Thursday, 28 July 2011

Swept Clean

A home that houses 6 people, big, small and in between amasses a lot of dirt on the floor. The children are running wild outside, helping Dad in the yard, giggling silly with friends, and dragging it all in on their shoes at least a hundred times a day. Sometimes I wonder if it would be easier to have earthen floors during the summertime.

Again, I sweep the floors this morning and think, "Didn't I just do this last night?" "Didn't I just steam mop because it sure doesn't look like it!" And here I am, again, for the thousandth time...at least...sweeping it clean.

But what do dirty floors really mean? They mean sunshine and helping hands in the yard. They mean summertime fun with friends and making memories you will soon never forget. They mean sweaty boys who sometimes remember to wear their shoes and bike rides and scrapes, bruises, bumps and falls. They mean healthy kids who run wild, play and work with their family.

I could sweep this floor because that is what my job is. I could sweep it and dread all day the kids running in and out; getting water, going potty, finding playmobil men or barbie dolls. But what if sweeping the floor and serving my family was about being thankful for the goodness of the Lord? What if, I swept the floor clean "unto Him" and my heart was genuinely thankful because His grace abounds.

"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than
for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the
inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve."


Colossians 3:23-24 NASB

Monday, 25 July 2011

Understanding

Sometimes there are these moments in motherhood that I hope I never forget. They often happen with discussing the Lord or the things of him with the kids. Children really can grasp things that we don't think they can and many times I am baffled by their insight.

Tonight was a bit like that, but not at all at the same time. Justin was reading and discussing with the children about the Trinity. Justin explains that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are ONE God, but each is a separate "person or entity." When he's finished he asks Hunter, "Son so how many gods are there?" Hunter smiles like he's got this one. He blurts out, "THREE, wait...no one (looking a bit confused) or oh Dad this doesn't make since!"

Justin humbly replies, "You're right, it is hard to understand."

So thankful is this heart of mine, that I don't understand EVERY aspect of the Lord...that there are things I don't fully grasp because who wants to worship a God that my feeble mind can understand perfectly??!

Also am I so thankful for:

181. hide-n-seek
182. chilly days
183. truth and grace which can't ever be separated
184. heart wrenching prayers for a friend and a God who hears them
185. my God: healer of all wounds
186. seeing the Holy Spirit work among friends
187. hard conversations met with grace
188. my Love; growing in the Lord
189. reading about the Lord as a family
190. healthy kids
191. planning a trip to spend special time with friends
192. big sister time; reading to little brother #2

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Opposite

Do you ever feel it? The blush; that uneasy and ashamed feeling. Often, too often to admit, do I feel ashamed of my Lord Jesus and here is why: He is just SO opposite than the expectations placed on Him. Lets just start from the beginning, a mere few:

Here he comes wrapped in swaddling cloths lying in a manger (where animals eat), born to a humble carpenter who has yet to "know" his wife. God in flesh, lying in a manger. Not what I would expect. (Luke 2:12)

An untrained Rabi, by worldly standards, Jesus chooses mostly fishermen to be his disciples. He even throws in a tax collector for good measure. Not all of them, but most were uneducated. God choosing
the simpleminded. Not what I would expect. (Luke 5)

Jesus rides into Jerusalem for passover on a colt, not even an adult donkey. He doesn't demand to be carried around like the true emperor he is. Always humble, never demanding worship or respect. Not what I would expect. (Matt. 21:7)

During Jesus' last supper with his disciples he takes the place of the lowest slave to wash all of his disciples' feet including the man he knew would betray him. Creator of the universe squatting before his followers and washing their dirty, stinking feet. Not what I would expect. (John 13)

The most shameful way for a Jewish man to die was on the cross. Obedient unto death, Jesus did this and took my shame and humiliation for me. Not what I would expect. (Luke 23-24)

 Dying to live. Humiliation to exaltation. Cross to Christ. Is it just me or does this all seem backward?

The reason for the shame I feel, is because Christ IS different in every way than what we would, as sinners expect him to be. "For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." 1 Corinthians 1:18

I praise the Lord today that He is not what I want him to be; that He is just who He said He would be.

I also praise Him for:

163. Koen saying "I lud du Momma"...I hope I never forget how he says this!
164. spending time with a wise friend, going through coupons, laughing and sharing life together
165. cousins having babies...new LIFE
166. hot Summer days...and the not-so hot ones
167. watching a baby wonder and learn a thousand things all at once
168. a friends new-to-them home
169. planning for birthday surprises
170. thinking about going home
171. my Papa Gary
172. lick your plate good chocolate chip oatmeal cookie bars...Koen did just that
173. a holy example to follow
174. a boy and his skateboard
175. reorganizing
176. teaching, and reteaching...again and again...that same lesson to a son, a good son
177. reading the Word
178. time together with my Love and a bill under $20 at Chili's ;)
179. watching Gideon learn to walk
180. a humble Savior

Monday, 11 July 2011

Good n' Perfect

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." James 1:17

146. rocking our Mighty Warrior to sleep...again, and again
147. time, time to watch our 4 grow; the together time
148. perfectly piled pancakes
149. early bedtime
150. wise friends
151. our small group family
152. littlest Love and biggest Love snuggled up close...time for sleep
153. a daddy's agape love for his children
154. a teachable spirit among friends
155. meeting together to discover, anew, just what it means to believe what the Word says
156. little working hands
157. learning something new
158. encouraging words
159. a small notebook to journal everything and nothing at all
160. remembering Who is in control, thankfully it's not me!
161. FOUND...the car keys that is
162. that God never changes, He is not like the weather, we can trust in HIM
       

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Rejoicing

"Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again; Rejoice!" Phil. 4.4

123. rain, sprinkling rain; pounding rain; always refreshing rain
124. trying a new recipe
125. freedom to homeschool
126. meeting another kind soul
127. an oppurtunity to show grace
128. that carpet of green growing all around our yard
129. new challenges
130. health insurance especially at 2 AM
131. antibiotics
132. You, Lord are always faithful...giving me the rest I need
133. praying for a dear, far...far away friend
134. a know-so kind of hope...the one I cling to
135. looking back, only to be thankful ever more for this "heart of flesh" given to me
136. choosing what is true, right and good
137. the grace not to give into feelings...choosing what is hard
138. learning perserverence, patience, and when to hold my tongue
139. listening to hymns played on the piano
140. sprinklers
141. a nice, long run
142. wisdom from the wise
143. learning from the Old Testiment...SO much I don't know
144. FREEDOM found ONLY in Christ
145. praying together; heads bowed, voices low...my Love, and I to the Lord