The only real way we will be mothers who are devoted to God with deep abiding love and fear of the Lord is to understand His love for us. When we cry out to Him, His ears perk up and He turns His face towards us. (Psalm 40) When you're having a day like you’ve woke up in the pit before you even had a chance to fall into one, He is able to place your feet on the Rock of your salvation. He doesn't leave us wandering in life, and He certainly doesn't leave us flailing in motherhood.
I tend to keep my eyes ever fixed ahead. This tendency limits me from fully embracing and enjoying being right where I am. I wonder how many sweet moments I have missed because I was unable to look around me instead of ahead of me. As I am leaving one sweet season for the risky and unknown, I am trying my best to slow down, to savor, to commit, and to celebrate. It is these four things that I believe allow us to finish well so that we can begin strong.
"Find joy in the ordinary.” This quote knocked me off my feet my senior year of high school. I remember being stressed out, spread thin, and bogged down by new waves of responsibility. I was so close to the finish line, all I could think about was graduating and moving on to the next chapter of life. I was antsy and irritated, always trying to get on to the next thing.
This Advent Season I’m committing to slowing down in order to fully feel the weight of anticipation. In this effort, I want to focus on the significance that the arrival of Christ holds for my daily life. Sitting in anticipation is uncomfortable and risky. It’s exhilarating and hopeful…at first. Then it just leaves us weary. The Bible says that hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)
The craziness of the holidays is in FULL swing. We have the opportunity to get the most out of each day, or let it get the most of us…it’s our choice! Here, Katrina, 2012 Mercy graduate, shares a bit of her heart to challenge us [...]