Monday, February 4, 2013

Student

Waking up early to have time with the Father and listening to His Voice through His Word is so sweet.  There is no better time of the day.   Then,  Monday morning bursts wide open into sibling squabbles, eye-rolling, discontent over clothing choice, unwillingness to do work, etc,etc.  My flesh reacts before my spirit can quiet it and I blow it (again). 
There is no merit in that morning blessing of time with the Lord.  It IS the blessing and the grace to begin the day.  Surely the Lord spoke and I listened.  My work was to apply what I heard.  So I failed my assignment.  Will my Teacher reteach me? Oh yes, very patiently.
I was talking to my oldest about this and realizing that as she is the student/child, so am I.  I apologized for failing (again).  I explained that I am learning.  I don't know how to be a helper to my husband, a mother of five children, a cook, a keeper of the home, an encourager, teacher of fractions, a peacemaker of all squabbles, a cleaner of stains, a dear friend, etc.  He is the Faithful one.  That is what we all need to learn!
"God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord" 1 Cor. 1:9
"Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will do it."  I Thess. 5:24

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Gospel-centered

Thursday evening I watched a grown  man get thrown out of a little league baseball game as a result of yelling about a bad call.  I laughed a while thinking how ridiculous it is to get that upset over so little.  As a watched him fume from afar though I started to empathize.  By the time I had thought through the previous week's frustrations and times of impatience I could really identify with the man, because all of those seemed petty as well.  I really wanted to go share the hope of Christ with the man.  Kirk thought better of it since he was so angry....
But it has had me thinking since then, a gospel-centered life will impact every area of life.  From little league to business, from grocery store to church, Christ's resurrection gives us victory in every single area.  I love the truths of Ephesians 1 about the power that raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him in heavenly places and that we are seated with Him as co-heirs!!!!  Shouldn't that make a difference in sports, entertainment, parenting, schooling, work, cooking, mothering, friendships and marriage?!?!  Of course! 
One thing the Lord has given me as a sort of defense of good things in our home vs. questionable things that the kids come up with is this...Jesus is King and Lord and this home and so things will be different.  Praise Him for the beautiful, life-changing news!!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

40!

So unbelievable that I turned 40 yesterday!  I remember thinking 40 was near death when I was a little girl. Haha and now sometimes it feels it:)  Two different books I am reading have asked me to do a timeline or write a short history of my life and spiritual life.  Although this can be painful to look back, how amazing it is to see His sovereign Goodness running throughout my life.  The beauty also is that while I am struggling with one child in particular who is not a believer yet, I am reminded that the same God created that child with a plan and He will be faithful to complete the work He began!  psalm 138:8

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Accumulated aggravations

Very timely about the tendency to keep record of wrongs and therefore build up anger towards those we love most.

Devotions | Proverbs 31 Ministries

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

unglued

After spending some time sharing with my sister at lunch today, she sent me this link to an article speaking exactly what we were discussing.  It is about the good outcome of becoming "unglued".  Truly this past year and a half I have been become more unglued than any other time in my life.  Thankfully my Father knows this and gives me great grace as He is showing me what is in my heart.  Isn't it sweet that the One who reveals the brokenness in our hearts is also the One who heals our hearts!
Thanks Suz for the article!


Devotions | Proverbs 31 Ministries

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Overwhelmed

Oh the timing of the LORD is so perfect!  May I only be overwhelmed with His goodness, mercy and grace!  Be sure to read down to the comments, some of them are just as good as the post.



True Woman | Overwhelmed