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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pondering and Praying to Inspire and Encourage

A friend of mine mentioned pondering and it really got me to thinking, or really pondering about things.  We as Moms, homeschool educators, wives, sisters, neighbors and on it goes....have many looking to us for guidance, support and nurturing.  God has called us to fill all these roles!  WOW!  God has faith in us and has called us to be diligent servants!!!

As God spoke to Mary, about being mother to His one and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, "But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart."  Luke 2:19

pon·der
ˈpändər/
verb
  1. think about (something) carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion. 


We are to be in Him and helping others along our journey.  We all have our gifts and He instructs us to use them.

"They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share," 1 Timothy 6:18

We all ponder are we doing right by Him, by our husbands, children and peers?  There are times when I feel I could have done better, provided a better answer, prayed a little harder.  Pondering upon the past but looking to the future on how I can do better.  Pondering over the past year and all of the beautiful Moms I have been blessed with interacting with and blessing with educational support for their homeschooling curriculum through field trips and activities for their children.  After all that is why we homeschool right?  For the children, our children!  God has blessed us with the opportunity to homeschool them.  He layed the decision on our hearts and guided our way.  No matter when we made that decision it was through His grace.  Our Lord has given us each special gifts to use


From The Epistle to the Romans, the 6th Book in the New Testament:

2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. 
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 
4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 
5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 
6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 
7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;
8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Love

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 
13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 
16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 
19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"says the Lord. 
20 On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." 
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Image result for fellowshipOur pastor did an amazing sermon hitting each and every one of these points!!!  http://www.cvconline.org/message/right-with-god-week-19/

Whether in word, attitude or action, we are to love the enemy and one another.  We are all bruised reeds in one fashion or another, not knowing what the other is going through....so God commands us to do all things in love, with grace, mercy and forgiveness.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God," Ephesians 2:8

He instructs us to build each other up, to be in fellowship with one another!  Encouraging and supporting through our trials and tribulations as homeschool moms.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."  1 Thessalonians 5:11
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I always enjoy the company of friends and sharing hospitality in our home.   Every morning I awake and pray to God to give me strength for the day and keep me and my children humble, to be welcoming to all who God puts in our path.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

The love of God first works IN you.....then the love of God works THROUGH you!  As each day closes I thank our Lord for what He has brought for that day.  A new face to greet, an encouraging word, a moment that brought a smile from a child.  Remembering that from the Lord of Lords and King of Kings all things are possible and that when things do not go as planned, He has our best interest at heart!!!

"As iron sharpens iron, so one mans sharpens another"  Proverbs 27:17

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