Wednesday, July 10, 2013

in the midst of chaos....

I have felt so busy lately.  We haven't really been lots of places except doctors offices - I have just felt busy because I am the mom of 5 children.  That can make life busy and on top of that two of them require some extra TLC.  Having said all that I read this tonight :

"Feeding people is more than giving them life-sustaining calories; it's an opportunity to share with them soul-reviving grace of God" 

Friends that was huge for me - as recently I have felt like I live in my kitchen - I finish cleaning up one meal and its time for snacks and then after a snack its time for another meal and so forth and so forth - but if I could just put some perspective on it like from the statement above - oh how that would change things!!!  Every time I go to prepare a meal for those 5 precious souls I have the golden opportunity to live out the gospel..... making PB&J's with some peace and love all from our Savior of course...

And of course as I kept reading along tonight I came across this other little thought provoker....

"What would our hospitality look like if we believed that Jesus's death on the cross was the measure of God's compassion for someone?"

Oh how I need to think that way?  I don't often think of hospitality in regards to my children - but I should.  My hospitality to them should be far greater as they are the souls God has entrusted to me to care for!!  So tonight I had to ask myself - will I serve my kids this way??  I must look at each one of them and know and believe that Jesus's death on the cross was the measure of God's compassion for that one child.  That one child that might be causing me to go gray early or eat my weight in bon bons (just kidding they don't even make bon bons anymore!!) The point is they are His - they are created in His image and I must seek to serve them for Him.  

Oh how this mothering thing is tough business!!  Thankful for God's sustaining grace in my life.  Please pray with me that I will uphold this high calling of motherhood for the Glory of God and that my sweet children will love their Savior more!!!!  Allow me to close with this "Prayer of Love" from the Valley of Vision a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions.

Grant me more and more
to prize the privilege of prayer
to come to thee as a sin-soiled sinner,
to find pardon in thee,
to converse with thee;
to know thee in prayer as 
the path in which my feet tread,
the latch upon the door of my lips,
the light that shines through my eyes,
the music of my ears,
the marrow of my understanding,
the strength of my will,
the power of my affection,
the sweetness of my memory.
May the matter of my prayer be always wise, humble, submissive, obedient, scriptural, 
Christ like.
Give me unwavering faith that supplications are never in vain,
that if I seem not to obtain my petitions
I shall have larger, richer answers,
surpassing all that I ask or think.
Unsought, thou hast given me the greatest gift,
the person of thy Son,
and in him thou wilt give me all I need.

Yes God help me prize the privilege of prayer....


Jean's Ramblings said...

My sweet LeighAnn,
As I read your blog tonight it felt as if I was hearing the heart of my precious granddaughter. She is the Mom of 3 children, which doesn't really compare to 5, but children need the same love and care whether there be 1,2,3,4,5 or more. I am caught up now on your journey, having seen both articles done in pictures and read your letters. I don't always get here every week. Just so you know, I have great admiration for any Mom today...we live in a difficult society and quoting from the article A Prayer For The Mom Who's Worn.. Motherhood is both the best job and the also hardest job.
What would anyone do and where to go except for our God and His grace. I always come to your blog with anticipation and as such, I am looking forward to the next installment.
Don't remember if I ever gave you the URL to my family website. It is
My love to both you and David, a big hug to each of your babies.
Phil 4:8

Shay Ankerich said...

LOVE EVERY SINGLE WORD!!! Thank you for sharing her heart and I am so thankful for the book you sent me~ SO NEEDED and I love it! Blessings and love! XO