Growing up I always knew I wanted children, but I also wanted to be something "big". Someone famous or someone who made a lot of money. (Actually I wanted to be a figure skater and if that didn't work out I wanted to take over Vanna Whites job on the tv show Wheel Of Fortune. I was hoping when she got too old I could take over and wear all the pretty dresses,smile big and be a letter turner. Simple right? haha...
Just something other than the normal stay at home mom. I had big dreams and always would worry about what I was going to be when I grew up. I would always stress about what I was going to be when I grew up. I would tell my mom," I don't know what I want to be or what to do in life." She would always tell me that God has a purpose and a plan for my life and that I just needed to trust in him and he would give me the desires of my heart.
When ABC didn't call and my skating days were over I often doubted that God had big plans or even significant plans for me. How could He use me? I often struggled with this. I became pregnant at a young age and thought my "big dream days" were over. I was just a SAHM, I could be doing so much more with my life. I tend to think big. Please don't get me wrong I love my kids and I love being a mommy to them but sometimes I wondered if I could be doing other things in my life besides changing diapers all day and doing dishes etc. I have a lot of questions like. . .What am I doing day in and day out? What is my purpose here on earth? Am I making a difference? Does what I do matter? What kind of legacy will I leave?
God is finally showing me that he has a specific plan for me. I am right where he wants me to be. It says in the Ephesians 2:10, that He “created us to do good things. He planned for us long ago.”
A quote from George Barna: "Our children will define the future, which makes them our most significant and enduring legacy. After all, God never told his followers to take over the world through force or intelligence. He simply told us to have children and then raise them to honor God in all they do."
Now, that I am a mommy x5 I am overwhelmed with these precious children that God has placed in my life and in my care. They are the closest tangible thing to God. These little people are made in God’s image, in the Creator of the Universe’s image! Imagine that! He knows them better than I will ever know them, He loves them more than I will ever love them, and He has a greater plan for them than I could ever even fathom. They are His creation. He knew them before creation. He had them in mind when He created the earth.
I am so glad that God is in control of my life. I am so thankful that he has given me the desires of my heart to have a big family even when I didn't know that's what I wanted. I would want nothing more than to be home with my kids. I don't care if I am "just a stay at home mommy" a nobody in the worlds eye's. I am big to God. He has big plans for me.
God is already using me! I am already making a difference for eternity. I am fulfilling my purpose by being a mommy and taking care of one of God’s most prized creations!
I take my job serious and I am happy and wouldn't have my life any other way. I love that God chose me to lead these little ones to him:)
(that is a pic of Faith on her 1st bday learning to walk. She is holding my hand and daddy's hand. I love that pic!)
ok, now that I rambled on....
I wanted to do a book giveaway. I am going on my 3rd year of homeschooling now and I must confess I have an addiction to books! We have read some of the most amazing books this last year. I thought I would do a giveaway of some of the books we are reading. I know your family will enjoy and learn from them as much as we have. I am going to start out with a book that I use for bible (for the little ones) I read it mostly to Landen (age 3) and Farrah (age 2) I find it appropriate for ages 3-9. Although my older children 7yrs and 9 yrs "already know this stuff" I still like to review such important principles during these formative years. It explains some pretty heavy duty theological concepts in an easy way.
Leading Little Ones to God by Marian M. Schoolland has caused the kids and I to get into some great discussions.
I highly recommend it to all parents who want to lead their little ones to know Christ.
So, here is your chance to win yourself a copy of this great book. Just leave a comment and tell me what you wanted to be growing up? I will choose the winner via random.org on Monday. Have a great Weekend:)
p.s. Simple Wonders was nice enough to send me diffent types of cloth diapers to try out:)I got them in the mail today and I plan to use them this next week and do a review for you all. Then I will pick which one I liked best and we will do a cloth diaper giveaway here on this blog next Friday!!!!!!