On Mother’s Day, we heard a sermon about the benefits of meditating on God’s word and each woman received a verse to meditate on. My verse was from Proverbs and I began meditating on it right away.
“A happy heart makes the face cheerful.” Proverbs 15:13
Today started with a 4am wake-up call from the tiniest precious one in our home. After the morning rush of getting our twins and 2 foster children ready for daycare, I finally began my work day. About an hour later, I received a call from Preschool. My 5-year-old twins were feverish. Everything was on hold while we visited the doctor. The twins had strep. Like most moms I would typically try to fit it all in. Most days, I would still try to get my work done while caring for two sick kids and try to disinfect my entire house on top of that. On those days, I end the day frustrated and feeling completely empty. Not today!
I called off work and was determined to make something beautiful out of this messy day. Making pie always makes me slow down and reminds me to keep things simple. So, I made a strawberry pie with my sick twins and listened to them giggle as I gave them my full attention. At some point today, this mama even fit in a nap!
As a foster family, we love ministering to precious ones through foster care, but today it was beautiful to just be us for a while. I didn’t have to stop to console a 3-year-old whose mom didn’t show up for a scheduled visit or pick up a crying infant. For a few hours, there was enough of me to meet all the needs of the two kids right in front of me.
Even though my twins were sick, this day filled us up with love and recharged us so that we can love deeper. My day was not as planned. Meetings had to be rescheduled and the emails had to wait, but God made everything beautiful. As I place my fork into this fresh strawberry pie, I’m reminded of Proverbs. My heart is full and happy. I also realize that when a mama’s heart is happy not only is her face cheerful, but the faces of her children are cheerful too.
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