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It’s Time to Get Back in the Pool

August 12, 2011

Dinkledine Photography

     What are we here for?  The question for the ages.  Ultimately each of us is here to glorify God.  Now there is another statement that is far too deep and complex to get into today.  But I will venture to say today, that as mothers we glorify God when we lay down our lives and raise Godly children.

     Tomorrow is the big day for my son Luke and Rachelle.  They will begin a new chapter in their lives.  I am excited for them.  I remember 28 years ago as I began that journey.  It was exciting and fun.  It has continued to be exciting and fun.  Yes there have been trials along the way, but my husband is my greatest blessing in this earthly life.

     I am surprised at the feelings I have today as we start our wedding weekend festivities.  I am not emotional, sad or reminiscent.  I have a renewed sense of purpose and determination.  I am strengthened and encouraged to get back at it.  What is “it”, you may ask; the delight of glorifying my God by raising Godly children.   I’m not done.  My work is not finished.  I have 4 more precious gifts from God at home.

     I will always be there to encourage Luke and offer hopefully wise Godly council.  That is what I  desire to do for anyone, hence my blog.  But I am finished raising him.  Is he perfect and complete? No, not quite.  But it was never my job to complete him, only to train him in the way he should go.  My hope is not in the job I’ve done or in Luke’s character.  My hope is in God and His word that says, He will complete the work he began, and train a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it.       

     The only hope I ever have is in God and His word.  So as I get back at it, my direction seems clear.  A new school year lies ahead of me.  Reading, writing and arithmetic are on the agenda, but so are loving, training, equipping and lingering.  More than running from place to place I desire the time and peaceful environment to impart His word into their lives; for it will not return void.

     I was a college swimmer.  When one race was done I had a renewed urge to return to the pool and work harder for a better result the next time.  I am not comparing Luke to a sub par performance.  But I as a mother am growing and improving.  I have had some years of weariness in there.  I have lacked motivation and determination at times.  Defeat sometimes knocks on my door.  But I will never answer that door and you should never answer it either.

     Motherhood is not a job.  It is who we are.  We have Mama DNA and you cannot separate us from our DNA.  So for me, this weekend, I celebrate.  I will celebrate the new union of a new family, a union that will change the world.  I will celebrate the completion of one awesome journey and the beginning of another, for me and for Luke.  Then I will plunge back into that pool.  I’m ready to get back at it.  My hope is that I will strengthen my weak areas, correct my mistakes and train for endurance.

     Thank you God for Luke.  Thank you God for the gift of these past 21 years.  And thank you God for the plans you have for me and for the plans you have for Luke and Rachelle.  Today is just our beginning.

Thank you for reading dear friends.  Thank you for being a part of my journey.  Get ready,  because on Monday we all get back in the pool.  Bring your goggles because you will want to see clearly.   Until then, be blessed and this weekend celebrate a job well done; YOU!

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