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We are into our first full week of summer and Dad happens to have a camp this week. Many may not realize that the life of a youth pastor’s wife becomes near chaotic during the summer time. Youth camps, mission trips, day trips, retreats, and outings of every kind all piled in to twelve weeks of summery goodness.
In years past I may have melted down just a bit during the weeks when hubby got into full swing youth ministry summer mode. Pre kids I was more involved, yet with each little added to our family, I’ve become less hands on and that is OK.
It strikes my heart this morning how growth happens, ever so slowly, somewhat painfully, over time. How many early days of motherhood were downright tumultuous. How I even fought against the role at times.
And you know, it’s not all dreamy now.
It. is. hard.
But it is good.
There is growth.
There is a gratitude growing in the once rocky soil of my heart. Even in the midst of the imperfect days and more talking back and sibling rivalry than I believe I could possibly bear, ultimately, I see grace.
And once again I am reminded of one of the verses of my life, that I may be
“confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
Today, if you are in the trenches, I want you to know, He is working.
Shaping and molding and working tirelessly on that heart of yours. He’s after it.He’s after you in the most beautiful, passionate, hope-filled way.
And sister, He is for you.
Take a deep breath, whisper that cry in your heart, and offer it to Him. Know that He is good and faithful and, most surely, is at work, even when it hurts. Even when it doesn’t feel like it. Even when you feel defeated and deflated and straight up DONE.
Yes, even then, His grace abounds. Rest there, my friend.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
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That’s what’s going on in my heart this morning.
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