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Last week was a challenging week.
Yesterday was a challenging day.
And this Tuesday morning, I found myself fearful of another challenging week.
Julia was miserably sick all of last week, and just as she’s getting over it, I’m getting it.  Oh, and I just discovered she’s getting all 4 incisors to boot. 🙂

I have a cranky toddler.  The temptation is to then be a cranky mama.
I don’t want to be that for her.
I want to love her with patience and kindness,
to remember that she has been alive in this world a mere 18 months.
I want her to grow up knowing her boundaries,
but also knowing that her mama’s arms are always open to her.
As you can imagine, I need a lot of help with this.

I’m grateful to say that yesterday I felt a lot of grace to be patient with her. 
I went to bed feeling both victorious and exhausted.
And yet when I woke this morning, there was fear instead of faith.
Fear that yesterday’s grace was gone and nothing was left for today.
So, in case any of you are in a similar boat, here are some verses and book quotes that have really helped fill me with faith for cranky toddlers today 🙂

Lamentations 3:22-23
”The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”


Rachel Jankovic (“Loving the Little Years”):
”Christian childrearing is a pastoral pursuit, not an organizational challenge…
…So, while your children are little, cultivate an attitude of sacrifice.
Sacrifice your peace for their fun,
your clean kitchen floor for their help cracking eggs,
your quiet moment for their long retelling of a dream that a friend of theirs allegedly had.
Prioritize your children far and away above the other work you need to get done.
They are the only part of your work that really matters.”


“You have to open your heart to the tumble.
As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first.”


“It is no abstract thing –
the state of your heart is the state of your home.”


Proverbs 11:25
”Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.”


I’m holding onto that last verse quite dearly this morning.
Praying for all you mamas out there that need that encouragement too.
Happy Tuesday. 🙂


“…God, even our own God, shall bless us.”
~ Psalm 67:6b

SONY DSC I read Spurgeon’s take on this verse in Morning & Evening today.
It was perfect timing for what God has been teaching me lately.
I couldn’t pull just a few quotes – it was all so good.

It is strange how little use we make of the spiritual blessings which God gives us, but it is stranger still how little use we make of God Himself. Though He is ‘our own God,’ we apply ourselves but little to Him, and ask but little of Him. How seldom do we ask counsel at the hands of the Lord! How often do we go about our business, without seeking His guidance!

In our troubles how constantly do we strive to bear our burdens ourselves, instead of casting them upon the Lord, that He may sustain us! This is not because we may not, for the Lord seems to say, ‘I am thine, soul, come and make use of me as thou wilt; thou mayst freely come to my store, and the oftener the more welcome.’ It is our own fault if we make not free with the riches of our God.

Then, since thou hast such a friend, and He invites thee, draw from Him daily. Never want whilst thou hast a God to go to; never fear or faint whilst thou hast God to help thee; go to thy treasure and take whatever thou needest-there is all that thou canst want. Learn the divine skill of making God all things to thee.

He can supply thee with all, or, better still, He can be to thee instead of all. Let me urge thee, then, to make use of thy God. Make use of Him in prayer. Go to Him often, because He is thy God. O, wilt thou fail to use so great a privilege? Fly to Him, tell Him all thy wants. Use Him constantly by faith at all times. If some dark providence has beclouded thee, use thy God as a ‘sun;’ if some strong enemy has beset thee, find in Jehovah a ‘shield,’ for He is a sun and shield to His people.

If thou hast lost thy way in the mazes of life, use Him as a ‘guide,’ for He will direct thee. Whatever thou art, and wherever thou art, remember God is just what thou wantest, and just where thou wantest, and that He can do all thou wantest.”


Right after this I read Psalm 96:5 – “For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord  made the heavens.”

Idols are not only golden statues of the Old Testament.
Idols are the things I daily elevate above God, yes – “even our own God.”
Idols are the things I run to instead of the God of the universe who has made Himself all things to me. 
Idols are the things I want more than the God who can actually grant those things.
And idols never present themselves to me as “worthless.”
They are always the things that capture my passions and my affections and then use them to bulldoze everything in their path.
They always present themselves as worthy above all else, yes – even God.
And they always fail.  They can do nothing else.
How grateful I am that God is enough! 
God is all things to those that seek Him!
It is my prayer today that Jesus would become all and all to me.  That He would teach me the “divine skill of making God all things to thee.” 
I want to be caught up in the only thing that truly is worthy, and leave these worthless things behind.


I can see a blanket of gold against a gray sky.

Perfect for:
meal planning
week planning
lesson planning
naps that are not going as planned…

Truths that are encouraging me today:

“Knowest thou not that day follows night,
that flood comes after ebb,
that spring and summer succeed to winter?
Hope thou then!
Hope thou ever!
for God fails thee not.”
~ C.H. Spurgeon

But Faith listens neither to Presumption,
nor to Despair,
nor to Cowardice,
nor to Precipitancy,
but it hears God say, ‘Stand still’,
and immovable as a rock it stands.”
~C.H. Spurgeon

“Every word of God proves true;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”
~Proverbs 30:5

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