Through the years I have increasingly realized the value of having a teachable heart. Esther 2:15 beautifully summarizes the blessings of that to me: "When the time came for Esther to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king's eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her." Because Esther was willing to receive and heed council, she not only won favor, but became a queen who God used to save His people.
Our family of five got all ready to go to church this past Sunday. I sent the kids out to the van and promptly heard, "Mom, the door won't open!" To which I quickly replied, "Try to unlock it!" (Silently praying that my children would be blessed with common sense...) Then the next response came, "Mom, she's right, the door won't open and it is unlocked..." Which caused me to investigate further finding that evidently while in search of a lost toy the previous evening one of my adorable children left the interior lights on ALL NIGHT. The battery was stone dead.
My husband joined in on all the fun and we realized that our fabulous van with all of the bells and whistles also has a safety mechanism that will not allow you to transfer gears without battery power...we were parked all the way inside of the garage. Thankfully, my husband is both handsome and handy, so he set to work to remove the battery from his truck to charge the van. By the time all was charged and re-installed, it was much too late to go to church. Although I did have some fun taking some impromptu photos of the kids!
The week progressed with a fun 2nd birthday party for our littlest one, stomach bug for my oldest, long hours for my hard working husband, a MOPS fundraiser and a field trip. Although it hasn't been a terribly busy week (compared to our norm), I have been feeling like someone left my lights on and my battery is dead all week...not because I was not "fed" by someone else during my normal church or Bible Study times, but because somewhere between a hard working husband and sick kids I have neglected my own personal time with the Lord. Don't get me wrong, I am not blaming my husband or children for my lack of time with the Lord, I am just realizing that regardless of what comes our way that we need (I need) to stay connected to the vine in order for the Lord to fill me. "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5 NKJ) I am more than ready to reconnect and let Him recharge my battery!
Lives near Washington D.C. with her wonderful husband of 15 years and their three precious children. She is the Co-Founder of Bloom! (a ministry for 4th/5th Grade Girls,)and she enjoys speaking at ladies events. Shanda is a Proverbs 31 Ministries "She Speaks" Graduate and can be contacted at email@example.com