Mother of Millions

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This is a post I wrote many years ago… May it encourage you today.

I have been very blessed by the church family that the Lord has given me. Last night, a friend of mine gave me a “Mother of Millions” plant. As an encouragement to me after my miscarriage she had planted 6 little tiny plants in the pot to represent each of the children the Lord has given to me here on this earth. It meant so much to me for her to think of me in this way.

I noticed to my dismay this morning that in the transport home my pot had been quite disturbed and my little shoots had been uprooted from the dirt surrounding them. I quickly began to tenderly take each little shoot and replant them into the dirt, adding a little water to gently place them in their spots. I had to be very tender as I replanted them, being careful not to crush, tear or damage their little roots or leaves. I could not deal roughly or harshly in working with these tiny seedlings.

As I was in the process of doing this it came to my mind…

Am I as careful and eager to do this with my children?

It is food for thought.

Am I solicitous and careful over where my little children’s souls are at?  Am I attentive if they are going astray or needing to be “re-rooted” somewhere?

Am I careful as I am seeking to transplant them from wrong behaviors or thinking to not crush or break them? Do I hover over them with concern as I did these little plants?

It’s definitely a challenge for me and maybe it will be for you today as well. Press on in caring for your little ones remembering that our homes are gospel nurseries!

 

Five Things to Look for in a Home Business

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Recently our family has embarked on a very exciting venture with a new home business that is taking off! Many of you know that after my chronic illness I have been blessed to work with many women who have had similar health struggles and I plan on continuing to do so.  This new journey fits right alongside that and is such an answer to prayer!  You might remember my post on why I wasn’t going to work from home and now I am looking forward to the day when my husband can work because he wants to rather than has to!  My friends just were able to bring their daddy home and what a blessing that would be!
This is a two income society and it is getting harder and harder for mama to be home for her family.  The wonderful thing is that there are many wonderful businesses that we can do right from our own couches while snuggling with our littles ones!  That being said, there are so many reputable, quality network marketing companies now that how does one chose?  For me the choice is simple using these 5 marks.

 1. It must be something we can be passionate about.  No matter how wonderful an opportunity might be if you cannot get excited about it then it is not the right place for you. If you know me you know that I am super passionate about helping people through our business!

 2. It must have a simple system with strong support. For me as a mama of 8- home parties are not optional.   Hard selling is not optional. Inventory and paperwork is not optional. I have to have simple and fast.  I have to have a support team that will help me get up and running at whatever speed I am ready to go.Time is precious and valuable with our busy home. So simple, simple, simple that brings good fruit is key!

3. It must be duplicatable.  If we are doing all the work 100% of the time long term then it’s not for us.  I have to be able to duplicate myself again and again for a company to be worth our efforts. See #2 about my time. :)  We want to have MORE time with our family not less . With the internet and social media we literally are world wide now and can have contacts all around the country! It’s surely an exciting time to be in!

4. It must be relevant.  Is it a product or service that fulfills a need and is going to be successful?  If the product has been around a long time, the competition is everywhere or we have to “sell” to convince people that it is what they want/need than it’s not for us.  We want something that will sell itself and people will come to us looking for it.

5. The compensation plan must be lucrative.  We know many wonderful companies and products but the compensation is just not what we need it to be for my family and my efforts. I need fast, simple, with an excellent remuneration.

As a family we are so thankful to have found these things and would love to share more with you!

“She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.” Prov. 31

Raising Homemakers- Parenting is messy!

Parenting isMessy

When I was young, growing up in a Christian home, I had very distinct views on how I would raise my children. I had convictions and standards, goals and vision, and that was good.

We had a perfect courtship so it started off well. And I just knew we were going to thrive as parents! In my head and in my mind, parenting seemed so clear, so tidy. It was all very clean, and if I followed steps 1, 2 and 3 then of course the result would be a happy home filled with love for Jesus.

But I forgot one thing, one very important thing…

Join me over at Raising Homemakers where I am sharing my heart today.

When Grief Strikes

When Grief Strikes

These last few days the Lord has taken us down a road we have never been on before. A road of sorrow and grief as we have watched our dear friends lose their 18 year old son. It was so fast. So sudden. He didn’t feel well and then before you could blink he was gone. A bright light of joy, a radiant smile, the apple of his father’s eye. A best friend to my son. He was gone.

As we are in the midst of grieving, my daughter’s best friend lost someone dear to her.  Then a couple days later  I hear of another family where the parents and two children were lost in a house fire. So much grief, so much sorrow!

You never think these things will happen to you. Sure, they happen to other people but not to you. And then the Lord breaks into your life and causes you to stare death in the face.

Where is God in all this?  He is right there, the same as He was yesterday and what a comfort to know that He does all things well. Even when we don’t understand, He not only sees the whole beautiful picture but He has orchestrated in His Providence these things for His glory and His children’s good.

As I mourned with my church family and friends I was struck by how awful sin must be. We were not made to die. We were created to be eternal. It is because of sin that this awful tearing occurs! And it made me consider do we view sin that way? Do I view sin that way?

But in the midst of tragedy I saw grace. I saw a father bowed down with brokenness yet blessing the Lord. I saw a mother with poise and composure giving her son back to God. Yes, deep gut-wrenching sorrow, and grief that only a parent can feel in burying their child. But I also saw worship, submission to God’s perfect will, a desire for God’s glory, and thankfulness for 18 years were the heart throbs of their souls.

The Bible says, it is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

Our family has been in the house of mourning, our entire church has been in the house of mourning and it is my heart’s cry that we will be bettered for it.

How precious the promise of the resurrection of the body is! How beautiful to know that God is the same God today in our sorrows that He has been in our joys. Christ Himself groaned and wept before the grave of Lazarus. He bears our sorrows and weeps with us.  And praise be to His name He has gloriously taken away the sting of death!

“If your Lord calls you to suffering, do not be dismayed, for He will provide a deeper portion of Christ in your suffering. The softest pillow will be placed under your head though you must set your bare feet among thorns. Do not be afraid at suffering for Christ, for He has a sweet peace for a sufferer. God has called you to Christ’s side, and if the wind is now in His face, you cannot expect to rest on the sheltered side of the hill. You cannot be above your Master who received many an innocent stroke. The greatest temptation out of hell is to live without trials. A pool of standing water will turn stagnant. Faith grows more with the sharp winter storm in its face. Grace withers without adversity. You cannot sneak quietly into heaven without a cross. Crosses form us into His image. They cut away the pieces of our corruption. Lord cut, carve, wound; Lord do anything to perfect Your image in us and make us fit for glory! We need winnowing before we enter the kingdom of God. O what I owe to the file, hammer, and furnace! Why should I be surprised at the plough that makes such deep furrows in my soul? Whatever direction the wind blows, it will blow us to the Lord. His hand will direct us safely to the heavenly shore to find the weight of eternal glory. As we look back to our pains and suffering, we shall see that suffering is not worthy to be compared to our first night’s welcome home in heaven. If we could smell of heaven and our country above, our crosses would not bite us. Lay all your loads by faith on Christ, ease yourself, and let Him bear all. He can, He does, and He will bear you. Whether God comes with a rod or a crown, He comes with Himself. “Have courage, I am your salvation!” Welcome, welcome Jesus!”
― Samuel Rutherford

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