Monday, February 25, 2013

A Warning to Mothers

Hi Friends! I am excited to invite you to join me over at Missional Women.  Missional Women is a website dedicated to teaching Women how to live Missionally. We hope to teach how to view the world as your mission field and to see how Christ can use you in the every day simple moments. 

This month I realized, it had been YEARS since I have actually sat through a commercial because we use a DVR.  I never watch television when the children are awake so everything I watch I Fast Forward or I watch it on Netflix.  Am I the only one? :) 
Well last month I was rudely awakened to an area I never had considered guarding my children

If you are a DVR addict as well I would love to invite you to join me over at Missional Women and give me your thoughts.




It's been a while.  I am currently writing periodically over at 
and trying to keep up (but miserably failing ;) ) 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Surrendering a Gripey Heart

The other night, after I had sent my children to their bed for the 3rd time, I overheard my son reading rather loudly.  After I told him, "Baby, it's past quiet time.  It's now sleep time. You must go to sleep."  He said, "Mommy, I'm reading Paitlyn a book to help her calm down. Her heart is broken."

For the last year or so my children have been sneaking into my bed around 2:30 every morning for "mommy snuggles".  I LOVE those times with my children but my lack of sleep was getting old, my husband and I are trying to toughen up, through their tears and broken hearts and keep them in their beds all night.

Paitlyn (3) was still snubbing from her broken heart and that is why Jaxson (5) was reading a book to her.  My heart melted over the love my son has for his sister and how thoughtful he can be towards her.  What a blessed little girl, I thought. Then I considered how one day she might take that love and care forgranted, just like we do with ALL blessings.

Over the last few days I have struggled with a gripey heart.  I have had this amazing ability to find fault and conflict in everything.  I HATE when my heart becomes so negative.  When my heart is negative it is even hard to pray because I feel so far away from the Lord, it's a miserable feeling.  I began praying so hard for the Lord to bless me with perspective.  I prayed for Him to give me His eyes to see circumstances.  His compassion to view conflict. His grace to overcome my negative mindset.

That was the night I found my son caring for his sister. What a blessing! I stayed in the living room listening to him talk to her and when he finished reading to her he prayed for her and for... well he's 5 so he prayed for everything under the sun, even Woody and Buzz Lightyear. :)

Today if you're feeling the weight of a negative heart, if you feel like you're the only one and no one else could understand your frustration, pain, loneliness, anger or regret - whatever you're going through.  I challenge you (and this may be hard) to consider your blessings, find ways to bless others and pray for perspective. (James 1:5)
 
Psalm 119:169-176 (NAS)
Let my cry come before You, O Lord;
Give me understanding according to Your word.

Let my supplication come before You;
Deliver me according to Your word.
Let my lips utter praise,
For You teach me Your statutes. 
 
Let my tongue sing of Your word,
For all Your commandments are righteousness.
Let Your hand be ready to help me,
For I have chosen Your precepts.
I long for Your salvation, O Lord,
And Your law is my delight.
Let my soul live that it may praise You,
And let Your ordinances help me.
 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant,
For I do not forget Your commandments.
 
Our hearts are incapable of being full of Praise and Complaint at the same time.  Lord fill our hearts and thoughts full of YOUR PRAISE!!!
 
HIS clay,
Melissa

Saturday, July 14, 2012

There's No Such Thing as a Cliche Verse

I have always heard the 23rd Psalm.  I think I've had it memorized since I was in Children's Church. You hear it read at every funeral, and even recited by secular rap stars- but I never thought about what it really meant.  I've unfortunately always thought of it as a "cliche verse", in which case there's really no such thing. I pray that it blesses you the way that it just blessed me.

Psalms 23 was written by David. 

The Lord is my shepherd; -David was a shepherd. Sheep are a very trusting animal.

I shall not want. - the sheep have no worries over tomorrow, what they will eat, what they will drink.  Their shepherd provides all of their needs-their only job is to follow their Master.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. - He's a good Shepherd, who gives good things to His sheep.  He doesn't give them His left overs, or what will just "make do", dirty water or just a place to stay. He's a good Shepherd who takes pride in His flock.

He restores my soul. -  His presence brings His sheep peace.

He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name's sake. -
He leads me to do what is right - He takes pride in me, He shows me off. As a shepherd shows off his flock he adores, cherishes and protects.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; 
    your rod and your staff, they comfort me. -  It does not matter where His feet may lead me, I will have no fear in the presence of my Master. He guards me from evil and fends off my enemies. - I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.-John 10:11 (ESV)


You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; -I can face my fears when He's guiding me. In His presence I am never alone.
you anoint my head with oil;- He blesses me.
my cup overflows.- His love overwhelms me
Surely goodness (steadfast love) and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life, - When I pursue Him, when I follow Him, when I cling to His side, His Blessings will never cease!
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. - and I will forever remain in the presence of my Good Shepherd!

I was thinking about all the times as a sheep, I ran off from the flock.  I wound up chasing butterflies or something else and lost sight of my Master. 

Don't we, so often, start chasing after something else and somehow wind up stuck in the thorn bushes?  Crying out for our Shepherd and sometimes having the audacity to blame Him saying "Why did You bring me here? Why have You left me?" When I'm the one that left and it started when I began chasing after something else?

Then I am overwhelmed at the realization that I have "the Good Shepherd".  He doesn't roll His eyes and think - "I told you so. Too bad, so sad." Nope I have "the Good Shepherd" who instead:
...If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.- Matthew 18:12-13

He chases after you with His steadfast love, rejoicing when He finds His little one. In those days of shepherding; if a shepherd had one of his sheep run off, when he found him, break his legs and carry it across his shoulders, to retrain that lamb to remember his masters voice and for the lamb to remember the goodness and provision found in the master's presence.

Lord I pray to have complete trust in You, as a lamb does for it's shepherd. May I know Your presence and bask in Your goodness. Lord break my legs if it will draw me deeper into Your presence. Increase my faith.
Your Clay,
Melissa