Your Heavenly Father knows...

I just love this verse! This verse came to my mind last night when I was writing down some prayer requests in my prayer journal. A particular need that I will soon have concerns me sometimes and I was praying about it. But I remembered this verse and it so encouraged me. God already knows exactly what I need as a wife and mother. He knows before I even ask. And he has promised that He will provide my needs and I don't need to worry. He still wants me to pray and give him my burdens, but I don't have to try and convince Him of the things I need. He knows I have need of all these things!



I love this little song that George Beverly Shea sings!
In the happy moments,
 Praise Him
In the difficult moments,
Seek Him.
In the busy moments,
Bless Him.
In the quiet moments,
Worship Him.
In the waiting moments,
 Trust Him.
In the painful moments,
 Touch Him.
In the lovely moments,
 Thank Him.
In the quiet moments,
 Worship Him.
For in all our moments
He is there---
In goodness, in kindness
In love.


Don't Sweat the Little Things

In marriage do you often get upset or irritated about little unimportant things?
I attended a parenting course some time back and most of the parents who attended were solo parents. They all talked negatively about their ex partners. But there was one couple doing the course together. When some of the parents were discussing how to handle conflict between themselves and the other parent of their child, this couple got asked how they deal with conflict between themselves. One comment they made was, "Don't sweat the little things!"
Now two years later I am finally learning how helpful that advice is!
My husband is a priceless treasure that God has given me. And yet too often I let petty little things make me irritable, offended or upset.
I am learning, when something 'little' happens that irritates me or upsets me, to think, 'Its just not worth getting upset about. Our marriage is worth far more. It's really no big deal!'

Titus_2:4 That they may teach the young women...to love their husbands...


To Laugh or to Cry?

Thismorning I decided to do some baking. I had a bag of lemons to use up, so I decided to make my favourite lemon loaf times four! I don't do much bulk baking, so I wasn't quite prepared. All the ingredients just fitted into my mixer, but then I added the milk. As you can imagine it splashed all over the bench and ran down the cupboards onto the floor! I emptied the mixture into my biggest pot and cleaned up the milk. I got out my hand mixer and added a bit more milk. I had it all mixed up and so I turned the hand mixer off as I pulled it out. Well, I thought I had turned it off, but instead I had turned it onto turbo! So mixture flew everywhere! Including over the window I had finally gotten around to cleaning yesterday! I just about cried. Then the thought came to me, "I can either cry or laugh. My daughters are watching me and how I respond. It's frustrating but really not that tragic! It only takes a bit of time to clean up."
I try and teach my children not to stress and get upset when things go wrong for them, so I need to set the example.
Sometimes it does me good to cry, but sometimes I just need to see the humor and laugh! Some things really don't matter. By the end of the day I had a clean kitchen and three delicious lemon loaves and some lemon muffins. It wasn't such a big deal after all!:)

I love this verse but need to be reminded of it often.
Proverbs 5:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.


Worry is a Waste of Time!

Do you worry a lot? I'm learning that a lot of what I worry about either doesn't happen, or God gives me the help I need at the time.
In other words, all my worry is for nothing! It's a waste of precious time!
I do need to think ahead and be prepared, but I should be praying instead of worrying.
This week my husband was away for most of the week, so I was going to be on my own with three children under 5yrs. My husband has had to work long hours lately, and I have found it difficult to get through dinner time without his help. So I started to worry about how I was going to cope when he was away for 5 nights.
Guess what? The worrying was a waste of time. A few days before he went away, my Mum unexpectedly contacted me and asked if I would like to bring the children to their home for a week (They live 41/2 hrs away). It worked out perfectly, and instead of having a difficult tiring week, I had a VERY relaxing week with lots of babysitters to help! :) My husband was able to come and pick us up at the end of the week and bring us home again.
But even if that hadn't happened, God would have helped me through.
At the moment there is a possibility that our (unborn) baby has a heart problem. We are going for a scan tomorrow to find out. While I was staying with my parents, my dad reminded me of this verse in 2 Timothy. God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
His advice was, "If there is a problem with your baby, you don't have to be afraid. You just have to go through it and God will help you."
And I am learning that this advice is very true! Worrying does no good, and God will always help us through the difficult times.


Some Encouraging Verses

I have felt a bit worn out this week. My husband has had to work very long hours, and my children have been waking up very early! One day was especially busy and I was absolutely exhausted by the end of it. After a good nights sleep I woke up feeling just as exhausted. I wondered how on earth I was going to get through the day. Looking after 3 little children, being pregnant and keeping my home in order takes a lot of energy! I was afraid I was not going to be able to cope.
At the breakfast table I read Psalm chapter 34. It so cheered me up and gave me confidence that God would help me. And He definitely did! I am sharing the verses in the chapter that were really encouraging to me. I hope they're an encouragement to you too. God is so good and always willing to help!

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.