It’s not officially Fall, but it sure looks like it outside. Beneath the oak tree in my backyard, red and brown leaves, litter the ground. The children and I went outside to gather leaves and pinecones for our Fall themed bulletin board. It was cool and damp out from the rain we received last night. Just three weeks ago it had been unbearably hot. Temperatures were in the high 90’s and it was to hot to stay outside for more than ten minutes. That’s why today I am almost caught off guard by the change in temperature and scenery. The colors are changing from green to red, brown, yellow, and orange. My bed of Asiatic Lilies provided a beautiful kitchen arrangement this summer. But now they lie slumped over, having long since been burned alive by the scorching sun. I didn’t realize how much I missed the Fall until today. I wanted to sit outside, sipping tea and watching the children play. I should have because it’s raining outside again and it’s too wet for that now. I’m amazed at how fast time goes by. How each moment is here and then gone in an instant. How the children grow up and grow older. How we grow and grow old. I am only twenty nine and I feel as though I have lived a lifetime. I have travelled the country and overseas. I have worked with underprivelleged youth and privelleged. I am a mother, a sister, a wife and a friend. My experiences have helped me become a more patient and reserved person. The seasons around me are changing and so is my life. I’ve decided to go back to school in the spring to become a teacher. I thought that I would wait until my youngest son turned five, but just as the seasons have changed so have my plans. I am going after those things that bring me peace. I will follow my dreams before the scenery changes again. Tomorrow, if the rain let’s up long enough, I will sit outside outside, sip some tea and watch the children play.
Earlier this week I received a call from our church Youth Pastor. He wanted to know if my husband and I would be interested in teaching a Sunday school class for third and fourth grade boys. My initial decision was, “sure I would be glad to devote a Sunday to this task”. Seeing as though I have four children, that attend Sunday school, I always felt an obligation to teach at least once a month. This once a month rule was a stop loss mechanism to be sure that I did not miss out on personal fellowship time. But the problem presented itself when the pastor explained that he needed someone who could teach for a quarter. I thought Oh no! A whole quarter? I really wanted to help out but accepting would mean that I would have to begin attending second service as opposed to first and I also would not be able to attend Sunday school any more.
As you can tell this request was beginning to become very burdensome to say the least. I already knew what my husbands response would be. He’d say something to the effect of “I probably would teach once every quarter but not for a whole quarter”. If teaching the class could somehow fit conveniently into my schedule and not interfere with my current Sunday morning agenda then I would have most certainly obliged. I wanted to help but I didn’t want to accept the inconvenience. Then I heard God’s voice saying “To whom much is given, much is required” Luke 12:47-48 . Every thing that God had done in my life had prepared me for this very request. So it wasn’t a matter of inability. I didn’t want the inconvenience,nor did I want to share my fellowship time. But when I heard HIS voice I no longer looked at the request as a burden but as an offering. It became apparent that it was my reasonable service.
God has prepared me all my life to teach. But when my talent was requested for use in HIS house, I was tempted to deny HIM the very thing that He fashioned me for. We often forget that a large part of coming to church is to bring an offering of your gifts and talents. God prepares us, through life’s experiences to do the work to build his house. I would hate to have to face God in heaven knowing the only thing that I have to show for my time was my dedication to obtaining earthly possessions, and earthly favor. Today my focus has been refocused on reaching toward Godly favor.
This year I’ve decide to homeschool my four children ages 12, 6, 4 and 2. This is one of the best decisions that I have ever made. My husband and I have adopted an eclectic style of teaching that will allow the children to utilize many different resources for their learning.
Our decision to homeschool came because of a rift that materialized in my relationship with our eldest daughter. Her withdrawal began shortly after starting the sixth grade and progressed negatively throughout the year. Academically she was doing great but emotionally she was buckling under the pressure to fit in. She began to rely more on the opinions of her peers even if they were harmful in nature to her self esteem. A large number of her friends had boyfriends and some had already been intimate. She was feeling the pressure from her peers as well as from her father and I. She didn’t want to disappoint us, but she also wanted to fit in.
The decision was difficult initially for us all, but thank God for faith. Faith gave me the courage to take on a challenge that I didn’t believe I could handle. God also gave her the discipline to accept the things that she could not change. Today we are grateful for what God has shown us about ourselves. He has shown us that we are made perfect in Him and that it is in Him where we find our greatest strength.
My children have learned so much in a short time. I have never seen them so excited about learning. My oldest daughter is a happier and more confident young lady, who is able to make better choices in who her friends are. Our support in her decisions are more tangible for her. She knows that our opinions are genuine and for her good, versus the feedback she had receive from her old schoolmates. She is really focusing on her gifts and talents and how she can use them to discover who she is. She recently started a bible quizzing competition at church and will be beginning track at the local YMCA in the fall.
Welcome to A Proverbs Wife…!
Encourage and equip others to love their husbands, their children and their homes.
Who Am I?
A 32 year old wife and mother. My husband and I have 4 beautiful children. Two daughters 16 and 7, and two sons age 9 and 6.
My goal as a Christian is to bring joy the the Lord in all that I do. My goal as a wife if to love my husband and children deeply. In my marriage, I am a Chief Care-Giver, Researcher, Administrative Secretary, Data Analyst, Nest Egg Manager and Co-Chief Financial Officer… amongst other titles. I love to find deals and hubby loves to save money, so we make a perfect match.
I am a sinner who is saved by Grace. I love the Lord above all else. I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, a teacher and a role model.
Why Should You Read My Webpage?
A Proverbs Wife…is my ministry. It is my accountability partner. It is evidence of the fruit in my life. However, for you it may a source of encouragement. It can be an instruction manual for homemaking, budgeting, marriage and parenting. There is something here for those who are looking.
What Can You Learn Here?
*You’ll learn to be frugal and organize your home.
*You will also learn ways to improve your marriage.
*And much, much more!!
Through reading my posts, you will catch glimpses of my journey toward living my life virtuously. You may learn to see yourself as the women described in Proverbs 31:10-31. You may even learn how vital it is to walk in your calling as a Titus 2 women. You will learn to save money, manage every tasks and organize your life.
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