Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day and a Proverbs 31 Woman

I first want to say Happy Father's Day to my wonderful dad.
I think I am just now realizing all of the things that this man has done for me. He was (and still is :)) quite the silly daddy and growing up he loved to tease my sisters and I and we would incessantly quote the verse "Father's don't exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." But, he truly did bring us up in the training and instruction of Christ and for that I am eternally grateful. He provided such care, provision, and love in our home in ways that I didn't even realize. Thank you, dad, for everything you have done and sacrificed for me and our family. I love you with all of my heart!
I love that my dad has become such a softie as he gets older :)....he was giving his baby girl away and this picture shows the emotion in his heart.
So, I stayed home from church this morning because I wasn't feeling great, and I am so glad that I did. (That sounds horrible, but I promise its not. :)) I was able to spend some good, quality, time with my Lord and pour out my heart and also be still and listen to Him. It has been a long time since I have done that, and, I needed to just be at the feet of Jesus. I am so thankful how he always draws me to himself despite my sinful heart that is always wandering when I know how great He is. Thank you Lord Jesus for your unconditional love and grace.
I spent some time reading Proverbs 31 and how I long to be a "wife of noble character". So often, I realize how lazy I can be. God calls us as women to "work with eager hands", make sure that our "lamp does not go out at night", "get up while it is still dark", and "set about our work vigorously." Do I think God means that we can never sleep and always have to be working? No. But, I do think he desires for us to be busy for him, not wasting the time we have here on earth. He desires for us to be hard workers at home, making sure we are staying busy, and not doing things begrudgingly or with a bad attitude, but with a heart that longs to serve God and our husbands.

I have the privilege of knowing my pastor's mom; she is a wise woman in the Lord and every time she opens her mouth, people listen. :) I remember her saying one time that in ALL things, we can honor Christ. While we are doing the laundry, or emptying the dishwasher, or making dinner, we can be praying to him, meditating on scripture, and singing praises to him. This is so great because so many times I see these things as annoying mundane things that have to be done, and sometimes I just simply don't want to do them. I need to look at these things as opportunities to enjoy spending time with the Lord and in his presence.

Well, I think that is all I have today. :) I probably won't be posting anymore this week because on Wednesday we are leaving for Stone Mountain, GA and will be here for the weekend....
My absolutely adorable grandparents will be celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary and my whole family will be staying here....I am so excited I can't even handle it. Then, to top things off, I am spending 3 1/2 more days in Pensacola with my sisters, nieces, and my cousin Katie and her munchkins....SO EXCITED. I hope ya'll have a great week! :)


Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

Such a sweet post, Audra! I know what you mean about just now realizing what my parents did for me. . . so many things that I took for granted, and just now I see the sacrifices and love that they poured out!

Have fun at Stone Mountain! :]

Audra said...

Awwww....Amanda! I didn't know you had a is super cute and I am so impressed with all of your awesome creations. :) I hope you guys are enjoying are definitely missed in Tallahassee.