Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Gentle Reminders

"We must become tenderheartedly merciful, kind, humble, gentle, and patient...

"We must allow for other's faults,  and forgive anyone who offends us
(whether they ask for it or not) as God has forgiven each of us..." 

"We must love for love binds us all together..."

 "We must let the peace that comes from Christ rule our Lives..."

"We must Remember that GOD is Forever, and
We must be Thankful!"

From the Bible

What a mighty God we Serve!
Gentle Reminders from Colossians 3:12-15

Monday, July 29, 2013

Boys, Boys, Boys & NO Videogame Weekend Challenge

Friday evening was easy, because we spent the evening
at the local Swimming pool, then cooked out and bedtime

Saturday Morning brought pleas for gaming,
which I dislike intensely.
I challenged them to find other activities
They put together puzzles, helped me bake a chocolate cake,
Set a beautiful Table for Dinner, Wrote encouraging notes to
some folks who needed to receive such, and
made Warm Fuzzy Jars for themselves.

The hours flew by and we had a marvelous time.
We listened to "Lamplighter Theatre" (Teddy's Button Story)
and cut flowers, making an arrangement. 
I know some of these activities were "girly"
but they really seemed to enjoy them,

When their parents arrived to take them home,
I thought we might hear some complaints,
but they exclaimed that they had a Blast!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Psalm 16:5

 "Oh Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup,
You maintain my lot."

Some big changes are coming in our future... Prayerfully petitioning God for strength and help for the Journey... More to come...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Debts Forgiven!

Did you know....
that in God's heavenly bank, there is a receipt with your name on it that says,
"Your debt has been paid in full?"
The signatory is Jesus Christ.
If this is interesting to you,
you will find what you are to do to accept your receipt
in the New Testament in Acts 2:37-38.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

“A torn jacket is soon mended; but harsh words bruise the heart of a child.”–Longfellow

  Kimba & I were in the grocery store for our Weekly Trip.  I have been teaching him the value of double coupons, which was a stretch for him on this day, and a challenge for my patience muscles, as well!  One of my resolutions this past New Year’s was to use a calm, quiet voice no matter what was occurring (externally with him, &/or internally with me).  We were searching for a particular type of meat that I rarely buy, but wanted to buy today because it would cost me nearly nothing with the double coupon and the manufacturer’s coupon on top of that. 
      Suddenly, a whirlwind of a little boy swooshed by our cart.  Then we heard it… that shrill, loud sound of an angry woman, feet pounding toward us as she shouted  horrible words at the child.  I literally wanted to put my hands over Kimba's ears.  He was standing there with his mouth wide open, eyes staring at the woman as she quickly and angrily grasped the child’s arm and pulled him roughly toward the front of the store.  My boy's unbelieving eyes followed them all the way down the grocery aisle, and then he turned toward me with the most bewildered look on his little face.

 That’s when he said them... the words that broke my heart.

“That’s not his Mommy.  We should try to find her for him, he needs her.” 

 I had to turn my head, my eyes were misting.  I wished his words were true, but I was  pretty certain that she was his Mother.  I vowed to myself then and there to pray longer and more seriously about asking the LORD to help me with my own tongue, not only with the words I use, but with my tone of voice, and my facial expressions.  I made a mental note to search for and memorize a few more scriptures to mentally recite when I am at the end of my rope with exhaustion, frustration, and spent energy in mothering. 

 “Let no unwholesome word proceed out of your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.”  (Ephesians 4:29).

 “And there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather the giving of thanks.” (Ephesians 5:4)

My Prayer:
My LORD and GOD,
May every word I speak glorify YOU, and edify others.  Help me to say only things that are true, wholesome, kind, necessary, and honorable. And may someone reach the mother and little boy in the store for Christ.
In Jesus’ Name,