|A. learning to write a Chinese character|
|My sweet fam...and the most decent photo we've taken in a while|
But parenthood doesn't permanently nullify every other design the Father has for me. Or for you. I am inspired by the women I see around me--some of them mothers of a great many children!--operating in their gifts and callings and interests (because YES, God cares about those, too). Running t-shirt companies, advocating for adoption and encouraging adoptive families, writing (beautifully), taking really great photos. And I could go on and on. We have become passionate about people discovering what they were made to do. . . the unique ways God shines through them. . . and then doing those things with joy! Serving God is often hard work, yes, but should not be soul-draining drudgery. As we prepare to add a fourth child to our family, my goal is to expend my energy on things that are most fruitful and most life-giving, to me and to others. I don't have time to do otherwise.
So DH and I are thankful for the recent opportunities to do, as a couple, what we were created to do. Last night we led worship at Northland House of Prayer. The Holy Spirit showed up in a special way. We look forward to more.
And we're thankful to my parents, who lovingly care for our children so we can pursue that which gives life to the soul and spirit (and that includes date-night). It really does "take a village."