Dec 8, 9, 10
One short line of dialogue, 3 little questions, that stood out to me from the Radio:
***What are you chasing after? Are you willing to get real w God, and Lay it down?
That alone is some real food for thought.
For me off the top of my head:
A Consistently tidy house
Kids praying, and helping, and doing their work (without too much push back)
Lots of fun and quality time
Kids listening to a simple yet profound advent reading ( I want to put good things in!)
In what ways can you stop walking in your own strength?? (boy do I know I need this)
( so I can have the freedom to say ‘okay Lord’ to whatever comes)
Kids/house/unexpected messes etc…:
Not willfully holding myself to our schedule, being flexible working WITH the kids – and whatever the challenge, looking to Jesus at my side. His Presence is so key
Not making set plans for the day – that I want- just letting it unfold 1 step at a time. – and being flexible about who does school and who just plays.. ( control w Noah is not working) ( and all the fighting over who sits where!)
Follow His instructions- (not my own vision) slow, simple, silent and surrendered ( let go)
Being quick to let go of my plans/wants that are not working/ happening/too costly – Noah..
Not trying to do more than I need to do
Not expecting too much of myself- energy, housework-investing w kids, extra activities, extra prayers
Not putting it on myself to make them happy…
Not expecting too much from the kids ( prayer, obedience, quiet) — It’s not on me to make them pray or behave!!! That is theirs to will not mine.
Lord, teach me to praise You, how You deserve.
So I pulled out Jesus calling this morning and flipped back to the piece of plastic cheese– it was from Oct 27, The Lord asking, where are your ruts right now?
so I added my most recent big stuck places off the top of my head…
1-Put things down and not away!
2-Scrolling facebook when tired- checking too often!
3-Trying to fight to control kids to have the day I want/plan
And as I skimmed over my little list I thought to myself, I can do that middle one, that facebook thing, I can resolve and take care of that one myself. And I heard my thoughts and I was like- woah, dude hold the phone- I said I didn’t want to do that anymore!!!
Lord, teach me to let go, when you call me to, and show me when I need to let go- of kid prayers, rosary, kids chores…
And out on my walk, trying to walk through my day before for my EXAMEN, I found myself exclaiming:
Lord- I can’t remember anything from yesterday!- then I’m thinking of too much else! Quiet my mind!
Joy club – an explanation of sin
Someone has something Of your’s and you complain and be mean spirited… For example, when some takes your toy do you say, ‘oh I’m so happy you have my toy!!’ ? No you say, that’s MY toy!!!
That attitude, is sin.
Advent notes from He Came (musical presentation)
Jesus is the first ever Christmas gift! 🌲 🎁
Heaven is God’s gift to us forever 🙂
Jesus became human, he was a real person! (why have I never thought of it that way lol)
Sin, tore this relationship apart- for all eternity.
Sin, grieved the heart of a loving God
The damage was so immense, so devastating, that only He could accomplish the solution!
Christmas reminds the world that God has not left us alone to fend for ourselves!! He Himself Comes to our recuse to stand in our place of and took the punishment for us
We want you to more than know the story, we want you to receive the Saviour !
Dec 10 – Ladies Christmas Banquet
Read that Christmas story, early, and often!!
On Simple joys of Christmas
But a lot goes into experiencing these simple joys. There is the preparation, beforehand, we have to recognize them, and we need to embrace them.
Preparation: God did the same thing, such perfect planning that He put into the nativity!
Recognizing: What if shepherds felt ‘I don’t need a Savior’ ?
What if they decided- this is a silly message- forget about Bethlehem, that’s smaller than Lockport!!! The Messiah would never be born there!
When He died on the cross he wasn’t dying for His own sins, He was dying for ours! Take the gift, and open it up!!
The wise men— they rejoiced w such joy!! And it was rejoicing in God’s guidance!!! And so can we. Knowing that God has led us this far, and He will lead us all the way to heaven–
They had come all that way not to give those gifts- but to fall down and worship Him.
We too need to fall down ( for this we need to stop!) to fall down and worship him every day!
And Whatever we joy in- let us keep Christ at the center of this joy!
And Mary. She new how to capture a moment, to embrace the moment. Instead of her quiet obedience and reflection Mary could have been preoccupied w her circumstances:
She could have been thinking about all the hurtful things people had said to her. She could have thought or even exclaimed, ‘oh those shepherds stink!!!’ or ‘Oh Wisemen!- my house is a mess!’ (now doesn’t that just ruin the beauty of the story??)
She could have missed the beauty of these moments.
She could have been distracted by a plethora of future worries: how to raise the Son of God- the struggles they would face, the heart-wrenching pain to come— but she put all that aside… instead she simply bowed her head and worshipped.
What a beautiful practice for us, esp for Advent…
—that we too would make time every day, to fall down and worship Him..
**God/Jesus took our sin on the cross, so we would not have to be separated from Him for all eternity!!! **
He loved us first, so:
— fall down and worship Him, every day…
– don’t try to do today well ON YOUR OWN!
– Slow down!
– Move WITH the day, work WITH your kids, w Charles
– Focus on His Presence AS WELL AS just the next step ( nothing after that and not my own needs) WITH kids! Make the sign of the cross + FIRST then do it!
– let Him work out our day etc just move w the day as it comes AND be willing to let go if it’s not working as needed!
– Okay Lord, You’ve got this, and You’re with me!
*Give your best for Him, let it cost*
Choose to live in humble faith and instead of questioning, just trust that all is right ( because all is God)
Then, More love, more praise, even if it feels like it costs…
love others, the people around you- as it breaks you-and accept the struggle, as a holy sacrifice for The Lord
Be OBEDIENT, to death. In silence, submit thyself to him in all things but sin- accept his decision, his preferences..his way of doing things
Love the boys at their worst- Jesus is there- slower, quieter…
You can give more, love more .
Make your days and your life a worthy gift for Your King