Two Monday's ago we got the keys to our new apartment in Little Canada. My mom and two sisters painted the place that day. Tuesday we had some awesome people from church help us move 95% of our belongings in. Wednesday consisted of cleaning the home of the people's house we stayed at while they were out of town, as well as the rehearsal for the wedding and bachelorette party. Thursday was the wedding (which was absolutely beautiful!). Friday was getting clothes into drawers and such so my husband could pack to go on the DGP (Children's) camping trip for the weekend. I have then been spending the past two weeks slowly unpacking and (mostly unsuccessfully) "catching-up" on sleep.
- When the girls wake up at 6:45am: am I going to cheerfully greet them letting them know how happy I am to wake up to their beautiful faces every morning?
- After every messy meal: am I going to cheerfully sing while I clean up every Cherrio and noodle off the floor and high-chair?
- During each temper-tantrum: am I going to patiently discipline my children training them up in the way they should go and exemplifying Christ's love toward them instead of getting frustrated?
- After spending an hour making dinner, and an hour cleaning up after it: am I going to complain to my husband how much I do in the day or am I again going to cheerfully serve my family?
- When I am so exhausted at the end of the day: am I going to prepare breakfast and lunch for my husband before I go to bed? am I going to sit and talk with him and help him sort through the things he wants to get done and see how I can help?
- When I go to bed at 1am and wake up at 6:45am... :)
28Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying],
29[c]Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all.
30Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!
31Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city]!(J
On top of that, what wonderful daughters I would be raising if their example of a godly woman was a selfless one that would put aside her own wants and serve her family. Maybe they will be selfless missionaries traveling the globe building churches and orphanages caring more many! Maybe they will be pastor's wives tending to the flock of God teaching them, loving them, encouraging them! Maybe they will be mothers of their own families raising more godly children to raise up and serve our Heavenly Father! My wonderful husband reminds me of stories of Chuck Smith's mom.
I hope this is encouraging to you as it is to me! I hope it stirs you onto righteousness.