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King of Glory

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Like a river flowing freely in the desert

You quench the thirsty land that seeks for you

Without a moment’s thought or hesitation

You offer all your love and life brand new

I praise your holy name above all names

For you alone are worthy to be praised

I lift my eyes to you in adoration

My heart rejoices for I know you are the way

Who alone reveals the answers to all things?

Who alone conceals in his hands the source of life?

The one who lifts my burdens

The one who rescued me

Behold the King of Glory

 

You who gave such life to all the lifeless

You who filled the sky and all the seas

In you I found my shelter from the darkness

My Savior

My Lord

King of Glory

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“7 Lift up your heads, you gates;be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.Lift up your heads, you gates;lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.”

Psalm 24:7-9

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On Guard

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The age-old “grass is greener on the other side” is ever prevalent.  It’s funny how it always seems like everyone else’s relationship is so much better than your own.  You might look to your side and notice the special way that another couple  looks at each other, or the way they go on about one another. 

Sooner or later if you look close enough you’ll find that those relationships are facing similar struggles if not worse ones than you are.  What can we learn from this?  No one’s life is perfect of course…no one has a trouble-free relationship. 

The difference is that there are those that pursue a solution versus those that toss in the towel prior to finding that one thing that will make the difference.   It’s never easy to give in and say, I can’t take it anymore.  But sometimes it’s even harder to go the distance and seek out someone that can help.

Why is it that we struggle with talking about our issues?  Shouldn’t we want to do anything we can in order to resolve those things that are so huge in our lives?  Being proud only hinders your progress. 

When will we realize that our spouses are not the enemy but rather that we are being used against one another?  When we realize the issues at hand we have to consider who benefits from the turbulence in our relationships. 

I want to encourage you today to be ever vigilant. Be clear minded and don’t let the darkness invade your light but consider yourself blessed when you are attacked. Yes, I said blessed!  Attacks come upon those that are heading down the right path, make sure not to let the darkness run you off.

 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

“En garde”

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Engraved By Christ

Last week as I went on a walk with my son through our neighborhood I pulled out my camera and started taking pictures of everything that caught my eye.  Lots of beautiful trees, flowers and built up piles of fallen leaves. Oh how I love the natural beauty.

As I looked down at the sidewalk something in the cement caught my eye. they were so small that I almost missed them, but there they were. An imprint of a leaf. Several of them actually, leaves no longer there but the imprints remained. How long had they been there? Who knows, could be years.  All I knew was that these leaves had once fallen at this precise place leaving their mark, proving their existence, leaving a lasting impression in stone. So I took a picture of this imprint as it got me thinking of my own.

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What lasting impression will I leave behind?  Years from now will there even be an imprint? Will I have served my Lord well? What I do now, will it find its way into the future? My children’s future? Their children’s children future?

Not for rewards or for empty praises but rather to know I have guided them toward Christ and loved them so well that they will always remember. A love that has been etched into their hearts and burned into the very fabric of their lives.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen”
2 Peter 3:18

To know that those moments I cried in prayer for God’s blessing on their lives came to be, even if while I am no longer here. That through whatever small kindness they have witnessed they have learned of Christ’s love in action.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace”
Numbers 6:24-26

The things that we do matter. How we affect those around us will mean something if we do it with love.

But, the truth is…

We are flawed and the good we do is like filthy rags compared to God’s love.  So I pray… That despite my selfishness, short comings and sinful nature God will choose to use me in preparing a way for them.

“We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.”
Isaiah 64:6

Like a leaf etched into stone or names carved onto a tree, I hope to have helped my children carve the name of our Lord Jesus Christ onto their hearts that they might live a lifetime of joy serving our Father.

That the imprint I leave behind be not that of my own, but rather the one engraved by Christ.

How will you leave your imprint?

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Left

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This morning I was driving along as usual on my way to drop off my son at school.  We were having a nice time just singing and talking in the car when I came up to the spot where I needed to make a left turn.  I waited for the oncoming traffic to come to a stop so I could get by like I do every day.

Suddenly I saw my opportunity when one lane stopped but I noticed the far left outer lane just came to a crawl so I was afraid to go ahead since I had no idea if he would stop or not. The driver looks at me in anger mouthing something that seemed to express his annoyance at my need for turning at that particular spot . Waving his hands and yelling something (mind you there was no where for him to go, he would just be blocking the intersection).  I was confused and literally asked “What?” as I lifted my shoulders.

This enraged him and he proceeded to show me a hand gesture that completely floored me. My son was shocked to see how angry this stranger was and how rude he had become in a matter of seconds.  I did nothing.  I just turned left and kept driving.  I did nothing because as silly as it sounds, my feelings were hurt. I mean one minute we’re singing and just like that the sweet lyrics turned sour.  I let this rob my joy, change my mood and I briefly shut down.

What had I done to this “stranger” that warranted such an insult?  I know some people might say I gave it too much thought but honestly there was so much more behind it and it hurt. Can you believe that my son took hold of my hand and actually apologized to me?  For what? He didn’t do anything to me.  No, but he saw the offense on my face.  I couldn’t hide it. He was offended for me and wanted to make me feel better. I gathered my thoughts and simply told him (as calmly as I could) that I felt sorry for that man.  That I found what he did to be disgusting and insulting but…I felt sorry for him.  My son replied with “I don’t, not one bit”.

I totally understood my sons response and even appreciated the support he gave me in saying so, but I wanted him to learn that we need to live a different way.  We need to live the “W.W.J.D.”(What Would Jesus Do) way.  That’s really hard isn’t it? It felt literally impossible at that precise moment, but I felt a nudge telling me it was still what needed to be done. My initial reaction was to ignore it and stay upset but the nudge wouldn’t go away. It’s hard to argue with that.  My “self” was wanting to yell and say things to retaliate for the offense but I just went inward struggling with thoughts of anger versus choosing to do what was right.

I felt my son watching me, wondering, and feeling sorry for me. He was still holding my hand as if trying to console me. So I broke the silence as I came to my senses and said “what that man did was disgusting and ridiculous.  He needs prayer”.  My son was not happy with that answer and mentioned how the stranger was an idiot and shouldn’t have treated me that way.  I had to agree but I also said ”this stranger’s life must be so empty that the simplest of things will set him off.  Maybe he has a rough life.  I don’t know, but he needs prayer.”

This world can be a rough place always willing to pull you off course

I can’t ask my children to “do right” if I’m not willing to be an example.  Some might think I’m being exaggerated with this whole thing. I mean it was just a left turn people, a rude guy and a blip in time. If I would have never turned I could have avoided the whole incident but then again I would have never gotten to my destination.

The way I see it, is that “left” turn represents the difficult things we need to do as Christians. How sometimes this means we need to go against the traffic of the world which is not always easy and can even cause us pain and repercussions.Though in the end it will be worth it as long as the road we’re traveling is headed straight toward Christ.

So let them think I’m exaggerated. I would rather lean more to the kind of thinking that I don’t want to change or turn just because the world says so.  I want to change and live the way Christ says so. That might make me look weak to the “world” but I have no interest in conforming.   As flawed as I am I need to keep my eyes on Christ and travel in which ever direction He guides.

 Show me the right path, O Lordpoint out the road for me to follow.  Lead me by your truth and teach me,for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.

Psalm 25:4-5

I pray that you trust in the Lord, keep Him close to your heart and don’t let this world throw you off course. If God says turn left…you turn left.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2

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You Are More

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Its 5:00 am, the day starts off as usual, trudge my way in a sleepy fog off to start the day.  Wake up kids, get breakfast on the table and those lunch boxes ready to go.  They finally get dressed and show up in the kitchen bleary-eyed, but ready to eat.  The morning starts slow but the quiet brings peace that helps conversation flow.

Though daylight has not reached us we’re on our way to the bus stop as my daughter tells me how she’s worried about her grades or that she doesn’t feel smart enough sometimes.  Asks if I think she’s a good writer or if she’s just fooling herself into thinking she can be one someday.  Her eyes upon me wondering, waiting for encouragement.  She cares what I think.  My child needs me. So I tell her the truth.

I don’t say this just because she is my daughter or solely out of love when I say the certainty of her talent is clear. I point out the beauty in the words she pens, the emotion she invokes and how though difficult a feat, she rises to it. I have no doubt she will one day be that writer she aspires to.  She will do great things and she knows I’m her biggest fan.

Next I drive my son to school. At times these drives can be silent when sleepiness is hard to fight.  But today my son had something on his mind.  He blurted out these words, “I know I’m not normal”.  As you can imagine my mind raced trying to process what he meant.  Quickly worried and even briefly blamed myself.  “Why would you say that?” is what came out of my mouth.  What he said next was nothing I had expected to hear.

“I’m not like other kids.  The other boys think all girls are the same, but I know that’s not true.  They’re all different and special in their own way. I think it’s because you homeschooled me Mom.  And I’m glad for that because I learned from being around you and my sister all the time. I know that’s what God wants me to do”.

I thanked him for telling me that but I have to tell you that he has no idea how wonderful that was to hear.

As a mom you work so hard to do everything you can for your children.  You sacrifice and love unconditionally praying that you won’t mess them up and that they’ll grow up to be beautiful human beings. These are the moments, unexpected conversations of the heart that are like payment in full.

My kids know that I love them but cannot even fathom the amount of love I have for them.  These are the moments I want to remember when I feel like I’m not enough.  When I feel overwhelmed and under-appreciated I need to recall these moments, these words, and their love.

I know that down the line I’ll still make mistakes and doubt myself along the way but I’m thankful for God’s reminders. Letting me know that I don’t have to be perfect and in the scheme of things all is well. God has blessed me with an amazing family to nurture and I am privileged to be loved by them.

Proverbs 31:25-28

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.27 She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

I encourage you today to take a moment and know that you are loved.  That there is more to being a mom than preparing lunches, making beds or driving your kids around. That all you do is not in vain, all you are is infinitely more important to your family than any mistake you have ever made.  You are more and love covers all.

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5

A Girl

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A girl

alone
lost in her emotions
trying hard to please them all
yet never doing so

A girl

alone
lost in her emotions
trying to hold on
But finding she’d been let go

Hear His voice
Drown the noise
Seek His face
To find the joy

Tangled as this life has been
He calls us all to start again
New
Brand new

Letting go was the key
Lonely and He helped them be
Still
So still…

So here we are
Being “still”
In the quiet of our hearts
Finding that you meet us here
As our feelings fall apart

You hold
And You cry
As you wipe away our tears
You are God…
So very near

Blinded and He made them see
Tangled then but now set free
He’s here
He’ll always be here

A girl

so free
lost in her emotions
grateful for all that He has done
and will continue to do

A girl

so free
lost in her emotions
holding on with all her might
knowing that He won’t let go

He’ll never let you go

Psalm 34:17-19 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Child’s Faith

Seems like lately college aged students are choosing to leave the church.  Claiming that God doesn’t exist.  What’s going on?  Why the wave of doubt and confusion?

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8

It’s scary to think that you worked hard to get your child into a decent college hoping they’d have all the best opportunities. Start on the path to a great career and  successful future.  What you didn’t bargain for was paying all that money and upon graduation finding out she’s decided that there isn’t a God.  Wait! What?

I see now that as a parent I need to take a more pro-active role.  My kids still have several years before they get to college so the time is now. It’s time to make sure and provide them with the necessary tools they’ll need to feel confident and stand firm when their faith is being challenged, whether by a college professor or fellow students planting a seed.  I want my kids to be prepared.

Here is where I’ve decided to start, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An atheist” is a book that answers a lot of the things that are commonly questioned; The authenticity of the bible, Who Jesus really is, If God is real why do we suffer? These are just a few topics that caught my attention.  I’ve heard great things about this book and I’ll be checking it out for myself, for my kids, for their future.

On that note, I’d like to offer up my two cents in a list of sorts…

Top 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Child’s Faith

  1. Devotional/Bible time– Have your kids gotten into the habit of reading their bible daily?  Start them on devos as soon as possible.  The younger the better. We did it first thing in the morning at the breakfast table. When they were 3 and 7 we’d start the day off with keysforkids followed by adventuresinodyssey they loved both.  Jellytelly.com is another great one for young kids.  Whateverdevo you choose the important thing is to create a habit of reading studying and sharing God’s word.
  2.  Pray– Seems obvious however needs to be mentioned.    Kids are natural sponges and the best way to teach them to pray is by praying. Pray with them at meals pray with them at bedtime and let them see you pray while you’re standing at the kitchen counter or at the stop light.  They remember that…those are defining moments. There is power in prayer and they learn from watching you.
  3.  Seek and Find– Teach them to look stuff up.  They might hear so-called truths from classmates or teachers and believe it, because they said it, so it must be true.  Challenge them to verify information.  Kids say some incredible things sometimes and can be quite gullible as well, making it all the more important to teach them to question what they’ve heard and know when to disregard
    As mere opinion.
  4. Challenge them– Present them with a scenario  that they might encounter in high school or college. How will they respond? Will they know how to respond? Or will they just remain quiet?  Once presented with the challenge, offer ways to deal with the situation.  This would be  a great time to remind them how important it is to memorize God’s word so they are never caught off guard. As they get older the challenges should get more complicated.  How will they react to tragedy or disappoint?  You won’t always be around but God’s word can be hidden in their hearts.
  5. Encourage them– As parents this is a given however, At times we just go through the motions and while expecting their best effort we forget to acknowledge the small victories.  Don’t focus on what they haven’t achieved yet…encourage them with your actions by demonstrating your faith on a daily basis. That they might learn not to be afraid to speak up but rather defend their faith with confidence.
Strengthen their Faith and watch it Grow Wild

Strengthen their Faith and watch it Grow Wild

I hope you find these suggestions helpful.

What are some ways you are preparing your children?

Remember, the  stage your children are in doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that you start helping them learn how to put their faith into action.

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