Monday, March 8, 2010

Multitude Monday 301-310

301. a 10 yr old son's heart full of righteous indignation every time he reads of the persecution of believers in The Voice of the Martyrs newsletters, he sees the wrong and prays/pleads for what's right

302. a teenager who sees the sin and brokenness in our society in the daily headiness, and who understands the importance of strengthening his walk with Him if he is to navigate these treacherous waters

303. being able to be there (in spirit & prayer) for a dear sister in Christ going through the heartache of loss, as hard as such a thing is, I'm thankful that because of my own experiences I can have a deeper empathy for others as they walk through their dark valleys

304. tissue paper flowers, I'm sure it won't be long before I see them as clutter and toss them to make room for the next crafty decorations, but for now I'm thankful for the tissue paper flowers that signal our eager anticipation of spring

305. longer days with more sunshine, melting the layer of ice and snow that had crept over more and more of our driveway, our sidewalk, and my energy levels...

306. patches of old grass peeking through, and the sense of urgency to enjoy the last bits of cool air and wintry white stuff before the seasons really do change and we begin to grumble about the heat (and humidity!) and mosquitoes (our unofficial state bird)

307. 9 & 7 yr old girls that can brush their own hair yet will often still ask Mom for help with some braids or a sweet little bun

308. 5 & 3 yr old girls with many more years of needing & wanting help with hair, it's so nice to feel needed in such a simple way

309. a stack of good books

310. years of old pictures and the sweet laughs and giggles of children as they look back on themselves and their brothers and sisters and Mom and Dad, our lives together and our looks through the ages, I remind myself often- take more pictures!

It's overcast today- I notice how spoiled I've become by several days of sunshine, and I notice how obviously the lack of sun affects me. My tendency is to turn inward, to sigh deep sighs of something less than contentment, and to muddle through my dreary days, but I know that is far less than the best I can do. As a Mother, I strive to do better for my children's sake, and yet as a Christian I need to strive to do better for much more than my sake, an for far more than my children's sake. I need to, I can do, better for the sake of Him whose Name I claim. And so I turn my eyes to see my world in another light, in a light that sees my everything as something from Him, and something to be truly thankful for, and it's changing me. From the inside out, it's changing me in such a good way.



Blogger Jessica Kramasz said...

I just love multitude mondays! Iwas really struck by what you said about your ten year old and Voice of the Martyrs. Such a tender heart, I hope he stays that way. It's so easy to take our freedom for granted.

March 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Lovely list as always! God bless!

March 8, 2010 at 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

What an amazing list! It sounds like you have some wonderful children!

March 10, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

I love multitude Mondays. Your list often reminds me to look for the things I'm thankful for and to remember to be thankful.

I struggle with being grateful when the sky is cloudy, it's rainy, the dog and kids are tracking in mud. I need to reminded of how blessed I truly am.


March 20, 2010 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Trisha said...

Children with hearts tender to the things of Him...what treasures. Isn't is a joy as Moms to be able to know our children and what they care see this everyday? Thoughtful, joyful list.

April 13, 2010 at 9:53 AM  

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