Good Friday

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Today is “Good Friday”, a day to remember what happened at the cross. The cross was fulfilled 2000 years ago, but it is something we can still be touched by today! Jesus forgave all and the best part is it was FREE! He just wants us to LOVE Him in return…

Some Ideas for Today

Spend Time in Prayer, Jesus spent time in Gethsemane before His death praying to His Father.

Spend Time in the Dark, While Jesus was on the cross, there was 3 hours of darkness, that was the darkest day for many hearts!

Spend  Time Reading, The Story of Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and death are accounted in Mathew 26 & 27, Mark 14 & 15, Luke 22 & 23, and John 18 & 19. Read these as a family.

Spend Time Forgiving, Jesus forgave our sins and we must forgive others. Today is the day to let your heart be softened and forgive.

Spend Time Talking, Tell your children what today means to you, your testimony of how Jesus changed your life. Don’t let today go by with out sharing Jesus with someone!

Spend Time Giving, Jesus gave it all for us.

May the Lord draw us all closer to Him this weekend.

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From a Distance

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From a distance my house is clean!
From a distance my children all get along!
From a distance my husband and I are best friends.
From a distance I live my life for the Lord!
From a distance I am a committed friend.
From a distance I am serving the world.
From a distance I am a great mother!
From a distance I am doing exactly what God called me to do!

As women we are way to hard on ourselves, we only see our small failures, and not our great accomplishments. When we take the magnifying lens off our life, we can see that what we are doing in this world is important! When we don’t pick apart our children, homes and family, we can see all the love we pour into them everyday! Is life perfect? No… But from a distance, we are all doing a great job!

Go tell another mom she is doing a great job!

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Being a Mom

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Being a mom.

When I signed up for motherhood 16 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. Fast forward to today my feelings haven’t changed much. Each day I prove I can’t do it with my own strength or my own wisdom. Everyday is an act of faith.

Last year was again my hardest year… I seem to be stuck in a pattern of every year proving to be the hardest one yet. At first glance I might feel like quitting at the thought of going forward to the next… but after much thought and persuasion, I take it on as a blessing.

God never asked me to do this because it was easy… In fact I never told Him I wanted to be the mother of these children because it was going to be all fun and games. But much to my illusion I never thought it would be this hard and challenging. I think of my life without my children and I would be lost, and probably much less dependent on God to sustain me day to day. When I look at life that way, I must be right where He wants me. He loves to prove to us His mighty power. If this was all just an easy deal, how would He show His Mighty Hand in my life daily?

If you’re feeling like me and a bit fearful of what the New Year will unfold for you, remember your Savior is not one bit afraid. He knows the beginning from the end. He is coming back soon to take you home. Today is just another day to trust in His promises.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

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Time

Time…

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There have been many changes over the summer at our home. One being my oldest working long hours most days away from home. After a week of that I really started to ponder the concept of time. My time with him will only be less and less from now on. I have been a stay at home mom and even homeschooled him his whole life but I cant help but wish I would’ve spent more time with him.

I have laid awake nights trying to weed my life of things I waste time on so I have more time with my 8 children. This life has so much to offer us to keep us busy… But why do we want to be busy? People say to me whenever I am out, “Wow you must be busy with all those children”. Well yes I am busy busy busy…. but when I reflect on my days, I am still not content with the way I spend all of my time.

Reflecting on time wasting will last beyond my youngest leaving the home I am sure. But today being sure my time is used as God would have me use it is important and I must be obedient.

Deep thought…

If Jesus were with me everyday (He is :)) would I  use my time different?

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

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Lifework

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What is your lifework? This is not asking what you do for a job or how you make money. Rather what has God asked you to do for Him and for a lifetime.

For all of us, our lifework is to tell of Jesus and His love for this world. We also have a lifework that He calls us to as individuals. Your lifework may be mothering, helping your community, helping the sick, or being a missionary in your own town or across the ocean. Our lifework is not always fun, or we might not feel qualified. That is because this work is not done or completed easily. We often are on uncharted waters not sure where the Shipmaster is taking us. But we stay strong and continue to work, not because we know how it ends but rather we know deep down we were called to do this. It is not a work that is finished in days, months, or even years. It is our lifework.

No matter what season of your lifework you are going through, remember it does not need to be completed or figured out today… You have a lifetime to complete your lifework.

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