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My children inspire me,

to live a

 wild,

on the edge,

sometimes carefree,

joy soaked,

intense,

passionate,

silly,

upside down

life

in an all to serious rightside up

adult world.

Live with no regrets even if it means to live a little upside down.

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Sweet Shot Day

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Eli reading to Josai

 

Our lives are made up of words, as we live in a divinely spoken world. Like a book being read every day, we tell a story.

Our lives a real life story.

What kind of story are we writing, are we telling?

Our children are also apart of this story, little growing characters.

As we live in the story we are encouraged to write the words of God on the tablets of our hearts. {Proverbs 7:3}

Our very hearts a writing tablet? Notepads of the soul.

Am I writing His words faithfully, lovingly on my heart? Words that spill over into the story of their little lives?

Before they can even read their hearts are already taking notes.

We are to speak the written word into their hearts, shaping their soul with our very lives, by our words and how we choose to speak them into existence.

Words are a powerful thing… they have the power for life and for death.

As a mother I have the power to breathe life with how I speak to my children in all situations especially under high stress and in the trials of life. Everyday, many times I am tempted to speak to my children out of my anger and everyday I eventually sin by doing so. I am immediatly grieved by my decision to choose death over life and regret follows me around until I repent and seek their forgiveness.

Courtney over at Women Living Well is hosting a Gentleness Challenge that by the providence of God right after my husband and I talked about trying to do better about speaking to our children in love instead of anger, I just happened to stumble across her challenge through Pinterest.

I am excited about this challenge and the work of the Lord in my heart and so many other mother’s hearts as they seek also to display the fruit of the Spirit in their daily interactions with their children, conscious of the impressions we are constantly, with every word leaving on our children’s hearts.

 

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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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These are in no specific order, just as wordpress would upload them. Here is what we have been up to in a few short photos…

A special evening with daddy, poetry and tea around the coffee table

First car seat adventures

Bugs found in Target parking lot, can’t pass up a little nature observation.

First bath time, which he didn’t enjoy very much

A little time spent drawing our backyard to send to Olupot our Compassion sponsored child.

Our new nature shelves to encourage observation and exploration!

Our “School Room” I love it!

Jumping for JOY!

Broken noses 😦

Homemade “moses basket” a safer way to sleep in the living room.

A Daddy and Josai bonding moment

To pacify or not to pacify… we haven’t decided just yet.

Looking forward to a new month and the begining of Autumn!

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He is here!

Birth Announcements at WiddlyTinks.com
Birth Announcements by WiddlyTinks.com

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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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