I have a date set for my unborn daughter to make her grand entrance into the world. It is one week and 3 days away at the time I am writing this. There have been several times – especially at the tail end of this pregnancy – where my equilibrium is so thrown off that I’ve run into things (and people). I’ve become a neat freak at home because I easily will fall or trip over the toys that clutter the floor. I tend to get so overwhelmed thinking about how this mess will be maintained and dealt with when my daughter arrives. My attitude reflects the anxiety I feel inside and I can easily end up being short tempered with my children and bitter toward my husband.
Tonight I was reading a blog post about giving God glory in the messes by remembering that they show how much God has abundantly blessed us. The thought occurred to me as I read…”do I give God glory in everything?” I claim Jesus as my Lord and Savior but what happens when the practical daily-ness catches up with me and I’m again drowning in laundry, or dishes, or stepping on Play-doh accessories? Why do I get so upset when my husband leaves his winter coat on the floor or my toddler dumps out his block basket right before we’re due to head out the door? Is it possible that I’ve set up gods in my heart that desire others to worship my efforts at perfection?
When we forget the work Christ has done on our behalf we eagerly seek to fill the throne of our hearts with other things. Who we are in Christ reigns supremely over temporary pleasures that will lead to exhaustion and short lived gratification. It’s time instead to praise God for the little hands that are learning and exploring. To thank God that if something breaks at the hand of my toddler it is just a ‘thing’ and not to break the spirit of the child. To praise God for the ones I love that live in our little home because they are created in His wonderful image! Jesus has called me to die to myself daily and the things I selfishly want and instead live for greater joy under His Lordship.
I don’t mean to neglect household duties and live in filth, but under His Lordship do I desire to love my husband and my children () in the way God has called me to? That means to love them over the house I envision. It means loving and serving the people God has graciously blessed me with even in the way I speak to them. Loving God wholeheartedly includes loving others through the messes they make. It means patiently picking up after my husband without complaining. It means bearing with my children’s short attention spans as I seek to teach them how to be responsible and help momma out with chores.
Loving God wholeheartedly means dwelling intentionally on His glorious, wholehearted love for us! These words from Ephesians are some of the most precious, if can be said, of all of God’s words. They articulate the magnitude of God’s love for us when we were completely dead in our sins. Let their truths sink deep in your soul.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Lord make my heart completely Yours!
Your perfection be my rest.
For who I am is found in You
Your perfect blood, Your righteousness.
When others see me may they see
My Savior’s loving face.
This life I live is God’s alone
Transformed by His amazing grace!
The love of Jesus flows down deep
Filling every crevice of my soul.
Let now the works ordained for me
Flow from a heart devoted whole!
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments! (ESV)
4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, (ESV)
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)