The Father's Arms

May 31
There are times when a picture paints a thousand words.
Whose love do you long for?
There is nothing like the love of our heavenly Father.
These pictures of our granddaughter awaiting her Daddy coming home are heartwarming.
Her love thrilled his heart, as much as his embrace fulfilled her.
We should look at our relationship with God this way.






Wait Forwardly & Be Amazed



May 30
Max Lucado really fired me up in his final chapter of Experiencing the Heart of Jesus when he said,
"We are so good at waiting, that we don't wait forwardly.  We forget to look.  We are so patient that we become complacent.  We are too content.  We seldom search the skies.  We rarely run to the temple.  We seldom, if ever allow the Holy Spirit to interrupt our plans and lead us to worship so that we might see Jesus.

You should live holy lives and serve God, as you wait for and look forward to the coming of the day of God. 2 Peter 3:11-12


Think about Simeon.   Simeon took the baby in his arms and thanked God: 'Now Lord, you can let me, your servant, die in peace, as you said.'  Luke 2:28-29

Lucado wrote: "One look into the face of Jesus, and Simeon knew it was time to go home. And one look into the face of our Savior, and we will know the same."

That is down right exciting!!!!!

Makes me think of a middle school cheer which went like this....

"Get fired up for VICTORY!"


Standing last week,  in a elevator of the hospital where I was a candy striper as a teenager, the place where five of our children were born and where my mother and Kaye died, I stated to my husband that there have been some extremes of emotion in that location.  We had just visited someone who was elderly and ill, but very apprehensive about dying. I commented to my husband, "I wished that they were excited about their heavenly home and seeing Jesus."  His reply, "Few people are."

Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 1:10.  
On the day when the Lord Jesus comes 
all the people who have believed will  be amazed at Jesus.

Another View Point

May 29
"I love you."  The text came across my phone Sunday night...short. sweet and unexpected from a thirty year old son.  My fingers texted back.... "Are you ok?"  He wasn't.  One of his best Army friends had taken his own life on Friday.  Our son stayed with the wife and three children until her parents arrived Sunday morning. An explanation from another view point followed.

"While most people are celebrating Memorial Day and rejoicing with thanksgiving for the sacrifice so many men and women have made for our freedom, this holiday brings heartache to soldiers whose are overwhelmed by the memories of what they have seen."

I can honestly say that I have never looked at this holiday from that perspective and also that while I pray fervently for the protection of our service men and women, I don't pray for the protection of their minds from all that they have seen and that torments them.

Proverbs 28:16-18 speaks of the guilt of murderers that haunts them and there is no way to help.  While war is war and killing occurs, I cannot imagine the mentor torment that follows a soldier home who has witnessed death and dying.

"Human love can fall short; God's love never does."  Corrie Ten Boom writes of the cruelty in a World War II concentration camp and how one day when she was hardly able to bear it any longer a lark started to sing in the air and all the prisoners looked up and listened to the bird, but she looked further and saw heaven and thought of Psalm 103:11.


For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.

Ten Boom says, "I suddenly saw that the ocean of God's great love is greater than human cruelty.  God sent the lark every day for three weeks to teach us to direct our eyes to Him."

As we await another 365 days for Memorial Day to roll around, let's add relief from mental torment for our soldiers to our prayer list.

 

Lord Overall

May 28
 For the LORD Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.
Psalm 47:2


For years my maternal uniform was decking out in a pair of Joseph (designer of course) overalls.  I think it drove my mother, who dressed impeccably,  nuts. Come on, they weren't all denim.  Two were linen and the navy ones were...VELVET!  They worked for me though.  They were easy to nurse in...just drop one strap and pull up the shirt underneath, the seven pockets allowed me to carry children and not a purse (credit card in one, diaper in another, snacks, tissues, car keys and even a nice skinny center pocket perfect for a pen and the ones on other side for a note pad).  We did not have cell phones back then, but there was room for one!  :)


Why do I still have all these though.  Some things are hard to part with.  Today I will box them up and store them under the bed....a gradual separation.  As I looked at them, they were a great reminder that...
The Lord is Lord Over All!

Simple Joys Bring Smiles

May 26-27
We have a screened porch off our bedroom.  Moses was out there snoozing and pushed the door open and came into the bedroom.  Suddenly, I heard a loud noise and thought an owl was on the porch. It wasn't hooting, but cooing.  Two doves sat perched on the spiral stair rail cooing away.  Sometimes the simplest joys bring a smile.

Marilyn Monroe Moment


May 25
On the outset of this entry, let me say that I in no way think this 55 year old body of mine is anything like Marilyn Monroe's.  Also, let me confess that yes, I did watch the series "SMASH" this winter and though full of sinful lifestyles (I too am a sinner by the way) I gained lots of insight into the process of making a Broadway musical.
Now back on track to the colorful lesson at hand.  Last weekend I had contemplated putting on my swimsuit to go sit out on the dock and get some sun.  In the process I realized I was not going in the water and instead just put on my sheer, blue, broomstick skirt and a bra and blouse.  The key here is that is all I put on.  Enjoying the privacy of our patio here at Shiloh I was deep into my Bible study when I heard the "beep, beep" of a pontoon boat passing by and recognized dear, dear friends aboard.  My husband, nursing his allergies, was inside but came to the window.  I motioned for him to come out and, being a VERY BREEZY day, asked him to bring me some panties!
Making my way to the dock, I tried to gather my skirt together to keep it from blowing up and also pleating it together add some opaqueness to a very sheer skirt.  The dilemma came when my husband reached the dock and we had no idea how to hand off the panties.  Also, I couldn't come up with a reason to go in our storage area on the dock and close the door, so I JUST CONFESSED to my situation.
My girl friend's 84 year old father was on the boat and I think my confession may have been the highlight of his weekend.  My poor husband just kept shaking his head.

While there are times we are called to confess publicly and certainly one on one, there are other times it is simply appropriate to take our remorse privately to our Father.

 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16


 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5

A Noticeable Difference





May 24
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this season of Dancing With the Stars.  To those who see the show as a stumbling block, please forgive me.  My three favorites, because of their character, were Gladys Knight, Katherine Jenkins and Donald Driver.    While the other finalist, William, was gorgeous on the outside, it was the inner beauty of the others which captivated me and had me pulling for them.  Katherine, a Welsh lyric mezzo-soprano, was undoubtably the most talented, but there was something about Donald, the professional football player, that made him my first choice.  He exuded strength, yet there was a kindness and joy about him.  I finally decided it was probably his sweet wife and adorable children cheering in the audience that drew me to him.  When his wife took the floor, after the victory, and threw her arms around his neck and kissed him it made me smile.  Then when his baby girl nuzzled into his neck I liked him even more.  So off to sleep I went, thinking such a nice guy had won.
The rain was drizzling down the next morning and I had to take to the treadmill, instead of my usual neighborhood walk.  Turning on the TV, one of the morning shows was running with the three dancing finalist.  Viewers were able to text in questions.  One person requested a divulgence of the words which are tattooed on Driver's six pack.  The source of his character was then revealed to me...he loves the Lord.

Train up a child in the way he should go and then when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

May the Lord bless you and keep you and your family Donald Driver. May he make his face to shine upon you, as you honor him with your life!  And whether on the field or off, may God continue to give you platforms to stand out as noticeably different to a lost, lost world.








Greet With a Kiss




Greet one another with a holy kiss.
 2 Corinthians 13:12

Taking a long walk the other day, my plan had been to listen to the radio, but the cicadas must have been creating interference, because the station would not come through, so I listen to Jesus.  Approaching this time with him appropriately, I began with praise and ventured into confession and chatting over two logs that need to come out of my own eye!
There is always a sense of refreshment after repentance.  There was a little spark in my step, as I experienced the freedom that forgiveness brings.
Immediately, I realized there was a test before me. Way off in the distance I could see another walker coming towards me...funny...the road is named "Gangplank" and it was if God was going to have me walk the plank.  I felt him say, "If I asked you to greet this person with a holy kiss, would you?"  "A total stranger, you've got to be kidding me Lord.," I replied.  "Are you an obedient servant?" he questioned.  "Wait!" my bargaining began.  "Isn't that scripture applied to fellow believers?"  "Maybe that is a believer," he responded.
"OK, I'll do it."  
By this time I could see the walker was a woman about my age.  I had no idea how this was going to go down, but I was ready.  Then, praise the Lord, she turned down a side street out of view!  
God makes me laugh!

Complete

COMPLETE
May 22
The start of a school year is so exciting, but the end of the year is a welcome sight as well!  A disciplined Bible study produces a similar pattern.  Sunday, I completed the 10 week Experiencing the Heart of Jesus study by Max Lucado.  There was a sense of accomplishment, in spiritual growth, as the closing words crossed my mind.  "For the sake of what was ahead of him, for the hope of what he knew was coming, Jesus endured everything that life could throw at him."

Reflecting on that completion, I couldn't help but think about the day of our completion and how we will feel when we see Christ face to face.

...because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1:5-6


Our prayer lists are full of needed "completions".


Just this morning I prayed for:
A a couple grandbabies to finish growing and be born completely healthy.
Several to be completely healed of cancer.
The medical testing process to be complete for some and an encouraging diagnosis revealed.
Some interviewing for jobs to complete the process and have a new job.
Four upcoming weddings full of details to be completed before they become one.
Others in the home selling or remodeling process to be complete along with inspections, deliveries, decorating and installations .
A whole lot of students and teachers to complete this school year strong.
Those who need to completely surrender their self sufficiently and surrender to Christ.
Me to live in complete obedience to Christ....it appears that will not happen this side of heaven, but it's a great prayer!  :)

Father Knows Best





May 21
You've heard it said, "Be careful what you ask for."  My husband is certain that thirty-two years ago we prayed for patience and God sent six children in eight years to teach us patience.  My mother had a friend who always said at the end of her prayer, "...but whatever your will God."

Elijah was so depressed by Jezebel's threat that he prayed to die.  I've been to that point and done that too. Sharing those feelings with a friend, she laughed and said, "Good luck with that. I don't think he's finished with you yet here on earth."

While we are told to ask and keep knocking, James 4:3 speaks of asking amiss  and not receiving.

For two years we looked for a lake home.  God placed before us not only a home, but a place for ministry that would bring him glory. He led us to do radical things like a Bible Boat, a yard church and scripture trails.  Believe me those were not things on our list those two years looking for a lake house, but when He provided this place we placed it on the altar and dedicated it to his service and ministries emerged.
It took two years for our city home to sell, but God knew one son would be in a devastating wreck during that time and it would be difficult for him to travel back and forth.  He knew a thousand other details that I am not even aware of to this day and by faith I can thank Him for his provision.  His timing is perfect.

I truly love the locational things in life I cannot control....college acceptances, job offers, homes selling, because I know God will select the places with potential Kingdom benefits.  You know, places where He can grow us and use us to grow others to be more like Christ.

Spurgeon said: "If we ask for what is not promised, if we contradict the spirit that the Lord would have us cultivate, if we ask contrary to His will or the the decrees of His providence, if we ask merely for the gratification of our own comfort and without an eye to His glory, we must not expect that we will receive.   Yet, when we ask in faith, without doubting, if we do not receive the precise thing for which we asked, we will receive an equivalent, and more than an equivalent for it."

His ways are best. He holds the future and looks into eternity.


Emotional, Experiential, Intellectual or the Total Package ..That's What it's All About!

May 19-20
Greeting God this morning, while still in snooze mode, I asked for a little insight into what the future holds.  A rather simplistic reply came:
"Be kind, be compassionate."
Hmm, not exactly what I was looking for, but definitely identifiable as the Lord and excellent advice for whatever we might encounter next.  

On Revive Our Hearts radio program this week the emphasis has been on revival in our lives.  On the May 17th show Laine Johnson tapped into the idea that when God draws us to himself, there will often be an intellectual and emotional component. 
"We think about God’s truth, and we experience Him."
I thought he did a good job of encouraging people to experience  a passionate relationship with the Lord.
Johnson said: "Whenever God works, it is experiential.  I think that we have a little bit of the unnecessary dichotomy in our Western culture because we’re a very rational people. Eastern culture is much more experience and life-oriented as opposed to us and our thinking processes. So I think it’s a bigger hurdle for us in the Western culture to get over and connect something as being right and true and theological and lovely. And then we oppose that with, "Oh, that’s just emotion or experience.'"
The idea that God uses our total package, which he created, of body, soul and spirit coming together whenever He works in us, makes sense to me.  So this weekend, if you have an experiential encounter that stirs your emotions, call out to Him with your intellect to draw you to His Word and direct your path in a way that brings Him glory!

Like the hokie pokie says....That's what it's all about!

Difficult Days



May 18
As I shared earlier, it has been a difficult week, but Jesus has been there, being strong, all along.  Sitting out on the screen porch, perched in my tree house like setting...Moses and I snuggled up for a little Bible Study.  Ending week nine of Max Lucado's Experiencing the Heart of Jesus,  the timing was perfect, the words floated off page 206 as if they had been personally left there for me. Their original intent was for the disciples.
These words allow us to feel the heart of Christ.
"It was as if Jesus knew how difficult the next days would be for the disciples.  He would have to leave them soon.  They would be plunged into fear, confusion, disbelief, pain, grief, desolation.  They didn't really understand what lay ahead, even though Jesus tried to prepare them.  So Jesus prayed for them.  He gathered his followers together, and he prayed aloud for each of them. 'These men are mine.  I have kept them safe. Protect them when I am gone. Give them my joy.'"

"He could not change what was coming and he could not make things any easier for them, but Jesus could pray for them and his prayers would carry them through."  John 17

If you are a parent, does that scenario sound familiar?  Are you walking in the role of "friend" with someone right now where the greatest actions you can take are to simply "be there" and "be in prayer"?

Prayer and praise pack a power punch on the difficult days!

Sunrise at Shiloh
The sun will come up tomorrow...or better yet, we will be in heaven and it won't even be needed because God's glory is so bright!

Connect the Dots

May 17
Sitting on the dock yesterday afternoon was far from relaxing.  Evidently, some swallows/sparrows have built a nest close by and they were in full force literally dive bombing us.  I was smacking my shoes together to try to scare them off, my husband donned a long handled fishing net, while our son and his fiance sat by laughing!
On a more serious note, I felt like bad new has been dive bombing us this week.  My instincts have been to hide under the covers and not come out, but the more effective course of action is to praise and pray without ceasing.  Three of these stories have blog sites to connect to if you would like to pray and follow them. After some time, trusting in the Lord this morning, I have recalled how God works all things together for good for those who love Him.  I've decided to share these stories sensing that there are connections to be made between people and encouragement that can happen.
Before I do that, I want to share another "He's so personal" example.  Feeling heavy hearted, I opened a devotional I read each day and it brought a smile to my face as I remembered..."He knows my every thought!"
From: Wisdom Hunters Devotional
“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8


"Jesus deserves my undivided attention, yet I struggle with distractions. My mind is drawn to musing over pressing issues at work that never seem to go away. My heart engages in emotional cares for others in crisis that I am unable to control. My eyes look ahead in worry or behind in regret. It is at these pivotal points that I desire my eyes to stay fixed on Jesus in prayer and not on others or myself. Faith makes Christ the center of attention.

The eyes of our souls can be blind to belief or they can open wide in anticipation of the Almighty’s faithfulness. If we close our spiritual eyes we extinguish hope and miss our Master’s comfort and instruction. It is when we gaze into the eyes of Jesus that He sees right through us to the heart of the matter. What matters to the Lord, becomes what matters to us. Like reading glasses, the Bible brings into focus the character of Christ. "



Pray for these sweet people below and maybe there is something going on in your life or that of someone you love that is connected in somehow to these.  God is always up to good...even in the midst of our sorrow.
Jack Thomas, the one year old grandson of a dear friend.  Jack has had a brain tumor removed.
https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jackthomas/createorsignin
Our sweet daughter in law, Jenna, who is due with their first child July 1st.
http://bandjandrews.blogspot.com/2012/05/blood-clot-2.html

Our gorgeous, twenty-eight year old god-daughter, who is ferociously fighting breast cancer. Go Meg!

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/megrex/photos/entry/num/7

Our great niece, Tanner, who is ready for God to heal her from a disorder called
Minimal Change Disease

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001526/

My friend and prayer warrior extraordinaire, Kathy, who needs 3 spots, which showed up on her brain MRI, to be gone in the Mighty Name of Jesus.


And a praise that my sweet Daddy, who was hospitalized Tuesday with what they think was a small stroke, is back home now!

Fill 'Er Up Please

Don't even ask about the duct tape on the toilet...that is another devo somewhere in time.  This is the only toilet picture I had on my computer and I am too tired to take another one.  I really wanted a picture of a beautiful pitcher of lemonade.  Maybe later after the Holy Spirit does his thing.

May 16
Every study I have done the past four days has made reference to the importance of daily calling out for the filling of the Holy Spirit. This morning I've awakened emotionally exhausted...it has to be because I have been trying to encourage and pray for some precious friends and several family members in my own strength, who are up against HUGE medical obstacles. Add to that our home being hit by lightening night before last, knocking out our phones, a fountain on our patio and frying our security system and I need a better power source than myself.


Jack Hyles, a great preacher, said, “There is no life so empty as a self-centered life, and there is no life so centered as a self-emptied life.” As you pour out yourself to others, the Holy Spirit will continually pour Himself into you.    But you need to ask and receive!  It can come upon us like a toilet bowl sending in fresh water, but we have to initiate the "flush".


Just as the lemonade pitcher has to be filled each time it is emptied, we too need to say to the Lord, "Fill 'er up please!"  We are called to "pour out' our lives into others, but we are not expected to do this on our own.  His name is the "Helper"!  His power, precision and provisions are unequal to an earthly equipping.

Yet, few know the feeling of the filling!

I hate it when groceries spoil or other products expire, never being used.  My husband doesn't understand why I sweep when the power blower is available.  God must shake his head at the surplus of Holy Spirit power, which is never tapped into.  I am going to get a permanent marker and on the side of my computer charger, which I plug in every day...I am going to write Holy Spirit, as a reminder to plug into Him and say, "Fill "er up please!"

His High Ways

May 15
In the Max Lucado Bible study I am doing the current chapter is on prayer.  Praying to our Father who art in heaven.  Lucado says, "He occupies another dimension."  And he reminds readers of Isaiah 55:8-9.
My thoughts are not like your thoughts.  Your ways are not like my ways. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

The next paragraph from "Experiencing the Heart of Jesus" is quite thought provoking as to how different our thoughts are.
"Make special note of the word like.  God's thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are they even like ours.  We aren't even in the same neighborhood.  We're thinking, Preserve the body; he's thinking Save the soul.  We dream of a pay raise. He dreams of raising the dead.  We avoid pain and seek peace. God uses pain to bring peace. "I'm going to live before I die," we resolve. "Die, so you can live," he instructs.  "We love what rusts. He loves what endures.  We rejoice at our successes.  He rejoices at our confessions.  We show our children the Nike star with the million-dollar smile and say, "Be-like Mike."  God points to the crucified carpenter with bloody lips and a torn side and says, "Be like Christ."

So how do we pray His will and way?  By faith and with willingness to trust in an out come that will be Him glory and be for our best according to His High Ways!

Happy Birthday to a Bulldog

Yesterday, our sweet Moses'
celebrated his ninth birthday.
 That's a lot of years for a bulldog. We both looked younger in this shot!
 He has rallied around as one of the boys....
 napped on the couch often with Pop...
 guarded Shiloh with dignity...
 been the first to welcome many a guest...
 withstood all the antics the grandchildren have dished out...
and even participated in dress up!
While he is slowing down, so are we...so it is still a good fit!
May 14
Princess, Chico, Champagne, Brandy, Posey, Cozy, Baloo, Spirit, Patience, Kindness, Truth and Moses are the names of the dogs I can remember, who have been entrusted to my care.  Our children have added, Bo, Precious, Piper, Tiger, Bear, Lucy, and Scottie over the years to come and trounce around Shiloh. These creatures have added joy, laughter, camaraderie and a little extra work and expense to our lives.

Just yesterday we discussed in amazement the diversity of the creatures here at Shiloh.  Fish jumping, enormous turtles gliding along in the water in the cove, geese being loud and goosey, cicadas ceasing to "shut up", blue heron, woodpeckers, and the brightest orange bellied blue birds you've ever seen. Turkey and deer trotting in the woods and the hooty hoot of an owl I've never seen.

Our God is so creative!  Today we praise You Father for all the creatures of the earth you have given us to glance upon.  Maybe a few to run from!  :)  You are amazing Lord.

How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.  Psalm 104:24

A Mother's Prayer

A Mother's Photo Reflection


I've prayed over this wild gang a long time!


 Good times were had!
These fellows have stuck together over the years!



And some how our daughter managed to stay very feminine.


















And was very thankful when God finally sent her a sister!


May 12-13
Happy Mother's Day to those of you who are mothers, those who are about to become mothers and to some very special people who have mothered without having children of their own.  May this song bless you today and would you think of some children to be the recipients of such a prayer.

I spoke with a friend this week who was grieving, because she came to know the Lord later in life and didn't have the opportunity to train up her children in the way of the Lord when they were young.  She is passionate for Christ now.  Her children see the transformation, her grandchildren are the cherished recipients of her loving touch and prayers, and God is using her in her church and community to be a light for Christ.  There should be no regrets, for she is getting on with His business, making the most of each day.

Tell a child of God about their Father's love today. Say thanks to a mother who prays!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re5EIUIXbhc

A Mother's Prayer (hannah's Song) lyrics

A Mother’s Prayer (HANNAH'S SONG) Words by Rachel Aldous
  Music by John Mandeville
Verse:
My sweet baby on loan from above. 
No better treasure could I more love. 
I stand here beside your bed as I pray 
I lay my hand on your head and I say: 
 
Chorus:
May you grow up to serve Him all of your days. 
May He lead you and guide you in all of your ways. 
May His hand bless your future with friendships that last. 
May you cherish your youth and not grow up too fast 
 
Verse:
I stare in wonder at your tiny frame. 
Just to think that God knows you by name. 
He knows every hair on your beautiful head. 
He knows your thoughts before they are said. 
 
Chorus:
 
Prayer:
May God grant you peace in the midst of a storm. 
May God give you strength even when you’re forlorn. 
May you answer the door when Jesus comes knocking. 
May wisdom guide when your mouth is talking. 
May discretion protect you and keep you pure. 
May you never stumble or fall for a lure. 
May your heart remain humble to the very end. 
May uprightness and truth be what you defend. 
May the world not ensnare or change who you are. 
May the light that's within you shine like the stars. 
May angels surround you body, spirit, mind. 
May favor and peace be yours to find. 
May rejection and pain never reach you. 
May your spirit grow bold for what you’re called to. 
 
Singing:
As you rest in God’s care I will rest, too. 
Knowing that Jesus is watching over you. 
Amen
  

Seniors Investing in Seniors



May 11
Chatting with a friend about upcoming events I explained that I had a senior banquet to attend. Living in a resort/retirement community I immediately realized she thought she was missing out on a local event.  "High school seniors", I explained, "at the private Christian school where my husband is the Head Master."

Maybe a new ministry has just become planted in my brain...Seniors Investing in Seniors!  What an emotional year the senior year is, whether it be high school or college.  It is a jumping off point into the unknown of new experiences.  (Hmmm...becoming a senior adult, facing retirement, dealing with the declines of aging can be emotional as well.)  How meaningful it would be to have a mentor who would listen and pray to the concerns that crop up that senior year.

Ask God to place a senior on your heart to encourage. It could be as simple as going for an ice cream cone together, but consider an actual face to face encounter.  Sometimes the simplest things we do make a life long impact.






You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 
Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, 
 and sound in faith,  in love and in endurance.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,  to be self-controlled  and pure, 
to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands,
so that no one will malign the word of God.
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.  In everything set them an example by doing what is good.  In your teaching show integrity, seriousness  and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Titus 2:1-8


Many Hats

May 10
Twenty-three years ago a "professional" woman approached me and said she had a book on feminist folklore that she wanted my eight year old daughter to read, because she thought it was important for my daughter to know there were women who are "thinkers" and don't just sit at home with their kids all day.
I graciously declined the offer.  With Mother's Day approaching, the thought of the many hats a mom has to wear, came to mind.
Just the other day I sat in a bank "thinking" as  I helped negotiate some mortgage options for one child.  Then I had to "think" again as I prepared an Excel sheet, talked to two caterers and searched the web for a couple hours evaluating hotel options for the wedding of another child.  Threading satin ribbon through eyelet I attached it to some beautiful damask fabric I had measure and cut, before sewing together some bridal shoe bags I had "thought" to design.  Dinner did not come out of a bag either and the process of cleaning out an infected ear of a bulldog and applying the proper medication  without being bitten wasn't a no brainer. On the side, I was reviewing estimates from a couple window companies to repair a broken window, checking three circuit breaker boxes to help the sprinkler system company make repairs to our sprinkler system and gathering some documents for one child and photos for another to be scanned.  Sit?  Hmmm...that didn't happen yesterday.

Mothers, whether they work outside the home or have chosen to stay home have a lot of thinking to do. There have been many professional mothers in our path, to whom I am eternally grateful they were willing to nurse, teach, and guide my children as well as their own. Let's remember to be considerate of one another, for seldom do we know all that is behind the choices people make.  We should never judge until we've taken the time to acquaint ourselves with another.

All that to say there is someone else who wears many hats and we should...
"Acquaint now thyself with him."  Job 22:21  (But you are going to have to THINK.)
God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Indwelling Holy Spirit play some incredible roles in our lives.
Spurgeon has an even more extensive take on these roles in his devotional called "Evening to Evening".  A great book for remembering to not put your head down at night without reflection on Him!
Here is the May 8th entry.
"If we desire to properly acquaint ourselves with God and be at peace, we must know Him as He has revealed Himself-not only in the unity of His essence and existence, but also in the plurality of His persons.  "God said, Let US make man in our image" (Gen. 1:26).  Do not let man be content until he knows something of the "us" from whom his being was derived.  Endeavor to know the Father; bury your head in His bosom in deep repentance, and confess that you are not worthy to be called His child. Receive the kiss of His love.  Let the ring that is the token of His eternal faithfulness be on your finger. Sit at His table, and let your heart be made merry in His grace. Then press forward and seek to know much of the Son of God, who is the brightness of His Father's glory; yet, in unspeakable condescension of grace, He became Man for our sakes.  Know Him in the unique complexity of His nature: eternal God, yet suffering finite man.  Follow Him as He walks the waters with the footsteps of deity and as He sits on the well in the weariness of humanity.  Do not be satisfied unless you know much of Jesus Christ as your Friend, your Brother, your Husband, your All.  Do not forget the Holy Spirit.  Endeavor to obtain a clear view of His nature and character, His attributes, and His works.  Behold that Spirit of the Lord, who first of all moved upon chaos and brought forth order; who now visits the chaos of your soul and creates the order of holiness.  Behold Him as the Lord and Giver of spiritual life, the Illuminator, the Instructor, the Comforter, and the Sanctifier.  Behold Him as, in holy power, He descends on the head of Jesus, and then afterwards rests on you who are as the skirts of His garments. Such an intelligent, scriptural and experiential belief in the Trinity in Unity us yours if you truly know God.  Such knowledge brings peace indeed!"