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What Are You Doing With Your Seeds?

Recently, during our STEPPING UP Bible study, Beth Moore told us a very sad story.  While she was in Angola doing relief work, she saw too many little boys and girls so bloated that she wondered how their little legs held them up.  The effects of starvation were sickening, but she was told an even sicker fact.  The dear people had been given seed to plant a harvest but instead of harvesting that seed they had eaten it because they were so hungry.  Which of course led to having even less food.

This story presents a stark comparison to Christianity.  We have so much seed at our fingertips. We have the Word of God in our hands. We can listen on our I pods to speaker after speaker sharing from the Word.  We have more Bibles and books and material than we can read in a lifetime.

…and we read it.  We go to church and hear.  We listen.  We cry.  We feel “moved” …but what do we do with that seed?

Many times we eat it.  We don’t plant it or try to harvest it.

Let’s just be real.

We are taught to forgive (Matthew 6:15), but do you know how hard it is to forgive?

“I have feelings too and that person never asked me to forgive them.”

We cry that our marriages are falling apart but yet ignore the Bible when it tells us in I Corinthians 7:4-5 to not “defraud” our husbands.

I am tired, I have a headache, it’s not the right time…

The Bible commands us to love God and love others (Mark 12:28-31) and that sounds GREAT.

except when it comes to my unreasonable boss or THAT teacher or our loud neighbors… 

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN????

Dear friend, we simply are not harvesting the seed that has been given us.

Do you want to have REAL joy?

…Want real peace in life?

…Want to be a successful wife, mother and friend?

Harvest it!  .

What does God say to do about that neighbor?

What does God say to do for my husband?

What does God say about “white lies”?

What does God say about your finances?

What does God say about raising children?

HARVEST GOD’S TRUTHS. In other words. Let’s DO what God tells us to DO. Let’s not just sit there, listen, nod our head. Let’s carry out what God has commanded us to DO. 

Rejoicing,

Joy T.

 

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Mommy Stuff I’ve Learned Since My Baby Shower

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When I look at the pictures from my baby shower, I look at myself and my tiny first born girl and think of all the days that have happened since – the sweet firsts, the long nights, the hard days of caring for a toddler and a newborn while working full time, the days getting used to being a stay-at-home mom to those same two and then their little brother, and all the days in between! So much has happened since the day of that shower! The Lord has seen me through so many ups and downs of being a mommy since that joyful occasion.

I definitely don’t claim that I know all there is to know about being a godly mother. I haven’t even come close to knowing! I fail EVERY DAY, but I am so thankful for the grace the Lord gives me to carry on in this special gift of having three little people call me mommy!

Here are a few things the Lord has taught is teaching me. I hope they will encourage other mommies as well.

1. Being a mom can be wonderful! There are all those wonderful moments with a baby: hearing your unborn baby’s heartbeat for the first time, seeing their profile on the ultrasound screen, holding them for the first time, their first smile, all those special days of cuddling and bonding. Then there are the wonderful moments as that baby grows into a toddler: first steps, first words, the very fact that this little person loves to be with mommy all the time! As that toddler grows older, there are more special moments together as they become more independent but still want to show you how glad they are that you’re their mom: wanting you to see their Lego building or other artwork, cuddling up to read books together, cooking and baking things together. God gives each mom these special wonderful moments to keep in her heart as her children grow older.

2. Being a mom can be HARD.There are lots of difficult days as a mom regardless of the age of your children – days of sickness, difficult circumstances, a move, so many things. Then there are the days that are hard simply because a mom is needed by so many people for so many different reasons and usually all at the same time! Emotionally, a mom can easily feel like a puzzle with all the pieces scattered everywhere!

There are several verses of Scripture that mean more to me now that I am a mom. They often come to mind on those hard days.

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” -Galatians 6:9

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” – James 1:2-5

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” -Psalm 126:5-6

3. Being a mom can be lonely. Staying at home with your children is not all days full of tea parties and baking cookies. Those hard days can be lonely ones, too. Some days it’s exciting to hear the phone ring or the door bell sound just because a mom can have a few minutes of interaction with another adult!

In those lonely days, a mom truly realizes what a gift prayer truly is – talking to Someone Who understands and cares about everything that a mom is going through every day.

“Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” – I Peter 5:7

4. Being a mom is totally worth it! In spite of the hard days and lonely days and all the other days in between, being a mom is a true blessing in countless ways! Being the one who is not only entrusted with the job of teaching children life skills, but also teaching them about the One Who gave them life and what He did for them through His Son. This is truly a daunting task, but what could be better? The best treasures a parent can lay up in Heaven are their children. Of all the things in life a parent can give time, money and attention to, what is truly the most important in light of eternity?

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33

5. Being a mom has helped me grow in my relationship with the Lord. The Lord has helped me through hard days, lonely days and all the other ordinary days. Having encouraging and convicting words of Scripture and Someone to go to with my cares and worries makes being a mom, although a difficult and sometimes discouraging job, a true blessing and gift from God!

“He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.”-Psalm 113:9

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“For This Child I Prayed”

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It’s hard to believe but my little boy turned 2 yesterday! It has been a fast two years. It has also been two years of learning to trust that the Lord knows what is best for my little boy.

In January of 2013 God blessed our family with our first boy. We were overjoyed! After two girls, I knew I was entering new territory, but I was excited to see what God was going to do with my son.

I didn’t have to wait very long. When he was 7 months old, his pediatrician was concerned because he wasn’t gaining weight as he should. I was nursing him and was waiting to start him on baby food because he seemed content and was sleeping well at night. Our pediatrician wanted him supplemented with formula and for him to have some blood tests. When some of his blood test numbers came back slightly abnormal, the pediatrician wanted him tested for cystic fibrosis and also checked for kidney problems.

I don’t think I have ever been as afraid as I was the night before his cystic fibrosis test. I don’t think I’ve ever prayed so hard. When he was given the cystic fibrosis test the next day, it came back normal as did the kidney tests. To say the least, we were relieved.

In the next months he continued to grow as a healthy little boy should. This past fall my mother-in-law asked my husband if we were concerned about our little boy’s speech as he wasn’t saying any words other than making baby babbling noises. Once again, he has been such a content little boy, and this hadn’t concerned us. Recently, we took him to his pediatrician and asked about our speech concerns. At the time, he had an ear infection which the pediatrician said could affect his hearing and speech. We are set to go back at the end of February for a recheck of his ears and from there we’ll decide if he needs to see a hearing specialist or perhaps even a speech therapist in the future.

I have to admit as a mother I struggled (still do) for a time, worried about my little boy, BUT God has been faithful even when I was fearful. He has used these situations in my life for me to see my need of praying more specifically for my children and their needs.

I remember how I prayed in the spring of 2012 for a son and found out a couple months later I was expecting. When I found out that fall I was going to have a boy, I wondered just what plan God had for this special answer to prayer. I’m just getting a glimpse now of the plan God has for my little boy.

So many times as parents we think God gives us children for what we will teach and train THEM about Him, but God gives us children so often for what He wants to teach US as parents about Himself.

God loves my little boy. He gave him an infectious laugh that fills my days with such joy. God knows why he isn’t talking much yet. God has all the details worked out. I need to wait and trust Him as those things unfold in HIS time. I can rest knowing He will give me strength for whatever lies ahead. I am so thankful I serve a God Who loves my little boy so much more than I do!

“For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of Him:” -I Sam. 1:27

“And therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him.” -Isa. 30:18

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because He trusteth in Thee.” -Isa. 26:3Praying woman hands