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Psalm 1

In our family devotions, we are memorizing Psalm 1 together. With a 3 & 4 year old also memorizing it, we are going at their pace, so we repeat the same verses over and over till they have them memorized. Just recently these verses have been sinking deep into my heart. Here are a few of my journalled, jumbled thoughts about these verses.

Psalm 1:1-6 

verse 1 ~ I want to be blessed. I do NOT want to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, or stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful. Give me wisdom, O God, to see the error of all the "false prophets" that came in "sheeps clothing" or in other words "Christian garb", especially in the blog sites that I read. I LOVE blog hopping. I love to find new blogs. When I am blog hopping, time can get away from me soo fast. Am I alert to what these blogs are promoting? Am I alert to any Scriptural error that these blogs might contain? I do not want to drink in counsel that looks and sounds good, but is unScriptural and therefore unGodly.

verse 2 ~ My delight needs to be in Your Word. I need to spend more time in Your word than I do in reading the many blog spots that I like. I need to spend time, day and night, meditating in Your Word. Do I truly delight in God’s Word. Do I find joy in reading the Bible?

verse 3 ~ Then and only then, as I spend that time in Your Word will I be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth fruit, the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). My leaf also will not wither and  whatsoever I do will prosper. WHATSOEVER I DO WILL PROSPER?!??!!!  What a wonderful  promise, especially when I think of raising my children. I think that raising my children is one of the most important things that I am doing right now.  What a beautiful picture of the Godly. A beautiful strong tree by the river, his leaf does not wither and he bears fruit and what ever he does prospers.

verse 4 ~ The picture changes dramatically. The ungodly are not like that. They will not stand strong. They are blown about and tossed with every change that comes along. They are like chaff, which the wind drives away. That is one way to tell who are the Godly and who are the ungodly. Are they moved by everything that comes their way?

verse 5 ~ Because they are blown and tossed about, they are not able to stand among the righteous.

verse 6 ~ Praise the Lord! He knows and sees the way of the righteous. Our struggles to stand strong and to not stray from His path do not go unnoticed. He sees, he cares, and he will reward. But the ungodly will perish.

Where do we stand? Will we be rewarded for delighting in his Word and standing strong? or will we perish because we did not stand strong, but were tossed about by the different winds that came our way?

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A Give Away!!!

Not here. . . but head on over to http://homeschoolblogger.com/neveradullmoment. She is giving away a book entitled "The Heart of the King" by Ron Auch. It is a devotional on Psalm 119. Which is right down my alley right now, with just having committed to memorizing it. 

Here is her description of the book:

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I LOVE the book, "The Heart of the King" by Ron Auch.

It is a devotional on Psalm 119–but it isn’t "fluffy"–it is quite meaty!  I am on my second time through it (I bought mine just a little over a year ago).  It ministers to me so much!

It has a page per verse in Psalm 119–it’s about an 8X8 inch book.  You can check it out at Amazon.com HERE.

It is currently out of print, but when I e-mailed the author last summer, he said it would be reprinted.  I certainly hope so, as it’s a wonderful book!

So this copy will be a used copy–I am still waiting on it to arrive, or I would tell you its condition!  I tried to get one in the best condition possible.

It is a wonderful book, and it will be one you treasure, I’m sure!"

So head on over to her site. She has a wonderful blog. Her 7 daughters also have a wonderful group blog.

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It didn't work!

Grrr. . . back to the drawing board.

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Testing. . .

. . . a signature. I am NOT good at the techy HTML stuff. This is actually my very first experience with it at all. So I am slowly trying to learn by experimenting. Some works, some don’t. So we keep trying. 🙂

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Happy Thanksgiving!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!  to all of you in the States!

Here in Liberia, West Africa where we have been living for the past 3.5 years as missionaries, we celebrate Thanksgiving, but we celebrate it on the 1st Thursday of November.

Is the States & Canada the only countries that celebrate Thanksgiving? Liberia does because it was started by the States. The States sent a lot of the freed slaves back here.

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Memorizing Psalm 119?? You have got to be joking! Nope, I am not. I found a group of ladies that have started just last week and to say the least I am absolutely delighted to find this challenge. I am joining the challenge today! I have been wanting to memorize this passage for years already. But the excuses were to many, including the one that it is WAY to long to memorize. But I had heard that this was the first chapter that they Isrealites had their children memorize. I can understand why it would be the first for children to memorize. It is packed full of wisdom for life.  I have always been so blessed every time I read it. Come along on this great adventure. You will not regret it. Go to Ordinary Inspirations to read more about the challenge.

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Goals

I am not really sure what all this blog will turn out to contain. . . but this I do know is that I want to be an encouragement to moms. I want to see moms put life and energy and JOY into their daily, mundane tasks of mothering and being a wife. I want to encourage moms that mothering is WORTH all the sacrifice. Mothering in today’s world is given such a low rating. But God has given it one of the highest ratings possible. He created us to be wives and mothers. And it is a beautiful thing!

This blog is also for an encouragement to me. It will be a journal of sorts of my life as a child of God, a wife, and a mother. I probably will sort out feelings and ask questions. You will probably see some struggle here to be the kind of woman that God is asking me to be as a wife and mother. I am one of those women that did not dream of getting married and being a mom first and foremost. I dreamed of having a career as a nurse. I was going to be a mission nurse. I got my LPN license and then I was going to work in the States until my schooling debt was paid off. I was then going to go to a clinic in a third world country somewhere and be a nurse there. But. . . that was not God’s plan for me. He brought a man into my life while I was still in nursing school. We got married 9 months after I graduated from school. He ended up paying off the rest of my schooling debt. Nineteen months later our first daughter was born and then 15 months later our first son was born. I struggled and struggled to find JOY as a mother and I still struggle. I LONG for freedom to do what I want, when I want.  BUT. . . I am finding that as I submit to God’s plan for me, that of being a wife and mother, that I am starting to find ABUNDANT JOY in my days.

My oldest 2 are almost 3 and 4 now. So I am beginning to look at schooling options. We will most likely homeschool. That is what I am planning for at this point. So you will see questions and thoughts on that as well. I am very much in the learning stage in that area.

Come along with me on this journey of motherhood and journey to submit to God’s plan and purpose for us women and in the meantime finding that JOY we all long to find.

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