I can’t believe how quickly October is flying past. While it will be remembered as one of the worst times in my life, it is also God’s mercy that I look back and realize that weeks have slipped by without my noticing.
When that happens I always think of those newborn baby days that seem soooo long then you realize your baby is 6 weeks old and you can’t imagine how that is possible. Time is a weird thing, huh?
This past weekend I took my three girls to the beach for a weekend of encouragement and refreshment. We had been planning it for a couple of months and while we missed our sister, it was a wonderful time for the four of us. We watched DVDs from the True Woman Conference and talked about what God is doing in each of our lives. I loved hearing how each girl was being blessed by the teachings and what they were learning.
One of the conference sessions was about the history of feminism and it was so funny to hear the different perspectives from the four of us. For my girls it was a fascinating history lesson but for me it was a flood of memories. I remember hearing “I am Woman Hear Me Roar” over and over on the radio. I remember Virginia Slims telling women that they deserve their own, thinner cigarette. I used to roll up strips of paper and pretend I was smoking…..”I deserve this,” I would think as I took a long, pretend draw on my symbol of adulthood. Oh how things have changed!
But the main focus of the conference was about putting our eyes on God and not ourselves. Embracing who we were created to be instead of fighting for our freedoms. It was amazing and the timing couldn’t have been better. All four of us walked away with a sense of knowing that we are safe in the arms of a loving Father who leads us with a wisdom that we can’t fully understand.
And to watch it all with the ocean waves splashing in our view……that made it perfect.
God knew exactly what we all needed.
My boys were at home fending for themselves (aka eating nachos and playing wii) and texting me constantly. “Hola Mamacita” and “Where is the ketchup?” kind of texts. One of my boys really loves to text with me, but he doesn’t really get text etiquette. He will say something to me, “What are you doing right now?” and I won’t see it or reply right away. After about three seconds he will text again, “Hello????!!!!” But if I am driving or running or sleeping I still won’t see it. So three more seconds, “???????????????!” and so it goes for 20+ more texts from him.
But in typical homeschool mom fashion it has led me to mentally develop a class on texting, phone calls and other social interaction.
Some challenges are much easier than others.
This week I am frantically finishing up the last of my book to send it to my editor for feedback. All of this family drama has put me behind, but God knew this was coming and He has given me this extra week to say what He wants to say in the book. I only THINK I am writing it.
Have a great week and may God minister to your heart the way He has mine over the past few days.
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