Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hope in the Secret Places



It has been rather silent here. I think of dozens of topics to write about - but somehow the day runs out before the words do. We are pushing to get the last weeks of school finished before warm weather hits. But otherwise, I don't have much to show for my days. That endless cycle of dishes, laundry, cleaning, and diapers.

The photo above is the sunset last night. Yes, we had more snow. As my daughter said, "I have to admit that the snow is pretty, but I wouldn't care if it didn't snow for a long time."

We made it through the winter with hardly more than a sniffle but the last week we were hit with some bad colds and coughs. A sick baby makes mom's nights short. (Or long - depending upon your perspective of seeing every hour.) I was spoiled to have a two month old that slept 8-10 hours a night. She is feeling better now so I'm hoping she goes back to her night routine.

I have been reading through Isaiah. (Very slowly. My Bible is prompted up on the arm of the couch and I try to read a few verses while feeding the baby. Sometimes I find myself reading the same chapter for the third or fourth time.) There seems to be so many needs - in my own life, in my children, in my friends - and I am drinking in the encouragement. Numerous times in the middle chapters of the book it talks of God forming us and knowing us in our mother's womb. Amidst all the unknowns - God knows.

Two verses that were extra special to me this week.

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

Isaiah 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

When I am thirsty, He refreshes.

When I am weary of mothering, He pours blessing on my offspring.

When in darkness, He gives treasures - secret riches.

That I may know Him.

And a tired mother is rich with hope.

9 comments :

  1. Beautiful post. I love the scriptures, I needed to see those. Thank you :)
    Jamie

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  2. Wonderful encouragement and refreshment ..... thanks for your post!
    Carolyn

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  3. I love Isaiah! It's amazing how scriptures often read can suddenly POP! and give us new life. This post has made those beautiful scriptures pop! for me today! God is so good to give us a living Bible.

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  4. The warm fireplaceMarch 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Wonderful post and so much needed.
    Sue

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  5. HE sees the laundry and the dishes being done with love.

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  6. God is good!
    Am curious if you did anything (sleep training, babywise, etc) to help your 2 month old sleep 8-10 hours. If so, please share!

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    1. I'm not sure I get any credit for having good sleepers. All my children have slept through the night by two months old. (Though my fourth child then reverted to waking up at least once a night until over a year old! But there were some other factors in her case.)

      I did learn a lot, especially with our first child, through the Babywise book. It taught me how to look for cues on whether my child was hungry, sleepy, or something else. I also try to use the sleep/eat/wake cycle and train my babies to sleep without props (such as nursing to sleep.) I try to get adequate feedings in during the day, even if it means waking up the baby from their nap or squeezing in another feeding in the evening.

      But I'm honestly not sure that my good sleepers are anything I have done "right." I'm just grateful that they sleep so well.
      Gina

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  7. "When I am weary of mothering, He pours blessing on my offspring." ----- LOVE LOVE LOVE this, Thanks

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  8. This was beautifully written by a mother's heart. Pure honesty. I love that.
    God bless you and yours.
    Gail

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