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The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.  Psalm 145:8 

This is a verse that most of us have heard at least once in our lives if not many, many times.  However, as Christians are we living our lives this way?  We say we want to be like Jesus and we know from His example that He lived his life this way.  I can only speak from my own experience and failings but I know many times I “forget” about this in my life.  Yes, I love because that’s what you’re supposed to do, right?  However, am I am gracious, compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love?  I know these are characteristics I want to be but what is stopping me? The answer completely is ME.  How is it me?  I think it’s me because I allow myself to get busy, occupied or focused on things that really just do not matter.

I  can think of a few examples that happened just in the last couple of days that God used my children to teach me. Last night, I had decided I was going to make a stop to pick up a couple of things on the way home, however when I turned on road there were two cars there– one had a flat tire and I assumed had all the help it needed with the other car there so I proceeded to turn around and go the other way.  Just as I turned Dustin said, “Mama, you have to stop and let me try to help those people.”  I really did not want to stop because I was on a mission and had a time frame but he was persistent, he said “Those are Mamas and they need help.” I really didn’t know what he could do but we stopped and he did all he could to help and even called in more help but the car ended up needing to be towed away, however the lady told me “You’re raising a fine young man, and my 14 could use some lessons from him.” While I was so proud of him, I wasn’t proud of his Mama at the time because she was too focused at her own agenda rather than slowing down to help someone in need.  Looking back, that stop only costed us about 30 minutes of time and I was still able to do what I needed to do because the Lord had impressed me to leave earlier than I normally do. Another, example that I am not proud of is when the little ones have been at school all day and are so excited to see me and I am them too but then after just a few minutes I am stressed because all that I still need to do, you know the homework, dinner, and everything else. Or when they make a mess and realize in making that mess, they were really trying to make something for you or help you?  I know we are busy people and sometimes our business cannot be helped but sometimes it can.  I am asking the Lord to show me ways to apply this verse daily in my life.

Prayer for today:

Lord, thank you for another day.  I ask you today to slow me down and show me areas that I can be more compassionate in and please help me to be slow to anger and rich in your love with everyone I come in contact with today.                         In Jesus’ name, Amen

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Happy Birthday Grandma!

Dear Grandma,

On this day 86 years ago a great thing happened, you were born.  I know you are not here to celebrate with us today because you are having the best birthday ever with Jesus!  I am so happy for you, I can only imagine how big that beautiful smile is now.  The tears are flowing this morning because while I know you’re having the best time, I miss you.  I feel like we should be planning on where we’re going to lunch or where we want to go shopping but we’re not.  I am so thankful for the time that I had you in my life, I know not everyone is as fortunate.  Thank you Grandma for loving our family the way you did. I keep thinking of all I need to do and yet it keeps going back to how you did it– making the bed, the laundry, the dishes, how you washed our hair when we were little–those are such precious memories.  Today, I choose to honor you, celebrate you and cherish the time I had with you.

On Sunday, we had one of your favorite meals for dinner as well as carrot cake and we sent you balloons.  The kids had the best time and were excited to send the balloons and their messages to you. I believe God let you see those balloons and messages.

I will close for now but Happy, Happy Birthday Beautiful Grandma!!

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