Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Everyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy.
Wherefore we Thine unworthy servants offer praise to Thee our Savior,
for Thou hast given all things to us, even our very lives.
Thou hast poured blessings upon us though we are ungrateful and disobedient.
Showing mercy rather than righteous vengeance;
Thou didst even give Thyself as a sacrifice to save us.
Accept our hymns as a thanks offering,
and through them enable us with our whole heart
to eternally praise Thee the Creator, Benefactor and Savior of our souls. 

From nothing Thou hast created all
Nothing exists without Thee.
Despite our fallen nature Thou hast given us every blessing;
life, family, gifts, and the abundance of the earth.
O Father and Creator of All, how can we repay Thee,
All we can do is offer ourselves in Thanksgiving.
Crying from the depths of our souls,
We give thanks to Thee our only God We call on Thy Name and recount Thy wondrous deeds. 

The time of the Harvest is here,
Let us offer to the owner of the field as first-fruits our hymns of praise.
For the abundant blessings He has given us.
Let us not be ungrateful to our Benefactor, O brethren,
But let us cry to the Lord of the Harvest
O Source of all goodness, glory to Thee. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

How to get it all done and still be sane.

I've been asked this question so many times I can't even keep track!

"How do you get it all done?"
Or, better yet, this one.
"I don't know how you do it all!?"

I'm gonna reveal a little secret to you all...

I don't!!
There is no way I could possible do ALL the work in my home. 
For starters I have a very, very, very gracious husband. His expectations of me are very low, not because I'm lazy and watch daytime tv while eating bonbons all day every day, but because I have ALOT of responsibilities. I am a wife to him, a mother and teacher to our children, and a homemaker. 
I'll be honest to you that maybe four days out of the seven days in a week I  just want to quit. I want to say that I run straight to my prayer corner and weep tears of anguish and pray to Jesus. But most often I forget. (Shame on me). Because I'm so caught up in me. Wanting to walk around my house barefooted and not be afraid to step on an already smooshed grape. Wanting to have me time, wanting 5 minutes of no one singing 5 random songs at the same time. Wanting the kids to obey perfectly. Wanting to have a clean kitchen. These are my wants. None of them are my needs. My needs are to rely on Jesus to provide me the energy and peace that I need that day. Everything that comes my way He will teach me how to treat the situation. He will teach me how to act firmly with wisdom so that I do not embitter or embarrass anyone of my children or my husband. He will and does give me the strength to bear the fatigue of the day. And the most important thing He can teach me is to pray and seek Him.
This, my dear reader, is how to"get it all done", this is "how to do it all".

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong (ESV)