Monday, November 3, 2008

discouragement and the grace of God

This morning I woke up discouraged and felt as if I had lost purpose. Motherhood can be tiring always thinking for someone else, planning everyone else's schedule, refereeing behavior, training, being consistent, potty training, homeschooling, encouraging others, keeping up with household duties, being a Godly wife and mother, and maintaining my own spiritual life. I get lonely living in a place where there are no other like minded people and the spiritual oppression is great. Gray days are many during these months (November-April). So I pray. The Lord is Good! He gently reminds me of a Bible verse and a hymn.

"But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good." I Thessalonians 3:13

"So amid the conflict, whether great or small, Do not be discouraged; God is over all. Count your many blessings; angels will attend, Help and comfort give you to your journey's end. Count your blessings, name them one by one; count your blessings, see what God has done. Count your blessings, name them one by one; count your many blessings, see what God hath done."

My many blessings this morning include: Bread that is rising in the oven getting ready to be baked, a washing machine that is washing our laundry, school that is being taught already this morning, obedient children, family worship, a motivated husband who is a great encourager, and a daughter who is patiently holding her baby sister.

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