Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Gospel applied

Harsh words will be spoken, patience will wear thin. Frazzled mothers will act frazzled. And when this happens, our own sinfulness does not detract from the power of the gospel; it illustrates why we need it. Do not use your own mistakes as an excuse to wallow about what a bad mother you are. Repent, seek forgiveness, get it right, and move on. Believe. Be forgiven. Extend that forgiveness, that belief, that joy, to your children.

As you go about your daily transformations, set your heart on the truth. Mimic the gospel in what you do. Bring peace, bring order, bring joy, bring laughter. Bring it because it was brought to you. Give, because it was given to you. The gospel is not too big to fit into little situations. It is too big not to.

--Rachel Jankovic,

Gosh, it's like this girl speaks straight to my heart. She sure knows how to convict and inspire me. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

My moodiness

  •  Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you (Psalm 42:5–6).

    My soul continually remembers [my affliction and my wanderings] and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him” (Lamentations 3:2).

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A small offering

Think about the feeding of the five thousand when the disciples went out and rounded up the food that was available. It wasn’t much. Some loaves. Some fish. Think of some woman pulling her fish out and handing it to one of the disciples. That had to have felt like a small offering. But the important thing about those loaves and those fishes was not how big they were when they were given, it was about whose hands they were given into. In the hands of the Lord, that offering was sufficient. It was more than sufficient. There were leftovers. Given in faith, even a small offering becomes great.

--Rachel Jankovic, Motherhood as a Mission Field, from

Monday, August 8, 2016

22 Months

Throwing objects (specifically at your brother) is still a giant problem you have. 
Seem to be a little bit delayed with your speech compared to your brother at this age and other kids we know. But you have more words this month than you did last month, so that's progress! 
My favorite words are granola, airplane, and yea. You don't say no though! 
Really enjoyed your time spent with cousins and Jack really took special interest in you. 
Got your own puddle jumper and you can swim with the big kids now! 
You're a fish and LOVE the water! 
Know how to whine to get attention or what you want or to get your brother in trouble. 
Loved watching fireworks and don't mind staying up late for them. 
You're very polite and say thank you and bless you without prompting but struggle with please. 
And your sharing capability is quite improved!!