Saturday, January 24, 2015

Praise!

 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. 
~Job 2:10

When we don't have answers to our whys...






Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord
    and take refuge in him!
Let all the upright in heart exult!
~Psalm 64:10

we continue to praise Him... 

Thanking God for who He is, despite struggles, knowing He is unchanging and His love is sufficient
... and that our struggles are minor in the grand scheme of things.

Praise the Lord for His unending mercies.
My heart will rejoice :)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Organization and...The Power of Moms


(buttons from google images)

Have you heard of the Power of Moms? After Christmas was winding down I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a free webinar with a happy looking lady at a desk. Needless to say I thought how lovely that would be to learn about organizing and have some quiet time to glean something new. Oh my goodness, can I tell you this was an answer to prayer! The webinar was so well done and honest and easy to follow. Although the ultimate part of the organizing part of the program does have a very reasonable cost, April Perry doesn't just sell you something on the webinar. She actually gives you information that you can take and implement for free! Everything beyond that is a wonderful bonus, learning opportunity and community gathering. There is an eCourse available and a Moms Premium subscription. In addition, the website is full of not only organizing help and instruction, but also encouragement and other topics (kids, life, support...).

I so highly recommend this! I have the precious opportunity to take the Mom eCourse so I will be posting pictures of my (gasp...please don't judge! ;) ) piles and the transformations, not just of the piles, but also our organizing system. Being a wife, full-time student and mama of five and hubby and I running our own business...oh what a blessing this would (and will) be!

What a gift for others to share their talents to help others. God created the body of believers to support and encourage one another. The Power of Moms has brought together a team of women (families truly) to use their talents to help others and also as a means of support while still being able to care for their families.

Happy and blessed week to you as the kiddos start back to school. As our sermon at church yesterday emphasized...FOCUS. Focusing on Christ, being intentional, and the rest will all fall into place.

"3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members,[e]and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,[f] with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness."- Romans 12:3-8

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015...



"A prayerless soul is a Christless soul. Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honour of a Christian. If thou be a child of God, thou wilt seek thy Father's face, and live in thy Father's love. Pray that this year thou mayst be holy, humble, zealous, and patient; have closer communion with Christ, and enter oftener into the banqueting-house of his love. Pray that thou mayst be an example and a blessing unto others, and that thou mayst live more to the glory of thy Master. The motto for this year must be, "Continue in prayer."" ~Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening 

Could this be more beautifully put...


The two verses I am focusing on for this year:

"So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. 
"Continue in prayer." ~Colossians 4:2 (This is the verse Spurgeon refers to for the above devotional)
And a P.S.- Hubby and I both agreed that this was the best Christmas (a follow up to my last post)... :) God is so good and faithful.

A happy and blessed New Year to you dear ones,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

'tis the season...



So I'm not going to lie...this is how I have been feeling lately. I truly love Christmas time, first and foremost for the unbelievable gift of Jesus as my Savior. And then in celebrating Him, the traditions of the season- baking, parties, the music, gift giving...the kindness that tends to linger in the air more so than usual. However, this year has been a bit harder, and though I am struggling with trying not to lose the joy, I am actually finding the true joy of Christmas. It has been a year and half since our big move and then three mini moves since then. With that we have prayed earnestly for work and our needs have been met but definitely not the way we had expected or hoped for, leaving us still praying earnestly. So as I have entered the stores here and there and accept that I cannot buy the gifts I want to for others, the blessing has been in realizing...it's okay not to. And in all of this...He is with me. God is faithful and I will not lose hope. I will continue to pray earnestly, thanking Him for every thing He has blessed us with. His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8), He gives not as the world gives (John 14:27) and I am so thankful. We are clinging to this peace and the joy He gives. How good our God is: patient, kind, merciful and abounding in love. 

L O V E... 

G R A T I T U D E...

J O Y...

P E A C E...

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love."~ John 15:9


So this is how I am trying to take each day, with silliness and joy :) Jesus paid the ultimate price for my life and yours...and though there may be times of weeping and frustration, joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5).

How is your Christmas season? Are you finding rest and joy in His word and in His faithfulness? Praying you are...

Sunday, November 2, 2014

gratitude


Gratitude is the word of the month for our littles at church...isn't it for all of us? This picture says it all about my life right now...remembering I am blessed beyond measure, even on the hardest of days.

15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. ~Colossians 3:15 ESV

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

morning and evening...


"We shall never sing Gloria in excelsis except we pray to God De profundis: out of the depths must we cry, or we shall never behold glory in the highest. It is loving prayer. Prayer should be perfumed with love, saturated with love--love to our fellow saints, and love to Christ. Moreover, it must be a prayer full of faith. A man prevails only as he believes. The Holy Spirit is the author of faith, and strengthens it, so that we pray believing God's promise. O that this blessed combination of excellent graces, priceless and sweet as the spices of the merchant, might be fragrant within us because the Holy Ghost is in our hearts! Most blessed Comforter, exert thy mighty power within us, helping our infirmities in prayer."
~Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotional

PS- I receive this devotional every morning from Biblegateway, what beautiful words Spurgeon shares.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

this year...












So we took the plunge this year...right into public school. We are nearing the end of the 4th week and you know what..it's been good. The boys are thriving and by God's precious grace, they are doing wonderfully in their classes. They have been become ridiculously aware of how awful people speak but the blessing is that they are turned off by it and are choosing to sit in different places, move to different groups, etc. After asking about where they were sitting at lunch time (I remember those days, where to sit, who to sit with, are they sitting alone...) our oldest said he had been sitting at different tables but the one he had sat at that particular day he wasn't going to sit at again. And the best part- he said a girl from church was sitting at the table behind him and she called to him saying, "Malcolm, God doesn't want you sitting at that table." Blessed this mama's heart.

I'm not going to lie. I miss them. I miss homeschooling. I miss going to co-ops. But I am thankful for every minute we have had with them. I am thankful they have been home as long as they have been because they have awesome relationships with each other, including with the little ones. I am thankful they have manners and good attitudes, for the most part, and that hubby and I can call them out on it when they don't. And despite my initial ideas about what I thought our life would look like now, I still help with school work and we still talk.

I love to see our boys flourishing in their excitement to be learning new things, playing football, making new friends, playing instruments. There are great opportunities in our school district, especially for our oldest right now and his love for technology. And I am beginning to see where our 10 year old has giftings...he is loving orchestra. Mal loves American Civics and Tech Ed and Len loves his honors English class. Their teachers are excited about what they are teaching-what a gift!

So my thoughts on homeschooling, public school, and Christian school...pray...God is faithful. I have been caught up in "this is what you should do only" and yes, God has absolutes and we are not to veer from that, but with school and our family, truly this is what is best for us right now. It came to a point this summer that we were swimming ferociously against the tide in our own strength and reality sunk in. And then there was a talk and tears and prayer...and peace. Ideally, in my world, we would be homeschooling and have lots of babies and live on a farm...but there are six other people involved in my dream...so it's not just my dream to have.

God is good always. He knows our hearts and the plans and paths He has for each of us. So my dream is for His will and not my own, continually laying my heart down before Him, trusting Him, loving Him, knowing His plans are SOOOO much better than mine. Praying all of our dreams are inline with His. He loves my husband and my kids way more than I could even imagine...and me too :) So as He is working on my heart, He is doing the same for each of them and working out what He has to. And He is faithful. As Scott and I commit our lives and our children's lives to the Lord, I know with the sweetest of trust that He will give us wisdom in raising these young men He has entrusted into our care. And on the off days...His grace is sufficient.

This evening I reminded one our sweet ones who was in tears, struggling with selfishness, His mercies are new every morning...oh, how this mama knows this...
Thankful for His mercies and grace...and His faithfulness.

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
Hebrews 10:35-36 ESV

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