Sunday, January 23, 8:47 p.m.
So says Naomi, mother of four little ones:
“I discovered this blog a week or two ago and clicked on this 5’o'clock club wondering what it was about. People committing to getting up at 5am to have their quiet time?! Wow! Simultaneously, I thought ‘I could never do that’, and, ‘I want to do that’. The next day I tried and failed. I couldn’t drag myself out of bed. The rest of the day I felt so disappointed, but I also prayed many times that God would get me up the next day. He did, and every day since. I am astounded at just how wonderful it is. I am able to spend two hours every morning with the Lord. I am a mother of four young children, and that amount of time seemed totally out of the realms of possibility a few weeks ago. And yet it is something I always longed for. I am not a morning person, and it does hurt to be up that early (until I’ve had my cuppa), but every morning when the kids start waking up, I am dancing inside, exclaiming ‘I just spent two hours with God!!’ I am discovering new things in his Word, contemplating them, systematically reading his Word, praying for myself and my family and lots of other people and singing praise. I consider it the craziest thing I’ve ever done. But I figure Jesus deserves a crazy commitment.”
We couldn’t resist giving this “Pick One Spot” entry an honorable mention. The Bice sisters, Becca and Grace, will receive $50 to their favorite home store.
Becca described the project to reorganize their sewing room: “Six hours, five bags of things to give away, four new IKEA boxes, three vintage patterns, two bags of garbage, and one messy room later, we have a clean and organized sewing room that we can now enjoy!”
Nicole for Carolyn, Kristin, and Janelle
...Cindy Watson! As always, it was a difficult decision; but we think you’ll see why she is the winner of our $100 gift certificate to her favorite home store. Cindy writes about her “spot”:
Here’s one messy entry! This is a room that serves as our laundry room, sewing room, storage room, kids crafts and games room, and even a small section for things that won’t fit in our pantry. So as you can see in the first 3 pictures, it was clean up time.
After 2 days of work, we threw out 4 large black garbage bags full of stuff we don’t use. I am so excited that I actually want to get in there and do laundry, sew, and just stare at my clean shelves. You’ll also notice that there are a couple of empty shelves too—room to grow!
Being a parent of young children can sometimes be a confusing experience. You face many new challenges that you don’t always know how to handle. Thankfully Scripture provides the clarity we so desperately need. And God has provided wonderful teachers to help us apply biblical principles in parenting to our every day lives.
On Saturday, my brother-in-law, Brian Chesemore, hosted a morning seminar on Parenting Ages Infant to Five. I’ve heard great things about it from my friends who trekked across the river to attend. You can listen and benefit without leaving your house. Simply download all three sessions:
Biblical Principles of Parenting
Training, Discipline, and the Rod
Questions and Answers (w/ Kristin Chesemore and Ben & Erin Wikner)
Our church lost another dear friend last night. Nineteen-year-old Amy Calderone went home to be with the Lord. On December 14, she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and last night God took her home. Amy was a godly young woman who, even when she was healthy, wrote many songs and poems expressing her “intense anticipation for heaven.”
“She was not afraid of death,” said her mom, Patty, “knowing she had been reconciled to God through Jesus’ death for her sins, and raised to new life by His powerful resurrection. Rather, she understood death to be the gateway into God’s very presence.”
Dave and Patty: we rejoice that Amy is worshipping in the presence of the Savior she loved so much. And we grieve with you and your family. We are praying for you!
There’s substance that’s casting these shadows
There’s reason behind all this pain
All gold is made pure by refining
And plants cannot grow without rain
He’s promised to hold you and keep you
He’s told you that he’s always there
His Word says He’ll never forsake you
Or test you past what you can bear
So trust in Him all through this darkness
Hold fast to the truth of His Word
Be certain of His gracious promise
And rest in Christ Jesus our Lord
For one day all pain shall be broken
Renewed shall be joy that was lost
All death, pain and fear have been conquered
Because of His death on the cross