Wednesday, December 23, 2015

they shall see

I am thanking God that unto us a Child was born.

I am thanking Him also that there was a pure-hearted woman prepared to receive that Child with all that motherhood would mean of daily trust, daily dependence, daily obedience.

I thank Him for her silence. That spirit is not in me at all, not naturally. I want to learn what she had learned so early: the deep guarding in her heart of each event, mulling over its meaning from God, waiting in silence for His word to her.

I want to learn, too, that it is not an extraordinary spirituality that makes one refuse to do ordinary work, but a wish to prove that one is not ordinary --which is a dead giveaway of spiritual conceit. I want to respond in unhesitating obedience as she did: Anything You say, Lord.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.

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EE is saying it all today, every not so little thing ♥

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

hers

Still looking at Mary as the day draws closer...

"Hers was a hidden life, a faithful one, a holy one --holy in the context of a humble home in a small village where there was not very much diversion. She knew that the ordinary duties were ordained for her as much as the extraordinary way in which they became her assignment. She struck no poses. She was the mother of a baby, willing to be known simply as his mother for the rest of her life."

There's more, but this is my portion for this day ♥

quote from Elisabeth Elliot

Monday, December 21, 2015

beautiful boy

Yesterday, we shared in a lovely morning worship with lessons, carols, and communion, all the while looking at the manger in the shadow of the cross. And I as I sat, listening, watching, finding the Father's message for me for this week, this Christmas week, I could not keep my eyes from the sweet face of my son. As I heard some of our family history, including Abraham and Isaac and then later the Father and Jesus and Mary, my heart and thoughts turned again and again to Samuel.

Oh, the gift of these years with him! His face, his life, his laughter, his heart... and I think of Abraham, "Here I am, Lord"... and Mary, "May it be as You have said" ... and the Father planning from before the world began, to send His only Son... to me, to you.

And I am amazed, overwhelmed, awash in joy and thanksgiving for Christmas ♥

Friday, December 18, 2015

welling up

Cutest sweetling moment of the day so far...

M: I started crying today when they sang to the general!
S: What? When?

M: When we were watching White Christmas and they sang
to the general at the end... You know! "We'll follow the old
man wherever he wants to go."

S: Oh! But, uh, why'd you cry at that?

M: Sometimes the happiness just starts welling up and comes
right out my eyes!

Love, love, love my sweetlings' squishy hearts!
No stone here, nope! Not even any at all ♥

Thursday, December 17, 2015

a single note in a symphony

From my quiet time...

"The communion of saints takes no notice of location. Here or on the other side of the world or in heaven, all who love the Lord are included, bound together as a body whose Head is Christ.

When I pray I am often preoccupied or distracted, aware that my efforts are feeble and seemingly quite useless, but the thought that those distinguished heroes are to be perfected along with me (... and with you and with all the rest of the followers of the Lamb) changes the picture altogether and puts new heart into me.

Grand and mysterious things are in operation. We are not alone. My prayers are perhaps a single note in a symphony, but a necessary note, for I believe in the communion of the saints. We need each other. The prayers of one affect all. The obedience of one matters infinitely and forever."

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Oh, pray! Love and remember, take heart, and pray!
What would the world be like if we used our words in prayer?
Carefully, gently, deliberately, with true and honest heart --we pray.

Instead of flapping about on every subject, howling and caterwauling,
insistent upon being heard,  we set self aside, no rights, remembering
just Whose power it is that we have staked our lives upon --and we pray.

And together in great company, we trust Him ♥

quote from Elisabeth Elliot


Monday, December 14, 2015

keeping watch

We thank Thee that Thy church, unsleeping,
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night.

As o'er each continent and island
The dawn brings on another day,
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor die the strains of praise away.
~ J. Ellerton

Just perfect for this day ♥

Friday, December 11, 2015

coffee with sprinkles

The sweetlings and I are sharing a celebratory cup of coffee just now... it's our last day of regular school work before Christmas, and we are all delighted! Come Monday, we will launch into Christmas school. Hooray! We'll turn to a different view of countries and cultures, and it's just so much fun. As we study and sing and bake and craft, we will learn just how differently folks around the world celebrate. I just love that all mixed in with our own preparation and celebrations.

What a joy to take a pause and look forward!
Here's to loving learning, Christmas-time, and a delicious cup times four ♥