Tuesday, February 4, 2014

His Truth In Me

Question: What lies do I hear and believe?
I pondered this and this is what I heard:
The statements I hear within, I hear as truth,
But it is an ugly truth, not the truth He has for me.

And so I thought, what are these 'truths?'
And what does the Lord want to tell me about them?

And Jesus, in the stillness of my soul, spoke.
And what He said was beautiful...

When I tell myself...

You are impatient,
Remember that He is patient and His patience can flow though you.

You are harsh,
Remember that He is compassionate and can share His compassion through you.

You are quick to speak,
Remember that He is slow to speak and can bridle your tongue.

You are frustrated,
Remember that He is peace and can work His peace in you.

You are loosing control,
Remember that He is in control and can be in control as you follow His lead.

You are harsh,
Remember that He is gentle, and can work His gentleness through you.

You are weak,
Remember that He is strong and will be your strength.

I have failed,
Remember that He is victorious and will be victorious in you.

As I pause, in the moment I hear these voices,
And listen carefully for His truth...
As I relinquish my control over myself,
And allow Him to fill me...

I will walk in truth, because it is His truth in me.

Because of Jesus,


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

His Peace In the Crazy-

An excerpt from Daily Strength for Daily Needs-

Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always, by all means. 
2 Thessalonians 3:16

The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace. Psalm 29:11

In the heart's depths a peace serene and holy
     Abides, and when pain seems to have its will,
Or we despair, - oh, may that peace rise slowly,
     Stronger than agony, and we be still. 
                                             S. Johnson

But if a man ought and is willing to lie still under God's hand, he must and ought also to lie still under all things, whether they come from God, himself, or the creatures, nothing excepted. And he who would be obedient, resigned, and submissive to God, must and ought to  be also resigned, obedient, and submissive to all things, in a spirit of yielding, and not of resistance; and take them in silence, resting on the hidden foundations of his soul, and having a secret inward patience, that enableth him to take all chances or crosses willingly; and, whatever befalleth, neither to call for nor desire any redress, or deliverance, or resistance, or revenge, but always in a loving, sincere humility to cry, 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!'
                                                                                 Theologia Germanicia

May I go about my day and days remembering:
That He is in control.
That He has either placed that which is before me or
That He has allowed it to come my way. 
May I face each situation before me 
With His grace, and peace, and kindness
Believing that He will help me.
May I truly believe that 
He deeply loves me 
And it is out of His great love for me
That He allows what comes my way.

Will I see that today?
Will I find how to glorify Him 
In the midst of the crazy?
Will I change my perspective?
For when I do, I see
That all things really do work together for good.

Because of Jesus,

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Praying For the School Year

Every year at the beginning of a new school year,
I love to gather with my friends and pray.
Pray for the upcoming school year.
I need prayer.
Our school needs prayer.
And so we pray,
Over everything we can think of concerning school.

I love walking away from that time
Knowing we are covered in prayer!

Although this year it came a week after school started,
In the midst of very full schedules,
We prayed.
And it was good.

Many expressed the desire to join us
And yet were unable to for one reason or another.
And so I am posting my outline for you.
I hope that it blesses you as you bring these topics
Before our gracious and capable God.

Prayer Night-

September 9, 2013

Psalm 116:1-2
Matthew 7:7-8

Thanksgiving: for our families, marriages, children, children’s school environment, for God’s care and provision, His direction and strength.

Our Personal Walks with Jesus: that we would always remember from whom our strength comes from and constantly be connected to the One who leads, guides and sustains. That we would carve time out with Him and be in constant communication with Him.

Our Marriages: That the Lord would be in the center (leading, guiding, strengthening, and unifying). Protection over. Respect and support for one another. Thankfulness for the other’s roll. Enjoyment in.

Our Children: That our children would love God passionately, that they would be driven by their desire to glorify God to have good characters, be self-motivated to study and work hard. That they would understand the material being taught to them.

Teachers: Wisdom to teach students according to the students’ needs and to deal with daily situations that arise. Patience. Creativity. Passion. Joy!!

Daily Logistics: Wisdom on how to manage our homes the Lord has given us (laundry, cooking, cleaning, appointments). Creativity in meal planning.

Extra Curricular Activities and Friends:  What to involve yourselves and your children in and when to say no. That our children would link up with friends that would be encouraging and positive influences to them.

Preschoolers/Toddlers/Babies: Wisdom on how to give them our time, energy, and love. Patience with them and patience from them. Creativity for keeping them happy and busy.

Families That Couldn’t Make It: Blessing on their families. All that we desire for our families, that the Lord would do so for them as well.

Because of Jesus,

Monday, September 9, 2013

Proverbs 11

A short devotional through the book of Proverbs.
Compiled for my boys; a small blessing, I hope, for you.

Proverbs 11

Reread Proverbs 11:19
Read Psalm 143:10

The battle of our life is won,
         And heaven begun,
When we can say, ‘Thy will be done!’
         But, Lord, until
These restless hearts in Thy deep love are still,
         We pray Thee, ‘Teach us how to do Thy will!’
(We will win the battle in life and be truly happy when we learn to say, “Thy will be done.” Until we can do this, we remain in His love and ask Him to “Teach us how to do Thy will.”)
                                             Lucy Larcom

“You are seeking your own will, my daughter (or son). You are seeking some good other than the law you are bound to obey (the rules you should follow). But how will you find good? It is not a thing of choice; it is a river that flows from the foot of the Invisible Throne (God’s throne), and flows by the path of obedience. I say again, man cannot choose his duties. You may choose to forsake (abandon/ turn your back on) your duties, and choose not to have the sorrow they bring. But you will go forth, and what will you find, my daughter (or son)? Sorrow without duty- bitter herbs, and no bread with them.”
                                             George Eliot

However dark and profitless (without reward), however painful and weary, existence (your life) may have become; however any man, like Elijah, may be tempted to cast himself down beneath the juniper-tree, and say, ‘It is enough, O Lord!’- life is not done, and our Christian character is not won, so long as God has anything left for us to suffer, or anything left for us to do. (our life as Christians is not over, even though it is hard at times, because the Lord as a plan and purpose for us to yet fulfill- seek to discover it.)
                                             F. W. Robertson

Because of Jesus,

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fillin' Them With Somethin' Better-

I don't know about you,
But we are completely wrapped up in sports around here.
Football, to be specific.
Three out of four boys.
On three different teams.
In two different cities.
This causes my head to spin with scheduling issues.
Good times... I think.
No, really, we are loving it! =)
(That's my mantra!)

Anyway, enough about our crazy schedule
And onto what that means nutritionally.
Sports season always brings about sports drinks.
I'm not going to pretend that I'm ultra healthy
When it comes to eating,
But I do try.
Seeing those bright colored sports drinks
Makes me cringe a little.
Reading the labels makes me cringe a little more.

So, to the internet I went.
You know, I can find just about everything
With my friend, Google.
Google: DIY sports drink
Result plus a little tweaking and taste-testing
By my faithful four and BAM!
We, I, made our own without ingredients I can't pronounce.

So here, my friends, is our Sports Drink recipe:
Grape flavor-
4 cups water
3/4 cups grape juice (flavor)
2 Tablespoons raw honey (carbohydrates)
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt (electrolytes)

Citrus flavor-
4 cups water
1/2 cup orange juice
1/8 cup lime juice
1/8 cup lemon juice
2 Tablespoons raw honey
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

Drink up, fellow athletes!


PS- I wasn't sure if my boys would think it nerdy not to be drinking from the cool name-brand sports drink bottles, so I asked them if we could rinse out an old bottle and refill with ours. To my delight, they couldn't care less and was happy to drink my concoction without trickery. ;)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Proverbs 10-

A short devotional through the book of Proverbs.
Compiled for my boys; a small blessing, I hope, for you.

Proverbs 10

Reread Proverbs 10:12

1 John 4:7
Colossians 3:13

Oh, might we all our lineage (direct descendant) prove,
         (that our family would be known for)
Give and forgive, do good and love;
By soft endearments (a word expressing love), in kind strife    (disagreement/conflict),
Lightening the load of daily life.
                                             J. Keble

We may, if we choose, make the worst of one another. Every one has his weak points; every one has his faults; we may make the worst of these; we my fix our attention constantly upon these. But we may also make the best of one another. We may forgive, even as we hope to be forgiven. We may put ourselves in the place of others, and ask what we should wish to be done to us, and thought of us, were we in their place. By loving whatever is lovable in those around us, love will flow back from them to us, and life will become a pleasure instead of a pain; and earth will become like heaven; and we shall become not unworthy followers of Him whose name is Love.
                                                      A.P. Stanley

Because of Jesus,

Friday, June 7, 2013

Proverbs 9-

Here is the next in our Proverbs study.
These are short devotionals through the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs 9

Reread Proverbs 9:10
Read Psalm 16:7
Read Romans 12:11

Mine be the reverent (feeling or showing deep respect), listening love
         That waits all day on Thee,
With the service of a watchful heart
         Which no one else can see.
A.  L. Waring

Nothing is small or great in God’s sight; whatever He wills becomes great to us, however seemingly trifling (unimportant), and if once the voice of conscience tells us that He requires anything of us (when the Holy Spirit tells us what we must do), we have no right to measure its importance (we can not determine whether or not we think it is important). On the other hand, whatever He would not have us do, however important we may think it is, is as nought (nothing) to us. How do you know what you may lose by neglecting this duty, which you think so trifling (unimportant), or the blessing which is its faithful performance (obediently doing what He asks) may bring? Be sure that if you do your very best in that which is laid upon you daily, you will not be left without sufficient (enough) help when some weightier occasion arises (when you obey in the daily things the Lord gives you, He will bring help to you in the more difficult tasks that are asked of you). Give yourself to Him, trust Him, fix your eye upon Him, listen to His voice, and then go on bravely and cheerfully.
                                                               Jean Nicolas Grou

Because of Jesus,