Monday, July 12, 2010

Where Do I Blog From Here?

I started my bloggy break because I was busy with life. School planning, mostly. Then, our peaches came ripe. I am simply amazed at the amount of peaches ONE tree can produce, and we have two. Then, we went to the lake with our family. Lots and lots of stuff has been going on. And not once did I think about what I wished I could write on my blog. Not. Once. I was amazed.

Normally, when something is going on at our house, there is already a blog post racing through my mind. Many things never get posted, because I simply cant type all day as then there would be nothing to post about. But, my wheels are turning most of the time. Sometime a few weeks ago, they stopped turning. It was probably on my birthday. Now that I am older, my body can do less things.

Today they turned, I guess. Somewhere in the middle of my kitchen while I grated zucchini for my first attempt at zucchini bread, I realized why I blog.

I would like to introduce you to my mission field. See the three smiling little faces on the side bar of my blog? Mustang, Charger, & Mini Cooper. They are my mission field. I am serving the Lord one little person at a time. When I wash clothes, I am ministering to my mission field. When I cook dinner, I am serving my family and serving the Lord. When I hug my children, I am showing an example of the love of God-the most amazing love of all.

I am new to the farm life, and have found it challenging to adjust to tending a garden, picking peaches, driving an hour round trip to go to the grocery store, etc. I have never been much of a homemaker and am often plagued by the thoughts that I am not good at being a wife and a mom, even though I love doing it.

Today it hit me that there is JOY in keeping my house. I LOVE the fact that there is freshly baked zucchini bread on my stove from zucchini that came out of my garden. I LOVE the fact that my children will get a healthy snack from me today. I LOVE the fact that when my kids look back on their childhood they just might remember mom peeling and freezing more peaches then they have ever seen in their life. And that makes me HAPPY!!!

It is my calling to care for my husband and my children, and Satan would love nothing more then for me to fail before I even start because I dont think I am good enough. Forget self esteem here {that's a whole nother subject}, its simply the negative thoughts of I cant so I wont try. Then my children suffer, and my mission field takes a hit.

I cant imagine I am alone. And that is why I want to blog. I want to encourage you, as a Christian, as a wife, as a mommy, as a teacher, as a friend, and as a missionary in YOUR home. I know it is hard to reach out to people in today's world, and it is so much easier to sit on your computer at 2 am when you are holding a crying baby and read. So often, asking for help makes us feel like we have failed, so it's easier to find the answers online and pretend we always knew. Sometimes, we have no one to ask anyways.

I'm not promising all the answers. Not at all. I just want to share this journey with you. I want to encourage you, and be encouraged myself. Life is so short, and the days are so few. I pray that I will spend it loving my husband, training my children, and serving the Lord. And I pray that for you as well. God Bless you :)

6 comments:

No Ordinary Me said...

I love the outlook in the post. It is all so true. To many times we get the wrong focus or satan will sidetrack us.

Blessings.

Lindsay said...

amen! Love this post and love what I have been reading! Missed you!

Annette said...

Absolutely beautiful! I feel as though you spoke from my heart as well. The Lord has shown me in recent months that my family is my main priority and ministry. Thank you for sharing. Glad the wheels started turning again ;) I missed reading how things were going with you and your family :)

Linda said...

Just found your blog and I have really enjoyed my visit here.
Beautiful post and thank you for sharing.
Blessings.

Kimber said...

What a GREAT post! I love the the way you said this:

It is my calling to care for my husband and my children, and Satan would love nothing more then for me to fail before I even start because I dont think I am good enough. Forget self esteem here {that's a whole nother subject}, its simply the negative thoughts of I cant so I wont try. Then my children suffer, and my mission field takes a hit.

That is exactly how I feel or I'm trying to make things clean and perfect but who cares 20 years down the road how clean and perfect your house was. Thank you for posting this it made my day knowing other moms feel the same way.

Autumn Living said...

Thank you for such a heart felt post. You have such a beautiful heart and spirit, and I can so relate to everything you've said. Especially about your children being your mission field. I have said those exact words myself so many times. You know, it doesn't matter if everything is done just so, what matters is the heart behind the actions. Your husband and children are and will be so blessed because of that.

Blessings,
Kimberlynn