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”To build a home of ideals means a life of sacrifice. It means a lot of work, and it’s never going to be over. These ideals don’t come easily to anyone; they come through battle. It’s an illusion to think that building a place of beauty ever happens naturally to anyone; it happens little by little … through hard work … when we cultivate our souls, our kids will have something to draw from .. the house with the life of God isn’t a perfect house, it’s a redeemed house! It’s not a home without sin, or without messes or without spilled milk, but we redeem one more moment … “ Sally Clarkson

How often we can forget and get caught in our ideals and perfection, let us remember that home is about the life, not about the perfection.

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“Love begins in humility… count others more significantly than ourselves.”

Love. Such a complex and yet simple word. We desire to live it out with one another, destined to fail determined to win. We all desperately need it and need to give it.

I am determined this morning to love my precious little babies, one who is fever-ish. Determined to show love sacraficial to my beloved husband on his 31st birthday. Determined to walk in love, destined to fail.

This morning I am thankful that His love never fails and always lights the way. In a little while the demands of the day, of my baby, my children will begin and I will begin to doubt my love and it is then that I will need to go to His love, to the humility of His love:: the cross. It is only there that I will find strength in brokeness to press on, determined to walk the rest of the day out in love. Love truly begins in humility, we can not truly begin to love unless we know how much we are loved. Christ died for us while we were still sinners, how are you doing with loving those around you that are sinners? Do you know how much you are loved? We must go to Him, abide in Him and remember…

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11

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I have been asking myself lately, how do we live from the inside out on those dark over cast days, when we just don’t feel like it? Honestly, I have been struggling with this for a few weeks as a fog of dispair has been hovering over my days, my mind, my heart, and over my holy vision for this high, holy, and crucial calling. A funk you could call it. Depression maybe. A pity party? Selfishness… ouch.

The fog I realize as I type is self inflicted, as most of my darkness is. Like Pooh and the little black rain cloud, I walk around in puddles of pity as a cloud of dispair follows me around all day.  I really just want to go to bed and drown in my pity rain.

But I can’t.

I know this. But I don’t feel it.

How do I pull myself up and take these steps of faith into the sunlight, the sunlight I can’t feel or see? How do I get outside of myself and find myself hidden in Him?

Nike would say… just do it… right? What would the Victory Himself say?

I already did it.

Yeah, yeah you say but how do I get out of this? What steps do I need to take?

Steps?

Isn’t He the only step we need, really? Is there a step higher?

I personally forget this reality sometimes and look for something more tangible to save me from myself. Laughable, I know. It is the great exchange, but how easily I forget. The only step of faith we need to take is towards Him, keeping our eyes on Him otherwise we will sink into ourselves, into lies. Listen to the story of Peter walking on the water. What happened when he took his eyes off of Jesus and placed his gaze on everything else going on around him and inside of him?

But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear.But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”  Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.  And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”  Matthew 14:26-33

What about us? Life can become our sea, our chaos and the second we like Peter begin to doubt Him, take our eyes off of our Life Savior we begin to sink into the lies, the guilt, the failures, the shame, the abyss of knowing we will never be good enough or able to do enough. Can you relate?  Life can be overwhelming… we can easily begin to sink into the sea of the duties of biblical womanhood forgetting what it is all about, Him. So remember… He is walking on this sea that threatens.

So, I ask myself now, where is my faith? On me or on Him? It has been on me these last few weeks though I would have tried to convince you otherwise, because no one wants to admit that they are the problem, right? It is about time to cry out like Peter, “Lord save me” and begin to walk by faith and fix my eyes on Him who can cease the winds so that I can again more freely and more fully worship saying “Truly He is the Son of God!”

I know the demands of life can become overwhelming and threaten to pull us under and take our breath away but He promises that if we will but keep our eyes on Him, always walking towards Him and Him alone despite ourselves, putting our faith solely in the One who can calm to storm around us but more importantly the storm within us. He alone is our one step to peace, He is always enough.

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“Though a mother’s work can seem monotonous or repetitive when it comes to doing the laundry or changing the diapers, we have to have the eye of faith as we go. God blesses all these loving duties to the prospering of the souls of both mother and children. Reading stories over and over, stacking the blocks one more time, washing a face, wiping a nose, changing a wet diaper, or putting fresh sheets on the bed are all ways a mother cares for her children and communicates love and security. And in some mysterious way, God uses it like a sunshine and water on a tender plant. So we plant and water, but He gives the increase.”

 ~ Nancy Wilson, Building Her House

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It’s another morning and in a few hours (or a few minutes) there are going to be little ones around your feet asking what’s for breakfast, a husband asking if his pants are clean, and a bathroom that is going to ask when are you going to clean me again… or something like that, right? Are you ready to serve this morning? Did you wake up proclaiming with Mary and Paul: Behold! I am a servant of Christ!

This morning I read a little in Galatians and as I read I was hit with the reality of being a servant of Christ. Paul always so boldly and proudly proclaims his servanthood, his slavery to Christ. I was instantly asking myself the question, do I… like Paul proclaim this title, with boldness, proudly? I remember Mary in Luke 1:38 proclaiming ot the angel, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Every morning this is to be my proclomation: Behold! I to am a servant of the Lord… a servant of the most high God, right here just as Mary was right where she was and Paul as right where he was. Every day we are privileged to wear the title servant of Christ but so often I think… we are not proud of this title, we want more than to serve Him humbly where we are, in our homes, with our children, supporting and submitting to our husbands… we believe the feminist lie of being worthy of so much more. Worthy of so much more? More of what? This is it! This is the high, holy and crucial calling or have we forgotten God, forgotton our worthiness comes not from seeking the approval of man but of God (Galatians 1:10) If we as women of God, women who unapologetically live by His word and  for His glory then our calling to stay home, like Martin Luther said is a sacred calling, to be a servant of Christ in our home… serving our husbands, our children… and our home is all together proclaiming boldly and proudly our call to service… to worship… to life, to joyful life found in and for Christ!

If we seek only to please man then we would not be a servant of Christ. Meditate on these things as you take on this glorious title of a humble servant today not ultimately for your husband, children or home but for Christ and for all His glory… because it really is: All About Him.

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10

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Elizabeth Prentiss, author of Stepping Heavenward and the hymn “More Love to Thee”, was said to have breathed “sanctified air” as a child. As a mother of 4 little breathing souls, this is a mission the journey of my heart is traveling for my children… for me. It is a pursuit of holiness, a consecration of self, of life that transends itself out of the mother and into the air, into daily rythyms, schedules and routines.

She will make home a place that reflects her heavenly home. “Through wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” (Proverbs 24:3-4) I don’t think this means material riches; it is the knowledge of Jesus wisely worked out in practical family life. ~ The True Woman, Susan Hunt

The riches of Christ, the adorning of our daily lives with the riches we find in Him. It is a knowledge of Jesus… wisely worked out in practical family life. It is just a way of life for the believer… for the mother at home. It is much easier to “clean the outside of the cup” rather than “the inside” first and in speaking of our homes it is easier to adorn the outside of our homes and forget or forsake the inside, the spiritual. Are we more concerned with impressing others, with having a clean home, a well put together home, an attractive well organized well adorned home rather than being concerned with the inside, the hidden heart of our homes?

“Do not let your adorning be external…but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Peter 3:3a, 4

Our homes are often the tangible of our hearts, friends. They express a lot about us and they can reveal a lot to us about ourselves. Our main concern in our homes should be not of the external but of the hidden internal places of our own hearts… we often seek to adorn our homes with treasures that express our identity in Christ and that reveal a little piece of the beauty we find in Him but as important as this is in our calling how are we equally or more importantly adorning them spiritually, searching the riches of Christ? We fill the air with the riches we find in Christ, that we absorb through our soul-skin and breath out daily in our lives with our children, who inhale our exhales.

Sanctified air comes from our breathing in Christ, daily. Elisabeth Prentiss’ parents knew this secret, only it shouldn’t be a secret to the believing mother only the evident reality found in our interactions with Him. As we desperately sit at His feet and soak up His presence we begin to adorn our hearts with the imperishable beauties… it is a pursuit of our hearts journey of holiness.

Holiness or sanctification is not just about purity or discipline. It is about displaying your radical difference, showing the marks of God’s ownership, and illustrating through your behavior the unusualness of your new life in Christ. Jim Elliff

 

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I am not sure how it happened but I guess in my blog move I somehow left a dear sweet encouraging friend behind. Sarah from In Light of the Truth. I providentially stumbled across her encouraging blog late last night and found a bright ray of inspiration in her Monday Meanderings and so thought I would join to bring my mind and heart together at the begining of the week in all of the things that I desire to accomplish, walking faithfully, making the best use of my time both physically and mentally. Thanks Sarah!

Bible Study – Spending time each morning in the Old Testament, currently in Deuteronomy, 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.

Train Them Up
Pray for them daily and specifically.
To lead them to the cross daily through loving them and turning their hearts toward their Father.

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.
To finish The Shaping of a Christian Family.
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
Adoption letter for friend!
Letter to Compassion child
Make Mother’s day gifts

Zone – Boys and Girl Room

Menu Plan

M- Crockpot Potato Chowder and Cornbread
T – Pizza and Salad
W – Mexican Pile On for Bible Study!
Th – Tacos and Mexican Rice
F – Sandwiches for on the road to Grandma’s house 😉
S – Grandmas House Cooking
Su – Chicken and Rice with Peas and Bread

dessert of the week: Strawberry Shortcake

FUN THINGS!
Friends over for dinner Monday and Tuesday night!
Sewing, sewing , sewing ( I hope)
Craft day with my sisters Thursday afternoon!

3 Things I’m Thankful for Today:
The Word of God
My 4 amazing children one of which I am anxiously waiting to meet in July!
My God fearing husband!!

Encouraging Quote:

“All work done for God is spiritual work and therefore not merely a duty but a holy privilege.” Elisabeth Elliot, The Shaping of a Christian Family

 

Seek what is pleasing to the Lord and make the best use of your time wives, mothers and homekeepers for the days are evil! Let us be faithful and wise serving the Lord for we do not know the day nor the hour of our Master’s return, oh that glorious day!!

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