We are back to school this week, and I am also trying to fix up my blog a little.
I’ve been taking a Pinterest course and working on my boards and also trying to do some group love too to get my pins repinned.
I haven’t read any books that I want to read, but I have done my devotions regularly.
Here are a couple of thoughts from my devotions this week from Mark 3:
- Mark 3:7 says that “Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea.” This was after he had healed a man’s withered hand in the synagogue and a great multitude was following Him. They all want a piece of Him, yet He withdrew. He knew what God wanted Him to do, and He also knew that He needed times of refreshment.
I liked the quote from the Believer’s Bible Commentary (the commentary I am using this year in my devotions),
We learn from the Savior’s ministry that need does not constitute a call. There was need everywhere. Jesus depended on instructions from God the Father as to where and when to serve. So must we.
This past week, we were informed of a “need” in the future that might involve me being part of the solution. Yet we are not sure that this is my calling. So we are praying and waiting on instructions from God’s Word and leading of the Holy Spirit.
We ladies like to be “needed”. But we must make sure that we are also “called”. If we are not called by God to do what we think we need to do, then we will do it in our own strength, which will be a grave error. We need to wait on the Lord and do what He would have us to do.
- We see a good example of how we need to prepare ourselves to be used by God by how Jesus trained His disciples in Mark 3:13-15, “And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:”
William MacDonald again said,
First there was to be a time of training — preparation in private before preaching in public. Here is a basic principle of service. We must spend time with Him before we move out as God’s representatives.
How is that time of preparation going? I know it’s hard as a busy mom to get it all in; yet we all need some time with Him daily if we are going to be prepared even as God’s representatives to our children! We see how Jesus took the natural realm and used it to impart spiritual truth when he taught parables. For us to be aware as moms of how God is working in the natural realm, we need to be spending time with Him.
I want to be aware of those “teachable moments.” Those times when the kids are tender to a truth from God’s Word or those times when God is doing something amazing in front of us.
As I have read a couple of posts on Facebook, I realized that I have not done a good job of always using everyday events to talk about God. One of my favorite parenting books is Child Training Tips by Reb Bradley. At the end of the book, he says,
When we truly understand the gospel message, we come to know God as incredibly loveable. yet even aside from seeing the mercy revealed on the cross, those who know Him find themselves in awe of Him and enamored with Him. The old expression ‘to know Him is to love Him’ must have started with God. If we want our children to love God, then in the words of author Tedd Tripp, ‘Dazzle them with God!’
I want my kids to be “dazzled” with God. To do this, we must brag on God to our children. So this year, I want to do a little “brag book.” It will be a book where we can share things God has taught us, prayers God has answered, ways God has worked, and fun things God has allowed us to do. We will write down these things and at the end of the year, we can go back and read what God has done in our lives. Next week, I will try to have mine ready plus a printable that I used for our brag book that you can use as well if you wish.
Here are a couple of posts I enjoyed last week:
- How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions with this Simple Formula from Heidi Naturally
- 10 Time-Saving Hacks & Tips to Kickstart a Healthy New Year from Smiling Notes
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