Monday, May 23, 2011

Throw me flowers

Tirar me Flores – It’s a Spanish phrase I taught my husband which means: whisper sweet words to me.

My husband is a driver and has worked the night shift since the day we met.  I have always worked the day shift.  We are like two ships passing in the night.  When I go to bed, he is still at work and when I get up he is still sleeping.

When responsibilities differ, one may not fully understand what the other person has experienced that day or that week. I try never to call him at work, unless it is an absolute emergency.  I need him to drive safely and get home to us safely.  So 
I try to handle it the best I can. 

Speak soft words not harsh words: a soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up strife -Proverbs 15:1.   I can complain when he calls or I can ask how his day is going, I choose the latter. 

Remember to speak kind words at the right time, edify each other often. You see it’s easy to let our days get the best of us.  I have been the one home with the children Monday through Friday, and the burden of responsibility has been overwhelming at times.  Thank goodness they grow up!  

When I say to him, ‘throw me flowers honey’, I am reminding him to speak sweet words to me and I to him.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Be Mighty!

If you give up when trouble comes it shows that you are weak: Proverbs 24:10

Being a strong woman has more to do with our mind then our physical strength.  We women need to be strong not for the sake of it; but because we need to be examples to our children.  We need to leave them a pattern for which they can follow.

Being strong gives them hope for the future, it helps them realize that no matter what happens, we must persevere, we must keep living and look forward to the future.  I like to think of my mom, she’s my hero.  She is my example of one who perseveres: to persist in anything undertaken, to maintain a purpose in spite of difficult circumstances.

My mom is the reason I can keep moving forward. She has been a great example to me and to my own children.  When challenges come, and they will, don’t give up, be mighty and keep persevering.

Friday, May 6, 2011

How are you watching?

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness (she doesn’t waste her time). Proverbs 31:27

How does she watch?  By listening, by keeping her ears and eyes open to see what is going on in her home: she is aware of what the kids are watching on the television/computer.  She makes sure she knows who their friends are and with whom they are keeping company. She makes herself available to her family. She loves her family and shows it. 

She is not so preoccupied with her tasks that the children don’t have her attention.  She guards her home from predators; those that would come to bring harm whether by words or deed, neither by friends, family or foe.

She guards her family like the lioness watching her cubs. She is not idle (lazy) she takes care of herself, husband and children.  She takes care of her home making sure everyone has what they need.