Post-from-the-past Friday: God’s use of our bodies

A repost from April 2006…enjoy my thoughts in this blast from the past.

I’ve been struggling through a spring cold and wanting so much for wellness so that I can jump into my plans for preparation for my spring garden as well as getting a good jump on getting the house cleaned from top to bottom.


the Lord had other plans for me today! I awoke at 5am with a throbbing in my heel and shooting pains up my leg when I stepped fully on my foot. So I hobbled downstairs, spent some time in the Word, then on the computer, then with my foot elevated on the couch. My mental disorientation from the previous 2 days of the cold had diminished but I was completely unable to keep my eyes open for longer than 1 hour!! I ended up sleeping for 3 1/2 hours, getting almost no housework (of my own…the children still did their chores and a few other tasks) and only 1 school task of the children’s choice done.

But I have to think that if God wants to use HIS day in this way with my body, I guess that is His choice! My problem is that I have to bring myself to the realization that HIS choice is best!! Not always an easy thing for me when I have my own plans and agenda. But it all comes down to ‘whose life am I living anyway?’

But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. Phil 2:17


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When I think about my plans and goals, like losing the 65 pounds I need to lose, getting the yard landscaped nicely, planting a garden, painting various rooms in the house, ripping up the kitchen carpeting and putting down cheap vinyl that will be at least better than carpeting, etc… I have to come to grips with the fact that most of my day is spent in representing Christ to my children in how I deal with them and train them! Will a slim and svelte mother with a beautifully coiffed yard and house be their lasting memory for eternity? OR will my heart filled with joy in the difficult times, a spirit that spontaneously breaks out in thanksgiving in the middle of physical trials, loving laughter, hugs, kisses, enjoying jokes that don’t make all that much sense, listening to stories and plays and plans and hopes – will THESE things last in their memories as a testimony to my life for all eternity?

Well, today was a day for me to take a deep breath and remember what my life is being spent for – and my goal and desire is His glory!

Now, if only I can learn to do this right!!! 😉

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  1. Excellent reminder about what is truly important, and what memories and messages you want people to remember about you. I needed to read your post this morning…thank you!

    • Well, praise the Lord, Ann…I’m so glad it was a blessing to you. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with me today.

  2. Now that is excellent and worth a clapping of hands, reading it reminded me of the story of Mary and Martha , not to say Martha was wrong in what she was thinking but Mary chose to do what was a must and that is spend time with God. So very often we get so confused on what is really important to God and what’s important to us, if we do what is important to Him it will make things a lot easier for us… AMEN

    • Really good thoughts on Mary and Martha! Isn’t it amazing how many times those two gals show up in our own lives?? 😀 Thanks, Desiray, for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Thank you for this “blast from the past.” I, too, often wonder what my children remember from my mothering days. I hope they remember more than me striving for perfection. I want them to remember I tried to be all God desired for me.

  4. I absolutely loved reading this post – so often I beat myself up for not having the perfect yard or house, but you are so right…it’s the things like reading and laughing with our children, having tickle wars, going on adventures together..these are the things that children will remember. Thank you for such an inspiring post and wonderful reminder of what’s really important 🙂

    • Jessica, thank you for your kind words. One thing I love about the body of Christ (and blogging) is that we are able to be encouraged by what God has taught others!! Thanks for coming by for a visit.

  5. So true! What a beautiful, God glorifying attitude toward parenting! Thank you!! I am blessed.

    Thank you for linking up Kate. 🙂

    • Thanks, Laura, for those kind words. I love the idea of your link-up and your blog! Thanks for stopping by for a visit.


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