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{Week 2} WIWW Link up Party… Father, turn our hearts toward home…

 

 

One morning last week each boy trickled down one-by-one from his night’s sleep – about fifteen minutes apart, enabling me to spend some rare one-on-one time with each of them. My husband told me once that even when he was old enough to want a little space (ok, a lot of space) from his mom, he would always let her get close to scratch his back. Even though they still want me around every minute of their awake lives, point well taken and tucked down deep in my heart.

So I scratched each back, and prayed for the young girls who will one day marry Jack Tyler, Trey Andrew and Chase Dylan. I prayed specifically, keeping in mind the personality of each boy. Each gift, and each quirk. The evident charming qualities, and, yes, the characteristics that will require much patience and forgiveness from a spouse. And I prayed that they would not take this decision lightly… the biggest decision they will make in their lifetimes, next to surrendering their lives to Jesus.

 “A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.”

~Proverbs 31:10-12

 

Prayer is powerful, but talk can be cheap.

You see, I wonder if many of you, like me, are often guilty of living double lives.  While we pray and plead with our sons to one day chase after – and our daughters to one day become – wives of noble character, we often live quite another version of that woman in front of them

Funny how we can always seem to pull off a cheery smile and a kind word to an acquaintance in the church lobby, yet we’re quick to be impatient and critical of the ones we love the most in the car on the way home.  We’re getting good at spending hours creating impressive five course meals to deliver to other families in need, only to rush home, exhausted and grumpy, with barely enough energy to warm up leftovers for our own husbands and children. Some of us busy ourselves, generously serving the church and our communities, volunteering our time to hosts of worthy causes, all the while neglecting the ministry God has given us right in our very own homes.

 

Is it wrong to bless our neighbors or engage in activities outside of our homes in an effort to be the hands and feet of Christ?  Of course not.  In fact, God’s Word commands it!  But if those activities leave us empty and unable to serve our own families well, then our priorities are going to have trouble lining up with Scripture.  I don’t know about you, but I want to be found faithful to the call God has placed on my life to be a wife that my husband can have full confidence in.  I want my children to experience a living example of a wife of noble character – right before their eyes – so that they can not only hear my words, but see Jesus in my ways, and witness the fullness of joy that comes as a result of a life lived in complete obedience to Him.

I want to turn my eyes away from the distractions of this world, and turn my heart towards my home. 

Oh friends, do you know today that your home is a powerful place of influence that God can use to further His Kingdom through you and me?!  You can make a difference right where you are!

Sound like an impossible task?  

“Jesus looked at them and said,

“With man this is impossible,

but with God all things are possible.”

~Matthew 19:26

On Monday, Angela challenged us to first fix our eyes on Jesusto ask Him to help us be the women He created us to be… and then to act upon what He shows us and make those hard changes in our lives.  Are you willing to take that first step of action today?  With God’s help, don’t delay any longer!

At His feet,

 

 

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  1. I could relate to every word you posted this morning, Whitney! I was a preacher’s kid and remember watching my mom, the epitome of a preacher’s wife, be angry at us kids, but turn to a church member in the same breath, with a warm smile. It used to make me crazy and now my kids call me on the same thing. Ha! Reading your blog made me smile, nod my head in agreement and secretly happy that I am not alone in these feelings. I’m all about serving others and often let my home and family suffer because of it. Definitely a virtue to work one! Thanks for your candid sharing with us this morning!

  2. Keep your eyes on Jesus! I love your prayers over your boys and their future wives!

  3. Ummm guilty! I literally had that whole scenario. I was busy all afternoon preparing a meal in love for a friend who just had a baby. My husband walked in asking what was for supper and I had nothing planned for him/us. I have since learned that I should double recipes but still, I get grumpy in the kitchen so have had to put that way of helping on hold til either my kids are older or I’m in a better place and don’t freak on my kids for interrupting me when I’m trying to cook!
    LOVE THIS POST!!! You worded it so well!

  4. I needed to read this today! Thank you for sharing this. I also pray for my girls husbands. They sometimes giggle when I do. But it is so important. Thank you for your transparency. We are not alone in this journey.

    God Bless you!
    Adrienne R

  5. Thanks for speaking God’s truth to us in love, Whitney! We are first called to serve our families…..I think we have all been guilty in this area, I know I have! Thanks for helping us bring our hearts back home. :)

    Love God Greatly!

  6. Christene says:

    I am a day behind so reading this first thing on the first day of summer for my kids makes me humbled. I want to not be that woman in the car but the woman God wants me to be. Thank you for speaking the words of truth that all woman feel and do as a reminder for us to trust in God and look to him.

  7. I heard Dr. David Jeremiah use an illustration this morning that may apply here. Basically, “Take care of the important things first, not the urgent, or the important things won’t get done. He used the illustration of putiing rocks, gravel, sand and water into a jar to show how much we get done if we do the important first.
    It is imortant to take care of the ones He has given us before we do anything else (after praising Him, of course).
    My children are grown with babies of their own, but I pray that I have been and will continue to be a godly example to them and their families so they will know how to be pleasing to God and others.
    I try daily to be a Proverbs 31 woman–many times I fail–but it’s in the trying that I please Him.

  8. I admit that I fall short in this area so often. When I read articles like this I realize how selfish I really am. It seems that there are so many areas to work on, but loving my family first should be first and foremost in my heart and mind. Thank you for this beautiful illustration of what it means to not let the world distract us from what is most important.

  9. Michelle says:

    I have a group of ladies from my church that want to do the Proverbs 31 study with me, but we will be about 4 weeks behind. My questions is how long will all the post and videos be on the GMG blog for us to use. I saw under your Bible Studies header other studies you have done and thought this might be where you put everything from past studies, but i was not able to click on any but one.
    Will there be a link to pull everything from the Proverbs study?

    I have enjoyed the GMG and WLW blog’s and we are looking forward to this study.

    Thank you

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