In Search of Wisdom

In my mind, this post was to be full of encouragement for busy moms finding time to dive into the Word. It is possible that I have attempted to write at least ten times today and have yet to complete a thought.

I would begin to type and someone would need help with math, or needed a word of encouragement to behave, or it was time for lunch, or the baby needed to nurse. I know, fellow mom in the trenches, that you understand.

I would come back to my post and have no clue where I was going with what was before me on the screen. My brain just couldn’t pull it back it.

Now it is late night. Someone please explain why an almost three month old feels the need to fight sleep? I do not understand.

Let me share what my quiet time will look like in a few minutes. Oh, I read scripture with my children this morning. We had family Bible time this evening. However, I have yet to sit, read, soak in the Word on my own.

I have a hard time shutting my mind off to everything else going on today, tomorrow, next week. So I do a few things to help me focus. I am reading the same chapter for several days. To really help the words sink it, I copy the chapter. I do not copy it all in one day. I copy just a verse or two a day. Reading them, writing them, seeing them pop up on the page helps the words to stick in my mind. I find myself thinking of them throughout the day.

Since I finished copying James 1, I will move on to reading James 2 daily until I have it copied. I shouldn’t be surprised at how it has helped me. I use to write my prayers because it helped my mind and heart to focus and not wander.

The Lord has used this so beautifully. As I am trying to balance the needs of various ages, deal with certain character issues, and keep my home running smoothly, I can easily feel overwhelmed and weary. I just wonder what do I do next? How do I help that child? Am I responding in a loving, kind way?

James 1 spoke to me as I read it again and again. As I wrote portions of it day after day.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1: 5

Wow. All those questions plaguing me? All that wisdom I am lacking? I just need to ask. God is waiting to give me wisdom. And not just a little bit of wisdom. He will give it to me liberally and without reproach. I need to remember to ask before I am overwhelmed, exhausted, weary, and worn. Why do I wait to ask?

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1: 19 -20

Guess what happens when I feel overwhelmed and weary? I get snippy. I am quick to lose my temper. Grace has gone out the window.  Ah, the sweet reminder to listen first and then speak to those precious little ones. Take a deep breath, maybe ask for some of that liberally given wisdom and then speak, correct, encourage.

I will admit that I splurged. I bought myself a pack of colored pens and a pretty notebook. Just seeing those simple things make me smile. Beautiful tools to encourage me in my quiet time.

How do you have quiet time? What wisdom has the Lord given to you today?

Quiet Time Creations

Quiet time.

You know it well, right, moms? The morning has been busy, lunch has been served and the books have been read. Now we have quiet time.  Maybe your children are all in separate rooms or you keep the little ones close by.  Some music playing in the background or an book on CD creating some white noise?

Funny thing happens.

After fourteen years of Quiet Time, the majority of my children no longer nap. How do I maintain a bit of quiet with eight children in a limited space? Simple. I set a rule: At quiet time you can read, write or draw. All those activities are quiet. While I do allow children knitting or playing alone with Legos, the basic concept is understood. Engage your mind quietly.

So they create.

Frugal art supplies are a must. The basics are all you really  need: paper, scissors, glue, coloring pencils/crayons and a bit of imagination. I am happy to let them grab the supplies whenever they need them. On special days, I even pull out the glitter.

As quiet time begins, they pop in book on CD to listen to, grab the art supplies and the fun begins.

Hannah created this lovely scene with a movable boat. Not only does the boat slide back and forth but one of the fish can go up and down.

Lydia must be longing for winter. I love how the children are standing in the snow. Do you see the third child? He is throwing a snowball.

Newest Supplies.

While picking up a few things for Lydia’s birthday, Watercolor Coloring Pencils caught my eye. No doubt that Lydia, the artist, would enjoy these pencils.  This item is now in high demand. The watercolor coloring pencils help create some lovely pictures. Lydia’s are quickly being used up. I should have grabbed two packs!

Under the Sea – One of the first pictures Lydia created with her new watercolor coloring pencils.

This is a favorite. I love the ant hill Lydia placed behind the flowers.

Do have Quiet Time Creations?

How are imaginations working in your home? Please share!

Are You Feeling Weary, Momma?

Dear One, are you feeling weary? Worn? Exhausted?

The baby is up and fussy during the night. Every night, it seems. You sing, you rock, you nurse…..and you pray. For sleep. A little sleep. So that you can keep going.

The adorable little toddler is such an artist. Everything is her canvas. The hallway, the bed, the floor…..and Sharpie is her paintbrush. Your sweet little budding Picasso is costing you your life savings in cleaning products and paint.

Preschooler….Mr. Potty Training in Progress…..never quite makes it. The trains are more interesting and the tower was almost high enough and well, superheros are too busy to stop and go potty, right?

Then there is the phonics lesson and really, what is so hard about c-a-t? Why can’t she get it?

Don’t forget the laundry and dinner and sweeping and grocery shopping.

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Ephesians 6:9

Oh, dear one….cry out to the Lord. He is your strength. Your rock. Your rest.

I am at the end of one of “those days”. Sam, 3, was in superhero hyper mode today and his energy was boundless. It seemed that everyone needed help with math and grammar and writing. Little Miss…my darling little gooseberry had a rough day. A rough week. First a fever and running nose, then mosquitoes tried to make her their lunch and she is covered in bites. Now it appears that we have a bit of separation anxiety.

“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13

It was one of those days where I was ready for some quiet. Stillness. Little Miss had other plans. So I set aside my desire for quiet and gave comfort. It sees to always happen this way. The evening that you really need everyone to go to bed beautifully, someone needs you. A bit of extra loving at the end of a long day. And you think you have no more to give.

“Gracious is the Lord and righteous;

Yes, our God is merciful,

The Lord preserves the simple;

I was brought low, and He saved me.

Return to your rest, O my soul,

For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.” Psalm 116: 5-7

Ah, but sweet momma. Yes, you do. God knows when the sparrow falls and He knows when your little ones are going to need extra loving. Or your teenager is going to need some extra talk time. He knows. He is going to give you the patience and the wisdom and the strength to handle it.

Take a moment. Read His Word. Lift up the burdens of your heart. Praise Him for who He is. Let Him draw you close. He is the mighty, awesome God and He will refresh your weary soul, momma. He will give His strength; His mercies.

Oh, how blessed we are to be mommas. How beautiful the weariness can be. Treasure them. The late nights…the long days…treasure them. They pass so quickly. The Lord has granted us such sweet, precious time with our little ones. Even on these nights when our bodies feel so weary….it is precious and beautiful. See this beauty He grants us.