Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
I wonder what my life would look like if I really believed that God is enough.
What if, when my heart is breaking and the pain is more than I can possible bear, I run to Him? What if, there, under the shadow of His wings, I find His comfort is more than enough?
What if, when I am terrified by the raging storms of life, I find that cleft in the Rock where I am sheltered from the storm? The place where no matter how fierce the wind and rain, there is a calm within because He is my Rock and my Fortress, my sheltering stronghold.
What if the darkness is so dark you can actually feel it? What if I realize that even in this pitch like darkness He alone is my Lamp and He lightens my darkness? He is my Light and my Salvation whom shall I fear?
What if my heart is wounded so deeply by others? What if it’s my spouse, my child, my friend, my brother? What if those so close to me wound and hurt me? Who then do I turn to?
What if I am confused and don’t know which way to turn? Every direction I look there is confusion and darkness. What if I just look up and trust in the Lord with all my heart, acknowledge Him in all my ways and know that He directs my path?
What if all my strength is gone?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I just want to encourage you to not give up! The Lord desires, even longs to meet with you. I don’t think anyone knows for sure why some seasons of our quiet time are ‘wow’ times and others feel so empty and dry. Nobody can even say for sure what each individual time with the Lord should look like.
One thing, I believe, that is key, is consistency. As I look back over the years as a whole, my time alone with God has been awesome. But, if I were to zero in on little snapshots, I would see many “dry” times, many times of feeling alone, as well as lots of precious times. The one thing I notice is that, by his grace , I consistently sought Him.
Consistency is the key. Just keep seeking Him. He is not a liar. To say, “oh, He never speaks to me” is to say He is a liar.
He is the God of your salvation.
Speak unto Him for He hears you,
And Spirit with spirit will meet!
Nearer is He than breathing,
Nearer than hands and feet.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
So, what made this verse POP?
Do I love my children?
These are tough questions!
I have been rereading Raising Godly Tomatoes and the Lord is wasting no time teaching this mama some areas that need, shall we say, ‘tweaking’! This particular paragraph was very convicting. Actually I can’t seem to get past it. I read it, am wowed at what it says, and just sit there stunned!
Have you read Raising Godly Tomatoes?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
I’ll share a couple of resources I have used over the years. Please, share any and all of your ideas.
One book I have used many times is "Power of a Praying Wife" by Stormie Omartian. If you don't have this book, you can buy a used copy on Amazon used for only a penny plus $3.49 shipping! This is a great book that consists of 31 chapters, each focusing on a different subject to pray for your husband. After I read through the book the first time, I then went through and highlighted just the parts of the prayer that applied to my husband and I. Every time through from then on I just prayed through my highlighted sections.
This would be a great summer read! Depending on the season of your life right now, you could do it all in one month, or spread it out into July and August.
Another list I have used from time to time called is called Praying for your husband. It was nice to break things up by praying my own prayer using this as a reference when the Power of a Praying Wife seemed to get monotonous.
One habit I have gotten into is praying for Brian at night in bed. I have a hard time falling asleep as quickly as he does, so I place my hand on his back and begin praising and thanking God for him. It then turns into praying for wisdom, understanding, and favor; whatever the Lord puts on my heart. I love this because I kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. One, I pray for him, and two, I usually fall asleep quicker. ;-)
I also have picked out certain scriptural prayers from the Word of God and have typed these up and regularly prayed them for him. Ephesians 1:16-20, Colossians 1:9-12, 1 Thessalonians 5:23 should get you started.
So, how about you? Do you have a method or plan you use that you could share with us to faithfully pray for our husband?
Have you read “The Power of a Praying Wife”? Are you up to a challenge to pray every day for your husband for a whole month?
Monday, June 8, 2009
Today let’s talk about what I call “woo-ing” or romancing our husbands.
Make him a CD of favorite love songs.
You know your husband better than anyone. I am sure you can come up with some great ideas.
Lets take our eyes off of ourselves and our busyness and look for ways to really romance our husbands.
Lord Jesus, what a gift you have given us in this marriage. Help us take our eyes off of ourselves and look for ways to really bless our husbands. Give us wisdom and creative ways to put a little spark into our marriage.
So, what are you ideas for woo-ing that man of yours? Are you up to the challenge this week of finding ways to romance him?
Have a lovely week ladies. (wink, wink)
**For some reason this link is not working, but I am leaving it in because I think it must be a temporary problem. She has a very popular website and for some reason it is down right now.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Here we have the cream cheese hanging to get all of the whey out of it. We use the remaining whey to soak our grains and beans with. We make this cheese out of our raw milk. I usually mix in some herbs, garlic, salt and pepper and use it for a veggie dip. Or, sometimes we 'water' it down with milk and it becomes a ranch type salad dressing. Very, very good for you!
This is a picture of our jars of Kefir to be fermented. The large 2 quart jar in the back of the picture is the completed Kefir from the day before. We use this for our Kefir smoothies and soaking our grains. Also, for pancakes and muffins.
These three bowls are our cracker recipe that we soak for 24 hours before we roll them and bake them. Oh, we use the Kefir to soak these too.
This is where we keep our water and milk Kefir while it 'ferments' or 'brews'. My very capable 13 year old daughter is pretty much in charge of Kefir making.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I see harshness in my children as they interact with each other. I pray and ask God for wisdom, saying, "look, do You see how they are acting? What should I do?" The answer seems slow in coming, but as the days go on I begin to see myself react harshly with the children. I see impatience and indifference in myself towards them. What?! Could it be they are modeling what they see in me?!
Nobody seems to follow our schedule, I grouse. Our life feels so chaotic, never the same everyday. I can't seem to get on top of it. How do I make them do what they are supposed to do when they are supposed to do it?! Again, I cry out for wisdom. I begin to see Mama tends to go off and do her own thing whenever she has a chance. Sneaking in what she wants to do instead of what the schedule has on it. Hmmmmm, could it be me?
Everyone in this family seems so distracted and going their own way! Why is everyone so focused on their own agenda instead of serving each other. Why are they so "self" focused instead of being "other" focused? Lord, what is it? The Lord, once again shines His light and I see a very distracted Mama who, every chance she gets pursues her own agenda, not the family's agenda. All in the name of learning to "serve" the family better, mind you, but distracted none the less.
These older children tend to scamper off and 'just real quick' check something online, email, ect. Hmmmm, I think I know where this is going. ;-) Does Mama scamper off to 'just real quick' check email, blogs, ect.?
I am not at all saying that all of my children's sins and weaknesses are my fault. I understand we all were born with a sin nature. I am just giving you a glimpse at what the Lord has been showing me lately. I am in a very difficult season right now as He shines His glorious light on the dark places of my heart. It is also a most precious time because the very fact that He is disciplining me is proof of His great love for me! (See Hebrews 12:5-13) So, while this time of discipline seems painful, afterwards it will produce a harvest of righteousness.
Are you struggling with certain areas in your life right now? Have you cried out for wisdom? Is is possible that the struggle has more to do with you that it does with the other person or thing?
Lord Jesus, thank You that You love us way too much to let us stay the same! Thank You for the Holy Spirit Who lovingly convicts and brings Truth to our hearts. Continue to shine Your Light in our lives, we so desperately want to be like Jesus!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit. (Jer. 17:7,8)
Monday, June 1, 2009
What I will do is share some thoughts interspersed throughout the text.
I want to challenge you to meditate on this passage at least for this whole week. Let is go in and work on your heart and let the Lord really speak to your heart. Read it through at least once a day and more if you can. You may print up the download I have provided or you can print up your favorite version from Bible Gateway. You just put the reference in and choose your version.
In like manner, you married women, be submissive to your own husbands [subordinate yourselves as being secondary to and dependent on them, and adapt yourselves to them], so that even if any do not obey the Word [of God], they may be won over not by discussion but by the [godly] lives of their wives,
There is that word 'adapt' again. ;-) (See this post) What strikes me here is that they are won over not by our discussion but by our example! Not by our multiple words, nagging and just plain old trying to make them just "get it", but by the godliness in our own lives! Ouch. How often do I think if I could just make him 'see', when it would be better for me to shut my mouth and live what I am preaching.
When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your reverence [for your husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him--to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy your husband].
What kind of example do we give, to our husband (and children)? I love the amplified here with its description of 'reverence'. Am I respecting him when I question him on how he does things or what I think he should be doing? Do I honor and appreciate him? Do I enjoy him? Do you see what I am saying? There is sooooo much here to meditate on and seek the Holy Spirit's enlightenment on?!
Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning with [elaborate] interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes; But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.
Oh, that precious 'gentle and peaceful spirit'. Am I anxious or wrought up over things in our marriage, or in my husband? Am I able to trust it to the Lord and just be at peace? Do I focus more on my outward appearance than I do my 'hidden person of the heart'? What is more precious to God?
For it was thus that the pious women of old who hoped in God were [accustomed] to beautify themselves and were submissive to their husbands [adapting themselves to them as themselves secondary and dependent upon them].
It was thus that Sarah obeyed Abraham [following his guidance and acknowledging his headship over her by] calling him lord (master, leader, authority). And you are now her true daughters if you do right and let nothing terrify you [not giving way to hysterical fears or letting anxieties unnerve you].
Do you remember the stories about Abraham? He made a few blunders, but Sarah obeyed him! She recognized his headship over her. What things do you let terrify you or make you anxious?
Here is 1 Peter 3:1-6 for you to print up and study this week. Click on the link here and follow the directions on the page you arrive at.
Let me know how you are doing with it. Please feel free to share your thoughts about this section of scripture and how it speaks to you.
This is what the download should look like.
Lord Jesus, how we desperately need You if we are even going to come close to living our Your Word. Open our eyes, speak to our hearts, impart your glorious grace to be the Godly wives you have called us to be.