31 days: lesson 5, be teachable

I suppose this should have been the very first post.  One of the greatest and most important lessons I have ever learned is that I need to be teachable and moldable.  Humility while learning is even more important.  Knowledge without humility is nothing more than pride and arrogance.  And those two things lead to thinking you are better than other people…which is bad too.

Proverbs 16:19
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Proverbs 9:9
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Philippians 4:9
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

That’s it.  Nothing long or complicated.  Just be humble and teachable, using what you know for good.  Given yesterday’s post I think you know where and whom to learn from :)

 

31 days: lesson 4, rise up

I have never been a morning person.  Never.  I once had a job where I had to be there by 5am.  I thought I was going to die after 2 months.  I switched to a job that started at 10am…and I had to set my alarm clock.  I kept that job for 3 years until Isabel was born.  I was told that once the baby came I wouldn’t be able to sleep in again even if the baby was sleeping.  Not true.  I think I have grown up so much since high school, but I could probably steal sleep until noon.  I would much rather stay up late than get up early.  What am I talking about?  Why does it matter?

Over the last month or so I have been getting up around 6:00-6:30am!  Why you say?  Because the bottom line is I need a time of prayer and Bible before the kids are awake.  I dig it.  It still takes Nick a few nudges to get me going though.  So what’s the lesson?  Getting up early is crucial to my time with Jesus, thus my attitude with my family.  I am more prepared for each day.  I don’t get awakened by a child who already has a list of demands…that can make a non-morning person even less excited to get up.

For years I tried to point out that I was just never a morning person and that’s just how I am.  It didn’t matter when I had my time so long as I did have my time.  I could stay up late and do the same thing.  Right?  Nope.  Nick kindly pointed out that only people who want to sleep in say that.  The truth is that for years my devotional life has been hit and miss because once I got going I didn’t stop.  Now, I look forward to early mornings spending time with Jesus and my husband.  This is important for you too.  Get up at least 1 hour before you think the kids will.  Have your quiet time and plan out your day.  Stop quoting Proverbs 27:14 “He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him”…to your overly happy morning-person husband.  (See even the Bible says I should sleep in…lol)

“And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:”  Genesis 19:25

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”  Psalm 5:3

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he (Jesus) went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”  Mark 1:5

A sacrifice of time and sleep can greatly bless your life.  You are officially challenged :)  Get up!  Time to wake up!  Rise and shine!

 

*Tip: drinking coffee instead of missing out on Jesus is a good price to pay.  My coffee drinking has commenced yet again.  Even bought a coffee maker ;)

 

 

31 days: lesson 3

This was a whopper of a day.  Nick and I, and some friends cleaned and painted a house that’s about to go on the market.  All 5 kids joined as well. It was tiring. I went with snacks and schoolwork and Go-Pod… and the knowledge that half my day wouldn’t be spent disciplining and re-directing kids away from the paint.  I was overly prepared, and pleasantly surprised.

The snacks were great, but no one got bored enough to be sent off with a book and a math lesson.  The babies were happy to sit and watch the big kids climbing trees while they threw rocks and other such things.  Seven hours of playing mostly outside.  I love that kids find a million things to do with zero toys in sight.  I really want them to have a huge yard to do this in everyday.  When we bought this house over a year ago, we knew that the yard was way too small for us.  It wasn’t big enough for the kids, my dream garden, the fruit trees I wanted, the bees I would love to keep, the goats I want (for milk and cheese), the chicken raising I envisioned (big flock), the sheep- wool and spinning to sustain the knitting addiction, yes please!  The point is, we committed ourselves to take the kids to the park (which is one block away) everyday…3 times a week…once a week…whenever we got a chance :(  And the rest would just have to wait.  Doesn’t life just get busy?  Don’t babies fall asleep at the perfect time for kids to play outside at the park?

Anyhow, the house we have, we love.  We have done our very best to make our small plot of land as fruitful for us as possible.  We have made many improvements to the inside as well.  I have been learning over the past few weeks that Nick is never going to be the “farming type” and we will likely never be able to afford the land with a big enough house for our big family.  That’s okay.  I understand that this desire (and a strong one at that) for “wide open spaces” will either fade in time, or God will provide the way.  Contentment is the word for the day.  What matters most is that in whatever we do, we are serving the Lord.  Whatever we have or get…we’ll use with discernment, giving Him the first fruits of our labor.  Making sound financial decisions with any “extra” money we get.

Proverbs 3:9-11

“Honor the LORD with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.

  My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.”

I read that this morning, and it kept.  I have learned a lesson in contentment and waiting, and I really delighted in my children today.  Also, I’m not going to whine about wanting a farm anymore.  I got a spiritual spanking today.  I have not been content, and I should be.  How wonderful a life and how cute a house, and how great the grace that has been given to me.

My children were wonderful today too…

 …Although there was that moment when they caught a dozen giant grasshoppers and shut Desmond in the closet with them.  But lets not mention that.  Lets focus on them entertaining themselves for hours and getting along well while doing it.