Thursday, June 21, 2007

In My Quiet Time....

I was reading this morning from a book called "Baby Boot Camp: Surviving the First Six Weeks of Motherhood" by Rebecca Ingram Powell. I don't have a newborn baby in the house, but the devotionals in this book are relevant to motherhood, each and every day, no matter what age your children are. When Cody was born (he's now 5 1/2), I received this book from a dear friend and I journaled every day right in the book. I love going back and reading what I wrote as I fumbled my way through the first six weeks of new mommy-hood. I thought I would share my thoughts in hopes that they might be an encouragement to you today in your motherhood journey. The devotion was titled "At Ease" on Day 12 and is all about discerning each and every day what's most important. Asking oneself what needs to be done and what can wait, perhaps learning to not worry needlessly about a temporary situation. Ms. Ingram encourages us moms to "focus on the picture Isaiah's words create: Our Gentle Shepherd, Jesus, who carries us close in His arms, close to His heart, tenderly leading us mothers and our little ones. At ease, Mom. At ease." And this is what I wrote in response....

December 26, 2001 (Cody was 11 days old at this point)

"Today I am feeling driven to 'do it all.' This devotion was so good for me - it reminded me that sometimes housework can wait. The best part of my day is right now...holding you close with your head resting on my shoulder. It is a privilege to be your mommy! As I read from Isaiah 40:9-11, I was so comforted by the part of the chapter that reads, 'He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.' This verse has been such a comfort to me in the troubled times we are facing. Jesus IS the Gentle Shepherd caring for you and me. Lord, thank you for the privilege of being a mom. May I never take it for granted."

4 comments:

MorningSong said...

Thanks for sharing this!! It is good to remember to keep focused on our priorities and to also remember He, our Father God, is tenderly caring for us as we care for our young. Great reminder!!

Thanks, I'm glad I stopped in today. :)

Glass Half Full said...

New blog look -- like it!

Thanks for the encouragement!

Kari Lynn said...

Love the new look. That was a great gift for a new mother and how smart of you to journal in it as you read it. I love looking back on my thoughts and feelings at those important times in life.

Barbie@ Mamaology said...

That was just what I needed to hear! It is sooo tempting to try and do it "all". And in my own strength. How I need to let Jesus lead me.

BTW: my best friend Gretchen Pongetti goes to your church:) I just figured that out:)