So, many of you have apologized for laughing at my previous post… and I just want to say,


It was supposed to make you giggle.  I wanted someone else to see the humor and shed some light…and many of you did!  I loved reading about your own experiences and your "welcome" induction into motherhood and your much needed advice! 

I just want to thank you for laughing and sharing and bonding with me.

I was able to get a few hours to myself on Saturday, and I know it did wonders for me.  I have a long way to go… but the Saviour continues to find wonderful ways of showing me His grace and love and showing me that I can be sane in the middle of chaos.  Foreign concept for me, but one that I am seeing is essential in a busy (moms) life.

And speaking of amazing insight and jaw dropping revelations… I was listening to James MacDonald this morning (you should check him out if you never have.  He is so Scripturally sound, it gives me such confidence in his insights!) and he was talking about God's love.

He made this incredible statement;

"God's love is not a pampering love,

It is a perfecting love."

Whoa. (Sorry.   For those of you that watched Blossom, you know you just said it in your head just like Joey did.)

God is growing us and changing us constantly.  In Hebrews 12 it says:

"For whom the Lord loves He chastens,

And scourges every son whom He receives."

So I had to look up chastens and scourges: (I've been doing Believing God by Beth Moore and its ALL about words and definitions)

  1. To correct by punishment or reproof; take to task.
  2. To restrain; subdue: chasten a proud spirit.
  3. To rid of excess; refine or purify: chasten a careless writing style.


  1. A source of widespread dreadful affliction and devastation such as that caused by pestilence or war.
  2. A means of inflicting severe suffering, vengeance, or punishment.
  3. A whip used to inflict punishment.

So God pretty clearly tells us, "I love you sovereignly, and accordingly you will be disciplined and you will suffer." (please forgive my poor paraphrase)

It even says in Isaiah 45:7

"I form the light and create the darkness,

I make peace and create calamity;

I, the Lord, do all these things"

That really hit me hard.  Every single thing that happens to me happens because a loving God has sovereignly chosen to allow it.  There is purpose in everything, no matter how difficult it is.  I have heard this message before, but never quite like this. 


So I would like to end this 'lesson' with a list of things I am thankful for.  Ms. B (Raindrops and Rainbows) has done this for many moons now, and I have always loved her thoughtful and considerate words, so here is my little attempt.

I am thankful for my time in the Word this morning and this weekend.

I am thankful for a warm house, a working vehicle, plenty of clothes, varieties of food, and the changing of seasons.

I am thankful that my two kids, who seem to often be fearless, have never had a serious cut or laceration that involved stitches. 

I am thankful for the interent as I have found friends, resources, and entertainment.

I am thankful for neighbors who don't give up, even when it might be easier to do so.

I am thankful for broken relationships; for I might never have gotten to know my God the way I do now if they had remained in tact.

I encourage you to do a thankful list… even if you only name one or two things and even if its just in your head.  Its worth it.

Many blessings to you and yours-



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Reader Comments

  1. “I form the light and create the darkness,
    I make peace and create calamity;
    I, the Lord, do all these things”
    I love this verse!
    I enjoyed your including a thankful list! I really am enjoying participating in the Thankful Thursday meme. There are so many out there but that one has just stuck with me and been such a blessing to do.

  2. I am thankful that my teenagers still like to spend time with me and do things as a family.
    I am thankful that my boyfriend is such a good provider and a hard worker. And pretty much just a really good guy.
    I am thankful for my home.
    I am thankful for the friends I have made online since I am extremely shy in real life and don’t make friends easily.
    I am thankful that my former employer is making it possible for me to train in another field.
    I am thankful that I can stay home right now.
    I will stop now….lol.
    I was kicked out of my parent’s home at age 21. I had a low-paying job and no car(they kept mine since it was in their name). I moved in with my boyfriend (who became an ex-husband). He made minimum wage also. I furnished our apartment with things people put out in the alley. I rode the bus everywhere. We ate food from my job or we would not have had an evening meal.
    But, I am so grateful for all of that. It made me learn to really appreciate every little thing in my life and take nothing for granted. Ever.
    Sorry for the book I just wrote…but when it comes to being thankful…I have alot.
    And thank you for looking past our differences to become a friend. I appreciate it so much and I have learned from you.

  3. Doesn’t God just give us so many blessings? And yet we still find stuff to complain about…sigh….Will we ever learn? 🙂 So many times I want to whine about being pregnant and the discomfort of it all and I think of my friends and all the other people who so desperately want to be a mother and can’t or those who are sick or on bedrest the whole time.
    Hope all is well!
    God Bless

  4. Ok, not only do I love Beth Moore but I also love James MacDonald. By the way, thank you for being so real with your faith…it’s refreshing!!!

  5. God bless you for your strength and patiences. Your my hero. I had something similar happen when my son was 3 with an ink pad – I smile now and prayed for the patiences of Job back then. Take care of you and yours always,

  6. I had to go back and read the blog in question. Wow. You had quite a busy day that day. Along with your little ones. Unfortunately we’ve all probably had days like that. I know I have lol. I have to admit it was a fun read and the pictures were great. Sometimes when you see through the lense of a camera it can give you a whole new prespective on the situation. I commend you my friend.

  7. Great entry. Some food for thought. Could I be wrong on this one?? Recently I had something really upset me. What they said to me was not true. Could it be that God is wanting to correct that person through hurting me? I had never thought of it that way before. Will that person experience something that will hit home that they themselves need to learn?? Hmmm If so I really do feel sorry for them because some things really hurt. TY for sharing. You and family are in my prayers. Love and hugs, Janie

  8. “There is a purpose for everything, no matter how difficult it is.”
    Yes, dear sister. When you finish Finding Joy, you really must read Confessions.

  9. “There is a purpose for everything, no matter how difficult it is.”
    Yes, dear sister. When you finish Finding Joy, you really must read Confessions.

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