Life has ups and downs. It is often beautiful and messy at the same time.
Most of the time, I am so very grateful for the life I live. I have a wonderful husband, and nine children. I’ve been given everything that I could ever need.
But sometimes, I feel like something is lacking. I might feel out of sorts regarding a choice a child has made, or just plain tired due to the responsibilities of motherhood.
I sometimes wonder if I have made the right choice about this or that. As crazy as it sounds, I’ve sometimes wondered if a choice I’ve made has thwarted God’s will for my life.
As if I had that kind of power.
As strange as my imaginations may be, the Lord usually brings me back to earth with the truth that He has given me the life I have, and therefore it is lovely and good if I use it to glorify Him.
My life is lovely, because He has given it to me. I should love my life, and so should you.
That doesn’t mean that everything in my life has gone perfectly smooth. I’ve been chastised. I’ve been a widow. I’ve been sued. I’ve experienced loss.
But through all of these things, the Lord has molded me into the woman who I am today. A woman who loves Him. A woman who was created in His image.
He has given me a lovely life, despite the hardships I have faced.
1. We can love the life we have by recognizing that if we belong to God, He will use all of our experiences for good. (Even the bad ones).
Now we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified; and those whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say in view of these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:28-31 TLV
2. We can love the life we have by focusing on good, lovely, and admirable things.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise—dwell on these things.
Philippians 4:8 TLV
3. We can love the life we’ve been given simply by remembering that God loves us.
See how glorious a love the Father has given us, that we should be called God’s children—and so we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Loved ones, now we are God’s children; and it has not yet been revealed what we will be. But we do know that when it’s revealed, we shall be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
1 John 3:1-3 TLV
We can love our lives, even through the messy and mundane, knowing that we have been called to a higher purpose, and therefore the things we do here matter.
We don’t need to wait for the “next big thing” to consider our lives to be lovely. As long as we have breath, there is something lovely to behold.
Even if in the moment, all that you can remember is God’s love for you, it is enough.
I hope you have a wonderful day, ladies. Blessings!