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I have been learning a lot lately about the will of God. Hard lessons of life and change.

It is true that every day in many ways, our plans change.

I had glorious plans for today, plans to take time to invest in my children’s life. To make, bake, and create messy joy.

But,  instead I am in bed with a messy virus.

We desire to live in the will of God, walking in His presence, and obeying His word. What we often fail to understand is that along this journey He desires us to have grateful hearts. To walk in humility in each moment, knowing how little we know and how much we are loved.

This is what I long to understand, live, and teach to my children. How to be among the grateful children saved by grace. That they will live eyes wide open to the magical kingdom that surrounds them.

“Interestingly, when you go to the scriptures for insight on the will of God, you don’t find a lot about things to do, places to go, or people to meet. That is because God’s will is not so much a place, a job, or a specific mate, as it is a heart and a lifestyle. What you do find in the word, however, are a few clear statements in regard to what the will of God is-not just for you, not just for me, but for all of us. ” Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Gratitude should be at the heart of every Christian in their search for the will of God for their lives and our children should be raised in an atmosphere of deep gratitude.

I think we have underestimated gratitude in the Christian life, never fully understanding it’s place in our hearts. Setting it aside and believing it something to hard to ever obtain, so why try?

Because it is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you, that is why.

And because it is the only avenue to true sanctified joy. I believe that with my whole heart. We will never live in true joy if we are not truely grateful for the grace of Jesus Christ in every circumstance of our life. It is hard, but it is obtainable even in the storm you might be in right now. It is worth fighting for, He is worth fighting for.

“Gratitude is a lifestyle, a hard fought, grace infused, biblical lifestyle.” Nancy Leigh DeMoss

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Wild Souls

My children are my life {in a sense}. So when did my life become a duty and task to get done? When did they become another thing to check off of my checklist? Children are wild souls that live recklessly. You can’t put them on paper in a nice and neat straight line, one over the other. I have realized that my days have mostly become a desperate determination to tame them and what I have found myself accomplishing in my efforts is suppressing their beautiful God given spirits. But maybe it is me who needs to become more of a wild soul at times living recklessly. Maybe I need to throw down my checklist and run with the wind.

“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”

James 4:14

We are vanishing souls… into the wind. Wild souls if we would but set ourselves free to live by the Spirit. Life is a precious gem that we hold only for a little while, do not waste it. You can feel the cool breeze of fall coming and soon behind winter. One day it will be our final winter, how will we have lived fully in each season of our lives?

Checklists are good, order is good, living intentionally in organization is very good but not if they replace God and we begin to live worshiping them… while life, while wild souls pass us by…we must take time every now and then to venture off the path a little. Smell the beauty of this garden-life we live in. Run in it, turn circles in it {put a big twirly skirt on first} and worship.We live in a magical kingdom surrounded by magical grace, remember? Let’s not pretend that magic doesn’t exist. In each season there is beauty to be embraced magic to be lived in. I pray we don’t miss them!

Today, when things seem restricted and suffocating… when things are getting out of hand… stopbreathe in grace… remember, right now is all you have, enjoy this moment right where you are, living fully here. You may need to run with your family into the wind leaving the lines you have safely drawn behind, to be a wild soul in His wild kingdom. Don’t be afraid to color outside of the lines, live creatively… wildly worship the King.

 

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For Jesus, time alone with God was not an option… The gospel of Luke tells us that “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Lk. 5:16)… This is precisely where you and I so often miss out on all that God has for us. Unlike Jesus, we attempt to live life in our own energy. We think we can keep giving out without getting replenished. Then, wearied and weakened by the demands of life and ministry, we become impatient and annoyed with the very ones God has sent us to serve. Rather than exhibiting a gracious, calm, joyous spirit, we become uptight, frazzled, and frenzied [people], resenting, rather than welcoming, the people and opportunities God brings into our lives. ~Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Isn’t this so true? As a mother at the end of the day, sometimes by the end of breakfast, I am tired, weak, and struggling to just smile. Do you know what I mean? I need to be replenished, refreshed by the presence of God through a quiet time of rest. A time set apart for me and Him to be alone. A time to meditate on scripture and spend time in prayer. How can I expect to survive motherhood apart from His grace.

It was not an option for Jesus, the son of God. It is not an option for us, women of God. Our source of energy, of strength, of life comes from outside of ourselves, from Him. We must look for it in Him, not from within ourselves. We are empty, lacking in power. He is full, abundant in power.

Daily, it is required of me to humble myself before His word and throne. Coming always, empty of me so that I may be filled with more of Him. You see, “He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble His ways.” Psalm 25:9 but if we are not willing to humble ourselves daily by coming to Him in sincere, heart broken meditation upon His word and in prayer then… we will not know His ways.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” the Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 119:105, words we should also take to heart. I desire to walk in the light of His word and in His strength but this only starts where I end. When we come to Him we must come empty and at the end of ourselves, surrendering our wills to His. I don’t know about you but I am not particulary one to wander around in the dark alone… I like some light along my path. I need this in my spiritual daily life, a light to my path.

Mothers, we will be of no use to our children trying to walk in our own strength and apart from His light. Time alone with God is NOT an option for us, it is a necessity for our survival and for the survival of our children. I must be in tune with God’s eternally beating heart so that I can teach, train, and deeply love my children with, not my power, but with the power of the gospel upon my life as I am soaked in the Word and in prayer. Let us abide in Him so that we might find our strength to be mothers exhibiting a gracious, calm, joyous spirit to the these little one’s God has placed in our lives! Choose a quiet time and a lonely place {as Jesus did} to withdraw to and rest in Him.

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Motherhood is Application


Our children need for us to live out our faith, not just talk about it. Their faith is nurtured by it. Our faith is strengthened by it. How do we face the difficult moments of motherhood? How do we rejoice in these little trials?

We breathe… inhale grace…

and exhale grace.

We take in grace, and we give them grace. We need grace for the moment, or grace on the fly. We must breathe.

Rachel Jankovic, author of Loving the Little Years, has written another post on faith in motherhood, I encourage you to take a moment and read the rest of her thoughts on Motherhood is Application. She has a way with bringing the difficult realities of motherhood and the basic truths of our faith together, a beautiful collision. Let me know what you think.

 

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The Magical Kingdom

My life gets more magical every day… we live in a magical world, a magical kingdom. Not the Disney World version, the real thing. Is that how we live? In awe of His magic? of the miracles that surround us daily? Oh, do you not believe in magic? or miracles?

Oh, I am so sorry. I didn’t know. But… how could you not?

Do you believe in grace?

Grace itself is pretty much magic, miracle. Grace, is undeserved favor. Magical to the forgiven, to the redeemed. Breathing, a product of grace upon the living is a miracle, a gift. Every gift we are given by the Giver is grace brought down into our lives, undeserved favor.

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Love, unconditional. The love of a perfect and holy Father upon a sinner. Magical. His love for us. Miracle. When the unlovable, the sinners are loved, it is grace. It is beyond our understanding, forgiveness is beyond our feelings and pains inflicted. It is magical. The thief on the cross received magical grace, {something many are not willing to give to those thieves in their lives} the sinner made righteous in the blood of Christ not because of anything he did. Just love. Just grace.

Life is magical. It is a miracle. I don’t think anyone can realy argue with that{sanely}. It is mysterious, a mystery yet to be solved other than by an extraordinary power. Walk around in your day, and see the magical, oh sweet wife, mother, and homemaker. It is all around you, but you can miss it. Walk right past it, unaware of it’s presence. Grace has a habit of being quiet and humble.

I live ungrateful, in this magical kingdom. Forgetting His grace. His love. His miracles. I desire to live fully alive, consciously grateful. I am on a mission to walk intentionally in this kingdom in awe of His grace… filling my heart with it’s magic upon my soul. Will you Join me in this mission? I would love for you to come along with me… splash around in His grace, His glory. Face to the sun

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Take a moment to breathe, inhale and exhale His grace, His good gifts in the moments… maybe just stop and think of “one wildly simple, beautiful moment you can give Him thanks for right now?”* and then share it over at (in)courage finding God Glory in the Moments with Ann and just maby recieve a little gift in return… just maybe.

Go ahead and splash around in His gifts… splattered His glory all in your (extra)ordinary moments, find Him where you are right now or maybe back there somewhere, last week, yesterday where you might have just missed Him, walked right past the God Glory in the Moment.

JOYfully in Him,

Kelli

 

*words from Ann.

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Thanksgiving, true gratitude begins with a broken and humble heart…

A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he
deserves. ~Henry Ward Beecher

We will only truly see and experience His gifts when we embrace ourselves in light of Him, small and deserving nothing good. Knowing that He is a good Father that has sent Grace, our first eternal gift we did not deserve should be enough to break our hearts open and pour out nevery-ending gratitude.

revelations on parenting while pulling back bed sheets

thoughts flowing with Him

headcoverings, a silent reminder of the angels

John Foreman in the Spring

reading, math and tanagrams on the floor

meeting Jars of Clay and Matt Mayer

trans-parenting

a whole new world, a new perspective of seeing things upside-down

finding who I am more fully in Him

realizing for the not so first time that He exist in everything

emotional lessons

humiliating confrontation

Spice, our shite furry angel

weekends spent in hobbies

window stars, twinkling color in the the day

sweet, sweet baby sugars

Oh, another day of JOY-filled counting wtih Ann

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