Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Third Eye Is Popping Out

Twelve years ago when I quit teaching to be a stay-home mom more than a few people thought we were crazy.  We have NEVER regretted our decision for me to be a stay-home mom but I learned that we grew the beginning of what are know the kind like are in the book "Where the Wild Things Are."   Then we did something even crazier....we started homeschooling.  Next thing we know our horns are full longer little nubs.  LOL.  In twelve years, we have had five kids, started homesteading, and purchased a milk cow among other things.  During this time we developed wild hair, big ears, and extra arms and legs. 

Some of you will not even have a clue as to what I mean by all of that.  However, others will totally understand.  When you live outside of what most consider normal, people look at you like you have horns and resemble something close to a wild thing.  Most of the time it is alot of fun, the more we talk about all the things we do the crazier the looks get.

Whelp!!!  I think I am about to develop that third eye that has been waiting to pop out.  Along with it, I have a prayer request too!  Those that are closest to me and know me, will not find this off the wall.  In fact, they will not even be surprised.  After prayer and discussions with Petie, we have decided that I should  pursue my desire to become a midwife.  This is something that I have spoken of many times over the past several years and am excited.  Several doors have opened and I have peace.

Why would someone even think about being a midwife?  Everything I have learned the past few years about herbs and essential oils for medicinal uses has been to take responsibility for our own health.  Not to have a blind reliance on everything that is put out there to cure this and that.  This desire is along the same lines.  I have a strong belief that someday we will need as much knowledge as the Lord is willing to give to take care of our families....this includes delivering babies.  

Now for my prayer request.  Next week I will be visiting with a midwife.  I do not want to waste my time or her time if this is not the Lord's will.  If it is not the Lord's will, please pray that I will know it immediately and there will no longer be peace about it.  Like I said before, so far I have a peace

So next time you see this homeschooling, homesteading, denim skirt-bonnet wearin' momma with my third eye fully will know why!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Rice, Eggs, and a Broken Wrist

It's an odd combination for sure but at this point in my life they are all related.  Several years ago,  a friend of mine did a Sunday School devotional for the kids using rice and eggs.  She started out pouring rice into a quart jar.  As she poured, she explained the rice represented the activities in our day--getting up, brushing teeth, getting dressed, eating breakfast, setting about the day's work, eating lunch, taking care of family needs, and the list goes on.  Then, she added eggs to the top of the jar which represented how many of us try to cram our personal time with the Lord in at the end of the day.  Guess what, the eggs would not fit because usually we end up not having the time or we are just plain too tired to give anything to the Lord.  This was not the end.  She got another jar and started out by adding the eggs first which represented giving the Lord our best the very first thing in the morning.  When she started pouring the rice in, the activities of the day filled in around the eggs and everything fit.

My friend shared this with me over 10 years ago but I have NEVER forgotten the message. However, I have not always applied it diligently in my life. In fact, I would say I am usually the person in the above devotional that gets up, gets going, and waits till the end of the day to get in my personal time. I will often wake up and say to myself, "We need to get the day started and I will do my personal time when I eat breakfast or at naptime." IT USUALLY NEVER HAPPENS! To add to this scenario, I am a night owl by nature. I love the quiet of the house after the kids go to bed but it normally becomes a time to catch up on bookwork or homeschool grading. By the time I go to bed, only one thing is my focus--going to sleep.

This has been my life in recent months. Getting up early--going to bed late. When I say late, sometimes between one and two in the morning. Sadly, the most important person in my life was not getting any of my time--the Lord. The Lord started out gently dealing with me about it. Many times He would bring Psalms 127:2 to my mind, "It is in vain for you to rise up early, and to lie down late, and eat the bread of sorrow: but he will surely give rest to his beloved." I would push my Lord to the side with a "I know but I have so much to do and not enough hours in my day to do it." Those earnest pleadings upon wakening to acknowledge Him were ignored. Those nights sitting at the computer working, reading the news, or on Facebook (Hmmm! This one really hurt to have to admit!) when the Lord would speak to my heart and remind me that I could be reading His Word were ignored. I don't know why I even begin to think I could continue in this manner but apparently I did.

What does all this have to do with a broken wrist? Hebrews 12:5-11 says

"5And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby."

Nine weeks ago when I broke my wrist, one of my first thoughts "You have time now!" The Lord slowed my life down considerably. Just as I would not allow one of my children to go uncorrected, Christ does not allow me to go my own way. No, I do not wake every morning and spend an hour or so doing a quiet time but I do start my day with the Lord. Each morning looks different--I may spend time in prayer or doing my Bible reading or doing a Bible Study. I have tried to make it a point not to get the day going until I get the resources I need for the day. Some days the Bible study may be during nap time with my reading at night. Selwyn Hughes states in his devotional book Everyday Light Water for the Soul, "Start the day right and you will end it right."

As this new year starts, I challenge you to take whatever steps you need to make sure Christ has first place in your life. The lessons that God has taught me during the past nine weeks I pray I never forget. The devil is already working to pull me away from that precious time with the Lord. I continually have to remind myself that keeping my relationship with Christ first is the most important part thing I can do for my family. When my heart is not focused on Christ, I cannot keep the focus that serving my family is actually serving Him. All that we may SEEM to accomplish is not any type of accomplishment if it is done without Christ leading and guiding us.

I pray your year is one of growth in your walk with the Lord and full of blessings.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book Giveaway at The Modest Mom's Blog

Visit "The Modest Mom" Blog and enter to win Large Family Logistics:  The Art and Science of Managing the Large Family.  This is one of the best homemaking books I have read in a LONG time.  Kim Brenneman breaks home making down into easy steps to help you manage any size home.  Those that know me know I am a fairly organized person but I have found SO MUCH in this book this is helping me improve what I already do plus start some new stuff.  For example, her chapter on "Office Day" has been such a blessing.  I have so much office/paper work that needs attention but never seem to stay on top of it.  While I have a laundry day and a cleaning day, I had never thought of arranging my schedule to have an office day each week.  Yesterday was my first one and it was wonderful.  I took the time to focus on what I needed to do each week, each month, and goals to complete when I can devote possibly two days to the office.  Two days will only happen if Saturdays allow or we are having a homeschool break. 

This is just a small example of how this book can benefit the lives of a busy mom--whether you have ten kids or one.  I plan to do more detail posts explaining how I do things and how the book has helped me improve.  For now, head over to "The Modest Mom" and enter her giveaway.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Answers to "Do You Know?"

Finally, I am updating the blog.  It's a lazy morning around here and I am taking the time to catch up on some stuff.

So, let's see if I can remember the eight things without looking!!  1) to be sober, 2) to love your children, 3) to love your husband, 4) discrete, 5) chaste, 6) good, 7) keeper at home, 8) obey your husband.  Whew!! I was worried I would not remember them!  Why is it important for us to teach these things to younger women?--Titus 2:5 says "that the word of God be not blasphemed".

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Do You Know?

I have debated for a period of time what my first post would be. My thoughts keep coming back to this. So here it goes--

Two or three months ago, I decided to see how many women could name the eight items (without looking) from Titus 2: 3-5 that we, as Christian women, are suppose to teach the younger women and why God said we should teach these things. Surprisingly, I found only one woman that could name them. Of all the Christian women I know, only ONE. Many did not even respond. Realizing this, I challenged those I came in contact with to write these things on their hearts. If we don't know them, we will miss opportunities to teach the younger women.

So now I ask DO YOU KNOW? Do you know, without looking, the eight items (KJV) in Titus 2:3-5 that you, as a Christian woman, are responsible for teaching younger women who are not spiritually mature? Also, DO YOU KNOW why God says we are to teach these things? Even if you do not know all eight, please list the ones you do know. It is very interesting finding out what people think God put in these scriptures. If you don't know them, after answering, I challenge you to look up the answer because someday, out of the blue, I will ask again to see who has wrote them in their hearts.
Have a blessed day in the Lord, Laura

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Checking. . . .

Just seeing if I can actually get this to work.