Musings on family pictures…

Just caught some family pictures that were posted on Facebook by some people I knew years ago. These people were teenagers when I knew them, and then they got older, married and had families.
As I’m transitioning into that “older, married and having babies” stage, I’m understanding more and even seeing more than I ever did. I used to look at those pictures and think, man those parents look dorky! But, its like now I look past the “dorky parent” attire and I see the joy in their faces as they smile at their children. I’m beginning to realize that they are taking pictures because they don’t want to forget all the fun that they had with their kids. They like their families! I know bright observation, right?!?

I guess, it just that I missed that little fact of life growing up. I’m definitely seeing how I have taken my own family for granted and have only considered my needs.

As I contemplated my little daughters impending birth, I was confronted with the reality of all the sacrifices that I will either learn to make or I will be a selfish parent who doesn’t really love my child more than I love myself. The thought is definitely sobering. Do I have what it takes to love someone more than myself? And what if I don’t? It is just a scary thought.

Anyways, I hope that in the coming weeks, months and rest of my life I take the time to enjoy my family, both the “new” one and my family of origin. I hope I learn to really love them.

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About Melanie

My Being Purpose Statement: As a part of Christ's Bride and as one of His precious treasures whom He redeemed with His precious blood, I purpose in my heart to love and adore Him with all of my heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37). I want to be beautiful in the sight of my Saviour, Jesus Christ. I will therefore pursue holiness (1 Peter 1:16) that I might worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (1 Chronicles 16:29, Psalms 96:9) and go and proclaim His love, sacrifice and salvation to others who have not heard that I may have the beautiful feet of them that bring glad tidings of good things (Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:15). My Life Purpose Statement: I desire to serve my Redeemer and Savior Jesus Christ throughout my entire life by ministering to girls and women. I pray that I will be able to bring many girls and women to the Cross of Christ that they may find salvation from a loving and gracious Savior. It is my heart’s desire to encourage girls and women who know the Savior to deepen their relationship with Him and to fall more and more in love with Him. I also want to serve women by assisting them in their everyday lives whether I am rolling up my sleeves to work alongside them or am connecting them with people, ministries, and or resources that will be helpful and beneficial to them. By God’s grace and power, through His Spirit, and for His glory will I endeavor to fulfill this purpose
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