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Show and Tell

From the earliest moments of a child’s ability to observe surroundings, he or she should be taught to recognize the beauty of God’s handiwork in nature. At this very moment as I write, thunder is crashing and lightning is bolting. All my family members remain asleep, and I wonder if anyone will be awakened by the storm as I have been. I whisper prayers for protection from the effects the storm could bring.

Since I know WHO made the thunder and lightning and rain, I can trust Him in the force of the storm.

Since I know WHO controls the faucet of sky showers and the sound board of the thunder, I can watch and listen to the rhythm of the storm.

Since I know WHO sees the entire weather radar across the world all at once and at all times, I can understand that storms work together for His purposes.

Since I know WHO is with me in the sunshine as I observe wildflowers, I can believe that God is with me in the storm and be hopeful that the storm will pass in His timing.

Since I know WHO hears my spoken praise to Him on the sunny days, I know God hears my heart crys and whispered prayers during the loud storm.

Since I know WHO promises mercies new every morning, I can expect a beautiful rainbow in my life after God-selected storms.


Wildflowers for Mom

We have great opportunity and responsibility as mothers to teach our children Who God is, what He made, and how He works. Observe colorful sunsets, beautiful fields of wheat, wildflower fields, and cloud patterns. Stop to feel gentle breezes or comment on high winds. Hear the morning birds chirping or the crashing of sea waves. Smell the salt of the sea and the scent of a flower passed by. Taste the honeysuckle, the fresh fruit you pick, and water from a natural spring.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” -Psalm 34:8

There are so many ways He has given us to SHOW His handiwork to our children in order to TELL them of the Most High God WHO is worthy of their love and their lives.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” – Revelation 4:11

Below are some passages that encourage me to teach my children. Let’s show and tell our children {and others} about our Most High and loving God!  ~Jeri Lynn

□ Psalm 78

□ Deuteronomy 6

□ Genesis 1-2

□ Psalm 8

□ Deuteronomy 11

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What is Your Vocation?

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” -Ephesians 4:1-3
Ephesians 4.1-3 LoveWhat is your vocation?  In the Strong’s Concordance, the word “vocation” is defined as an “invitation” or a “calling.” In essence, the Lord asks us, “Would you do this job for me?” Marriage, singleness, secular work, ministry work, motherhood, infertility, sisterhood, etc. are some of our respective callings as women. These callings or invitations are from whom?

From God.

Now, you -and I- may say, “Well, I sure didn’t choose this one, and I don’t recall God giving me an invitation to this!” Or we may say, “I agreed to this job, but I missed some of the fine print. I didn’t sign up for the hard parts.” When we can view our work or circumstances as Divine invitations from God to let Him work in us and through us, we can then endeavor to do our work well. How can we serve Him well if we have not accepted His invitation or His call to _________________? [Fill in the blank with your specific vocations.]

How do I become a worthy servant of the Lord in my fields?

With lowliness. “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” -Philippians 2:3

With meekness. “…Excellent disposition of soul, not easily provoked or offended” -Matthew Henry

With longsuffering. “…Bearing injuries or provocation for a long time; patient; not easily provoked.” – Webster’s 1828 English Dictionary

With forbearance in love. “Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth…” – I Corinthians 13:7-8a

With unity of Spirit. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” -Psalm 133:1

With peace. “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” -Romans 12:18

If motherhood is one of your vocations, ask yourself these questions: Do I serve my family with lowliness of mind, with meekness, with longsuffering, with forbearance, with love? Do I serve them with the goals of unity and peace in our home? Does the Holy Spirit get called upon consistently for guidance?

If motherhood is not one of your vocations, ask yourself the same questions, inserting your own callings.

Think “chosen for this job” or “entrusted with this assignment.”

And remember… you and I can only “walk worthy of the vocation” that God has called us to – not the vocation of another. Embrace your personalized invitation to God’s individual job description for you! Then, serve Him well!

Serving the King of Kings,  Jeri Lynn

“We do not ‘walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called’ if we be not faithful friends to all Christians, and sworn enemies to all sin.” – Matthew Henry

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Formula Flop

formula flop       Oh, you know the “easy, homemade, simple” recipe for kid’s paint? You know it isn’t hard to figure out, and it only requires a few ingredients that you already have? You know it worked on Pinterest?

All of the above is true of my try at kid’s paint today, but my easy paint recipe turned out more like barely tinted gravy instead of bright colorful paint as I had envisioned.

It reminded me of how we naturally gravitate to lists and formulas in our lives. Some of us are even willing to take on challenging recipes or formulas over the simple for desired results.

These thoughts I share with you, my fellow mom friends, from my formula flop:

  1. Every child/parent/family is unique, therefore, there is not one simple formula guaranteeing success.
  2. Although there is not a sole simple robotic formula for parenting, there is a simple way to find the formulas or recipes that work for you and your family. It is through the access that we have to the Holy Spirit. He is ready and willing to direct us if we truly want the answer. What may help one child may not help another. What may work for you in parenting may not work for me.

I’m thankful to be reminded that when my formulas or plans do not make pretty paint, that I can ask the LORD to show me what I need to change for the particular project or problem. Most importantly, I’m reminded that I’m never alone. When my recipe flops, He is there in my failure, and ready to help me get His formula.

Maybe, I’ll try a new paint recipe tomorrow. “His mercies are new every morning.”

Blessings, Jeri Lynn