As I was saying, I can't remember where I read this, but the idea was so good, it was worth mentioning. Here is the general thought the blogger presented:
" As I was putting away my husband's laundry the other day, I thought to myself "Gee, must be nice to just magically have clean socks and underwear appear in your drawer, nicely folded, and meals on your table, and so on and so forth. But then, it hit me: Yeah, just like it must be nice to have a paycheck magically appear in your bank account each week!"
I had to wince as I read this, because I am so guilty of the same thing. Instead of remembering that 'a joyful heart makes a cheerful face', I tend to grumble and groan my way through chores, when all the while my husband could be up on some chimney top somewhere, risking his very neck to put a paycheck in our bank account. Talk about an ungrateful wife!!
The sad thing about this is, my husband does help out around the house. He's always more than happy to bathe the kids, get them ready for bed, pick up toys, fill the dishwasher, empty the trash, mow the lawn, whatever needs done. He doesn't take my hard work for granted, and thanks me all the time for what I do.
So why am I guilty of the same thing as this blogger who I mentioned? I dunno. I suppose my own sinfulness. Instead of doing everything quietly and with a cheerful heart, 'as unto the Lord', I let my sinful spirit get the best of me. satan walks around like 'a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour', and he will use lies to do so if he needs to.
I am not going to let him put a damper on my marriage by a lie. The lie that nobody appreciates my work, that nobody knows how hard I work, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Because, the truth is, my whole family knows, appreciates, and tells me THANK YOU for how hard I work. And even if they didn't, I'm supposed to be doing my work as unto the Lord, so none of that should matter anyway.
So now, when I put those clean socks away and fill up the dishwasher, I think of what an awesome husband I have, and I thank God for all the work he does for his family. I try to remember to thank God for my good health and ability to care for the people I love. I pray for the strength to 'resist in the evil day', to recognize satan's lies and knock them down.
Why post all this? So I can come back and read it some day when I'm feeling grumbly and grouchy :) That, AND to encourage you all to find joy in what you do, day in and day out. Even if nobody else really does realize what all you do, the Lord knows, and that's all that matters :)
And now, some pictures, since no post would be complete without a picture or two of the little people in my life :)
I love when Leanna falls asleep with her head on her hand like this!
Noah Shaun with his 4th of July sparkler