Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Mother's Priorities

Prioritizing my "jobs" as a help meet and mother has always been a struggle for me. I read a great blog entry by someone else on this very issue. You can read it here if you would like.


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I read this book a while ago and wrote an entry about it here.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Lord Is My Pace Setter

The Lord is my pace setter . . . I shall not rush
He makes me stop for quiet intervals
He provides me with images of stillness which restore my serenity
He leads me in the way of efficiency through calmness of mind and his guidance is peace
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day, I will not fret, for his presence is here
His timelessness, his all importance will keep me in balance
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity by anointing my mind with his oils of tranquility
My cup of joyous energy overflows
Truly harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours for I shall walk in the P ace of my Lord and dwell in his house forever.

A Version of the Twenty-Third Psalm from Japan (Quoted in Mother Teresa, Life in the Spirit (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1983), 76-7.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How Does God Talk to You?

In response to this question, Carole Mayhall once answered:

For me, He speaks by a distinct impression in my heart. He's never spoken to me aloud, but sometimes the thought that He puts in my soul is so vivid that He might as well have! Many times it is just a thought or an idea that flashes into my mind and I know it is from Him. . .

Sometimes a thought pops into my mind--a thought so different from what I was thinking, or so creative I never would have thought of it, or opposite to what I wanted God to say to me. When that happns--and it lines up with God's Word--I know I've heard His voice in a distinctive way. . .

I pray frequently that I'll hear His voice more often and more clearly. When I don't, I know He hasn't stopped speaking; rather, I have stopped listening.

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."--John 10:27

The Wife I Want to Be

May I think the best of him in every circumstance,

May I laugh and sing and make our lives a dance.

May I build him up with the words I say,

May I give him reason to look forward to the day.

May I be quick to look over his mistakes,

And thank him for the efforts that he makes.

May he feel safe and know that I’m his biggest fan,

May I remember he is clay–he’s only just a man.

Let me love him the way I want to be,

Forgiving as Christ has forgiven me.

May I build my home by every word and deed,

And may love flourish from every planted seed.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Wife's Prayer

Dear Lord, I pray for my husband, from head to toe.

* His Head -That he will look to You as Lord of his life. (1 Corinthians 11:13)
* His Mind **- That he will have the mind of Christ and think as the Holy Spirit would lead him and not the flesh. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
* His Eyes -That You will keep his eyes from temptation and that he will turn his eyes from sin. (Matthew 6:13, Mark 9:47)
* His Ears - That he will hear Your still small voice instructing him. (1 Kings 19:12, Psalm 32:8)
* His Mouth - That his words will be pleasing to You. (Proverbs 19:14)
* His Neck -That he will humble himself before You and be strong, courageous, and careful to do everything written in Your Word so that he will be prosperous and successful. (James 4:10, Joshua 1:8-9)
* His Heart-That he will love and trust You with his whole heart. (Deuteronomy 6:5, Proverbs 3:5)
* His Arms-That You will be his strength. (Psalm 73:26)
* His Hands-That he will enjoy the work of his hands and see it as a gift from You. (Ecclesiastes 3:13, 5:19)
* His feet - That You will order his steps and that he will walk in Your truth. (Proverbs 4:25, Psalm 26:3)

Becoming a Better Help Meet

A great blog post about Becoming a Better Help Meet

Wednesday, February 3, 2010



Author Unknown

There once was a bunch of tiny frogs…

… who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants…

The race began…

Honestly, no-one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as:

“Oh, WAY too difficult!!”

“They will NEVER make it to the top”.

“Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!”

The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one…

… Except for those who in a fresh tempo were climbing higher and higher…

The crowd continued to yell

“It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!”

More tiny frogs got tired and gave up…

…But ONE continued higher and higher and higher…

This one wouldn’t give up!

At the end, everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!

THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?

A contestant asked the tiny frog how the one who succeeded had found the strength to reach the goal?

It turned out…

That the winner was deaf.