“Don’t Despise the Day of Small Beginnings.”

I’m sitting here, crocheting, and as always I’m thinking and pondering… and the phrase “Don’t despise the day of small beginnings.” came to mind. It’s something that my pastor says on occasion and so I thought about what that phrase means… this is not an in depth post, just thoughts forming on a page but it really impacted me.

Something that I often have to remind myself is to focus on the bigger picture in order to not get caught up in my little moments… the concept of the above phrase got me thinking that we equally need to put all we have into our little moments while we focus on the bigger picture. It’s in doing this that we get to experience glimpses of the bigger picture that give us hope to keep pushing on toward the goal.

When we apply that to our walk with God, it’s standing in the promises that He’s given us that help us to make it to the goal of the bigger picture AND to make it through our little moments. As we walk out the promises we’ve been given, it begins to change us ~ our hearts, our thoughts, and our very character.

We can walk out our faith by a husband loving his wife as he does his own life or a wife submitting to her own husband; we can walk out our compassion when our children fight and we seek to help each of them have compassion on each other or when our children are angry with us and we seek to understand their hearts; walk out waiting on the Lord when we wait to find out the gender of our baby or when we wait to respond to a text instead of responding right away (for some of us that can be really difficult to do); walk out our tenderness when our friends are discouraged or when we read about someone in the paper who broke the law by seeing the good in that person; walk out our grace when our enemies are mean to us or when someone hurts someone else… these little moments start a revival within us that will pour out of us and onto those around us… and become the bigger picture.

This is what comes to mind when I hear my pastor, Jamie Dickson, state “Don’t despise the day of small beginnings.”

A Bit Belated!

I just realized that I haven’t been blogging… I mean, I’ve known, but because I haven’t been, I haven’t shared our latest news! We’re pregnant with our fifth baby! We are planning another UC and are due around the end of October. We are very excited!

It’s been really amazing seeing what God’s been doing in the last 18 months. After what was the most difficult season in our marriage, my husband and I have gone through so much growth and learning this year. It wasn’t easy, but it was oh so worth it.

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My Prayer as Wife and Mother, and as a Child of God

THIS WIFE’S PRAYER

Father God, I beg You, merciful Lord: Help all of us who are married to remember that marriage is indeed holy, and strengthen the sanctity of our unions. Shower Your grace upon us so that we may live our lives in true faithfulness and love. Help us to understand and trust each other fully, keeping quarrels and arguments far from us. Bestow Your blessings upon us, and in Your mercy, count us worthy of Your kingdom: for You are our sanctification, and we offer glory to You: to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Lord God, in your compassion watch over and protect my husband from all seen and unseen enemies. Grant him health and complete wisdom so that he may fulfill all his obligations according to Your will and commandments. Protect him from all temptations which he does not have the strength to resist. Strengthen him in Your perfect love and direct our lives according to Your precepts. For Yours is the power and glory forever.

Dear Lord, I give you praise and honor that his mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You, and You will always keep him in perfect peace. Isaiah 26:3

And thank You that he will always listen to You and live in safety and at ease, without fear of harm or evil. Proverbs 1:33

And I give You praise Lord, that he is blessed, and does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. I thank You that he delights in your law, and that he meditates on your word day and night, and that he is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. And thank You that whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3

I thank You Lord, that he does not forget what Your word teaches and that he keeps Your commands in his heart, prolonging his life for many years and bringing him prosperity. Thank You that love and faithfulness never leave him, because they are bound around his neck, and written in his heart. And that he will always have favor and a good reputation, and that he trusts in You with all his heart and does not rely on his own understanding. I thank You that he acknowledges You in all his ways and that You make his path straight. Proverbs 3:1-6

And that he accepts Your word and stores up Your commands in his heart, and turns his ear to wisdom and applies his heart to understanding. I thank You that he calls out for insight and understanding, looking for it as for silver, and searching for it as for hidden treasure. And I give praise that he understands the fear of You LORD, and finds Your knowledge, because You give wisdom, and from your word comes knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:1-6

So he will always understand what is right and just and fair, and he understands every good path. May wisdom and knowledge always be in his heart and pleasant to his soul, and may discretion and understanding always protect and guard him. Proverbs 2:9-11

Father, may he always keep Your commands and never forsake Your teaching. Bind them upon his heart forever; fasten them around his neck. When he walks, let them guide him; when he sleeps, let them watch over him; when he awakes, let them speak to him. For Your commands are a lamp, Your teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life, keeping him from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife. Let him not lust in his heart after her beauty or let her captivate him with her eyes, for she would reduce him to a loaf of bread, and prey upon his very life. Proverbs 6:20-26

And I thank You that Your wisdom saves him from the ways of wicked people, from anyone whose words are perverse, who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways. And that it saves him from the adulterer, from a wayward wife with seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before You. She would lead him down to destruction, because none who go that way return or attain the paths of life. Therefore, I thank You for leading him to walk in the ways of godly men and keeping to the paths of the righteous. Proverbs 2:12-20

Thank You Lord, that he will always respond to Your rebuke, and that You pour out Your heart to him and make Your thoughts known to him. And that he never rejects You when You call, and that he always gives heed when You stretch out Your hand. And he does not ignore Your advice or fail to accept Your rebuke, and that You will never laugh if he experiences disaster, or mock if calamity overtakes him. Proverbs 1:23-26

And I thank You Lord, for filling him with the knowledge of Your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding, and that he lives a life worthy of You and pleases You in every way. And thank You that he is bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of You, being strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might, and for his great endurance and patience. And that he joyfully gives thanks to You Lord, because You have qualified us to share the inheritance in your kingdom of light. For You have rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son You love, in whom we have redemption and forgiveness of our sins. For by Him all things were created, all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, all things were created by Him and for Him. Colossians 1:9-16

For this reason I kneel before You Father and pray that out of your glorious riches You will strengthen my husband with power through Your Spirit in his inner being, so that Christ will dwell in his heart through faith. And I pray that he, being rooted and established in Your love, will always grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Your Son Jesus Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that he may be filled to the measure of all of Your fullness. Now to You who are able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to Your power that is at work within us, to You be glory in the church and in our marriage, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21

THIS MOTHER’S PRAYER

Oh Lord thank You for Your steadfast provision over my family. I pray for Your continual help in the establishment of this precious relationship between this Mother and her children.

Help me to shower Your little ones with respect and honor, expecting it in return; to teach them in such a way that they would value my approval more than the lure of any indulgence; to enjoy their company and them enjoy mine; to become the Mama whom they can trust; to give them my time, attention, laughter, approval, touch, hugs, desires, silliness, fun, play and training; to have a quiet, friendly, and meek temperance – smiling often; to correct with firm rebuke on the necessary occasions and help it to be lost in the midst of our fellowship with one another; to provide a home full of safety, security, stability, and strength that allows them the confidence and freedom to be all You have created them; to care for them in a new way; to smile, laugh, and have fun; to reach out and touch them, hug them, and shower them with loving affection; to reject the negative actions and never the child; to control my mouth and the words that roll off my tongue, that they may never be short or abusive as well as the attitude that represents my heart; to stand in the authority over my flesh that You’ve restored to me through the power of the Holy Spirit; to fill my home with love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness.

Lord, lead me in how to train them in their problem areas with Your Word; to stay calm and always be relaxed in my responses to them; to have compassion on my children. Soften my heart towards them. Lord, God, I need Your strength, Your comforting words of encouragement, and Your hand of leading. Build this home and establish your throne inside! Create in us a humble spirit striving only to serve You! In Jesus powerful name I pray that all Your wonderful and precious riches would fill the rooms of my home and consume our lives and hearts in such a way that it would overflow!! I thank You Lord for Your faithfulness! Continue to be all that You are and remember us oh Lord!

THIS PRAYER AS GOD’S CHILD

Lord I pray that in my day-to-day living, I will truly surrender what I want, what I am used to, what I prefer, and what I seem not to have time for. I pray that You would help me to adjust my mental attitude to match my heart attitude and that my heart would be only after the things of Your heart. I pray that I’d continue to change to match Christ’s model of obedience; that when the “hour” arrives, I’ll submit to those in authority over me in obedience to You as Jesus did. I pray I will allow myself to be acted upon and trust in the plan You have for me. I pray that I would mirror Christ and not merely resign to Your will nor passively accept it but be active in the response of obedience to your awesome plan. No power on earth has it’s power without first being given it from You. No matter what inappropriate leadership over me there might be, I pray I will recognize the position You’ve called ME to and that I’d fill it well. I pray I will not allow my “rights” to escape a situation You would have me in just as Jesus did not use His divine power to do so. I pray I would stand fast in that hour and stand firm in my obedience to You. May I hand myself totally over, depending solely on Your steadfastness. I strive to become powerless, weak, and vulnerable in myself in order to achieve power, strength, and confidence in You. May my focus be on Your path and not my own. In Jesus’ name I pray!

THEREFORE! Today, I declare for this day and all days to come, I surrender my desires to the desire of the Lord. I die to self: to being a good mom, a good wife, a good keeper at home, a good friend, a good daughter, and a good sister. I die to my schedule, to my pleasure, and to my time. I die to my health, to my diet, to my future pregnancies and births, and to the health, diet, pregnancy and births of those around me. I die to the desires of my heart – to having more children, to finances, to friends, to my family and to education.  I die to the church and I die to the world. I die to my needs, to my wants, to my rest, to my relaxation, to my relationships, to prayer, to understanding, and to my testimony. I die to my husband, the men and women of God our children will be, and to the woman of God I am. Today, I declare to die to myself and to take up my cross in obedience and delight of my Father. I die to my dreams, my hopes, and all I have been given vision of over my life and those that I care about – ye s, I die to the very promises of God! I give it all to Him; laying it at His feet to sort out. I am handing over the reigns and walking by faith and not by sight. In Jesus name! AMEN!

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23

A New Homeschool Curriculum!

We are so excited. We’ve been reading up on it and started it today and it’s a huge hit! It’s Time4Learning. I recommend it to everyone. Katlyn is having a blast so far and it’s all laid out and super easy to manage.

Today’s lesson plan includes human needs, life cycles, and a math and language review to see where she’s at. We’re so happy to have found something that helps the process after coming out of a difficult season of homeschooling.

Off to plan for the next couple of weeks or more!

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