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Friday, November 13, 2009

Pure Delight

I think that's what Luke feels when he's helping me around the house. Is it a middle child thing, I wonder sometimes. I know when I need something done fast and right, I call to him. Not that Tyler couldn't do it as well, it's just that fifty other things would get done in going from place A to place B, therefore prolonging the task for about 1/2 hour. It's got to be FUN for Tyler. And it's got to be GOAL-oriented for Luke. I am amazed at the differences in my boys and I want to treasure and cultivate those differences. I want Luke to know that his worth is NOT in what he does for me. I want him to know that I appreciate him, notice him and approve of him apart from anything he could do for me. Reminds me of Someone Else I know ~ I need to remind myself of that more often. Pure Delight doesn't come from DOING a bunch of "right" stuff for my God, because then the "doing" becomes the god! As I read a few weeks ago a quote by Ray Steadman, "In the eyes of the world, it is not our relationship with Jesus Christ that counts; it is our resemblance to Him." His making me more like Him is a process, a journey. Like the "theme" of my blog, "life is a journey ~ and each day is a gift." How true it is. I feel an awareness in me lately, to really drink this life in. To value the process of becoming the woman/Mother I was called to be. Perhaps it's because last week we buried my dear Aunt Katie. Now what remains on earth is the love she poured out, the legacy of love she left behind. Her funeral service was beautiful, filled to overflowing with the LOVE she gave away, coming back to her in the form of words, songs and pictures. What will be left of me when I am no more? What will be left by you? I know one thing, one promise, that "He has made everything beautiful in HIS time." Ecclesiastes 3:11

And so I'll allow myself to take pure delight in the process of becoming "beautiful", not in the eyes of this carnal world, but in the eyes of Eternity. During this last week the Beth Moore Bible study on Esther spoke of this. She said, "In man's realm, time DIMINISHES beauty, but in God's realm where we will spend forever, time PERFECTS beauty." There's a lie that tells us that we're as good as we look and as valuable as we are desirable....this is not truth. You can learn in first-hand from her.

I'm off to pack for my weekend ahead and possilby clean my house, (why I would do that when my boys are staying behind, I am unsure). I think I would rather invest my time into preparing yummy things for them to eat, the way to man's heart, is, afterall, through his tastebuds!! I'm heading to the beach with some dear friends and my Paisley girl. I'm looking forward to spending time with these women who have learned and are learning what TRUE beauty looks like.

BE BEAUTIFUL INSIDE.

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4 comments:

Kara Stoltzfus said...

what an encouragement your post was/is to me today my sweet friend! thanks for sharing your heart and your deep sincere love of the lord and your desire to be pleasing to him and in the process grow as a women, mother, friend, daughter, sister, etc. You are so loved.
All I gots to say is HOLLA-HOLLA. Here we come O.C. Jersey

Anne said...

So true. It's so easy to equate our worth with the ability to accomplish everything on the "list." Pretty you, pretty family, pretty house, pretty life... Thank the Lord that we are held to HIS standard of beauty and not the worlds.

Janelle, once again, you are an encouragement. Paul and I keep talking about taking a drive up through Lancaster county. I wonder if I'll be able to hang my head out the window of our car and catch a glimpse of your boys in the yard while you sit on your porch with Paisely girl on your knee. Probably not, but it's a nice picture.

The lady of the house... said...

Anne ~ are you kidding me?? You will not DRIVE by, you will dine with us at our table! Seriously, contact me before you guys come to the area. I'm assuming that you are truly "Anne" and not some escape convict or stalker!!!!!

I kid.....sort of!!! :-)

clarita yoder said...

Janelle, what a good, beautiful reminder of our worth to the Lord! Love the allegory of what our children mean to us being a little symbol of who we are to God! So beautiful!