Here in the midwest, blueberries are just beginning to ripen. They are one of my favorite fruits to pick and preserve. The berries are on tall bushes that are easy to pick, standing or sitting, and once we have brought them home, all we have to do is put the blue beauties in freezer bags and drop in the freezer! They don't even need to be washed first. If you do wash first, you will have a frozen lump of berries in the freezer! You don't want that, now do you? When ready to use, simply scoop out the frozen "marbles" and rinse in a strainer. mmmmm... Did I tell you that these are good?
My hard-working helpers and I picked 66lbs of berries in about an hour and a half! I love having the fruit to pull out of the freezer, but what I really delight in is seeing my children working diligently together and enjoying each other in the process.
This past week has been a challenging one for me. My hard-working husband has been, well, working hard with little time off recently. I have found myself addressing some character issues with the children~ over and over recently. Quite honestly, I can grow weary at times.
What is a discouraged momma to do? I find myself grabbing my Bible, searching for wisdom and encouragement there, not only in my early morning quiet time, but throughout the day. Oh! The Lord is so faithful to meet me there, in my weakness.
So it is good. Good for me to have imperfect children being raised by an imperfect mother. I find myself humbled and drawn to Him in ways that I never would be otherwise. Being a mother to so many has taken me way past what I can do "on my own," and driven me on my knees to Him.
What more can I ask for?
"Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary." Gal. 6:9
Serving alongside you,