Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A New Year






It is usually about this time of the year when the new pattern is finally established.

The training days for soccer are set, the dance class times are chosen, and the music lesson is booked.

I always like to have the weekly plan sorted for the new year.

Then I can work out the chores schedule for the week, and which little one would be helping 'cook' dinner on which night.

Having a plan is a helpful guide.

Having a flexible structure for the week is a helpful platform for ensuring all the bits and pieces of the week are fitted in and ensures that life is balanced.

Now, with young adult children, it is interesting to see how they choose to structure their week. Some have a little more planning than others!

Enjoy the year.

Enjoy the little moments.

Enjoy the milestones.

Have fun!


Monday, January 4, 2016

Isaiah 45:3




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And I will give you
the treasures of darkness,
and hidden riches
of secrets places,
that you may know
The Lord your God.

Isaiah 45:3

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

LEGACY



 


 

 

The greatest legacy

one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren

is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life,

but rather

a legacy of character and faith.


 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Time Matters

I so clearly remember the non-stop nature of a day with a toddler.


Never-ending movement.


Constant talking.


One mess after the other to attend to.


The daily cycle of meals, washing and cleaning.


With the constant training, correcting and encouraging on top.


Yet, also committed to enjoying those precious moments each day that created treasures of the heart that I cherish today.


I was most intentional in my day.


I wanted a structure that would promote self-control and the teaching of internal virtues such as kindness, obedience and helpfulness, and a hundred more.


Time was precious.


Valuable.


Important.


I wondered if that season of intensity would ever end.


It did,


Now, I have three children who have finished school.


They are out and about with their studies, part time jobs, church activities and friends.


As they should be. It is an exciting time of transition for them.


It is a time of quietness for me.


I still teach four days a week, grade counselling papers every two weeks, speak about toddlers once a month, play tennis three times a week and run and play basketball weekly too. I am studying to complete my Masters of Biblical Counselling and am privileged to disciple a young lady. I attend my own church every Sunday morning and another one every second Sunday night. I enjoy reading, doing cryptic puzzles and playing my keyboard (very slowly) each evening. I am contemplating taking an art class next term. (Just for fun - my school students would ask me to draw just so they could laugh at my attempts!) I aim to do one fun thing with a friend or group of friends each weekend.


Yet I still have many hours on my own.


It is okay.


I am enjoying the solitude and the prayer time.


Time is still precious.


I want to use it wisely and for good.


So, young mum, take heart. Seasons do come to an end.


Each season has challenges and beautiful moments.


Embrace them all.


Enjoy today.











Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Interruptions


Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes in Life Together,
We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.
 God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions.
We may pass them by, preoccupied with our more important tasks. . . . It is a strange fact that Christians and even ministers frequently consider their work so important and urgent that they will allow nothing to disturb them.
They think they are doing God a service in this, but actually they are disdaining God’s “crooked yet straight path.”


I love this quote.

As mums, especially mums of little ones, our day seems FULL of interruptions.

We start a task several times, attend to numerous requests, and finally complete the task, if we remember what it was we were doing in the first place!

Or we set our child up for free play or room time or outside play, and then they call for our attention, and we feel frustrated that 'our' time has been eaten into.

Or, most frustrating of all, they come out again and again after we have put them to bed for the night and we fume - we have worked hard all day and now deserve some rest time.

Having our eyes set on eternity, changes all of this.

The constant requests are opportunities to teach into the lives of our children.

The calls for attention can be opportunities to create moments to treasure.

The night time issues can be an opportunity to evaluate the day and see where the boundaries are too loose so we can adjust and teach self-control into the heart of our children.

 This is a most precious gift to give our children for ALL of their life.

Yes, our day is full of interruptions. However if we plan for them, then we can be prepared. My day never went as planned, a good day was 80 - 90 % on track. Many days were much less.

Our day is full of opportunities.



Monday, October 26, 2015

The Moment

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Open your eyes today.


In the midst of your fatigue, frustration and fog.


Look for that one special time in the day that is a memory maker.


Hug your precious wee one.


Run your finger over their soft cheek.


Enjoy the news they are sharing.


Breathe in the scent of your day.


Hold on to the moment.















Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Profound Character

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"But a shallow life lives on its
impulses,
impressions,
intuitions,
instincts
and largely on its circumstances.

Those with profound character, however,
look beyond all these,
and move steadily ahead,
seeing the future,
where sorrow, seeming defeat
and failure will be reversed."

from 09/09 STREAMS IN THE DESERT devotion book.

This thought really stood out for me this last week.
I work with teens who live each day based on the feelings and desires of the moment.
It leads to chaos and pain.

I work with other teens who are beacons of integrity and conviction.
They stand firm for truth against the tide and their peers.
It leads to light and life.

Helping our children see the big picture,
to look to the unseen things that last for eternity is a challenge.
It is a daily choice to focus on the things of God rather than the things of the world.

May you walk faithfully with eyes firmly on eternity.