He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young. ~Isaiah 40:11
"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. " ~ Thomas Moore
"Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality." ~ Beatrix Potter
"The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career. " ~ C.S. Lewis "The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life, and in elevating them to art." ~William Morris
"I have no faith in that woman who talks of grace and glory abroad, and uses no soap and water at home. Let the buttons be on the shirts, let the children's socks be mended, let the roast mutton be done to a turn, let the house be as neat as a new pin, and the home be as happy as home can be."
...as Thou deservest; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward save that of knowing that we do Thy will. Through Jesus Christ our Lord."
~ St. Ignatius of Loyola
I have been reading "The Stay at Home Mom" by Donna Otto. (I am also reading "Let me be a Woman" by Elisabeth Elliot and "Amillenialism" by Kim Riddlebarger (for the 2nd time)...I seem to read too many books at once). It is just chock *full* of great info. It was written in the 90's so some of the statistics and things she writes in it are outdated, but the scores of wisdom penned on each page is just wonderful!
I keep my highlighter handy at all times while reading so that I may highlight things I want to remember! I will share a few of those with you here today so you can at least have a taste of the wisdom in what she shares...but if you can, I encourage you to purchase your own copy (It is incredibly inexpensive to purchase on Amazon). You could see if your library carries it...but if you can buy it I encourage that more because then you can underline/highlight as you desire and can refer back to it at your leisure! All quotes you see below are from Donna Otto in the book I linked to above...
"No matter what you say about Christ, your children will learn more about Him from you as they catch your contagious spirit for serving Him. In everything we do we should be leading them to Christ."
I desire to serve Christ...as well as my husband, children and those around me. I often find, though, to my chagrin that *self* always has a way of rearing its ugly head. Self, Self, Self. Oh how I despise the fact that I can so easily lose my focus on serving others and instead look into serving myself. It is a daily, annoying battle. But the Lord is teaching me...every day...each moment. Struggling with it keeps me humble and completely dependent upon Him. *He* needs to be my focus.
"As you seek to know Christ better, you will begin to imitate Him as you minister to your family. As you learn to sacrifice and suffer loss, as you learn to set aside your personal desires, as you are willing to pray for your children and put them first, they will see what it means to serve Christ. They will see the invisible Christ in your visible example."
"The greatest problem among women today
is unhealthy comparisons."
Do you do that? Compare yourself to others who have more or less of this or that? If I just had...or if I just looked like...or if I could just...*on and on* we go...why do we do that??? All it does is make us discontent with the life we have.
"Yet, you have no reason to be discontent. The God of the universe created you individually and equipped you for your good and His glory. What a personal affront it is to Him to complain about how He made you by saying, 'If I only had...'"
"You must decide who will be the director of your life as a mother: the Lord or others around you."
I need to remember my worth comes from Him. He has made me His and now, I just need to follow His direction...given to me in His Word. I know I will always fall short of His perfection...thus why I *need* Him. Only Christ's perfection could save me (and you). I will continually strive to serve how He served and love how He loved.
"Be strong, stand still, and listen to the voice of the God who created you and called you to stay at home. Do what you can do in the way you can do it. Don't compare yourself to anyone. Don't worry about your identity now that you are a stay-at-home mom. You are a child of God, and He can use everything you are to minister to Him and to your family. Rest in your identity in Christ. Receive the full measure of His love because "perfect love casts our fear" (1 John 4:18). The fear of failing in your new role will vanish as you trust in Him and rest in Him."
"Fill and nourish your soul with high notions of God which yield you great joy in being devoted to Him."
It all makes perfect sense and seems so simple...and yet, when the trials of life pop up, it's terribly too-easy to veer off the path of serving others and onto the path of self. This is a place where I need to spend a lot of prayer and study in my Bible.
"So I find it to be a low that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliveer me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin."
~ Romans 7:21-25
New (to me) books!! Yay!
I pray your heart is encouraged here as we learn to serve our families and neighbors with loving hearts to honor our Lord! May we continue to strive together to please Him in all things and put ourselves *last*! May you know you are not alone as you struggle to be the best wife and mama you can be! :)
This past weekend, we attended a Hemophilia Walk in honor of our almost-two-year-old nephew who is a hemophiliac. It was a chilly Saturday...but we all dressed appropriately!
There was a Sheetz truck there giving (yes, giving..not selling) out coffee and smoothies! (I sure wanted a smoothie-but unfortunately, those are chock full of sugar so they are a big no-no for this gal!)...
Some of our group...
Chris with our niece and Eli...
After the walk, they let all children have free shaved ice! All the sponsors were handing things out for free! It was amazing to see the support there!
I believe over $30,000+ was raised altogether to help in hemophilia research...which is now something very near and dear to our hearts as we hope something can be done to completely fix it one day...for this little guy we love and all the others who are living with it....
For those who are not aware of hemophilia...it is a genetic disorder where the blood fails to clot normally. It can be quite a scary thing...comfort lies in knowing that our God is sovereign though! Thankfully, although our nephew's more on the extreme side of it, they can give hemophiliacs 'factor' which helps their blood to clot...my sister-in-love and brother-in-love are becoming experts in it all...and we all are learning as they teach us so we can all be properly prepared if anything is necessary while caring for our sweet Eli. You can read more about it HERE if you are interested.
We were thankful to help raise money and awareness for this disorder and support our nephew and his parents! Do you have anyone in your life or family who has this genetic disorder? What has been your experience?
Thanks so much for sharing in this special time with us!
I pray your week is going well!
It rained today...and we decided it was a good day to just be lazy. Sure, we still did chores and necessary things (like practicing instruments etc.)...but mostly, we watched videos/documentaries to remember the events of September 11, 2001. My boys were not yet born....and Madelyn was only two months old. What a scary time that was for this new mama....
Madelyn and I have done some knitting. The boys have put together legos and supper is in the oven. Later this evening, Madelyn will play the piano and Jaxson the guitar at a local assisted living home. I need to get supper finished...but before I do so, here are a few things to hopefully make you smile, as they do me!
My boys....oh, how they make me smile...a lot! Although they are definitely making my hair turn gray much sooner than I had hoped, they are also *such* a joy in my life!
Below is a card Madelyn made for me when I was under-the-weather. She was actually not feeling well herself but took the time to make *me* a card! Isn't she thoughtful?
As the temperature drops, my time spent knitting goes up! Hooray for getting things accomplished!
Another *must* during the fall months (I decided long ago that autumn starts on September 1st...not a day later!) are candles....the scents and look of the flickering candles against an evening atmosphere brings me such happiness!
As supper cooks in the oven (and smells delicious)...I realize I must get the rest of the meal ready to go as well! :)
I pray your day has been a time of remembrance in whatever way works well for you. For us, it was slow and quiet. Thank you for taking time to stop for a visit.
I have been down with a head cold this weekend. I am not sure where I picked it up...but Madelyn had a bit of it as well. It's not fun...but I am hoping it wears off soon. I am going to attempt going to spin tomorrow morning (and hopefully sweat out the germs). Although, this weekend I have been sleeping in until after 6am...which for me is terribly unusual. My body must need the rest!
With this extra down time, I thought I would take a few minutes to share bits from our week...
Xavier and I mowed at my Great-Aunt Jo's earlier in the week while Madelyn and Jaxson played tic-tac-toe...
Playing with Lee...
You can see in this picture below how Lee is really a black/brown striped cat (but from a distance appears to be black)...
Some yard sale finds (including blank calendars...which I thought would be fun for the children to number and decorate for the upcoming year!)...
Smaug (the dragon from The Hobbit movies) made by Madelyn and Jaxson....
I think they did a fantastic job with it...don't you love the imaginations of children?
More from home (my favorite season is about here...autumn!! I love pumpkin, cinnamon, spice, vanilla type scents)...
I am hoping to kick this cold soon so we can jump into the new week with all our energy! There is schooling to do, lawns to mow, childcare (we are watching the young son of friends of ours during the week), housework, knitting, wood to stack...and the list goes on! Not much time to be down with a head cold...so off I go to get some rest.
Thank-you, so much, for dropping by! I always look forward to the comments and emails you each send! :) One negative thing is all the spam I get through "anonymous" commenters...but oh well. I have never quite figured out why people want to take the time to create spam bots...I mean, what really are the point of them (other than unkindness and annoyance?). I have thought about taking the anonymous option away from the comments...but many of you legitimately comment under anonymous so I hate to take that away. So, for now, I will continue on deleting all spam!
May your day be filled with sunshine and smiles!