Almost five months! That's how long it's been since you've heard from me. Maybe you hadn't noticed, but I've thought about this blog every single day. I have been in a season of quietness on purpose. You see, I've been praying about the direction of this blog. Honestly, I'm still undecided on certain matters. I've been torn on many issues, one being whether to keep this site at all. I'm still praying. I'm still waiting for answers.
Let me explain. When I started this website, I had a vision for it, but since that time, God may be leading me in another direction. I am trying to be sensitive to that. To undertake this blog, is a huge responsibility. It requires an investment of time and technical knowledge. I believe that whatever I set my hands to, I should do it with excellence, as serving the Lord. I don't always feel equipped to give you that excellence however. There are so many insecurities that I have. There are so many excuses (or as I prefer - reasons) why I should not be here blogging. Writing is not even one of my strong points! There are so many other talented, eager writers out there blogging and doing a fabulous job. Why me? I'm still praying. I'm still waiting for answers.
If you only knew the number of times I have given up this blog, you would think I am crazy. You'd be right too! By the time of my last post in June, I had given up blogging at least once every day this year. I kept coming back though. Finally, I decided that I needed to just step back and pray and really take the time to press into God. All the while, I have found myself standing in the shower on any given day, developing a blog post in my head. I have laid in bed and had thoughts come to mind that are larger than me that need to be shared. I have opened my Bible and recorded many outlines as I have read God's Word and listened to Him speak. I have stood in front of the mirror and taught that woman there many lessons just to get them out of my mouth (Wow, so I just admitted to talking to myself in the mirror - Yikes!). Are all these things to be kept to myself? I’m still praying. I’m still waiting for answers.
I've recently grasped, through the help of my pastor’s preaching and church Bible study, that I have the gift of teaching. I don't really know why this is new to me. I think a part of me has always known that this is how God gifted me. I've always found myself in teaching roles such as giving piano lessons and now homeschooling my children, but I also believe that God is equipping me to serve other women through teaching. I just don't know in what capacity or venue yet. I'm still praying. I'm still waiting for answers.
So, this is me. It's where I'm at mentally. Who knows? The next time you hear from me, this site may be revved up a bit and giving a new shine with God's glory, or He may show me there's a new direction He has for me. In the meantime, I might be a little quiet, but at least you will know why. I am still praying, and I am still waiting during the quiet season.
I was looking over my website information tonight, and I pulled up this blog post that I wrote in October 2016. You never saw it because I never posted it. That was not entirely an accident. You'll understand more once you read this (at least I hope you do if I actually make any sense). It's obvious to me that God is calling me to something, and I am trying my best to be obedient. I'll admit that I'm very scared and excited all at the same time. I'm not ready to share what God is doing yet, but I'm sure I will in time. Looking back, it's kind of interesting that the last post here on the blog was "When the LORD Has Called You." God definitely works in mysterious ways. So here's the actual post from October 2016:
That post is still very relevant to the present, but I am further down the road in realizing God's calling. For now, stay tuned. Let's see what God is going to do!
When God has placed a calling upon our lives, His Spirit and power are with us. In the book of Haggai, God acted upon and through His people for a very specific calling (to rebuild the temple) for a very specific purpose (to bring God gory and pleasure). As God moved in a mighty way, we can see a progression of His actions:
Callings from God can be for a short season of your life for a specific purpose or they may be lifelong callings. Either way, I believe that you will see God work in and through you just like He did with the children of Israel. If God has given you a husband, children, and a home, you are called to be a wife, a mother, and a homemaker. What an awesome calling indeed! Rest in His sovereignty and delight in His presence while He is calling you!
“’I will take you…My servant…and will make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord of hosts.” (Haggai 2:23)
Summer break is here, and that means our home takes on a different atmosphere. There are no school books that have to be cracked open now, so the kids get a lot more free time. What they don't know yet is that more free time means they get to learn some new skills this summer.
I am in the process of revamping our chore lists so that the kids can learn new ones and have time for training before next school year starts. I'm not going to share with you the new plan - at least not yet. Instead, I'm going to share with you our old plan. After all, it's the old plan that has been working for us.
In some ways, I don't want to change up our chores because everybody is getting good at the ones they have. When I give out new chores, I know there's going to be a big learning curve on some of them. Honestly, it seems it would be easier to leave things as they are, so I know that my white socks won't come out of the dryer pink! In the end, though, my children need to learn these things, and I need to teach them.
Sometimes it's helpful to know what other children are doing at certain ages, so here are the chores that our children have been doing over the last year broken down by age:
Dust Mop Wood Floor
Empty/Load Dishwasher After Meals
Change Out Bathroom Towels
Empty Pencil Sharpener
Clean Glass on Back Door
Pick Up In Van
Wipe Off Kitchen Table/Sweep After Meals
Stock Toilet Paper in Bathrooms
Refill Napkin Holder in Kitchen
Take Washcloths to Laundry Room
Wipe Off Dishwasher and Refrigerator
Wipe Off Kitchen Chairs
Wipe Off Bathroom Sinks
Wipe Off Coffee Table
You probably noticed that my younger ones have a longer list of chores. While their list may be longer, the actual time to complete their chores is much shorter. Also, I divide these chores throughout the week, so they are in smaller, achievable chunks for the kids. They have 30 minutes each morning allotted for chores. If they finish before the 30 minutes is over, they get free time!
Do you have any thoughts on assigning your kids chores?
Do you ever feel like you are doing all the “right” things in life, but nothing is going right? Are you going through the motions and doing good things, but God is not blessing?
The children of Israel were in that position in the first chapter of Haggai. They were living in upper-income homes and taking care of their own needs by planting, eating, drinking, clothing themselves, and earning incomes. Those were all good things, but they were forsaking something very important. God wanted them to focus on rebuilding the temple. Two times God gave them the very direct command, "Consider your ways!" Read what Haggai 1:3-11 says:
Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!
Their priorities were out of order and as a result, God was not blessing their efforts. I wonder how many of us find ourselves in a similar situation. God isn't calling us to rebuild the temple, but He is calling us to give attention to much weightier spiritual matters. God wants us to consider our priorities through the choices we are making. God told His people, "Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified." Is God taking pleasure in the things you are doing? Is God being glorified by your actions?
Matthew 6:25-34 tells us not to worry about material things (food, clothing, etc.) because God will take care of us. Yes, practically speaking we must work and make sure our family is taken care of, but ultimately those provisions come from God. More importantly, we are to seek the kingdom of God first, and God will take care of the rest. He cares for us more than we can fathom. He is calling us to get our priorities straight, and He is promising us that He will take care of the rest!
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
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