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  • Today’s Mothering Prayer: The Purpose

    On Tuesday, February 13 th, 2007

    “The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a genuine faith.” ~1 Tim. 1:5 Lord, there it is: the point of my instruction in this home. Love. And Love can only come from Pure hearts, Clear Consciences, A Genuine Faith. Will You instruct me on how to instruct them in what the pu...

  • Rest

    On Monday, February 12 th, 2007

    Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him. ~Lord Chesterfield I fly about, timers beeping, clocks ticking, schedule calling.“Hurry up, guys! Look at the time!” Hope flings her wrist up, her face meeting watch face, just to confirm it. Feet scamper. If I move a little faster, grab that while I go, multi-task through this, delegate this… mayb...

  • A (Homeschooling) Mother’s Noon Lamentations

    On Tuesday, February 06 th, 2007

    Cold and splashing,Clear and flashing,I pour it out,my heart like water. These are my prayers,running out, spilling over,These are my tears,flowing like a river. Your hands like a cupFor tears gathered up,You are my basinwho hold all I am. Catch me, net me.Hold me, contain me. Me, who is a heart poured out like water. “Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord.Lift up y...

  • Herein is Love

    On Thursday, February 01 st, 2007

    Hanging the streamers, heart cut-outs and doilies from the ceiling for our annual Valentine’s party, Joshua steals the tape from Caleb, Hope shoves Levi for taking the heart she wanted to hang, and Malakai screams at Shalom for scribbling crayon all over the once white doilies. Welcome to a typical love fest, complete with tears and howling, in this wild and wonderful home o...

  • Peace isn’t a place…

    On Tuesday, January 23 rd, 2007

    Peace isn’t a place we live in. The house—and me—spins: laundry, school lessons, library books, basketball games, bills, phone calls, meals, dishes, women’s Bible Studies, diapers. Too often, I am dizzy: Anyone know how to get off? In the whirl of it all I crave retreat, sanctuary, monastery. On the milestone of my thirtieth birthday, my sister-in-law presented me with ...

  • Today’s Mothering Prayer: Why we do what we do…

    On Wednesday, January 10 th, 2007

    “We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship with Christ.That’s why I work and struggle, so hard,depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.” ~Col. 3:28 Lord, the flakes are falling softly here, in the morning quiet. I will work and struggle today… it will be hard.But what will work in me will be greater, mightier. Yo...

  • Today’s Mothering Prayer

    On Monday, January 08 th, 2007

    “Look, I have put my words in your mouth!” ~Jeremiah 1:9 They will press in today. It will get loud in here. There will be bickering. Tears. A meltdown or two. Put Your words in my mouth today, Father—what Your heart would express to these little ones. So they may know You, and Your love. “He could if He chose, repair our bodies miraculously without fo...

  • Begin Again…

    On Thursday, January 04 th, 2007

    In the beginning… my beginning… I am a four-year-old pressed close to Mama and the worn red book with its frayed spine, hearing her whisper the rhyme’s sing-song line: Poor old Michael Finnegan, begin again…As a child setting out into the big world, I never wanted to be miserable Michael Finnegan, always caught in beginning again. I wanted to get beginning behind me...

  • Giving

    On Wednesday, December 20 th, 2006

    We are rejoicing this Christmas with you. Most especially in the Advent of our Lord to the hearts of all mankind. Let’s open the door and welcome our Savior in.What shall we give Him?Matthew 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” For months, we’ve been wor...

  • Our Song: Abide

    On Friday, December 15 th, 2006

    Father God, Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;And such a day it was. (I woke late… up too long last night, planning and organizing.) So we began, praying and singing, listening and reading over bowls of cereal and orange juice. One of the bowls broke, the glass vase of red dogwood accidently tipped over by a well-meaning child. Another child insisted on poking his sea...

  • Child’s Scripture Catechism: Bible Verse Answers

    On Wednesday, December 13 th, 2006

    Our favorite catechism with answers from Scripture, written by H.M. Eaton, 1849… can be purchased from Trivium Pursuit… I will periodically post the Qs and As we are working on memorizing around the farmtable. Q:Who made you?A:The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7) Q. How are you made?A: I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps. 139:14...

  • Home: Filling and Pouring

    On Thursday, December 07 th, 2006

    In the cool early of summer mornings, before the smothering heat of the July day seeps in, I haul a hose around to lavateras and hollyhocks, waking in their beds. Spray nozzle lost once again by curious, wandering children, I walk along with hose, continually filling the old aluminum water can, tilted to offer gentle morning showers to the flowers. I chuckle to see Malakai in t...

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