Let me just start this off by saying I had this whole post almost completely finished when my computer locked up and erased it all…grrrrrr But it is not going to stop me from sharing what’s on my heart–I will type again, my friend.
First things first–this is my new personal blog. If you’re interested in still seeing my photography blog and it’s updates you can subscribe to it or check it out at www.simplybyaubin.blogspot.com I just felt like I needed to split the two up, so I am. But I’d love to have visitors to both 🙂
When I made the decision to split the blogs up it meant I needed to come up with a title for this one. It took me forever to come up with a name. I pondered on it for a long time–even prayed about (yes, about a blog!) and I really believe what I’ve come up with was totally from God. I whole heartedly believe God cares about the little stuff, and this just so happens to be one of those things.
I wanted the name to reflect a lot of the things that encompass my daily life and here’s what I was coming up with: God, my kids, being a mom, a wife, growing as a Christian, daily trials and victories, and a lot more but you get the idea.
I also kept thinking about my favorite passage of scripture, Romans 8:18-25, specifically verses 19-22. This section absolutely stops me in my tracks whenever I read it, think about it. It both stumps and stirs me. I am blown away by the depth of God. Here’s the passage below with those verses highlighted:
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Now maybe when you read all of that section those specific verses don’t stand out to you–and that’s understandable. There is MUCH about this section of scripture to mull over. But this thought–creation WAITING to worship God the way it was meant to, groaning in expectation–is something I love to think about. The earth, the grass, the flowers & trees–US–we know deep inside of us there’s something not right. There’s not a wholeness there because we fall short of what God intended for us–for all creation–because of the fall of man.
And the pains of childbirth…oh yes…I can relate to that–can you?? Three babies have shown me clearly what the pains of childbirth are like. Did you know when you study the original Greek it makes it even more clear–it describes creation’s “eager expectation” and “waiting” as in something it KNOWS will come to an end, like there is a definite time frame for it to be completed. JUST LIKE when you’re having a baby and by about month nine you are anxious and intensely ready for this baby to be out of you–for this TIME to be completed. Isn’t that cool?
So there’s a little background as to what brought me to this blog title. I am a child of God, striving to live a life pleasing to Him. I am a mom striving to be the best mother I can be to my children–however many there may be. I have groaned in labor pains–and I continue to groan and cry out to God for his HELP and WISDOM as we raise these little ones to be warriors for Jesus! And in the groaning I have GROWN, thus the play on words of the title. And this growth in me is only beginning. So step inside my world as I struggle to do what I’ve already mentioned–honor God and live the life He wants from me. Wait in eager expectation with me, with our family as we seek His will for our lives. And for your own life–plug on ahead for the future glory–the glorious freedom that awaits us.
As a little wrap up to this Mother’s Day enjoy these pictures of some of the women in my life who have influenced me and shaped me as a mom–moms who inspire me and I look to for guidance and like-mindedness. I pray you’re as blessed as I am to have so many unbelievable women in your life.
and here are a few of me with my sweet ones…