Monthly Archives: February 2014

Singing Again!

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job2913bI am singing again.

Thank You, Lord, for making the impossible possible in my life.

Right after Christmas, I was sitting with the five at dinner.  I decided to throw out an idea that popped into my head.  Sidebar: that usually isn’t a good idea for me to do!

I mentioned that it was difficult for me to not have a special gift to open on Christmas when they all had special gifts to open.  Small, thought-out items that mostly fit into their stockings.  As one child mentioned…a lot of dollar bills can fit in a Christmas stocking!  Yes, you’re right but don’t count on it.

So I asked if they would try a new idea.  There are four kids at home that can do this so I said, “How about if each of you pick a day and be in charge of a gift for me?”  I would even provide the cash for now…

The holidays are Valentine’s, birthday, Mother’s Day, and Christmas.  The first test was today.  Was the child going to come through?  The other kids wondered that also.   I know they were checking on said child quite often.  So last night two kids headed out together to take care of this first holiday.

This morning, the five came into my room at around 5:45 to surprise me!  Chocolates, jewelry, and cards.  Lots of cards.  Oh, and some Doublemint gum…Not sure where that part came from though.  But it said “slim pack” so all is good!

Plus we got to pull the Last of the First Lost Teeth.  Micah has survived his brother pulling his loose tooth.  Honestly, I do not do loose teeth.  Never have.  That was Daddy’s department.  Blood makes me, well, queasy.

This widow’s heart is singing.  Again.

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Let Not…

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let not your heartI was doing a little word study recently after being reminded of a familiar Bible verse.  I was struck anew with the idea that I have something to do with the direction my heart wanders to, more often than I care to admit.

When Jesus was talking to His disciples in John chapter 14, He said, “Let not your hearts be troubled.”

Do you ever let your heart be troubled?  No one would choose that, right?  Well, I think I do choose it more often than not.  I can let my heart travel to the land of trouble often in the middle of the night.  As I lie there awake in the wee hours, I can replay past events and wonder, “What if?”  or “Why me?”  Do you ever do that?  There was a time in the last couple years that I basically had the family packed and moving into The Jesus House rescue mission place downtown.  I was sure that was where we were headed.  Isn’t it crazy how the heart can get so troubled about things?

Especially the things we really have ZERO control over.  Those are really easy to be troubled over.  The economy crashing.  The government failing.  The Zombie Apocalypse.  Remember Y2K??

But here is Jesus telling ME, “Let not your heart be troubled, Liz!”

If the opposite of “Let not” is “Let”, then I think we can exercise some control over the direction our hearts travel.  Control over the shows I watch on TV that contribute to a troubled heart.  Websites that feed your troubled heart.  Speakers who thrive on making people feel troubled.  Maybe it is sticking my head in the sand.  But I believe it is my way of trusting that God is taking care of me.  He is asking me to not let my heart be troubled.

So one thing I am going to try to do in 2014 is “Let not my heart be troubled”.  Jesus offers peace, peace that only He can give.  He brings beauty from ashes.  And He has the whole world in His hands.  I might even start singing!

Let not.

(The other Let not verses I found were good too.  If you want to read them, I have included them at the end of this post.  )

When you remember to pray for our family this new year, that is my request.  Pray that we do not let our hearts be troubled over things that will inevitably come our way in 2014.

Other Let Not verses:

Romans 6:12

Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.

I Cor 15:58

Let nothing move you

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good

Galatians 5:26

Let us not become conceited , provoking and envying each other

Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths

I John 3:18

Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.