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Tending Change

It’s spring. This spring, however, is different from springs of the past. It is a new and different spring. 

I don’t know about you, but I love the change of season. I think I love the anticipation and expectations. I remember the beauty of the prior year and expect it all over again.  In spring, I look for the dogwood to put on its whimsical white blossoms. Summer brings fireflies and long days. Autumn...oh how it leaves me breathless! (my husband would be so impressed with the pun!) The leaves alone are worth reveling in, but add Thanksgiving to it and I just can’t even explain how much I adore autumn! Winter is usually a beautiful season of warm food, lots of family time, good books and great blankets. I expect to snuggle in and enjoy the season of hibernation.

But today, as I was reading through my PowerSheets, I read something I had written in December: 

New seasons can be just as beautiful, or more beautiful, than the ones that have passed.

Today, this truth seeded itself into my heart. So I will tend it this spring.

Usually, I look forward to all the consistency and sameness each season. But some years, the season is full of unexpected differences. My son graduated high school one spring. That spring was very different. It will never be repeated, and it was beautiful. The hot summer months with both children swelling my belly was different...but oh so beautiful. It was filled with joy and it was a hard, toiling time. Being ready to give birth in July and August in Texas is hard by itself, but a few minor health complications added to the toil of childbirth! Nonetheless, it was two of the most beautiful summers I have in my memory! 

I tend to struggle with change. I usually despise and resist it. Change tends to leave me ruffled and sometimes sad to boot. Ruffled because I like routine, consistency, and knowing what to expect. Sad because I catch myself longing for the beauty I once knew and have come to expect. 

I remember vividly when my kiddos were 16 and 12 and I struggled with the change of relationships and all the growing up that was happening. The difficulty was that I was resisting the change…the independent spirits, no legos, less tree climbing. Instead of enjoying this new season, I lamented…out loud, nonetheless…about how I immensely missed 7 and 3! I missed the pigtails and snuggle-toothed smile, and the freckles; oh how I missed the freckles that were fading fast. But in doing that I was missing the beauty before me, not to mention making my children feel that 16 and 12 was not as exciting or fulfilling to me as the past! I am so thankful to God for bringing this  attitude to my attention so I didn’t miss the whole transition. How sad it would have truly been if I had wished that year away!

Today when I reread what I had jotted down, it made me think about how I’m living right now. Am I seeing the beauty in this season, even in the hard things, the unexpected things? Am I missing today because I’m looking back at and longing for yesterday?  Am I ruffled about the changes ahead, or am I facing them knowing God is on my side and in Him, all thing work to my good and are beautiful?

I'm pondering these questions in my heart and laying them at the feet of Jesus. I want to be present and expecting now. I want to drink in the beauty of this season. How are you doing this spring? Is it as expected and you’re able to love the beauty in the flowerbeds and your life, or is change disheartening you and making you wish this season away? 

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Your Mission: Motherhood & A Giveaway

Mission of Motherhood

The pages are warn and marked with underlines, smiley faces, brackets and stars. Notes written as reminders float in the margins. Half of the pages bear the water, well coffee marked wrinkles from mornings gathered around breakfast with other women pouring over scripture and the guidance of a Godly woman, Sally Clarkson.

This book is for moms-to-be, moms with children still at home…and even empty-nester moms.

Mission of Motherhood is not just another book to read about what to expect during child-rearing years. Sally Clarkson has incorporated Biblical questions and application ideas at the end of each chapter that will encourage you in your walk with the Lord as a mother and a woman. The scriptures are the backbone of why Clay and Sally parent the way they do and the Truth that compels Sally to share what she has learned from the Lord over the years. Her love for the Lord is authentic and true.

Here's a little about the book from the Publisher:

The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson: A Fresh Vision for Motherhood

-Do you long for your home to be life-giving and peaceful? -Is it your desire to pass on a legacy of righteousness to your children? -Do you struggle to balance the duties of motherhood with a loving relationship with your children? -Would you like creative ideas for keeping your child’s heart open to you and to the Lord?

No calling is greater, nobler, or more fulfilling than that motherhood. Every day, as we nurture our children, mothers influence eternal destiny as no one else can. Tragically, today’s culture minimizes the vital importance of a mother’s role. By catching a vision of God’s original design and allowing it to shape your life, you can rediscover the joy and fulfillment to be found in the strategic role to which God in all his wisdom has called you, for a purpose far greater than you can ever imagine.

Discover how understanding God’s purpose and design can empower you to be the mother you long to be.

I recommended this book to all mom in ALL stages of motherhood, and I truly believe that. I have lead this book/Bible study in my home many years and I see the value it has for all motherhood. If you don’t have children yet, it will prepare your heart and mind for the sweet years to come. If you DO have sweet ones, young or old, Mission of Motherhood will reignite your passion for mothering and give you Biblical hope and sustenance to stand when you feel week or lost. For the empty-nesters…You are a key generation!  You have the mighty calling on your lives to be the Titus 2 women and help the young moms in their journey…as you have already tread the miles. Mission of Motherhood is a GREAT book to use as you lead young mothers in a Bible study.

If you have read Mission of Motherhood, I would love to hear from you. I would also love to encourage you to start a little Bible study with other mothers you know! If this is your first time to hear about Mission of Motherhood…go ahead and grab a copy! You won’t regret it! You can purchase The Mission of Motherhood here or at Amazon.

AND NOW…for the giveaway!  Enter below for a chance to win a copy of Mission of Motherhood!

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Impact

Last year, I began a journey with both my children...developing our World View.  Well, actually, it is identifying our perspective and lining it up with what we believe is the truth in scripture.  It has been a WONDERFUL journey! With my daughter, we began to study China.  We are using Cornerstone Curriculum's A Heart 4 You: China.  There are a lot of great books, videos, pictures and web links included in the study.  We are really enjoying getting to "know" the Chinese people better.

Intentional Pursuit

As we began studying, one of the families that attends our church brought a speaker in from The Voice of the Martyrs.  They had an opportunity that we could not pass up...$6 put a hand delivered Bible into the hands of Chinese people who had previously requested one.  In return we got their name so we could pray, by name, for the one who receive the Bible.

Hallie was so excited and donated her own money to the cause. (Just a note...my son was more than eager and donated as well...his heart is soft...but for this post I'm focusing on Hallie.)

As we continue to study the lives of the Chinese, their values and beliefs, Hallie has not forgotten the people who received the Bibles.  As we were preparing for our home school group's recognition ceremony, she wrote up a quick little note about China and added a collection can to her display.  As people stopped by her table, she shared with them that she was collecting to send more Bible's to China. This was ALL her doing!  I didn't know she was doing that until it was already done!

She collected $50.

Last night, after church, one of the families spoke with her on the side and handed her an envelope to add to the Bible money. It was a collection from some of those they minister to and with...$385!

Hallie is so THRILLED...

But this is what she was thrills her:

"If one Bible can reach hundreds of people by changing the lives of the ones who receive it...just think how many lives are going to be changed with this many Bibles!  It will be thousands...NO millions!"

Her heart is full.

Her eyes twinkle.

She is walking in obedience to a soft still voice that guided her to write a small note and put out a can.

She is making an impact...She is almost 9!

I am humbled to see the fruit of prayer for our children. To see the softness and willingness of their hearts to serve.   I am also convicted.

What are you doing to make an impact for Christ?  I am asking myself the same question.

Peace and Grace to you this glorious Tuesday! I pray we will be moldable before the Lord and obedient hands and feet for His calling.

Katie

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Life is Changing

For one...we are celebrating the beauties of childhood.  the carefree tears that are fraught with adventure, dreams and laughter. A carefree preparation ground for the tears to come.  A preparation ground that is without the burden of true responsibilities.

For the other...we are turning a corner, putting away the things of childhood and stepping one more inch into adulthood.  Training and teaching are becoming the foundation instead of the building blocks being added one by one. The foundation is laid. The Legos rarely appear and conversations are about meaningful life observations. The light of ideas and convictions are flickering in His eyes.

What a place to be. It's exciting. It's scary. It's draining and fun. It takes so much more intentionality to train and live in both realms.

I am thankful for the God I serve!  He gave me a manual (the Bible) and the Spirit to lead and direct me. He will never leave me nor forsake me. His burden is light. He has given me everything I need for Life & Godliness...All promises from His Word...All TRUTHS in which I cling.

Thankfully, Joyously following Christ in obedience along life's journey...

Katie

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