This is one of those learning posts...as I am still learning but talk as I learn.....
I recently put up a post of a cup of coffee, books, bible and a candle. If upon checking out my instagram or Facebook, you will probably see what I am talking about.
My cousin-in-law asked how I get time like that. This is not the first time this question has been asked of me.
I am a mom of 4 busy kids, a Pastor's wife and in charge of feeding and cleaning my house. Time can always seem tight. A few months back I posted about the "good portion" and my cleaning being a huge weakness for me. It still is. That is a construction zone in my life, always improving.
But I want to talk today about our spiritual lives, male and female alike. About 4 years ago, my husband was challenged to get more into the scripture. After that weekend he didn't look back. He pressed into God's word. He got up early morning to have his time with The Lord. He became a different man in the next four years. He spiritually grew more and more each day.
HE HAS CHALLENGED ME
Mornings and I are not the best of friends. Even when I arise early, everyone gets up and needs me. So mornings first thing are a very hard thing for me to maintain.
I find time, where I find time. Sometimes that means my kids watch a show or movie(like right now), sometimes they are playing so nicely they do not need me.
Housework is done in a dedicated 2 hrs a day(most days)
Sometimes dinner is a little later, sometimes things are not as tidy
But as I told a friend earlier this year...."I am a bad mom without Jesus."
Without me in the word, I am a grumpy, moody, snappy mom and wife.
Without God, now can I lead my children to follow Him, if they never see me follow Him.
Something's my kids go without something while I meet with The Lord, but they are not suffering.
My children know that Mommy reads her bible and during that time to not bother me.
They know Mommy is reading her bible.
Summer is here, and I am fighting against stagnant water. Yesterday, I didn't read the word for very long, I didn't allow it to be apart of my day....I kept thinking I was missing something all day.....
Same today, I went on Facebook before reading the word.....truth be told, it took till 3:00 for me to meet with The Lord. I need to learn to put down the devices, meet with my saviour instead of the current news feed.
I need to feed my soul, I want to be one who refuses to allow the things of this world to crowd my heart. I want to be like the Gentiles in Acts 13:48-52
I urge you, as I urge myself do not let stagnant water be the image that depicts your personal spiritual life this summer....it may seem selfish to say "not right now" to our children, or our housework or dinner, but what may seem selfish is In fact putting Christ where He belongs. First and foremost in our lives.
May your summer be a rushing river, overflowing its banks, touching areas you never know or guessed it would. May your summer be fruitful. May you look back and say, I have grown so much from this summer. May God be our Everything.
So, I have been absent for a few weeks. As Facebook tells it I have been away for a month. So this is a post about musings...
What have I seen in the past month?
So glad YOU ASKED!
I have seen relationships restoring
I have seen God provide money for a flight, wonderful people to help on said flights. Sophia dear Sophia an Ukrainian Christian Grandma, playing with my dear baby, holding toys, help put my baby down for a much needed sleep and helped carry my bags, advising me to TRUST IN THE LORD, AND HEAR HIS VOICE, covering me in prayer, all on the confines of a plane. And that dear Grandma in the airport in Calgary watching my luggage, so I could feed my screaming baby, helping me carry my bags to the plane. And I cant forget any of the stuards, very helpful. Thanks West jet for another great experience!
I HAVE SEEN TRANSFORMATION
I have seen what God does, when someone says Yes! And I am addicted to OBEDIENCE!
I have learned to be expectant, and ACT ON IT.
side note: I was on a mission trip to Guatemala 14 yrs ago and after being there almost a month we went to McDonalds and I ordered a Big Mac. That Big Mac was so unbelievably good! I still think about it, secretly dreaming for it. THAT'S HOW I WANT TO EXPECT GOD!!!
I have spent 48 hours with only 8 of those sleeping
I have seen one of the greatest bands, NEEDTOBREATHE!! In an incredibly intimate setting, where the POWER OF GOD fell during the song Multiply
I have seen my daughter feel the ocean, held my baby niece, touched my sister's pregnant belly, witnessed my beautiful older sister get married, unwrapped heirlooms from my precious Grandma Fortune, spent valuable time with my Aunt and Uncle(baby genius's), drank fantastic coffee(lots of it, thank you Mom, Peter and Donald), seen many sunrises and beautiful mountains, embraced my Grandma, looked at old photos, made new memories,became sleep-deprived for all very good reasons Now today on the longest day of the year, I am going to make the choices to be joyful, enjoy children, to see my God in unexpected places, to seek to be used and obedient when called....
Your love is like radiant diamonds
Bursting inside us we cannot contain
Your love will surely come find us
Like blazing wild fires singing Your name
God of mercy sweet love of mine
I have surrendered to Your design
May this offering stretch across the skies
And these Halleluiahs be multiplied
Thanks for checking in, lets be EXPECTANT TOGETHER!
today i invite you to camp on the beauty around you...to rest in our God.
to rest in the Word....
to reflect on the beauty around you...
to worship in the good and the bad...
to Be BRAVE
to BE BOLD
I invite you to soak. I invite you to open the word and let it wash you. Wash the stress of being a mom, wife, employee, father, husband, away. I invite you to hear God I invite you to receive the FREE GIFT of the Holy Spirit I once heard a testimony, that this person poured an extra cup of coffee for Jesus each morning. Not that He would actually drink it, but as an invitation.
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." (1Peter 5:6-7)
He cares, He cares, He cares... We can't do it all.... Humble ourselves....Lord Take This.... and soak...
when I think about this day, like all women I can't help but think about my mom.
Laurel Evangeline Fortune, is truly a gift from the Lord for me...
She has raised 10 kids, in the North of Canada, Whitehorse Yukon
She was a Pastor's daughter and a Pastor's wife
She balanced the home while Dad worked to provide for us,
many times doing two separate jobs at once
I don't have bad memories of my childhood, even with all of us to care for I remember..
Mom, caring for my friends, our church family, our family friends, and even taking in people in need of a loving family.
I remember Mom, wholeheartedly loving and serving her Heavenly Father and teaching us to do the same.
One day when I was (probably grudgingly) vaccumming the couch, I found a list and on it was all the names of us kids and notes beside each name. When I asked my Mom, she said it was her prayer list. I later found out that before she started each day with all of us, she would start each day with God.
Mom is the woman I look up too, the woman I hope to emulate. Mom's favorite words are "Yes!" and "Obey!" They have become mine as well.
Thank you Mom, for all that you are, for being obedient to the Lord and teaching and encouraging me to do the same.
Do you need to be encouraged to say "Yes!"? I encourage you to get your hands on a copy of Rhinestone Jesus #Yesinmymess by Kristen Welch.
This lady has read my heart.
Trust Jesus, Say Yes, and take the ride of your Life.....you won't regret it.