Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sanctification in the Santos Home

I haven't posted much of anything detailed or deep lately. Quite honestly, I've been overwhelmed more often than not and this blog has taken the back burner. Yet by God's grace, I'm growing and learning more and more each day.

For those of you that may be unfamiliar with the term "sanctification" as used in the title of this blog, a simple definition is presented. Basically, after becoming a Christian, sanctification is the process by which the Lord molds you more and more into His likeness through the situations you find yourself every day. A person will typically say they are being sanctified when they are going through a hardship or trial, though sanctification doesn't have to be the result of a negative situation. Does that make sense?

That being said, there has been a LOT of sanctification going on in the Santos home. Hannah recently turned two. She's changing and learning at an amazing rate all of a sudden. Her vocabulary has exploded and she spoke her first "sentence" the day before yesterday: "I scared [of] bugs." And yes...she's petrified of bugs, dogs, birds and cats... I have no idea why. It's fun to see her picking up things so quickly and starting to communicate much more clearly. Yet with the joy, there have been many struggles. She is a true drama queen and has tested me greatly this last week in particular. She is craving the attention that I've had to split between her and Benjamin and will do whatever it takes to get it. As a matter of fact, she will regularly tell me when she's doing something wrong - just so I'll pay attention to her - even though she'll be disciplined! Please don't think I'm ignoring my baby girl. I really don't think I am. But her "first-child syndrome" is stepping in and she's not happy about sharing the lime-light.

There were many days last week that I felt like crying (some of which I did). I've prayed with great passion that the Lord would give me wisdom and patience in leading, loving and disciplining her. I'm seeking out "veteran" mommies for wisdom and instruction. I'm desperately clinging to Christ as I feel like a failure so often. Yet it's all been good for my soul. When I am at the end of my rope with attitude issues...I cling to Christ. When I realize I'm not the perfect mom...I cling to Christ. When I'm exhausted and have no chance for rest... I cling to Christ.

Pray that I continue to grow as a Christian, wife, and mother. Pray that I trust the Lord's goodness in all things. Pray that our daughter will see Christ in me. Pray that I'll lead her in glorifying God in our days. As difficult as sanctification can be, I pray the Lord only continues it if it will draw me nearer to him.

Until next time...

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Just Plain Cool

James' new obsession.... And he would love to be able to do it (no joke)! ;)

Something else really cool... Doesn't the Lord make our bodies totally amazing?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Lots of Pictures

I've done it again... uploaded lots of pics and a couple of videos for anyone interested. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Be Glad?

"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." - Psalm 118:24 NIV

Oh how I've struggled to do just that these last few days! It's been a hectic few days around the Santos home. From James' busy schedule, toddler discipline issues, potty training fiascoes, four hours of almost solid crying from the baby, lack of energy and so on... I've fought to keep my sanity. As a matter of fact, I cried twice today - and I'm not ashamed to admit it. For good reason, the Lord brought the above verse into my heart just moments ago. It doesn't say, "Today was a good day, let us rejoice and be glad in it." It says, "This is the day the Lord has made..." Why the rejoicing? Because God made it. God made today. He made yesterday and the day before. He will make tomorrow. As hard as it may be...I have to fight to rejoice in each day because God has made them. Everything that happens in a given day has been sovereignly ordained by a good God. Pray that I trust in Him and His grace. As the line goes in a Steven Curtis Chapman song, "this is a moment made for worshipping." Every moment. Every tear. Every smile. Every newborn cry. Every act of disobedience from my toddler. Every moment is a moment made for worshipping. Thank you Steven.

Tonight I cling to Lamentations 3:22-23, "The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." (ESV)

Tomorrow is a new day.

In Christ,