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I Must Know God’s Word

It is sad but true . . . I have often been told by “godly” older women and pastors that it is ok to NOT spend time studying the Word during this busy season of life. I have been told that I should not worry about it or let it bother me. They said that someday when the kids are grown there will be plenty of time for that.

UM. . . .

Then how will I teach my children to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength? If anything, as Kay Arthur has encouraged countless women, NOW IS the time to be spending in the Word. The very FOUNDATION of the training of my children rests upon MY understanding, as a mom, of God’s Word. I can only give my children as much of Jesus as I have myself. I can’t tell them they are to do something, if I don’t know what and why the Bible says to do it. I can’t tell them to stop doing something that is wrong unless I KNOW what the Bible says.

Moms, no matter how busy you are, no matter how many little ones you have, you MUST make time to spend daily in the study, memorization, and meditation of God’s Word. Don’t let anything deter you from your most important “duty.” Lay aside all of the “spiritual books”, novels, and how-to books. Put God’s Word first above all else (including social media). Satan desires to snatch away, through distractions, needs of littles, tiredness, and busyness, this precious time with the Lord. Fight for it. Sometimes you must be creative, but ***fight*** with all your might for time at the Savior’s feet.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

Matthew 10:38-42
“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

What is Discipline?

WHAT IS DISCIPLINE?

By Amy Carmichael

 

When I refuse the easy thing for love of my dear Lord,

And when I choose the harder thing for love of my dear Lord,

And do not make a fuss or speak a single grumbling word,

That is discipline.
When everything seems going wrong and yet I will not grouse,

When it is hot, and I am tired, and yet I will not grouse,

But sing a song and do my work in school and in the house,

That is discipline.
When Satan whispers, “Scamp your work–to say to him, “I won’t,

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When Satan whispers, “Slack a bit”–to say to him, “I won’t,

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To rule myself and not to wait for others’ “Do” and “Don’t”

That is discipline.
When I look up and triumph over every sinful thing,

The things that no one knows about–the cowardly, selfish things–

And when with heart and will I live to please my glorious King;

That is discipline.
To trample on that curious thing inside me that says “I,

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To think of others always–never, never of that “I,

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To learn to live according to my Savior’s word, “Deny”,

That is discipline.

Morning Worship ~ Introduction

~ Updated July 2014~

A number of years ago the Lord prompted my heart to begin having what we call in our home, Morning Worship. When I first began this with Joe, I did not realize the vast blessings that would come from this time together.

As I began sitting with Joe each morning (he was under a year old at the time) one of my main goals was to practice sitting each day, to help him sit through Church. I knew he was too young to understand what I was reading, but I also wanted him to begin to develop the habit of spending time with God every morning. I wanted him to develop a love and respect for God’s Word. I wanted him to have a time of worship a part of his daily routine so one day when he was old enough he it would be natural for him to have this time on his own, which is right where he is now!!!

Now that I have six little ones, I have seen our Morning Worship time go from something that they complained about having to do, to something that they look forward to and they help remind me (especially the older two). It has become a special time where we talk about the things of the Lord and offer our worship to Him. Oh, what a blessing when they shares spiritual insight!

There are days when I fail to start the day with Morning Worship. We’ll have breakfast, and I’ll start some laundry and then one thing leads to another and it’s 11:00 a.m. and life seems to have fallen apart. The kids attitudes are terrible. There is whining,fussing, and I wonder – WHAT HAPPENED!!! It is then when it hits me like a load of bricks – we didn’t spend time with the Lord first thing.

When I start our family off with Morning Worship (before ANYTHING else is done in the house, even breakfast) it changes everything.

– Our day runs smoother

– The kids have good attitudes and they don’t fight as much

– My heart is right before the Lord (The other day I was feeling upset with my husband. I knew I needed to have MW with the children, and I just couldn’t bring myself to have MW with the kids until I had called my husband confessed my bad attitude and asked his forgiveness.)

– And there is just a sense of peace in the home

Here is a brief overview of what we do for our Morning Worship:

  • Prayer  – We thank the Lord for the nights rest and ask Him to take our worship as an offering of praise to Him.
  • Psalms – We begin by quoting a Psalm of praise.
  • Sing – The children have learned to LOVE to sing. I have been teaching them many great hymns of the faith.
  • Catechism – My husband wrote a catechism for our family based upon what we believe.
  • Lovingkindness Journal – Writing down all the blessings and lovingkindnesses from the Lord.
  • Prayer Time – We take time to pray individually for the needs in our family, our church, and those we know.
  • Quote Scripture – Each child has been memorizing Scripture since he/she could barley talk. It is so precious to hear them quote their verse(s). Each little one gets so excited to stand up and quote their Scripture like the older ones.
  • Scripture Reading/Bible Study – I have done this many different ways.  I try to spend the majority of our Morning Worship reading the Bible. It is very easy to get caught up reading and doing everything else, but what is the MOST important part!
  • Inspirational Reading – I choose a book to read to the children. Sometimes it is about a missionary or other spiritually encouraging books. This does not always happen during Morning Worship time.

I hope this helps you get an idea of what we do for Morning Worship. There is no right or wrong way to have Morning Worship with your family. Over the next few weeks I will share with you specifics in these areas.

The Loneliest Time in My Life

I read this article today, Are You Lonely, Mama? I couldn’t agree more.

Motherhood is wonderful, amazing, and a gift from the Lord. The baby giggles and smiles are contagious. Watching older ones be successful in school makes a momma’s heart proud. So many wonderful moments.

But it is also a very LONELY time in life (and as nice as social meida is, I think it makes the loneliness worse). There are many long days and even longer nights. Loneliness can sometimes (especially if you have lots of littles and they are sick often) overwhelm you.

I have been there. I am there right now. In the middle of the long days and even longer nights. In the midst of this loneliness I must turn to Jesus. He is there, in the midst of the dishes, diapers, throw up, and poop. I have no other choice but to cling to the solid rock, Jesus Christ. One day there will be only a few dishes, no more diapers or throw up or poop. One day the children will be grown and loneliness will take on a new form. It will be loneliness for those little smiles, giggles, and laughter.

Carpe diem – Seize the day!

Continue On

Continue On

A woman once fretted over the usefulness of her life.
She feared she was wasting her potential being a devoted
wife and mother. She wondered if the time and energy
she invested in her husband and children would make a
difference. At times she got discouraged because so
much of what she did seemed to go unnoticed and unappreciated.

“Is it worth it?” she often wondered. “Is there
something better that I could be doing with my time?”

It was during one of these moments of questioning
that she heard the still small voice of her heavenly
Father speak to her heart. “You are a wife and mother
because that is what I have called you to be. Much of
what you do is hidden from the public eye. But I
notice. Most of what you give is done without remuneration.

But I am your reward.

Your husband cannot be the man I have called him to be without your support. Your influence upon him is greater than you
think and more powerful than you will ever know. I
bless him through your service and honor him through
your love. Your children are precious to Me. Even more
precious than they are to you. I have entrusted them to
your care to raise for me. What you invest in them is
an offering to me. You may never be in the public spot-
light. But your obedience shines as a bright light before
me. Continue on. Remember you are My servant.

Do all to please Me.”

Roy Lessin

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