(top three pictures from a little walk on Sunday)
Yesterday, March 1st! Spring is in the air, for sure. My children are all quite sick with spring fever.
This morning I opened a window and breathed…..in and out, deep gulps of cold spring air. I could hear the birds singing and the morning sunrise was so lovely. Happy morning, it looks to be another beautiful day, today.
Here in New England, it was a lamb-like March day yesterday, so much so that I was as sleepy as a newborn lamb all day long. It was a difficult day, wanting to sleep, needing to just go to bed. I was up with the birds that morning, but as soon as the morning chores were done, I was back in bed with my littlest love for some cozy time.
Sunday service was a blessing to my soul. Pastor reminded us (me) of who I am, quite simply….a redeemed sinner, which means: a sinner and a saint at the very same time. I loved that! It makes such sense to me. There are so many things my soul wants, my soul longs for, but my flesh makes it so hard. I am weak, like a stumbling toddler I need to keep my hand in Christ’s hand.
I am still reading through the Bible in one year, but I also thought I would start reading a portion of the New Testament with my little boys (David and Caleb) in the early morning, as we wait for the bus to come. Please pray that I will be faithful. (I have tried this before, and gave up). I think to myself, “They are not listening, they are wriggling, they are too young to understand”…..but, then again, I believe that even just one little snippet of a Scripture, someday, somehow, will “hit them”, and perhaps change their hearts forever. The Bible says that the Word will not return void, it will do something…..in them, in me, or in the older ones as they eavesdrop (we read the Bible together later on, during homeschooling time). We don’t know how or what the Lord will do, to do His work in hearts and souls.
Please also pray that I myself will be faithful in studying my Bible, specifically my goal in thoroughly studying through one book at a time. I chose Philippians for no other reason than I like it…but I want to read it over and over, digging and meditating on the words….using a dictionary, concordance, commentary. I read the other day that for every one time we read the O.T., we should be reading the N.T. at least twice.
The Bible is the only truth. Every other book, every program on TV, every blog I read, leaves me with an empty feeling, spiritually….those things are not truth the way the Bible is. We can completely trust God’s Word. Being a Christian, having a God I can trust, is an anchor to my soul, something I need and crave, as much as I simply need His love.
Jacob, Ethan, Grace, and Caleb spent hours outside yesterday morning. I didn’t know what they were doing at first. Jacob came running back to the house to beg me to go for a walk into the woods to see The Best Fort They Ever Made. I could not go, so sleepy, so drowsy…..I allowed him to carry off my precious camera so he could take pictures of it.
The Best Fort Ever: A pine tree had fallen over, bring up the back wall of their fort, the roots and dirt. The children put big and small sticks, and branches up for the sides, bark for the roof. They can go inside, and it’s like a little nesty den.
Later on, I did manage to gather up enough energy to make some homemade rolls, only because my husband requested them.
And Davy was thankful, too.
As we serve & love others, we serve & love God. I read this quote yesterday from a little booklet….
“All that she did was done as unto the Lord. She scrubbed floors for Him. She washed and ironed clothes for Him. And everywhere she went she sang softly and talked to herself and to her Lord. She knew His presence in all her daily duties and she was a blessing to others. Another dear saint who knew His presence said, ‘As I wash the clothes I ask Him to cleanse my heart and the hearts of others I know. While I iron, I remind Him of all the troubles and problems that need ironing out. While I sweep the floor I ask Him to sweep out the fault finding from my heart so He can bless, and He always does.’
So, others received blessing from her life. “ ~ Grace Knowlton
I don’t want to just live my life, I want to live it for Christ and His glory. I want to be in continual praise and thankfulness, for His love and grace. He is the only way to a beautiful, satisfying and happy life.
And He loves you, more than you can even imagine………
**I just got Davy off to school and we did read a section of Mark 10 this morning, and then Caleb prayed this prayer: “Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for this day. Please let us go to Grandma L’s house. And please let us have….chicken divan for dinner. Amen.” Then, it was Davy’s turn. “Dear God, Please don’t let us have chicken divan for dinner. And please help me save up enough money for a didj. Amen.”
Now. My question is. Should I or should I not make chicken divan?