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Quiet on the Home Front

Well...Not exactly! I should have said "Quiet on the Blog Front!" This is such a busy season for my family.  We are finishing up school. Extra-curricular activities are coming to an end with recitals. Recognition Night will finish out the Homeschool Year. "Busy Season" for Hubby is still upon us.

The glimmer of VACATION is on the horizon!

I love the idea of vacation. It always seems to be a much needed and wanted break from the hustle of everyday life.  No phones, computers or distractions...just family time.

I don't know if it's because we always take off right after the chaos of late spring, or if we really are dillusional sometimes in our planning. HAHA!  To many times we get caught up in the planning of a fun trip and then end up wishing we could just sit and be quiet! Even the kids feel this way. It is when we put our faith and reliance on a vacation for restoration that we miss the point of our vacation.

I know that a Vacation will NOT restore me as the Lord can! When I lay it all down at His feet, I can enjoy vacationing as fun family time as we make memories and enjoy one another and not as a source of restoration. When I put my hope in Man's ways, a vacation, to restore me...I will not be satisfied, rested, restored or even enjoy the trip as much. We usually return home exhausted!

I am thankful to the Lord...who restores me.  Who gives us life. Who is actually the Glimmer of Peace and Restoration on My horizon. Vacations are great...but God's rest is truely restoration for my weariness.

Be still and know I am God... Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

This year, we are taking a leisurely trip up to Cincinnati. I think the long drive will be great for us.  We love to read,  sew, draw and chat with each other so it will be time well spent. It will be a time of refreshment as we visit together and just "be still" as we drive along.

But before we leave...I will purpose in my heart to "Be Still" before the Lord and let HIM restore my soul.

Katie

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A Cheerful Receiver?

So, last week, as we were finishing up our school year with our Recognition Ceremony and preparing for my daughter's dance recital, things began to fall apart! Did I mention that we were also packing to go on Vacation? So, with the car doing something weird,  the AC in the house not cooling (it's already in the 90s outside), the fridge decides to take a vacation too and the hot water heater in the attic left a nice wet spot on the ceiling!

In the midst of all this, my husband and I stopped again and prayed about whether or not to keep our vacation plans this year in light of all that was going on. While we were off praying in various parts of the house, some friends came over and blessed us with some extra money.

The whole point in me telling you this is to discuss being a cheerful receiver

Scripture says in Acts 20:35 "It is more blessed to give than to receive." 2 Corinthians 9:7 also says that "God loveth a cheerful giver." It is very clear as we read that giving is to come out of the abundance of a heart for God. It's not a duty to check off our list, but a chance to be a part of kingdom work.

Being on the receiving side is sometimes hard!  It is hard to disregard PRIDE yelling in our ears that "we don't need help."  Don't let your pride, or embarrassment take away the blessings God wants to bestow on you!  Whether it's money, groceries, someone giving you a ride or just a simple cup of coffee, humbly and with joy, accept your blessing; and remember, if you refuse, you are also stealing a blessing from the one trying to follow after God's prompting!

So the next time God prompts someone to do a good thing for you, smile and say thank you.  If he is prompting you to move and bless someone around you...what are you waiting for? Jump in the water feels great!

We thank our friends for following the prompting of the Spirit.  We thank the Lord for quick answered prayers! The fridge is working, the hot water heater is no longer leaking, and now that we are home from vacation, we can tackle the AC and car. 
 
God is GOOD...  ALL THE TIME!  

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