I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m doing with this blog lately.
- I have met great friends who are very encouraging.
- I’ve increased my followers and can see how that maybe I’ll eventually be able to make some money blogging. That was not my goal originally; and I still don’t know if it will ever make as much as I would with a part-time job, but I would love it if I could! I would like to be able to stay at home and do blogging instead of going back to teaching one day. I loved teaching, but it takes a lot of time and energy. I see myself needing to do something though as I’m sure most of my kids will need braces . . . and then there’s always a thing called college. I also love how I can also fit blogging around my life (or just stay up really late.) That’s why I run ads on my blogs. They do bring me a little bit of money that pays for the cost of this blog when they are clicked. I’m also trying to get sponsored posts like the Waterpik post I did. I know that might not be super exciting; but I did get paid for writing that, and we got a Waterpik which is very useful for us!
- My linky parties help me connect to other bloggers and bring me a lot of views which are necessary if I’m going to get sponsored posts.
- The giveaways I’ve been able to do have brought me new followers which is also necessary to getting sponsored posts.
However, I don’t want this blog to be all linkies, giveaways, and sponsored posts. My heart for this blog is still to be an encouragement to you. I want it to be useful to you–recipes that you can use, crafts you can do with your kids, fun things you can do as a family, printables you can use to save you money, and posts that will build your faith.
But it’s hard to do it all. After all, I still have little kids at home and a husband that I love very much.
So my devotionals and thrifty posts have gone by the wayside. I miss them. The devotionals stretched me and made me study. Right now I can’t see myself doing them as they take a lot of time–but hopefully, I’ll be able to get back to them eventually.
Another reason, I haven’t done the devotionals is because I have also been reading books for a couple of books for Bible studies I am in. So I thought I would just share when I can what I have been learning, and maybe it can be an encouragement to you as well.
I will call these posts:
Thought #1: From Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts
She starts out the book with the quote, “A dare to life fully right where you are.”
Ever since I read I John 1:4 a few years ago, I have been struck by the realization that God wants our lives to be full of joy.
I John 1:4 says, “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”
The emphasis of this book is about living fully–full of grace and joy–even if life is hard.
How? By always being thankful.
How? By resting in God and what He has done. By finding the little things you can be thankful for.
Ann tells about her journey as she wrote three things down every day that she was thankful for and it eventually became a habit to see those “small” wonderful things that happen in life that we take for granted.
Due to reading this book, I chose “thanksgiving” to be my word this year, but I never got around to blogging about why I chose it.
So here are three things I want to remember from the past week and to be thankful for:
- The belly laugh of my 5 year old son as he plays with his sister, Kristi on the kitchen floor. I remember hearing that full laugh and grabbed my camera, but I wasn’t able to get a great video. Those laughs change as they get older.
- My 2nd daughter who asked me to come read to her. So I said I would in a couple of minutes. She said, “Mommy, do you know why I want you to come sit by me and read to me?” I asked why. She answered, “Because it’s been a while since just you and I sat together, and I want to sit by you.” It was touching and rebuking! Needless to say, we sat and read.
- The arms of my 3 year old around my neck as I carry her to her nap. She won’t be able to be carried much longer. In fact, my others usually weren’t carried at her age as I had another baby. But I will miss those little arms so trustingly around my neck.
Thought #2: From Sunday night’s sermon from Romans 12:9-13
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
I wrote some notes about these verses, but here are the notes I would like to share with you about preferring one another and being fervent in spirit; serving the Lord:
- I wrote down that “in honor preferring one another means that I have a heart that intends to make others feel special authentically; that I’m going to honor the good in them.
- For my attitude towards service: We serve others because we are serving the Lord.
- A good quote by Ken Collier from the Wilds: “He who dies with the dirtiest towel wins.”
Thought #3: A longer quote from chapter 5 of Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
What general biblical objectives will guide and focus your view of life and therefore your training of your children? What is a worthy biblical goal? The familiar first question of the Shorter Catechism answers these questions.
Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.
Is there any other goal that is worthy? Are you willing to start here with your children? You must equip your children to function in a culture that has abandoned the knowledge of God. If you teach them to use their abilities, aptitudes, talents, and intelligence to make their lives better, without reference to God, you turn them away from God. If your objectives are anything other than “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever,” you teach your children to function in the culture on its terms.
How do we do this? We pander to their desires and wishes. We teach them to find their soul’s delight in going places and doing things. We attempt to satisfy their lust for excitement. We fill their lives with distractions from God. We give them material things and take delight in their delight in possessions. Then we hope that somewhere down the line they will see that a life worth living is found only in knowing and serving God.
What a rebuke! In our family, God and His Word are very important, so there are many references to God. However, I think we could be guilty of having more delight in the distractions and material fun things and possessions than in just taking delight in God. This was a good reminder that my chief end of life is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever and to impart that to my children.