Friday, June 15, 2007


My life is often more interesting than I give it credit for.

It gets filled up with small things that often overshadow the big thoughts, but the mingled pile of it is what makes a great life. I don't get much time to sort the whole thing out, but I will. I know that I will be given seasons of peace and rest later. In the present I just try to squeeze as much in as I can.

Yesterday's mundane moments included boys with straws. The Little Mr.'s really like to drink out of straws. I get it. It's fun. I have an issue with straws, but that's my thing, so I take a deep breath and hand them out. During dinner last night, the boys got creative. At least right now, that's how I'm choosing to look at it. The Littlest Mr. decided to suck applesauce through his straw. We smiled and I foolishly said well, at least it's not BBQ sauce, which instantly made the 9 year old Mr. give it a try. BBQ through a straw is not a good idea.

My friend and I mulled this over on our walk, along with many other things. These walks are great. We walk for about an hour. I am short, so I have to go pretty fast to keep up. It's great for our health, but better for our minds. A short break from the family time. As full time stay at home homeschool moms we have a lot of family time. A break is a good thing. We talk about everything and nothing. It's perfect.

In our family we eat two meals a day together. Over breakfast we have a family devotion time. Today there was a thought in there that I wanted to share here. Just for the thinking. This is in reference to 2 Peter 1:5.

"We are not meant to be seen as God's perfect, bright-shining examples, but to be seen as the everyday essence of ordinary life exhibiting the miracle of His grace. Drudgery is the test of genuine character. The greatest hindrance in our spiritual life is that we will only look for big things to do. Yet, "Jesus...took a towel and...began to wash the disciples' feet..."(John 13:3-5)."

Quoted from My Utmost For His Highest, Oswald Chambers. Excellent.

Drudgery is the test of genuine character.

Think on that as you're standing in line at the post office, doing dishes, balancing the check book, taking out the trash, changing yet another diaper, or any other thing on our seemingly mundane list of daily stuff.

Think on it.

Really think.

Drudgery is the test of genuine character.

What does your genuine character say about you?

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