Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Do I Have Time To Teach My Children About God ?

Deuteronomy 6:7 (KJV)
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

I love this devotion by LaJoyce Martin.

" Jewish parents taught their children diligently: when sitting, when walking, when lying down, when getting up.  But I don't have time to teach my child about God ! Really ? How about when they are eating pizza? or blowing out birthday candles? or making snow ice cream ? Uh-huh. When we're on the way to the mall? to school? to the dentist? to church? Uh-huh. When we're tucking them into bed, telling bedtime stories, turning on he nightlight? Uh-huh. When we're feeding them fruity pebbles, tying their shoes, strapping on their book bags? Uh-huh.
Talking. Walking. Resting. Rising. Those are the times to teach God's laws to our future generations." ~ LaJoyce Martin

The Proverbs 31 Woman

Proverbs 31: 10-31 (KJV)

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchant's ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom;and her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

These verses describe the ideal wife and mother. Her whole life is centered around a reverent fear of God, and compassion for those in need, and faithfulness and love toward her family. To have the traits of this woman is my heart's deepest desire. I long to be like her, Lord, instill in me the traits of the virtuous women that is spoke of in Your Word. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen

Monday, August 1, 2011

I have not always been a good mom, as hard as it is to admit, it is true.  I had 3 children under 4 by the time I was 21, and years of bad choices and struggling as a single mom made it really hard to enjoy being a mom.  I married in 2004, and my children adored my husband to be, and it seemed our lives were falling into place.  My husband and I struggled, arguments began to be on going in our home, our finacial situation seemed to generate more arguments, we were a mess. We carried on many years like this, on and off, everytime something was going right my husband would get laid off or something else would come along to mess it up.  In 2010, right after the birth of our fifth child we were seperating, it was over.  One day, the children were watching a movie, and a song came on, " Oh Lord, I want you to help me, help me on this journey, help me on my way. Oh Lord I want you to help me."  My husband and I were not talking, but he came to me and said " we need to go to church, I want you to find a church." I called a local church here, and spoke with a lady and made an appointment for the Pastor to visit our home. I don't know what happened that day in me, but I began to feel a need, a need that I have never felt before.  I prayed that day, something broke in me, I felt renewed, lighter, not so hard and bitter.  My husband was going through some changes as well, accepting Jesus was the best decision we have ever made. Things slowly began to come together, God was putting a broken family back together.  My husband and I still struggle from time to time, but we are together, we rely on each other and most of all our Lord Jesus Christ.  This is not the relaunch post I want to make, but this morning I had the feeling that I needed to share this.  Giving my life, my children , husband and all of our situations to God was the turning point in my life,  it is not an overnight fix, but it makes things alot easier, God will give you strength to make it through whatever it is that you are going through, and you can find comfort in knowing that you are His child and a father cares for His children.  I hope someone finds comfort in my words today, I don't share my story much and I don't even know why I felt I should share today, but I hope and pray if someone is going through some of the things I did, that you turn to Jesus, it will be the best decision you could make.  If you have any prayer request, feel free to leave them in the comments below, and know that my husband and I will be praying for you.