Friday, August 15, 2014

Absolute praise

Father God...

I am in awe of your goodness to me.  In spite of what the world may see... and what we may lack, You have provided and blessed me more than I can ever explain.  Possession are truly worthless.  Anything that I can be given, or buy in this for nothing.

The treasures of my heart come in the hugs of my children, the love of my husband, the blessings of good parents.  It is what consumes my heart and my mind, that blesses me the most.  The seven children I love and pray for daily.  Father, may they love you and serve you.  I pray for an awakening in some, and for others I pray that you draw them closer to you.  Bless these lives and all that they may touch...may You be glorified by them.

My heart is overwhelmed, when I think of all You have done for me.  For your unfailing and unending love.  For the joy of my salvation.  For the cross and your blood that was shed for me.  My heart is overwhelmed when I think of my heavenly home, and being there with You.... worshiping and bowing down before you.  To see the scars of your hands and feet and to be in your true presence, that is where I long to be.

I love this life that I live here on earth, the good, the bad, and the ugly... may every part make me run to You.  May every praise from my mouth raise before You.  May You  never need the rocks to cry out... because my praise is not enough. 

May I someday, sit at your feet. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Worn pages....

One of my children and I were having a conversations in which they asked if a certain person had a Bible.   I said yes, somewhere I know they do....

It made me stop and think... I remember often seeing my mom and my grandmother with their Bibles.  I always loved to look at them and see the underlining and the comments. 

Today, we have amazing technology... and there is nothing wrong with that.  We have Bible apps, Bibles online, Bibles at every turn - except in our hands.  The "real" written word I guess.

I love my Bible.  I have gone through several in my life.  I have them all boxed up, because I can't bear to part with them, even though they are falling apart.  I like to look at them... one is from my teen years, one is from my 20's, and then the one I use now.  The scriptures that I highlighted and circled and made notes on have changed, just as the seasons of my life.

I can't help but think, when my life is over, and my children find my Bibles... will it tell them something about me?  Will it show them how much I loved His word.  How I cherished it?  Will it reveal the messages that were preached, that I took to heart?  Would they see the tear stains on scriptures about them?  The live verses I claimed, the verses over their lives, their salvation?

Mom and dad... technology is wonderful, and I love having a Bible app on my phone.  I use it a lot when it isn't convenient to have my Bible in my hands - like waiting to get my tags, or the oil changed! :)  But in my home, in my quiet time... when one of my children can walk in on me and see that I'm reading and studying... I want them to see my Bible. 

I want His Word - worn out, wrinkled, filled with color and notes - I want it to speak of my love for His Word! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ready, Set, Go....

“You crown the year with Your goodness, 
          and Your paths drip with abundance.”   Psalms 65:11

It's that time again!  Another year of school.  I can hardly fathom that I am approaching my 14th year homeschooling!  Wow.

Lord, I pray that this year I will be well organized.  I pray that I will have a better ability to give time and grace where it is needed.  I pray that I will show love and compassion to my children every day.
Give me knowledge beyond my own reasoning, in order to teach and inspire them to reach greater goals.

I pray that they would love and honor each other as brother's and sisters.  Not only as true siblings, but also as brother's and sister's in Jesus.  May they have patience with each other.  May they work well together and offer a hand when one is struggling.  I pray that they would enjoy each other, and our time together as we study, laugh, play and just learn more about Jesus!

May everything we do, be pleasing to you Jesus.  May our light shine beyond our own walls, into the world that is so lost.  May we not stay inward, but take Your love to the world.  Protect my children in their thoughts, and in what they hear and see that is of the world.  May they seek knowledge of right and wrong from You, and be able to talk to us, as parents to help guide them.

I am so very blessed to be the mother of these amazing kids. As much as I love them, and want them forever under my wing.... I am excited to see how God is growing each of them.  I know that they will be POWERFUL for the kingdom of God.