There are days when my “cup runneth over,” but unfortunately, it’s not always running over with good thoughts, attitudes, and feelings. I get frustrated too quickly, I don’t react with kindness, I don’t read enough books to my girls, and the list goes on and on. (I really wanted to write, “blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…) Even as I write, Anna is yelling in her room because she doesn’t want to sleep and wants mommy and daddy. I sit here trying to calm myself because I’ve been back to her numerous amounts of time this evening, and I’m truly irritated that she does this! Additionally, I wish I didn’t feel guilty about not doing enough and simply not being enough for my girls.
As I continue to reflect, I realize that it’s a GOOD thing that I’m not enough for my family. If I was the center, we would be in some major trouble!! We desperately need Jesus to be the center of our family, calling upon His consistent, unconditional love when we don’t feel like being loving. His graciousness and strong presence in our lives is beyond comforting, and as much as I love my family, Jesus loves them and cherishes them even more. When I think of His love, it compels me to demonstrate His characteristics of grace, peace, and love and to ask for forgiveness when I fall short! Only then, can my cup truly runneth over so that I can continue to experience His freedom and presence!
On Easter Sunday, our girls sang with the other kids from our church. Watching Anna and Emily praise the Lord brought a great deal of awe to my heart… I can only imagine how pleased Jesus was to hear their heartfelt praise! Although my cup doesn’t always “runneth over” with joy, peace, or patience, I’m glad His cup does!