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ByAngie

Your Call Will Be Answered In Approximately 437 Minutes…

Sometimes it seems as though I’ve been on hold since this phone was originally in use…

Thank you for holding!

I just want to take a moment to mention how thankful I am that God does not answer our prayers in the order which they were received, but in his time.

Further more, I’m glad that my matters are all in his hands, instead of someone at a call center who gets to randomly decide what is important and what is not.

To take it one step more with that statement, I’m even more grateful that God decides what is important, what is urgent, what can wait, and what should be ignored.

What it must be like to see it all from the big picture, and know the need before it is needed… To know what seems so important to us is actually rather insignificant… To see what we view as “URGENT” and know that it can actually wait, or vice versa.

I’m so glad I’m not in charge.  And no offense, but I’m so glad you’re not in charge either!

Originally written by Angie on January 26, 2010
ByEmily

Momma Said, Momma Said

My Momma said WHAT?!

"My Momma said WHAT?!"

Sis. Judye Jackson, a very gifted teacher, spoke at church on “Family Trees” and about the legacy we leave behind. This got me thinking- my life is a direct influence on the lives of my children. Whether I realize it or not, they pay attention to everything I say or do. This sort of worries me.

See, I have a habit of looking at my very attractive husband and telling him that he is sexy. Why? Because he is and I am madly in love with him. The next thing I know, I’m driving down the road when I hear my three-year-old daughter, Naomi, say, “Mommy, Daddy’s sexy, ain’t he?” Extreme heat crept from my neck into my cheeks. Yes, I do believe my husband is sexy, but do I want my three-year-old to share that information? Umm…no!

Then there are the moments I live for- she sets an example and makes me proud. As I’m babysitting for a friend, her little girl says, “Oh my God.” I’m not on my soap box or anything, but I teach my children not to say that. Naomi looks at her friend, and in her best serious voice says, “We’re not supposed to say that.” Her friend says, “I’m trying to stop,” and they continue to play. You would have thought the forbidden phrase contained curse words.

I’ve learned that in the process of raising my kids, they notice everything. This means that they see in me the good, the bad and the ugly. When I’m mad and frustrated and I want to rip my hair out, they see. When I’m praising through the battle and giving God the glory no matter what, they see.

I wonder if my children will start conversations with my future grandchildren with the phrase, “My Mom always said…..” And I wonder– if they use that phrase, what will they say that I said?

ByKaren

Time Marches On

As our children go back to school all across the United States, the phrase that we hear countless times:

“I can’t believe he/she is old enough to be…”

 

Yes, it’s true. Believe it. My children have grown up right in front of my eyes and I ask myself:

“Where has the time gone?”

 

But the Bible tells us that ‘Life is like a vapor’. For an example: Get a spray bottle or aerosol can and spray it one time. The vapor disperses immediately. That is what our lives are like! No time at all.

Hmm... Now you have an idea for a project with all of those old cans of Aqua-Net & Rave you just can't part with, don't you?

Don’t let time pass you by without slowing down to enjoy it. Life is busy. As we rush our children to football practice, dance class, basketball, then go to PTO meetings ourselves in addition to all the church activities, and grab a bite to eat in between, take time to breath. To watch your children grow. To fit Gods’ word in to them, so that your whole family can have a measure of peace without the chaos. The perfect mother does not exist. I for one, can never measure up to the example of Proverbs 31, but it’s O.K. to strive for that sense of rightness. God wants to go right along their with us. Don’t leave Him behind or out of the equation.

And don’t blink. For tomorrow, your school age child will be grown with a family of their own.

Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.