We all know that raising children is hard work. It requires consistency and discipline not only of ourselves but also of our children. Children are definitely a blessing and given to us by God to raise up for His kingdom, but I must admit…
Some days I get so tired of reminding the children to pick up their clothes.
Some days I get so tired of finding odd socks outside, even though they have been told not to take them off outside.
Some days I get tired of the kitchen floor being dirty, no matter how many times I sweep it.
Some days, especially in winter I get tired of all the dust that the wood heater keeps producing.
Some days I get so tired of preparing meals and being on top of the groceries.
Some days I get tired of battling through bad attitudes with lessons.
But on the other hand…
My husband had the opportunity to catch up with an old school friend this past week.
He is about the same age as my husband (close to 50) and we think he is married, he has a partner any way.
He drives the latest model of a most expensive car, and I am sure that he doesn’t have to worry about the floor being dirty.
He doesn’t have any children. He has been working all of his life for his bank balance.
Now I am sure that he can buy himself anything he desires, I bet he even has ducted gas heating in his house, and in a worldly way, that would be great, but we don’t want to be of the world.
So although we struggle to pay our bills some months and we don’t drive a fancy car or have a fancy big house with ducted gas heating, we have so much more.
We have 4 beautiful children, 1 lovely son-in-law and 2 beautiful granddaughters.
So I have to fight battles at home with school and clothing. So I struggle to keep the floor clean and am constantly cooking to keep everyone fed.
I would rather be tired of these things than never have experienced them.
We are blessed to be able to be raising children to love the Lord and follow Him with their whole heart.
God has given us more than we could ever have asked for.
Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
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