1} I’ve been asked to speak at 3 different events. The intriguing part was I was asked within 2 different days all events unrelated. I am very very very humbled. It’s not about me. It’s about God — my love for Him — and the calling I think He’s placed on my heart.
6} He’s got the basics down. I’ve got to give him credit there. I think we could have gone back and forth on that one for a bit. But, here’s the deal. Elijah is three. I believe it is critical to talk with him about church, and God, and what he learned right now. Not wait till he’s older. But now. Even though it went in a loop. I want him to know that I value him and his relationship with the Lord.
7} And, by the way, Elijah learned about the Magi. I am THANKFUL for the sheets sent home with my little ones. If you teach little kids — send home info sheets. Or a coloring page. Or, if you don’t, talk with the parents. 🙂
8} My friend, Lynnette – from Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground, wrote an interesting article on parenting priorities that was influenced by an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior.” Lynnette does a beautiful job unpacking the article — worth reading — and articulating her goal as a mother. Click HERE to read and be blessed by her words of wisdom.
9} Finally, for all of you who are curious how my early rising is going — today I woke at 5:49 am. Samuel woke up, and I put him back to bed, and stayed awake. Victory! For all of you who are joining me in trying to rise earlier, how are you doing? Any tricks for me? Besides the cup of freshly brewed Caribou Coffee that is half gone sitting in front of me?
Link up with Carissa and her fabulous Miscellany Monday Meme. And read a post Carissa wrote about parenting as well. Just scroll back to her post previous to this week’s Miscellany. It’s another excellent perspective. Oh, yeah, and she’s a doing a give-away for a $50 gift card to Lisa Leonard’s jewelery. Just thought I’d throw that out there….;)
Even though I’m hoping to win.
you will make a great speaker. i know your words will bless many and bring glory to the King! i’m excited for you!
i must read lynette’s article.
elijah – oh what a precious boy. he knows about God alright! so cute. you can never underestimate kids; especially when so many seeds are already being planted in them!
i love that song. there’s such a freedom in being totally committed to the Lord.
i know you enjoyed your coffee!
thanks for mentioning the giveaway – best wishes for you : )!!!
I agree with Carissa! You will def make a great speaker! Congrats on the talking engagements! Wish I could attend them 🙂 Will be praying for you!
And to be honest…I hated it when my parents asked me what I learned in Sunday School! Haha. Our conversations went much like yours did 😡
That song is great. Thanks for sharing! Happy Monday <333
wish I could be near to hear you speak. It speaks to me when you talk about waiting on His timing. I know what He has placed before me to do yet, I haven’t heard the ok, or even a full on opportunity come my way. And, you said you waited and here you are. It’s nothing if it’s not driven by the Holy Spirit anyway right?
I would love to hear you speak! I think your story would be a true testament to God and blessing to many people! Enjoy your Monday!
I love reading what you write, so I know I would love hearing you speak. Maybe you can share it on your blog when you are done?
Congratulations. You write well, I know you will speak well. A great ministry.
How is Samuel doing?
That’s wonderful about your speaking engagements. I too wish I lived closer so that I could hear you speak. Your words bring life, healing and comfort. I love that you have a heart to see women walk in freedom! When we rest in God, waiting on His timing, it’s always perfect! I love your Elijah. He’s a smart cookie! I did read that article that Lynnette posted. It first made me feel guilty, like I didn’t have it all together, then I got sad, thinking wow, what expectations some have for their children. I am so thankful my kids love the Lord and that my focus is to see them rooted and grounded in Him! Enough rambling. Have a great day.
How fun it would be to hear you speak. I can totally relate to those chains. I find my Christianity accepting labels from well meaning friends. Then I find out the truth in scripture and the chains that *I* put on slide right off. Ohhh, the freedom felt in that moment is amazing.
Sounds exactly like my kids when I ask them about Sunday School : ) I wish I could hear you speak : )
I got up 30 minutes before my children this morning and read my bible! This is SO hard for me, even though I know that my day is far better if I do. Now if I can just do it again tomorrow… 🙂
Thank you for the challenge and encouragement in this area!
I hope to one day be able to use the speaking abilities God has given me to influence others toward God. I’d love to speak on the carwash project to youth groups, but like you said, it’s all about waiting on God. It’s said similarly in another song, “I Will Follow” by Chris Tomlin.
I’m thankful for those wonderful coloring sheets I had as a child, and thank my parents for steering my quiet curiosity with, well, everything. =P
As for waking up, I’ll join you in your quest for early risings. Although it might not be my choice for life, I’m hoping God can use my “waking up at 5:00am Monday through Friday to get to my college in the Cities” to draw me closer to Himself. We’ll see. =)
(As I was looking for Bible verses, I searched the word “early” in Bible Gateway. It’s amazing how many times God spoke to people early in the morning, another reason I’m actually excited to wake up early and seek God.)
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, [Jesus] departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
Wow! Great job on your early rising! I have to be up no later than 630 tomorrow morning.