Friday, May 27, 2011

GMG W2D4-5

Thursday - Proverbs 14:1

S - A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

O - We are wise when we build our home on God's word; foolish when we focus on the world.

A - Practice the word of God in my home so my kids will grow up in it and do the same.

P - Lord, help me be wise and build my home and my children on your word and your promises.

Friday - Proverbs 31:26-28

S - When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.  Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her.

O - God says we are to speak with wisdom and kindness to build up our family. We should keep ourselves busy in our home and not be lazy.  To be lazy is to be disobedient to God's will for me as a wife!

A - Think before I speak. Start 31 Days to Clean when I get back from vacation. No more excuses!

P - Oh God, you know this  is an area I struggle with greatly. There's always something better to do than clean!  But this is against your plans for me as a wife.  Help me, Father, learn to be obedient and care for my family and home the way you call me to.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Packing for Vacation

Ever have one of those days where you're exhausted but too excited to sleep?  That would be me right now.  :)

Almost all of tomorrow has been devoted to shopping, cleaning, visiting, making final plans, and lots of driving.  Tomorrow we pack the last minute stuff, load up the car, and head for the New Braunsfel area for a long weekend with friends.

Right now though, I need some down time to settle this overloaded brain.  I've got Randy Travis on my playlist, Ministry of Motherhood and my Bible beside me, and I'm ready to spend some quiet time with the Lord, thanking him for the opportunity we've been blessed to have.

Follow me on FB if you want to see our vacation pictures. :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

GMG W2D2-3

Tuesday - Matthew 28:19-20

S - Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

O - Jesus says we're to disciple everyone, everywhere, but we can't do it without a relationship with the Lord and having accepted Christ as our Savior, and being filled with the Holy Spirit.  He's always here for us. We need to do what he says to do.

A - Make my relationship with the Lord my #1 priority. Pray for a refreshing of the Spirit within me. Study God's word and obey his commands.

P - Father, I pray for repentance of anything I did yesterday not becoming to your name. Lord, I pray you open my eyes and soften my heart to your desires in my life. Open my soul to the Spirit, Lord, and grant me wisdom to understand your word. Create in me a clean heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within me.

'Cause I don't want to live like I don't care
I don't want to say another empty prayer
Oh, I refuse
To sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse
Wednesday - Luke 6:40

S - Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.

O - We'll never be as perfect as Jesus, but we can be like him to others.

A - Study and know the word! Learn 1 new memory verse each week. Keep up with my daily readings.

P - Lord, I thank you for the promise I can be like you! Help me remember that promise when worldly things distract me. Help me teach my boys to follow you, for you desire our obedience.
Awake my soul prepare an entrance for Your glory
And let my heart become a throne for You to dwell
And when I need Your Holy Spirit more than life itself
Then Christ is formed in me

Monday, May 23, 2011

GMG W1D4-5 & W2D1

I really struggled last Thursday because I felt I didn't get anything close to what my other GMG friends got out of the day's passage.  I had to remind myself that there are no wrong answers.  Well, okay, maybe if I was an atheist there could be wrong answers, but I'm not, so there aren't.  ;)   I just struggle with the depth of insight that other moms are getting and I'm not getting that. I desire it and I know I need to push forward and ignore the enemy's whispers in order to get there.

Thursday - 2 Timothy 1:5

S - I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother and your mother. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.  2 Timothy 1:5

O - I share faith with my ancestors. God believes in me. I have faith to share with those that come after me.

A - I will seek out a mentor; continue to look to others for guidance and support.  Stay strong in my faith and grow my children up in it.

P - Lord, help me a strong warrior for you, Lord, that my children will see it and seek out a similar relationship with you. Help me share my faith with generations to come.

What I really felt strongly about this passage was that we need mentors. I didn't have a grandmother and mother that shared their faith with me.  I desire to have that now that I'm searching to be that kind of mother, and eventually that kind of grandmother.  The Lord reminded me though that I am that kind of mother, and I'm that kind of Auntie as well, and if I stay strong all will end up okay in the end.

 Friday - Proverbs 6:20-22

S - My son, obey your father;s commands and don't neglect your mother's instruction. Keep their words always in  your heart. Tie them around your neck. When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you.

O - It's important to pay attention to our parent's advice. They have knowledge we need in order to grow, and that knowledge will be with us always.

A - Pray I give godly council to my children. speak words of love and wisdom instead of anger and frustration.

P - Lord, guard my tongue. Let it be a tool of love, not anger. Let everything otu of my mouth glorify you that they will see the change in me and be encouraged. 

And now it's Monday.  The start of a fresh day, a fresh week.  A day and a week to make a change.  Today we start reading the intro to our book. Mine came in the mail Saturday and for once I'm really excited to be part of a book club. 

Monday - Psalm 127:3

S - Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

O - My children are a precious gift, given to me by the Lord because of His love for me.

A - I must always remember how precious my boys are, even when they drive me absolutely crazy.

P - Father God, thank you for the wonderful gift of my sons.  Thank you for loving me, for trusting me enough to raise them up to become the Godly men you've called them to be.  Lord, you've shown me glimpses of what is to come, and I must have faith in this. Your word is never wrong.  No matter how long it may take them to get there, no matter what bad choices they make until then, they have always belonged to you. It's my job to help them see that and to desire that, and I thank you so much for giving me this chance.  

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

GMG W1D3 & Wednesday Link Up

S - Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

O - If I desire to have a relationship with God more than anything else, nothing else will matter b/c he'll provide for me.

A - Make a conscious decision to always put God first and foremost in my life.  Stop & think whether my actions and words glorify Him.

P - Lord, I bow humbly before you this morning. I repent all those times you've been second or third or tenth in my life and ask your forgiveness.  Be my strength Lord as I work to overcome and help me remember you are first in everything.

Today is day 3 of Good Morning Girls summer book club and the Maximize Your Morning challenge, and so far I'm off to a good start.  I'm enjoying my quiet time in the mornings, even if it's not always as quiet as I'd hope it to be.  Aren't iPods great for those times?  LOL

God is really moving in my heart right now, showing that I have to build everything on Him, on His promises, on His word, or I'll fail in all my endeavors.   A new friend's comment yesterday showed me that if we allow our relationship with Him to be severed, then we will not be able to produce fruit.  We need that fruit - we need to be healthy, productive Christians that always put God first in order to reach other lost souls.  I know I certainly need it!

This all feels so new to me right now, and I think it's because I haven't really taken time to delve deep into his word and what it means to me. I struggle to find the right words, the right way to interpret these scriptures I'm reading, only to remind myself there is no wrong. However I interpret it is however the Spirit wants me to interpret it on that particular morning. I have to remember that and not stress over it, because next week I may go back and reread week 1 and find all new meanings in these scriptures.  I KNOW as time goes on and we move closer to the end of the summer session that I will have grown in my faith, grown in my relationship with the Lord, and grown in my knowledge of His Word.  I desire that, and I will do whatever I need to do to make it happen.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

GMG Week 1, Days 1-2

Week 1, Day 1 - 5/16

S - Write out the scripture passage for the day.

Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. Psalm 127:1

O - Write down 1 or 2 observations from the passage.

1. Our efforts are pointless without the Lord behind us.

A - Write down 1 or 2 applications from the passage.

1. I will let the Lord be the foundation of my home.
2. I will pray for His protection over my family and all we do.

P - Pray over what you learned from today's passage.

Heavenly Father, thank you for blessing me with a home, a husband, and children. I pray that we will desire to build our foundation in you, Lord. Put a hedge of protection over all we do Lord, and remind us that we do it all for you. Amen.

Week 1, Day 2 - 5/17

S - Write out the scripture passage for the day.

Remain in me and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5

O - Write down 1 or 2 observations from the passage.

1. I am like a fruit.
2. We need God in our life in order to be fully productive.

A - Write down 1 or 2 applications from the passage.

1. I must share my faith with others.
2. I must remain dedicated to a daily focus on Him.

P - Pray over what you learned from today's passage.

Father God, I pray you watch over me today and help me to be the fruit of your tree. I pray to be reminded to be quick to repent when I mess up today, that all may see I owe it to you.  In Jesus' name, Amen.

Time to get serious

I decided it was time to stop making excuses. It was time to be serious and start taking action. Faith without good deeds is useless.   I'm not saying I've lost my faith, or that it's slipped, because it hasn't, but my actions certainly don't reflect that.    Although real life events and situations have kept us out of church recently, I shouldn't let those things impact and interfere with time spent alone with God, and I have.

So I decided it was time to get serious.  I signed up for the Maximize Your Morning challenge (#hellomornings, #mym3) to help me get up early and voice my concerns with the Lord each day.

I signed up for the new Good Morning Girls summer session.  Between the daily SOAP readings and the book study (my copy of Ministry of Motherhood will be here by Thursday), it gives me something to focus on when I'm up before the crack of dawn trying to spend time alone with the Lord.

I made a special playlist of my top praise/worship songs - those that I know I can listen to over and over because they have the most impact to me.  It consists of:

  • Awake My Soul by Phillips, Craig & Dean (my 5 min workout song)
  • How Can I Keep From Singing by Chris Tomlin
  • I Refuse by Josh Wilson
  • Your Grace Is Enough by Chris Tomlin
  • Take Me In by Kutless
  • We Give You Glory by Jeremy Camp
  • Hungry (Falling on My Knees) by Kathryn Scott
  • Saviour King by Hillsong Church
  • Here I Am to Worship by Chris Tomlin/David Crowder Band

I'm also doing a re-reading of Warrior Prayers because my boys need the Lord in their life and it's part of my responsibility as mom to pray scripture over them each and every day.  Today's prayers are on submission, something I struggle with myself.  It's so hard to pray something for someone else when you don't even feel you have control over it yourself, but I pray that by doing this for my boys, that I'll gain from it as well.

So there you have my plan to put my faith into action, at least on a personal level.  I need accountability though. If you don't see regular updates coming from me, if I get through a week of blogging SOAP, or 2 weeks of the book club and stop posting - won't you please call me out on it?

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