Thursday, March 14, 2013

for the King



My day started late today. It's ten and I've just finished my devotions. Many tasks are waiting for me to tackle them, but I was reminded of something in my reading and I thought I'd share it. My mom recently gave me her book, Keep a Quiet Heart, by Elisabeth Elliot. This morning she wrote about some of the hardships of motherhood.  
It's comforting to read that I'm not alone it my struggles, but she reminded me that my mundane work of dishes, diapers, and disciplining is done for the King. That is where my joy lies. I've found that when the load of mothering feels heavy it doesn't help to think on sleepless nights, or training that doesn't seem to be having any affect. My job is to stay faithful in doing the task God blessed me with. And if I do it while counting my blessings, naming them one by one, I find that as my list gets longer, my load gets lighter. 


I've enjoyed my book so much that I'd love to give one away. If you'd like a copy of Keep a Quiet Heart, leave a comment and I'll pick a winner next week.

12 comments:

kaylee@life chasers said...

So good, Jess.
And yes, I would like this book :)

andthecrowdgoeswild said...

Love this post. I'm engaged to be married in July and with prayer we've decided to start a family (if it's His will) immediately. I've been looking for books, devotionals, and words of faith to prepare me for the journey and challenges of both being a wife and a mother. Thank you for your transparency and faith Jessica.

-Nicole

bandofbrothers said...

so sweet. everything we do is for the king and that thought brings such joy to my heart i could burst!

love LOVE the pictures!

Katherine~ said...

I love that devotional! Your mention of it makes me want to read it a third time! One of your other commenters will be blessed by it...

Purposely at Home said...

You're posts are always so inspiring! i would love to have a copy of this book for the future. :) thank you for your example.

xo
purposelyathome.blogspot.com

Meghan Maureen said...

You are constantly expressing what is in my heart and I am so, so encouraged by your blog. Thank you for always being transparent about how you're feeling and what you're learning in the Lord. :)

Kiley said...

:) sweet post. i have never even heard of that book :) sounds like a must read.

Jody said...

I read your blog...and enjoy when you post.
If I got the book I promise to read it (it may just take a few months)......you know me. ;)

beth said...

This is sooo sweet and generous, you wanting to give away a book that you love so much, (can I humbly say that I would love to have a copy?). Love your blog....


Kirra said...

O me!

Brooke said...

I love all your posts and have heard great things about this book and have always wanted to read it! Love and miss you sweet friend! Thank you for your encouragement through this blog!

Angel said...

I enjoy reading your posts and appreciate your transparency; it is nice to know other moms who have similar struggles with sleep deprivation, making time for God and devotions along with the responsibilities that come with keeping a home and raising kids for God's kingdom :)

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