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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.

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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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Let’s Go to the Park!

Some days, we just need to get out of the house and get some fresh air, especially, living in the city. We are glad there is a lovely park nearby where we can enjoy a creek and trees. We can hear the water running over the rocks, and we can see fish, bugs, owls, snakes, birds, lizards, frogs, etc.  We can feel the water with our feet, and feel the wind on the occasion that there is a breeze. We can pick up rocks and sticks and wildflowers in spring. See my beautiful bouquet pictured below. I’ve heard it said that you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.

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If it is hot, which it usually is where we live, we might stop and get half-price drinks to keep cool. Sometimes, our schedule becomes non-stop for days, and this is a way to stop the busy shuffle for a few moments. It takes time and energy, costs little money, yet refreshes our kids.  It is something to look forward to when the children have completed their schoolwork and chores required of the day. Most every time we leave the park, I will hear, “Thank you for bringing us to the park, Mom.” Of course, that confirms my thoughts that this is a good thing.

This is part of our jobs as moms – being sensitive to when our children need time away, a “stop” off the merry-go-round, a change of scenery, a breath of fresh air.

Sometimes, we can get Dad to meet us there. (It’s a good break for him, too!) Many times, my husband has taken the kids to the park to give me a breather at home. We also need to be sensitive to these times that WE need to STOP in our own lives. I’m still learning. Many times, I should’ve stopped the chores, the schoolwork, the race of life, and yelled, “Let’s go to the park!”

Enjoy a trip to the park this week! ~Jeri Lynn

“Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” -Proverbs 27:23