When I was younger, my grandparents owned a garden.  It was not a small kitchen garden, but rather one that sustained them financially.  This verse brings to mind, my grandmother. She would prepare herself for the day, by first waking up very early; before the break of dawn really.  She would organize breakfast, which usually included strong black coffee.  In the Caribbean we have this phrase, “tie your waist”, when referring to a task that is demanding and consuming.  This is what my grandmother would actually do before going to the garden. She would tie her waist with a belt or a piece of cloth.  This helped to support her waist, which also slowed down the rate of future problems with her back.  prov 31 17 The role of a wife and mother is a demanding and consuming task and when one adds an outside job to the mix, more is exponentially required of that person. Proverbs 31: 17 tells us she is aware of the responsibilities that came with these roles.  She is intentional with the activities involved; she does not ‘fly by the seat of her pants’. She is realistic with her time and uses it wisely, that includes saying ‘no’ to some activities.  She knows what she has to do; is aware of the tasks involved with her roles.  She performs her roles well, because her plans enable her to do exactly that.  She brings her plans before the Lord, in her quiet time.  She allows Him to make the necessary adjustments.  ps 46 1 I thank God for His grace and mercy.  I truly thank Him for this unmerited, undeserving favor that covered a number of unplanned days.  Days, when I did not feel like moving, so I didn’t.  Days, when my feelings totally controlled my actions, because I did not plan to succeed. Days, when I walked instinctively; that’s the flesh, rather than intentionally. Days, when my kids and husband hid from me, because of my waspish tongue.   Days, when I didn’t bother to ‘tie my waist’, because I’ve ‘got this’.  John 10 10Mother’s Day was just a few days ago and let me assure you, friends, that it is because of the grace of God, my children and husband actually praised me; they still love me, thank you, Lord. (Proverbs 31:28,29).  They see this person that the Lord is remaking in His image.  They see someone who desires to become His Tapestry; a Tapestry filled with knots and crooked stitches, starts and stops, wrongs instead of rights. The difference is I know and serve the God of the Universe.  He is All-Powerful and All-Mighty. He is God of love, grace and mercy.  He takes my crooked and makes it straight. His arms are outstretched and ready to forgive.  Do you know my God?

Trust the Lord to mold and shape you too. He will bring true beauty to your life.

What kind of life do you have now? What kind of life do you wish to have?closing1brenda

40 responses to “I WANT TO BE HER BUT…”

  1. I love your writing and the meaning behind your blog. thanks for the like at DailyBiblePrayer. We are both looking towards what God will do in our lives to display His purpose and His glory. may you be blessed as you embrace His leading. Amen

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  2. Great post!! I am so thankful that God knows my heart! He is working me from the inside out. It’s painful, but His mercies are new every morning and I hold tight to one of my favorite verses Romans 8: 38, 39.

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  3. I am so grateful for this truth: “Trust the Lord to mold and shape you too. He will bring true beauty to your life.” Thanks for sharing these encouraging words with us that God’s love is for each of us.

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  4. “Mother’s Day was just a few days ago and let me assure you, friends, that it is because of the grace of God, my children and husband actually praised me; they still love me, thank you, Lord.” This is what I could definitely relate to. Well, all of it, but my goodness… as I get older and the hormones rise and fall even more dramatically I feel like a nasty old lady! Glad to have found your blog.

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  5. Beautiful post, Brenda. I came to your site after you liked a post on The Ruminant Scribe, and I certainly am glad that I have made your acquaintance. Blessings to you today, and thank you for such beautiful writing. Praise our Lord.

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  6. I love that image of being a tapestry! What a great analogy that, though we have knots and twists, we are God’s creation and He loves us for the beautiful mess we are. Visiting from #SittingAmongFriends. 🙂

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  7. Beautiful post. I agree with you… there are days I am astonished at the love my husband and kids lavish on me because I know my imperfections (most of them, but God knows all). I’m a work in progress, and a testimony of God’s grace. Thank you!

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  8. This is beautiful! I am so appreciative of the fact that my little family truly accepts me flaws and all. I’m even more appreciative that God looks at my mess of a schedule, and quickly places priorities in order so that I can get done what He needs from me.

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  9. Amen! This post brought me to worship at the throne and thank God for all His is doing in you and in me. Thank you! Visiting you from the purposeful faith link up. laurensparks.net

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  10. Thank God, He takes our “knots and crooked stitches” and makes us into something beautiful! That’s why I say I’m a “Mom in Progress,” because HE is still working on me to work on myself.

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