may 30

Sometimes we may feel like we have earned a particular thing or status. Worse, we may even feel entitled to something because of our hard work, dedication or prayer. But let’s remember: everything we have is a gift from God and nothing we have is because we deserve it. Take time to thank Him today that we do not receive what the weight of our sin warrants!

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” – James 1:17

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may 29

Maybe as a wife, you bring up a topic to your husband continuously until there’s a resolution (or argument!). Or maybe you have a short fuse. Or maybe you are hard to please. Maybe you don’t forgive easily and keep score of every wrongdoing! Well, just like the husband in Proverbs, I should just put a pallet on the roof of our home for my husband to sleep on, because I sure can be contentious!

The Bible clearly and thankfully tells us what NOT to do as wives:

“It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.” – Proverbs 21:9 AND 25:24

“It is better to dwell in the wilderness than with a contentious and angry woman.” – Proverbs 21:19

“A continual dropping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.” – Proverbs 27:15

I don’t know about you, but these verses cause pure conviction for me! Is your husband better off in the wilderness?? Or on top of the roof? Are you a continual dropping of rain in the home? No one likes a continuous rain. It’s inconvenient. It’s annoying. It’s depressing. I’m thankful that God doesn’t leave it there for us to figure out on our own.

God showed me these verses a year or two ago and there has never been a passage in the Bible that changed me as much as this one (and I hope it speaks to you as well):

“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear..Let it be the hidden man of the heart, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” – 1 Peter 3:1-4

It’s not our jobs, as wives, to control our husbands. When we disagree, we can take it straight to Jesus. We can continue to pray, read the Word, and seek His face every morning. God will do the work, we just have to submit to Him (and our husband’s leadership) and win our men over with meekness and prayer, without words, without nagging, with the help of Jesus.

may 28

I was looking for a specific verse to share with you this morning, but the Lord laid this one on my heart instead!

If you are struggling financially (which we all have, are or will at some point in our lifetime), I hope you’ll find solace in this verse:

“Better is LITTLE with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.” – Proverbs 15:16 (emphasis mine)

True joy is not dependent upon worldly riches. Anyone who has ever had more than his or her daily bread knows that the abundance of “stuff” or money does not bring real happiness or contentment.

The world would have you to believe otherwise, but treasures on earth pale in comparison to the treasures we’ll receive and admire in heaven. We know this, but we still get caught up in the shiny newness of material possessions.

Let’s keep our minds on things above, and be thankful for what we do have! Even if it is “little”, it’s far more than we deserve! Not to mention the old adage: “Little is much when God is in it!” 🙂

may 27

I was talking yesterday to a friend about a near-death experience she had when she was just a little girl and I started thinking.

We’ve all had those heart-stopping moments where a car going 65mph nearly crosses into our lanes on the expressway. Or a wave takes us under at the beach! Those near-death (at least in our hyperbolic minds!) experiences are so scary.

But there’s something even scarier.

If we’re saved by the blood of Jesus, then we had a near-ETERNAL death experience until grace and redemption entered in. How many friends or family members do you know who are near-death spiritually? While it’s scary to encounter true dangers on earth that sometimes call into question our existence, it’s even scarier that the people around us will perish eternally if we don’t share our faith!

Begin praying today for the words to say to the lost souls in your life. And then reach out, step out and let God do the work. While dying is scary and inevitable, eternal death is preventable! Thank God that He doesn’t wish that any will perish! No, not one!

may 26

The Bible says “the thief (Satan!) cometh not, but for to steal and to kill, and to destroy: I (Jesus) am come that they (us!) might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10

As you know, Satan walks to and from the ends of the earth “as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) Satan loves to steal our joy by utilizing the people in our lives. He loves to see us sulking in our disappointment, crushed by unmet expectations, broken by harsh words or hurtful actions. Satan loves to cause division and confusion, miscommunication and betrayal. We must be “sober and vigilant” as 1 Peter says, being conscious of Satan’s powers and ploys.

But regardless of the devil’s strongholds, we serve One who is greater and stronger than any adversary we face in this life. Not only that, but John 16:22 says “your joy no man taketh from you!”

The hope we have is in Jesus. The joy we have comes from Him. No one, no nothing, can take that away from us! Thank God for that today!

may 25

Spiritual amnesia is something everyone suffers from! When a trial or struggle comes our way, we revert to our natural tendencies to worry, excessively plan or prepare and sulk. We tend to forget God’s goodness, how He delivered us in the past from one thing or another. We react by relying on our own solutions instead of giving it immediately to God to handle, since He already is anyway!

I think the cure for our spiritual amnesia is to rehearse our blessings, to remember the times God carried us through the valley. The prescription for our amnesia is to rejoice and bring thanksgiving to God daily over the things He brought us through!

The more often we call to memory the times when God answered our prayers, the greater and stronger our trust in Him will become! Give God thanks today for your deliverance, and remember just how great and mighty He has been!

lincoln log 9 months!

(It is with a broken heart that I write this entry. We’re 3/4 of the way through an entire year, and it feels like YESTERDAY that I first held my sweet baby boy in my arms. Yes, I realize that I should be thankful to have had this much time with him, AND I AM! But my heart is broken because every single day my tiny 7lb. newborn looks more like the boy he’ll be if I keep my eyes closed too long. I am the proudest mama to this perfect little guy, but even a proud mama can have a broken heart sometimes.) 🙂

I am 9 months old today! My personality is starting to take shape, and I am low-key, calm, content, and on-the-move! I LOVE to eat, and my favorite things are pasta, bread, cheese, banana and strawberries! I even tried ground beef for the first time this week! (Daddy gives me ice cream but then I hear something in my Mommy’s voice that makes me think she doesn’t approve!)

I’m army-crawling like a champ, and I’m also pulling up on my Mommy. I smile every time I stand up because I know I’m doing big things! I plank often, and I love doing the “downward dog” yoga pose. When I start crawling or walking, my Mommy is going to have her hands full (in a good way!).

I can turn the pages of any book. I actually choose my book before bed. Daddy gives me two choices and I put my hand on the one I want him to read. Most of the time I choose “Baby’s First Year”, but tonight I chose “Llama Llama Misses Mama”.

I can sign “milk” and “eat”, and I can wave “hi” and clap when Mommy or Daddy says “yay”. I smile when I know Mommy and Daddy understand me. It’s nice to be understood. 🙂 I’ve been giving more kisses recently, and I’ve been letting lots of people hold me (as long as I can still see my Mommy!). I can say “mama” “dada” and “ni ni”, and I use them at the appropriate times. Mommy says I’m smart!

I save my biggest smile for when Daddy gets home from work. I LOVE my daddy! I like music too. When Mommy plays our Bible song cd, I get very still. And just listen. Sometimes, I sing along. I played peek-a-boo for the first time yesterday morning with my Mommy! I like to throw things down and have someone pick it up too! I love the sunshine, but mostly because I love my shadow!

Here are me and my cousin, Zoey (she LOVES me!):

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Out of a field of grass, I found the one thing that resembled a stick:

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I love water!

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I love going to the park and picking flowers and eating them:

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This caterpillar and hotdog are my favorite toys! And mommy says my smile is sweet!

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This is the look on my face 99% of the time, and Mommy says it’s her favorite:

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This is one of Mommy’s favorite pictures of her and I:

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This is what happens when Mommy tries to take my picture:

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Daddy was making me laugh before bedtime:

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Mommy and Daddy kept trying to sit me up beside the bear, and this was the one time I sat still long enough for a picture:

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And then this happened:

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I hope it’s a while before Mommy has to take my 10-month pictures. If it comes too quickly, she’ll be sad. She says she grieves for the time that has passed. I tell her not to let time steal her joy.