This week has been a little bit different than we had originally planned. You see, due to the swine flu, our school district cancelled classes for the entire week. Admittedly, I was a bit “put out” when I learned last week this decision had been made. It messed with my schedule. As I have admitted before, I don’t do well when my schedule is interrupted. Something I am working on, but I it is an on-going thing for me right now.
I strongly suspect God used this event to get a message across to me. And, thankfully, He worked quickly and went straight to my heart. Before that day ended, I realized this actually gave us more time instead of taking it away. I realized there would be extra time with the kids. I realized we would have evenings where we didn’t have to worry about homework. I realized there would be a few evenings where we didn’t have to keep on top of the bedtime schedule quite so closely. Yes, there were many things for which to be thankful in this whole turn of events.
I am so thankful that God is working on my heart in this area and that He can so quickly take something I view as a negative and turn in into such a TERRIFIC positive!
Since we're coming up on Mother's Day, I want to make sure I share my thankfulness for my own Mother. She raised me to love the Lord and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she has prayed for me since the day I was born. Without her, I would not be the person I am today. While we didn't always get along the greatest as I was growing up (read this as -- I was a bit, hmmm... well, difficult as a teenager), we have a great relationship today. I'm not even sure we would have this relationship if it had not been for some of those difficult moments. I know for me, she taught me about unconditional love as we experienced those moments together. She showed me how another human being could love me regardless of what I did or what I said or what choices I made. I love you, Mom!
I am so thankful to be experiencing the gift of motherhood myself. I can't imagine doing anything else with my life right now. Yes, I'm tired. Yes, some days I'm not sure what is the best to do for my children. Yes, some days I don't know what to do but pray and pray and then pray some more. BUT, there are many more days that are filled with laughter and silliness and hugs and kisses and so many, many good things as my husband and I raise our children. What a gift!
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