Accepting the invitation

I have an amazing husband.

Hands down, no competition, God couldn’t have blessed me anymore in the marriage department. A lover, companion, friend, father, leader and all round legend that is Jon Timms.

We have a great flow to our life together and how me run our home/family life, and I know he does more for me and with me than I ever could have dreamed or expected.

God is taking him on an incredible journey as a man, and inviting him into so much that The Kingdom has to offer. Through that invitation God is also calling me to rise up as a woman, a wife and a mother.

I am genuinely so excited for him as he does more ministry and journeys with God into all kinds of new arenas. But if I’m not careful, in my selfish moments, even though he does so much to help me it can be easy to feel a bit jealous and like I’m left ‘holding the baby’

With the summer holidays approaching I was looking forward to him being around more and having lots of family time.

Our house is becoming very cramped as our beautiful family grows and due to finances, moving is not an option, so we decided a while ago to look into a small extension.

Quotes are back and a building company is not an option, so we have decided that Jon is going to do as much of it as he can himself! That’s right at the beginning of the summer holidays with 4 young children and ministry events looming we have decided to start our very first building project!

Crazy we know!

But the funny thing is Gods fingerprints are all over it. The challenge, the hard work, the learning, the sacrifice, the save and spend save and spend instead of the more tempting and quicker debt option.

And in this God in His love has shown me just how selfish I really am, because when Jon isnt working at his job or on his ministry stuff I want him to be here lightening my load! Yesterday I really melted down about it and wanted to take the easy way option of just paying to get the work done. But instead I know Gods invitation is to something so much richer…..So much more than just a building project.

The invitation to lean on Him more for strength instead of Jon when things get tough. The invitation to rise up and give Jesus my selfishness in exchange for His grace. To lean into Him in a new way in the long days that are to come, when our home is in chaos.

One if the things I love about being a Christian, is what an adventure and a journey it is. I love that God completely transforms us as our weaknesses are exposed and we give them to Him to be redeemed.

So as Jon accepts the invitation to juggle paid work, ministry work and building work, I am choosing to accept the invitation of trying to hold the family together without the level of support I’m used to. I am choosing to lean into God for strength in a new way. I am choosing to ask God to help me be less selfish and more full of His love.

As you face the summer holidays is there an area you need to lean into God more for strength? If your not sure, ask Him……he loves to guide us along this ancient road of redemption and restoration, this road of giving us beauty for ashes.

Big love to all you mums out there

Em x

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Chantal
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 06:29:22

    Thanks Emma x

    Reply

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