This has me praying and pondering as I write. In the book I am reading currently (Unseen), the author writes "We tend to be a people of quick glances-even with God. Life at warp speed allows for little beholding. We are increasingly accustomed to 3-minute waits and 1-click purchase. And in our approach to God, we follow the same pattern. We want the soundbites. Speed and beauty rarely coexist." She also writes and this just really clicked with me "We are, all of us, created to be image bearers. It is written in our DNA-God made us to wear another's likeness-His (Genesis 1:26). But naturally, we search within our stories for images to bear-and we mimic what we see. We either begin to work the room in search of another image to bear-often it's a little of both." As I read that I thought of what is it I look to, what gets my attention, what about my children, how am I representing Christ, what images are they looking to mimic? What is it that is influencing us? Truth is and I have read it before, we become what we behold. "The lamp of the body is the eye (Matthew 6:22). So that causes me to be mindful of what I am looking at, what I am reading, and hearing. What is influencing me, my children, the people I know? We people are able to get answers quickly from Google, we can scroll 100s of pictures within minutes, and read all these bits of peoples lives, opinions, and news on social media. What is this doing to our minds, how is it affecting our hearts and souls? This causes me pause and to seek out Truth and His beauty. Oh Lord, when we have gone astray, may we seek You above the noise and guard our hearts and minds. I don't know if that encouraged you or not, but it does me! I am encouraged to grow in my faith, to seek out God more and know Him. Encouragement doesn't always come across with a big smile and/or loving nudge, sometimes it comes across as something that causes us to seek what is good, beautiful, and true.
This week, I thought I share a little bit of what we have been up too, and when I say little, this truly is a little bit. There is so much unseen, but I am learning those unseen moments are just as important and glorifying to God as the seen moments, because He knows all that we do, day in and out. However, my Lord also knows when I am not glorifying, yikes, yes those moments, to which I need to repent and learn from. This journey of faith truly is a life long journey of growing and learning, so why I need God's Word and Jesus every day to lead me. Below I also share some encouraging links that I found around the web over the last couple weeks or so.
|These two took a paint class at our local art center a month ago and I so love my little Monet's!|
|Some days a sucker and an unicorn helps make learning vocabulary oh so much more fun!|
|Little man lost his first tooth a couple weeks ago, he is growing up, sigh!|
|As always, Friday nights in our house is pizza and movie nights! This was taken on National Pizza Day, so it was so appropriate!|
|This girl has been designing her own patterns and sewing up a pillow storm. This is her owl she created all by herself!|
|Little man dressing up as a handy-man, he then had some fun pounding some nails into some wood!|
|Another design, this time a unicorn!|
|Science one day this last week included learning about how to keep our body health, one way is exercise, so of course, we did a little yoga! As a former yoga teacher, I have seen the benefits of this type of exercise and still do it at home daily.|
|This little man gave me the first "May" flower of the year, a little early this year, but it has been raining for days here!|
|So this is one of our books we have added to our morning time for Lent. We are so enjoying it! I am big on creating rhythms that create beauty in our home, in hopes that they carry on for generations! I resonated with why we need this from this book!|
|This is what our homeschool morning time looked like this week. Some really great books and the candle does add to it. I have found it really does help keep my boy's attention. Plus we are starting our day out right, God first!|
|True story, if you see this happening, don't worry it is normal!|
|We lost a great godly man this week, though He is now celebrating in heaven! I pray for more men like this for our world! Billy Graham's words are so true, I thought they were worth sharing to encourage us.|
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