Life is often far from easy, or simple. Sometimes CHOOSING SIMPLICITY is actually very complicated. I want my life to line up with God's will and that requires the often painful denying of my flesh. My flesh has been RAGING lately. Selfish desires have been rearing their ugly heads in all sorts of ways. Choosing to honor God with my life has required extra determination and an extra dose of God's grace!!
The past few weeks we have been facing some BIG issues, some affecting the entire family and others individually. I have really appreciated your prayers.
One of the big stresses we have been dealing with is with our daughter's struggles in school. Her frustrations with school have spilled into every aspect of our life. Being a 10 year old girl is hard... anyone with a middle school age daughter understands. After MUCH, much, much prayer we have chosen to Home School. We started this week and the PEACE in our home is incredible!!! I want what is best for my daughter, but I had to be willing to sacrifice on my part.... I wish I could say that I didn't struggle with selfishness in making this decision, but I can't. I struggled 'giving up' things to make home schooling possible. God gave me grace and has filled me with joy in this choice!!
Life is a constant ebb and flow. Not getting too attached to a certain way is important... God likes to get us out of our comfort zone because getting out of our comfort zone draws us to HIM! When life is EASY and smooth I am often guilty of relying on my own strength rather than holding on tight to the hand of my Savior. Turbulent times force me to get my eyes OFF of ME and on to the face of my Lord!!
CHOOSING SIMPLICITY means sometimes making HARD choices that go against the desires of the flesh. My flesh does not like being denied, but life with a spoiled brat (my flesh) is really no fun at all! Life really is so much more simple when FOLLOWING the ways of the Word and living a life of obedience!! I would greatly appreciate your continued prayers!
Have a BLESSED day, BE a BLESSING!