Tidying Up Your Child’s Heart and Mind

 Do you lift your hands to God for the lives of your children? Tidying Up Your Child's Mind and Heart | What Joy Is Mine

It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for the next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can’t) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers. You would see her on her knees, I expect, lingering humorously over some of your contents, wondering where on earth you had picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her cheek as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing that out of sight.” (Excerpt from the book, Peter Pan)

This excerpt from Peter Pan nails my heart as a mother. If only I could rummage through my children’s minds and put everything in place. Maybe remove the hurts I might have caused as well as the things that don’t belong there that have somehow been put there in their day. Increase those things that brought them JOY and wonderment. Tag those things that built up their faith and drew them closer to God so they never forget them. You get the picture.

Mrs. Darling is so precious in how she puts her children to bed then returns to them to tidy up things in their minds for the day and give them a fresh start for the next morning. I love how she gets on her knees…lingering over them….wondering…making sweet discoveries and the not-so-sweet.

We may not be able to go into the minds and hearts of our children but that’s okay. We have someone even better than us: The Lord. He knows the deep nook and crannies of the minds and hearts of our children. He is aware of how the sweet and not-so-sweet things get in there. God knows what they are feeling and why. Because God is so familiar with our children, how much more should we entrust them to Him?

In Lamentations 2, it says to “Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children.” In this verse, pour means “to pour out one’s soul; to be poured out in tears.” To pour out from our heart — with tears — from our soul — for our children before the presence of the Lord. And to pour out our requests, concerns and praises like water, easily flowing and never ending. We are called to do that. Our children are worth the time we spend on our knees for them. We need to “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.(Psalm 62:8)

This verse also says “to lift up our hands to him for the lives of our children.” This part of the verse stressed again the importance of intercessory prayer for our children.  A reaching out to God for their spiritual well being as well as care, direction and protection over all that they experience here on earth. Remember they were His before they were ours. Think on Psalm 141, verse 2 as you pray, “Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Mrs. Darling has the right idea but it is God who will do all the tidying as we cover our children in prayer daily and give them to Him. I keep a prayer journal where I write down the prayers I pray over my children. I know they will always need covering plus I want to be vocal with God about all that concerns them.

So, like Mrs. Darling, let’s get on our knees for our children and, as believers, let’s allow God to do the tidying up in our children’s hearts and minds with each prayer we say for them.

 

Siggy2015

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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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Mama, Your Role IS Most Important!

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Do you know King Lemuel? Well, don’t feel bad if you don’t. I don’t know much about him either other than he had a wise mother who instructed him on things of great importance. King Lemuel is only mentioned twice in the Old Testament. He is found in Proverbs 31, verses 1 and 4. Some biblical scholars have suggested that Lemuel was another name for Solomon: “Lemuel is another name for Solomon that when translated means “towards (lemo) God (el).” (Source) For this post, we will stick with King Lemuel since that is how it is written in Bible.

King Lemuel had a wise mother. She instructed him on good and evil—what was good for him and what he needed to avoid. This instruction was to make him a good king, I believe. Maybe even more than a good king but a godly person. First, these were her warnings to Lemuel:

  • Do not give your strength to women.”  Warning to avoid the women who will cause him to stumble in his             kingship and life.
  • Do not give your ways to those who destroy kings.” Warning to not go down paths that are destructive to  him.
  • It is not for kings to drink wine or for rulers to take strong drink.” Warning to avoid drinks that would  prevent him from thinking clearly and with a steady mind at any time. “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.(Proverbs 20:1)

These were vices that kings were most likely to be tempted by. She warned him, in love, to be aware and be watchful. Lemuel’s mother understood the evil things that could destroy her son personally and in his being a ruler.

Now, for the good things she encouraged him to do:

  • Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress.” She reminded him the proper and responsible use of such drinks can restore one’s body and mind in a good way. (Read Psalm 104: 15)

  • Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.” She told him to defend those who cannot defend themselves and stand for their rights as people. (Read Psalm 72:12)

  • Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” She encouraged him to be a wise judge and plead for those less fortunate. (Read Isaiah 1:17)

Lemuel’s mother desired for her son to be selfless in his dealing with others while instilling a righteous kingship over his people. This would’ve made him a good king and she knew this.

I bring this story to you because it made me think of how important a mother’s role is to her child. Aside from the daily tasks of making sure our children have meals, clean clothes, an education and so on, we have the great privilege of leading our children in the ways that would honor our Lord and be good for them all the days of their lives. As mothers, we ought to seize the opportunities to give our children the tools to live how the Lord calls them to. Lemuel’s mother does just that.

Lemuel’s mother, also, reminds us of the importance of reproving our children so that they avoid the wiles of the world and the evil one. We must be on top of this so we can properly guide our children in the way they should go. (Read Proverbs 22:6) Lemuel’s mother saw the trouble being a young prince could bring if he was not taught to be watchful and smart in his choices. We have the same responsibility to our own children as well. We must teach them how to avoid sinful choices. As they are growing in our home, we should make sure we are diligent about reproof, as needed and in love, so they know how to guard their hearts.

Lastly, Lemuel’s mother isn’t remiss about teaching her son the value of good decisions like helping the poor and defending the destitute. Just as important as warning against sinful choices, she encourages him to do what is right and selfless. Again, we as mothers, have an exceptional responsibility to teach our children how to live godly lives and make godly choices. It is good mothering to teach our children what is good along with what is not. We need to make sure our children grasp the wisdom of making good decisions unto the glory of God and for their good.

Matthew Henry writes, “when they [our children] are young and tender they are most under the mother’s eye, and she has then an opportunity of moulding and fashioning their minds well, which she ought not to let slip.” How right he is! Mama, it may seem, amid all the of the daily duties of motherhood, your role is lessened. However, remember your role in your children’s life is most important. Make each day count.

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Monday’s Musings #171

I hope you had a wonderful week and will be sharing some awesome posts!

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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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We All Can Use A Little Homemaking Help, Right?

I’ve been there. As a young homemaker, I felt very overwhelmed at times. Some days I couldn’t get to the laundry. Sometimes I went to bed with dirty dishes in the sink. (I grew to dislike this very much!) Most nights I fixed dinner flying by the seat of my pants scrambling to figure it out at the last minute. I had no routine whatsoever and I felt the brunt of it. If this sounds familiar, I want to share with you a wonderful e-course that will change how you tackle laundry, dishes and dinner to make life more manageable right where you are in your homemaking. There is JOY in that!

We all can use a little homemaking help, right? Don’t stay overwhelmed! Check out this free eCourse: 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking!

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Are you tired of getting behind on laundry? Do you start a load of laundry only to forget about it? (And now they smell.) Do you wonder how you will get on top of your “laundry mountain”? (Those clothes that never get folded and put away.)

Do you struggle to keep your kitchen clean? Are you waking up to dirty dishes in the sink? Do your dishes seem to multiply by the end of the day?

Does the dinner hour have you harried? Are you scrambling last minute to get dinner on the table? Do you even know what you will prepare day to day?

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If so, you cannot miss a FREE 4-part mini eCourse that is available for a limited time: 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking! I absolutely love this course!

This eCourse offers experienced advice and tips from a real mom who has learned what works and is easy to apply. She helps you tackle these concerns right where you are in your homemaking journey.

In this eCourse, you will learn:

  • how to never get behind on laundry again,
  • how to wake up each day to a sparkling clean kitchen,
  • how to avoid the 5 ‘o’clock scramble with a super simple meal planning method, and
  • how to set yourself up for success with a quick nighttime routine.

Control My Spin’s Holly Dvorak, a popular speaker and home management coach, and her long-time homemaking mentee, Erin Odom, of The Humbled Homemaker, have put together this eCourse to help curb homemaking overwhelm and give you the tools you need to run your home like a well-oiled machine.

4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking will not take you long to complete, but what you learn through it can totally revolutionize your home. You will be given tools to implement in your own home to help you gain control over these three areas—laundry, dishes, and dinner planning. 

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What comes with this eCourse?

  • 4 videos: These videos are all less than 10 minutes long, so it won’t take up a lot of time to watch them. But they each will leave you with very helpful tips that you can start implementing today!
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Not only do I appreciate this free course but hear what other moms are saying about it:

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