Today I read:
I can come to thee in my need
and feel peace beyond understanding!
The grace that restores is necessary to preserve,
lead, guard, supply, help me…
Every new duty calls for more grace than I now possess,
but not more than is found in thee, the divine treasury
in whom all fullness dwells.
I especially like the part about God giving us grace for
every new duty- and I feel like He is assigning a new “duty” to me tomorrow,
in the form of a brand new little one. I’m so grateful for the strength
that He promises and daily provides.
Hopefully we’ll have some news to post the next time I write on this blog!
I’ve come across a couple great resources lately and thought I’d share them here.
The girls played in this box for a good 20 minutes one evening recently. They both wanted their dollies in with them. It was a tearful goodbye when they had to get out.
And here is our friendly KLBC grim reaper.