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Embraced Moments

10 Oct

If I am not careful I can miss the moment that I am in.

I have come to realize that life is a series of “seasons” – you are always going to be in the middle of a “season” and there is always going to be another “season” to look forward to. I can sometimes get so excited about the future, that I miss the moment I am in right now. Or I can be so overwhelmed in a season, that I “escape” by thinking about the future season (as if life will ever get easier!).

Maybe you can relate to these seasons….

When I was single – I wanted to be married

When I was married – I wanted a house

When I was pregnant – I wanted to hold the baby

When I could hold the baby – I wanted the baby to talk

and on and on it goes…

Sometimes we miss the blessing in each moment, because our eyes are onto the next moment. Sometimes we value the future moments, more than we value our current moment.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11-13 (NLT)

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven….Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13 And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

This scripture reminds us that there is a perfect time and season for everything. And that God blesses and makes beautiful everything when it is in its own time . The scripture goes on to talk about how we can not understand all of God’s plan from beginning to end, BUT we can be happy and enjoy the ride … recognizing the value of each season.

Today, I will choose to love and embrace the “season” that I am in. I recognize that this season is only for a moment, so I will embrace it and love it while I am in it!

Speak it!: Lord, thank-you for today and all the blessings that fill this season I am in. I choose to recognize the season I am in and I choose to embrace it and love it. Thank-you for the gift of life today. I love you, Lord. Amen

10 years… 20 years from now…

30 Sep

Ever wonder what God’s plans are for you and your family? If you are like me, you might wonder what it all looks like 10 years … 20 years from now… What am I doing? What are my children doing? How are we doing? Is all good … is all well…

Lately, I have been encouraged by a scripture in Psalms that talks about God’s plan for us AND our children.

Psalm 115:14-15 (AMP)

May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children. May you be blessed of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth! 

Earlier in Psalm 115 it talks about trusting in the Lord, and how when we trust in the Lord God will help us, be our shield, He will be mindful of us, and bless us (Psalm 115:11-13)

As we continue to trust God and go through life – Psalm 115:14-15 is a promise to us.We can know what the future looks like. The definition of our future AND our children’s future is continued increase, more and more. The definition of our life and our children’s lives is: blessed of the Lord!

What does it mean to increase more and more? It means the Lord will cause you and your children to flourish, expand, grow, and prosper in every way – more and more as time passes. Financially you and your children are flourishing more and more. Spiritually and emotionally you are blessed and established more and more. Socially and influentially you are expanding, growing, and gaining more and more favor. In every good area of life – you and your children are flourishing, increasing, prospering, and being richly blessed by the Lord.

There is no need to fret or fear about the future. As we put our trust in God, we can be confident that 10 years… 20 years from now the Lord is giving us and our children increase more and more. 10 years … 20 years from now we are richly blessed by the Lord – to a degree that we can not even imagine right now (Eph. 3:20).

Speak it!: Lord, I agree with Your Word. As I go through life, I believe You will cause me and my children to increase, flourish, prosper, and be richly blessed in every way, more and more. 10 years… 20 years from now my family is in a place that we can not even imagine, because of your goodness and your increase. We love you Lord. Amen.

 

Do what God tells you to do…

11 Jul

Do what God tells you to do…

How do we raise our kids? How do we spend our money? Full-time, part-time, stay-at-home? What battles do we pick? What do we invest our time into? Public, Private, Home-School? What is the timing of things? And the list goes on..

We ask questions like…. Am I doing this right? Am I a good mom? A good dad? Am I missing it? Will I regret anything?

We can make our head spin with all the questions, choices, and decisions that come along with parenting.

But the answer to all these questions can boil down real simply to this:

Do what God tells you to do

Endeavor to have yourself sensitive to the voice of God as you go throughout your day. As you make large and small decisions, check your heart to see if you have peace about it.

Have your #1 goal to be smack dab in the middle of God’s will with every decision that you make. You might not do things that same way as those around you, but if you do things the way God told you to do them …. then you can confidently know that you are doing the right thing.

He gently leads those that are with young… Isaiah 40:11

Pray it: God today I choose to do what you tell me to do. I trust you and am confident that your ways are best. I will not worry, stress, or be concerned about how things will work out, because if I am in Your will… You work it all out for the good. I love you, Lord. 

one thing I do know

27 Jun

For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting. Psalm 100:5 AMP

Sometimes we come to God with many questions about life, our future, situations, His character, the who, what, where, and why’s of everyday life…

Sometimes His answers to these questions are very clear and concise. Other times it seems like our ears need tuning…

And then, many times, especially in my own life, God seems to respond by saying, “Trust me. Remember the one thing you do know – that I am good”. And then you chuckle to yourself, smile, say “oh, yeah, thanks for reminding me”, and go on your way at peace.

So today, even though you and I might not have all the answers to all the questions in our little hearts. One thing that we do know is God is good – and He is good all the time. His plans for us are good, and only good. His thoughts towards us are good and only good. His will for our life, our children’s lives, spouse’s, and family’s life is good – all the time.

Although we see through the glass dimly today, one day we will see Him face to face. Let’s be reminded on the foggy glass days, that even though we can’t see it all – He is good – totally, entirely, and perfectly good.

Pray it: Lord, thank-you for being good. Totally, entirely, and perfectly good. I rest and put my trust in You, today. I love you lots. Amen.

Mama Looking Good….

21 Jun

A capable, intelligent, virtuous woman… she is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls. Proverbs 31: 10 AMP

Proverbs 31 gives us this breath-taking view of a woman/wife/mom who’s got it going on. It is interesting to do a study of this scripture by taking a look at the way this Mama is described and the things this Mama does… check it out!

Mama Looking Goodher description

  • capable, intelligent, and virtuous (vs. 10)
  • more precious than jewels, greater value than rubies or pearls (vs. 10)
  • trusted in, relied on, and believed in securely by husband (vs. 10)
  • energetic, strong, hard-worker (vs. 17)
  • husband well known and hangs with leaders (vs. 23)
  • strong, dignified, secure, rejoices at future (vs. 25)
  • children call her blessed and husband praises her (vs. 28)

Mama Acting Good her actions

  • comforts, encourages, does good to husband (vs. 12)
  • finds good things for household/family (vs. 13)
  • gets up early and plans day (vs. 15)
  • inspects, buys, and plants (vs. 16)
  • makes a profit and works into night (vs. 18)
  • works with her hands (vs. 19)
  • helps those less fortunate (vs. 20)
  • is not afraid of future (vs. 21)
  • she makes things and dresses nicely (vs. 22)
  • speaks wise words and gives instruction with kindness (vs 26)
  • carefully watches her household/family (vs. 26)
  • Is not lazy and does not gossip (vs. 26)
  • excels at what she does (vs. 29)
  • reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord (vs. 30)

Proverbs 31 is a challenging scripture for every woman, and it is a great standard for us all to strive for. As I look at these scriptures, it seems like there is a strong correlation between what the Proverbs 31 woman does and how in turn she is described. What woman doesn’t want to be called: strong, capable, precious, blessed, secure, virtuous, and intelligent! The Proverbs 31 lady did not get called all those wonderful things for doing nothing! Check out some of the things she excelled at: working hard, speaking wisely and kindly, helping others, fearing God, supporting her husband, helping provide for family…

Let’s trust God today to give us the strength and ability to “look good” like this Proverbs 31 Mama!

Pray it!: Lord help me today to be like this Proverbs 31 Mama. I want to bring glory to you in all I do, and want to be a blessing to those around me. I want to be called strong, capable, precious, blessed, secure, virtuous, and intelligent! Help me to be intentional about following the lifestyle dipicted in the Proverbs 31 woman.

wisdom + family

11 Jun

“Through skillful and Godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation],” Proverbs 24:3 AMP

As parents we are builders. We build our life, home, and family. The atmosphere of our home, our family’s lifestyle and beliefs, and our life in general – these are all things we have the opportunity to build!

Homes are built on a foundation, and the strength of the home is dependent on the quality of the foundation. The home’s foundation can be made of many different things (both good and bad)… love, support, material possessions, status, distrust, etc… What is the foundation of your home?

In the scripture above (Proverbs 24:3), we see that God instructs us to build our home and family on Godly wisdom. You might ask yourself what is Godly wisdom?

Proverbs 9:10 AMP gives us a good definition of what wisdom is:

The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding. Proverbs 9:10 Amplified

If we mix Proverbs 24:3 and Proverbs 9:10 together it might read something like this:

Through reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord, a house (a life, a home, a family) is built.

As we build our homes, let’s make the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord our foundation!

Pray it!: Lord, I want You to be the foundation of our home and family. I desire a genuinely reverent and worshipful fear of God to be the wisdom that our life, home, and family is built on. Help me as I endeavor to put first the Kingdom of God in every area of life – including family life. Amen.

the practice of togetherness

5 Jun

The rule of togetherness: the more you are with someone the more you get to know them.

God created us for fellowship with both HIM and OTHERS. When Jesus called the disciples he called them first to be WITH him. The purpose of fellowship and togetherness is the end result of relationship. In our busy lives of go, rush, and achieve, sometimes the practice of togetherness is abandoned.

We might be in a room full of people but not really be “together” … because we are all more engaged with our phone, TV, or computer. We can live in the same home as our spouse and children, but we have to be intentional about being together with them. We can think about God, go to Church,and even serve God, but miss genuine togetherness with Him.

So, today I ask myself… and encourage you to ask yourself…

1. Are you being intentional about being together with God? (not thinking about God or serving Him, but just being with Him and talking to Him, and reading His Word)

2. Are you investing into the togetherness of you and your spouse? (are you intentional about making quality time for just the two of you?)

3. Are you making the most of every moment you have with your children? Are you “all there” when you are with your children?

Pray it! Lord, help me today to be more intentional about the practice of togetherness. I love you and desire to have more quality time with you. Help me also to recognize opportunities to embrace the moments with the people in my life – especially my spouse and children.

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry!

1 Jun

Messy house, dirty diapers, temper-tantrums, broken dishes, sleepless nights, stresses of work, deadlines, stains on the carpet, burnt dinner, the list goes on … there are many things every day that could make us just want to cry… or maybe even throw a fit! My mom has this catchy phrase: “if you don’t laugh … you’ll cry”! It is a phrase that I have adopted because is fitting for many different situations in life, especially as parents.

When “stuff” happens we have two options: to “laugh” or to “cry”. Proverbs 17:22 says that a joyful heart is like good medicine. And the Proverbs 31 lady “laughs at the days to come” (Proverbs 31:25). When we choose to not take life too seriously and to trust that God works it all out, then we can laugh at today and all the days to come!

Take a moment to think about the things that are stressing you out today. Now just smile or laugh about it in faith. God’s job is to work it all out, and to give us the strength … our job is to trust Him and to “laugh” in faith at all the things that could make us want to cry!

SPEAK it!: ha! ha! ha! I choose today to stir up the joy with in and to laugh at situations that try to bring me down. I choose today to have a joyful heart, be thankful, and be light on my feet. God has it all figured out and He has blessed my life so incredibly … I choose joy! I choose laughter!

{Serenade} sing over me

30 May

Did you know that God sings over us? Zephaniah 3:17 talks about how God is in our midst and how He rejoices over us with singing. Has someone ever sang to you or serenaded you … did it make you feel like a million bucks?! Now imagine God singing over you. With a big grin and a happy heart, God rejoicing over you with song. Wow, what a cool visual!

What about your children, have you taken time to sing over or sing with your child lately? Especially worship songs?

My husband and I have gotten in the habit of singing the simple “Jesus loves you” song to our daughter every night before bed. We will sing, and rock, and hum, and make melody in our heart to the Lord while she is in our lap or our arms. It is amazing how quickly the atmosphere the room changes when we choose to sing worship songs or songs songs about Jesus. Instantly, both us and our children can recognize the presence of God in the room, and God touches our children in a powerful way.

The Holy Spirit can minister to our children in ways that we can not fathom, when we take moments to sing over our child and invite His presence into the room. Let’s be intentional to sing over our children this week!

Pray it!: Lord, thank-you for rejoicing over me with singing. Thank-you for your presence and for your Holy Spirit. As I an intentional to sing worship songs over my child, I know that your presence will fall, and that you will minister to my child in a special and loving way. I love you Lord and I worship you from my heart. Amen.

Dehydrated? … Drink

25 May

Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yield its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1: 1-3 NIV

Well, it is the start of Memorial Day Weekend! Whoooo hoooo!!!

As I write this blog, I am on the bluff at my parent’s cottage, mesmerized by the calm of the lake and sun as it sets. Our daughter is asleep, and I am having some time to breathe… to just take in God and His Word.

Psalm 1 talks about taking DELIGHT in God’s Word – getting excited about His Word and enjoying His presence. It talks about how God’s Word feeds our soul and replenishes us like streams of water do to a tree.

Life is busy, and sometimes we can feel dehydrated spiritually. Let’s find some time this weekend to breathe, and to DRINK IN GOD’S WORD! God never disappoints and always meets us where we are at. When we choose to spend time with Him, He feeds our soul, like nothing else can.

Speak it!: God, I take delight in Your Word. I enjoy being in Your presence. I want to be like the tree planted by streams of water. I want to rely on your Word and Spirit as the source of my life. I love you, Lord. Amen.

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