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It was a beautiful Saturday morning here in southern Louisiana… hot but beautiful. Went to the store yesterday and bought a little blow up pool for the kids, the two kids that are here with me. My oldest, Eli, went on a ministry trip with his daddy this weekend to Galveston, Tx. They will be experiencing the hot while sharing the love of Christ with the homeless. I am so thankful that they were able to get away and be the hands and feet of Jesus today! I stayed home in my own ministry striving to be just the same. I find myself so often challenged with the decision of self-denial and almost everytime I choose self, I refuse to take up my cross and follow Him who has set the example for me, who has enternally given life through it. I am reminded that if we are to be His disciiples then we must take up our cross and follow Him. This is not an option it is a commanded must. The spirit is willing but my flesh is pressingly weak!

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I am learning rather intimately that my calling as a mother is a high and holy calling of LOVE and deep CONVICTION and SACRAFICE. Being a mother is being love, being a picture of His love for His children. 1 Corinthians is definition of the love He has called us to as His children, as His mothers, caretakers of His children…

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Likewise….

“A mother (should be) patient and kind; a mother does not envy or boast; she is not arrogant or rude. She does not insist on her own way; she is not irritable or resentful; she does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. A mother bears all things, believes all tihngs, hopes all things, endures all things. ”

As a mother of 4 (one on his way) little enternal souls I can not fully express the love that I am drenched painfully and delightfully in for them, it can not be compared to anything else on this earthly paradise. I hold in my heart their very beings every breathing moment of my exsistence, I can not inhale or exhale anything else. They are my life’s JOYOUS work! I do not seek their earthly gain or pleasure but for them to find their heavenly gain and pleasure through the LOVE of Christ, daily leading them through a prayerfully one day seen as humble example of faithfulness (not my own but His).

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Monday mornings seem to come to soon and always to early! I never feel quiet ready for the but it is here and I find my delight in the fact that today is the day that the Lord has made and a undeserved favor that I might seek Him another day. Anyway, on to my Monday Meanderings….

Bible Study: Ealry mornings before my little Lightlings get up I am reading through the bible currently in Joshua 7, during breakfast we meditate together on a Psalm, this morning was chapter 8 “How Majestic is Your Name“, afternoons with Eli we are reading through Proverbs today is chapter 15 and then at some point I will study 1 Peter with my favorite commentator David Guzik, I am in the middle of chapter 2.

Memory Verses:

Family Verse… Luke 16:10One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”

Personal Verse… 1 Corinthians 13:4-7Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

I know that I should have already memorized 1 Corinthians 13 but I have put it off way to long, it is time to saturate my heart with it’s words of love.

Husband Encouragement:

Make a good breakfast for him each morning and a nice meal each evening.
Relay a cheerful heart each day he walks in the door no matter what kind of day I have had…
Train the children in love and faithfulness and praise their accomplishments to him and only their faults if it is necessary and urgent and only with GRACE.
Weed the garden daily, keep the front yard clean and backyard straightened, have the house straightened and clean for him.
Ask him how I can help him this week and then follow through with it.

Train them Up in Love:

Remember this quote:

“Love should be the silver thread that runs through all your conduct. Kindness, gentleness, long-suffering, forbearance, patience, sympathy, a willingness to enter into childish troubles, a readiness to take part in childish joys,—these are the cords by which a child may be led most easily,—these are the clues you must follow if you would find the way to his heart.” J.C. Ryle, Duties of Parents

My goal for this week is to simply and radically love them through out each second of the day, from sun up to sun down dispite their sinful behaviors or my sinful emotions that well up with in me at times, keeping my heart focused on soul love. I am training them for heaven, for God not for this world or for any man!

Eli… be consistent in loving him and spending more time with him daily, improving our relationship. Encouraging his faith and teaching him to go hard after God’s heart through prayer and daily reading. Find his passions and pursue them with him in the Lord.

Kai… be patient with him as he learns self control and becoming a more responsibly boy. Figure out how to spend time with him each day encouraging his child like faith and taking time each day to teach him to respect adults who talk to him.

Amaris… spend tea time with her and train her to have a more loving heart towards her brothers and friends. Train for quick and cheerful obedience and sitting still during church and other acitivities.

Josai… pray with out ceasing for his faith and his health.

Personal Goals:

Seek HIM, not JOY. Seek HOLINESS zealously.
Learn to enjoy this season of my life and savor each moment with my 3 lightlings before Josai comes.
Rest in the Lord and cast all my cares on Him with my natural pregnancy anxieties.
Pregnancy excercises.
Be consistent with morning prayers with lightlings.

Must Do:

Blood sugar monitor
Supplies for room adventures this weekend!
Go swimsuit fabric shopping with Heather.
Remind husband about title for van.

Zone:

Today: living room and dinning room
Tuesday: kitchen/bathrooms
Wednesday: girls room
Thursday: boys room
Friday: master room
Saturday: room redesigns 😉

Menu Plan:

Monday:Pizza and Salad! We haven’t been able to make this yet that is why it is still on my menu
Tuesday: Potato and Corn Chowder with Cornbread (same as above!)
Wednesday: Bible Study Meal
Thursday: White Bean Chicken Chili (NEW) with rolls
Friday: Steaks and Potatoes and Vegetables
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday:Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

Dessert of the Week: Apple Ca Dapple Crisp

Fun Things!

Playing and spending time with my Lightlings!
Baking with Amaris!
Reading my new book: Stepping Heavenward
Craft day on Thursday!
Re-designing the Eli and Kai’s room and setting up a tea time area in Amaris’ room.
A weekend alone with my Beloved!!!

3 Things I am Thankful for:

Hymns, Hymns, Hymns… oh how they fill the hearts and the soul! There is nothing more precious than to walk in the room and witness your children sitting quietly around the room singing along to the hymn “No Not One”!!
Weekends away from the norm to experience a little extravagant time alone as a family… basking in His blessings of love and grace.
Crushed ice and bottled water 😉 a funny thing to be thankful for I know, but I am.

Quote of the Week:

“A true Christian must be no slave to fashion, if he would train his child for heaven. He must not be content to do things merely because they are the custom of the world; to teach them and instruct them in certain ways, merely because it is usual; to allow them to read books of a questionable sort, merely because everybody else reads them; to let them form habits of a doubtful tendency, merely because they are the habits of the day. He must train with an eye to his children’s souls. He must not be ashamed to hear his training called singular and strange. What if it is? The time is short,—the fashion of this world passeth away. He that has trained his children for heaven, rather than for earth,—for God, rather than for man, —- he is the parent that will be called wise at last. ” J.C. Ryle, Duties of Parents

Don’t be shy… join us with Sarah for some Monday Meanderings!

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The sun is up this morning and so am I, reluctantly. I would love to sink back into bed for an hour or so but know that little feet will begin filling the hallway in minutes.  Each morning my husband gets up at 5:20am to spend time in the word before he is forced by the gravities of life and the will of God to head off to work, Eli joins him and they spend some reading/coffee time together. I, already mostly awake after his alarm goes off at 5:20 wait and savor my 25 more minutes to lay beneath the refuge of my covers. At 5:45 when my alarm finally goes off I greet the still dark room with bitterness at first glance and then  slowly apologize and almost litterally fall out of bed, grab my robe, wash my face and head into the kitchen to start breakfast for my man. Sometimes I wonder why am I doing this? I could sleep till 7:00 or so and still have time to have my quiet time with my Savior… but when I walk in the kitchen and I see my husband’s smiling face and hear his sweet “Good morning” I remember… because I SO love him and I long to spend as much time with this man as I can before he departs and is seperated from us from once 8 but now 10 hours. Because he deserves it and  needs that early morning time as much I feel I do, we need eachother. Each morning I hate to see him walk out the door but I know that God has called him to minister to all the men in his workplace and He has called me to minister to all the little children in my workplace, we both have set before us a joyful ministry filled with hours of hard work and hard hearts and we both know with out saying that we need eachother before we head alone into those callings and that we both need Him and so each morning at 5:20 and 5:45 we rise before the sun, we eat and we drink from His blessing and His cup each morning and pray.  

Wives, savor each moment with your beloved husbands, for this is just a momentary marriage, sacred and holy. We are a picture of the most sacred union, between Christ and His church. Each morning we gather together in a holy communion before the dawn of life and trials begin and then we wait for eachother’s reunion. I wait till he comes as we wait for His coming. I am the bride at home anxiously awaiting the arrival of my bridegroom! Let this be a heavenly reminder for us to prepare daily for our Bridegroom to return… He is coming and we do not know the hour, so let us make the best use of our time.

God patterned marriage purposefully after the relationship between His Son and the church, which He planned from eternity. And therefore marriage is a mystery; it contains and conceals a meaning far greater than what we see on the outside. What God has joined together in marriage is to be a reflection of the union between the Son of God and His bride the church. Those of us who are married need to ponder again and again how mysterious and wonderful it is that we are granted by God the privilege to image forth stupendous divine realities infinitely bigger and greater than ourselves. 

John Piper 

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It is a quiet afternoon following a spiritually slow physically fast paced morning… I sit in my little corner tucked away from the noise while my two little ones rest quietly in their little corners and Eli finds himself lost in pages on my bed under the refuge of his daddy’s lamp light. I take this moment, for it is just that a brief moment I carved out in this space in time, to rest my mother’s heart in overflowing thoughts of faithfulness… pondering ways to live daily in the shadow of His reality and cultivate an abundantly Christ saturated, Joy filled, Prayer breathing culture… a place where my children grow up breathing sanctified air, air that reminds us as we inhale and exhale the reality of grace and love… the reality of living for eternity… filling our spirit with discontent for the here and now of earthly things and setting our minds and hearts on those things not yet seen… things beyond… revealing the path of a traveler on his journey home. I find much encouragement as I seek Him in places where He dwells…

I am taking heart notes as I continue to ponder these fresh paths… praying that soon these heart notes will begin to breath and take shape into our lives becoming heart rythyms.

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Bible Study – Spending time each morning in the Old Testament, now in Joshua, Proverbs each afternoon with Eli and then sporatic Spirit led reading through out the day.

Memory VerseEphesians 5:15-17 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Husband Encouragement
First and always foremost to submit to him as to the Lord.
To put his needs above my own not matter how I feel!
Have laundry washed, folded and put away, entry way living spaces cleaned, clothes ready for next days work, coffee ready for next morning, kids fed, loved and happily and quietly awaiting his arrival and a joyful and inviting spirit when he walks in the door.
Ask him how his day was and allow him to relax before any demands are put on him, as well as not dumping my day on him until he asks.
Everyday have something special done and waiting for him…
To pray diligently for him through out the day, for him to be a light at work and for his faith and decisions.
To strive to have a meek and quiet spirit!! Speaking only words of encouragement and love.
Weed the garden daily for him and find some natural ways for pest control.

Train Them Up and Loving Them
Pray for them daily and specifically, leading them to the cross daily through loving them and turning their hearts toward their Father.
I am printing out and reading A 10 Poing Manifesto for Joyful Mothering
Eli: spend more quality time with him daily and listen to His gentle guidance in ways to encourage his growing faith. Listen to him more, he has a lot to say and I fear I all to often do not give him the listening ear he needs.
Kai: be consistent and gentle in training him to learn self control and find a set apart time to spend with him. Continue to encourage him to make eye contact when speaking to adults. Hug him more even with his resistence :).
Amaris: I am trying to teach her gently how to be modest at 3 ;), how to be a lady. Allow her more time to cook with me!
Josai: 74 give or take days till his arrival… praying for his faith and a health.
All: This week we will be consistently (I pray) training for prompt and cheerful obedience, cultivating courtesy habits and continuing our journey of a more work oriented daily life. We have a packed daily schedule working joyfully together, experiencing character building and an intertwined daily existence that is preparing all of our hearts closer to a servant… Seek for ways to serve others as well… It has been such a blessing!!
I want to hold their little hearts closely in these precious days of youth before they slip away, not taking a moment for granted!

Personal Goals
To be a faithful mother and wife at home striving for holiness… remembering that I must decrease so He can increase.
To seek insight like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, so that I will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:4-5
To PRAY intentionally and passionately daily.
Walk at least 3 times this week, do pregnancy exercises, eat healthy small meals, watch sugar intake and caffiene consumption.
Enjoy my 4th pregnancy and trust God with all the details of the birth!
Write in my journal daily

MUST Do’s
Doctor appointment today
Letter to Compassion child
Make bread and snacks for the week!

Zone – none today

Menu Plan

M- Crockpot Potato Chowder and Cornbread
T – Pizza and Salad
W – Bible Study!
Th – Burgers and Fries!
F –
S –
Su –

dessert of the week: ???

FUN THINGS!
Sewing
Spending time with my Little Ones!
Crafting with friends Thursday and book study!

3 Things I’m Thankful for Today:
My new mother’s day prayer candles
Hymns that guide the heart daily closer to Him
A new day that is never promised!

Encouraging Quote:

A minister may speak the truth as it is in Jesus, clearly, forcibly, unanswerably; but if he does not speak it in love, few souls will be won. Just so you must set before your children their duty,—command, threaten, punish, reason, — but if affection be wanting in your treatment, your labour will be all in vain. J.C. Ryle, Duties of Parents

My Prayer
Oh Lord teach me to number my days! To remember daily that I must humble myself if I so seek to obtain your grace and power! You must increase and I must decrease! Remind me that my life is a vapor a meer shadow… that I may walk carefully through each moment making the best use of my time of Your time… remind me Lord that the salvation of my chlidren is Yours, that conversion is a supernatural work of the Spirit not by my good works and faithfulness. Keep me on my knees for their enternal souls surrending them daily up to You, grant me faithfulness as a mother to seek You and walk in Your grace.

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A mother is a chalice the vessel without which no human being has ever been born. She is created to be a life bearer, cooperating with her husband and with God in the making of a child. What a solemn responsibility. What an unspeakable privilege-a vessel divinely prepared for the Master’s use. Elisabeth Elliot 

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