A Marriage After His Heart

My journey and life unscripted as I transition from the role of a single mom living for God to a newlywed trying my best at blending and expanding my family, all while pursing a marriage after God and my husband's heart. Join us on this journey!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Seeking First The Kingdom of God

I must say that I have truly missed you all. The internet solution at my home isn’t solved yet, but I found a place that has free Wi-fi so I will just have to start blogging from there at lunch.

While I have really missed blogging lately, I will say that I have been able to just meditate more about the things in my life. Normally when I go through something albeit good or bad, I can’t wait to blog about it. These past couple of weeks I have had to just rely on God and talk to him all day which has been good. Sometimes we get so used to seeking the advice and thoughts of others that it becomes easy to unconsciously and unintentionally not go to Him first. I thank him for the time that I have been able to stay before him, and the time I have had in just basking in my husband’s opinion of things. I have encouraged him to start blogging because he has so much insight and such a genuine way of looking at the issues that I thought were uninteresting or boring to him.

Speaking of my husband, we are settling in and having a wonderful time. The girls are getting used to him being in the house and are very responsive to his routines. They often tease him about his notorious late night pantry/fridge raids and at one point were trying to stay awake to catch him “sneaking in to the cabinet.” I love being married and I love that my home is peaceful. My children are happier and things are less stressful because God has given him wisdom on how to step in and lead our home. I almost cried the other night when Nee-Nee Pooh beat him at checkers. ( well he let her so that he could teach her how to play aggressively) or when last night Chocolate Drop was helping him grill hot dogs and steaks. My children can now have the type of security that I had growing up in a two-parent household. I will forever be grateful to God for this gift.

Menu planning is going good. We are in the planning phase, we are looking to see what we have at home and what we can make with what we have, then on to making our menu, followed by taking a stroll through the grocery store to price everything, and then back home to sit down and formulate a budget. This helps so when pay day comes we know how close we are to our budget and if we need to re-adjust. I know some may say choose a price and stick with it, but for us that didn’t work. I personally don’t have the time to go from store to store to get the best deals. I have to choose Wal- Mart, Sam’s or Kroger depending on if I need to purchase anything for the house.

Another thing that is helping us is that Mark has put himself (and me) on a diet. Also instead of having me get up each morning to make his lunch he just took a loaf of bread, a package of sandwich meat, popcorn, beef jerky, bottled water and trail-mix that he keeps in his office. It helps tremendously because he has already taken his lunch from the house and if anything gets “devoured” in between grocery trips, well he (and the girls) just has to tough it out!!
The Lord is truly blessing us as a family. As prices keep rising, we have yet to go with out. Even if it seems as if we are living on spare change in between pay checks, we still have yet to live without the basic necessities. Our children have yet to miss a meal, or be without clothing. We have yet to run out of gas, and we are yet to be stressed out. One of my favorite passages of Scripture is
Matthew 6: 25-34.

31.Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What
shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32.(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Continue to pray for us that we endeavor to seek the kingdom of God first, and I encourage you to do the same. Hopefully I will be back soon. Oh yeah, congrats to Anna at Domestic Felicity I am so happy for you and the news of your impending family addition. Be Blessed and Stay Encouraged!
-mrs. thomas