This article was an encouragement to me today. I have to include the famous disclaimer that I may or may not agree with other articles you might find on that blog.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
It's pretty quiet at our house.
I have been whispering all day.
I'm not playing a game. I'm not trying to prove a point.
I just lost my voice.
When I yell it sounds like this:
"You-[squeak]-KIDS-stop-[painful swallow]-JUMp[squeak]ing ON the [cough cough] bed [croak]!"
The kids look at me like they want to laugh but are not brave enough.
They sit down very slowly with twinkles in their eyes and a slight grin on their lips.
I can't swallow anything, so I guess I'll just have to have ice cream for supper. (Now I have the twinkling eyes.) Maybe I'll have ice cream for dessert, too! wink
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sometimes I feel very insignificant.
But every once in a while, God pricks a hole in my ignorance
and allows a tiny part of His wonderful, enormous plan to shine through.
Something was accomplished, someone was influenced, without my knowledge.
I am not nothing; I am a tiny little dot.
My dot has a purpose.
What you do, and what you say, matters.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
(I wrote this post a few days ago. We had VBS this past week, and I was too busy to post it then.)
I had a very sobering thought today during VBS. The lesson was from 1 Corinthians 3:12-13, "Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is."
This was my thought:
"How much of my life right now, as a mom with young children, is based on good intentions instead of actually doing?"
I have intentions of building my home like the wise woman in Proverbs 14, but am I actually doing those things that are needed? Am I, right now, doing the actions of the woman in Proverbs 31, or am I just making plans of what I am going to do someday?
Here are some excuses that pop up in my head sometimes:
- I'll start doing ____________ once the baby is sleeping through the night.
- As soon as we get that, I'll do _______________.
- As soon as (insert someone's name) does this, then I'll be able to do ___________.
- Once the kids are older, I'll ____________________.
The whole purpose of my blog is to encourage myself and other women to do those things that we can, and should, be doing right now. What can I do right now, in my present circumstances, to please the Lord? Titus 2:4-5 says, "That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."
So I'm taking a closer look at what I actually do every day, to see what is getting left out. I'm going to make one small change each week to my routine to be sure I am building and not just drawing blueprints.
This week I'm going to be more consistent about reading to the children from the Bible every day. I can do this even as I'm nursing the baby, so there's no excuse not to. I've heard that one minute per year of age is a good limit of how long a child can listen, so I think Psalm 1 will be just about right. And, now that I think about it, I can picture an art project with a trees and paper apples...hmmmm...yeah, I think we'll be studying trees this week. I can hardly wait!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I thought I'd share a few ideas for helping young children learn Bible verses, especially children who don't know how to read. Abbey (4) and Lizzie (2) learn verses this way, and it's a lot of fun!
- Make the verse into a song. You don't have to come up with a new melody; you can probably find another melody that fits the verse (something that they already like to sing). "I May Never March in the Infantry"; "B-I-N-G-O"; "Deep and Wide"; "The B-I-B-L-E"; and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" have easy melodies that can be adapted to fit a Bible verse.
- Write it in big letters and let them trace it. They may not be able to read it, but pretending makes it more fun.
- Let them bang something while they sing it--wooded spoon on a bowl, kabob sticks on the table, etc.
- Make a video clip of them playing their "instrument" while you sing it to them. My kids love to see themselves in a "movie," and they will gladly watch it a hundred times. (I have it looped so it starts over by itself.) They can learn their verse while I'm washing dishes or cooking supper.
- Little kids have little attention spans, about 1 minute for each year of their age. Let them have a lot of mini-practices instead of a long practice. As part of a practice, let them teach their dolls or each other!
This is one of Abbey's videos. It's definitely not professional, but it's just an idea how to make learning fun!
Hope you like these ideas! Do you have any suggestions for how you teach your children their verses? I'd love to hear from you!
Today I tried a different version of my yeast dough recipe, and it turned out so good!
I blended 3 cups of old fashioned oatmeal in my blender until it was kinda ground up. Then I poured it into a big bowl. I added 3 cups of coarse ground wheat, 2 cups of white flour, 1 tsp salt, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar.
In another bowl I put 4 cups warm water, 2 tbsp oil, 2 eggs, and 2 1/2 tbsp yeast. I let this sit until it was bubbly, about 5 minutes. (I did this the old-fashioned way because the flour is pretty heavy. It might work to mix all dry ingredients together; then add the wet ingredients, but I didn't try that.)
I mixed the dough and added 3 more cups of white flour, kneading in the last little bit. I let it sit on the table for about 20 minutes. Then I shaped it, let it rise until double, and baked it with a pan of water in the oven.. It was so good! It had a lot of texture but was still light and fluffy! Mmmmmmmmmm!! :)
This amount made 1 country loaf, one French loaf, 12 rolls, 2 miniature loaves, and 23 little doughnut holes. To make the doughnut holes, I made little balls about the size of 3/4 inch. I let them rise and deep fried them in medium hot oil. I let them cool for a couple minutes on a plate lined with napkins. Then I tossed them in a baggie with some powdered sugar. The girls ate them on toothpicks.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Surrendering our will means changing our desires. It means letting go of our plans. It means giving up our ambitions.
Delight thyself also in the LORD;
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the LORD;
Commit thy way unto the LORD;
trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
...means giving a soft answer instead of spewing angry words.
"A soft answer turneth away wrath:
but grievous words stir up anger."
For the next few days, I'm going to be blogging about surrendering my will to God. I'd love to hear what that means to you. Please comment!
Letters to my children #4
One of the things I admire about you is your strong will. Once you learn something, that "thing" is set in stone, and no one will change your mind. Certain rules like staying away from the road, not talking to strangers, and wearing your seat belt in the car are unchangeable in your mind.
I pray so much for you to surrender your whole will to the Lord. You are still young, but you are building the character that you will have for the rest of your life. Like Jesus said to Paul in the last part of Acts 9:5, "...it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks." As long as you resist obeying, you will not be happy.
Even I, as a grownup, sometimes struggle with following God's plan. Usually it's a heart struggle, not something that you or anyone else can see. But I know I have to keep surrendering my heart's will to the Lord. I have to keep doing His will and following His plan. He can see the bigger picture. He knows exactly what would be best for me. When I obey, everything eventually falls into place.
Even Jesus surrendered to the Father's will, when He said in Luke 22:42, "...Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. He obeyed the Father's will even to the cross, where He died to pay the punishment for our sins.
If you will learn this now as a young girl, I know you have the strength to live it for the rest of your life. People will try to make you change your beliefs, but you will stay strong. You are a natural leader. You will be a good example of a Christian lady, and you will encourage others to follow the Lord. You will stand up for what is right.
When we walk with the Lord,
In the Light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way.
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey,
For there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
Someday, you will be all grown up. You will start a new life. I will watch you with a hint of pride, because I know you will DO RIGHT. You just have to decide to do things God's way.
I love you so much, and I want all the best for you.