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Am I A Drunken Ant?

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My son, Isaiah, told me the most interesting story this week that he learned in school. He told me about a certain kind of beetle called a bootleg beetle. It goes into an ant colony under the disguise of a smell they love. He carries a liquor on the hairs of his back and the ants quickly lap it up. As their desire for this beetle liquor takes over, they neglect the eggs that is under their care. While the ants get drunk, the beetles eat their eggs. Not only do they eat the eggs of the ants, they lay their own eggs in their place for the ants to care for. As the beetles hatch out, they take over the ant colony.

As Isaiah told me that story, I was enthralled! I had never heard of that insect! Then I looked over at my handsome, growing son and I was instantly sobered. This bootleg beetle…this tempting and intoxicating drink….is it in my home? Is it luring me away from protecting my young? Are my sons and daughters in danger because their mother is drunk? There are so many ways that I can become intoxicated! Most of it comes down to one thing though – something enticed me away from guarding my young.

I believe that I can get all caught up in the “Martha Stewart” side of keeping my home. I am doing a great job as a wife and mother if I keep the house clean, the laundry done, and the meals planned and cooked. Those things just listed make me a keeper of my house, but not a keeper of my home. I like a tidy house, but my greatest job description is not about a tidy house. My job is to be a guardian of my young!

This is the time for me to be sober to the cobwebs and dust that settles over the hearts of my children. This is the time for me to be alert to the ploys of Satan as he seeks to lure me with the sweet delicacies that he offers that are full of poison and will dull my senses. This is the time that I must be on guard to what will try to destroy the lives of my kids and what will try to slip in to replace what they were meant to be.

May God help and guide me to stay alert! This Momma Ant is on to the bootleg beetle!


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Mom Heart Stages

Our mom bloggers here have been busy “momming” like we are supposed to be. This post will be short and sweet as I have schooling to oversee this day. I am so blessed to have been able to experience many stages of my children’s lives. Some stages are easier than others, and some stages take a toll on us. Quickly, here are a few challenges for you from my experience – and some lessons I am still learning.

For moms with new babies… enjoy the “new life” moments.

For moms with toddlers… get some vitamin B12 and be thankful for the exercise they bring into your life.

For moms with lower elementary aged children… savor their thoughtful ways and playful spirits.

For moms with upper elementary aged children… remember that just because they are more independent now, they really need your ears and your eyes.

For moms with  teenagers… be thankful for their ability to think for themselves even when they don’t think the same way you do. Speak life. Trust God to do the work in their hearts that you cannot do. Be there when they let you be. Pray when they won’t. Teenagers are really fun to be with most of the time.

For moms with college aged children… trust God. Period. Be available when they are. Be happy they are on the path to God’s purposes for them, even if it doesn’t look just like the path you may have envisioned before. Speak truth.  Miss them… like crazy.

For moms with  post college / single or married children… I’m not there yet, but I think I will say… trust God… pray for them… pray for grandchildren to love on… enjoy time with your husband like never before…  plan special family gatherings and of course, take pictures. =)

For moms with wayward  children… hold on… pray… keep hope…  keep living… keep loving… believe God… stay in God’s Word… pray for other friends’ children like you would want someone praying for yours… find comfort in that now your heart has the capacity to comfort another mom in the future… guard your heart from dwelling on what other people think… share your heart with a faithful, godly lady… NEVER give up on your children!

I can’t imagine a mother’s heart going through all the stages of life mixed with joy and grief, dreams and disappointments, victories and failures… without walking with the LORD.

“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.” – Psalm 57:7

“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.” –Proverbs 31:25

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:

also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out

the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

From my mom heart to yours ~ Jeri LynnMom Heart Stages -  LPBJ


~Shared over at A Mama’s Story and at Morning Joy Compositions~


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Enjoying the Little Blessings

Thanksgiving is coming up for those of you in America and I know, I’m getting a jump start on the”blessings” and “give thanks” posts that will undoubtedly be inundating your reader feeds and email inboxes. But as I’m sure at least one post will tell you, you can’t just be thankful one day a year. It’s an every day thing.

What I wanted to tell you is just a simple little reminder though. Don’t just count the big blessings. Count the little ones too. You know, the big blessing of a healthy family, a loving spouse, a Bible in your language, a wonderful church, your salvation, etc. Those are the ones everyone counts right off the top. And that’s great. But what about the little ones? Like, indoor plumbing. (Or is that a big one??) Or a day of homeschooling where no one cries? A front or near-to-the-front parking spot at Walmart? I tell you, if you only focus on the big blessings, you will be missing out on the little ones. I think it’s through the little blessings that we are reminded the most that God does love us and cares about everything in our lives. Even the little things.

I had a small blessing while out shopping with my Mom this week. Do you ever just feel like you’re life is in a rut? You do the same things every day. You wear a lot of the same things (admit it, most of us have that one comfy
outfit that is our go-to outfit for days we aren’t expecting to see another living soul with a judgmental eye). Things are just monotonous. That’s every day life. Sometimes though, you just need something to break the monotony don’t you. That was me. So as my Mom and I were walking through Kohl’s one day this week with a 20% off coupon burning a hole in our pocket, we hit every department’s clearance corner. Now I hardly ever find anything in the home goods department but I look anyway. Never know right?? And I saw this:

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I added the floating bear and smiley face on the sun. I wish it had that smiley face because that would be totally awesome! So I’m standing in Kohl’s looking at this end-cap of miscellaneous mugs, I spot this little guy. I think yellow just screams happy. I don’t know if you can see it, but it says “Beautiful Day” on it. It has birds and some fluffy clouds and rolling green meadows. The whole inside and handle are yellow! I picked that little guy up and flipped it upside down to see the cost and to my surprise it was on CLEARANCE! Yes! *Christian happy dance* It was only $1.99 and we had that extra 20% off! Now, I know all you practical ladies are out there shaking your heads and saying to yourselves, “Yeah but did she really NEED that mug?” Of course I didn’t! We are probably all guilty of having a bazillion mugs in our cupboards. But to be honest, it seemed just perfect for breaking up my daily routine and monotony.

I didn’t walk into the store looking for anything special. I didn’t expect God to really care that I felt things had gotten a little dry in my life. I FULLY believe He sat that little mug there just for me. He knows I love yellow. He knows I like happy looking things. And He knows I’m a near-broke mother of six, homeschooling mom who refuses to pay full price for most anything. Haha! Can I get a witness on that!?

To me, that mug was a little blessing. I don’t drink coffee but I do drink milk, tea, and hot chocolate, and this has become my go-to drink container. In fact, I just took a drink out of it after that last sentence! :) It makes me smile. My husband just shakes his head at me, but I’m okay with that! I can take the judgmental head shaking!

So look around you today. Don’t wait till Thanksgiving comes. Start TODAY looking for those little things. Maybe it will be the stain treatment working on your favorite shirt, or your kids actually liking something you make for dinner. The Bible says that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights” – James 1:17a So everything GOOD. Did you see that? Good AND Perfect. So not every gift will be perfect. But it will at least be good. :) And that’s all the little things too! So tell me what some of your little blessings are. I guarantee you will find some if you just take the time to pay attention! Remember to say “Thanks!” to your heavenly Father Who loves you enough to even orchestrate the seemingly little things in your life! And now I’m off to refill my happy mug! Woo!

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