Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Testimony Tuesday!!!

Last night Big Brother made a great observation for a boy going on 10.

"Mom, we are really blessed to be born in a country where we can have freedoms to be Christian and read the Bible and not born in another country."

"Yes, you are right. We have a lot to be thankful for. . ."

". . . . . and also to be born in a Christian family."

Wow. The things we often take for granted.

"But our God is in heaven; he does whatever He pleases" (Psalm 115:3).

"Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord's name is to be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, who dwells on high, who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth" (Psalm 113:1-6).

In the Heart of our Home,

Monday, August 10, 2009

Testimony Tuesday!!!

Sitting in church Sunday morning, Little Sister leaned over and whispered, "Mama, is God still making me?"

What a precious question that could take a while to answer. Great theologians have preached mighty sermons and written countless books on such a subject.

So how to answer a little blue-eyed, curly haired blond and explain it so her young mind might understand?

"Well, He is still working on you. . . . . " (This is quite an understatement, if you know Little Sister. . . . .;-)

"Is He still making my eyebrows?"

"No, but He is making you sweeter and kinder, and He's teaching you to obey better."

And she smiled the sweetest smile and nodded.

"Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).
Little Sister does not have the Holy Spirit residing in her yet, but all of us Believers have that blessing. The Holy Spirit is faithful to work in the lives of His children. He did begin the work and promises to complete it.
There is nothing good in us without Him. I noticed the following verse in 1 Thessalonians 3:12:
"And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you."
Notice in this verse, we cannot even increase our love without the Lord! Paul is praying that the Lord will do it! We don't realize enough how we can do nothing without His work. We are too sinful to even abound in love to one another without the Lord doing the work.
Isn't He good not to leave us like we are?
In the Heart of our Home,

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Investing our Lives

Little Brother is now over 5 weeks old, and I have spent the first 5 weeks of his life enjoying every little thing about him. We all know children grow fast; I see it in our other blessings. I guess knowing how fast the others have grown causes me to cherish every day and hour with Little Brother.

I noticed these verses in 1 Thessalonians:

"But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us" (2:7-8).

Most mamas do cherish their children and are willing to invest their very lives in them. We must not lose sight of this vision.

This very week, when my house was defintely showing the signs of 5 weeks of "baby rocking" instead of house cleaning and I was beginning to fall prey to stress, my best friend Mama Hen reminded me that the vision was to keep the priority on mothering and not housecleaning.

As a mother, I should be "well pleased" to impart the gospel of God and even my own life to my children (not imparting my life to a clean house or hobbies or other less important distractions).

As a Believer, God has you planted in your life to impart the gospel and even your own life to others. Is it your children, your friends, your parents, your neighbors? Paul was willing to leave his comfort zone and impart the gospel and his life to foreigners and those of a different race.

Investing one's life is not easy. But how much more glorious and satisfying to invest one's life than to waste it.

In the Heart of our Home,