Category Archives: Spiritual Encouragement

Where are your eyes?

We now have four additional drivers in our house currently.  My oldest is experienced and independant, my second born  third born as well and my fourth is just learning the road.

We live in South Carolina and for those of you who do not know what that means, let’s just say the roads are twisty, turny, curvy and THIN!  Yes, often these back road make you wish you could put your vehicle on a diet, especially a certain 15 passenger van.

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One of the hardest things for me is the night driving on these small, dark roads.  With the cars coming towards you and the glare shining in your eyes.  We instruct our children, when you get to where you can’t see, just focus on your line on the right.  Why?

Because you turn toward what you look at!  

If you focus on the glare of the car in front of you, your car will automatically pull towards that light.

And I got to thinking, is this not a biblical principle?

We will turn towards what we focus on.  

When Peter walked on water as long as Jesus was in his sight he stayed this way…but the minute he looked at the water, he sank right into it!

So, this begs the question…where is my focus?  Where is your focus?

As moms we can get so caught up in our daily duties we forget to keep our minds on Christ and our thoughts trusting in Him.  We get discouraged, cast down, and fatigued.

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Sometimes this means we have to talk back to ourselves as David did and say “Why are thou cast down oh my soul, hope thou in God!”

When the glare of the world’s discouragement shines into your eyes, where are you going to look?  Where am I going to look?!

~~Feeling weary and worn down physically or mentally? Make sure to read my health testimony and some of the things that are helping me on my journey of healing

 

 

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Are you thankful for your two mites?

I recently wrote to the husband of the overwhelmed mama.  The memory of my health crash is still so fresh in my memory and I never want to take for granted the renewed strength God has given me.  I am so thankful!  When I was in the throws of my illness I wrote this post and today I think it profitable to meditate on these things again.  So many ways to apply them no matter what stage of strength we are at!
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And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
for all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

Mark 12: 41-44

What are your two mites?

The Lord has given me some health issues over the years.  My strength seems so limited and it discourages me.  I see the energy and vibrancy of so many other moms out there.  I seem to flag after one activity.  I have groaned, moaned and complained.  Oh, to be like “so and so”.  I could be such a better mother! Readers, can you relate at all?

But, a visit with my pastor’s wife gave me something to think about.

Am I content with the two mites the Lord has given me?

Yes, it is ok to pray for more strength and ability to fulfill our callings..and it is good to do so.
But, if He denies this, am I content and happy to give the Lord my two mites? Or, will I chafe and covet that others have been given more mites than I have been?
And how am I using those two mites. Do I keep them in my pocketbook, thinking the Lord surely can’t be pleased with such a small offering? Or do I gladly give them.  Grateful to have two mites to give to the Lord.  Surely, the Lord sees and is smiling on those limping moms who are daily offering up their two mites in faith.

So reader, are you thankful for your two mites?

 

 

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!

 

Changes

Change.  Does that word bring you stress?  Does it fill you with anxiety?  For some that idea fills them with terror and fear.

But, for others like me, change brings a sense of excitement. A looking ahead with delight and expectation.  I am an ENFP and when I read that my brain type gets bored easily I was like “Yes! Someone understands me!” 🙂  So for me as a child moving was fun, surprises were fun, spur of the moment plans were exciting and fresh.

What about when the Lord changes a direction of course for us in an unexpected way?  Takes us down a path we had not planned or anticipated.  I am not as good with that.

Or what about when sufferings and trials come our way, and interrupt our plans?  What about if the Lord puts us on a journey we feel we did not sign up for?  How are our hearts then?

“Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.”

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I am reminded that whatever path the Lord has for us, as the river of Providence winds this way and that…it is all in the hand of the Lord.  And we can rest in that. Whether it is in little daily changes or big life altering changes.  He is in control.

I am reminded of a song I used to sing–

“What though the way be lonely, 

and dark the shadows fall,

I know where ere He leads me

My Father planned it all.

I sing through the shade and the sunlight

I trust Him whatever befall.

I sing for I cannot be silent.

My Father planned it all!” 

And in that I can rest.  ♥

~~Feeling weary and worn down physically or mentally? Make sure to read my health testimony and some of the things that are helping me on my journey of healing from chronic and extreme fatigue!