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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: Make a Joyful Noise!

Today I’m on the seventh day of Money Saving Mom’s 14-day Make Over Your Mornings course. I feel like she’s talking to me when she asks, “Do you often wake up feeling behind—before you even get out of bed?” Then I spend the rest of the day trying to catch up. But even though I’m only a week in to the program, the small changes I’ve made have already had a huge impact!

The change that’s been the most fun comes from Day 4: Yes, You Need an Incentive. That day’s assignment includes thinking of a fun reward or motivation to make you excited about getting out of bed. I think she suggests coffee (which, for me, is less of of an incentive than an assumption), or a yummy treat (I would prefer something that doesn’t involve calories or dishes). I didn’t think of one right away.

A couple of mornings later, the song Order My Steps in Your Word came to mind, so I looked for it online. I found this GORGEOUS performance and watched it over and over again. It became the theme song for the day! That night I decided that Victory by Yolanda Adams would be the theme song for Tuesday, and I started the day listening to it in the shower. Later the kids were dancing to it. I had the pleasure of blasting today’s song, Great I Am in my car while I ran errands. The kids asked me to play the “crazy song” (’cause crazy is how we got with it) at dinner.

So my fun (and calorie-free) incentive is starting the day with a loud, jumping, and energetic praise song. (Fortunately I live with very sound sleepers :). ) It’s all up from there!

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Psalm 98:4

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Is there a better way to spend the day than praising the Lord? What should I wake up to tomorrow?

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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: Pillow Talk

I’ve shared before that it usually takes me only a few minutes—if that—to fall asleep every night. But last night I was so anxious about a situation that sleep did not come right away. After a while, I thought about how all this worrying can’t be good for my health. Then I realized that I was worrying about worrying! What a mess!!

Thank God for an idea better than counting sheep:  why not “Bible myself to sleep?” I searched my memory for any long passages of Scripture. My kids memorized a big chunk of Philippians 4 last year, and fortunately I picked up some of it, too. And so I started: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice …”

I don’t know for sure how long I lasted, but I’m pretty sure that I was asleep before verse 19.

And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:19

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Do you find yourself lying awake with worry? Or is bedtime your one-on-One time with the Lord?

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Overcoming the Tyranny of ‘To-Do’

Mom's to-do list

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We are about a month into our summer vacation, and I think I’m enjoying the break from homeschooling as much as my students are. Not that I’m exactly on a break. Most summer days, the clock seems to fill up and pass by as quickly as it did during the school year.  If it’s not school, it’s housework (and long overdue de-cluttering).  When I devote more time to work, the house falls apart. And if I’m working on the blog, forget it! Nothing else is happening. 😀

I’m certainly not complaining about my responsibilities–they come with great blessings. I’m grateful to have a family and home to care for, for the privilege of homeschooling, and for my job that allows me to contribute to my family’s support.  But some days I wish had been more productive, and long for enough energy to accomplish just one more task before crashing into bed.  How can I complete everything I need (and want) to do in 24 hours, when some of those hours have to be spent sleeping (and, I kinda like it too)?

Get organized. Ask for help. Delegate. Spend less time on Facebook and HGTV? I’m pretty sure all of those things would help.  “Do less,” is another obvious solution, but much more easily said than done.
~~I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)~~
Now, I have to caution the checklist-checker in me that bearing “much fruit” might not be a reference to my to-do list. Does God care how I manage my time? Does it matter whether my sink is (often) overflowing with dirty dishes? I believe it actually does matter.  But I’m sure that the fruit borne of abiding in Jesus—starting my day in prayer, keeping His word in my heart, seeking and listening to Him until I go to bed at night—is much more significant and eternal than the items written on my schedule.  Could the fruit be:

Patience to speak to my children with tenderness, even when they aren’t piling into the car as quickly as I’d like them to.

Peace that comes from knowing that I am responsible only for my actions and attitude, while my sovereign and loving God is responsible for outcomes.

Wisdom in determining what I will, and will not, devote my time to.

Plain ole Joy, for crying out loud!  It’s true that my sink is full of dirty dishes AS I TYPE THIS, but as a child of God I have a long list of reasons to rejoice.  Longer than any to-do list.

Thank you for stopping by,
Susan
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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: The Look of Peace

I have been wondering lately what peace looks like. What is the appearance of a person who is not afraid, in spite of difficult circumstances?  I guess it could look like lack of concern to someone who doesn’t know better. The disciples wondered whether Jesus was concerned about their fate as He slept one evening on their wave-rocked boat.  “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” they asked, probably incredulously.

Jesus seemed incredulous Himself.  “Do you still have no faith?” He asked them back, but not before telling the wind and the sea to quit all that racket.

Then the disciples were really afraid.  (I can imagine how they must have looked at each other!)

I wonder if I would have been asleep on that boat. I have proclaimed many times that I have the gift of sleep. I am usually asleep within minutes of hitting the pillow, and can fall asleep just about anywhere (including while standing on a noisy Metrobus). No cup of coffee, no matter how late in the day, can stop me. Pretty much the only time I can’t sleep is when I’m scared.

May His Word be in my heart on the next “scary” night, so I remember that the wind-rebuking storm-calming Lord of the universe is right there on the boat with me.

You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:7-8

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The Beginning

During the final days of 2013, I was praying about what my focus should be in the coming months.  It seems obvious now, but I realized that Jesus should be my focus, my goal; through Him I will find whatever I’m supposed to be doing.  He is, after all, the beginning of all things.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

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A very happy and peaceful New Year to you!

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