Friday, January 13, 2012

Fill Your Vessel Today!

It's 9:15 am and my children? They're enjoying recess so I can get a shower. We've been up since 7:00 am and already, I feel poured out. So poured out!

This mothering thing? I hear it doesn't get any easier. Teenagers still leave their things all over. They live dangerously by nature, like your toddler and preschooler. That's right...they've proven it. The teenage brain is wired for danger.

How will you get through those years, as well as these years of sweeping pony beads, Legos, Playdoh, and pegs off your floor, day after day? How will you tolerate the s l o w nature of child training, for years and years to come? Talking to other moms, praying for each other, and taking breaks? All that helps you cope on a daily basis. But what helps you mother well, not just get through?

It's the filling you receive while reading your Bible. 

I didn't understand this well for the first decade I was a Christian, but now I know. We were saved to pour ourselves out, like Jesus did. Pour everything. Give everything, without thought to what we might get in return. The word is sacrificially. We're to pour ourselves sacrificially.

You can't pour from an empty vessel! From an empty vessel comes only complaining, self-pity, and a longing for something else.

Open your Bible today, friend! Two days until Sunday, when your pastor will ask you to open it. That won't be the first time for you this week, will it? Say it ain't so!


Lisa said...

Amen, Christine. The Scriptures are all we need! :) Thanks for this post.

Terri H said...

I love these posts because I know they come from your heart. Thank you for the encouragement to mothers of small children! I pray that I can apply your exhortations as I pour myself out day after day for my kids. As my dad reminded me the other day: "The house and will all go away. They, [my boys] they are eternal.

Christine said...

Thank you for the encouragement ladies! And Terri, your dad sounds like a keeper. What a gift for you and your boys!