Monday, August 29, 2011

A Quick, Quiet Moment

Ah...a quiet moment at last. Both kids are in bed, the husband is at a softball game and I finally get a few minutes to myself. I've had so much going on lately that I don't even know where to begin. I see that becoming a recurring theme in my life: NOT KNOWING WHERE TO START.

I believe I said those exact words today when I came home from work and saw the laundry, dishes, stack of papers, etc. And I said it when I walked in my office at work this morning after being out for a week sick with strep throat. Where to begin...a starting point...number 1 on my to-do list...ugh.

The answer to this question is simple enough and one that I shouldn't even need to ask, because I already know. Where to begin; what is the starting point; what is number 1 on the to-do list?

GOD.
COMMUNING WITH HIM.
TALKING TO HIM.
CONFIDING IN HIM.
ASKING HIS ADVICE.
REQUESTING WISDOM FROM HIM.
PUTTING HIM FIRST.
SEEKING HIM IN EVERY SITUATION.



He is the answer to every single question, problem, issue, etc. And although I know this, it is so easy to forget and be overwhelmed with the everyday life that is thrown at me. I know that is my biggest daily fight. And if I could only get that right, maybe, just maybe, I wouldn't worry and stress over my long list of tasks--I would know that He is in control, and I would trust that He will show me which foot to put forward first, in which direction and how fast or slow I should go OR if I should just be still and wait! He answers me through reading His Word mostly---when I am attentive and listening---even when I am not seeking an answer, He gives me direction and teaches me amazing lessons.

My verse for this past two weeks through SiestaScriptureMemoryTeam is Psalm 63:3 (NIV)

"Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you."


He directed me to that verse and two things that stood out to me were that HIS LOVE is better than my life will ever be and that for that reason, every word from my lips should be to and for HIS GLORY!

Being human (and a woman) that can be difficult to do, but I want to make it a point to glorify His Name with my life---my actions and my words. And it all begins with Him- knowing Him and thirsting to know more and more and more!


I know this was kind of a random post, but thanks for stopping in and reading it. Life's been crazy, but God is in control and when He lays another bit of info for me to share on my heart, I will post again.

Until then, have a blessed week!!!

 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Highlights of Nehemiah Chapter 1

(The following post was written a couple of weeks ago before we moved and lost internet connection. I had planned to review the entire first half of Nehemiah, but for now, here is Chapter 1. I am praying to post again this evening, what I am thinking will be a hodge-podge of information from Nehemiah and also from the Bible study 'Brave' that I have been doing with Women's Bible Study Cafe. Please pray for my next post and enjoy this short (but sweet) one! :)



I've been reading in Nehemiah on and off for a while now...and I'm just going to tell you, this book, in my past, never would have intrigued me the way it does right now!

I feel like I am in a "re-building" season in so many ways: my relationship with the Lord, my marriage, at our church, moving, my husband had to rebuild his truck motor, and other important relationships...
In so many ways, we are changing, re-building, and we run into obstacles almost every step of the way!

So without further ado...

I would like to include an excerpt from The Bible Study Page that I found very compelling before I get started into my little tid-bit of notes:

"Specifically, the book shows how the broken down walls of Jerusalem and the failing faith of the Jews were restored, through the competent leadership of Nehemiah and through the host of Jewish brethren who responded to the divine challenge to rise and build."

That just really caught my attention:
Broken Walls & Failing Faith
RESTORED BY GOD
Through
Competent Leadership & Brethren Who Respond, Rise & Build

Now then, my notes:

Nehemiah's prayer to God; I love how he begins with praising God for Who He is! And then works into confession, not just for himself, but for the people of Israel.
In verse 8, Nehemiah prays back God's own promise to Him; that is one of my favorite ways to pray-pray God's promises. I believe He wants us to do this so that He knows that we have been listening to Him and to me, if I pray it back to Him, it helps to confirm it in my own heart, helping me to trust and believe that much more. 
And I love verse 11:

"O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant
and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name.
Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man."

And that concludes my notes on Nehemiah Chapter 1. Short & Sweet :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Aspen's Prayer after Craft Night

We finally have internet and are making progress in our new place! But on top of moving, life continues to go on...which makes things extremely chaotic for our busy little family!

Tonight we had a craft night for the kids at church as part of a Back to School Bash to end the summer; and it was so awesome! We had about 6 different craft stations set up for the kids to rotate through and we served pizza rolls as a fun snack. We had about 18 or 19 kids there tonight---All praise and glory be to God!!!!

On the way home, Aspen asked me if she was going to heaven. I told her that she has to believe in Jesus and live her life for His glory daily; and she asked many questions in reference to that as well, which I did my best to explain to her.( I don't remember our entire AWESOME conversation, but these are just the highlighted points.) She asked if she would see her Nanny in heaven, and also if her friends would go to heaven or hell. I answered, like I said, to the best of my ability (praying the whole time that God would direct my words). She told me that she knew her behavior lately isn't what God wants, and that she doesn't want to act that way anymore. I said that she should reflect Jesus---that she should always try to do what Jesus would have done, or what He would want her to do. I told her that when she feels mad, she should stop and pray, and when she feels sad, stop and pray. Ask God to comfort you, ask Him to help you to not hit your friends or yell at them. Pray that God will lead you to make the good decisions, to love your friends, and obey mommy and daddy.

She interrupted me.

"Hold on Mom"

"I'm going to pray...will you pray with me"

"Dear God, please help me when I am sad...help me to walk away when I am mad, and to be a better reflecter of Jesus. Amen"



WOW! I'm sitting here, tearing up, because my 5 year old baby girl really truly prayed tonight!!!
I believe with all of my heart that she heard me and that she talked directly to our Heavenly Daddy. She is such a blessing to me...and everyday, she teaches me something new. I am so thankful for those moments when God shines through her and shows me a lesson that I should be practicing more---shows me how I should be a "reflecter of Jesus" more than I am.

After her prayer, I proceeded to tell her just how much God loves her...how He sent His Son Jesus to die on that cross so that our sins would be forgiven. I told her that Jesus loves her even more than mommy and daddy do! She said, "wow, He loves me a bunch!" :)
It's just an awesome feeling to know that your child is learning to love the Lord and thirst to know more!!!

So many answered prayers have happened in the last 2 weeks that I am in amazement!

We serve an AWESOME GOD!

And although life goes on, stress and worry still looms around every corner, and there is always work to be done, I was so refreshed tonight by my sweet daughter and her beautiful heart for the Lord.
Her 5 year old actions are not always ideal, pretty, nice, sweet, or lady-like: But God is working through her, and it is my job as her mom to make sure that she continues in this walk as such a young child, so that maybe she will continue when she is all grown up!

Praise God for each day and each moment that you have to teach and to be taught! I pray that I might teach my children about the Lord in such a way that they hold Him near and dear and number one above everything! Thank You God for Your unfailing faithfulness, mercy and grace!!