Saturday, January 31, 2009
But even though there are a lot of things to do and many things that demand my attention, I want to be sure and enjoy the time of quiet as well. Often my life is so full that I don't take time to enjoy the quiet and to thank God for His presence. Perhaps I need to be more intentional of stilling my heart each day so I can bask in the Lord's presence. When was the last time you basked?
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I worked on my Bible study lesson this morning for the Proverbs 31 study that I will be teaching tomorrow afternoon. This lesson covered being wise and also managing our homes. It was a good reminder to me of where my heart needs to be focused.
I especially needed that reminder after it was announced last evening on the news that there is the potential for state employees to be laid off. My husband happens to be a state employee and we won't know until next Wednesday whether or not this will affect us as well. Now is the time when I need to practice my faith that God knows the future and I can trust Him with it. He knows whether or not my husband will be losing his job.
I must admit that in the current economic times it is easy to be tossed and swayed by the winds. But God calls us to remain steadfast in our faith. At times I do get nervous. Later this summer my husband and youngest son are planning on going on a missions trip to China for sixteen days. I have no idea how the money will come in for that, but yet they both feel called to go. I guess in all the circumstances that we face we need to just sigh, lift up our hands to God and say, "It's yours Lord, help me with my unbelief. Help me to have faith and trust in you even when I can't see the answers."
Is there something that you need to place in your Daddy's hands and trust Him with? Will you have the faith to do that?
Monday, January 26, 2009
I would love to jump back into things and get caught up on all that has been stacking up and waiting while I was sick, but I also know that when I do that I tend to wear myself out and go backwards on the road to recovery. So I am trying to do some things today, but also take it easy as well. Both my boys have been feeling under the weather so it has been a slow day. For me that means NO DRIVING! :) I relish the days when I can just be at home and have nowhere to go. I guess I'm a 'homebody' by nature.
So today find me trying to get caught up with the laundry, actually helped out a little with school work for my youngest son, and resting in between. My mind has been thinking of ideas for the article I need to get written this week for the Home School Enrichment magazine. I still don't have any definite plans yet, so hopefully that will come together for me soon.
Thank you for your prayers for me. I appreciate it. I pray that God will bless each one of you!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
As I write this snow is gently falling outside. I know when my youngest son gets up he will want to try out the snowboard that he received for Christmas. Unfortunately there isn't quite enough for that to happen, but I plan to spend the morning enjoying the view from my kitchen window.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
In our Sunday School class we have been talking about Jesus' life as a child and whether or not He was fully cognizant of who He was as He grew up. We will never know for sure whether He was or not. We know that He was fully God but also fully man (child) at the same time. That is something hard for us to comprehend.
But my mind goes to the time when Mary and Joseph were searching for Jesus for three days before they found him in the temple. Mary was quite concerned and asked why He had treated His parents like this. She said, "Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."Jesus' response to her, was "Why were you searching for me? Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" I notice that Mary said father with a small letter 'f' while Jesus responded about His Father with a capital 'F', distinguishing that He was talking about His heavenly Father. But still, He went along with His earthly parents and was obedient to them. He knew who He was, but knew that the time was not yet for the world to know who He was.
One thing that strikes me with Jesus' response was that He had to be in His Father's house. How many times as Christians have we made excuses for why we are not able to be in our Father's house. Perhaps we need to look to Jesus' example of the importance of being in daily fellowship with our Heavenly Father. When was the last time you spent time in His presence?
Monday, January 12, 2009
Rain comes down in torrents today
The wind blows hard and makes the trees sway.
The temperature drops as rain turns to ice,
Yet in my opinion snow would be nice.
Rain comes down and covers the ground
And makes a wonderful sight all around.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
We awoke to see a crystal wonderland.
Ice sparkled and shimmered,
Glistening in the morning sunlight.
Winds blow the limbs encased in ice
They sway and sparkle like diamonds.
Birds take rest amidst the crackling branches
Somehow too praising God for His wonderful creation.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:
" 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'" Matthew 2:1-6
Even though Christmas is over my thoughts still have been lingering on the circumstances surrounding Jesus' birth. In our Sunday School class this past week we were talking about the Wise Men who came to see Jesus. They first visited King Herod and relayed the reason for their journey.
I found it interesting that King Herod checked with the religious leaders of his day and they confirmed the fact that the Messiah was foretold to be born in Bethlehem. But still they didn't go to check it out for themselves. Even after Simeon, Anna and the shepherds declared what had happened, Jesus' birth was overlooked. I can't imagine hearing of this wondrous event and not going to witness it.
And yet....how many times throughout our day to we have opportunity to see God sightings - glimpses of how He is working in our lives, but we choose to overlook it or be too consumed by our circumstances. Won't you make a conscious decision for 2009 to not overlook our Lord?
Monday, January 5, 2009
It looks to be a busy week with swim practices, swim meet, meetings, church, school, physical therapy, doctor appointments, etc. It's easy to look at the entire week and become overwhelmed by all that needs to be accomplished. But I pray that I will keep in mind the following verses from Psalm 17:5-6.
"My steps have held to your paths;
my feet have not slipped.
I call on you, O God, for you will answer me;
give ear to me and hear my prayer."
May each step I take be on God's path.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
As we start a New Year, I praise God that we start it with a clean slate. Each new day we have the opportunity to start anew. Thank you Lord for new beginnings.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!