Mommy Encouragement

I’ve been reading a book off and on recently that my dear sister-in-law gave me for Christmas called Delight-Full: 31 Days to a Happier Baby… And Wholehearted Motherhood by Kate E. Collins.

Delight-Full Book Cover

I’ve been very encouraged in my role as a mother and thought I would share a few quotes from a chapter I read recently that I found particularly helpful for the stage of life that I am in with our daughters.

When children reach the stage that they question rules and test limits, they are developing a character that is uniquely their own. They are seeking guidance from Mommy and Daddy in the only way they know how. By acting in ways that Mommas see as defiance, they are simply using their baby language to ask: “Are you going to take my hand and lead me ‘in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake (Psalm 23)?’ Will you teach me how to grow the fruits of self control and gentleness in my life? Do you love me enough to see this through?”…

Boundaries in the life of a child show them without words that we love our children too much to leave them to themselves to figure out how to grow up. The Bible teaches that a child left to himself brings his mother to shame…

Babies need Mommas who won’t give up on them when they have difficult days. Babies need Mommas who will carefully watch the makings of their hearts, helping them to cull the selfishness and the whininess and planting the seeds of grace and gentleness. Babies need Mommas who will help them to guard their hearts, for out of our hearts grow the true stuff of life (Proverbs 4:23)…

Christian Mommas need to be studiers of the hearts of our children. We need to discover what they’re “made of” and point them to the Lord– praising Him for their strengths, that they might bring glory to Him! And praising Him for their weaknesses, that they might be used to bring glory to Him as well (2 Corinthians 12:9)…

 

And just for fun, here are a few pictures of our girls…

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Smile Big!!!

Thoughtful Fiona~

Thoughtful Fiona~

Trying on Mommy's shoes!

Trying on Mommy’s shoes!

Sitting next to a little snowman about a month ago...

Sitting next to a little snowman about a month ago…

Good-morning smiles!

Good-morning smiles!

Fun times together!!

Fun times together!!

Kisses from big sister- oh my!!

Kisses from big sister- oh my!!

And to finish this post… a cute funny from Fiona: She told me this while having a bout of hiccups the other day, “I keep hicking up!” ūüôā

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A New Year’s Resolution by Matthew Henry

A New Year’s Resolution

(Matthew Henry)

“My times are in Your hand!”¬†Psalm 31:15

Firmly believing that my times are in God’s hand, I here submit myself and all my affairs for the ensuing year, to the wise and gracious disposal of God’s divine providence. Whether God appoints for me . . . .
health or sickness,
peace or trouble,
comforts or crosses,
life or death–
may His holy will be done!

All my time, strength, and service, I devote to the honor of the Lord Jesus–and even my common actions. It is my earnest expectation, hope, and desire, my constant aim and endeavor–that Jesus Christ may be magnified in me.

In everything I have to do–my entire dependence is upon Jesus Christ for strength. And whatever I do in word or deed, I desire to do all in His name, to make Him my Alpha and Omega. I¬†have¬†all from Him–and I would¬†use¬†all for Him.

If this should prove a year of¬†affliction, a¬†sorrowful¬†year to me–I will fetch all my supports and comforts from the Lord Jesus and stay myself upon Him, His everlasting consolations, and the good hope I have in Him through grace.

And if it should be my¬†dying¬†year–then¬†my times are in the hand of the Lord Jesus. And with a humble reliance upon His mediation, I would venture into the eternal world looking for the blessed hope. Dying as well as living–Jesus Christ will, I trust, be gain and advantage to me.

Oh, that the grace of God may be sufficient for me, to keep me always a humble sense of my own unworthiness, weakness, folly, and infirmity–together with a humble dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ for both righteousness and strength.

 

(May this be my resolution as well, as 2014 draws near…)

A Good Reminder for Me…

The Countless Lowly Ministries of the Every-days

(by J.R.Miller, “Help for the Day”)

“She has done what she could!”

Mark 14:8

It is in the everyday of life, that nearly all the world’s

best work is done.

The tall mountain-peaks lift their glittering crests into

the clouds, and win attention and admiration. But it is in the great

valleys and broad plains, that the harvests grow and the

fruits ripen, on which the millions of earth feed their hunger.

In the same way, it is not from the few great and conspicuous

deeds of life that the blessings chiefly come which make the world

better, sweeter, holier–but from the

countless lowly ministries of the every-days, the little

faithfulnesses that fill long years.

“Well done, good servant, because you have

¬†been faithful in a very little thing”

Luke 19:17

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O, Give Thanks to the Lord!

“O, Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His mercy
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† endures forever!” 1 Chronicles 16:34

O, give thanks to the Lord,
Christian, for He has not dealt with you after your
sins, nor rewarded you according to your iniquities!

He has . . .
pardoned your sins,
justified your soul,
renewed your nature, and
given you a title to everlasting life!

He has thus . . .
prevented your ruin,
borne with your follies,
supplied all your needs,
guided your steps, and
promised to conduct you to glory!

His mercy has been ever great toward you!
O, Give thanks to the Lord,
      for He is good; His mercy endures forever!

(James Smith,¬†“Sunny Subjects for All Seasons” 1858)

The Sovereignty of God

I recently learned that R.C. Sproul Jr.’s daughter passed away at the beginning of this month, and after reading this letter by John Newton, I found it to be a timely reminder on the sovereignty of God. This¬†letter came¬†to me the other day¬†from Grace Gems, a collection of ageless,¬†sovereign¬†grace, devotional writings. They have a daily¬†devotional email which I have recently signed up for and been greatly blessed by.

Tribulations, Difficulties, and Disappointments

(Letters of John Newton)

“Beloved, now we are
    children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We
    know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see
¬†¬†¬† Him just as He is!” 1 John 3:2

Let us not be greatly discouraged at the many
      tribulations, difficulties, and
                  disappointments which lie in the path which
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† leads to glory–seeing that our Lord has foretold us of
              them, has made a suitable provision for every case we can
              meet with, and is Himself always near to those who call
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† upon Him in His almighty strength–as a sure refuge,
              and a never-failing, ever-present help in every
              time of trouble!

Note likewise, that He Himself was a man of sorrows, and
              acquainted with grief for our sakes. He drank off the
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† full cup of unmixed wrath for us–shall we then
              refuse to taste of the cup of affliction
              at His appointment, especially when His wisdom and
              love prepare it for us, and proportion every
              circumstance to our strength? He puts it into our hands,
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† not in anger but in tender mercy–to do us
              good, to bring us near to Himself; and He sweetens every
              bitter draught, with those comforts which none but He can
              give!

The time is short, the world is passing
              away, all its cares and all its vanities will soon be at
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† an end! Yet a little while, and “we shall see Him
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† as He is!” Every veil shall be taken away–every seeming
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† frown be removed from His face–and every tear wiped away
              from ours! We shall also be like Him!

You might also be blessed by this video that Joni and Friends put together a few years ago about Shannon Sproul.

A quote to ponder over…

“Remember that it is not hasty reading–but serious
meditation on holy and heavenly truths, which makes
them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not
the mere touching of the flower by the bee which
gathers honey–but her abiding for a time on the
flower which draws out the sweet. It is not he who
reads most, but he who meditates most–who will
prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest and
strongest Christian.”

Thomas Brooks