Counting it all as JOY

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

Proverbs 16:9 ESV

 

The days continue to march on with words left unsaid here. Ultimately this was my little space to share and document our crazy, little life. I guess the problem in that is that a crazy little life rarely slows down long enough to be documented.  I adore looking back on our journey though and each time I visit I find myself sad that I haven’t take the time to truly show who we are here. For myself really…but for these 3 little ones also.

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We are entering a new “time” in our journey. One that could make us scared to step out on the water for fear of the unknown.

But our hope is found in a God who doesn’t fail us.

 A savior who promises to work all things for good for those who love Him.

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  And so we step….

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” And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

Romans 5:5

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It is through that hope in HIM that we find strength and endurance for the road He has set before us.

It really is a beautiful road.

Full of everyday joys.

Of watching our littles grow.

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Celebrating each birthday and new accomplishment.

Reminding each other that time passes quickly.

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Spurring. Cheering. Teaching. Discipling.

In all honesty, we have no idea what we are doing.

But we know enough to seek knowledge from our Savior who promises to guide us.

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But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,

who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

James 1:5

And we CHOOSE JOY through everything

{ the tears, the laughter, the pain }

Joy doesn’t come naturally during the difficult but no matter what the world tells you it IS a choice.

We choose to count it all as JOY!

As it comes to a close…

This Christmas will go down in the record books as one of my all time favorites in history. The ONLY thing that could have made our Christmas better would have been to have our sweet Maddox amid all the mess and chaos on Christmas morning.

 I hope that each of you who read this also had a memorable Christmas filled with happy memories and lots of special time with all those that you love the most in the world. I pray that you were filled with peace and joy as you remembered the birth of our Savior.

 I’m looking forward to all that 2012 has in store for our family. It’s looking to be an exciting year full of firsts. David and I are already running through ideas of what our new year’s resolutions will be and the kids have chosen theirs. This year we also plan to “name” our year. I got the idea from friend, but the premise (at least for us) is to name the year for something you plan to focus specifically on throughout the year. We’ve thrown around a few ideas but will settle on a final one in the next few days. I’m excited…like bubbly, uncontrollably excited about what the new year will bring!

I hope you will be blessed in this new year!

Why “On our Doorframes”?

Where did I come up with the name for my blog?

       I’ve struggled for years to find just exactly the right words to capture my goals as a mom. One morning as I ran across Deuteronomy 6:6-9 it jumped off the page at me.  I have heard this verse SO many times but for some reason on this particular morning it spoke to me, “This is it!! This is what I want for my family”.

It says,

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands, and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”  ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Yes, Lord! This is my calling as a mother. To teach my children about Christ.  To not limit our communion with Him to bedtime prayers and blessings over our meals but instead to talk about Him at home, in the car, praise him for the rain and flowers, worship him in all things, at all times. I know this is what He wants of me and I pray daily, hourly that He will show me how to bring this into fruition in our family each day.

       So, being that this verse speaks volumes about how I want to raise my family it seems only fitting that a blog abour our family should somehow embody it.
There is so much I want to say and document about our family so that I can reflect back on these things in the years ahead. I hope our actions bring Him glory.

   Let’s see if I can keep up with this thing. Doubtful, but if so I hope you’ll join us on this journey!