Family, Self-Help

Giving without Receiving

“The state of your heart is the state of your home.” Ouch. That’s hard to hear.  I love my kids so much, but they drive me crazy! How can I love them when I am not perfect and I have no energy? What am I supposed to do?

“Where is your next blog Meredith, it’s been awhile!”

It has been. I’ve had so many things I have heard and wanted to share from other amazing women and Moms that I know others would love to hear about.

However life hit me a little harder recently – my kids have now entered into the ages 2 and 4.

Enough said.

It’s equally hard and beautiful. I’ve found myself beyond frustration multiple times, not understanding why ANYONE should have to endure this for Love.

But there it is – LOVE.

These kids need love.

But can you give love, if you are not receiving love?

Not your husbands love – though the Lord knows I need him.

Not affirmation from my work – though I did complete a line of shirts I’ve been working on for ages!

Not money. Not results from exercising. Not even coffee and food can fully supply my love tank.

These things all help, and will get you through life for awhile, but it will never fully satisfy.

They were never meant to. Because they will never be perfect, and they will always fail a perfect standard.

Follow along my line of reasoning:

-We were created

-We were created by a Creator

-That Creator created us to look for someone/something to fulfill us.

-We fall short and try to fill that gap with things we see/experience on this Earth.

-But we were created to find our joy and be completely filled by that Creator – God.
Not only that, but without a relationship with Him, we will never be fully satisfied.

“Everyone who drinks this water (on Earth) will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)

What does a relationship with a Creator (God) look like?

In my relationship with my husband

-I talk with him throughout the day
-I do things for him because I love him
-I do the things he asks of me out of respect and honor of him
-I go out on dates with him
-I go out of my way to make sure he feels loved
-I am close with the people and family that he loves, because I love him.

That is but a GLIMPSE of what a relationship with your Creator looks like

I haven’t been able to write, because I have tried to squeeze in all my time with him into a tiny box.

Eat and run on our dates. Answer a phone call/text instead of talking to him. Stopped talking to Him to yell at my kids to stop yelling.

And you better believe my family and husband have noticed.

The best blogs I have written, are ones that are inspired by what God has done – I get none of the credit.

How would your life look if you put Him first?

–> you will never know, until you try. 

Put down that phone. Visit my “How to have quiet time” blog for ideas to spend more time with Him, and for yourself.

What is it the workout instructors always say?

“can you feel that?
Now can you push a little bit further?”

“Oh, that we might know the LORD? Let us press on to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.” Hosea 6:3


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