Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Do you have anything left to offer?

In order to be able to invest daily in the lives of our loved ones, we must also nurture our bodies with rest-and our souls with time with God-so that we will have something to offer. 
-Elisa Morgan

Jimmy and I have been trying to take time to pray for our sweet pea each night before we go to sleep. We pray for her health, and for her future, and we pray that she will love Jesus. A few weeks ago as I was praying for her to have a close relationship with Jesus, it dawned on me that I want my daughter to have an even closer walk with the Lord than I have myself. Sobering thought.

I will be my daughters daily example of what a walk with the Lord looks like. If I'm modeling it poorly, then I am partially responsible if her relationship with the Lord is lacking. 

At my baby shower in Minnesota, the ladies went around the room and shared with me their best advice for being a mom. One woman's advice stood out to me as the most important and at the foundation of all the other advice. She told me that the most important thing I could do as a mother was spend time with the Lord. She encouraged me to nurture my relationship with Him first so I could in turn pass that on to my husband and daughter. 

Her words are so very true.

I can get caught up in changing diapers, feedings, baths, soothing my crying baby, the loads of laundry (that are washed but not folded), getting dinner on the table, cleaning the house, and even just trying to find time to shower. Yes, all of those things are serving the Lord when done in the right heart, but we will become empty and exhausted if we are not being filled up at the feet of Jesus. 

So take a break from the daily activities of life and spend time with the one who matters the most. Just like its important to nurture our bodies with food, activity and rest, it is equally important to nurture our souls with the Word of God. 
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

11 comments:

  1. Great post girl! I hope things are getting easier for you :) Love ya!

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  2. I love this . I love the Lord but I have been struggling finding time to read my bible and such. I am such a better wife and mother when I'm in his word.Thanks for the reminder.

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  3. So true! Having children really inspires you grow in yourself the character you want to see in them. I needed this reminder today (and every day!) Thanks for sharing your heart.

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  4. So encouraging! Thank you,as a brand new mom, I really appreciate this!

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  5. very true friend. love that quote! Might have to make a print & put it up in my office.

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  6. This is so important. It gets harder and harder once you start adding kids but it is so rewarding and I can tell a difference in the days when I am depending on the Lord and giving things over to Him and when I'm not. This was encouraging to me!

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  7. Wonderful thoughts! I came to a similar conclusion a few months ago when I was writing a letter to my daughter - I want her surpass me in all things virtuous and excel in all the things that I struggle with. Keep writing your daughter letters! She will cherish them forever (I still have all of the ones my Dad wrote me).

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  8. What a great post. I too, pray those things over my daughters but love how you phrased it "praying that she will LOVE Jesus". None of the other things come unless they first love Him. That got me thinking I need to be intentional about that part. I also believe that they learn from what they see and I want them to learn these truths from me. Thanks!

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  9. What great words of wisdom.Being a good mom is my ultimate goal.

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  10. Also, don't forget to pray for her future husband...
    Bea, http://learntoswimwithmissbea.blogspot.com/

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  11. Thank you for this reminder. It is convicting to think of those dark moments when I lack trust and leaning on the Lord. I am setting an example. Blessings to you as you set your example in your family. Linked up next to you at Simply Helping Him!

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