Relentlessness and Rainbows…

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My youngest son is… well, relentless.  I looked up this word to find that its synonyms are determined and unyielding.  Yep, that fits him!  He will keep at something until he gets “it” or gets his way.  I don’t give in easily, so I usually end up tortured!  I listened to him say that he wanted to play mini golf about twice a week for three months before we finally went.  I know you are thinking “why didn’t you just take him?!”  Well, living the life we do, sometimes time just doesn’t allow for such things.

His latest kick has been wanting to go to the beach.  “Mommy, can we go to the beach?” “Mommy, you said we could go when it was summer.” Mommy, mommy, mommy…”  Let me start with… I hate the beach!  I know, it’s most people’s favorite place and I live in Florida with an abundance of beautiful beaches.  Well, in theory it is great! In reality, it is covered with dirt, filled with things that will hurt you, and where the sun pierces through my pale skin like a death ray!  Again, not a fan.

Knowing that I would never hear the end of it and also that summer will be over before I know it, I took the boys to the beach yesterday.  We left the house at 6:45am and arrived just before 8:00am.  I figured that the death ray wouldn’t be on full blast at that hour! 😉  It turned out to be a great day!  It was overcast, which was perfect!  The best thing was that my boys played in that water for two hours.  They jumped waves and laughed, but most importantly did not fight once.  I walked around looking for shells while keeping an eye out that they didn’t get eaten by anything. We had a rainstorm, but it blew over quickly.  Even my dislike of the beach was not affecting my peace.  I felt like I had gotten it right yesterday.  My oldest son said “Mom, look!”  I turned around to see a double rainbow.  I think that God was telling me that I had gotten it right, too.

I have made more effort lately to let my “Martha” have a break.  I have played Old Maid, I have swam with my boys, I have taken more trips for ice cream, I have had more tickle fights, and I have now gone to the beach.  My reward?  Well, I got a double rainbow, but more importantly, my youngest has given me a bedtime hug and kiss every night for the past week or so.  That is something that he quit doing about two years ago.

Some days are really hard.  I get really focused on tasks, mostly out of necessity.  I’m trying hard to not be so focused on tasks that I miss the “moments.”  Moments when my boys just need… me.  I think it’s paying off.  Are you missing your moments?

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with it such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16

Speechless…

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It seems that we have an abundance of people who love our family.  They secretly collected their hard-earned money to bestow a gift to us.  I don’t know what we have done to deserve such a gift, but I am truly thankful for it and what it represents.  This gift means that my husband can come home when he gets leave at Christmastime, it means that the burden of putting away every penny I can is gone, it means that God has answered my prayer in epic fashion.

Words can not express the love that I have in my heart for each one of you.  You are each a gift to me; a gift that God gave me to get me through this time.  Your love for Christ shines in a dark world and I am truly blessed to call you friends.

I know that I can never pay you back monetarily, but I hope that you know that I will try to pay it forward every day.  I hope that Christ uses me to impact the world for Him, even if it’s just my corner of the world.  All that we can say is we love you all and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Patriotism in the Desert…

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We went to church this morning, as we do every Sunday morning.  This is the Sunday before the 4th of July.  We were dressed and ready.  Our country was founded on Biblical principles and I love it.  This nation was made great because our founding fathers sought wisdom from the Bible to start a nation.  We are a Christian, military family, living apart, and I was looking forward to some stars and stripes today.

After attending my church service, I visited some friends at another church (yes, two in one morning).  The sermon was based from Deuteronomy Chapter 8.  As the pastor read the whole chapter, words were leaping out at me.  God was reminding me of something… letting me know He is always with me.

The chapter is about God leading the Israelites out of Egypt and providing for them.  I’ve heard and read the story many times, but today it took on a personal meaning.  God is leading our family through a desert… a two-year deployment.  God humbles us and tests us to know what is in our hearts… we have gone through a lot, but still remain faithful.  He caused us to hunger… for each other.  And, he feeds us with manna… Skype dates, texts, and emails.

God warned the Israelites to not forget what he had done for them.  God I pray that when you have led us out of this desert “…into a good land – a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills;” Deuteronomy 8:7, that our family will never forget to praise you for what you have done and continue to do in and through our lives.

“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.” Deuteronomy 8:10