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Serenading God

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. John 4:23

Lots of nights when I am having difficulty falling asleep my loving husband will stroke my hair and begin singing to me. His song of choice is usually "To Make You Feel My Love." As he sings it I feel admired, adored, at peace, and am calmed. Most nights I am soothed to sleep. I know the words he sings are true... he would go to any depth to show his love for me.

A few nights ago it came to me that this is what praise and worship is to God. It shows Him our love and admiration. It shows Him our heart and our heart's desire.

Webster's defines "serenade" as: A complimentary performance given to honor or express love for someone. When we serenade our Lord and Creator we are honoring Him. When we worship together in church even though it is heart felt it is to a degree expected be…

Don't Waste the Now

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in wanting the best for my kids that I become frustrated and irritable when I don’t see the fruits of my labors and efforts being produced in their lives. My children are still very young… the oldest only being nine. Yet I have such high desires for their futures that I tend to put too much pressure on them now.

The past few weeks since the days have been longer and warmer my kids have had a hard time concentrating on school. As a result the mean mommy wells up inside of me. More times than not rather than casting my cares on the LORD, I cast my frustration on my children. Life like this isn’t fun and doesn’t make for a happy family.

In a dream last week there was a situation where I was advising someone else about their own children. “Don’t throw away their now wor…

Saved, Delivered, and Healed!


Monday we celebrated with some close friend and then again at Nana's.

I'm so proud of my boy and thrilled that he has made the decision to follow Christ whole-heartedly!

Beautiful Scars

I have my share of scars, and I am sure that you do too. Life is hard. We make big plans and dream big dreams. Sometimes things go according to plan, but other times we get hurt and jaded. We are too trusting and at times naive and end up in a world walled in by bitterness and anger. We give our hearts (and bodies) away too easily and are left with the turmoil of brokenness and shattered hopes. The pain of a loss is more than we can bear... loss of innocence, loss of peace, loss of freedom or worse yet, the loss of someone we love. So we shut the world out.

It's not the way God planned it for us though. We have to make a choice whether we are to be overcomers by the blood of the Lamb or whether we are to continue our lives living in defeat. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Isaiah 61:3 promises us that He will provide for those who grieve - to bestow on them a cr…

How You Live

Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
Proverbs 20:11

I heard a quote once that went something like this: One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I made or what my clothes looked like. But one hundred years from now the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.

So often we make our life about where we've been or where we are going, what we've obtained or hope to gain, but those things are not what make us who we are. Our lives are defined by the choices we make each day. If you make a habit of making good choices, you will reap the rewards. But if you make a habit of making bad choices, you will suffer the consequences.

Praise God that we don't have to live forever with the mistakes of our past. Our God is a God of forgiveness - casting our sins as far as the east is from the west. Our God is also a God of new beginnings. He …

The Lord's Lullabye

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

A few nights ago after having lulled Connor to sleep I was flipping through my Bible when I came across this verse. It has long been a favorite of mine, but I guess because of this season in my life it had new meaning to me.

As I read it I pictured myself a baby in God's arms. He rocked me back and forth gently patting my back to quiet me. As He did this He sang a lullaby to sooth my soul. He says, "Child, you are mine! I have called you by name." (See Isaiah 43:1.)

How great is the love of God for us. He is ready every moment of each day to let us climb up on His lap to be comforted by His love. He is truly my Abba Father.

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you...
Isaiah 66:13

From Mama's Musing archives. Originally published 10-06.

Those Things Concerning You

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11

As a mother of four young children, we have come to be on a first name basis with most of the doctors, nurses and other staff at our local emergency room. I remember when Dacey was about 20 months old and fell landing on a solid wood table bruising her nose. When Isaac was a toddler he was running into a bedroom as another child was coming out. The door knob landed in his eye socket creating an array of blues and purples for days. Last fall we ended up at the emergency room with Jaden after he jumped off of the top of a tunnel slide at the park. And Connor had his third visit this year to the emergency room last night after he went over a play gate, down six concrete steps, and landed at the bottom on his head.
My mother has often joked about how protective I was with my first two children. Until they were each several months old each visitor was instructed to wash their hands before handling my pr…

Running Ahead of God

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

Our family often enjoys taking walks together after dinner in the evenings. One particular evening a few months ago as we were walking, my children had run ahead of me and my husband. They were a few yards in front of us when a neighbors pit bulldog charged at them. The neighbor happened to be in their yard and were able to call the dog off without incident. When I got to my children I bent down looking them in the eyes and told them, "If you run too far ahead of me, I can’t protect you." As I said that to them I heard God whisper in my spirit, "The same is true for you."

Sometimes we want to see things happen in the flesh. We are surrounded by situations that we feel we have no power over and we want an end. We step in and try to force things open when sometimes we need to just wait on God. If we run too far ahead of Him, we take ourself out from under H…

Mission Minded Mommies

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19,20

The last thing Jesus commanded us before ascending to Heaven was simply to "go". He desired for us to seek out others and teach them of Him. Yet as stay at home moms we often feel we aren't equipped as "missionaries" because we are limited in how much we can go and how much we can do outside our homes. We allow ourselves to become confined dreaming of bigger things hoping for opportunities of grandeur such as foreign missions or working at orphanages or feeding the masses when we have ministry opportunities in front of us every day.
Here are a few ways that we can minister to others in our lives.

1. Housework. Yes, it is one of those dirty words that no one likes hearing, but as wives…

Pursued by the King

I was feeling so down... forgotten and alone. I pressed in. I prayed. I sought the face of our King. I went to bed with more peace than I have had in weeks. I was in that foggy morning dream world somewhere between being asleep and awake and I heard God speak to me, "Pursue me. I am pursuing you." And then the story of the woman with the issue of blood came to mind. I woke up wondering what in the world the story of the woman with the issue of blood had to do with being pursued by God. I got up, opened my Bible and read for myself what exactly happened. From the NKJV: Mark 5:25-34 - Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well." Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up…