You’re off to great places, today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way! ~Theodor Seuss Geisl – Dr. Seuss
Our youngest encouraged his older brother through a very hard, long, season, of climbing mountains. Isaac is a Pediatric Stroke Survivor. It came natural for Maximus to encourage.
Then one day, (not really that easy at all, but yeah… one day) Isaac reached new heights, hit a plateau. In comes the perfect timing, a new season for little brother- yes he is in need. Isaac able to encourage his little brother in the mountains he needs to climb.
These two have been blessed to walk by each other’s side, living, learning, growing, encouraging. Building each other up. It blesses me to see these two truly learn beautiful relationship with one another. My hubby and I teared up the other day, as we played this song. A song we have dedicated to our boys. Brothers. It is them.
Everybody needs someone beside em’ shining like a lighthouse from the sea
Brother, let me be your shelter
Never leave you all alone
I can be the one you call
When you’re low
Brother, let me be your fortress
When the night winds are driving on
Be the one to light the way
Bring you home
I know that in my weakness I am strong, but
It’s your love that brings me home
And when you call and need me near
Sayin’ where’d you go?
Brother, I’m right here
And on those days when the sky begins to fall
You’re the blood of my blood
We can get through it all…
We left the house today to run to our favorite home school book store. Yay… moving up another notch in math! And yes, even this, they do together. Lesson by lesson, with mom inbetween, back and forth we go. One son, then I help the other. And where one son is strong in one area, he offers help to his brother, and vice versa, onward we go.
We stopped by a new favorite wildlife park to take a walk on the way home. Nothing better than fresh air, big white fluffy clouds, bursting forth through blue skies and touches of glimmering sun in November. And then to read these words:
You’re off to great places, today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way! ~Theodor Seuss Geisl – Dr. Seuss
And as we were alone on our journey it came to me the perfect opportunity for big brother to help little brother. In a more real life situation, Isaac was able to surprise “attack” his brother from behind to give Maximus opportunity to exercise those self-defense moves he’s been working so hard on in his Karate class. This is not easy for Maximus. It has been hard. We know he will overcome. He will get to his goal. Realizing the depth of his sensory processing, this happens to be an area very hard. Today so blessed again for Isaac to joyfully, lovingly offer his knowledge to his brother and encourage him. The two of them working together.
Really it’s a team effort. Dad, mom, Isaac, and Maximus. We are a team…. I thought as we walked on. Dad working ever so hard while we were here doing what we have done for so many years. So in this moment, I asked the boys to lift their hands in a “high five” and praise to God, as we press on as a team helping one another to achieve our goals for the glory of God.
It’s a beautiful life. I stand in awe of a Holy God who would assign such a privileged life to us. To walk and talk, and love, and learn and grow together in ways I would have never imagined.
I am thankful for another Thanksgiving to be with my sweet family. An amazing husband who stood by my side, to help prepare our traditional foods as well as some new items on the menu.
Mother-in-law joined us. It was a lovely time. At the beginning of our feast, we paused to reflect on the Savior and His body and Blood spilled out for us on the cross. As we broke the bread, and drank our sparkling grape cider.
Isaac, Maximus, and husband, all pitched in to make this day yummy, joyful and special.
Maximus had approached me a few days ago with Col. 1:1-14 on his heart. He wanted to read this scripture specially for grandma. And he did. It was beautiful. And my heart was touched deeply. For I have no greater joy than to see my children walk in the truth. My son, reading the Holy Scriptures. Embracing God’s gift of the Word.
I am grateful for my family. The family I prayed for – for many years. And continue to pray over and thank God every day for creating this family, and in His faithfulness growing us in His grace and knowledge.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters[a] in Christ:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people—5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant,[c] who is a faithful minister of Christ on our[d] behalf,8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[e]10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Desperately in need of a Savior. These are the men and women on the pages of scriptures, God called out to go to battle, to speak, to be brave, to leave behind and move forward, to walk through the wilderness of difficult days, pressing onward.
And this is who we are in this household. Sinners, saved by Jesus. Saved by a MERCIFUL God, Who calls me to leave behind the ideas of the world, my flesh that wars against the Spirit. Leave behind the fears, habits, desires, attitudes, actions,
“”Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matt. 16:24.
His Spirit in us. Each day He awakens us again. His MERCIES are new every morning, great is His faithfulness. (Lam. 3:23). One more day to press on, leaving another element of flesh behind, being strengthened with His power and might.
Confident in this very thing, that He Who has begun a good work in us (the work of the cross and salvation) will be faithful to complete it!
We have struggled here. We wrestle. Flesh and Spirit war. The enemy wars against us. Whether it be a physical, emotional, spiritual struggle, it is JESUS who overcomes according to His great plan and specific purpose for each one of us. He knowing every single day of our existence before it ever was to be, knowing our struggles, and knowing our pain like no one else ever could. (Ps. 139) and having a love and mercy greater than any other would ever have for us. His mercy and love inspires us to press on in being sanctified until that great day.
So I must not look around. I must look into the holy (perfect) pages of scriptures to find that I am worthy right where I am at. I have been given the portion he has allotted to me, as well as each of the individuals in this family. As in Matthew 25, the master gave portions to his servants. Each a different allotment. As our Master gives to each of his servants an allotment different and specific to His purposes and will for that individual. Each ability to be used with a heart attitude to please the Master. In the story, one was given 2 and another was given 5. They went to work to please the master with what they had been given. Each investing and now one having 4 and the other 10. Is the one with more ahead of the other? No. God looks on both and sees His purposes and plans that are beyond our understanding. His work being accomplished. He looks at both and is PLEASED. Pleased with hearts yearning to please the Master. Well done, good and faithful servant. The last servant, sadly, took the 1 he was given, and did nothing. Hid what was given and did not invest. He would not enter into the joy of the Lord.
We walk by faith in a GIGANTIC GOD, not by sight. God. With a mind, will and way that is beyond comprehension. And we walk knowing, this God Whose LOVE is equally GIGANTIC, and “is for us”, and this too beyond comprehension.
Where do I keep looking? At others and what they have? Comparing more and less on a scale. No. God is so much higher than my own personal pride (die…pride). Comparing ourselves to the pages of scripture and the heart and mind of God is where I should look. As well as seeing the real people in this life, presented on the pages of scripture, pressed on through difficult times, God’s faithfulness, and with His ability given to each one.
God is pleased with a heart taking what we have been given and investing it into things that matter for the kingdom.
This is not our home. All that we live moment by moment is preparing us and making us ready for the KING! A KING Who is coming for His bride (the church).
Whether I am washing dishes, cooking, cleaning, writing, helping a friend, teaching my sons, fixing my hair special for my husband, choosing what I will do in a day from small and big decisions….In everyday living minute by minute we are called to “grow” in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior and to do all for Him.
Whether it be riding bikes as a family and recognizing God’s gift in this moment (not taking it for granted), listening to the emotions of a child for the zillion and one time that day, Karate for our boys and straining to improve as they rely on God’s power… He calls us to do everything to the Praise and Honor of Him. 1 Cor. 10:31. Being thankful right where we are at because we know the truth He is in this with us. Investing with a heart to please Him. Investing when we are weary, and can barely move as we cry out on behalf of our children, our home and make that faithful prayer of a righteous man, which promises to avail much.
We are not called to compartmentalized our lives. But to be about Jesus in all that we do. Separating we are indeed call to do. We are called to separate from the ways of the world that is passing away. Including mindsets of the world.
The chief end of man? Glorify God and enjoy HIM, HIM, HIM forever!
I am THANKFUL TODAY for GOD’s MERCY! His mercies are new every morning. In a world that seems less than merciful. We can count on JESUS the One Who Saved us, who has DEEP empathy for whatever we are going through in this life – He is the MERCIFUL AND FAITHFUL ONE to KNOW and understand.
I think of the Son of God, CRYING OUT, yes crying!!! Crying!!!! The STRONG ONE from heaven crying out as He hung on the cross. Enduring, persevering. He said “IT IS FINISHED”. I never have to walk alone, I never have to walk in fear, I never have to walk in shame, I never have to feel desperate for empathy for our circumstances. And when the flesh still left in me still clings to these things and more… I praise Him for the SPIRIT so strong to draw me to die to that flesh and remember “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a disciplined mind”. 2 Tim. 1:7
The real life is on the pages of scripture. We are sinners. Desperately in need of the Savior. And with His power within, we can go where He says go, and hold onto His words. “IT IS FINISHED”. He has done it for me!!!
THROUGH IT ALL… HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER TO HIS CHILDREN!!!
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 2 Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. 3 Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever:
4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His mercy endures forever; 5 To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, For His mercy endures forever; 6 To Him who laid out the earth above the waters, For His mercy endures forever; 7 To Him who made great lights, For His mercy endures forever— 8 The sun to rule by day, For His mercy endures forever; 9 The moon and stars to rule by night, For His mercy endures forever.
10 To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn, For His mercy endures forever; 11 And brought out Israel from among them, For His mercy endures forever; 12 With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, For His mercy endures forever; 13 To Him who divided the Red Sea in two, For His mercy endures forever; 14 And made Israel pass through the midst of it,
For His mercy endures forever; 15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, For His mercy endures forever; 16 To Him who led His people through the wilderness, For His mercy endures forever; 17 To Him who struck down great kings, For His mercy endures forever; 18 And slew famous kings, For His mercy endures forever— 19 Sihon king of the Amorites, For His mercy endures forever; 20 And Og king of Bashan, For His mercy endures forever— 21 And gave their land as a heritage, For His mercy endures forever; 22 A heritage to Israel His servant, For His mercy endures forever.
23 Who remembered us in our lowly state, For His mercy endures forever; 24 And rescued us from our enemies, For His mercy endures forever; 25 Who gives food to all flesh, For His mercy endures forever.
26 Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever.
We are called to be imitators of Christ and walk in love… “And above all things have fervent love for one another..” 1 Peter 4:8, we are able to offer MERCY when we remember the MERCY He has lavished on us. I must grow in the grace of Jesus… more and more in order to truly offer this MERCY. JESUS is the ULTIMATE PROVIDER of our needs. How precious when we can too, be as the body of Christ He has called us to be, and offer mercy one to another. “He is not finished with me yet”.
A beautiful sermon I heard the other day. Thanksgiving in the Midst of Adversity.
As a Follower of Jesus Christ, we can know:
You are not alone. He is with you.
He loves you.
You have eternal security
He walks with you
He will bring you through this
He will turn it into something profitable for your life
Be thankful in all circumstances-Rejoice. Thankful He works all things together for good for those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purposes. A merry heart is good like a medicine. While merry heart is an inward attitude of a mind set on the promises of God, His love, and more… We can be going through difficult days, and have all these things be apart of our journey. Not as the world would call merry, or rejoicing. Man looks at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart. The heart of the matter is, a child of God, who never stops believing in the Savior who has saved for all eternity. Amen.
MAY I NEVER LOSE THE WONDER OF HIS GREAT MERCY!!!!
God created us for relationship. With Him. With one another. There is a lot of broken relationships in this world. With man separated from a life with God. Person to person. It is a challenge in this world today to have meaningful, purposeful relationships. Such a disconnect with busyness to wrong priorities, to so many varying factors.
Home schooling gives us the opportunity to point to Jesus all day long. As well as grow together with one another. I even love how God will allow us to connect education through His Word, through cooking, through academics of all kinds, a zillion different directions He can take us on to connect life as we are relating with one another.
Today, we based our schooling around the Trinity and this verse:
To God’s elect….who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. 1 Peter 1:2
We found a wonderful recipe for pretzels. The boys wrote out the full recipe in their notebooks and at the bottom included 1 Peter 1:2. We named our recipe TRINITY PRETZELS. Because we would braid them together 3 making 1!
The next page of their notebook they placed vocabulary words. We discussed words they didn’t know the meaning of in their recipe as well as this scripture. Words like “elect”, “foreknowledge”, “coarse” (salt) opposed to “fine”, etc… We placed the two varying kinds of salt side by side to feel the difference. As well as Isaac touched his coarse hair and then our dog became apart of our education as we ran fingers through Harry’s fine hair. Relationship! Relating to life. Connecting.
After finishing their writing assignments, the boys began to make the recipe. Getting another opportunity to perfect those braiding skills. (I think they have it down now). And yes, corny mom, singing, as they twisted their “Trinity Pretzels” – Praise the Father, Praise the Son, and Praise the Spirit, three in One… Ohhh praise HIM!
Out of the oven they popped. We needed to keep them warm until daddy arrived home.
Maximus helped me whip up some fresh made grape juice. On a total side note (which happens here sometimes) as I pulled out the grapes, I had to pause for a moment for a random lesson of John 15. “I am the vine you are the branches, apart from Me you can do nothing”…..
Back to making that juice!
Because when daddy arrived home, it was time for communion. Trinity Pretzels and home made grape juice.
For many years the core of our education together was shaping character, the hearts of our boys… “do not grow weary in doing good, you will reap a harvest, if you will not lose heart” Gal. 6:9, is what I held onto, along with every other scripture there to keep me going.
Seasons come and go. I marvel how God would give us this life. Every single person in this family desperately needed connection. More connection, relationship with God. More connection, relationship with one another. The days that others told me to quit because I was so exhausted, were the very days God was using to drive me to not quit, but run…run…run…. into His arms, with the voice of His every Word, towards the cross, towards our reward – eternity forever with Jesus our Lord.
So once again, I praise Him. Father, Son, Holy Spirit – GOD ALMIGHTY has brought deeper, richer, miraculous relationship through living this life He has called us to. Living and learning together. “I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength” Phil. 4:13.
Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly more than we could ever imagine be the glory!!!!
1 Package yeast
3/4 Cup warm water
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 Cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 Degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and oil lightly.
Sprinkle the yeast onto the warm water. Add the sugar and stir. Let stand until mixture foams.
Put the flour and salt into the bowl. And stir.
Sprinkle the flour on board and knead the dough until it is smooth.
Roll pieces of dough into ropes. Twist in a braid.
Lay pretzels on cookie sheet.
Beat an egg with a fork. And brush over the pretzels. Sprinkle with the coarse salt.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
And as I continue to run into His arms and listen to His every word, and continue to not grow weary in doing good… believing in the harvest to come…. I pray you too, will be encouraged to not quit, but know these very days are the days to run, run, run, the race set before, looking to Jesus the Finisher and author of faith, Who endured so much for you and I, so that we would have this life, as we abide in Him and see the victory… apart from Him we can do nothing. Abide in Him, we are promised life -today, tomorrow and all eternity.
We walk and talk our children through the realities of this life. All of it. Including the darkness growing more and more. Scripture at every turn. Taking them to Jesus. The Light.
Oh how I desire for God’s Divine direction, guidance, leading, in order to experience Him to bringing us successfully to the destination He has for us… we know that destination ultimately is the Kingdom forever with our Lord and Savior.
Earlier this week, the Lord called me to focus not on the “dark” world, but to rather focus on the truth that HE has called me out of this “darkness” and pointed me to focus on the LIGHT.
We went here to this mountain with journals. I did NOT expect how God would do the miracles He did through this leading. On the spot it came to me: “boys, let’s write down all the nouns we see! And adjectives, let’s describe this beauty around us from the Lord.”
Maximus exclaimed wonderful words to my heart for the appreciation he had for me teaching and he learning this way. “mom you are the greatest teacher I have ever seen!!”
Another level of AWE AND WONDER….!!!! The next day, together we began to write a story of our journey. My Isaac whose speech has INDEED grown through some great challenges, yet still experiences challenge, says. “why can’t I just call it a leaf?” Being in a new place of maturity and comprehension to honestly ask this question.
The struggle to add “extra” language means extra hard work for him. “my son!!! Great question. You see God created words, sentences, adjectives!!! Let’s look in in HIS HOLY WORD AND SEE! They then wrote an abundance of scripture sentences – GOD USING WORDS TO DESCRIBE! “you see boys’, for example: God told Moses he was standing on HOLY GROUND. What if God had just said you are standing on “ground”. Is there as much impact, meaning, purpose in that?”
Isaac SAW the LIGHT!!!! He saw the GREAT PURPOSE OF EXERCISING HIMSELF FURTHER in this HARD AREA of HIS LIFE. Where there is a good reason, a good purpose, there is motivation to push on. And GOD’s WORD is all the MOTIVATION he needs to settle it for him.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
Send me your light and your faithful care,
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell. Psalm 43:3