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

Source

Two Temples

TWO TEMPLES

A builder builded a temple,
He wrought it with grace and skill;
Pillars and groins and arches
All fashioned to work his will.
Men said, as they saw its beauty,
“It shall never know decay;
Great is thy skill, O builder!
Thy fame shall endure for aye.”

A mother builded a temple
With loving and infinite care,
Planning each arch with patience,
Laying each stone with prayer.
None praised her unceasing efforts,
None knew of her wondrous plan,
For the temple the mother builded
Was unseen by the eyes of man.

Gone is the builder’s temple,
Crumpled into the dust;
Low lies each stately pillar,
Food for consuming rust.
But the temple the mother builded
Will last while the ages roll,
For the beautiful unseen temple
Was a child’s immortal soul.

-Hattie Vose Hall