Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Loose Tooth!!!

I had put our camera in my mom's pool bag during vacation, and it went home with her last week. So, until I receive my camera back in the mail, I can't take any pictures, BUT, I wanted to remember this day...my firstborn has her first loose tooth!!!
While she is mostly excited, she is a little scared that it might hurt and bleed. She is also concerned that she is going to swallow the tooth. I am realizing that I am entering into a new phase of parenting. My children are beginning to leave the little years and enter into adolescence. With this comes a lot of vulnerability. And, I am finding my role as a mother is to be constantly reassuring them through their little trials and tribulations...which are a big deal to them.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Back to Reality

"Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us; fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

Tomorrow I head back to reality!!! He has refreshed and it is very tempting to want to stay in a comatose state. I am human, so He has lovingly let me stare at the wall a few days, but now its time to fix my gaze back on Him.

This isn't necessarily a profound thought, but I have realized this week that it is hard to rest at home. Because my home is my work. And, even in the evenings when the work is done for the day, my mind races about what I should have done, and its hard to relax.

But, I do have time set aside throughout the day when I can rest by looking to Him. And, I need to intentially guard that time. When I fail to look at Him every day, I easily become weary, lose heart, and my mind gets muddled by everyday life and I start thinking and living as if there is no joy set before me. So, as I head north tomorrow...praying for God's grace to help fix my eyes upon Jesus as I go back to and about my work.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Adam,The Bible, Children, and Animals

Today is Adam's 31st Birthday!!! He is spending his day on a naval ship busily doing his duties while we are celebrating for him at the pool on vacation. Adult birthdays are no fun. We are so thankful for him. We love you!
God's Word can minister to any person no matter the age. Even small children are blessed by especially the stories of the Bible. I had not spent much time with children before becoming a mother. But, one thing I learned early on in 'mamadom' was that children are fascinated by animals. Elizabeth enjoys them so much that she often thanks God for them when she prays at night. So, I can't help but wonder that our Heavenly Father, in His love for children, wrote many stories involving animals.

I will never forget my little girls being amazed that a great fish had swallowed Jonah. And, their joy at knowing that the hungry lions cuddled up with Daniel and then devoured his wicked enemies. And, of course...Noah's Ark!

The Bible shows how these animals were all serving His purposes and did exactly God's bidding. The great fish vomited Jonah up at His command. The lions closed their hungry chops at His command. Each 'daddy' animal gathered up the 'mommy' animal and met with Noah at His command.

So, I have been reminding my kids who are afraid of bees this spring that God is the One who made those little wonders and they will not set wing on any of the children unless God wills it to happen!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Meditation: Commands...Because God Is

Trust in the Lord because God is faithful.
Do good because God is full of mercy.
Dwell in the land because God is with you.
Cultivate faithfulness because God is worthy.
Delight yourself in the Lord because God is altogether lovely.
Commit your way to the Lord because God cares.
Trust (again) in the Lord because God is faithful.
Rest in the Lord because God is sovereign.
Wait patiently for Him because God is all-knowing.

Monday, March 19, 2012


(mine are going to be pink at the end of this week...)
"Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
and your judgment as the noonday.
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him..."
Psalm 37:3-7

Sunday, March 18, 2012


I am on vacation!!! My Mom and Stepfather graciously invited my family to join them for a week stay in South Carolina. Adam could not go due to his work schedule, but the kids and I very quickly agreed to the invitation. I had a thought this morning while I was getting ready that I should post a picture a day for a glimpse into our fun, but then I realized I had forgot my usb cord. Perhaps this is a good thing, because my pictures are not very pretty. So, I will just stick with writing.

Because of my four small children, my life is very active and LOUD. So loud in fact, that I find myself wincing as I go about my day caring for these little people. I love them dearly, but I find myself yelling "Quiet"....yelling 'quiet'...that's not very consistent, is it? The loudness grates on my soul and I long for quietness.

So, this week, more than anything, I want to be quiet. Not while my children are up, of course, and yes, our downstairs neighbor has already complained. Because when you are six and under, there is a lot of splashing, squealing, running, jumping, digging, and marveling to be done. But, in the early morning, at nap time, and after these little love muffins are tucked snugly in bed, I want to be quiet in His presence allowing His Word to minister to my weary heart.

"Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)

Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is holy
Be still, O restless soul of mine
Bow before the Prince of peace
Let the noise and clamor cease
Be still

Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is faithful
Consider all that he has done
Stand in awe and be amazed
And know that He will never change
Be still

Be still and know that he is God
Be still and know he is our Father
Come rest your head upon his breast
Listen to the rhythm of his unfailing heart of love
Beating for His little ones
Calling each of us to come
Be still

(love that song... by Steven Curtis Chapman)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Grace, Welcome, Enjoy

As a mother, I am really good at laundry, cooking, and cleaning. Or, any specific task for that matter. But, when it comes to the more relational side of mothering, I am realizing that changes need to be made for the good of my children. And, through His Word and people, books, and blogs, God is gently showing me how He wants me to mother my children. And, largely it comes by way of three words: grace, welcome, enjoy. Because that is what He has done for me...given grace when I fell short, welcomed me when I was a mess, and enjoyed me when I doubted His goodness.

His example to me:
God because of Jesus gives Grace: "...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus..." (Romans 3:23,24)

God because of Jesus Welcomes: "For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son..." (Colossians 1:13)

God because of Jesus Enjoys: "He will exult over you with joy...He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy." (Zephaniah 3

Because of what He has done and continues to do, I am praying for God's help to follow Him by practicing grace, welcome, enjoy, for and to my children.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Living Out Loud (Within Boundaries)

I found this quote helpful as I make a mess as a mother:

"The fact is, many kids are just weird. Sometimes they're quirky. Sometimes they do things completely in keeping with their personality but for some reason embarrass us. How do you handle these things in a graceful way? It's actually simple. If they aren't sinning, and they are being sensitive to the people around them, you just let them live their lives out loud."

-Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel