Thank you so much to all my IOW friends who have been checking up on me today. I've had a cough and sore throat for several days (I think it is just allergies, but it has been kind of a nuisance!!!) and I haven't gotten much accomplished at all. So, I apologize that I didn't get my post up earlier today. It's nice to know that I was missed! ;o)
When I discovered this quotation for today, I was reminded of how my life has been consumed with raising my children. First, with my older children, and now with our little girls. Either way, my perspective has always been that holding that little hand in mine is the most important task at hand. Even when I've made mistakes . . . . even when I've been weary . . . . . even when I've been completely incapacitated from grief and pain. This morning, as I took the girls to school, I heard an interview with Steven Curtis Chapman on the radio. And just the reminder that EVERYTHING, everything, everything that God allows in our lives can be used for His glory. My calling in life? To remember that even if ALL I ever do with my years in this earthly body is to guide a child to the truth of salvation in Christ and to walk with our Heavenly Father - then that is more important than anything else I might have the opportunity to do. That is enough.
Even when I fail and don't even come close to achieving my goals as a mother, God knows my heart. And the work is His. Please pray for the Chapman family this day, as their hearts are breaking over the loss of little Maria. And always remember that our investment in those little lives is eternal. Hold that little hand and know that this work is for Him. Today and always. Thanks for understanding when I"m not able to be enthusiastic and energetic - I'm praying for you today even as my physical body is not being very cooperative with the other realities of life with two small children. Have a wonderful Tuesday!