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this season

Loved this from Lindsey’s post this week……

“I know in the next season of my life, I will truly miss kissing boo-boos, wiping sweet bottoms, and putting on multiple pairs of little shoes and coats, so why not see the beauty in it now? Lord, give us grace to embrace the season you have placed us in and take time today to enjoy the blessings.”

It’s a wonderful reminder to enjoy these busy days with little ones! You can read the rest here!

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Found a new blog today….. not only is her blog beautiful but I was wonderfully encouraged reading through her posts.  This is one post, linked below, I especially liked and really related too. So often there is much in my head I WANT to be doing and I am not. The tyranny of the here and now, the laundry and the dishes and the crying babies distract me. But I realized this morning I am so thankful for this blog and so many others I often read. Ann Voskamp, Sally Clarkson, At the Well….. that encourage me daily to take the moments now. To treasure these moments and make the most of them in the midst of the daily grind of life. The long days, the short nights, life with little ones is never easy, but we can choose to be encouraged. To keep on pressing on to our goals and to keep living more and more intentionally.

Being an Intentional Mom.

Today…. I am thankful for all the encouragement I receive from women I have never met, yet I often feel like I know well… thank you for sharing from heart and helping this mama you don’t know.

Thank you.

These are just some of the blogs that encourage me often….. A Holy Experience/Ann Voskamp, I Take Joy/Sally Clarkson, At the Well, Mom Heart, Stretching Into Blue/SarahMae, Passionate Homemaking……. will you share in the comments below any ones you especially love?

 

 

This post is linked as part of Heavenly Homemakers Gratituesday link up

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Motherhood – in all of its splendor and reality– is one of the greatest gifts God could ever bestow upon any person and yet is completely entwined with some of the greatest challenges we may ever face.

Our job is non-negotiable.  We can’t stay in bed because we don’t feel like we have the strength or the energy for today; we have to get up and carry out those repetitive routines whether we want to or not.

Excerpt from this article at Momheart.org, click here to read it all! 

via Sixty minutes an hour….. from in-courage this morning!

But really? That’s exchanging one gift for another. These days I have now, they are precious, just like the ones I’ll have in a few years. Wishing them away is to miss the beauty right in front of me, encrusted countertop and all.

Enjoy and may your mothering be blessed this week!

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the Resurrection

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 13-14,20-22, 55-58

The kids and I often talk about how Christ died for sins. For my sins, for their sins. As much as a child can understand it, they do. But I am often struck as we are talking that I have to mention this as well. HE DIDN’T JUST DIE…. HE ROSE AGAIN AS WELL! Without the resurrection Christ’s death would have no point. He had to come back to life. This is what separates Christianity from all other religions. And without it the gospel message is not complete.

Thank you Lord for your total, complete and finished work – a perfect life, a sacrificial death and the Resurrection!

Because He Lives

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives.
But greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives.

And then one day I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain.
And then as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone!
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives!

Words: Bill & Gloria Gaither

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