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I am a Mom

I have been SO blessed. If I truly consider the amazing treasure that has been placed in my care, I am literally speechless. Five precious lives. Each one unique and valuable. Impressionable. Irreplaceable. Fragile.  Full of Hope and Promise.

The greatness of this truth leaves me in awe of this astonishing responsibility. The issue is that I am so busy doing my “job”, that I forget what my “job” really is. The old expression “you can’t see the forest for the trees” comes to mind.  I often find myself buried beneath the byproduct of mothering, that I truly lose sight of what my real responsibilities are.

Over the course of these last ten years, my life has gotten fuller, busier and more hectic. It has also become more rich, memorable and blessed. What I need to come back to again and again is that my call is to be a mother to my children. My call is not to do the laundry. My call is not to cook meals and cleanup piles of dishes. My call is to mother my precious children. To train them to have a heart that longs to know their Maker.  To instruct them in the way of truth. To show them that Jesus is their personal Savior, loving them to His death. To inspire them to live for Him because He is worthy. To model for them a humble, teachable heart. To be an example of loving kindness, longsuffering and hope to each one of them. To teach them how to love their siblings, care for others. To teach them how to forgive and extend grace to others. Oh, so many more wonderful, valuable lessons. If I do not teach them to my children, who will? Who has God called to this task? Me. (Yes, my husband as well, of course – but I am considering my call).

Although there are numerous other duties that fall under the heading of “mother”, such as dishes, cleaning, blah blah blah, I must stay true to the call of God. Yes, those burdens are valid and require time and attention, but not at the expense of actual mothering.

May we as mothers, keep our eyes on Jesus, and be faithful to care for those tender lives committed to our trust.

The wise woman builds her house…. Proverbs 14:1

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Jesus and my Husband

Since my last post, I have been considered deeply what the CALL OF GOD is on my life.  I am a child of God. I am a wife. I am a mother. That’s a simplified list, but where the Lord is wanting me to focus right now.

As a child of God, my first calling is to seek out my Father.  This is my privilege, to be a child of the King. I ought not to take this lightly. He seeks me out, He pursues me with His love, I am the apple of His eye.  He desires to hear my heart and to pour into me. He has absolutely everything I could ever need for this life.  2 Peter 1:3 “…His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us…”  Jesus should always be my top priority. Not only if it’s convenient. Not only if I feel “spiritual”. Not only if I’m desperate. Not only if I’m blessed.  Always. Every day. Day in and day out.

I am a wife. I’ve got a great husband. I didn’t say perfect 🙂 but he is great. He loves Jesus more than he loves me. He loves me with all his heart, and I don’t deserve it. He loves our five children. He works hard for Jesus. Serves His people faithfully. He works hard for his family.  And I am the one that God gave him to care for him, cook for him, wash his clothes, clean his house, love him selflessly, above my own needs or wants.  Honestly, because he is an adult, and with five little ones running around needing me to care for their needs, it is real easy to let my husband’s needs slip to the bottom of the list. And that’s not right. Nor acceptable. 1 Corinthians 7:34″ … she who is married cares about the things of the world–how she may please [her] husband.”  So, Jesus first; my husband needs to be second.

And next… the call of God to be a mother.

Since this call is pressing in on me now, check back in a few days! I’ll share some of my thoughts and vision that God has given me for being a godly mother.

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Re-evaluating Life

Bebe took the two big kids and went on anexcursion. A two day trip to Utah with a mission…snowboarding! They are all thrilled, this being the only time they’ve gotten to ride this season.

Last night, Joy girl spent the night at her friend’s house. This was her first “real” sleepover! Wow.  She’s getting big…

So that left me with just my two little ones last night.  And some much needed time to think…

I’ve been having a bit of overload lately.

My two youngest, we’ll call them “Grace” and “little Man”. (Ironically, Grace is her middle name and she sure needs a lot of God’s grace to keep her safe as she tumbles through life! And then, little Man is as just as stubborn as an old weathered man!) Anyway, they are at each other constantly. I am attempting to homeschool the other three: 4th grade,  2nd grade and Kindergarten. Yes, attempting; feeling like quite a failure these days.

On top of the normal, we have had a terrible time lately with allergies and asthma. This has meant numerous breathing treatments and “chest clopping” daily for the last month. Add to that, crazy house cleaning like I’ve never done…and don’t enjoy – and you’ve got one worn out mom.

Last night was good for me. I sat down to do my bi-yearly (or so) “homeschool review”. It’s a time to reconsider what each of my child’s needs are. Their strengths, weaknesses; how I can care for each one individually. And then I reformat a new schedule that will hopefully accomodate everyone.

I didn’t get far at all.  All of my kids need more of me.

And I already feel like there is not enough of me to go around (and I’ve not at all mentioned that I am a wife and have a responsibility to my husband too!)

So, I somehow ended up on a few websites, blogs, and the Lord brought me to a better place.

Re-evaluating my life! Yeah, that’s big.

Instead of trying to “fix” this one area of “how do I fit all my homeschool in?”, He brought me to a deeper issue of what is my purpose and how can I work with HIM to fulfill the call He has put on my life.

Now I’ve got some praying and thinking to do. I will certainly revisit this. It all needs to simmer in my mind and heart for a bit first.

Plus, little Man is climbing on the counter and I need to go get their chest x-rays done again before picking up Joy girl.

I’ll be back again soon. Until then, may the Lord give you vision and clear instruction for your calling!

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Treasure Quest

Well, this summer was our first time leading our church’s VBS.

Wow! What an amazing project!

Bebe goes all out when he’s got a project set before him, and this was certainly no different.  In fact, he may have even gone further on this!

Our theme was “Treasure Quest”.  He and a good friend built a “castle” with a working drawbridge…very cool.  The church’s patio was done up to be the King’s Courtyard, complete with a  blacksmith, carpenter, baker and tanner’s booth.  We had some fun medieval costumes and props.

Each day had a sub-theme, which was conveyed through everything…the object lesson, snack, craft, games and of course the Bible teaching.  It was really great.  I had fun leading the 2nd and 3rd graders around the campus for the various activities.  I also had the chance to create the “banquet hall” and come up with some fun snack ideas.  It surprised me to realize that this was the first time that I’ve helped with VBS, hands on, involved with the kids.  It was a blessing.  There were about 90 kids, and each one of them definately walked away from the campus learning something about our great and mighty King.

One of the coolest things about it all is the “Treasure Room” of the King.  Bebe’s vision is to have the kids store up God’s Word in their heart, understanding that it is God’s eternal Word that is our greatest treasure.  As the children return to church each week, and have memorized scripture, it “unlocks” the Treasury, where they can then enter and redeem a prize.   A sweet gentleman in the church went to work and built an amazing treasure chest to hold all the little treasures…from jump ropes, yo-yos, bracelets to matchbox cars.

And right here should be a picture of it, of which I do not have yet!

It’s awesome to see the excitement they have, and to say to them, “That’s cool! Tell me the memory verse you used to unlock the Treasury!” and then the quote a promise of God.  Really sweet.

“In the house of the righteous there is much treasure”. Proverbs 15:6

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A New Season

We have been adjusting to a new schedule.  New in many ways! I think I’ll get to that in a later post though.  For now, a little background.

My dear husband (“Bebe”) has accepted a full time position at our church.  This is huge for us.  It has been our prayer for over 12 years to be able to serve the Lord in a “full-time position”.  We have basically been serving the Lord “part-time” for many years, although not for a wage.  We are so very blessed by this answer to prayer. We are free to commit all our energy to Him!

This change has also come on the heels of a very long few months for our family.  Bebe had been working a lot out of town, spending a  night or two away, working 16 hours a day (no joke).  Then when he was home, he was too utterly exhausted to do much of anything else but rest.  That can be challenging for 5 little ones who are excited to see their daddy, and a wife/mother who is desperately needing some adult interaction and reprieve from those 5 sweet little ones.  In fact, we were ready to pull back from serving in the church all together. 

I “had it out” with the Lord one day.  I told Him, “Well fine, Lord.  If you just don’t want us to serve you right now, FINE! I’ll stop fighting with you, I give up God!”  And, interestingly enough, it was that very weekend our senior pastor invited Bebe to join the pastoral team.  Wow.  Maybe I should’ve “given up” sooner!

Job 23:10, 14   “But He knows the way that I take…For He performs [what is] appointed for me…”

Don’t you wish you could just remember this basic truth more often? I wish I could! 

During those few months, I struggled.  Too much really.  I could look around and see others in more difficult situations than myself.  Husbands that had to be gone for months.  I could see marriages falling apart.  I was trying to be thankful that Bebe was only gone for a few days at a time.  I was definitely thankful for our marriage, and the faithful love that we have for one another.  But, I just found myself really struggling.  I don’t know why, still.  And it kind of bothers me. 

I desire to trust the Lord so completely that all else that transpires in my life is truly viewed through a heart and mind that is at peace with Him and that which He allows in my life. 

Psalm 25:4   Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.

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My Prayer Warrior

My son, Eli, otherwise known as my lil cowboy is also quite the prayer warrior.  Seriously. He may be only 7 years old, but don’t let that fool you.  Once he has his mind on something, he DOES NOT stop praying. 
Well, our long time friends, TJ and Angela moved to Kansas a couple years back. TJ was then deployed to Iraq.  They have 3 beautiful girls.  Our families are very close.  We lived in Prescott, and then in Austin at the same time as well.  And then back to Prescott again. All that to say we’ve seen each others families grow, we’ve been there for each other over the years.  Our kids have befriended each other even through the miles.

Eli prayed diligently for TJ while he was overseas.  Morning, noon and night.  We visited them last summer while TJ was still in Iraq.  Eli kept praying. 

And God answered his prayers.  TJ is home safely with his wife and children.  They recently visited Prescott.  We were blessed to have them over one night, and TJ had a wonderful presentation planned for Eli.

When the kids came in from playing, TJ was standing ready in uniform.  Definately got some attention.

He called Eli over and proceeded to present him with a “Certificate of Exceptional Service” for his faithful prayers along with two badges.  It was such a sweet moment. 

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After some pictures, Eli raced to his room, accompanied by his big sister.  He only came out once he was completely ready.  Uniform, boots, and badge in place.

I am so proud of my son. My lil cowboy.  My prayer warrior.

Psalm 71:17  O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.

   

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My Purpose…

My friend Ashley, got all this started.

http://www.oneordinaryday.com/2011/04/11/mother-thoughts-chapter-3/

The Book: The Mission of Motherhood  by Sally Clarkson

Here’s what I have to say…

I really am enjoying the book, and am sad I have to return it to the library!

I was totally convicted reading this chapter. But, really encouraged as well. It brought me back to some of the “basics”. Being a homeschool mom,  I find it very easy to gauge how good of a day we have had based on how much school we accomplished.  The children are in on it to!  Not really a bad thing…they are excited to announce to Dad when he gets home “We finished all our school today Dad!”   Although, that is great, I need to be careful that THAT does not become my mission.

I appreciated the reminder of the very reasons we have chosen to homeschool. To be able to be the one who nurtures our children. And that indeed takes time and purpose.

As the author was talking about a full time working mother giving her children the “leftovers” I felt like she could’ve been describing me! And yet I am home all the time with my children!   I MUST remember, the reason I am at home is for them, not me!

Prov. 14:1 has also really been the verse that I have been meditating on alot.

[Pro 14:1 NKJV] – The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.


 It certainly does take a determined effort to build; the tearing down seems to happen rather naturally being the sinful fallen creatures that we are.

A great chapter…a lot to think, and act upon.

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