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A New Home

Life has been rather busy lately! One Needful Thing has a new home. Please stop over for a visit any time.

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~ Sarah

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Do you pray for your children regularly? Do you tell them you are praying for them during those difficult time of “training”? And when God develops in your children Christ-like character do you tell them how God has answered your prayers?

I know this is an area of struggle for me. An area that needs much growth, but that is vital and cannot be overlooked. This article was a great blessing and challenge to me, to share with my children how I am specifically praying for them and when the Lord answers those prayers.

So if you haven’t prayed for your children today, why don’t you stop, get on your knees and cry out to God. He will hear your prayers.

Our children are never too young and will never be too old for the prayers of their mother.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

~ Hebrews 11:6

People often say, “Oh, you have your hands full.” “You want more? Don’t you have enough children already?!?!”

Let me give you a glimpse into my life.

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Today Joe is sorting laundry. It ends up as mountains for him to jump over.

Melody is washing dishes and there a bubbles everywhere.

I love hearing the giggles and laughter from the different rooms. So work becomes play.

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Now tell me – would you really give up all this?

I pray someday if the Lord wills, that He would chose to bless me with more little blessings! Each one is such a precious gift.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

Psalm 127:3

© Karl J. Sneath

“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24

WOW! This has been a week. An unusual week. Everything from late nights, no sleep, coughing children, a son wheezing and gasping for air, a doctor visit, a scratched nose and blood everywhere, a burdened heart, etc, etc. It seems like the list goes on. The children who usually get along so well, seemed to fight like crazy. The oldest son is asking more questions than I have answers or strength for. The oldest daughter is constantly wanting to eat and struggling with a bad attitude (She kept saying things like, “Mom you are ugly.” “I hate my mom.” “I only love you because God says I have to.” “My mom is stupid.”). The toddler is into EVERYTHING, tearing things off shelves, out of the hands of older siblings, pulling hair and generally just making a mess. The baby has been fussy and starts screaming whenever she hears anyone else screaming. On top of it all my husband has been working out of town almost all week. Thankfully he’s home in time for supper and the kids bed time. Whew – what a week.

Last week had gone so well (relatively speaking. There were still problems but over all we made it). We followed the schedule. We got a lot accomplished. But this week. The schedule never even had a chance to start. I didn’t get anything done. Or did I?

All of the children were dressed in clean clothes each day. They all ate 3 meals a day, plus snacks. They got to play outside. They took naps and slept at least 10 hours each night. Each day we spent time reading the Word of God, singing hymns, and memorizing Scripture. The house is clean. The dishes are done. Laundry is clean.

On top of all of that God stretched my faith and I saw Him answer prayer. And so, even though we didn’t follow the schedule and I didn’t get school done like I had planned. Even though things didn’t happen the way I had planned, God was good.

In the message, Chained to the Chariot, Pastor Ron Dunn says, “Faith is the victory.” It’s not that everything happened perfect, because it rarely ever will. It’s that at the end of all of it, I still believe (in God). I still have faith.

“and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

1 John 5:4

And so I end this week saying, “Faith is the victory and I still believe. God is Good. Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

Faith Is The Victory

Lyrics: John H. Yates
Music: Ira D. Sankey

Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise.
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled.
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.

Refrain:
Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.

His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God.
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind’s breath,
Swept on o’er every field.
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.

On every hand the foe we find
Drawn up in dread array.
Let tents of ease be left behind,
And onward to the fray.
Salvation’s helmet on each head,
With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble ‘neath our tread,
And echo with our shout.

To him that overcomes the foe,
White raiment shall be giv’n.
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in Heav’n.
Then onward from the hill of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night,
In Jesus’ conqu’ring Name.

A Lesson in Humility

In January I read a book called, “Managers of Their Homes” by Steve and Terri Maxwell. It was a great book. I hope to someday share what I have learned. For the past few weeks since I finished the book I have been trying to put together a schedule that would work for our family. With 4 different ages/stages, a husband who comes home for lunch, and the needs of the house I just couldn’t get a schedule together that would work. It seemed like there were always one or two pieces of the puzzle that didn’t fit. But I kept trying and praying. My husband would often look at me and laugh when I was surrounded by a pile of lists (BTW – I love making lists!)!

I was trying so hard to put together a schedule so I could take the idea to him and get his counsel on what he would like me to change. He has so much stress in his life with work and things that I try to do as much on my own and not bother him. But I reached a point of complete frustration and Saturday I just poured out my heart and my frustration to him.

As I poured my heart out to him he graciously listened. Then it amazed me – in 10 minutes -  just 10 minutes he put together a schedule that I am so excited about (and I’m running by today!). It’s been PERFECT! I don’t know how he did it. I read the book, I had spent HOURS thinking, writing, planning and still couldn’t get it, and he in 10 minutes had it all figured out. If I would have just asked him weeks ago. . .

As I thought about this throughout the night last night (the baby was all stuffed up and was up twice in the night), I began thinking about how so often that is how I am with the Lord. I try so hard to do things on my own and when I can’t figure things out then I go crawling to the Lord who immediately knows what to do. If I would just learn to run to Jesus first. To cling to Him daily.

This begins (I’ve discovered the hard way) by spending time each day worshiping at His feet. For each of us the timing will be different, but for me if I don’t get up before everyone else it’s most likely NOT going to happen and if it does I’m not able to concentrate very well. When I begin my day by pouring my heart out to Jesus it goes so much smoother. I can handle the difficult things that come. Not that life isn’t difficult, but I’m going through the difficult things sheltered by the everlasting arms of the Lord.

“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:

and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.”
Deuteronomy 33:27

As I read through the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) I see over and over again how Jesus spent time early in the morning with His Heavenly Father. Jesus – God the Son – living as a man on earth, gave us the example of the importance of spending time with the Father daily. Jesus’ days were busy. Filled with many people pulling on and needing Him. Jesus never had a moment to Himself (mothers – does this sound familiar???). Yet despite all of the needs of everyone (meeting them probably late into the night), He still got up early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father – getting recharged spiritually.

So I once again have been taught to run to Savior (and my husband) right away instead of trying so hard to do things in my own strength!

Psalm 5

To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.

Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my groaning.
Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you do I pray.
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
in the fear of you.
Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouth;
their inmost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongue.
Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.

Holiness

© Karl J. Sneath

Holiness means love, joy, and peace.

It does not mean the absence of suffering.

Do these things seem incompatible?

Can you suffer and still experience love, joy and peace?

Yes.

~ Elisabeth Elliot

“And our hope of you is steadfast, knowing,

that as ye are partakers of the sufferings,

so shall ye be also of the consolation.”

~ II Corinthians 1:7 ~

Our Sacred Work

“What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in Heaven for our Lord God.

We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well please to God,

not on account of the position or work, but on account of the Word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow.”

Martin Luther

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