God has seen fit to bless me with a five-year-strong marriage and three beautiful children.
Along with these areas of great blessing, I have had moments of great need — for support, prayer, help, and advice. Over time, I have found the more incredible words from friends and my heavenly Father building up into beautiful inner dialogues, sometimes battling or encroaching upon my more negative dialogues, even eradicating them, but always consistently energizing me and keeping me going. Praise God. These words are as refreshing as a Texas water canal, filled to the brim, gushing into a vivid-green rice field in the middle of our dry, reddish-brown countryside.
Let me share with you some of these reverberating cheers of my soul.
My Mother-in-law: “Leave the crumbs where they are.” She said this right after my toddler son dumped something all over the floor. We were all having to walk all over it while trying to serve dinner. I loved her for that grace, that kindness, and that relaxed attitude about the mess. I try to extend it to myself when I have chunks of food on the floor, etc. and have so many other things to do…
Our marriage mentors: “Intimacy is not the icing on the cake, but rather the yeast. And intimacy is not so much about a goal, but about being together.” How much effort and stress that has saved me in the past few years! I could say the idea of being together applies to any activity I am doing with my husband, or my kids! The goal is being together, not just to do whatever activity I have planned. It helps me to keep that in mind!
My sister in Christ: “One thing I wish someone had told me when I was a new mom… take 5 minutes every so often, and stop, and rest, and breathe. It’s okay, and the kids will be fine. I flew around everywhere trying to take care of everything.” Enough said, right?
The Lord (direct tap): “Trust me. And ask me first when you don’t know what to do. I will help you.” More recently, he also told me “It IS good enough, and so are you.” I have this posted above my sink now. Thanks God, for taking my inabilities and making things happen supernaturally.
The Lord (through Scripture): “You are blessed beyond the curse!” In frustrating, hormonal, or tired moments as a parent, spouse, or woman (pregnant or not), this speaks to me deeply! 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 — “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Blessings, Friends. Thanks for reading!