Friday, May 15, 2009

"I can sleep with you now"

Last night I wasn't feeling well, so I went to bed early. Elisabeth, let daddy put her to bed. Well daddy put her to bed and he fell asleep and snored. Elisabeth woke him up and let him know he was being loud. She said she wanted to sleep with me, but just a few seconds of hearing me snore, changed her mind.

--Insert side note here, I didn't snore until I got pregnant with Elisabeth, now I snore like a lumber jack. How embarrassing, but such is life.--back to the story

At about 6 am in comes Elisabeth to sleep with daddy and mommy. I get her settled and fall back asleep. In a few minutes she wakes me up to ask if I could stop snoring. Then after the second time of being woken up, I went to her room to go to sleep. I had just fallen to sleep when in comes Elisabeth looking like this.....


She says,"mommy, I can now sleep with you." Yes, those are ear muffs my mom-in-love bought her when we lived in MA. She got into bed with my pillows and laid down, ear muffs and all. The ear muffs came off about 20 minutes after she fell back to sleep.

It just reminds me how exciting life is with my children. I love them so much and could not imagine life without them. The everyday is fun, but moments like these are too precious for words.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Trials for a Season

I just finished reading a friends blog that really tears at my heart. She is a dear lady who loves the Lord, but is going through a heartache that only God can help her through. I remember spending time with this lady and other homeschool moms. I still have the last group photo on my fridge-it reminds me to pray for them. I read her blog and understand the hurt-I was there at a stage in my own life, but unlike her, I blamed God for not protecting my heart from the pain. My family had grown apart and we were on the world's familiar road of Divorce. My husband had his work and no time for us or the things of God. Yet, the Lord in His grace,kept us from getting that far.

It took awhile for me to start talking to the Lord again-but He loved me through it all. My husband and I could not be more complete or in love with each other-but we know marriage is each giving 100% to God not to each other and expecting nothing from the other-knowing God is in control. My friend, she is a wonderful christian and I know this a rough for her and her family, yet we know that God has a plan and His way is perfect. I say all that to say this--God is the same in good times as in those bad hurting times. Job was a faithful servant but God allowed him to be tested. Job was found faithful (in spite of bad advice from wife and friends) and was given everything back and then some.

Friends be faithful to God, the trials we face are for a season, and the Lord is ALWAYS in control. Through our testing we too will come forth as gold. Read Job and be reminded how much the Lord truly cares.

Monday, May 11, 2009

True Heart Healing

Do you pray for that person who hates you or treats you wrong? I know I have heard many a devotions on this subject but never really listened. Hate and discontentment will eat you up if you let it. It will turn you into a person you don't recognize.
We all strive to be liked and find it hard to believe when anyone has a bad thought or says an unkind word about us--but we are not living their lives or see the hurt they are going through. I was given the idea to give a gift in secret to a person that may show hate towards me. Why? If they don't know where it is coming from they won't know to be nice to me. Just like with prayer, the gift is for our hearts. To change the way we look at them, not how they look at us. God only made us accountable for ourselves--so do a heart check. Love that person who maybe causing stress and hurt. Leave the correcting to the Lord. If we do this with an open heart--the healing will begin.