Multitudes on Monday


“The time, always the time, I’m an amateur trying to beat time. The six kids rouse. We race. The barn… and hurry. The breakfast… and hurry. The books, the binders…and hurry! In a world addicted to speed, I blur the moments into one unholy smear. I have done it. I do it still. Hands of the clock whip hard. So I push hard and I bark hard and I fall hard and when their wide eyes brim sadness and their chins tremble weak, I am weary and I am thin clear skin, reflecting their fatigue, about to burst, my eyes glistening their same sheer pain.  The hurry makes us hurt. And maybe it is the hurt that drives on? For all our frenzied running seemingly toward something, could it be that we are in fact fleeing – desperate to escape pain that pursues? Whatever the pace, time will keep it and there’s no outrunning it, only speeding it up and pounding the feet harder; the minutes pound faster too. Race for more and you’ll snag on time and leak empty. The longer I keep running, the longer the gash, and I drain, bleed away. Hurry always empties a soul.” –Ann Voskamp
Are you in a hurry today?
I am… always rushing, trying to get it all done. Have you ever uttered the words, “oh, if there were just more hours in the day?” I have, but really I don’t want more hours in the day. I’ll still be tired at 6 PM and look forward to bed at 9PM, that extra hour would only blend into the crazed running that already exists in my life.
I just want to make the best use of the time that I have, not wish for more. And this causes me to examine just how my time is spent… is it on what’s most important? On what God has lain before me?
Mark Buchanan says… “Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I’ve ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, like in the wake of all the rushing… through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away.”
I don’t want to miss what’s right in front of me because of all the rushing around. These children. This husband. The very blessings and ministries that He gave to me first. 


God has placed a new and deep burden within my heart to stop the hurry for them, to give myself to them and not rush past it all, because time… this thing I chase incessantly  is the very thing that has no trouble passing me by.
I want to slow-it-down and “live fully, right where I am”
What about you? What has hurry done for you?


Continuing on with Multitudes on Mondays…

20. family fun nights
21. adults who are kind to my children
22. husband’s vulnerable side
23. roasted vegetables
24. mr. man’s love of reading and The Magic Treehouse books
25. how they (my kids) do love each other… sometimes
26. books
27. Netflix… for access to old, wholesome movies and shows
28. anticipation
29. online banking
30. finding encouragement at the click of a mouse 🙂
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Erin’s Baby Shower….

Sling Shot Prayers

I was having one of those moments. Y’all know the kind. It was one of those “my bath tub is overflowing but I feel drained,” moments. I needed a mommy time out. Maybe even a trip to the potty ALONE. But instead, I decided to disappear into the bedroom. Steal a moment or two for myself. So I picked up an article written by Steven Furtick (author of Sun Stand Still).

It moved me.

God moved me as I read it.

Simple points packed with a whole lotta punch. Such a punch, that I wanted to share some of my knee jerk reactions with you.

“What happens when you dare to ask God for the impossible?

“Our God isn’t intimidated by long-shot prayers.”

“Audacious faith is for school teachers, stay-at-home moms, bankers, construction workers, hairstylists, college students.”

The article discusses the audacious faith of Joshua. Joshua 10 showcases Joshua’s march against the Amorites on an all-night march. God speaks Don’t be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand,” (v.8). The Israelites unleashed a surprise attack, and right from the beginning, the battle went well. When the enemy lines broke and the Amorites started to flee into the valley, Joshua’s men chased them down. And God got personally involved.
Then as the sun sank toward the horizon, Joshua faced a decision. The victory wasn’t complete, and once it got dark, the rest of the Amorites would slip away. This is where Joshua’s audacious faith came into play. Joshua asked God for the sun to stand still, “O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon (v.12).
Did you notice? Joshua had the audacity to ask God to make the sun stop in the sky! And you know what? That is exactly what God did.
Webster’s Dictionary defines audacious as, “daring: bold, or fearless, especially in challenging assumptions or conventions.” Could it be that God intends for us to have the same “Sun Stand Still” faith like Joshua—the kind of faith that dares to believe God for the impossible—as a normal way of life?
I too believe God desires to make the sun stand still in the life of every believer. Let’s activate our audaciousness today! Let’s sling out a long shot prayer and trust God with the impossible. This is probably the most intimidating way to live, but I’m up for the challenge
…how about you?

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Is the End Near?

If you’re like me, you’ve watched current events and wondered if this is it. Is the second coming of Christ on the horizon? Will we soon see crystal blue skies unzipping as Jesus charges forward on his white horse? Whatever your thoughts on the matter, we shouldn’t panic or worry like the rest of the world. Believers should anticipate Christ’s return with confident hope.
In fact Romans 8:21-25 tells us,
“Creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering.
Since God stands outside of time, we must realize His timetable isn’t like ours. While we wait, we are to “wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,[a] including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope[b] for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
Another favorite passage on the topic is:
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

~Luke 21:25-28

I am looking forward to it, how about you? Are you ready?


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Where Is Your Focus?

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
(Romans 3:23).

In recent months, I’ve noticed I tend to concentrate on the “falling short,” part of Romans 3:23…alot.

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

I fall short when I yell at my kids.

I fall short when I sit at the computer too long.

I fall short when I hit the snooze button and miss sharpening time with God.

I focus on my falling short as opposed to God being the filler of my falling-short-moments. The great news is that God doesn’t concentrate on our transgressions, even when we do. Psalm 103:12 tells us, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” God doesn’t hold life-long-grudges, but instead is the giver of eternal mercy.
Once we confess our mess-ups and lay our burdens at the foot of the cross, God wipes them away forever. It’s as if they never happened.
“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin,” (Romans 4:7-8 New Living Translation).
So, if we pray today for something we already talked to God about yesterday, his response just might be, “I’m not sure what you’re referring too? ~ I never saw that?”
Sweet friends, whatever falling short moments you’re clinging to today, remember in the eyes of God, those things never took place. What a perfectly packaged grace gift for God’s girls (and boys)!

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Praying for Persecuted Christians…

Between June 2010 and January 2011 there was a significant increase in the number of Christians arrested solely for practicing their faith. In these six months there were 202 arrests and at the end of January at least 33 were still in prison. During this period there were also a series of hostile statements from officials regarding Christianity. To read the detailed report click here.

Let’s pray for:

1. Their boldness to stand up for the Gospel in prison.

2. Their release.

3. Their ministry.

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body,  Hebrews 13:3.

Prayers and Blessings,

Kelli

Fear Not!! It’s a Dawna Day…

I’m wondering, “Am I alone in this fear, the fear of showing my emotions?” For years, I have “sucked it up,” until I was safe behind my bedroom door and then let it out. It does not matter if it is angry tears, tears of joy, or tears of heartache. I close myself off. I am embarrassed, but why?
I am beginning to beat this fear, through a lot of encouragement and prayer. In fact, I am celebrating this evening; I did a huge thing for me.
My elderly neighbor passed away last night. Can I just tell you the lies Satan throws at you when you are a by-stander. Do not go over there. They don’t need you. I am sure they have all the help they need. They’re going to think you’re weird showing up with a coffee cake and coffee. You do not know what to say or how to handle grief.

GO BACK WHERE YA CAME FROM SATAN!!!
I will not hide the love I have for them. I will not be a light hidden under a bushel. I found myself praying for the strength to go do, as I should, when I remembered Jesus weeping with Martha and Mary. He knew Lazarus was going to be fine, but had such compassion that he let it out. I am celebrating for the one that passed but have compassion for the ones left behind.
I stood up, grabbed the coffee cake and coffee, and headed down the street thinking of the love I have for them. I walked in and all fear left me, I wrapped the widow in my arms and told her I was sorry and that we loved her. I let the tears fall and opened myself to the family. They were touched; they were grateful for our prayers and were genuinely happy to see the cake! Lessons today…..Love never fails. Love always conquers! When all else fails bring a cake (my insert).
Satan is a LIAR!
Go on stare fear in the eye, and KISS it! It turns to putty!

Praise Be to Jesus… It’s a Dawna Day!

Lord, help me express my heart to those great women who have shaped me into the mother I am today. I do not want to sound like another Hallmark card. I want sincerity in my words and I want them to feel the truth behind them. This is what I prayerfully sought last night, the night before Mothers day.
Did I get my answer? Yes. But, in the most unexpected way. 
As I prayed and meditated upon who I am, the passion I feel for my children and the devotion I have toward them, it was clear who has fine-tuned and sharpened me as a Mother. It was also clear on how HE did it. I know it was Jesus, but he has worked through another amazing man.
At 2:00 AM on Mother’s Day morning I found myself writing a letter of gratitude, a letter of thanksgiving to my husband.
You see I found the answer in proverbs 31. How in the world does a woman become like that?  The answer stared back at me in Proverbs 31:28-29…
“Her Children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her saying; Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.”
My husband blesses me by supporting, teaching and inspiring me. He is not stingy with his praises but lavishly tells me what a great wife and mother I am. It may not sound the same but it means the same. It is a lot easier to serve and sacrifice with such a man by my side. 
God’s blessing and carving stick comes in unexpected packages.
I am aware that my mother laid my foundation, but never thought my husband would play a main character in the make up of “me.”  
Now do not get me wrong, I am not perfect and neither is my husband, however our teacher is GOOD… very good! I know I will never be the Proverbs 31 woman, not this side of the veil, but there are people cheering me on, and guiding my ways.
We all share a role in shaping future Godly Mothers.
Sometimes it is as easy as praising, encouraging and blessing them. May God’s hands surround you all as priceless vessels on the potter wheel, using whomever necessary for His final piece!

Multitudes on Monday

Thank you all for praying for me and my family. I did make it to see my grandmother and just in time. I got to her at 10:30 PM Friday night and she passed away at 12:15 AM. I am so glad I went, it was worth the travel even if it was for such a short time. 
I appreciate you all so much, you bless me!
Continuing on with Multitudes on Mondays
11. twenty-five minutes at the DMV 🙂
12. husband coming home early
13. lovely farmland stretched out for miles and miles of drive
14. brokenness along the way
15. one hour and forty-five minutes with her…
16. reminding her of her place in eternity
17. holding her hand and stroking her hair as she breathes life’s last breath
18. hidden pictures in my suitcase
19. compassionate darling daughter who cries for my loss
20. sister’s love
21. Kelli… for her faithful friendship and encouraging words 
22. photo memories (can you guess which one is me?)
23. pretty things that die and actually do come back ( my picture doesn’t do it justice!)
24. understanding your Sovereignty because it does away with my bitterness and discontentment

Blessings,
Heidi

“Why bother Jesus?”

“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked,” (Proverbs 24:16).

When ‘to-do’ lists pile high, we have a tendency to say “Why bother?”

Why bother cleaning the house? It’s going to get messy as soon as the kids get home.

Why bother fixing supper? The kids never eat anyway.

Why bother calling Stanley Steamer? The Spaghetti-O stains will be back in a month.

It’s like skipping a pebble across a pond. As the stone gently kisses the surface of the water, a ripple effect occurs. The ripples in our lives can lead to a “Why bother” attitude.
For me, the ripples that push against the outer banks of my sanity are: not eating right, not getting enough rest, not having enough alone time, neglecting date nights, and diminished quiet time with God.
Why bother Jesus?
I have friends in the South who recently lost everything in a violent rotating column of air. Tragically, this heart stirring event ushered in a “Why bother” attitude about Jesus.
Why bother Jesus? Because Jesus can…
Move mountains,

Heal wounds,

Perform miracles, and

Comfort the broken-hearted.

Scripture points us to people who rejected this kind of attitude.

1. As Moses high-tailed it towards the Red Sea, he could have said, “Why bother? We’ll never get across in time, (see Exodus 14:15-30).” Instead, Moses allowed waters of deliverance to drown any “Why bother,” attitude that may have been floating beneath the surface.

2. When Moses led the people of Israel through the desert, he was disappointed by all the grumpy people and by his ultimate failure. He could have chosen to say “Why bother leading these folks across a hot desert into the Promise Land. I won’t be able to enjoy it anyway.” But, Moses chose obedience and caught a glimpse of the Promise Land.

3. In Mark 5 a woman known as “daughter,” was plagued with constant pain and bleeding. Peeking through the crowd to see Jesus, she could have said, “Why bother Jesus with my problems. I’m not important enough to ask for help. Nothing else has worked so why even try?” I love how she leapt over life’s obstacles to get to Jesus in spite of her circumstances.

Why bother Jesus?

Because we can’t but Jesus can. He conquered death. He can interrupt our pain. He isn’t restricted by our fears. He sees beyond our limitations.

Maybe the question we should be asking is, “Why bother in my own strength when I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)?”

Is a “Why bother” attitude stopping you from responding in obedience to God today?

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