Sunday, December 3, 2006
Grace & Refinement
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galations 2:20
As I get older I look back and think about how I had no concept whenI got saved the true meaning of grace.
The older I get the more I cherish that word and the work Christ did on the Cross for all my sins. As I go about my days with my eight little children I strive to be the best mom I can be, but often fall flat on my face.
Can you relate? ;)
Then one day as I was moaning inside myself I realized how the Good Lord is using my home as a training grounds and my children as tools in His hands to refine me. Simple, yes, but it took so long
to figure that out.
So the next time I am overwhelmed and the children are swirling around me and I feel like I am in the midst of a tornado I will try to remember how far He has brought me from, where I am now and that I am still a 'work in progress'! His beautiful work indeed! I know that so many of my character flaws would have continued to conceal their ugly heads if I didn't have all eight children and stay home with them. I am in awe with the progress I am making because I know He is refining me into His awesome image. How unworthy I am. How holy is He.
True character reveals itself at home. How are we doing today,ladies? How do we look and act once those doors are shut and no one but our families are looking? I know I've had to cringe a few times as I've looked back.
The glorious, rich Christian home is what we strive after! We cannot obtain it if we do not fully embrace what God has called us to, but He has given us everything we need to be equipped to do just such a thing. Our imprint upon our families lives are ever-lasting! Souls in our hands being molded day-by-day, minute-by-minute....one life can affect generations that we will never see. When I think of this I want to fall to my knees and cry out to God because I know without a doubt I cannot do this without Him. I can't do ANYTHING w/out Him.
(Written in 2004)