The Lord has been working on me for some time now, slowly showing me the things that need to be changed in my life. As my new branches grow in, He prunes me further, and I am so thankful that He loves me enough to do so. He has recently shown me that I have been wandering away from my obligations as a Christian woman. He has been speaking to me in many ways for about a month now, and then He showed me a blogger's post about the ways Christian women can be going against His instruction for His daughters, and tearing down their homes in the interem. It was terrific! As I read it I realized that I am falling short in most areas! I have not truly been the Godly wife or mother that He has called me to be, and I have made excuses for this for the last 22 years! I have blamed my mother for not being a Godly example as a wife, and my husband for so many things, and some of my children for being difficult, etc... but the truth of it is that I never realized just how important it is to find out exactly what God calls women to do, and to do it without question. God has many wonderful promises for those who are obedient to His word; how comforting this is! The Lord made it very clear to me that I need to make these changes first priority in my life right now. I immediately repented for my disobedience, and asked the Lord to change how I manage the things He has put into my care. Although I know these many changes will take time and work, I will not stop working at it until God's instruction for women becomes second nature for me. My sons and daughters are watching the example I set all of the time, and even greater, I want to be pleasing in my Lord's sight! 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me' ...let us not forget this. May the good Lord bless our efforts to put Him first in every area of our lives!