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I am passionate about motherhood, the art of leading my children to their desperate need of God and that is why I love Doorposts! I take my calling to train them up in the way they should go, in His righteousness, very seriously (some would think a little to seriously, maybe… if that is even possible) I understand the responsibility I have been given with these little eternal souls and so do the people, the hearts behind Doorposts. They recently found a home in the blogsphere, visit them here…

Their mission is to provide “Bible-based, parent-designed, family-tested products to help you apply Scripture in your home.” Praise God for this ministry for fathers and mothers and their children.

You shall right them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:9

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A mother’s relationship with her child begins with love, continues with love, and ends one day on earth with love. God’s plan is for His children to know deep, abiding, unending love from at least one human being in their life, and that person is Mother. ~ Barbara Rainey and Ashley Escue, A Mother’s Legacy
loving-them

Oh how I believe this to be true! I have been thinking a lot about motherhood and our responsibility to reveal the love of Christ to them through our daily interactions and that is at times difficult due to their behavior. They challenge me to understand how to love unconditionally as Jesus and bring me to search the scriptures for wisdom in how to gently guide them through correction and discipline in the love of Christ and not in the anger of my inconvenience and frustration. In those moments of a whining child, a out of control child or a disrespectful child we have an opportunity to not just change their behaviour but to lead them to the cross through our loving correction.

I believe very strongly that we shape and mold their image of God. What image am I protraying day to day to my children of God, of their loving and merciful savior? I love my children, God knows that but a question I need to commonly ask myself is “do they know that??”. Is my love for them actively displayed to them when they are being hard to love and difficult? How much did God love me? Isn’t that the kind of love I should be revealing to my children. Studying Jesus has given me confidence in my parenting, understanding Him has lead me deeper into understanding myself as a mother. I want my children to always feel like they are in the presence of Christ and I realize that can only happen if they see Him in their mother, hear Him in their mother, feel Him through their mother and experience Him daily living with their mother.

I pray Jesus that you would teach me how to be a Christ-like mother to my children at all times. May your grace abound in our home, your peace live with in our hearts and your love radiate through out each room. Discipline me when I become more like a pharisees in my mothering and less like you leading them to anger and away from you. Instill in my a vision, an eternal vision for my children and enable me to daily find a “chance to die” to my own will and live to yours.

JOYfully in Him,
Kelli

*quote above is taken from this article, A Mother’s Legacy.

Thoughts revisited.

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It was one of those mornings… I stumbled out of bed an hour after my determined time to get up, somehow not hearing 2 alarms ringing forth from my phone, forfeiting my time to sit at His feet. Josai was awake, my third alarm that I could not ignore at 6:30. We started a new sleep solution training last night after months of little (very little) sleep, I finally realized that this is not good for either of us and it is only getting worse. I decided to do some research and found Richard Ferber M.D. through what is called the Ferber method. I found it to be an interesting gentle cry it out method and decided to check his book out from the library. After reading over it, I was fascinated… would this work? Well, so far it is working like a charm (whatever that means lol)! He is falling asleep on his own with some crying  but a lot of reassurance from his momma… I am not one to beable to listen to my baby cry for long lengths, I just am not capable (we both end up crying at some point and I just cave) and it never works. This seemed like a good compromise for us, and it is.  It was a good night but still difficult. I am looking forward to sleep, soon.

Needless to say I woke up struggling to find my joy this morning. I searched in many places…under  my heart, in my accomplishments, a neatly made bed, a clean sink, a happy baby and happy children, my husbands schedule, behind my performance and even though there was some sense of joy found in those things they didn’t last long. They quickly evaporated with the time. Finally, I remember a quote written on a dry erase board in my dining room, “Seek God, not Joy” Elizabeth Prentiss. Yes, seek God. It is amazing how such a simple truth gets lost among the rubbish of self, piled high. I search and find my bible, the eternal words. I open it up, desperate for His words to bring me into His presence again. I find them or they find me.

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them every sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.” Psalm 5:11

My joy is hidden in Him… I woke up forgetting this reality for me as one of the righteous. I forgot who I was, and I who I belong to. My joy isn’t found in anything, ANYTHING, other than Him. He is my refuge that I run to… in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening… in the middle of the night nursing a baby who just wont sleep with out me. Where can I go from His presence?

When your joy is playing hide and seek… remember where you will always find it, always.

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It’s Quiet

I am sitting in the blessing of a still quiet home… and I am reminded and guided to stay… and simply ponder…

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zep 3:17

Is your soul quieted by his love this morning… find some time to sit at His feet and rejoice at His presence… His love and be exulted!

JOYfully in Him,
Kelli

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“Choices will continually be necessary and — let us not forget — possible. Obedience to God is always possible. It is a deadly error to fall into the notion that when feelings are extremely strong we can do nothing but act on them.”
Elisabeth Elliot (Discipline: The Glad Surrender)
The strength of our feelings come from the desires of our flesh, how much freedom of reign have we allowed our flesh to have over us? The stronger our feelings are the more power we have passively allowed our flesh to have…simply put the stronger our flesh the stronger our feelings.  When our feelings flare up and desire to consume us and toss us to and fro in any given situation we must make a decision… do we trust the way of our feelings or the way of the Spirit living within us? Do we trust in the power of our feelings and give in to them and in turn allow them to take us where they take us which is never where we want to be or do we trust in the power of the  Holy Spirit and give in to Him to take us down a path of peace and righteousness which is where we always desire to be? It’s up to you…

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