Saturday, August 26, 2017

a grand time

One of the sweetest sweetling moments of this day...

Watching my sweetlings troop to Poppy's house to work on a project with him. Their diligence and joy were a blessing to see! And when the hour or two of work was done? They came up to let me know that Poppy had invited them to stay a while and watch some soccer with him. You should have seen those smiles!

And then later this evening Dad popped in just to tell me how much he enjoyed the children today. O, my heart ♥

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

everyday dwelling

From my reading yesterday, this touched my heart so very deeply. I am not usually a fan of reading or praying prayers that others have written, but the Father used this to show me that there is a place for that very thing. And, oh! What a joy to add these words to my own morning prayer time...

Dear Father,

"You know me and love me intimately and personally and fully. Let my reactions to all things make it evident that I spend a lot of time with You. I want my gentleness to be evident to all.  I want Your fullness in me to be the atmosphere around me. I want Your love to shine through me. And I want Your peace to be the path I walk. Your truth to be my wisdom when I talk. You are my everyday dwelling place, my saving grace."

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

The first and last lines are the truth.
He knows me and loves me.
He is my dwelling place and my saving grace.
May all that is in between them be true in me, too ♥

Thanks and love to Lysa TerKeurst for the life and love in these words.
Quote from Uninvited

Saturday, August 12, 2017

of tractor tires & becoming

Sweetest all-five-at-home-together moment of the day so far...

When your husband walks in the door from mowing the lawn frustrated to the point of angry, and you can see it all over him. And he is so rarely ever angry, so you immediately feel sorry for him as you wonder how his afternoon will be mended.

As you wait and watch to see how you might help, you see him make the choice to be gentle, to laugh, to enjoy a break with us for a snack in spite of all the frustration. And you watch your sweetlings watching him, realizing that they, too, know full well how he is feeling about that tractor tire.

You stop and pray, thanking God for the gentleman who is their daddy and your own other half. A man who is far from perfect, but a beautiful one who leads with his life anyway ♥

Friday, August 11, 2017

my elijah

This morning brought around one of my very favorite readings of the year with Uncle Oswald. Gracious what a blessing and what a lesson every single time I read it. I am so thankful! I am leaving it here verbatim from the classic with such love and joy --and with hope that it blesses you, too ♥

"And he saw him no more. — 2 Kings 2:12

It is not wrong to depend upon Elijah as long as God gives him to you, but remember the time will come when he will have to go; when he stands no more to you as your guide and leader, because God does not intend he should. You say — “I cannot go on without Elijah.” God says you must.

Alone at your Jordan (2 Kings 2:14). Jordan is the type of separation where there is no fellowship with anyone else, and where no one can take the responsibility for you. You have to put to the test now what you learned when you were with your Elijah. You have been to Jordan over and over again with Elijah, but now you are up against it alone. It is no use saying you cannot go; this experience has come, and you must go. If you want to know whether God is the God you have faith to believe Him to be, then go through your Jordan alone.

Alone at your Jericho (v.15). Jericho is the place where you have seen your Elijah do great things. When you come to your Jericho you have a strong disinclination to take the initiative and trust in God, you want someone else to take it for you. If you remain true to what you learned with Elijah, you will get the sign that God is with you.

Alone at your Bethel (v.23). At your Bethel you will find yourself at your wits’ end and at the beginning of God’s wisdom. When you get to your wits’ end and feel inclined to succumb to panic, don’t; stand true to God and He will bring His truth out in a way that will make your life a sacrament. Put into practice what you learned with your Elijah, use his cloak and pray. Determine to trust in God and do not look for Elijah any more."

Source: My Utmost for His Highest "This Experience Must Come"
August 11 entry by Oswald Chambers

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

on the day you begin

Hi there! It seems a little strange to be writing to you when you and I have yet to meet, though I feel like I know you and already love you as the son of my precious friend --and for all the joy you are to all those I have heard speak of you. My heart and mind are full of your precious family this early morning on this day. It's a big day, and I am so excited for you! I cannot wait to see what God has in mind for you! Count on my prayers as you begin this next adventure.

I am also praying for your mom's heart. I have listened to her share, watched her eyes dance and fill, and oh! The sweet grins and big, gorgeous laughter as she talks about you have been an absolute delight.

I remember the day my dad and mom dropped me off on the doorstep of a new day. I was so ready! Oh, I can't even express to you how "so ready" I was. It makes me laugh to remember thinking, "Let's get on with this!" And then... I walked them out, and they headed for home. And I walked back up to my room and found a note on my pillow from my mom.

Can you guess what she had written? "I just left, honey, and I am missing you already. I have been missing you for months, trying on the idea of days that you are not dancing through here present with us." She had been trying to practice letting me go. I imagine she had been praying about that moment all my life, knowing the heart of a mother a little more now as I look at my own sweetlings.

And though she wouldn't keep me, though she knew God had plans (and that I had big ones, too), and even though she had been practicing, the actual doing of it was impossible --except for that place where she was reaching with me for all that I hoped. That's the place she asked the Father to meet her and keep her as I walked on.

So, sweet boy, on the day you begin, give her an extra hug and take an extra one for yourself. Much love --and joy and prayers, too ♥