It has been an exciting and an adventurous year for our family. We started off the school year with two parents on opposite work schedules, mom running around everyday it seemed taking care of the three kiddos, and there seemed to have been a few too many arguments that seemed to have been unnecessary. I don’t know how we have survived this year, but by the grace of God, we did! Yay!
Finally after 12 years of being on second shift, my husband made the change to first shift to be with our family. This year was the year that we had three kiddos on three different teams and I just couldn’t do it anymore by myself. I can’t say enough how much it meant to me for him to make the change. Having your husband home in the evenings helping with bath time, homework, and dinner just made everything so much easier.
Kaylee was moved up to Softball and is doing amazingly well. Chris has been able to help out with coaching Chelsea’s tball team. We pulled Walker just because it wasn’t fair to his team or us to not give full commitment to each individual team.
This year had been all too familiar with suffering.
Suffering is a gift from God. Jesus was said to be a man of suffering. He was familiar with suffering; it wasn’t a foreign concept to him. We can be deeply grateful for that simple fact.
Because Jesus suffered, we can receive tremendous courage when we suffer. Out very own Savior knows what it is like to hurt. Jesus knew who to turn to when all else had left him. He knew that suffering would cause him to press in even more to the Father’s love and affirmation.
*Hebrews 5:7-8 Yet while Christ was here on earth he pleaded with God, praying with tears and agony of soul to the only one who would save him from premature death. And God heard his prayers because of his strong desire to obey God at all times. And even though Jesus was God’s Son, he had to learn from experience what it was like to obey when obeying meant suffering.
When Jesus tells you to take up your cross and follow him, you can have the assurance that as you do, his leadership will guide you straight into the loving arms of the father.
Life does get hard, but I have children and a father in heaven who love me and that’s enough.