Saturday, December 31, 2011

The changing of the years- 2011 to 2012

As year 2011 comes to a close, it's easy to look ahead at the fresh start of the new year. There will be changes that happen because we make them. There will be changes that happen because they make us. In spite of all the changes, there will be some things that may not change- no matter how much we may want them to.

We as his children can give praise to an all-knowing God who thinks good thoughts toward us. Whatever the future holds, it's in very capable hands. 

Happy Year 2012!
May God bless all his children

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

All over again

I love loving my children.
I thought this as I went into the girls' room to check up on them. The baby girl, was tucked right in, and I hated to have to disturb her. She looked so peaceful and content snug on her little belly. I wanted to make sure she had a night diaper on, so I gently picked her up, to avoid tousling her, belly up. She groaned, and slightly frowned. Shh, I said, stroking her pretty little cheek. I kissed her, held my face close to hers, and felt surrounded by heartfelt love. I was in love with the love that poured from me to her. I was enthused that it was love- not resentment, or grief, or a heavy sense of duty- that motivated me.

I have been experiencing, of late, what seems like a rediscovered love for my children. Not that I have ever ceased to love them, but I do remember, years ago, struggling with affection toward them. This love is renewed again, as I am not, what one would call, affectionate by nature. Recently I am finding a sweet joy and simple pleasure in holding them, playfully poking them, hugging their neck, and giving kisses.
No big deal, you may say.
To me, it is something I am most grateful for in this season of mothering. I want to hold them, just like one of my eldest daughter's books, that she has fallen in love with all over again called "Let Me hold you longer". I want to hold on to the memories of their faces and their joys and their laughter, and silliness. I want to remember their adventures and make sure that I am a part, of at least some of them. I want to never cease to fall in love with them,  as many times as I possibly can,all over again.

Love never fails- 1 Corinthians 13:8

And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is Love. -1 Corinthians 13:13