Emphasis On Moms
You are a Mom ~ You are a Wife ~ You are a Lady ~
Don't run from who you are ~ embrace it!
It's The Simple Things....
*Life is busy, frantic, stressful and a whirlwind. Let's take a moment to slow down - and strive to remember and enjoy the delights of the everyday little things that God has blessed us with. The things that bring focus, renewal, joy, and a smile....
The House ~ By Lisa Burt
So often we're told, "Do your best." "Give 110%." "Go the extra mile." I've said to to myself. I've preached it to my children; at the dinner table, when they were doing their homework, on the softball field, and every other time that I had the chance. Yet because we are unsure of what the "payoff" may be for our efforts, so we sometimes, maybe even often develop the attitude of, "Why bother!".
I heard a story that I want to share with you...
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer of his plans to leave the house building industry and enjoy the next few years at leisure with his wife and family.
The employer hated to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter agreed, but in time it was easy to see that his heart just wasn't it his work. He even resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was such an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
Finally the carpenter had completed his work. The employer came to inspect the house. He handed the door key to the carpenter. "This is your house," he said. "My gift to you." The carpenter was more than surprised, he was shocked. What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it much differently.
So it is with you and I. Everyday, we build our lives, one day at a time, moment to moment, often putting less than our best effort into the building. Then with shock we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we'd do it much differently. However, going back isn't an option.
You are the carpenter. Each day you hammer a nail, board by board, building the foundation. Your attitudes and the choices you make today build the "house" you live in tomorrow.
I encourage you to go the extra mile, give life your best shot! Live with integrity, kindness and honesty. Build Godly principles that will stand the test of time. Then chances are, you're going to build a real beauty, inside and out! No doubt a house of which you, and future generations can be proud.
~Lisa Burt is a homeschool mom who has been blessed with a wonderful husband and 3 beautiful girls who are teaching her more than she will ever teach them.