June 2008 Archives

Servant Attitude?

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Servant attitude... in a 3 year old? How about an almost 2 year old? Well today I saw it. There were several things I was hoping to accomplish today and my two kids were right beside me all day. What an encouragement!


Late last week I had been asking God to help me find better time with the kids. It's summer and I know we all love to be outside going on grand adventures. I thought grand adventures would be removed from the list this summer, budgetary constraints :) God showed me today that I don't need money or fancy things to have a thoroughly delightful day with my kids. I don't really have to do anything all that far from the norm. I had prayed that God would not allow me to put my to-do list ahead of my kids. I prayed that He would guide my time so that each day I could have some alone time with each of them.


Today was a glorious answer to those prayers. I was able to delight in God through delighting in the gifts He has given me. What awesome gifts they are. I should have taken pictures!! This summer Jae has learned that she loves to wash cars just as much as Wes. Well I think they actually like the soap bubbles better than the washing, but that's just fine with me. We learned about grouping things together as we cleaned out the closet. We even had time to make some of our favourite peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!!


It seemed to me that serval times today I heard these little voices calling to me... “Mommy how can I help you?”... what? Lord did I hear that right? How awesome it is to hear these young ones wanting to serve. It is a good reminder for me to be joyful while serving, the little ones are watching!


I also found it rather encouraging that while they were helping they were singing. Yes this can be little overwhelming, those that have been in my house will understand. Today is was just delightful. They would sing “Mighty, Mighty Saviour”, “The Gospel Song” and then straight into “Jesus, Thank you”. Oh that God would be so gracious to save these ones!


So mothers again I say, pray... because God answers prayers!


Sisters In Christ

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Sisters. Blood sisters can be very close; if you are truly blessed you may have a blood sister that is also a sister in Christ. I have a blood sister and love her dearly although she is not my sister in Christ. I have been blessed to have many sisters in Christ just within my own church. Recently have become most excited with what the Lord is accomplishing in my relationship with one such sister. As a matter of fact she is also my sister-in-law (and lives with me!).


What a blessing, as I have come to see it, it is to have such a strong and faithful sister so close to me! Now I'm not saying that this relationship has been perfect or is even perfect right now, but there has been growth here that I have not experienced before. At times before it almost felt like when we would talk and Christ would be in the centre of conversations, but behind a wall of our own sin. These walls of sin had gotten so high, you could barely tell he was there at all!


One afternoon we sat down and just let everything out. Let me tell you... it was a painful conversation. I don't think anyone wants to see their sins just laid out on the table like that. It was awakening to the sins of my own heart. I mean I know I'm a sinner, but to clearly see the pride, bitterness, anger, frustration, jealousy, strife and lack of self control was shocking to say the least. Secretly I was hoping only my husband would ever see that side of me.


Thanks be to God... she loves me anyway. It was my prayer then to not just have the relationship restored, but refreshed with Christ truly at the centre. How awesome it is to be able to say, that He is good and has been answering my prayer.


She has become a true blessing in my life. I have been witness to much grace in her, I think I was blinded before. She is a wonderful encourager, not just in how to be better a mom or wife (which are great things to be), but an encourager to be actively pursuing God. God has gifted her with the ability to strive after the true heart reasons for our sin. She actively seeks out truth so that she might know her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


I believe that this is how true sisters in Christ should be: encouraging in Christ, accountable to one another, loving, kind, easily forgiving (because you were forgiven), self-contolled and of primary importance actively seeking after God.


Unpacking a Mother's Heart

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A mother loves her children. I am a mother who loves her children. There are those days though, when loving them is more difficult. I wondered why? It seems to me that they haven't really changed... I have. I have grown more impatient with them. I am not spending time with them. I have a list of other things I want to get done or need to get done. It really is sad when I think about it. I mean, really, what is of greater goodness to my family? Is it necessary to be cleaning right now when my son just wants to race cars? Why am I so quick to put my needs first?


Answer: Because I am a proud idolitor. Proud because I believe I know the best way to organize my time. An idolitor because I idolise myself. You see everything is about me... or my heart I should say.


In my devotions this week I asked God to guide me in choosing what is best for my family not what I think is best. I noticed an answer to this prayer just the other day. The children and I had a very busy morning running errands and lunch was going to be later than usual. God was so good to us. The children helped to unpack all the groceries while I got the sandwhiches ready. I was then ready to put the groceries away in a much more organized fashion.


I do relize that this might not seem like much, I know in my own heart it was a time when we were loving and serving each other. True fellowship.


My prayer for mothers is that we would take time to seek God first, praying that he would open our hearts to find what is of greatest good for your family. When you are able to find the greatest good I believe that you will be bringing more glory to God and will therefore drawing closer to the one who created us.

Name Sake

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I have come to love a good many things in my 31 years. I love my dear husband, my two sweet children, but one love is truly fathomless. The love of Christ is one that I am privildged to expierence, but find myself still in awe that he would choose to love this sinner. Here is one of my favourite songs, entitled “Fathomless Love”, that we sing at church:


Lord, what moved your heart to love lowly man

Before any star could herald your praise?

And why did you come, abasing yourself

Veiled in a robe of frail human clay?

Why would you, the pure, give your life for the vile

The innocent seeking the guilty

To be reconciled?


I can't comprehend this fathomless love

I'm gripped and amazed at what you have done

Why would the adored become the despised

To bear all the furious wrath that was mine...?

How awesome this mystery

Of your fathomless love... for me...


Why would you adopt and take as your own

Those who had crushed your one precious Son?

Why mercy and grace t'wards your enemies?

Your name they have cursed and your throne they have shunned

Oh, how could you choose to show kindness to these?

The ones who would mock you and hate you

The ones just like me?


Steve Cook/Vikki Cook (c)1999 PDI Worship

Verse of the day

"who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,"

  Psalm 103.3 (ESV)


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