Who hath made man… have not I the LORD?

“And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the Lord said unto him, who hath made man’s mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.” Exodus 4:10-12
Every person has their insecurities, something that makes it difficult for you to serve God in the capacity in which he has called you. For me, it’s that I am usually too busy with the kids, or I struggle to understand sign language. I also struggle with accepting God’s will in reaching the deaf because I did not prepare for it, and spent most of my life learning music and training to reach hearing people. When I look at my life now it doesn’t make sense to me.
God has completely changed the path of my life recently in a way I cannot understand. It would be very easy for me to say, “Lord, what are you doing? I cannot do that? I’ve spent my whole life preparing for this!” But this is not what God has for me…
God’s ways really are higher than our ways, when you cannot understand life, that is when you can rest assured, knowing it is of the Lord. He is the one who has created you in the exact person you are. He has a special plan just for you, and he created you in the inabilities that you have so that He gets all the glory.
Friend, do not be discouraged, because not only has He created you just the way you are, but He also promises to be with your inabilities. Moses was insecure about his speech and God said to him, “I will be with thy mouth.” Whatever He has called you to he is saying “Now therefore go, I will be with thy.              .” (You fill in the blank)
I can hear the Lord saying in this passage “Now therefore go, and I will be with thy hands.”

Lend to the Lord, He will repay.

“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.” Proverbs 19:17
Somehow in all my years of Bible reading, which included reading the Proverbs at least 20 times, I have never noticed this verse before. Isn’t it interesting how God’s word really is “new every morning”? God is so good.

Wow! When we give to the poor we are really lending it to God. Now I have been taught that it is wrong to lend out and expect a return. Especially when dealing with family, but this verse is talking about lending to God. Isn’t this interesting?  Why does God want or need us to lend stuff to Him??? He owns the Cattle on a thousand hills right???

I honestly don’t think this verse was put in here to mean that God needs or wants us to lend him a favor. This verse is for us. Why? It’s because we are greedy, we were all born with a sinful nature that simply put is greedy!!! We are selfish and do not like to give. Sure we pass on our leftovers of which we don’t value anymore, but is that really what God wants us to do??? Do we want God to simply repay us with leftovers? I don’t think I do! I would much rather have God’s best blessing!!!
Lord, help me to learn to give sacrificially. Help me to lay aside the worry of waisted goods. Help me to search my heart and know if I’m really holding back because of that or simply because of selfishness. Give me a giving spirit, one that desires to give above what one could ask or think like you have given to me in my life. I love you! In Jesus name, Amen.

Give Your Weights to God

“A just weight and balance are the LORD’S: and all the weights of the bag are his work.” Proverbs 16:11
I honestly have never noticed this verse in any of my previous Bible readings. This is odd for me since I have been in the habit of reading Proverbs almost daily for a long time. Isn’t God’s word amazing???? It really is new every morning just for us.
One thing I am learning about the Lord is that he loves order, moderation and a good balance in almost all things. God does not desire for us to over burden ourselves with the weight of life. If we are feeling overburdened with life, it is good to step back and examine if there is something in our life that God does not desire to be there.
Are you feeling over burdened and heavy laden??? If so, why? Jesus tells us that when we feel this way we should go to Him and He will give us rest. Let me tell you something! He really does! Why is that? Well it’s because God takes our load! He said that all these weights in our life belong to Him. We were never meant to carry them all on our own.
So friend, if your feeling overburdened in life, do these 2 things. First consider the load, is it right and balanced, or have you overburdened yourself with unnecessary things? If you are sure your on God’s path, then simply turn those weights back to Him. Run to Him! He promises to carry the load and give you much needed rest.

A Soft Word

“And ye fathers, (and mothers I believe) provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
I was reading my daily proverb this morning, and right off the bat, the first verse caught my attention. It reads:
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
Immediately my mind went to the verse in Ephesians chapter 6. We as parents are told not to provoke our children to wrath. This verse is telling us how to turn away wrath. We can avoid provoking our children to wrath by using soft words with them.
“What??? Soft words??? My children don’t listen to me when I speak softly to them! I always find myself getting louder and sterner and just plain madder when they continuously ignore me!” You may be thinking. Dear mother, don’t you think that they are getting angry right back at you when you get angry with them??? I think we all need another method of getting those kiddos attention don’t you agree?
I’m so with you, I can so relate! When it comes to trying to get my kids to do almost anything I feel like it’s like trying to “nail jello to a tree.” They just don’t cooperate!
I’m reading a very informative and helpful book called, “The Strong Willed Child.” By Dr. James Dobson. Although I do not agree with all of his methods of discipline, I do agree with this one foundational truth. Discipline needs to be immediate if it is going to be affective. Many of us parents, mom’s especially, tend to give our kiddos way to many warnings which only leads us to anger and frustration towards them when they continually disobey. This sort of method of discipline only breeds for anger and frustration on both parties, and doesn’t help with the child/parent relationship in the long run.
So how else are we to handle these types of situations you ask? Well here are some ideas:
1. Make sure to stop and get your little ones attention before giving them instructions. Some kiddos are harder than others, especially very young and hyper boys, I ask my 3 year old this “Josiah, where are mommy’s eyes?” When he looks and points at them, then I say, “good, now look at them while mommy talks to you.” Then when I know I have his attention I give the instruction.
2. I also learned that it helps to give the consequence for disobeying at the same time as I give the instruction.
3. This one is the hard part. DO NOT EXTEND MERCY!!! If the child doesn’t follow through with the instruction, then give them the consequence immediately. Do not give them a warning, because that only teaches them that the line is drawn after the warning, not when they disobey.
4. If you are still having problems, it’s good to consider the instruction. Is this task something the child is fully capable to do without my help? Sometimes we need to help them along in creative ways so that they can learn and grow. Here is an example:
My children are all very young, under the age of 4. They have ALOT of toys. We really strive to keep somewhat order to our house on a regular basis, so because of that we have the kids clean up toys everyday before naptime and bedtime. I like to be able to say, “ok now is time to clean up”, and not have to chase them around for 2 hours trying to get them to do it… so I got creative and came up with a solution. I divided all their toys by types. (Ex. Cars and trains, blocks, doll stuff, potato head, dress up, baby stuff, tools etc.) I put all the small toys in little clear bins and place them up high in the closet. My kids have to ask for a bin in order to play with it, and can’t have more then 2 out at a time. This helps to make the clean up task a little easier for them.
I hope these tips help. I know it is a struggle and that it is easy to get in the rut of yelling at our kids and spouting off instructions like an angry drill sargent, but mom, when we do that we are not really nurturing them, we are angering them.

Adultery-unrestorable

So this morning I was reading Proverbs chapter 6. I am in the habit of reading a proverb that coincides with the day of the month along with my other reading. I asked God to show me something in this passage, and when I got to verse 30-31 I was halted to a stop… these 2 verses seemed so out of place at first.
Most of the passage is discussing the sin of adultery, and then suddenly the author switches gears and begins discussing the sin of theft… then after those two verses are finished he finishes out the chapter discussing adultery again…
This perked my interest to look deeper as to why these verse were put where they were. It was so interesting to me that I felt I had to share it with someone, so yall are the ones I chose.
After looking deeper, I realized that the author is making a comparison, not just randomly going off topic. He is saying that with other sins like the sin of theft, a man can be restored by simply paying back that which was stolen and asking forgiveness, but with adultery, it is very hard, if not impossible to really be restored. The sin of adultery “destroys a mans (or womans) soul. It makes this person untrustworthy. His character becomes forever marred, and his reputation is destroyed.
Wow! This was very good to learn. Adultery is a very deceptive sin, and it is so easy to get caught up in it. Beware though, it is a way Satan tries to ruin your life.
So how does a person get caught up in such a tragic sin??? It’s pretty simple, and very sneaky… it starts with dissatisfaction. A person begins to look at others lives and feels dissatisfied with their own.
What sort of things can provoke this dissatisfaction? Perhaps watching movies that glamorise other relationships. Maybe it is a love story? A romantic novel you read? Sometimes it can be as simple as comparing your husband or wife to another man or woman to whom you admire or respect.
How can we gaurd our hearts from this evil sin that Satan uses to destroy our soul?
1. Avoid movies that cause you to feel dissatisfied in any way.
2. Toss out those romance novels ladies.
3. Turn your head… (when you are suddenly drawn to a member of the opposite sex, it helps to physically look away)
4. Set the standard that you will not text or call members of the opposite sex. Infact, delete their numbers from your phone so you are not even tempted, if you need something from that person, get in the habit of having your husband or wife contact them for you. (This includes Facebook and other ways of communication if that’s an issue)
5. Avoid being alone with a member of the opposite sex. (Sometimes I feel silly about this when it comes to my friends husbands, but it’s not that I don’t trust them, I just want to stay blameless, and avoiding these situations altogether really helps)
6. Stay in open communication with your spouse. ( I cannot vouch for this enough, having a close knit relationship really guards from distrust. If your spouse is constantly calling you and asking alot of questions, don’t get offended or feel like they don’t trust you, it’s just that they need to ease their hearts because they love you. Embrace their love.)
7. Fall in love with your spouse all over again. ( when you find yourself tempted to look at others, use that as an indication to draw even closer to your spouse!!! Run to them when you feel distance!

She Looketh Well to the Ways of her Household.

“She looketh well to the Ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27
Smack!!! This verse sure hit straight home this morning. To be totally honest, I struggle with this so much. Sure on the outside we may seem over cautious when it comes to protecting our family from the world. Yes my daughter dresses modestly from neck to mid calf, and sure we don’t have a TV, and of course we don’t send our kids out to do just anything, but the truth is, I am not where I want to be.
Ok let’s back up a bit and look at what this verse is saying… first of all, who is it talking about?? Who is SHE? She is a virtuous woman, a woman that I am striving to be, she is who I want me to be!!!
What is she doing??? She’s looking well, not just glancing over and saying, ok sure we are doing good, but she is examining, and searching for where she can do better.
What is it that she is looking well to??? The ways of her household. Not her house as in the things in her house or the stuff that she does in it, but her household. That is the people within her house, her husband and her children. (And anyone else they happen to let in)
She is is examining and searching out their ways, as in the path they are headed. She’s not just glancing to them and saying they are doing good, but she is looking deep to every aspect of their life. Clothing? Are we dressing right? Entertainment? Are we allowing too much? Diet? Are we taking care of this temple God gave us? Cleanliness? How’s it going? Ok let’s get deaper… how’s their heart? Do they love God, or are they just following your faithful practices? How about attitudes? Are we letting things slide?
As a mom it’s important for us to not only examine our own spiritual life, but also that of our children’s so that we can see where we are lacking in teaching and training.
So as this hit me today, I ask, how are you doing??? Lord, help us to look well and consider the paths our lives are taking us and that of our family’s.

Preparing for Battle.

“Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.” Proverbs 14:4
I know this passage is talking about owning an ox, but everytime I read this verse my mind goes to my children. As I struggle daily to have a clean, orderly home, or even a life free of distraction and clutter. I imagine what life could be like without all these little ones in tow. Sure, it probably would make life easier now, but I am reminded in God’s word of the value of my children.
God never has the view of children that our world seems to have. Many view children as an inconvenience in life. They view them as something that gets in the way of what is important.  This passage is one of many that reminds me that yes, life may be easier without them, but they are very valuable.
Children are a blessing from God. They belong to Him, and He has entrusted us to nurture and to care for them, and to train them to love and serve Him. If we take up this responsibility, God can enable us and them to do so much more for Him than we could ever do on our own.
“Two are better than one: because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth: for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
The power of many. As a family you become a band, a team fighting for God in this wicked world. Your family is your quiver and the arrows are your children. They help you in this battle against the devil.
This reminder helps me so much when I feel down and discouraged. When I feel like I’m stuck in the trenches of life. I’m here preparing them for battle, for a very real and serious battle. I’m reminded that I’m not just wasting time at home with meaningless tasks. Our home then becomes a training ground for life.
So mom, when you feel alone surrounded by all the runny noses and dirty hands. Remember that God has a very real plan, and that He is working right in the midst of it all.