Sometimes, life is hard and we feel like crying.
|(Alyssia needing some Mommy-love after an "owie".)|
And I have cried. And prayed. And not shared a word about it on my blog because I want this to be a haven. A refuge for weary moms. An encouraging word for adoptive families. Not a place where I complain.
But that's not really fair, is it? To only share the really-great-cute-as-a-button-perfect-family pictures and posts but leave out the so-exhausted-I-don't-know-if-I-can-get-up-tomorrow-and-do-this-again pictures and posts?
I'm still torn---between baring my soul to the world and protecting my family's privacy delicately.
But I did want to share this........maybe because I need the reminder right now more than anything. :)
In God's kingdom, everything is upside-down from what the world's kingdom offers.
In God's kingdom, the first will go last and the last will go first: I don't need to be the best or the first, or worry for a second what place anyone else holds. Being last is God's way.
In God's kingdom, to get you have to give: I can be "on empty" and still give one more time. It's not about what I can get out of it, it's about what I can give. God can give THROUGH me.
In God's kingdom, the servant is the leader. I can lead the best by serving--even if no one else notices.
In God's kingdom, the road less traveled should be the highway for Christians. God is calling me to something greater than my dreams and plans---and harder, too.
Sometimes we paint a rosy picture of Christianity and we fail to tell the world that true discipleship requires our ALL.
God asks us to be willing to give up everything dear to us, to hold nothing back, to love and serve Him with abandon.
And that means that life will not always be easy. In fact, it might be extrememly lonely, full of heartache and trials, and quite opposite of what our ideal might look like.
It could be that, like with Job, God has allowed some horrendous, mind-boggling painful trials to sweep down on your life like a whirlwind and you can't even catch your breath or take a second to process the loss.
Or it could be, like with Moses, God is allowing your character to be formed through a series of ups and downs, mountains and valleys, slavery and starvation in Egypt mixed with milk and honey in the Promised Land.
Whatever your story is, remember this: GOD is the author.
And in HIS kingdom,
everything is upside-down.......