No Clutter November : Less Stuff, More Peace

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I’m very excited to introduce the very first Abiding Woman homemaking challenge. I plan to periodically do these to encourage myself and other women in our homemaking. Throughout the month of November I be will blogging about the why and how of decluttering.

No Clutter November Phase One

Take a deep breath ladies, no need to grab a glass of wine or a can of gasoline and matches to deal with that mess of stuff that’s been driving you nuts for months now. We’re going to tackle it one phase at a time. We’re going to do this together. And we’re going to be done in time for the holidays. Are you with me? Are you ready? This really won’t be as hard as you think.

Step 1: Choose 3 places in your home that need less clutter and more peace. I want you to choose three different areas: a small high traffic area, a large monumental never ending mess area, and a hidden area.
For example:
My small high traffic area is my counter tops.
My large never ending mess area is my office/homeschool area.
My hidden area is my daughters’ shared closet (4 girls clothing in one closet is bound to get a little cluttered, right?)

Now phase one can be the hardest step for some, but it is the first step in cutting the clutter out. This step is to ruthlessly purge. That’s it… seems simple right? Wrong. My problem and most people’s problem is that we view non valuable items as valuable, and hence we hold on to them…. moving them here and there and everywhere. We spend our valuable time moving around things that we don’t even really want or need. But in the thick of the cleaning and organizing it is often difficult to discern whether an item is worth keeping or not.Now all hope is not lost, I have good news….

It is actually as easy as asking yourself 3 simple questions:

1. Do I need this currently?
Does it have a true purpose, function, and reason for being in your home?
2. Do I love this?
Is it beautiful, inspiring, and/or valuable to you? Would you pay money to keep it?
3. Do I have a place for this?
Is your space limited? If so then you may have to part with an item even if you feel you need or love it. I will try to help you out with ideas on this one later, so if you are running into items you need and love, but don’t have space for them, then put them in a box or basket and be sure you are subscribed by email because No Clutter November Phase Two will offer help for these very things.

As a part of the No Clutter November challenge I want to invite you to Domestically Challenged Divinely Equipped facebook group. There will be a thread starting tomorrow for us to post our goals, our before and after pictures, to ask for decluttering advice, and for general homemaking encouragement and accountability. I look forward to seeing you there!

Homemaker’s Holiday Challenge

This is just one post in the Homemaker’s Holiday Challenge series, brought to you by the bloggers behind the Domestically Challenged; Divinely Equipped Facebook group. Join us there for daily encouragement through this 5-day challenge and become a part of an awesome community of Christian homemakers!

Homemaker's Holiday Challenge

Check out the rest of the posts in the Homemaker’s Holiday Challenge below. 

How to Create a Memorable Christmas on a Small Budget from Jennifer at The Purposeful Mom

Holiday Homemaker's Challenge

No Clutter November: Less Stuff, More Peace from Stacey at Abiding Woman

Homemaker's Holiday Challenge - A 5-day challenge to prepare and plan for the holidays.

A Simple Plan for the Holidays from Tauna at Proverbial Homemaker

A Simple Plan for the Holidays Free 20+ page holiday planner PIN

Using Traditions to Draw our Families Close Together from Becky at Purposeful Homemaking

Homemaker's Holiday Challenge - A 5-day challenge to prepare and plan for the holidays.

Create a Season of Rest (+ABCs of Thanksgiving Poster) from Clarissa at Counting our Blessings

Homemaker's Holiday Challenge - A 5-day challenge to prepare and plan for the holidays.

Pigeon Forge Gem Mine : Field Trip Review

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I love a good field trip! It breaks up the monotony of our typical day to day homeschool routine, and gives us all hands-on learning experiences that are usually lots of fun
I was curious about this gem mine in Pigeon Forge, I had heard some good things from various people, and I felt like it would be a good little adventure for us since we had been learning about various kinds of rocks in our science lessons.

It ended up being lots of fun! The staff there are very entertaining and knowledgeable of what each rock and gem is. The worker there the particular day we visited was over and beyond helpful; he made the girls giggle with his country accent while he taught them all about mining, Pigeon Forge history, and what type of stones they were finding in their buckets. They truly had a blast!

How it works:

When you arrive you can purchase a bucket (or a bundle of buckets for a better deal which is what we did). The buckets are filled with sand, gems, arrow heads, and fools gold. The children then use the mining equipment and strain the sand in their own buckets a little a time. In the end each child ended up with her own collection of beautiful stones and keepsakes which we were able to bring home with us. My girls still get their gems out to examine them and delight in their mining adventure. The Gem Mine also has a free rock and fossil museum as well as a gift-store which sells other gems and is staffed with people who can turn the treasures you mine or buy into jewelry.
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If you are ever planning a vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or perhaps you live close by, I really recommend the Pigeon Forge Gem Mine as a great little stop for the kids. gem mineLet me know if you try it out! Hope you have as much fun as we did!

Banff, Glacier, and Mount Rushmore

This trip has been one of the best experiences in my entire life. It was not planned, but the Lord gave this gift to our family at just the right time. It actually began as a work trip for my husband; he was called to go to Calgary, Canada on business. It was anticipated to be at least a month and maybe longer. We never like to have our family apart for long lengths of time like that unless it is absolutely necessary, and this was an easy fix, we could all go! We loaded up a big 12 passenger van and hit the road. It was packed full and all very exciting! The girls and I were able to start off our homeschool as normal from the comfort of our hotel. The nice thing was not having to cook or clean for a month; and I only had to manage the bear minimum of toys and clothing! I was able to fully focus on some deeper Bible journaling, my sweet family, homeschooling, and of course exploring Calgary. We were blessed to find a sweet Presbyterian Church to meet with while we were there , and through that I was able to connect with two precious ladies from that church who really blessed me with their hospitality and friendship while we were there. When my husband’s work was complete we decided to visit a few places on the drive home. We ended up visiting Banff National Park, Glacier National Park, and Mount Rushmore. Here are about 20 out of probably 500 photos I took. These were some of my favorites as I feel they really capture many of the highlights. This trip has greatly inspired me to plan ahead for future trips to other national parks. I would love our crew to see Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and others! Who knows, maybe one day right? For now here are some photos from our explorations of Banff, Glacier, and Mount Rushmore. I am so thankful to the Lord for this amazing experience!

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My Father’s World Kindergarten Review

Our very first year of homeschooling is officially in the books! Woot! It was exciting, beautiful, and such a sweet sweet time for my girls and I. We did My Father’s World Kindergarten, and it was perfect for us! Both of my girls participated, one as a kindergartner and the other as a preschooler. It’s the kind of curriculum that easily lends itself to this because it is so hands on and exciting. The paperwork is very light (about a page a day), and the rest is read-alouds and intentional activities around the theme for the week. The activities and books were well selected, they always seemed to teach and inspire. Sometimes there were things I thought, we don’t need to do that, but would try it anyway, and it would be a huge hit! Everything was laid out well and easy to follow and understand. Mostly though, I love that the curriculum was centered around Scripture and all of the book selections were wholesome and age-appropriate. (I’m picky about that sort of thing so this was important to me.)

The curriculum is set up with a weekly theme, for example: “A-a-Apple”, and all of the activities center around this theme. On the apple week we read the book “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World” and then mapped out her journey on our wall map. We bought a mixed bag of apples and created a graph together. We learned the Johny Appleseed song. We made fingerprint apple trees. The student practiced the letter A and it’s sound. Very simple, but very fun. There is a general rhythm to the week, but also the activities are varied and keep things interesting for the littles.

I want to give a quick peek at a few lessons, how I organized things, and a few of our “field trips”.

How I Organized My Father’s World

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As you can see above, I put the flash cards on a line where they would be displayed, but could also be easily accessed when I needed to pull the letter of the week down.

I organized our activities, books, and pages by week in a file box. You can see that below. If I found little extras that went along with the theme, I would just add them into the folder. When the week began, I pull out the folder and look over the lesson. I sometimes would need to gather a few extra materials for the other activities, but everything else was ready and in one place. This made it quite easy to open and go each day.

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Here is look at a few of the activities included in the My Father’s World kindergarten year.

Creation Scavenger Hunt 

The student picks up the foam letters and finds something in creation that starts with that letter. Taking pictures is totally optional, we just like to take pictures. ;)

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Below is a look at the park where we chose to do our scavenger hunt. One of my favorite aspects of homeschooling is that we are not confined to a classroom. Charlotte Mason says, “Never be indoors when you can rightly be without.” I agree with her. I love taking school outdoors whenever possible!

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Creation Book Nature Walk

Below is a look at my preschooler holding her creation book on our nature walk, and below that is my kindergartner flipping through hers. This is one of the main activities that is done in the first week. Each day the child makes a page in their creation book that represents what God made on that day. This was such a wonderful starting point in my opinion. What better than to remember that God made us and everything we see in six days, all for His glory. This is why we are alive- because He made us; and this is why we live-for His glory!

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{S-s-Sun Unit}

Here is a look at a few activities from the Sun unit. We made raisins, chalked shadows, a sun dial, practiced patterns while painting a sun, read “Moon Bear’s Shadow”, and more!
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(random tip: Use highlighter for children to start doing copywork. It helps build muscle memory and confidence in writing practice.)

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{Raisin making}

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{Sundial}

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{M-m-Moon Unit}

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(that face!)

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{L-l-Leaf Unit}

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{A-a-apple Unit}

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{T-t-Turtle Unit}

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{U-u-Us Unit}

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{D-d-Dinosaur}

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{E-e-Elephant}

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{O-o-Octopus}

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{Z-z-Zebra}

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{Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons}

This was something I added on to our kindergarten year, and I’m SO glad I did. Not all children are ready for this at age 5, but I “knocked on that door” and she was definitely ready. We made it to lesson 75 and then decided to stop there for a time. The book goes up to a 2nd grade reading level, and at about lesson 70 our lessons became stressful, and that was my cue that we had gone far enough for kindergarten. At that point I started pulling out fun books like “Frog and Toad” and “Little Bear” for her to read aloud to me. She loved it! On her 6th birthday we gave her a Bible. This began a family tradition for us: once a child learns to read, they get their very own Bible. We make it a big deal! It’s a special thing to be able to read and have your very own copy of God’s Word. This book is living and active, changes our hearts, and renews our minds. It’s the reason we learn to read! With full excitement over this special treasure, I begin having my child read passages we have already memorized to build confidence. This worked wonderfully for us, and is definitely something I plan to do again and again with each child.

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A great first year!

All in all, it was a great first year of homeschooling. My Father’s World Kindergarten was perfect for us! So many memory making moments are packed into this sweet curriculum. I definitely feel like it is well balanced and paced great for a young child in a way that will create a love of learning and introduce them to many wonderful things in God’s creation. You would not have to add any extra reading to MFW, it has reading in it, but I chose to because my girl was ready and I wanted to do a little extra. I also love the relationship building aspect of this curriculum, it had me doing things with my girls I would’ve never thought of on my own. And they just adored this!

I have a feeling homeschooling is going to be such a wonderful (and probably at times difficult) journey to walk through together. I’m glad we could kick it off with this precious year. I couldn’t think of a better way to start.

Family Bible Time

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It’s one of my favorite times of the day! It may have been a stressful and long day or a busy day full of housework and homeschooling, but at this time each day we quiet ourselves and gather around the table as a whole family to seek the face of the Lord. My husband begins to read from God’s Word and it washes over us like a cup of cool water! So refreshing! This is a cherished time that I look forward to each day, anticipating and knowing that the Lord will presence Himself among us as we seek Him together in His Word!

Today I’m sharing  the practical side of how we do it over at My Joy Filled Life. I’m excited to be giving some tips and encouragement that hopefully could help get your family started or to help improve upon what you are already doing.

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I’ll also be sharing one of our most used Bible memory resources for children.Bible3d

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For your further pursuit:

We  as a family have been encouraged listening to Paul Washer preach through some of the catechism questions to the children at his home church. These sermons are shorter and preached towards children. They are excellent! Encourage your children to take notes if they are old enough, and encourage the younger ones to listen quietly, pushing pause periodically to ask them questions to help them understand.

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Enjoy!

Time with God // Part Three

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So excited to be back and diving into part three, the final post in the series “Time with God”. I said this in my first post: “God seeks worshipers who worship in Spirit and in Truth.” But perhaps that doesn’t resonate with you, Maybe you are thinking to yourself, what does that even mean?

True Worship in the Spirit

I think some people have it in their heads that worship is similar to yoga… silence required!  Good thing that isn’t the truth otherwise moms like me wouldn’t have the opportunity to worship hardly at all. Other people may believe that worship is something we do on Sunday mornings, singing songs with other believers, and while that is one Biblically ascribed way to worship, there is so much more to worship!

The Holy Spirit through Paul gives us a great definition of worship here:

 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. -Romans 12:1-2

So we see that true spiritual worship is a life offered up as a holy and living sacrifice to the Lord. Now here’s the bad news: you can’t do this on your own…. But here’s the good news: God has done it for you if you are in Christ Jesus and He is your source to be able to live this out moment by moment.

This type of true worship has everything to do with what my blog title is about, “Abiding Woman”. I chose this as the title because that is my deepest desire! To be a woman who is continually abiding in Jesus: relying and trusting fully on His works of righteousness and not my own and drawing from Him as my source in order that I will bear fruit for Him.

 

The Knitty Gritty: The Practical

Drawing from the Source:

Children and chaos do not keep us from drawing from the source, our own flesh does. Until this becomes a way of life, you will need to purpose to die to your flesh and to seek Him right where you are (this is the disciplining yourself for life and godliness that I was talking about in part two). It’s not always easy, it takes focus and patience, especially with little ones underfoot. It is easy in the silence of a morning or evening when all the house is asleep, and while that’s very nice and relaxing, it isn’t our reality for most f the time. We have to learn to draw from Him as our source in our real, kinda loud, sometimes mundane, moments in every day life.

Here are some ways I do this:

*Have a plan: A Reading Plan. I have a Scripture reading plan. I hope to go into more detail on this at some point, but basically my plan is suppose to be a year long plan, however I do what I can when I can. My goal is to read and understand and respond, not “knock it out” so I can check it off my list. Each day on my plan I’m scheduled to read 2 chapters in the Old Testament, 1 Psalm or Proverb, and 2 chapters in the New Testament. This morning I was only able to get through the Old Testament portion before kids woke up and started stirring and asking for breakfast. So I’ll finish the rest this evening, or I’ll pick back up tomorrow where I left off. Sometimes I even work on this as my kids are playing together in the same room as I am in. I figure if I can check my facebook, look at pinterest, or even write a blog post while they play underfoot, then I can certainly read God’s Word! I also think this is a great thing for them to actually see us mamas doing throughout the day, we are an example to them… all our “time with God” should not be done before they wake. They need to see us seeking the Lord, not just hear us talk about it. This is also a great opportunity to look up from God’s Word and say, “guess what I just read….” and share a little of it with those sweet little ones in excitement, you have no idea the impact this will have on them!

*A Bible Listening Plan, I am currently going through a chronological plan that I keep on my fridge and check off as I go. I use the Bible.is app for this. When I’m doing dishes or chores around the house I push play. The kids listen along sometimes and other times they play and know to keep their voice levels low so that I can listen. The great part is, they are listening too.

*Sermons and podcasts are a mom’s best friend! These are great for in the car or for listening to while kids are napping and you have to get chores done. Stick your phone in your pocket and put some headphones on if you think the noise may wake the baby. It is such an encouragement to my heart to hear Biblical teaching and preaching throughout my day. If you’re not sure what to listen to, try some of these sites (my favorites):

I’ll Be Honest  (this group is always posting good stuff)

Revive our Hearts (just for women)

Desiring God sermons

Ask Pastor John (I love these for quick listens)

Look at the Book (I adore these!)

Grace to You

Sermon Audio -There is an app for this also! (look up Paul Washer, Richard Own Roberts, Anthony Mathenia, Tim Conway, Charles Leiter, just to get you started)

here’s a screen shot of my current “Abide” apps. (there are certainly others, these are just the ones I use)

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*Scripture memory and meditation: I have recently been using the phone app Remember Me for Scripture memory. In the past I have also just used index cards. I still do this from time to time since having something as a physical reminder in my pocket is very helpful. If I find I am really struggling with something, I write the Scripture on the card and meditate and pray through it when my mind is tempted to think in ways that are not according to God’s truth. This is one way that I work to renew my mind. Let’s say I’m struggling with bitterness towards someone, I write a Scripture where I’m commanded to forgive and place it on the card in my pocket. If thoughts of unforgiveness or hurt rise up, I pull it out and start praying over the situation and praying for the Lord to change my heart and give me grace to forgive.

These are just a few ideas….  there are certainly other ways to be soaking in God’s Word throughout our days.

Responding in Prayer, Song, Word, and Deed:

Now this isn’t just a one way thing… we also are responding to what we are hearing  from the Lord through His living and active word. We respond in prayer, songs, words, and deeds all throughout our day. Pray about the things you learned or read or just listened to on a sermon. Confess sin if the Lord showed you an area of your life that needs repentance. Thank Him for thing things He has done and the things He is showing you. Rejoice in who He is and just worship Him! Sing songs of praise and hymns as you go about your daily work around the home. Praise the Lord out loud to your children and husband and friends. Speak of Him often to everyone that you can. If you are constantly taking in His Word, then you very easily begin to speak His Word to others. And respond with obedience right where you are. Did you read about patience or seeking unity, do that! Did you read about forgiving others, do that. Did you read about evangelism, do it! Think of tangible ways to respond to His commands. Do you need to sit down and write a letter to a friend to share God’s truth with her, do you need to pick up the phone and repent to someone for something you did, do you need to go repent to your children for anger or impatience, do you need to go open God’s Word and teach your children? What did God say to do? Do it! Jesus says if we love Him we will keep His commandments. That is a way that we worship! We worship in response to His words.

The Presence of God: He is with us!

The Lord is not far off, He is with you even when you may feel distracted from that truth, it is still a reality. Furthermore, He longs for us to worship Him in these ways. He deeply loves us who are in Christ Jesus, He has made us His own, and He cleansed us so that we no-longer would live in separation from Him. He delights in us delighting in Him! Take time today to purpose to do this throughout your day.

Maybe you couldn’t wake up early and seek Him in the silence, that is okay, seek Him now! If you were able to get up early to spend time alone with Him, let it continue, we can’t just be products of our environments, we must seek Him when it’s easy and when it’s hard. 

There is a quote that I read in a study called “Behold Your God” that has affected my perception of God’s presence and what my response is to it:

“You can have as much of God as you want; in fact you already do!” 

It is very true!

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you!

Time With God // Part Two

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I’m so excited to journey on in this series! Walking in light of the presence of God is of utmost importance!  If you haven’t read the first post yet, hop over and read it, then come back here to dive in deeper.

 Time with God in the Trenches of Mommyhood

So what does time with God for the busy and often tired mom of young children look like? Should we make it our goal to set aside a specific time to study the Scriptures and pray, be it in the morning or during the naptimes of our children, or in the evening when everyone is asleep YES ,ABSOLUTELY! We should definitely pursue making this happen! I hope that no one heard me say that it was unnecessary for you to have, pursue, and desire those alone times with the Lord in my first post. In fact, I did a challenge here on this blog just a year ago in June called the Triple G Challenge that is all about pursuing waking and getting with God first thing in the morning because it is good to start your day with Him and to continue to walk with Him for the rest of the day.

If anyone got that they were not to pursue this type of time with the Lord out of the first post then you very much misunderstood me, and absolutely must stick around because what I was sharing there is almost the complete opposite of that.

The first post aimed to address this tendency for moms to set these goals of waking before the children and spending time with the Lord (much like the Triple G challenge), but when plans fall through because the life of a mom is unpredictable and let’s face it sometimes sleepless, instead of walking out the rest of their day with their Savior at their side, they walk it out in condemnation. But here’s the truth sweet sisters:

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. -Romans 8:1

Jesus isn’t looking down from heaven saying, “I know her baby woke her up twice last night, and that her toddler woke at 7, but she should’ve set aside some alone time with me sitting in her easy chair sipping her coffee with her Bible wide open.” That’s ludicrous on so many levels, and we know it! But sadly, sometimes moms put this type of condemnation on themselves. The reality of the situation according to God looks much different, the reality He gives us is this:

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. -Hebrews 4:14-16

The Gospel Changes the Way We View Our Time with the Lord

How is it that we can be with God in His presence when we fail in so many ways? We fail to live up to not just our own human standards of a schedule or a time to wake up ,but we fail His perfect holy standards, big time, more than we will ever know. The reason this invitation is open to us is because of what Jesus has done and is doing. It’s not because of something you accomplish or bring about on your own. Don’t be deceived, if you think waking up early every day to read and study the Bible and pray is going to earn you the right to be in the presence of God, you are dead wrong! Can He meet you in that time, will He meet you in that time, Yes, but it isn’t because of you, it’s because of Him! The only thing that gives us the right to come boldly to His throne of grace is the great high priest, Jesus who was tempted in every way, He knows our struggles all too well, and yet He was perfect and blameless! He came to this earth with one purpose, to fulfill the Father’s will by redeeming a people for Himself and bringing them near to Him. What had to be done for that to happen? This perfect man who was also fully God had to die and bear the wrath that was meant for our sins, and then He overcame sin and death, rose from the grave! He now sits on the the throne praying for us! Do you think He did and does all that so we could only meet with Him in a silent house before our children wake? Absolutely not!!!! He did that so we could abide in Him moment by moment, forever!

But, but, but, but….

Some will say, But what about disciplining yourself for life and godliness (1 Timothy 4:7)? And I submit, what I’m saying to do here takes much greater discipline than sitting in a silent house and sipping coffee and reading your Bible. I love what Paul Washer says:

“You are struggling to DO … you need to struggle to BE.”

I am talking about something much more authentic than setting a schedule and having your “quiet time” and giving yourself a little Pharisaical pat on the back.

No, I am talking about abiding in Him moment by moment! Abiding when the kids are screaming, abiding when the dishes and laundry are over flowing, abiding when you are teaching phonics to a young child, abiding when you have morning sickness for weeks on end, abiding at play dates, abiding at the zoo, abiding when the stomach bug strikes your home, abiding in the late night nursing hours, abiding… always and continually abiding.

God is near, He is here. He is in the silence and the chaos. Will you abide in Him right now…… or do you think He’s still waiting for you back at that easy chair?

Sister, I hope this set you free in some way and encouraged you to discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness….. in order to BE not to DO!

Tomorrow’s post is going to get much more practical. What does it look like to enjoy the Lord and abide in Him in our moments of chaos and homemaking and not-so-silent houses? I hope you will join me again tomorrow.

Be blessed.

Read part 3 of this series here.

Mothers Your Work is Eternal Work

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Dear Mothers,

You have one of the most difficult and most wonderful jobs given.
It’s not insignificant work, in fact it is eternal work.
What you do each day inside the four walls of your house will affect so much!
You are influencing your children’s hearts moment by moment.
You have a chance to point them to Christ in the middle of messes, play, discipline, and cuddles.
30 years from now, your laundry and dishes piles will be much smaller, and your children will be much bigger. And today you can train them in the way they should go.
300 hundred years from now you and your children will be consumed with one thing and one thing only, and it’s a much bigger deal than laundry and dishes.
In 300 years we will all be thinking about the glory of Christ…. some around His throne in beauty and fullness of joy, and others with great regret in agony and turmoil.
But today you can focus your heart on Him, and point your children’s hearts to Him.

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Don’t be deceived to think what you do today will not affect them then, it will.
Point them to Christ! He is the one thing our hearts need most, and He is the one thing your child needs most!

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And Mamas, this is not adding to your to-do list…. this is the thing you must do while you do the to-do list. And if you can’t do this and that at the same time, then that other thing is the thing that must go because remember this is eternal work.

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Amidst your seemingly mundane work of kissing booboos, teaching phonics, potty training, nursing, remember what your real work is.
Pray for your children continually to know and love Christ, live your life in a way that points to the redeeming power of the Lord, and proclaim the Gospel to your children as often as you can, rejoice in the Lord before their very eyes. This is your real work that God has given you and there is an eternal reward.

“Those who think that a woman detained at home by her little family is doing nothing, think the reverse of what is true. Scarcely can the godly mother quit her home for a place of worship; but dream not that she is lost to the work of the church; far from it, she is doing the best possible service for her Lord. Mothers, the godly training of your offspring is your first and most pressing duty. Christian women, by teaching the children the Holy Scriptures, are as much fulfilling their part for the Lord, as Moses in judging Israel, or Solomon in building the temple. “Seek first His kingdom, set your minds on the things above, fix your eyes on Jesus.” While a truly God besought mother and wife may be one of the most unnoticed overlooked posts in the eyes of the world, there will be a day when its eternal significance will be brought to light and no sacrifice will seem too great, nor any negligence seem so small.”  -C.H. Spurgeon

Celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus

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Happy Resurrection Day, sweet readers!

Of all the holidays on the calendar, Resurrection Sunday is the one most worth celebrating. There is nothing more significant in all of time than the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God! So it is right that we celebrate! It is right that we worship!

Because He is alive, because He is risen, everything has changed!

Because He is alive, we can be made alive!

We were dead in our trespasses and sins

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.  (Eph. 2:1-3)

But God made us alive together with Christ

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:4-7)

Because of these amazing truths Resurrection Sunday never gets old. The Gospel never gets old. The Gospel is like oxygen for the Christian soul. When you are born and take your first breath, it’s oxygen that brings you life, it never gets old, we never stop breathing, and the more we cherish life, the deeper we sigh to breathe in. The Gospel is this way, it only gets more precious and more amazing as we grow closer to the one who saved us.

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I hope you had an amazing day celebrating our risen King!

Rejoice! He is risen!!!!

 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ (Luke 24:6-7)

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We Will Never Get This Back

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Sometimes it hits me out of nowhere, I’ll be admiring the simplicity and trust that a child displays in these younger years, and then I will remember with a great sense of urgency that these days are limited and we will never get them back.

These sweet girls that I cuddle and discipline, teach and read to, play and pray with will only be this little for a little while.

Oh how I pray that I use this time well!

I fail, yes. There is grace, yes. and Praise God for that because I am a girl in need of Him constantly! But as I abide in Him I am reminded through His Word and through the Holy Spirit what my duty to these girls is right now.

I have a job to do! Something only I can do because I am the one who is with them almost ALL of the time. That is a great privilege and a great responsibility!

I believe we can take this seriously and delight in it at the same time!

I want to be a living example for them to see moment by moment, a woman who is not a slave to sin, but instead is a slave to Christ.

I want them to see someone who seeks to glorify God and who enjoys God throughout her days.

I want them to see a woman who loves and respects their daddy.

I want them to see my love for them and my contentment in these years of training and teaching.

What is amazing about all of this is that I don’t have to muster up these thoughts out of nowhere. Nope… God has already placed them in my heart.

Psalm 37:4 says

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

This verse has been so true for me in this area!

I have shared before how I struggled with my contentment, I struggled with my selfishness in my role as wife and mom, but as I spent more time seeking God just for the sake of getting God (not to fix my life!), that is when He took out my heart of stone and gave me a heart of flesh. He has placed new desires within me!

So I encourage you to seek God’s face! Enjoy Him! Worship Him! Repent of sin and rejoice in His grace!

Then He will give you the desire to be present, to be joyous, to be kind, to teach your children about Jesus through words and deeds.

When we have our minds on Christ, we will be made aware of the gift that this time is.

What a blessing to mother these young children, to nurse babies, to kiss booboos, to read the same stories over and over, to teach catechisms, to teach Scripture, to pray for and with these precious littles. It is so beautiful and such a joy to be a part of this! And we must do it now, today, because we won’t ever get today back.

But we can’t do any of this if we are not abiding in Him, a part from Him we can do nothing.

We must seek Him first!

My prayer for myself and you all my sweet readers is that we will do these things and bring glory to our Father in Heaven through the power of the Spirit that lives within us and through the grace of Christ Jesus.

Be blessed.