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This year I am working my way through Psalm 119. Thankful the Holy Spirit works in new ways every time you read the Word. This time reading through this long psalm I have a son, a little boy with a curious mind. I read Psalm 119.9 in a whole new light.
“How can a young man keep his way pure, but keeping it according to Your Word.”
These are some thoughts about parenting about that verse:
1. You, as parents of young boys, have direct influence over what they see and therefore engage with their minds. This world has so much to bombard our minds with – beginning at such an early age. Most children in the world these days have access to kindles, ipads, iphones, etc. Televisions blare many hours a day in the majority of homes with small children. What influences your child? The Bible says we are Christian parents have a duty to actively participate and be in charge of the parenting and shaping of their minds – every minute of it. Deuteronomy 6:4-14 commands to always DO parenting.
2. Fill their minds with Scripture. As I am driving around with my 4 month infant, I am usually playing Andrew Peterson’s Slugs and Bugs CD. Those songs are stuck in my head all day. What do I want to be stuck in his head all day as he grows and matures? I want the Word. When his dad and I correct him or discipline him, I want Scripture to motivate our disciplining and help shape his little mind and heart. We pray and claim the promises of God that if his mind is filled with Scripture, he will keep his way pure. God’s promises are true.
3. We pray. As we parent, we don’t do it on our own. I’ve tried. I’ve tried going days without praying and filling my mind with the Word. It doesn’t work. I’m more anxious, fearful, and irritable (with both my son and my husband). We can’t parent without praying without ceasing and just resting in the power of the Holy Spirit.
And after all these things, we accept and live in grace. We will fail. Our kids, no matter how cute, cuddly, and irrististably snuggly, but their sinners – just like their parents. Every one of us. We all stand and parent and live and love in need of grace.
You never know what to expect when entering into something new, do you? You set your hopes up and they are crushed. You expect little, and sometimes you are surprised and overwhelmed.
I signed up for a Bible study class offered at my church on the book of Colossians. I don’t usually like attending Bible studies because I would rather be the one teaching. But, for some reason, God has me in a non-teaching (in a program way) season.
The first ten minutes of the class the Spirit had already convicted me about my hard heart of not wanting to be teachable. Blah. I hate that. But, it is something I need. Then I got to think. That is one area my husband has noticed in me – my inability to readily accept teaching. It is primarily a pride issue. I think I should already know all things (God) so I don’t want to lower my attitude and allow someone else to teach me. Unless of course I see them as someone who I want to be taught by.
God commands us to be teachable. Especially as women we need to be willing to be taught of the Spirit and those The Lord puts in our path as wiser women and pastors and our husbands (if we are married) who can teach us practical things but also wisdom of the Word of God. (Col 1.9-14)
In the Psalms alone (ESV) there are 26 times that the word TEACH is used. It is the psalmist’s humble cry to The Lord to teach him the truths that he needs to know in order to please The Lord.
What comes in the way of us being teachable? As women in the church we are commanded to teach the younger women. Well, we can’t teach if we’ve never been taught. Did you instinctivly know how to bake cookies or a cheesecake or how to do laundry or make a bed or writer a letter? No. You more than likely had someone to teach you. Our pride is the main obstacle in our heart attitude toward being teachable. We think we don’t need to be taught or already know everything there is to know on a certain subject. That is not a Christ-like attitude to have.
AS you teach your children or teach younger women or as you teach anyone that God gives you the opportunity to teach, do a heart check. Check your own ways and see if you are being teachable? Ask the Spirit to carve away, chisel away, at the hardness of your heart so that you may find yourself teachable. Not by your own doing, but by the doing of The Lord.
I love having a birthday so close to the new year’s beginning. It means my New Years health resolutions don’t really start – but more importantly…I have a new birth year starting around the same time as a calendar year begins.
As I look back at 35 – the 3rd biggest important thing in my life happened:
1. God chose to make my life new!
2. I got married
3. THIS YEAR – I became a mother. Honestly, I became a mother when I was 34 – because we conceived him before I turned 35, but actually holding this precious little boy (who rolled over today) in my arms happened in my 35th year of life.
My second biggest prayer answered was something else entirely. Some of my dearest friends know the specifics of that prayer, but let’s just say that I began a prayer when we returned from our honeymoon – and even more specifically prayed Eph 3.20 for it the entire month of May. And in that month I saw the beginnings of that prayer being answer. God does indeed do far more than we can ever think or plan or imagine.
This year, I am praying more personally some things that I see in my character or heart that I want the Spirit to change. I want to see bondages gone: Psalm 119:32 is my verse for this year. Here is my KCV (Kim Campbell version): I will RUN in your truth because you have made me FREE!
I look forward to seeing how God will answer this prayer for His glory as I live my 36th year!
Thanks for reading and being part of my life in my 35th year!
I don’t know why we bother with New Years resolutions, but I wanted to put in a little plug for goals and areas of my life. I hope you have had a wonderful 2012 and sorry for the lack of posts in Nov and Dec. We’ve been sick, busy, moving, tired, etc. I’ve wanted to do mindless things, so we’ve watched a lot of NCIS and played Candy Crush!
My word of the year: HOME. I’ll be taking pictures of our new home, I want to help Little Rock and BCLR be home for us, and I want to always focus on this world is not my home.
1. Continue family devotions which consist of reading one story out of the Jesus Storybook Bible on Sunday nights.
2. We move! January 5 is moving day. Only .7 miles away this time!
3. Some are asking if we want more children. Of course we do! We will see if that is in the Lord’s plans for 2013. Until then, we enjoy a bright-eyed curious little boy named Elijah!
1. I am attending my first photography workshop hosted in Ft. Worth, TX by some sweet friends called The Little Things. I look forward to this time of learning and fun. And thankful for my husband for sending me/keeping e and my mom for the Vday gift in sending me!
2. I am hoping kd316 will have an Etsy page soon so that I can sell my notecards/photography.
3. I will continue to be a contributor to the Our Single Purpose blog. We are tackling several series this year, so head on over and check it out.
4. I will continue to write my James Bible study. I started writing it then got sick. Didn’t mean to not return, so I need to get back on it!
1. Everyone takes this time to make healthy resolutions. Mine this year is tri-fold:
a. Lose the baby weight. There is a lot to lose and I need it gone!
b. To cut out some of the sugar and sodas I’ve been digesting. Not entirely, just lessening how many I partake of!
c. Eat more fruits and vegetables and get little guy into them too!
2. Exercise more. Now that I have a carrier it will be easy to have little guy on me. Also, enjoy the walks with E three times a week. I may do a 5k this year, but my knees haven’t been the same since pregnancy. Get back into yoga/pilates. I need to strengthen that core again and I can do a plank but not some of the deeper lunges.
1. Doing the Made to Crave reading plan on YouVersion for three weeks. Then I will be transitioning into studying Psalm 119 in 2013. I look forward to seeing how that psalm transforms my heart.
2. I will be doing a Colossians inductive study with some ladies at my church. I look forward to knowing this book better and getting to know the ladies at our church better too.
3. Going to The Gospel Coalition in April in Orlando. E and I are looking forward to with our pastoral staff at BCLR. My folks are keeping the little guy so we will have 2.5 days of being baby free! We look forward to worshipping together and listening to sermons together. My husband is a worship pastor so I seldom get to sing next to him.
Happy 2013 everyone! How will you COLOR your 2013?
Merry Christmas. Do yourself and me a favor: go listen to the video above. You’ll be blessed.
This Christmas will be unlike any other I’ve ever experienced: Elijah’s first Christmas. He won’t remember much of this one but we will. We look forward to celebrating with new friends here in Little Rock. It will be a joyous day.
As I think about Christmas Eve, and knowing full well that Jesus wasn’t born on Dec 25 2000+ years ago, but go with me. Now that I know what it was like to be the day before my child was born, I can think a little about Mary.
I was in pain…so was Mary.
I had a nice hospital room and pain killers…Mary didn’t.
I had a camera and friends surrounding me…Mary had animals and her fiance’.
I had overhead lighting…Mary had the twinkling lights of heaven (and her baby had created them – John 1)
I had a striped blanket hospital-issued to wrap him in…Mary had swaddling clothes.
So many differences, so many similarities! But, one thing is the same. We both had baby boys.
My baby boy, no matter how cute he is, needs her baby boy, the perfect Son of God, creator and upholder of the entire world!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Almost every year I find a blogging santa swap to participate in. It is fun and sort of a modern day penpal. This year I participate in one partly hosted by Syndal @ www.synfullydelicious.blogspot.com I had fun putting together a cute little Christmas package for a blog friend.
I got my package a few days ago, but since we’ve been sick, this is the first day I’ve felt like doing anything. I have worn my present though (see scarf above, ok, sorry for the no makeup, I just had to run to Target to get formula), and I will be writing a quick thank you note on some pink stationery (that I had taken a picture of at Target and sent to my husband – saying that I really liked it for a potential stocking stuffer) – and lo and behold she got it for me! Abbey at Finding My Forever thank you for everything – including my little ornaments – love them!