Family life is a whole lot of getting up every morning and doing the same things you did yesterday.
What a blessing that is because those same things you did yesterday include:
- loving your husband
- bathing your baby
- listening to your teenager
- reading to your ten-year-old
- checking on your mother
- feeding your family
- teaching your six-year-old how to tie his shoes
- braiding your daughter’s hair
- sending your brother a birthday card
- reading your 7th grader’s essay
- watching your children play
- emailing your aunt
- picking up after your family
- texting your sister
- praying for your dad
- and things like that.
Last Sunday night Ray taught from Psalm 127. He taught us that:
- Family is a long obedience in the same direction, and
- Our efforts in our families are secondary to God’s work in them.
When our first child was born, someone gave me a plaque with a poem that reminds mamas to cherish every moment with their young children while they can. I’ve never regretted a moment I said yes to living in the moment with our children and grandchildren–whether they were six months old or 36. Enjoy and cherish your long obedience in the same direction, while resting in the Lord Who builds the house and gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.