I cannot believe it's already Thanksgiving (well soon enough anyways)...some have actually broken the rules and started playing Christmas music and everything! I must confess though, that our Christmas decorations are looking mighty tempting, and I just might sneak up some lights around the house soon. We have the best supply ever of Christmas goodies and I just can't wait until it's in full swing. There are so many things to be thankful for right now, I am just in awe of where God has brought me in my life, and all the gifts along the way. This mission that we all have as Christians, to seek the lost and try to save them...it's a hard one. Especially if you feel lost yourself sometimes. I know that God will always open the right doors and do the speaking for me. It's just that sometimes I don't always choose the right door, the door that is wiiiiiiide open and obviously there for ME. Well, thank God that He always gives me another chance, over and over again. I am learning everyday, and God's grace is enough. The gift of being a wife and a mother is all I've really wanted, and He sure has provided that! Now it's up to me to be the woman He wants me to be..and that's the hard part. It's so easy to be a "minimal" wife or a "half descent" mother. But I don't want that. I want to be the best damn wife ever! And I want to be mother of the year. (OK, maybe not mother of the year, but pretty close to it!) To wake in the morning and know "that my children call me blessed, and my husband praises me..(see below), that's an amazing thing. I know I can't do this on my own, so my sweet Abba is there to help me out with that. Even when I fall short, which is pretty much every day, He is there to fill in that gap.
"A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."
Proverbs 31 10-31