Now, I don't know about you, but a lot of times, when I pick up a book, I don't read the forward, or the introduction, or anything like that. I just want to jump into the book. However, last week I got a new book, and for one reason or another (divine intervention perhaps? ;) I read the introduction.
I can't remember where I first saw this, but honestly I may have snickered at the title...and then I read the subtitle, "Establishing and ENJOYING a Peaceful Home." That caught my attention. And THEN I saw that Ginger Plowman wrote it. I LOVE her book Don't Make Me Count to Three (and highly recommend it!) so I used some of the Amazon gift cards I had earned through Swagbucks and bought it.
But, back to the introduction. As I was reading it these words jumped out at me. "It will be tempting to read this book with the mindset of, 'What steps must I take in order to have a peaceful home? How can I be a happier more fulfilled Christian?' I urge you to read this book with the mindset of, 'Although there is nothing I can do to earn righteousness and acceptance, how can I radiate the peace of Christ so that his character might be glorified in and through me? How can I bless God in the way I treat my family? How can my mind be transformed that I might become more pleasing to Jesus?"
How I needed to read those words! You see, when I'm pregnant, I don't really get sick, or even have to many crazy mood swings. I just get mean. Impatient. I struggle to survive my children rather than enjoying them. Basically I feel like I'm PMS'ing for 9 months. But that is not at excuse. It's a reason to cling to Christ and his grace and mercy. It's a way for Him to very visibly sanctify me every minute of everyday...but far too often I don't allow that to happen. I just wallow in my sin. So these words were both convicting and encouraging to me. Focus on CHRIST. That's all I need to be doing...the rest will follow.