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“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs  22:6 (NIV)

Last week a few of my friends and I went to a ladies night at church. It was such a great evening! One of the points that I loved and has stuck with me was intentional parenting. My husband and I have said many times that we want to raise strong Christian children and that’s what we try to do daily with our son. The thing about intentional parenting that really stood out to me was the daily aspect, the speaker talked about finding Jesus in the everyday moments and taking those opportunities to teach our children. We don’t have to wait until Sunday morning during their Bible lessons for our children to be taught about God’s word. No child is to young or to old to start. All it takes is a simple moment where we pray, read the Bible together or talk about the beautiful day God created to start the curiosity in our child to continue asking more questions about God. If we find a way to daily teach our children about God then it won’t be by chance that we raise a strong Christian child, it will be because we were intentional!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV) 

The worship song I picked for today by Gungor is You Have Me and not only is the song absolutely beautiful but so is the meaning behind it. Life can be a bumpy road sometimes but God never leaves us, He is always there holding onto us. I love the chorus how it talks about God is always faithful and good, we can always count on Him!

You Have Me by Gungor 

[verse:]
Out on the farthest edge
There in the silence you were there
My faith was torn to shreds
My heart out of balance
And you were there

[chorus:]
Always faithful
Always good
You still
Have me
You still have my heart

[verse:]
I thought I had seen the end everything broken
But you were there
I’ve wandered at Heaven’s gate
I’ve made my bed in Hell
But you were there still

[chorus]

You have me
You have me
You have my heart completely (6x)

Provision: Waiting

June 14, 2011 — Leave a comment

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 (NIV)

Today I was out running some errands with my mom. We were talking about last year. My brother was out of work for a while and during that time God brought my mom to this verse in Psalm to share with him. The waiting game was longer than we had hoped, but God provided the place for him to be at and it has been a blessing. Now, my mom finds herself holding fast to this verse since my dad is now with out work. She told me today that all the things she told my brother she is now telling herself and my dad. God’s timing is everything! My brother-in-law is faced with the job search now as well. It’s never easy hunting for a job and having to wait, apply, wait, apply and so on. Although His timing is perfect it is not our timing. I pray daily for both my dad and brother-in-law to not just find jobs, but to find jobs that they love, are passionate about and are called to do. I believe that God will provide!

20110613-114338.jpg“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 (NIV)

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

Last week I woke up one morning with all the symptoms of a sprained wrist. I have no idea what I did but some how it was sprained. Believe me it feels pretty ridiculous to tell people you have no clue how you got your sprained wrist. It has been pretty interesting trying to figure out how to do laundry, stuff cloth diapers, change diapers and hold Eli all with a sprained wrist. I probably do more than I should, like type every day. It is amazing how you realize just how much you do with a hand once it is hurt and each movement gives you pain. But, some how I manage. Despite my wrist things still have to get done, diapers need changing, laundry needs to get done and so on. That is just how life works. I could let it all get to me, let the pain overwhelm me and get stressed out each time I try to do something that doesn’t end up going very smoothly. Or, I can trust that everything will be okay, find my strength in God to get through the difficult tasks that come with this sprain. Now, I am not saying that because I lean on God that instantly the pain of my wrist will be gone. What I am saying is that I have to make a choice to either dwell on my wrist or seek God for His strength to accomplish all that I need to do. My wrist will probably continue to hurt until it is healed, but God will help me through it all!