Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This

This week has been hard. The days have been long.

On Monday, I listened to my husband as he performed a memorial service for a man in our church. As I sat there with tears streaming down my face, I quickly began to realize...my life may be hard and my days may be long, but...my God is so, so good!!!

As Conn walked through the door that night, and this little man went running down the hallway yelling daddy, I quickly began to realize...my life may be hard and my days may be long, but...my God is so, so good.

As I ate dinner with some of my dearest friends last night and laughed and talked for hours, while my husband was at home doing baths and bedtime for 3 very tired kids, I quickly realized...my life may be hard and the days may be long, but...my God is so, so good.

During the days that I discipline our children way too much and yell way too loud, but then I look over and see this, I quickly begin to realize...my life may be hard and the days may be long, but...my God is so, so good.

Thank you, Lord, for these long and hard days!
May I count each day I have as a blessing!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

24 comments:

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

What a little flirt!!

Kathy Cubley said...

You are wise beyond your years,little girl! I love you! Hope this is a wonderful day for you and your sweet family!

Our Life Together said...

Beautiful! It makes me realize how blessed I am as well.

Kelli said...

Yes He is!

Janet said...

I love you, precious Ashley! God is so good. I am thankful for your sweet family.

Lacey said...

God is so good. I hope the kiddos are feeling better. :)

Callie said...

wow! when did you become so poetic :)??? Love you friend!!!

andrea said...

great post!

Jennifer said...

Thanks! I needed that today and our God is so, so good!

Julie Marler (Mammy) said...

Wow! What a great piece of wisdom to share with others that may be feeling the same way you are! When I'm feeling sad and depressed Dad always says, "Do we need to go walk down the hallways at Texas Children's Hospital??" Course he got that saying from me - so I can't say anything to him! Just recently he changed it a little and said, "At least you are not homeless in Haiti!" Sometimes you just have to put in all in perspective!!
There is always someone with worse situations, issues, or pain than you! Always count your blessings and be thankful for those long hard days! Your babies are so worth the rough stuff!
I love you!
Yo Mama

Jo said...

So true isn't it! The days are long but so good too. I know one day when they are all in school I will miss these long days at home with them. It is worth it and God is amazing. Can't wait to hang out next week!

Wendy McWhorter said...

Ashley, I hope you have an amazingly easy evening- the kind where the kids fall asleep early and you are not tired, but relaxed and morning seems to come late- I really do- I hope you have a GREAT evening! By the way, sometimes there is NOTHING more productive or effective then just crying. If you can manage to follow the crying with laughing- all the better!

Rhonda said...

Amen sister :) I've been very aware lately of how much I'll miss these days very, very soon. My babies are growing up and I'm so thankful for the time I have had and am having with them!! Thanks for the reminder...we all need it sometimes!!
PS - go on another cruise...it did wonders for my patience level!! ;)

Goska said...

Thank You for this words. It halped me to realise something.

Lindsee Lou said...

The smile on that boys face is beyond adorable. Just made my day.

Exum Family said...

Ashley, you are so, so right. Our God is so good...and so good to show me how blessed I am when there are plenty of times that I'm not grateful for what I have. I loved your mom's comment. We say the same thing around here. Cash is so cute it almost makes me cry. I love all of the photos you always post, and I really admire the person I see through your blog. Keep postin'!

The Barfuss Family said...

Could he get any cuter!? Ellison needs to meet him! :)

Tanni said...

Gratitude....it is a wonderful thing...thanks for sharing Ash! And btw---little munchkin is getting so big and more adorable by the minute! :)

Julie Marler (Mammy) said...

Okay - yes I know I'm posting 2x! But if that little boy gets any dang cuter - well, I may have to just come and kidnap him!! He makes my day brighter!!
Mammy

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Heather said...

Great post Ashley! Your boy is precious, such a cutie!

Connie McWhorter said...

My God truly is so, so good! Nanny

Summer said...

Thanks for this reminder :) I have had one of those weeks and this made me realize exactly how blessed I am!

Tricia Lynch said...

Loved this post! So true!