Friday, June 11, 2010

The last day!

Today is the last day of Stuart's course and it has been challenging to say the least! Part of me is re-leaved and the other worried about what comes next.

It is extremely hard work running a home, looking after and meeting the needs of 4 small children but it is also so rewarding! I have learnt a lot about myself this past 4 weeks some good, some not so good. I have been reminded of the importance in structure and routine. Which has lead me to be more structured.

I have also learnt to appreciate my children as individuals once again and appreciate the help I have had from Stuart over the 18mths he has been out of work.

I have also come to appreciate my friends more for their help and advice. This husband at work and wife at home hasn't been part of my life for so long, it kind of became unnatural at first but now its reminded me that its what thousands of families do everyday. Hopefully this will lead me to be joyful and content knowing I am not the only one who has a tiring day. Women everywhere have to do the same chores I have to do everyday, often un-thanked and often only the things they do, get noticed when they are not done. I know God is watching me as I serve Him in my home looking after the needs of the wonderful family He has blessed me with. I serve Him not so people can praise me or see what a tidy home I have (or don't have as the case maybe). He knows I am working for His glory. So I need to remind myself that next time the "washing fairy" magically picks the clothes up off the bedroom floor, washes them. irons them (eventually!) and puts them neatly in the wardrobe that it doesn't matter if I don't get thanked, God sees it and knows I am working for Him.

Colossians 3

Rules for Holy Living
1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Rules for Christian Households
18Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

22Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favour, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,24since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.


repentant sinner said...

just wait till I get this job my love then you will be doing it all the time babe x

carrieb said...

Good luck Stuart in finding a job you love.
Lorna, never think you are not appreciated or that you are doing a thankless job. Even if your children never thank you for your hard work and dedication to them, they know in their hearts all that you do for them is from love.
I can't say I know from experience how hard it can be, but I know what its like to do something day in day out that feels unappreciated or unnoticed by others. Like you said, God see's it and also you see it. Thank yourself every day and give yourself a big hug of appreciation too. You do an amazing job taking care of four young children AND keeping your home. I know its something I couldnt do (even in perfect health).

love and hugs.

carrie x

Lorna's Ark said...

Thanks for that Stuart!

Thank Carrie for your kind words x