This Too Shall Pass

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Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike,
realize that both come from God.
 Remember that nothing is certain in this life.
Ecclesiastes 7:14 (NLT)
Lord, 
I have no words to pray-
just wonder why today…
why others are blessed
while I’m distressed
why trials are mine 
while others seem fine
why they have more
and are so sure
of things I doubt
yet continue to tout
and if I have no words to say
what then does my heart betray?
a quiet trust
or that I must
seek Him still 
my heart to fill
to see His face
feel His embrace
trust Him now
for what I know not
obeying Him here
 is where I must start
This too shall pass.

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Motherhood {Faith Life Preservers- Day 9}

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“There is no way to be a perfect mother, 
and a million ways to be a good one”
Jill Churchill
Today is my beautiful daughter’s 12th Birthday.
The day I gave birth to her is the day I realized that 10 tiny fingers and toes 
are really the most amazing thing God created.
I never realized how much I could love one person. 
How much I would sacrifice for another.
The day she was born was the day that I knew my journey 
to true unselfishness would begin.
It started in the womb, but will be a lifetime of learning.
Selflessness.
Flesh dies hard after all, and I am one who has clung to this world 
and it’s remnants too often.
I know selfishness.
I am learning selflessness, and it’s beauty and freedom.
It’s pain.
Dying to self is what a mother does day in and day out.
It is a paradigm shift of epic proportions.
Do not be deceived. 
There is a balance of power indeed, 
but sacrificial love is the first requirement needed for long nights of sleeplessness. 
First as the infant cries for milk, then for attention and boundaries unwanted.
Again in the older years while waiting on curfews.
Finally to endure the awkward but necessary years identity seeking. 
Sleeplessness is a Mother’s silent partner and secret strength.
I refuse to bow down to the idol of worry.
Oh, my Lord knows- that is not easy.
Instead I bow my heart in prayer.
Turning every thought, concern and worry into 
holy incense, prayers rising up to Him.
I embrace sleeplessness as an opportunity for fellowship and time
of strengthening in His grace for the days ahead.

My precious daughter, a Faith Life Preserver
Absolutely.

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones –
 the ones at home. 
Mother Theresa

“Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. 
A child is a child. They get bigger, 
older, but grown. 
In my heart it don’t mean a thing.”
— Toni Morrison

I just could not get this sweet, silly song out of my head today!
So I have included the clip “You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby”.
Smiles!
31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012

See all other Faith Life Preserver Posts HERE.
Check out all of the other 
31 Day Topics and Bloggers HERE.
Linking with Kathy of Cornerstone Confessions and Darlene of Time – Warp Wife.

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