...days where you want to connect with your family and blog friends, but you're not sure what to write about? I want my blog to be a place of encouragement and challenge.
The challenge ... to walk and encourage each other in the Truth of Scripture. I am so thankful as I look at the comments I receive; there are young women who are not married but wanting to help the children who have no families, there are young women who want to go on the mission field and are looking to the LORD to direct them, there are young unmarried men who have have written, prec...
...I interrupt this moment of reflections and deep spiritual thinking to bring you (truthfully) real life here in our home.
As I was typing I noticed that Steve was not sitting here with us and wondered where he was. A few minutes later, he comes from down stairs with "a not happy look on his face". I asked what was wrong and found out that one of our darlin's has been playing with toothpaste the last few days. Well, I suspected something this morning and then while I was at the Dr. this afternoon, this darlin' cut with fingernail clippers, a tube of tooth past - of course this child could have used the natural opening in the toothpaste tube, however, this child has had issues with clippers!!! (which I have tried to put up high). After cutting the tube with a nice slit, at "nap time", while I was in town, this child poured a huge mound of it under a bed that wasn't used very often. Then this evening, while we were trying to rest, this darlin' took another sibling upstairs, thinking no one was watching-to "eat" the toothpaste. Well, that is what Steve walked into. This little darlin' is a constant challenge for us as he/she often does things he/she knows is wrong...however, he/she likes to take company into his/her "sin". OK, this is to hard, it's "she/her".
I was reminded of something last night, and I am thinking that now is a good time to re-remember it...I want to sow good seeds in my children's life, however, I must patiently wait and never give up the hope of seeing that precious seed become the fruit that the LORD is growing!!!
This morning I was reading in Ezra 7, and verse 10 says "For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach His statutes and rules in Israel." I have a habit of putting a "P" beside verses that speak to me as a parent...I want to ask the LORD how to parent. So, on this long day, my prayer is the same that it was this morning, before toothpaste and lying and childishness...
"Father God, I want to study Your Bible, and to do it, and to teach Your Words to my children. However, I cannot do this without Your help...so I start, LORD God, with the beginning of this verse...help me to set my heart to study Your Law, to do it, and to teach it to these precious souls that You have given to me. I love being a mother, but I need Your help everyday. Help us Lord God, as mothers, to hold our little ones with care and tenderness (even when I am angry about toothpaste), and help us to love their individual beauty...they are made in Your image, after all...may we always honor, value and respect that, even when they are driving us crazy."
(PS, this is not the "she/her), just thought it was cute.)