Monday’s Musings #178

So, what have you to share this week my friends? I’m so glad you’re here.

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Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #177 & The Indissoluble Relationship

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When I married my Love, we married for life. We are going on 24 years and it was never a thought we would ever not be married. However, marriage is work. Good, hard and love-filled work. Every investment to love unconditionally and wholeheartedly, to forgive willingly, to protect and hold close intentionally, to serve cheerfully, and to cherish and adore each and every day is worth it. It reiterates Song of Solomon 2:16, ” My beloved is mine, and I am his.

Concerning marriage, this verse should motivate each of us to love our spouse intentionally and with JOY. They are God’s gift to us. This verse reflects the bride’s view of her relationship with her bridegroom. She belongs to him and he belongs to her. Not just today but for all the days to follow. They are one and adhere to a mutual bond of affection and love for one another. There is certainty that their relationship will be lastingindissoluble! They will only have eyes for each other.

It’s not about finding the perfect person but the person who compliments you. It’s seeking the one who is your counterpart, equally yoked, and completes you. Their heart is for you alone, desiring to spend their life with you and none other. “I am my beloved’s and his desire is for me.” (Song of Solomon 7:10) 

Concerning faith, this verse reminds us that upon receiving Jesus, we belong to him forevermore. We are His and no one or nothing can separate us. There is security and comfort in knowing we are Christ’s beloved. It is a communion with Him—not only a covenant of His love—but an ample and deep relationship. All He has promised in the gospel, all he has prepared in Heaven, is ours! It is an indissoluble relationship—unable to be destroyed! We are his by creation—“Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are His.” (Psalm 100:3) We are his by redemption—“I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.” (John 17:9) As Spurgeon spoke, “Which is the greater miracle — that he should be mine, or that I should be his?” 

Here we are again friends. Another week to share with one another and with others who visit. Thank you for so faithfully linking up and encouraging. You are a blessing.

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Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #176 & Caring For Pop

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Well, Pop (my father-in-law) came home on Thursday and it’s been a whole new way of life for all of us. Pop is doing well and getting stronger each day but he still has a ways to go. He is readjusting to being at home as is Lady (my term of endearment for my mother-in-law). In keeping with Exodus 20:21–“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you,” all the immediate family is partaking in the care of Pop and Lady.

One way is family has decided to bring them dinner twice a week and signed them up for free delivered lunches from our local senior citizen center. They are light eaters so this arrangement will work for them. It also relieves Lady from cooking meals daily. Now she can pick and choose when she wants to do that.

Another way is our children and I will go over once a week to do some cleaning so that its not overwhelming for Lady as she still likes to tend to her home. We don’t want to “step on her toes” yet we still want to help her out. Plus, Pop and Lady are getting more comfortable with asking for help which has not been easy for them.

Thirdly, since we are a big immediate family, we have decided to pick days for each family to spend time visiting and filling any needs they may have. It can be overwhelming for lots of people to be present at once as Pop is still in the healing process. We want to be sensitive to this while we love on him.

Lastly, we have discussed grocery shopping, general home maintenance, car care and other concerns.

I share this with you not to boast but to show how we are taking care of Pop and Lady in this stage of life. Maybe you will find encouragement if you are in this season or coming up on it. It can be a trying and emotional time for families as their parents grow in age. However, it is about evaluating the situation and finding what works in the moment. The Word tells us, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.(1 Timothy 5:8)

Wonderfully, the Lord has blessed us with precious people to cover Pop and Lady in prayer as well as offer to help with any need. I, personally, want to thank those of you who held Pop in prayer. Lady was just telling me how much they have felt the prayers. So, thank you friends for praying for my father-in-law. It truly means so much to me. God bless you.

Another week is upon us to share our posts with others. I am so glad you have stopped by.

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Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #175 & Praying Consistently

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We all know how important prayer is to our faith walk. We are to Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2) Prayer is a wonderful gift from God. It is the door in which we can directly communicate with Him at any given moment. Billy Graham once said, “Avail yourself of the greatest privilege this side of heaven. Jesus Christ died to make this communion and communication with the Father possible.” 

However, our lives can be so busy and agenda-filled that we forget or don’t make time to pray or only pray when we’re in the midst of a trial. One of the most powerful components of being a believer is making time to pray and converse with our Father daily. He is always available and wants us to come to Him with our praises, thankfulness, concerns and requests. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

I want to share some ways to maintain a prayer life that stays consistent.

  • Start a prayer journal. This has been instrumental in keeping me consistently before the Lord. Writing my prayers down on paper makes my prayer time intentional. I bought a plain notebook and put it where I can see it so I don’t forget. It’s also a great place to make note of how God answers those prayers.
  • Make a prayer basket. In this basket, there would be your prayer journal, some pens or pencils, and a bible. Set this basket where you can see it or leave it in the place where you plan to pray for the day. Use the bible to motivate your prayer time by using Scripture in your prayer. “Praying the Word means reading (or reciting) Scripture in a spirit of prayer and letting the meaning of the verses become our prayer and inspire our thoughts.” (Quote from Desiring God.)
  • Have a prayer spot. This could be a specific chair, area, room, etc. I have a chaise chair in my room I have used for my prayer time. I like having a specific place to go to when I’m praying. I know the Lord can meet me anywhere but having a designated place in my home to meet with Him alone helps me remember to pray. Have you ever noticed how some churches have prayer rooms? Kind of think of it like that. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6)
  • Have a prayer time. Scheduling a specific prayer time in your day will encourage regular prayer. Now your prayer time is set in stone so you won’t forget. As you schedule out your day, write in your prayer time. Remember how Jesus would go early in the morning? “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35) Oh, did you see how he went to specific place? Just something to ponder.
  • Pray anywhere, anytime. Although I suggest a specific prayer time above, I also believe we should be in prayer often throughout our day. These prayers usually happen in the moment we’re in or maybe a request has come our way that needs covering. It’s important to understand that the door to converse with God is always open. Stop and seize the moment to talk with God anytime, anywhere. We’re instructed to “pray without ceasing” so let’s do just that. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) 
  • Do a word study on prayer. Read the Word and see what God has to say about prayer. I believe as you learn how important prayer is, your prayer life will be approached differently for the better.

I encourage you to start today. Make those changes needed to strengthen your prayer life. Corrie Ten Boom nailed it when she said, “A man is powerful on his knees.” Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)

Update on Pop: He is scheduled to come home this week. Praise God for answered prayers concerning him. Now its time again to share some awesome posts. I am so glad you are here. Have a great week.

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 Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #174 & God’s Plan

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It has been two weeks since Pop’s stroke. Family has spent much time at the hospital visiting and tending to Pop. This last Friday he was well enough to be transferred to the rehab facility where he will gain strength and learn how to function at home safely. Although Pop understands what is happening and knows the why of it all, often he talks about going home. All that has happened in the last three weeks was not part of his plan for his life. At times I believe he felt it to be such an inconvenience. It certainly interrupted his life and has now permanently changed the way life will be from here on out for him. My heart breaks because getting older is not easy and the season he is in is definitely trying. However, I know God is in control of all.

In the book of Jeremiah, God told the Israelites that he had a plan for them. He reassured them this plan was “for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) These words were spoken by a sovereign God. He knows all that He will do and how it all will come together. “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.(Acts 15:18) God being the same yesterday, today and always leads me to believe that the plans God has for us today are for our well-being just like he promised the Israelites.

God’s plans aren’t always going to be what we think they ought to be. Pop didn’t choose to have a stroke. He definitely didn’t desire to be spending so much time in the hospital. Yet God’s plan for Pop included both those things. This was what God had allowed to happen and even though it is not what Pop wants to be enduring, there is peace in knowing God is in control of every aspect of Pop’s life. Pop, being a believer himself, knows this as well.

I’m reminded that Romans 8:28 is so true. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” God’s life plan for each one of us is perfect and designed for good including the difficult times we endure. If you are in the middle of a trying time in your life, hold fast to this: that your suffering is not in vain. God does everything with a purpose. We need to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” even in the midst of tribulations and trials. (1 Corinthians 15:58)Every sorrow we taste will one day prove to be the best possible thing that could have happened to us. We will thank God endlessly in heaven for the trials that he sent us here.” (Quote by Joni Eareckson Tada)

Well, another week and another opportunity to share and encourage. I’m so glad to have you here.

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 Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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