I feel like God is chiseling away; refining me daily. It’s tough. Some days seem like a grueling marathon, spiritually, as I am constantly prompted to quiet my heart and check my attitude.
If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Twitter for a little while, you may know that our family has the challenge of an 8-month-old baby that is still not sleeping through the night. (It’s been great to have a “community” that has offered suggestions & encouragement during this season! Stop on by, if you have a chance.)
Enoch was sleeping well until we moved (very disorienting for him), then he got sick with a cold, had a growth spurt, etc., and developed a “bad habit” of sleep patterns. So, needless to say, the whole family is tired.
We’ve been gradually making slow improvements (finally sleeping in 2-3 hour stretches!), when now it appears teething has probably begun. Now we’re back to having a clingy, fussy baby again (poor guy). *sigh*
I’ve found myself so thankful this week for women in my life who are discipling, encouraging, and mentoring me. These women gently show me by example, calling on the phone, e-mailing, or writing notes, letting me know I am prayed for and supported in my parenting journey. What a blessing!
As I seek to show my children both the compassion and discipline of Christ, I must allow Him to work in me first. I am constantly called back to the throne of Grace, confessing once again my impatience, my self-reliance, and ingratitude. As my Lord’s forgiveness pours over me, I love to spend time in His presence. More than that, this time especially draws me closer to Him, as I simply rely upon Him to equip and sustain me through my days.
It is a beautiful, humbling, refining time… but it is certainly challenging. My daily devotional/prayer times, along with a weekly planning/prayer “retreat” (on Saturday mornings) have been incredibly beneficial. (Oh… and a bite or two of very dark chocolate occasionally!)
As the morning dawns, and I am still awake… laying a baby back down in bed, as my preschooler emerges from her room excited to start the day… sometimes all I can do is whisper a simple, thankful prayer to my Lord, “Equip me today, Father. I’m yours.” And He does.
Here are a couple verses I’ve been meditating on lately:
- “May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” (2nd Thessalonians 3:5)
- “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
Are you in a challenging season right now? I’d love to hear your heart.
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