Saturday, September 13, 2014

Don't Be A Haman

I can hear you now, "What do you mean don't be a Haman? I don't hate the Jews or any group and want to see them all killed." I'm not saying you do. But, today as I was reading Esther 5 I noticed the downfall of Haman that led him to this extreme desire to kill a whole people group.

"Then Haman went out that day glad and pleased of heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate and that he did not stand up or tremble before him, Haman was filled with anger against Mordecai. Haman controlled himself, however, went to his house and sent for his friends and his wife Zeresh. Then Haman recounted to them the glory of his riches, and the number of his sons, and every instance where the king had magnified him and how he had promoted him above the princes and servants of the king. Haman also said, 'Even Esther the queen let no one but me come with the king to the banquet which she had prepared; and tomorrow also I am invited by her with the king. Yet all of this does not satisfy me every time I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.'" ~Esther 5:9-13 

Do you see it? Haman tells his wife and friends about all that he has been blessed with but then turns around and says, "all of this does not satisfy me every time I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate." Haman was wealthy, had the best position in the land aside from the king, many sons and had been invited to a banquet with the king and queen only. He was living the "good life" but was not satisfied because Mordecai did not fear him and would not bow before him. Seriously, 1 man caused him that much distress!

But really, isn't this all of us? We can show and tell all of the many blessings we have been given and yet get focused on that one thing we want and cannot have.

We all have our Mordecai, whether it be money, having a spouse or kids, a house, clothes, etc. We are always wanting for more when we seek things. Only in Christ can we have everything we could ever need or want. So instead of focusing on what we do not have, let's focus on what we do have, the gift of salvation and life because of Jesus death.

What is your Mordecai? Let's keep each other accountable to focus on Jesus and not our Mordecais.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Charlotte's Web

This is one of the read alouds we read to the kids during the first month of school. It was a cute story of friendship, help and sacrifice. Generally speaking it is not a bad book. Personally, I did not like the writing style of the book. My kids really seemed to enjoy it, though, and I would be glad to read it to my kids again in the future. The vocabulary in it is incredible and great for Jamey who loves to read and learn new words. I also appreciated the ending because I like realistic stories that have sad endings.

I would give the book 3 stars, though I think my kids might give it 4 or 5. :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Medicate on God's Law

"But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on His law he meditates day and night." Psalm 1:2

We have been memorizing Psalm 1 again as a family with our homeschool curriculum. Our precious daughter, when saying verse 2 says, "and on His law he medicates day and night." After hearing her say this, I realized it is very accurate. The righteous person meditates on God's law and it is a medication to the soul. Why? Because the law shows us our sin, leading us to Christ and repentance bringing life to our souls. When we are at a loss, the law points us to the Truth. God's law is perfect and it shows us the way to life. Medication is made to heal. God's law heals as it points us to Christ. Medicate on God's law. It is the best thing you can do.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Archaeologists Dig For Clues

This book is interesting in that it describes how archaeologists work. Overall it is not a bad basic information book. I personally do not agree with the dating, but this would not keep me from using this book again. It's a fun beginning kids book. I would give this book 3 stars.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Reuben's 3rd Birthday

It's hard to believe our middle child is 3 years old today! Time keeps on flying by as we go through life. We have been so blessed by our sweet Reuben as his rough and tumble play meets sweet snuggler. He reminds me so much of Jim in his personality and look. I love the way he is himself. He is beginning to try to do what the older 2 kids are doing, but at the same time content to be who he is.
This year, especially the last few months, Reuben has really blossomed. He is communicating more, answering questions and really desiring to learn. We officially started pre-school with him during our homeschool time and he is loving it. He is quickly picking up letter sounds, numbers and colors as well as growing his vocabulary. It is so fun to watch him grow. He loves to be outside and play. This is probably his favorite thing to do. He also loves to swing when we are at the playground. Reuben is an observer. He pays attention to everything and takes it all in. That is also fun to see. Really, he is just a fun kid. I love this little boy and I am so thankful that God gave Reuben to our family.

Happy Birthday, Reuben! You are so loved!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Prince Caspian

We have been reading through The Chronicles of Narnia with our kids for fun. This is the 4th book, and at this point the 2nd worst in my opinion. The story line was interesting, but did not seem to be as well written as some of the others. My kids did seem to enjoy it probably more than I did, so as a read aloud for kids it is really good. It is mild so not a lot of extra explanation is necessary. It is also fun to talk through and see the allegorical themes of following God even when others do not, and trusting in what you cannot see. Those two things struck me the most. The subtle themes are the redeeming qualities of this book. I give it 3 stars.

Friday, September 5, 2014

An Hour of Prayer

This last week our family began School of Missions at our church. From the start I knew it would be a huge blessing! One of the things they talked about was goals for getting in healthy rhythms for spiritual growth. One of those things was taking an hour each week to pray for the lost and the work God is doing around the world. Hosting women's prayer once a month has really helped with that, but this challenged me to be even more intentional about bringing the world before God. I need to get back into writing down specific world requests to go along with the requests I continually refer to from our workers overseas and set aside certain times each week to pray about those things in particular. I had that in my schedule at one time, but have gotten out of the practice badly with the chaos in our house the last few months.

Will you join me? If you live in Louisville, come to women's prayer once a month. What other time can you set aside to pray for the lost? Let's grow in prayer together!