Monday, January 17, 2011

Giving Them Back

Yesterday we dedicated Kate and Caleb at our church. I was so glad both of our parents got to come and be with us for this! We are blessed to have parents who believe in giving children back to the Lord and will celebrate that with us.


It took me a few moments to notice this since he's almost hidden, but look how precious Keagan is in this photo!


I'm praying I can live up to the challenge our pastor put before us to shape our children into people who know and love our God. I find that this is no easy task, and it feels like I fail miserably at it so often. Guess that's where lots of prayer comes in, right?

Peace of Christ to you,

Monday, January 10, 2011

Pray for Melissa

Today I just want to pop in and ask you to pray over a sweet friend of mine who is waiting for the birth of her precious baby girl. Her name is Melissa, and you can jump over to her blog here. This is her first child--a long awaited answered prayer! :)

I'm praying that her delivery will be a joyful blessing. Will you join me?

Peace of Christ to you,

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Re-membering, Re-loving

In this new year, I completely agree with one of my close friends, Juleah: Rather than setting ourselves up to fail and fall short of specific goals, why not try to focus our lives and hearts on what matters over all? Then the other things will eventually align with the vision of Christ.

So, rather than making a list of I Plan To's and I Will Not's...this year my focus will be on this scripture and letting it find a home in my heart:

"You shall love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise" (Deut. 6:5-7 ESV).

I think God's Word speaks for itself here; all that is needed from me is to allow Jesus to submerse my heart in a consuming love for HIM.

Then I can see those tiny details surrendering, being recreated into a sweet reflection of HIM.

The word Deuteronomy means "a repeating or retelling of the law." More than "weight loss" goals or "stop being lazy" goals or "keep my mouth shut" goals, I want to simply repeat God's Word day after day. To help me do so, I've mounted this passage to our living room wall. I hope it will not become an ornament that I eventually start looking past, but that I will re-tell it to my children, re-fresh my spirit with HIM, re-mind myself who HE is, and re-hide His Word in my heart.

And may we remind one another of His Word this year.

Happy New Year!


Peace of Christ to you,