As I opened my Bible, Matthew 11:28 came to my mind..."Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." You know I am weary Lord. But, I am weary in a good way. My girls require my attention from the moment they get up to the moment they go to sleep at night. They are certainly not a burden, in the negative sense of the word, but definitely a huge responsibility. Being a parent to little ones is the hardest thing that I have done in my life so far. I cannot do it without God, and I won't attempt to do it without God. When I get frustrated, I pray. When I get lonely, due to Gene's schedule, I pray. When I get stressed and overwhelmed, I pray. When I think that I cannot do this another day, I pray. When I get sad, I pray. When my heart is so full with love that is could burst open, I pray. God is so faithful, isn't He? When I seek Him, regardless of how I am feeling, He gives me exactly what I need. I want to encourage you this morning to do the same thing. Where ever you are in life, whatever is on your plate, take it to God in prayer. Open your Bible and let him speak to your soul. His Words are always refreshing. Matthew 11:29 promises that when we go to Jesus, we will find rest for our souls. I am so thankful for that promise! Even this morning I feel rest in my weariness.
Yesterday, I received a package in the mail. I ordered the girls matching Easter baskets. I can hardly wait to see them swing these basket around as they hunt for Easter eggs. Yes, I know I'll have to wait a year or two before Gracen will join Reagan, but I am eagerly looking to the future. I just love celebrating the holidays with them and getting them matching things. Are these baskets cute or what? I bought them at personalcreations.com and even better, I had a 25% off coupon. I love coupons.
And speaking of weary, this is what my den looked like about 15 seconds after opening the box. As soon as I lifted the baskets out, Reagan starting throwing these lovely "peanuts" in the air, singing, "It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring." I didn't want to stifle her joy so I just let her play with them for a little bit.
Here she is making a pile. As soon as she made a pile, she would throw it into the air. Gracen was giggling out loud. And yes, I stayed very close and no, Gracen didn't put any in her mouth.
And, here is Reagan vacuuming the floor. My philosophy is, you make the mess, you clean it up. I helped her with the big pieces, using a broom and a dust pan. But, there were still little pieces scattered about, so we had to pull out the vacuum. Reagan loves to vacuum, so she had a fun afternoon.
Interesting tidbit of information....on the way to church yesterday, Reagan said this...
"Mommy, I want a brother."
Me: "You do! Why do you want a brother?"
Reagan: "Because Daddy is outnumbered and I don't have a brother. I want one."
Me: "Daddy doesn't feel outnumbered. He loves his girls."
Reagan: "I want a brother."
Me: "Mommy and Daddy aren't planning on having any more babies."
Reagan: "Well, God just put Gracen in your tummy, didn't He?"
Me: "Yes, He did."
Reagan: "Well, maybe he will put a brother in there."
Me: "Reagan, I don't think we are going to have another baby."
Reagan: "If God puts it in there, will you keep it?"
Me: "Well, of course we will keep it."
Reagan: "Well, I am going to pray that he puts one in there." (GULP!)
Another verse came to my mind....something about having childlike faith.....oh, dear!