Wednesday, May 27, 2009

They're Having More Fun Than Us

Over Memorial Day weekend, I got to go camping for 2 nights with my four favorite guys (my husband and my three sons). Going tent camping with the family takes A LOT of preparation for us. There are tents, sleeping bags, pillows, favorite blankets, clothes, extra clothes, food, drink, ice, bikes, air mattresses, chairs, and the list could go on and on. So packing all of this, and then organizing all of this, and then stowing all of this takes a while. My eight year old, Noah, was outside with my husband and I while all of this work was going on. We were hot, tired, and a bit grouchy with each other. As we were working our tails off, a neighborhood dad and two little boys rode by peacefully on their bikes. Noah's comment (which happened to be very loud) was, "They are having more fun than us!" I stopped in my tracks and read him the riot act. I told him we were doing all of this for him and his brothers so they could go camping and have fun, fun, and more fun!!

A while later I had an eye-opening moment. I wondered how many times I have told my Father that someone else is having more fun. I have a bad habit of comparing myself to others way too much! But in the meantime, He is preparing me for something bigger and better. It might just take a while to get there.

Preparation is rarely fun. It is work. Hard work. You will get hot, tired, and maybe a little dirty. But when the destination is reached, you will see that you are having fun!

The next day I asked Noah if the dad and his two boys were still having more fun than us. His answer: "No Way!"

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Book Review

Several months ago I found this blog by The Preacher's Wife. It is a great blog for ministry wives. They extended an offer of a free book to any ministry wife willing to write about their book. So of course I signed up. I love to read, and reading free books is even better! So a couple weeks ago the book came in the mail, and it took me just a few days to read. It is a great book with an even greater message. The premise is about four PWs (pastors' wives) who secretly meet to discuss life and support each other. Each wife comes with her own set of problems (like us all!), and I love the way they work through each struggle with God's help.

I will leave you with my favorite quote...

"God had been so good to her. He had heard her cries for help and grace. He had answered her pleas for mercy and for her family. He had shown up and had proved faithful again. Even when she hadn't deserved it."

This is what I pray God does in my life on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis!