Monday, April 18, 2011

Thriving, not Just Surviving

There are soo many evenings we get the kids into bed and just crash...

In relief.

We made it through another day. A day full of laughter and tears. School lessons and playtime. Frustrations and joy. Dirty diapers and balanced meals. Everything.

But I don't want to keep reviewing my days with the standard of whether I "made it through... I survived!"

I want to relax at the end of the day knowing I lovingly served and cared for my family the way I should be. That I cared MORE for their physical and spiritual well-being than my desire to have some "downtime" or my own "to do" list completed.

And refreshed before God. That I used the time, I was given that day, to grow in Him and serve Him.

I want my family (and myself) to be thriving... To be growing in the Lord. To be growing in love and service to one another. To enjoy the times of study, "cleaning" and fun spent together.

And I know it starts with me....

Spending quiet times with the Lord.
Serving lovingly and whole-heartedly.
And continuing to count.

127. trampoline jumping with the kids
128. grandparent time;)
129. walking & talking with my hubby alone
130. fire in the sky - God's beauty

131. the zillions of stars decorating the night sky
132. finding constellations with the kids
133. forgiveness of a child
134. wet baby prints

135. eternal hope
136. Sonic slushies

137. a big sister
138. sword fights in the living room
139. new used books :)
140. a listening year

***** Can I also ask you to pray for my dad? He is facing some very serious health issues. He is in the hospital right now and will be getting some more information soon about how he will be treated. Thanks!


Drea said...


I turn to this verse A LOT - esp during hard times...

"Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins... Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, LORD, is in you" -Psalm 25:16-21

Love you!

Heather said...

praying for you, your family, and your dad.

Thanks for this post!

Bunch of Barrons said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing this!