But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you…
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:31&34

My heart is here, with my children, as they laugh and talk and play together in the desert.
I feel so blessed that this is my treasure.

It seems fitting today that Allan shares this chapter (12) in Luke with me since I’ve been making an effort to use my days wisely. And to treasure all this time I get with my children. They’re growing up so fast.
Any time I stop and *look* at them I’m shocked at how big they’re getting. I dread the day when they leave home. As chaotic as it is with three little kids, I really do love being with them all day.

It gets hard for me to enjoy being a mom when the workload is heavy and I have little help. Things can get stressful and I can feel unappreciated. There are times when I feel like no one in this world cares about what I do.

There is a chapter in Proverbs. Chapter 31: the poverbs woman.
I read it often. It talks about a virtuous woman, what it means to be virtuous and how valuable that type of woman is. She works hard for her family. She loves the Lord. She is always kind.
And the end I particularly like:
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

I have no need of Earthly recognition and thanks. The work I do as a wife and mother is appreciated by the only one who matters, the Lord.
That is enough. And that is what I need to cling to when I feel like nobody understands me or cares about what I’m doing.

I had some errands to run yesterday. I went to the post office, to the blood lab and to best buy.
My best friend has swine flu and was feeling bored so I got season 4 of Lost for her. When I dropped it off she told me that nearby was a beautiful trail. I hadn’t been there before so off I went with my kids to check it out.

I really love where I live. I love that a relatively short drive in any direction can take you to new, beautiful places.

I find it endlessly amusing that my children are being raised in a desert climate.

I was raised with wet and cold while they’re being raised with dry and hot.

There are times, like during this mini hike, that my kids are so loving to each other that I feel like my heart is going to burst.

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. John 13:34

This child, my Sierra, is the most cheerful, sweet, and loving little girl.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. Proverbs 17:22

That sums up little Sierra. A merry heart.

I asked Brooklyn again to take some pictures of me and Payson. Now I need some pictures of me with my girls.

Payson can be a really demanding little boy. He can drive me crazy with his clinginess and his screaming and crying and whining.

But he brings me so much joy. Pure, I feel like laughing I’m so happy, joy.

He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord. Psalms 113:9

He’s sitting on my lap driving his toy car across my desk as I type this. Kicking his feet happily.

And within seconds is screaming because I took my computer mouse away. lol!
Taken just now:

I’m trying to make an effort to take more pictures of Brooklyn and Sierra together. They’re so cute when they’re getting along.

It’s too bad this little boy doesn’t have a brother.

Too bad indeed.

16 thoughts on “Treasures

  • Lovely post. I love when you read the Bible and it is just EXACTLY what you need for the day! I posted about the book of Luke today as well πŸ™‚

  • Wonderful post. Proverbs 31 is my favorite. I am trying to enjoy each day with my kiddos too. They are growing up so fast and half the time I feel so frustrated. I keep reminding myself how blessed I am even in the stressful moments.:)

  • Love this post. Anything bathed in scripture such as this gets my attention. It's amazing how a few words, when from God's Word, can be so meaningful and inspirational.

    And in reference to the end of your post… I feel the same way about Graham. While I am totally excited to have another little girl (squeeeee!!!!!), I do feel bad that Graham won't have a brother. Natalie and Erica and SO close. They are best friends and inseparable most of the time. Even though Graham's next sibling with be a girl, I really hope they will be able to have a close relationship, especially since they'll be so close in age (15-16mos apart). But it would have been totally cool for him to have a brother that close. But obviously God had other plans, which I won't dare complain about! πŸ™‚

    So… dare I ask if you'll be trying for a little sibling for Payson anytime soon? πŸ˜‰

  • Beauitful Post and wonderful timing. I needed this reminder as today has been one of those days as we've gone back and forth with colds and the flu the past few weeks and my plate was feeling full. I decided to check in on my blog updates and there was your post beatifully written! Thank you for sharing! And I hope your friend feels better(so sweet of you to get her a movie)–My cousin has been in ICU since Thurs as a result of pneumonia that developed from the Swine. Oh these virus can really get you down.

  • I have that verse from Proverbs as a magnet on my fridge. One of my girls made it for me in Sunday School πŸ™‚

    GREAT post today! Exactly what I needed to read as well.

  • This could not have come at a better time for me. I have actually read your blog for a while and have never commented. Thank you for your words. I have the reverse of you, two older boys and a little girl (who happens to be pretty clingy as well!), and I definitely had a hard day where I didn't appreciate everything enough.

    Thank you.

  • Great post…love all the pictures. All of your kids are adorable! They have such great facial expressions.
    And I have to tell you that my Brooklyn is totally amazed with your Brooklyn. She talks about “that other Brooklyn” all the time. She told me last night that she would like to play with her. We had to have a quick geography lesson. So cute anyway!

  • So… I just love this post… it actually brought tears to my eyes!! Very inspiration and uplifting and just the sense of encouragement that I needed.

    I subscribe to Proverbs 31 Ministries and receive and email daily. Always beautiful reminders and it never fails that it's always what I need to hear at that very moment.

    Hope you are doing great!!

  • Great post of encouragement. its been a rough week for me, losing a friend at the age of 21 in a tragic car accident. she was sooo full of life and it made me smile reading the verses. πŸ™‚ you probably didnt know who you might tough with this post, but you touched my heart. πŸ™‚

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