Friday, November 25, 2011

Loving My Kids

Dear God,

As I type this in the corner where I sit, I notice my growing kids while they quietly do their own things with their own "big kid toys".  My heart sings praises for the love I feel for each of them.  I want to go to them, give them random hugs and kisses, and just simply draw them close to me.

Both are growing up fast, at breakneck speed, and I cherish every waking moment with them.  I love them so dearly, and nowadays, catching them for a hug is quite difficult.  Being gentle with them in word and deed is also easier said than done.

Lord, You have given me my two kids to cherish, and love, and that includes being gentle with them, especially that both are growing to be adolescents. I treasure both so much, so please help me impart Your gentleness to them.  Help me to draw them close when needed, and help me become involved in their activities.  Mold me into the Mom they both need.  Thank You, Father.

  Instead, we were like young children among you.
Just as a nursing mother cares for her children,
1 Thessalonians 2:7

Friday, November 18, 2011

It Is In Giving

Dear God,

You have made it clear in my quiet time today, that giving is a command, and not an option. And You have  also shown what the results of obeying this command brings...  I have many opportunities to give, even in my own little way.  One, I know that  should tithe to the church.  And that I can give more than that...  You speak through Your Word, to my heart, to my mind, and provide our finances for all this.

And I can give more than just money...  I can also find ways on how to serve in church, in ministries, or spend beautiful time with the growing kids.  You told me to give, and that if I do, it shall also be given to me.  You don't simply say what it is, but Your generosity is unmatched and Your tremendous blessings are always great.  Thank you, Lord!

Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down,
shaken together and running over,
 will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use,
it will be measured to you.
Luke 6:38

Friday, November 11, 2011

Your Promises

Dear God,

One of the kids sort of didn't tell me the truth today. Oh my, imagine the heartache I felt...  I have tried my best to raise my kids to always tell us the truth, even when the truth isn't pretty to hear.  At times, I am also tempted to lie, but try my best not to...  Of course, I have to be a fitting example to them -- but sometimes, human nature prevails, most especially in the workplace, and the influence the world around me surfaces.

We all know You are not like that, Lord.  You alone are the truth.  You will never ever lie.  Your example of being trustworthy is the one I need to exemplify to the kids.  Their very lives as they grow up will be made full by trusting Your Word in all things.

Please take away my anger and disappointment...  Bless me with Your wisdom and understanding, and speak to me, Father.  I will listen with my heart and be fulfilled.

God is not human, that he should lie,
    not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
    Does he promise and not fulfill?
Numbers 23:19