The value of a prayer

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great & lovely weekend!  Can you guys believe that we are almost in October!?  I feel like this past month flew by, but I am really looking forward to October.  Matt has a week off (Fall break) soon & we have a couple of fun things planned!

This past weekend, we wanted to do something fun & decided to go to the Virginia Aquarium.  The turtles & sharks were definitely our favorite.  We loved watching Oliver's face as he saw each sea creature!  He was saying "whoa" & what seems to be "wow" every time he saw a fish or turtle.  He wasn't very interested in the sharks though & wanted to climb the stairs instead!  At the very end of the aquarium, there is a tank where you can touch sting-rays.  They were so slimy & fast that it almost was scary because I imagined that they would come & bite my hand off!  Thankfully, no one was injured & we all had a great time.  Oliver had a meltdown at the very end & so we decided to just call it a day ;)  It was really nice just to spend some quality time as a family & treasure even more sweet moments.

I am so proud of what my husband is doing for our family.  All the countless hours of studying at school & missing family time has been rough on Matt.  At times, I tend to forget that & just look at what I am losing.  These past few months have been hard, no doubt about it, but they have also been very eye opening!  I can go about these next three years saying woe is me or I can use this time to build a great relationship with the Lord which can influence the way I teach my son & serve my husband.  I can get so wrapped up in myself & serving myself that I often times neglect Matt & Oliver's emotional needs.  I do not want to just "get through the day", but rather live in the 'today'!

Matthew 6:34 (NKJV)
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

Of course, there will be hard days & times where I feel like my life is standing still, but all the more reason to rely on the Lord & know that He will give me strength for those hard days.  My husband needs me more than ever right now.  Most importantly, he needs my prayers.  How awesome to know that the Lord hears our prayers, whether big or small!  So with this being said, I look forward to what the Lord has in store for our lives these next few years.  I know they will go by fast & I really do want to savor them.  It is comforting to know that many other wives & mothers face these same challenges & the beauty is that we can help each other be accountable with prayer & focusing our eyes on God.     

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