Quiet and common notions...shared here...with you! Of life ~ our hearts and our home.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Who surrounds you?

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Well, this statement stopped me in my tracks!!

I was listening to a radio preacher the other morning and this is what he said.

If folks are on your nerves then they probably are not on your heart.


In other words...
If people are not on my heart (and mind) they're on my nerves!

Same thing!

 How many times does this hold true for me. In particular with me as a mother!  My children get on my nerves and so can other people, at times.  Obviously, this statement implies I don't have a deep care and love for them in the first place...therefore, I must have a relationship problem... because I react with my head and not with my heart.  True... maybe!?
He went on to say... and I'm paraphrasing...

To get people off your nerves you've got to get them on and in your heart!

To love like Jesus loves.
We must surround others with patience and with understanding.

Let me tell you - this is way easier said than done.

I really took this to heart and decided to really pay close attention to the what, how and when of "my nerves" being rattled ... as it pertains, in particular, to mothering.

I noticed something.  Usually when someone "got on my nerves" it was because:
 My agenda was being inflicted...
 My schedule was being up-ended...
My expectations were not being met...
Me. Me. Me.

Quite frankly - I knew where this was going... and fast!
It's NOT meant to be about me.

To love means to surround others with patience and understanding and put one's own self last.

This is how Jesus loved!

This is hard!  Quite frankly, I can't do this by myself.  I can't give out what I do not have.  I need more and MORE of Christ's love to the fullness.  I want to overflow...

With patience and with kindness.  With understanding...which means I really have to take time to sit and listen to the needs of others that surround me.

Scriptures say, for out of the heart the mouth speaks!

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. ~ Luke 6:45

I don't know about you - and what you're thoughts are on this... perhaps you'll share in the comment section below, but I got to thinking this - that as blunt as this statement is... I'll take it!  I'll use it as a measuring tool.  A guide to really evaluate my level of love and care I have in my heart - for others.

Here is the question we should all ask ourselves.

Who surrounds you? 
 Are they on your nerves or on your heart?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Snow or no snow...

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Copying over verses from Matthew 6:25-34, this morning, into my journal, only seems fitting to share again today, in regards to this here word-prompt: doubt.

Truth be told I was beginning to doubt if we'd ever see a snowflake.  I read on my gardening almanac type calendar this phrase -
"January warm, the Lord have mercy".

I believed that.  We needed some snow!  At least more than a dusting...

As the kiddos and I were talking this morning...
What one, two, or even three days difference can do with the weather and yet - these little birds have not a single care in the world... about their life.

Snow or no snow...

Why, then, do we worry about ours?
Why do we doubt our heavenly Father's daily and constant care for us?

I was just so encouraged writing out these verses of Scripture this morning!  Verses from Matthew chapter 6 and in particular - this final verse...

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  
Each day has enough troubles of its own. ~ Matthew 6:34

Do I ever doubt? Or, question?  Or, worry?
Sure I do.  I just told you that I do.
I read that line over and over on my January calendar and wondered for the future - what would a winter without much snow do for the following seasons?
I would read "the Lord have mercy" phrase over and over and pray fervently for snow...
I was worried.  :)

Listen, I want it to be said of me that this is a woman who trusts and fears her Maker.
That she is one who rests in the Sovereignty of her God!
Snow or no snow... He is God!!
He will sustain and keep us in HIS righteous, right hand!

Consider the birds of the air; neither do they sow nor reap nor gather into barns... 
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Enjoying the Blizzard of 2016

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And more (snow) is on the way....
Perhaps even later this week!
The drifts we get around here - are amazing!!  Like the second and third photo from the top... what looks like foot tracks is really the road plowed through. It might be the angle or the way the photo was taken... but the drifts were amazing out across our front lawn area.  Our mailboxes were actually buried.  Some of those drifts were over five feet ...  and as you see, drifts almost to the top of the barn door there on that one photo.  And other parts of the driveway almost clear - due to the way the wind blew that snow around.

Nothing like feeling safe and cozy indoors.

Remembering this Blizzard of 2016 - as perfect!!

Winter finally and fully arrived in one fell swoop!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Embrace that or walk away!!

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When words reach your ear you don't want to hear or you're not expecting to hear... how is it received?
Like me - you have a choice.  Embrace it or walk away.
Yesterday afternoon - I was sitting with my Bible and pen in hand writing out truths of Scripture: this prompt word - embrace - on my mind!!  Immediately, Ecclesiastes, chapter three, came to mind.

You know that  - a time to embrace and a time to refrain....?

Well (I kid you not!)... just then... in walked my kiddo's having just gotten home from school. Right away I could sense my son was not a happy camper.  In fact, it was quite evident he wasn't just sad - he was aanngggrrryyy!!

Things started getting thrown and punched and, and whoa!!!!!!!!  Hold on a minute...

What happened within me was a temptation to add fuel to the fire and scream/demand him stop... but my angry tone would have only severely escalated the moment.

Without even realizing it - fully - I pulled my soon nine year old onto my lap.  All near 80 pounds of him.  And, we sat like that on our sofa, my arms around my son... I let him tell me what was going on, in between bitter tears and seething upset words...

 What had happened that had caused all of this to unfold?
Unfortunately, not a lot that I could gather...

Kids will be kids and I wonder if some of his reaction wasn't partially for show - to show his "tough side"... but all of Ecclesiastes came rushing in.

I had to show him!

Thankfully he had calmed enough to follow my lead over to the Word of God!  I told him I had just began to write out these verses and showed him my journal.  How ironic; how crazy, that I'd have this moment - so soon - to embrace this truth for myself and to help apply it then, for my son - young enough to understand.  He began reading aloud on his own...

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

My son asked me how long to keep reading but, he just kept on... :)
His voice softening and slowing as he embraced Scripture to soothe his little soul.

"God will bring to judgement both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed. - verse 17.

I gently reminded him.
"Son, you and I have a choice in how we respond to what is handed our way on this path of life.  Our response(s) will either make or break a situation.   It's a choice we've all been given...

Embrace that or walk away.

I think he chose well.


**linking with Finding the Grace Within | tuesday @ ten :: embrace

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


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:: TRUST ::

Not a very big word.  One rather easy to say.
However, at the very best, quite challenging - to live out!  

Can I get an Amen?
I don't know that I would say I've ever had trust issues.  But it has acted as a backdoor catching me on the backside, from time to time - if and when I'm not careful.

It's hard!

I came across a single quote the other day that has kept me thinking...

God's part we cannot do; our part God will not do.

This year, our little family has a real opportunity to walk this road...wholeheartedly!

Not blindly... but with a sure confidence.
Hand-in-hand with our Saviour who goes before!
 Do the tears fall, and the lip quiver?   Yes!  Perhaps, a little too often.

However, here's what I know.

We can't do God's part of orchestrating the plan he has in mind for us - but we sure can do our part of following in his footsteps.  One step at a time.

Thank you for your prayers as we lean on Him!!

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV

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