A Quick Catch Up

It has been a full few weeks here!  God has been so good to carry me and I’m very thankful.  

Several weekends ago I led worship at our church’s women’s retreat, then a few days after returning we had some of Kenny’s family visit for the week.  And now on Monday we leave for NE to visit my family over Fall Break.  Each of these events deserve their own post and that will be coming after we return home.  There is so much to share about each.  

This week after getting the house in order after company, I’ve spent some time reflecting on the previous weeks and I’m amazed again at how good our God is.  In years past after the busy weeks we’ve had I would be feeling it and would need several days or more to recover.  But I have felt great and and am still going.  Only God can do that.  But we have our responsibility as well – God asks us to do our part too.  We can’t expect to sit idly by and wait for God to work.  The walking I’ve been doing regularly has helped tremendously to give me more energy.  (Leslie Sansone has become a good friend – check her out if you’re looking for a new way to exercise.)  I’ve been making time straight away in the morning for quiet time rather than just whenever it works during the day, and having that perspective for the day makes a world of difference.  I actually think I get more done in the day when I’ve made time for the Lord first.  Isn’t that just like HIm to do that?  Of course, I’m still working at all of this.  Some days these things don’t happen because of appointments or other commitments.  I am still a work in progress; I’m just grateful that these things are becoming habits and are helping.  

For today, I’m thoroughly enjoying having James and Anna home from school today for Fall Break.  We are having a slow day at home with no where to go which all three of us have been looking forward to.  We are continuing our tradition of watching Anne of Green Gables over break and are enjoying that today.  The cooler temperatures dictate a cup of tea while watching which make it that much more enjoyable.  So thankful for these memories with the kids.  

I’m looking forward to our time with more family this next week and will get back to writing here when I return.  I pray you see God’s blessings at every turn these coming weeks!  

*Pictures are from our walk around the neighborhood today

September Fun

Annual Labor Day Hot Air Balloon Festival…

Our school has an annual carnival every September and this was our first year to attend.  Tug of war, Plinko, and lots of other fun games!  

Our last Sky Sox game for the season…

Packing lunch for school the next day…

Watching a Broncos game…

Winning a Broncos game…

A genuine hug between brother and sister.  I can’t remember what prompted it but I quickly grabbed my phone and made them do it again.  

Quiet Time with Kids

This past summer we started something new – we tried individual quiet time with Jesus all together in one room. 

Over the past years I’ve learned to just dive in to my own quiet time even with others around, if need be.  I had to – there were so few moments to myself.  So, I’ve learned to just tune out the wrestling or piano practice or football going on in the front room and focus on what I’m studying or reading.  But I longed to teach the kids about this too.  To guide them through what “quiet time” with Jesus could look like – anything!  

We gathered their bibles, devotional books for kids, notebooks, pens and colored pencils, white board and markers, etc.  I explained that this time could be anything they wanted it to be – even just sitting quietly, praying, or listening to music that would guide their thoughts.  

The first time we did this together it felt a bit forced – “mom is making us sit and read our bibles” kind of thing.  I set a timer for a short time – only 15 minutes – and after a few minutes each settled in to what they were doing.  

As we continued through the summer, the time became more relaxed.  I’m not sure James and Anna always wanted to do this, but they never complained about it.  And, we didn’t do this every day – maybe once a week or so.  My goal wasn’t to force them into wanting to meet with Jesus, but rather to guide them and gently suggest that this time could be sweet and relaxed.  

It was fun watching them gravitate towards different things – James usually opted to read the Jesus Calling devotional for kids or read a section in scripture.  Anna would read a shorter devotional for young kids, look up the verse and then write it out or draw.  

Now that we’re into the school year again I’ve been brainstorming how to continue this.  I think Friday afternoons might work since the kids only have half days on Fridays.  That afternoon is already more relaxed – we’re usually home, have rest time, and a chunk of free time to slow.  Hopefully the kids will welcome the idea again.  If not, we’ll press on, trusting that God’s Word will make its way into their hearts.  

Isaiah 55:11
…”so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

Lord, I ask you to guide me in these efforts.  Help me to convey the love and desire I have for these meetings with you to my kids.  Help me to be relaxed about it, not forcing them but lovingly guiding them into this time.  Would you do a mighty work in their hearts and create a desire for this in them?  We trust you in these times together, Lord!

How have you taught your children in this area?  I’d welcome any ideas!