Showing posts with label Spiritual Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spiritual Life. Show all posts

Friday, August 12, 2011

Hitting the Wall


     

     Yesterday our two year old threw several toys over the six foot fence we share with our party-animal of a neighbor. Because I had so many kids with me yesterday, I waited until my husband got home to retrieve the toys. Instead of knocking our our neighbor's door to request the toys, Chris tried several other entertaining methods to retrieve the toys, none of which were successful. 
     He attempted to scale the fence which resulted in getting bit by the dog, he then tried using a broom to rake the toys to wall of the fence, to pull them through a hole with his hands. The toys didn't fit and again, he got bit. He even tried a fishing pole before giving up and telling the kids the toys were done for--a Sand Lot Movie moment. 
     It reminds me of how often we face obstacles, we hit a wall and instead of asking-- knocking on God's door to request help, we allow that streak of independence become our downfall. Why does it seem so much harder to knock on His door and ask for help or guidance? 
     In reality, if we ask God first, He is able to give us a different perspective, He is able to open doors we thought we closed. He is able to move mountains for those who have faith in Him. Mathew 7:7 should be our resolve, the Bible says, "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." How often do you seek Him first in light of any situation? Are you willing to surrender and say, "I can't do this without you God, I'm waiting for you before I make the next move.
     As mothers, this is imperative to demonstrate to our children. When they begin to face obstacles or challenges, their first reaction should be to pray and ask God for help. Yesterday was the perfect lesson to teach our little ones, I hope that this seemingly insignificant example awakens your heart for your need for God!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

No Mother Ever Wants to Hear Her Child is Not Normal

     How is it that one moment can rock your world and change the course of life? Yet at the same time, it brings understanding to past moments of questioning and uncertainty. As I sat on my daughter's counselor's couch, I wanted to scream at her. The diagnosis she laid before me, shattered my reality, and at the same time brought clarity to every question I ever had about my daughter. It brought me face to face with my deepest fear as a mother.
    No mother ever wants to hear their child is not normal (I'd really like to ring the person's neck who created the word normal). No mother wants to her their child will struggle. Sure all of our children will struggle in life as they grow up; but to know your child will struggle even harder than the rest is beyond heartbreaking. 
    While I'm still grieving the dreams I had for my daughter and even facing my own demons of 'what will other people think' (once again, thank you mom for this wonderful Shaw trait), a dear friend wrote the sweetest of words to me as I poured my heart out to her. She told me God already knew all of this, He already planned it. Life isn't about what we make it, but how each struggle, and each life brings glory to Him. Am I willing to abandon it all for Him?
     Whether or not this diagnosis is truth (we are getting a 3rd opinion in July from a specialist), my mind was flooded continuously with words from a worship song. Over and over I heard ever so softly to abandon everything I had dreamed; to stand with my arms held high. He stood before creation with my baby in mind, He knew exactly what He was doing when He gave her to me. Nothing is ever as it seems.
     For now, I will grieve what I had planned and lay to rest what normal is. As the tears subside, I will be able to look towards the future and God. I'll keep my eyes on Him and ask, "Alright, so this is Your plan, You created her perfectly in Your image. Help me to walk along side her to the life You called her. Help me to see Your beauty in all of this. For heaven's sake, take the word normal out of dictionary!" 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Revelations Of A Mama Prayer Slacker


     I bet the word 'confessions' caught your eye so you decided to read a little further. Sorry sister, nothing juicy or too exciting here unless you count how the enemy is plotting against me. By enemy, that generally means Satan or the kids, but in this case, Satan!
    The enemy is constantly dogging my conscience about what a better christian I should be. He is especially good at making me feel like a failure at setting that example for my kids. I must confess that my prayer life ebbs and flows with my daily existence, and yet I strive to constantly be in prayer and mindful of God speaking to me. Where I fail is thinking I need to be busy with Bible studies, sitting on church committees, and leading women. What I do not understand is why I seem to think those things are priorities. Can you find anything in the Bible that says any of that busyness will satisfy God's desires for me? If you do, please call me! You and I both know it's much more simplified than that.
    It's about communication, and an open heart...It's about prayer. Prayer is communicating your heart, thoughts, desires, dreams, failures, and worries to God. It opens the line of communications directly to your spirit. Without prayer, we cannot be sure of what God wants from us or for us. If you're like me, you'll open your Bible, but nothing makes sense. You'll bumble about your day feeling satisfied because your spirit hasn't connected with God.
   Here's a few tips that you can not only incorporate into your daily life but into the lives of your kiddos too.

  1. Set up a pray alter. Purchase scripture cards and a small notebook, each more pull a card out, read the verse and write out your prayers in the notebook. Instruct your whole family to do the same. Before you leave for work or as you go about your day, you can refer back to the prayers of your family.
    • If you have little ones, simplify your prayer/scripture time. For example, our kids memorized Philippians 1:6 last week. The verse reads, "Now being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ." Our kids memorized it as "God is working in me."
  2. Take small business sized note cards with you full of scriptures and prayers, set them about your home. As your eye reads them, send up a prayer to God on what that scripture prompts you.
  3. Have an accountability partner. Meet or call a friend once a week to prayer for each other and help each other strive to pray daily. 
Are you a prayer warrior? Leave a comment with how you incorporate prayer in your daily life? Have kids? What do you do to teach them the importance of prayer?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Leading by My Kids Example -- Mommy Devotion

My son posing for my blog. So cute.

      "Mom look, I have big muscles because I ate all my eggs and green stuff." Elijah said with his usual lisp  as he came up the stairs with a large tote of laundry (morning chore). It reminds me of my spiritual life reminding me that reading the Bible daily and praying is spiritual food. If we aren't practicing these things, how can we expect to hear God's voice, know how He is directing our steps, or be able to stand against temptations? 
      The days when I don't read my Bible, or I am not in prayer are the days when bitterness, malice, being short tempered, and insecurities set it. The mornings when I do make it a priority to get into the Word, I seem to have a sixth sense about possible temptations and attitudes. I love that God continues to use my children to set the example He expects for me and reminds me of what I need to be doing to open up the lines of communication between Him and me. 
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