15This is what the Lord says: “Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,” declares the Lord. 16″They will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your future,” declares the Lord. “Your children will return to their own land”. ~Jeremiah 31:15-16
Have you ever had one of those weeks that when you look back you think: “Did that happen this week or last month?” Yeah…I had one of those this past week!
I’m sitting here alone with my Bible and Pandora. When I opened my Bible to see what God wanted me to say today…I was (not so much) surprised to see that He (again!) led me to the book of Jeremiah. I guess I will always be amazed when God does that to me. It never gets old seeing my friend Jeremiah when I open my Bible randomly.
Anyway, when I read verses 15-16 of chapter 31 I knew that this post was a promise. It’s not a promise just for me, it’s a promise to all of you who read it as well. God sees you working…and one day you will be rewarded for your efforts.
I started last week out tired. We had a busy weekend to end Spring Break and I was just plain old tired when Monday rolled around. I spent the whole day cleaning up scraps and sawdust in the house. Then, I went and bought groceries (and I actually COOKED food that day at home!) I went to volleyball practice and was home when my crew and the Guin’s rolled in around 9:15 from ball practices. Softball…and baseball season has definitely started!
Tuesday I spent the day hanging wood boards in my bedroom with my sister and my uncle. We finished my whole bedroom and I was super excited when I saw those boards (finally!) hanging on the walls! I ran (literally) into the house…took a shower, got ready, and was on my way to Hackleburg for the girls’ first softball game by 4:30.
Tracy and Jimbo had to finish one wall without me, but Daddy showed up with the rest of my durock so he helped. My neighbor Josh and Momma Kaye’s Daddy (aka Charles) also stopped by to help for a while. My sweet friend Kristy made cookies and brought them (still hot from the oven) to the hungry crew. I am amazed at how many people have helped me over the past few months. It is so humbling!
Wednesday morning the girls and I were all dragging…we had two late nights in a row and we still had four days to conquer before this week was over! We usually go to bed with the chickens…so we were all struggling!
Anyway, on Wednesday I helped my Daddy hang sheetrock in Linnie’s room. My neighbor, Milan and Daddy’s helper Brandon worked most of the day with us. We also put durock in my shower.
I made the terrible mistake of taking nighttime sinus meds instead of daytime sinus meds that day…so you can just imagine how my already dragging tail was crawling through the day that day! LOL…my mother told me I would be a terrible drug addict…and she is correct. I can’t take any kind of medicine without it knocking me slap out! I pushed through though…somehow!
Thursday was spent with Linnie on a field trip to the McWane center in Birmingham. I really enjoyed it and I know she did too. I love IMAX movies…and “Wild Africa” was really good.
After the field trip we stopped for dessert at Yogurt Mountain and then raced back to Winfield where the girls had pictures and batting practice.
Friday, I worked in the house with Bo, Daddy, and Brandon. We finished hanging sheetrock, mudded what we had hung, and put durock in Linnie’s shower. All we like is Maggie’s room upstairs and we will be ready to paint! Yahoo!!
Friday night we ran to Tuscaloosa to get a few things. We enjoyed a nice meal and did a little shopping while we were there. I guess we were so tired that we didn’t even realize that we had left one of our bags sitting at Hibbett’s…in the mall… until Saturday morning!
So….guess who had to go BACK to Tuscaloosa Saturday morning? Yep…I guess it was a good thing because I had to go to Home Depot anyway. When I got home, I was welcomed by two little girls who were COVERED in sheetrock mud. I wonder who let them get into that mess?????
After cleaning up…we spent the remainder of the day at the park for Opening Day 2016. Aunt Lindsey and Little Bird surprised the girls by coming to watch them in their first game. I think they were a little bit excited!
The day ended with me screaming my head off…because Maggie hit the cover off the ball…and got her first GRAND SLAM!!
Now, I know she is MY child…and being her mother gives me just a tiny bit of freedom to cheer and scream at the top of my lungs…but I am telling you I could have cried my eyes out when I knew she had that grand slam in the bag!
This was only her 3rd game to play in…in her life! She has never had one lesson or played on a softball team until now. Everything she knows she learned in the yard with her Daddy, playing with friends, or at the few practices that she has been to in the last couple of weeks. I know Greg was grinning BIG if God let him see her hit that ball last night. I honestly thought my heart was gonna burst I was so happy for her! Being the Mama of an athlete is gonna be tough for me…extremely tough!!! I am #notacrybaby…until NOW!!
Shewwwwwwweeeeeee….are ya tired yet? I kinda am just reading all of this…but better yet…can you relate? I know 99.9% of you absolutely can relate…and it makes me feel better knowing that y’all are going from can to can’t as well! We are NOT alone in our running around! We are all just trying to make it…can I get an AMEN?!
God showed me this morning that He sees us in our work. He assures us that we will make it if we just keep going. My Bible is a Student Bible and the side note for Jer 31:15 says: “Pain in Redemption…But the Lord’s voice answers offering hope. In [our] deepest grief, God is not absent: he is planning redemption.”
So, I hope you will let that sink in today. God sees you and He knows how hard you are working….and He wants us all to know that we will be rewarded for our efforts one day…as long as we constantly look to Him for guidance. I don’t know about you…but that helps me a whole lot!
Let’s all have a great week….and hopefully this time next Sunday we can all say it truly was a GREAT one filled with lots of laughter, fun, and maybe even a few minutes of rest!!