Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"The grand point is not to wear the garb, nor use the brogue of religion, but to possess the life of God within, and feel and think as Jesus would have done because of that inner life. Small is the value of external religion unless it is the outcome of a life within."
CH Spurgeon "Spiritual Parenting" p. 154

Friday, July 6, 2012

Joy Dare - July 7

Gift of Challenge, Conflict and Change
These three are summed up in one for me right now : parenting.  Actually, two - and marriage.
Parenting holds the challenging reality that I am shaping other eternal creatures lives, the conflict of growing personalities bumping into one another (and mine) and change, well, kids don't stay the same for very long, do they?  Nor do they allow my plans to stay in place long, either.
In marriage there is a continual challenge to love another more than myself, the conflict of two living as one flesh, and the need for me to change and to be changed.  This is my Father's will for me - and it is good, very good - not always easy.  (A thought on conflict too: it is not always a negative thing.  It is through conflict that we are shaped: "As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another" Proverbs 27:17)
These four relationships are not only jewel-like gifts in themselves, but the challenge, conflict and change that they present drive me back to my Father for wisdom, grace - and oh, everything.

So thank you, my Father.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Still counting.

(Although I have not been posting these here - I have been counting and thanking.)

115. the first thing in the morning snuggle of the littlest boy.

116. a deep breath of dusky summer air

117. the stirring of wind-touched trees

118. ... and ears to hear the sounds

119. a good place to live and make a home

120. the Father's protection over my boys

121. a new season of life and all the surprises that my Lord has planned ahead

122. new and good friends

123. the coolness of a rain-drizzled morning after days of hanging heat

124. a child's footsteps in the morning

125. a colourful stripey cup

126. a God who came

127. the He is full of compassion

128. good books

129. laughter

130. the astounding variety of bird calls

131. the laughing call of a kookaburra

132. memories floating by on my computer screen

133. the dry cracking buzz of a cicada in flight

134. the focussed interest of a boy- intent on catching skimmer bugs to give them 'a happy life' in his aquarium

135. the sun rising and casting more light

136. the early light creeping down the trees

137. the sure knowledge of His great love

138. the mist hanging low on the hills

139. the opportunity to teach

140. a child's excitement that wakes him early and keeps him up

141. quiet that bookends my day

142. being home

143. garbage trucks trundling away my rubbish

144. a dad and his wife who look for ways to bless us all the while pouring love and attention into the boys

145. the boisterous sounds of boys at play

I want to keep counting, to keep naming, to keep being aware - because I am finding that in this simple act of naming His gifts given to me, I am seeing Him.

Friday, January 27, 2012

It's been a while...

"Moses returned to the Lord and said, 'O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people...and you have not rescued your people at all.'" (Exodus 5:22-23)

How often I have brought a similar charge to lay at God's feet, verbalized or silently. When circumstances get to the point where I feel like I am in far beyond my ability, when relationships are challenging or stale, when long-standing situations seem stagnant - then I accuse God, like a petulant child.
What I do not do is wait - trustingly wait. Believe and watch.

God answers Moses, not with a rebuke but with an affirmation of his own character, "I am the Lord." He bookends his reply to Moses with the assertion of who he is, because He is the reason we can believe, we can trust and we will see his deliverance. Even when Moses reminded the Israelites of God's character, "they did not listen because of their discouragement and cruel bondage" (6:9); that did not deter God.

My moments of discouragement do not discourage God - He reminds me to lift my eyes to his unchangeable self and to still and quiet my soul "like a weaned child with its mother" (Psalm 131:2). For He does not change - He is.

Thank you, Father.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

An encouragement

Yesterday at church the pastor shared some wonderful truth from God's word that I have been pondering...
2 Peter 1:4 "Through these [His glory and goodness] He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature..."
I have to go now, but I'd like to share more here later.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Do you ever wonder?

Do you ever wonder if you are doing the right thing?
Do you ever wonder if homeschooling is the best thing for your kids?
Do you ever wonder if you are the best teacher for your kids?

Do you ever wonder if this is really what God wants you to be doing?
Do you ever wonder how you got here? And where here is?

I do.
Help me, Lord, to see. And hear.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A morning prayer

Lord Jesus,
I give you this day - this day that you have given me - fill it as you see fit.
Help me to accept with joy the people, the circumstances You allow into my life this day.
May I see You, honour You and bring pleasure to Your heart and glory to Your name.
Come fill me, Holy Spirit.