From the Archives...
I have started a new book called, "The Man You Always Wanted is the One You Already Have" by Paula Friedrichsen. It is very good so far.
She had a paragraph in it that I wanted to share with you. It's titled "Man, He Gets On My Nerves!"
"Song of Solomon 2:15 says, "Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom." Think of your marriage as a vineyard.
More often than not, it's the little things that wreak havoc upon your relationship-those annoying little personality quirks that seemed cute when you and your husband were first dating. It's important to walk in forgiveness for the everyday irritations that have the potential to spoil the companionship, fondness, and romance that should be growing in your marriage. Maybe your husband always runs late-or nags you because you always make him late. Or he's a neat freak, and you have three kids in a house that will never be picked up to his standards. Does he talk with his mouth full...interrupt you at dinner parties...keep you awake with his snoring?
Whatever the particular "little foxes" are in your marriage, they need to be met with diligent and persistent acceptance and forgiveness. Forgiving love is like a sentry stationed on the watchtower of your vineyard, and is a powerful tool to keep your vineyard blooming, growing and productive."
This was powerful to me this morning. Those annoying things can really sneak up on us and we start to feel resentful, dislike, annoyance and displeasure with the one "we have forsaken all others for". We need to revel in the "familiar love" that God has given to us. Do they complain when we don't have our make-up on when we greet them in the morning? Do they complain when we have a few extra pounds hanging onto us? Do they complain about our wrinkles as we get older? We have familiar love that surpasses all that superficial stuff. Let's protect our vineyards from those little foxes that sneak up on us. When you find one, pray about it and see if it is as big as you really think it is. If it is a "bigger fox" then maybe it needs to be addressed. Always pray before you do this, lest you be perceived as a nagging wife.
"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball