It's not hard at all to convince myself of my blessings! Every turn in the road and moment in the day gives me the opportunity to choose gratitude. I am especially convinced of the power of my nuclear family to represent something to the world which the world is throwing away as if the family were expendable.
It's adventurous to have a family. It's really adventurous to have a large family! Not many are willing this day in age to put down their more selfish desires for pleasure, power, entertainment and prestige aside to live for others. It can be seen in any number of arenas, the workplace, the churches, the places of recreation, organizations and even our families.
Read between the lies. No I didn't forget the "n!" The "world" says it's been over populated, while in fact, it's just over concentrated. The "world" says man is the problem, while in fact, man without God is a problem. The "world" says that kids cost too much, when in fact, they only take everything you've got, but wait, don't we still laud people who lay down their lives for others as being heroic? That's family!
It's my opinion that the high road through life is populated by too few. Too few are finding their purpose, hitting their stride, reaching their potential and really living in the present in peace. FAR TOO FEW! If I am one who aspires to raise up happy, healthy, holy, well adjusted children, have I set my sights too low? If I write "homemaker" in that big bad blank space on every application have I sold myself short? I don't think so! I have arguably one of the hardest jobs in the world and the cost of completing it successfully is priceless- raising the next generation who can lead, create, direct, serve, think, function, sustain and love is no small task! I have to have my hand to that plow at every moment. I am blessed. I need God! I depend on His wisdom, power and grace, not supplied by myself, to achieve even the smallest of victories daily.
I hope you can be victorious today! I hope you live by wisdom incarnate (God!) and not the world.
As a family, WE ARE a stronghold, a place of beauty, collaborators, a web of reliance, the school of love, a way of life, community and gift. None of us are these independent of each other. Our network grows stronger with each new person, each living soul. What a joy to see the increase and fruitfulness! We will be growing to seven with one in heaven any day now. Pray for us as we do for you!
In His grip,