How many times do we have trials and troubles in our lives, you know...the ones that are just sucking us down. We can't see a way out...we are at our wits end.
Then you go to church and listen to person after person ask for prayer for this loved one, or a sickness, maybe a home they are trying to sell...
You realize that your problems are so very small.
Stopping to think and to pray for others really does make our concerns disappear.
I hope you had a great weekend! Did you do anything special? Maybe a little fall decorating or baking. I can almost smell that pie you put in the oven :)
School is in full swing! This week we will be studying the country of Israel. Tomorrow is their New Year. It is going to be a fun study.
Also, today is Constitution Day. The anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution. If you haven't read it, there is no better time than the present. Read it with your children, explain to them the significance of this historic document. Where would we be as a nation without it? Where will this nation be if we choose to ignore it?
If I get a chance, I will post some pictures of our fun, busy weekend that included: The Nutty Professor, a Horse Farm, Bison Chili, a Wedding, lunch after church with friends and some cider and donuts by the fire.
Sometimes you don't need a lot of words to make a big impact. I found this picture as I was looking on Pinterest...beware, it will suck you in :).
It made me stop and think about what I am living for. The praise of others and their acceptance? My feeble attempts at perfection? Working so diligently at having perfect children that I miss the fact that they are individual little people that will one day grow up to be big people?
The list could go on for days.
Christ died for my sins. He died so that I may have life, and have it more abundantly. If I am doing anything that takes me away from this truth...than I am probably not on the right path.
It is so easy to get our sights set on getting those tasks done...pleasing those family and friends, that we rarely see anyway! Running hither and yon trying to make sure out children are involved in ___, making sure they have all these opportunities that in the long run are worthless.
My children have been watching Little House On the Prairie. As a mom, I find myself looking at the Ingall's house. The simplicity. I know, I know...they had no electricity! and they had to work their tails off! But, they also didn't have the distractions we have today. I know it is just a TV show...but maybe we can glean a little from it.
Can you imagine how different our families would be if we worked together for the glory of God? If we set our sites on above and planned our activities accordingly? I am not saying that every minute has to be door knocking or attending church (though these are very important)...but our time would be spent on things that matter and bring us together.
I think of when Pa gets out his fiddle and plays for his family. No TV, no computer, no phones (yes, I realize the contradiction as I am typing out my blogpost!). There is not a day that goes by that I don't ask myself if all the time spent on the computer is worth it...if it's what I should be doing. As much as I enjoy it, it can be a HUGE time waster!
I realize that not having these things does not guarantee a life surrendered to God...but it makes me wonder...would Christ be pleased with my life?
I am sad to say...no.
Every day is full of decisions. My prayer for all of us is that our lives would be pleasing to God. If we are living for the wrong things we will recognize it and make some changes.
"This world is not my home,
I'm just a passing through,
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue,
The angels beckon me from Heaven's open door,
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore!"
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I am 17 years old and I started my shop in the spring of 2012.
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