I have been thinking a lot recently about the blessing and the challenge of family and of being a parent. Parenting is something that I think we "grow" into, although I don't think that makes it necessarily any easier. And yet the time that we spend with our children can be some of the happiest moments of our lives.
I am sure that although we meet each other daily, or weekly at school, or church or bible study, I am not convinced that we share with one another just how difficult and demanding being a parent can be. Do we continue to perpetuate the motherhood myth and just pretend that we somehow have it all together? Are we really keen to help others and be an encouragement or are we just so busy caught up in our own little world that we do not have the time or energy to be involved in each others lives.
How can we know that the women we are speaking to at church has just lost a baby in miscarriage...are we aware of the things that we say, do we stop to ask the difficult questions? These were some of the issues that we raised at our recent Flourish Conference. I was wondering how we are all getting on out there? What have we gone on to be involved in? Have we been inspired and challenged? Sometimes it seems that life just goes on regardless and we are too caught up in it all to be reflective or even to have time to pray.
How has the Lord been ministering to you? How have you been able to be really present in the lives of your children? What a great challenge it is. Despite the busyness of this time of year and all the energy that is required, it is so reassuring to know that we can take refuge under the wings of the Lord and find rest in Him.
Psalm 62 Verses 5-85 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.