I wanted to post these links for myself as a reminder. I love being a wife and mother to my 3 girls, but some days it can be overwhelming. Over the past couple of months, I have reflected on a friend’s post that has really encouraged me to keep perspective.
My favorite part from Sustaining Joy is this:
In thinking on this theme I was recently struck by the lines from Psalm 16:
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Joys can be found in life but much of it is difficult, uncertain, and many times seemingly mundane. Although I cannot always see them, the lines are falling for me in pleasant places, are providentially ordered, and provide me with a beautiful inheritance. The culmination of all the promises of God offers among so many other things justice, peace, and rest and in His presence, I will find fullness of joy. It won’t be the kind of joy that ends as soon as I forget to remember a milestone or good gift, but promises to carry me through ordinary days.
I posted the above section next to my kitchen sink as a daily reminder. I like where it refocuses my mind.
More recently from Femina, the Needy Women post has stuck with me as well:
The fact of the matter is that a man cannot meet the needs of a woman, because her needs far exceed the capacity of any man to fill.
God is the only one who can satisfy all our needs. If we lift the burden of expectation off the creature and place it on the Creator, we will not be disappointed. And our husbands will be mighty relieved.
The ‘needy women’ post is such a good reminder for me to keep perspective. Brian is a fantastic spouse and perfect for me. We have grown through the more ‘needy’ parts of my nature and he has been very patient with me 🙂 I am thankful for what he does for our family and as we are in a great point in our relationship right now it is good to save this as a reminder to cling to my Savior when I have those tendencies.