Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wise Woman Linkup!



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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Nursing Mom's Prayer


My little, precious Bella is now 9 1/2 months old. The time has flown since she was born and she is now crawling, holding onto furniture, and making her way all around the room. It has been such a delight to watch her grow and in some ways I am sad this special time has gone so fast, but also glad that I could spend and relish every single moment with her.

Now I usually always nurse my babies. Some I have nursed until they were two but the standard is to always try to make it about a year. There are so many good health benefits that come from nursing that when I did the research early on I  was determined that we would try to nurse our children as much as we could.

There was an exception though--when I had twins. I had gotten very ill and had to be hospitalized for about two weeks and my doctor recommended that I discontinue in order to get better. The twins were about 4 months then and that is the first time we really did formula with any of our children.

It has been so wonderful to be nursing again in my 40's. What a joy it is to help sustain life and give your baby something so healthy and nourishing at the same time!

Today I wanted to share with you something I would do while I was awake during the wee hours of the night nursing little tiny ones. It is my Nursing Mom's Prayer.


I know that it is so easy to stay up and complain--"Why won't he/she go to sleep", "I'm not getting enough sleep.", "Why can't my husband just help?" and "This is so hard I just can't take it anymore."

But instead of being negative we can use take our thoughts captive and use that time in a more godly way. If there is anything we need to do more it should be to pray for our children and if possible start while they are young, even in the womb.  The Lord hears every whispered prayer from moms even in the still of the night so be encouraged and let's get praying!




The Nursing Mom's Prayer

I personally like to take the time to pray over a child starting from head to toe.  I also like to lay lands over the baby while I am praying like over her head as I pray for her mind.  My prayer goes something like this:

Dear Lord, 

Thank you so much for this precious child and gift that you have given our family. Help me and my husband to raise this child for your glory. Please give us the wisdom that we need to do this your way and not ours. Help us always to seek your face in this journey of parenting. I pray for my child that you would help them to:


HEAD AND MIND - I pray that she would love you with all their mind, heart, and soul. Please let her thoughts be fixed on you and not on the things of this world. Help her to have the helmet of salvation and protect her thoughts throughout her life. May she make up her mind early to follow you and you alone. 

EYES - May You turn her eyes away from evil and all that the world will tempt her with and set her gaze upon your holiness, Your return, and how she can serve You until you come. 

EARS - May she always turn her ears away from all  evil and instead "hear" what Your word says and obey.

MOUTH - May she speak no evil and instead boldly and courageously spread the Gospel to the lost. May the law of kindness be on her tongue and may she encourage and edify those around her and she represents you to a lost world.

HANDSI pray that she would have hands and arms that are strong for her task and that she would use them to to help the poor and needy. That she would also use her hands to pray show love of Christ to her neighbors and not be idle.

HEART - I pray that my child would have an undivided heart for you and that it would be kept pure and give their heart totally over to you. I pray that she would be a man/woman after God's own heart when they she is young and as she grows older. 

WOMB - I pray that she would be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth with your disciples.

KNEES - I pray that she would be a women on her knees always seeking your face in prayer. 

LEGS AND FEET May she have feet of peace, following on the paths of righteousness--not turning to the left or right but staying on the straight paths and always turning form the path of evil.

 Please guard and guide her all the days of her life, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.

As you can see you can keep it as simple or make it as long as you like. I purposely kept it short and sweet this time around just so you could get an idea of what you could pray. I will try to post a longer version later. Don't forget that you can adjust the poem for your sons too. Please feel free to print this version using the print button below if you'd like.

As always, just keep in mind that it doesn't have to be complicated. You could also say a very simple prayer if you'd like. Remember that God always hears our prayers and that they are not done in vain.

Blessings to you, dear mother, as you pray for your children's lives before the Lord!


"But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him." ~ Matthew 6:5-8



"I remember my mother's prayers
 and they have always followed me. 
They have clung to me all my life". 
~Abraham Lincoln




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Recommended Resources:

True Christian Motherhood
How to Build a Strong Christian Home
The Way Home
Home-Making


Friday, February 13, 2015

Quiet Time Reading - Beautiful Letter to Future Daughter in Law, Bratz Doll Redo, Sermons & Tight Budgets


We will be posting our Quiet Time Reading Links with articles around the web to sharpen, encourage and bless you!

What I did this week--I spent all yesterday painting around the house--I am lucky to have so many helpers since there is lots to get done. I am starting spring cleaning around here early since everything has been in limbo since we had thought we were moving (the Lord had different plans for us). While we are here I am going to clean, paint, and decorate! There is also something big brewing around here but I will share more later!

To the Woman Who is Soon to Marry My Son: Tonya wrote a beautiful letter to her future daughter-in-law that you must read.  It is a heart warming glimpse in the heart of a mom and her welcoming wishes, wise advice, and blessings to her and her son.

Oversexualization of Doll for Daughters and What One Mom Did - One mom took the time to do a makeover old Bratz dolls and did something lovely with them. Watch the video here:




Gen3 Conference: If there was a conference I could attend this year it would have been this one. I am a big fan of Voddie Baucham and Paul Washer and so glad to see that the sessions are available online on this site. You can  also find Voddie also  at Founders week speaking on homosexuality and marriage too. It is good--so good that you should watch this one first! (Warning: He will have you in stitches!)




Dear Mom Who is So Tired of Living on a Tight Budget - If this is you and you need some perspective in this area, then go on over and be encouraged! It is never easy being on a budget but I like what Spurgeon has to say about contentment:

 “I have heard of some good old woman in a cottage, who had nothing but a piece of bread and a little water. Lifting up her hands, she said as a blessing, ‘What! All this, and Christ too?’”





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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wise Woman Linkup!



 

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Our Visit to the Gen2 Conference & Creation Museum

We got a chance to visit the Gen2 Conference (a conference for Christian leaders) and the Creation Museum last weekend as family. It was great fun and the kids enjoyed traveling, learning new things, and the hotel stay. We were also glad that we got to go to the the conference with some our families from our church.

I personally wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it at first. Our now 9 month old, Isabella, did NOT enjoy car rides even around our neighborhood so I didn't think that she would do well on a four hour car ride out. It turned out that she did pretty well---it was a bit of work at first to help her to get used to the length of the ride but on the way home she slept the entire ride home. Soooo glad about that!

Now the conference was held in the Creation Museum but that was not the first time we had visited it. We had visited several years back when they had first opened and many of our younger children were still in strollers and did not remember it all. I was happy that they all had a chance to visit again while they are older and can remember more of it.

One of the keynote speakers at the conference was Ken Ham:



Here is a link to the conference and speakers in case you'd like to attend one in the future.


(I like this verse)

 "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—
His eternal power and divine nature—
have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made,
 so that people are without excuse." Romans 1:20


I wish that I had time to figure out my settings on my phone because I definitely need one of those anti-shake settings. I noticed a lot of pictures that I took looked a bit blurry and it is not because of my phone. My husband bought me a brand new phone for Christmas but I haven't taken the time to figure out all the settings just yet. Maybe someday like when the children are all older!


Here I am being eaten by a dinosaur:




(See it above? Okay, it is not really eating me or Baby Bella--but still)



My girls enjoyed walking around the museum after sitting in the sessions:



My younger kids especially liked sitting in on the Men in White
movie where they were sprayed with water.


  

 A couple of my boys found a friend:



(Notice how my older son is acting cool like the dinosaur is not there)


And they also found a little one too:




It was a blessing to see some blogging friends that I only see every once in a blue moon like at these conferences--I especially enjoyed getting to chat a while with Kelly and meet her husband too. She taught on the women's panel on motherhood. It was an blessed time for all and I know that many women (including myself) were greatly encouraged.

When I am at these conferences there are usually people who know our family because of the blogs. I am so glad when you introduce yourselves! This past conference a sweet lady and her husband introduced herself and wanted to let me know that because of what she has read it has helped her to make the decision to come home and take care of her children. What a blessing that is to hear! (I also love meeting each and everyone of you so don't be shy! I sometimes get emails from readers who say they saw us and wanted to meet us. Just know we would love to meet you too so be sure to stop by and say 'hi' next time.)

Now one of the important issues that was mentioned at the conference is the concern about this generation going wayward when confronted with questions about their faith. I believe it is so important to help our children understand how to respond when the questions come at them in the future and so I feel it is important to teach them apologetics. I try to cover some of that in our Bible study time and as we address current issues in the world today.

But I also want you to let you know that Answers in Genesis bookstore (also owned by Ken Ham) is a great store chock full of resources that help equip them with what they need to know in case their faith comes under attack. I own several of their books and use them for our homeschool and everyday type of reading. I especially enjoy these books and find them very helpful in answering some of the harder questions that my children might want to know:


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 and reading a bit about our weekend!





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Friday, February 6, 2015

When You Are Just Hanging by a Thread: How to Stay in the Race





As I mentioned earlier this week, Founders Week (free conference) at Moody Church has begun. If you have been struggling with running the race, and feeling like you are just handing by a thread--you might want to hear Nancy Leigh Demoss' session that was just released on video where she reminds of God's Word to consider Him so we don't become so weary and give up:





I have been talking to several women lately who have been going through very hard times. I want to encourage you to know that what can help most is remembering God's Word as a filter to help you through these tough times. Here are three quick ways to help you:

1. Pray - Get on your knees and cry out to the one who can save you and help you in the storm. He already knows what you are going through. Remember while others may disappoint you that He is always there for you and will never forsake you.

2. Seek God's Word - Sometimes we are going through hard times because we are not looking at life from a proper perspective. Sometimes we are and the situation is still looking pretty bleak. Either way God's word is a light in the darkness and we have hope when we look to it. God uses trials and hard times to shape us in His character or to even reveal what needs to be worked on in our lives. Praise the Lord that we are always growing in Him and that He loves us enough to see us through it all to the end.

3. Get Wise Counsel - The body of Christ was meant to be a blessing, seek out your pastor, a biblical counselor or a wise Christian friend who won't steer you wrong. Iron sharpens iron and it has been a blessing to me when I have had someone help guide me or given me a firm word that I needed to hear. Praise God for true help that comes from a heart of love and wanting to see restoration.

Here are some Bible verses to encourage you:

 "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.-Galations 6:9 
  "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."  Joshua 1:9

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."  2 Timothy 4:7

 "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13

 "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."  1 Corinthians 15:8

 "Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." `Romans 12: 11~12





I hope this blesses you to get your mind back on His path!





What have you been struggling with lately?  Leave a comment below so we can pray for you!








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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wise Woman Linkup!


 

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

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