Two things from my reading this week that stuck out to me and one comes from reading Charlotte Mason and For The Children's Sake (All parents should read this, even if you don't homeschool.), is that our atmosphere's at home are of most importance! Sally Clarkson also has a book out about the family atmosphere. She was definitely on to something, because our society is suffering, the children are suffering. In the past I have been guilty not always putting those in my home first or taking care of the atmosphere in the home the proper way. God has given me a calling as a wife, mom and homeschooling my children, and those need to come first and all of that takes place in my home, so my first calling is my home! I am thankful to have a husband that supports that fully and see's the importance! And those are big things, so it doesn't leave a lot of room for other things in my season right now. I think if we are taking care of the atmosphere in our homes, the world would not be in so much chaos as it is, we are failing our families that God gave us, when we are more concerned with things that our not in our control. Our world has turned into a world that runs 24/7, is full of distractions, and scary things. But what if we made our homes a place of love, to share, and serve in, while teaching those in our care and giving glory to God in all those things we do (cleaning, cooking, caring, teaching...)? God made families! What if those things we are involved in with became places to glorify God: our kids activities, jobs, grocery shopping, our neighborhoods, etc..., instead of complaining and just rushing to the next things, we took the time to be present, so we can see and feel the presence of God and those needs right in front of us? I believe if we are doing this right, we are then able to serve in other places well with the right intention and God will give you all you need to do it right, and it shows to those around us the love of God. But if I am making my family suffer so I can go serve someone else or volunteer, then what am I showing my family? God knows our hearts, and I do believe that is what matters, our heart needs to be in the right place for us to serve our family and others. We are not called to do every good thing. Many times we need to allow God to give us a heart attitude adjustment, because sometimes we are just being plain selfish! So why it is so important for us to slow down, spend time with God, listening!
Now I am not saying we don't serve outside our homes, because we are also called to do that and we are called to community with our church, but I think many times and I have done things for the wrong reason, we get so concerned with serving outside our homes and doing for others, we fail our families, cause we put them last, we become bitter, stressed? Church doesn't just happen at church, it also happens in our homes and communities too (grocery store, golf course, post office, our neighbors next door, greeting the UPS guy, etc...). We have a high rate of divorce, broken families, anxiety and stress disorders, over-worked, and people that our lost. If we are putting God first in our lives and loving those God has put right in front of us at that moment where we are at: our families, neighbors, friends, stranger we meet on our path, making our homes a place of refuge for those that come in..., We are making a difference, we are raising the next generation to love and serve, they will have encompassed the love of God, if we are doing it in a way that God shows us in His Word. We each have seasons and for such a time as this, and we need to make sure we are doing what God calls us to do, during the right seasons and times.
Another thing I read and this was from a blog post: We are meant to be God's representatives in the world, not His replacements. Oh ouch, I know there has been times where I have got this backwards, not that I am trying to be God, but it is the way I may have said something or did something for the wrong reason. Lots to ponder on, so I take these things to God that have stirred my soul and study His Word and I pray and ask God, what is it you have me to do, and He keeps telling me to love others, to abide in Him, humble myself, be present, pay attention to those people in front of you, slow-down, to not judge or worry about others~He will take care of it, to share His truth and those with open hearts and ears will hear and follow Him. But most important He tells me I am His beloved child~a child of God, and that is what is most important, to spend time with Him and share my heart with Him, to let Him love me, so I can love others well and serve Him. God first loved us and it is where our true source of love comes from!
So back to weeding out, I am going to be more quiet on my blog for a time, I am going to be less on social media and the computer, I am going to slow down, I am going to focus on God's presence and those around me, AND I am going to have less clutter in all areas of my life, with the Lord's help and leading!
|Ready for a little backyard exploring!|
|A girl and her cat!|
|This girl is ready for her first PGA Jr league game of the season!|
|Excited family, ready to go cheer on our little golfer girl!|
|Beautiful fun day watching her and her team-mates! Looking forward to the next game!|
|Our silly family 💓💓|
|My new Plumplanners happy mail!|
|Received a sweet card from a friend, and new book to review~Women who Move Mountains. How timely these arrived on the same day (God-coincidence), because the sweet sista who sent the card prayed for me!|
James 1:5 tells us… “If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it… and God will grant all that you need. He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking.”
“As an uncommon woman, you will find yourself:
1. relying on God above all else
2. full of hope in the hard places
3. standing up for what’s right
4. holding on to joy no matter what
5. able to step out of your comfort zone
6. willing to risk your reputation
7. resolved to not give up or give in
8. untangled from your past failures, fears and insecurities
9. capable of looking past your circumstances
10. understanding there is a calling on your life
11. trusting the plan and ways of God.”
Carey Scott #beUncommon #booklaunch