Posted by: Sally | December 26, 2007

Perspective on December 26th

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This morning, I lay in bed an extra thirty minutes after I awakened, dreading a little what lay ahead—the taming of the house from the aftermath of celebration. I feel a little like the toad in Wind and the Willows when he took the wild ride in a car he didn’t know how to maneuver, creating a bit of havoc along the way, and now the price had to be paid.

Our Christmas was filled with great family time, hilarious laughter, a few bad attitudes and bah humbugs, feastings, and lots of snow! No matter how hard we as moms try, there are still sinners in the house, but also, redeemed, and all in all, with grace extended, we made it!

I walked down the stairs to survey the damage—wrapping paper and Christmas bags that needed to be put away. Mugs with hot chocolate residue, piles of the kids’ gifts in their own corners, a full laundry basket, and dishes soaking in the sink from left over spinach casserole and brisket.

I made my morning cup of tea, proceeded to my bedroom and pushed all small messes in my room out of my sight from my quiet time chair, lit a couple of candles and plugged in my one strand of Christmas lights above my window, and slowly sipped my warm brew.

I had inserted an instrumental, Celtic hymns cd and sought to bring peace to my soul. The first song that gently filled my silent room brought inviting lyrics to my mind, “Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me, …, Come home, come home, you who are weary, come home.”

What a loving, gentle call to me as a busy mom this snowy morning. Jesus wants to meet with me to love me, to give me peace, to give me perspective. He, who is my home, is waiting for me and will be with me.

I then opened up a little devotional book that I read most mornings which has bits of scripture for each morning and evening. There, right in front of me were His words of life to sustain me,

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” I Cor. 15:58

He knows about my work as a mom! He lovingly reminded me that my toil is not in vain. He understands how much I need to be encouraged because He understands weariness—Be steadfast—hang in there—commit to a heart of steadfastness, choose to be steadfast and immovable—why? Because, my work matters, it is changing history, one life at a time—I am soul-building—it counts.

The next verses struck my heart, “And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we will reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9

“Don’t lose heart, Sally, I see you, I know you, and I promise that all those prayers you have been praying, all the choices of faithfulness you have made when no one else saw, I saw. You will reap a harvest. Remember, I see you and I love you and I am waiting always to speak loving words to you, because you are my own daughter.”

He had tenderly, earnestly called me to himself this morning. My piles and duties and responsibilities, have not changed, but once again, after being in His presence, I am changed. I will turn on music while I work, and I might even dance a bit around my messy kitchen! My words will be softer and my actions more patient, because He has filled me and given me courage. I can rejoice because He is here, He has met me and will be with me. Yet, I see that my heart and joy and tone establishes the whole family in joy, and my celebrating life in the midst of it all, creates in them a willingness to follow my lead.

With Mary, his own courageous, steadfast mother, I will say, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my savior.” Luke 1: 46-47

May His peace be upon you today.

Blessings and grace,
Sally
Sally@wholeheart.org

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Responses

  1. I copied the verse from I Cor. down this morning after reading it here–what a balm to a tired mother’s spirit! We have taken the week off in our home, doing as little as possible other than keeping everybody relatively clean and fed. I have taken baths, read a novel, and slept in. After a busy month and a trip to bury my grandmother, my spirit was a wrung-out dishrag. My husband is the worship pastor of our church, and after overseeing 5 days of Christmas services, he’s running on fumes, too. Even our children are worn out! We are relishing this time of after-holiday restoration.

    Thank you for this reminder, “My heart and joy and tone establishes the whole family in joy.” If there’s anything that’ll inspire me to a good attitude, it’s the thought that I can establish my family in joy! What a beautiful thing you’ve written. Merry (belated) Christmas, Sally, and I hope your next few days provide a balm to your spirit, too!

  2. God knew what I needed to hear (read) today….thank you for your words Sally. I am a mom with a newborn child (my third child) and I truly feel weariness right now. This spoke to my heart immensely. I wrote the verses down as reminder and encouragement —that what I am doing now (changing poopy diapers, cleaning up potty training messes, feeding mouths, solving screaming fits, wiping pen marks from the walls, etc.) is not in vain. Thank you for reminding me that the Lord is Love and He is Emmanuel (always with us). Beautiful writing! Thank you Sally.

  3. What a beautiful reflection… you’ve inspired me to take greater care with my own time spent with the Lord in the quietness of the morning. Thank you for your heart-felt encouragment for mothers all over the world by humbly sharing your own cares and triumphs… I’m sure you have placed such a beautiful impression in the hearts and minds of your children and husband and I pray the Lord will continue to bless your walk of motherhood. Blessings my friend!

  4. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. I am always blessed by what you have to say. May the Lord keep you under the shadow of His wings.

    Claudia

  5. Wht a perfect reminder that He sees all, knows all, and strengthens us to handle all. I needed the reminder that I set the tone for our family, as I am facing the piles that need tackled, and not always with a generous attitude! I love your words of gentle encouragement, and am thrilled that my husband gave me The Mission of Motherhood for Christmas.

    Thank you for your love of all things “mother” and for encouraging each one of us, no matter how varied our journey.

  6. Sally, I’m so glad to have found you again through your blog(s)! I feel like I ‘know’ you. I can’t overstate how much your writings and encouragement meant to me when I first began the journey toward home and homeschooling over a decade ago. I am adding you to my ‘must read blogs’ list. My oldest of 4 will turn 17 this year, but how I still need to be reminded of God’s care in my life as I go about the daily work of a mom.
    Thank you,
    Jen in CA

  7. Trying to begin the new year one day at a time, trying to figure out what is wrong with me and when God will fix me, so that I do better with that daily repeating life, which is mostly homeschooling 3 kids and chasing the 4th one, the 2 yr old with Down Syndrome, and needing desperately all those great scriptures

    thank you —

  8. I’m just getting to this, but today is the day I needed it!
    Thank you,
    Melissa


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