Do you wear an “S” on your chest? (This one’s for the Super Moms!)

Each day I face the day with a hopeful expectancy of getting about 211 things done before 3pm. Adventurous? Yes. Hopeful? Yes. Realistic? No. Even my Saturday’s have a TO DO LIST.

Now, I know better than to expect myself to complete all the tasks on my To Do List A.K.A. Wish List. And, when I do not complete certain tasks sometimes I really beat myself up. I feel like I have failed that day. Do you ever feel like that? Do you ever feel like you put on your Super Hero gear ready to rescue the day, only to finish the day feeling like you have to double your efforts the next day?

When our son was born, everything changed. We had to evaluate our schedule, we had to change our priorities, and we had to settle down more. My husband, Scott and I have always been the type of people to do, do, do, and do some more. I have always had an issue with telling people no, so I just said yes to almost everything asked of me within reason. And in saying yes, I of course brought Scott in on it too. How nice of me. Then he started saying yes more and more and before we knew it, we were on the road doing so much, that we would just scratch our heads and say how did we get this occupied? Then Seth joined our family, and like I said, everything changed. I learned to say no more, and I learned that I could not do it all even though I sure thought I could. After all, I am Wonder Woman, turned Wonder Mom! Or Super Woman turned Super Mom if you prefer, wink wink.

So dear readers, lately I have been thinking a lot about my priorities and the new baby we have on the way. We have enjoyed the last 8 years being a family of 3, and now, that number is going to increase, and our schedule and lifestyle will change again. I’m a little more prepared this time around since this is not our first baby, but it’s been 8 years. So much time has passed, even Scott said the other day that he could hardly remember what it was like having a little, little baby 24/7. I remember some things, like putting the TV remote in the refrigerator because I was so tired from all the lack of sleep, I think we put the telephone in there too. Or the time, I asked Scott where the baby was after I had woke up from a quick nap, and he was so exhausted he could not remember where he laid Seth down (we had 2 cribs) and started calling out “Seth!” meanwhile I am laughing hysterically because I knew a week old baby was not going to answer him back “Here I am dad.” I love to remember the funny times. I am sure there are many more, but then this little blog would be a book.

What about you? What tasks do you take on that could be something that you could pass on, or simply just not add to your list? How many times do you say I wish I had more time for this, or that, and beat yourself up because you did not do your Super Cape justice? Stop. Please stop. Before you drive yourself crazy. I am talking to myself here too, believe me every moment of my day is occupied. In fact as I write this I have a timer to my right keeping me on target with my daily goals. I only have this break because right now it’s circle time and our little daycare friends are doing show and tell with my mom. At 11am I will be in the kitchen preparing lunch for those 8 sweet friends, cleaning up the kitchen, then Home School my wonderful son while the other little friends nap time about 1pm. So you see I never stop. My mom never stops (we are a team, we work together). Am I complaining? No way, I love my life, my crazy, fun, adventurous, never a dull moment life. All I am saying is I could not do everything without a list, and I can’t do everything on the list either. And I am learning that, that is okay. What is more important to me is making sure my family knows how much I love them, how much God loves them, and no matter how occupied I might be, they are always my #1 priority.

We, as parents only get one shot at raising our children. If that means the laundry piles up to the ceiling because Seth needs me to help him more with Math, then the laundry piles up. If it means the dishes wait till after Seth is in bed because he wants me to look at him play Wii to see him beat a level he has been working on, then the dishes will wait. What is important to my family is important to me. When I decided to be a wife and a mother I knew my life might be on hold much of the time. I knew that I would have to place myself second to my family many times too. And that’s okay, because one day Seth will be grown and have his own family, and so will our other little one on the way, and then our nest will be empty. So if my task list is still long at the end of the day, that’s okay with me, because I know the most important tasks have been done.

Please enjoy this chart, the link is below, it was emailed to me through a blog I subscribe to called Passionate Homemaking. I really hope you like it as much as I do, it really makes you think, and places a good perspective within you. Have a happy day, and if you are wearing an “S” on your chest today don’t forget it’s ok to take it off from time to time and just be you. Love to all ~ S.

http://harvestministry.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/AbidingMom.pdf

New Year, New Blessings Part 2, and Laminin

Dear Readers,

Here is Part 2 of the Lesson on New Year, New Blessings. I hope you all enjoy every word, please make sure your volume is turned up when you watch the video, it is simply amazing!

Last week we learned about the importance of Blessings and how God our Creator wants to bless all of His children. Today we will dig a little deeper to ask:

How do we know God wants to bless us? AND Is there proof that God takes special interest in us?

When we get close to God, He shows us His love by placing blessings into our lives. He wants us to have so many blessings that we simply cannot contain them all. God has given us the wisdom and the knowledge to discover great things! Great things about His Word, and great things about the world we live in, and how things work. He even gave us the ideas to develop technology that can change our world, and our lives. The video you are about to see shows us how much our Heavenly Father loves us and that He will go into great detail just to prove His love. Please turn your volume up now, you will not want to miss a single word.

Isn’t it amazing that God made special protein cells called Laminin, and that this Laminin is the very “glue” that holds our bodies together? Isn’t it amazing that the Laminin is in the shape of a cross, which reminds us of Jesus and how He holds us together? If God would take such great care in creating us with cells that look just like the cross, how much more does God want us to be blessed, and to bless others. What other proof do we need? Why do we keep searching for more when God is all we really need? He reminds us in so many ways of his love for us, and all we have to do is receive the blessing of His love. If you want this love in your life, all you have to do is ask God to forgive your mistakes, and accept that His Son Jesus is the Savior, then ask that Jesus to help you live your life everyday and guide your life. Begin to surround yourself with people who love the Lord, and the Bible.  Visit a few churches until you find the one that will help you learn more about God. You are always welcome to comment or email me, I would love to know if you made a decision to follow Jesus, and it would be my honor to pray for you as you begin your exciting journey.

NEVER forget what you are made of, NEVER forget that you are created with a special purpose. NEVER forget that when you are going through a bad time that our loving Father in Heaven is HOLDING US TOGETHER!!!! NEVER FORGET WHAT YOU ARE MADE OF!!!! NEVER FORGET HOW MUCH YOU ARE LOVED!

Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Many Blessings,

S

New Year, New Blessings!

Hello Dear Readers,

I had the honor of teaching the first two Sunday’s of this month. This is part one of the lesson. It was a thrill for me to get to start the New Year sharing what I love with others during our Sunday service. Enjoy!

When we think of the New Year we think of a fresh start, new beginnings, personal goals, financial goals, and family goals. But, how often do we think of God’s Blessing for His Creation, us, His children.

Today I want to talk with you about a special blessing God wants all of us to receive. This blessing is so important because it covers us completely in every area of our life. This blessing is so specific that God commanded the Priests to bless the people not using their own words, but rather using and exact formulation for the blessing, prefacing the instruction with the words: “Thus shall you bless.” This reveals that the blessing comes from the LORD Himself, the priests were a means for transmitting His gracious will. Now that we have Jesus, our Messiah, our Savior we know that He is The High Priest, and that His sacrifice made it possible for us to enter boldly before God. So today we can pray, petition, and speak blessings knowing that our voice will be heard, and our words will be fruitful before the Lord our Creator, because of Jesus.

So what is this blessing? We find it in Numbers 6:23-27 It is known in the Jewish community as the Birkat Kohanim or The Priestly Blessing.

Before we dig deeper we should understand what a blessing is, and how it is defined.

bless·ing  (blsng) 

n. 

1. The act of one that blesses.
2. A short prayer said before or after a meal; grace.
3. Something promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being, or prosperity; a boon.
4. Approbation; approval: This plan has my blessing.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


blessing [ˈblɛsɪŋ]

n 

1. the act of invoking divine protection or aid
2. the words or ceremony used for this
3. a short prayer of thanksgiving before or after a meal; grace
4. (Non-Christian Religions / Judaism) Judaism Also called brachah brocho 

a. a short prayer prescribed for a specific occasion and beginning “Blessed art thou, O Lord…”
b. a section of the liturgy including a similar formula
5. approval; good wishes her father gave his blessing to the marriage
6. the bestowal of a divine gift or favour
7. a happy event or state of affairs a blessing in disguise

God was so deliberate when He shared this blessing that his very name is made by the hands of the priest while the blessing is said, according to Numbers 6:27 “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”

When the blessing is recited the priest raises his hands with the palms facing outward and the thumbs of his outspread hands touching. The four fingers on each hand are split into tow sets of tow fingers forming the Hebrew letter Shin, the emblem for Shaddai – which means “ALIMIGHTY” – meaning all power, or unlimited power.

This encourages me for the New Year knowing that the God of Unlimited Power wants to now only bless us, but place that very name upon us. That’s how much He loves His creation, his children. He wants us to be blessed in all areas with UNLIMITED POWER, with the POWER of the ALMIGHTY leading, guiding, and directing us everyday!

But it gets so much better. As we continue to study the Priestly Blessing we learn that the people accepted the blessing and responded. I don’t know about you, but I love to give and find it very hard to receive. I am getting better, but not without deliberate determination to accept blessings from others as I in turn love to bless others. My response to someone wanting to bless me has not always been with a full heart of welcome, because I would feel like they were going out of their way for me. Now I understand that when someone gives you something out of a heart of love and blessing we should receive it warmly, that way they too will be blessed.

So how do we receive and respond to a blessing from our Heavenly Father? We anticipate His blessing with a thankful heart, and declare that His Word is so. Here is the blessing that the priests recited, along with the response of the people.

NUMBERS 6: 23-27

PRIEST: May the LORD bless you and protect you.

PEOPLE: Yes, may it be His will.

PRIEST: May the LORD shine His face to you and be gracious to you.

PEOPLE: Yes, may it be His will.

PRIEST: May the LORD turn (or lift up) His face to you and give to you peace.

PEOPLE: Yes, may it be His will.

This blessing is recited during services and it can also be recited over children on Friday night before the start of the Shabbat meal or as a bedtime blessing. The very name of God represents love and mercy, and  justice and power as our Creator. Jewish tradition considers this both material and spiritual prosperity. Pirkei Avot 3:15 says, “If there is no flour, there is no Torah,” which means that material benefits are intended to help you pursue study of Torah, or The Bible. The word “blessing” first appears in the Scriptures as “be fruitful and multiply” (Gen. 1:22). God will guard, protect, heed, as in the exercise of diligent care the blessing He has placed upon you. Only God has the power to secure the blessing and keep it from turning sour or from fading away. What good is a blessing if it is not protected?  The word for “face”  is considered and is thought by some to indicate God’s revealed and hidden attributes in creation. God’s wisdom is also apart of this blessing in that He would light our path and guide us with His wisdom.  May God grant you grace or favor means to understand the “breadth and length and height and depth” of God’s love (Eph.3:18). Grace refers to the bestowal of an undeserved gift. The blessing is bestowed even though unearned or unmerited. Our face is an indication of our heart’s attitude, in the last part of the blessing God lifts up His face to us. The “lifting of face” pictures God lifting you up as a father might lift up his child in joy. The “showing of face” indicates spiritual intimacy.  All of the other blessings are useless without God’s inner peace placed in our lives, and therefore it is the seal of the blessing. Shalom or Peace is not simply the absence of strife, but a balance and harmony between the finite and infinite, the temporal and the eternal, the material and the spiritual realms. Shalom (peace) is a gift from Sar Shalom, the Prince of Peace.

You may ask, what does a Jewish blessing have to do with me? That is the exciting part! This blessing is for everyone, and Galations 3:26-28 reveals this to us:

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

So that means, that ALL OF GOD’S BLESSING are for us to obtain, because Jesus paid the ultimate price. Now, we have a connection to our Heavenly Father who loves and adores His creation so much that he sacrificed His ONLY son. What greater love is this? How can we not receive blessing from Him, when He so clearly wants us to live a blessed life? Here is another version of the same scripture:

Galatians 3:28 (The Message)

In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.

This is exciting for us because it opens up a whole new world of understanding. When we understand the God of the Jews, and we realize that this same God is our God, our father, and that everything he promised pertains to ALL OF HIS CHILDREN, it is cause for great rejoicing.  When you are in love with someone you want to find out everything about them. Since our Savior was Jewish I want to know everything about His culture, and in learning, many things are revealed when we look at the whole Bible through the eyes of our Savior. The bible says: Psalms 19:11 that God warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. The Bible is a treasure, throughout history men have died for the purpose of keeping the Word of God available to future generations. God wants to reveal the hidden treasures of His Word to us so that we can have a deeper relationship with Him. Just as we learn the secrets of those we love, God’s secrets have been kept and stored here in His Word for us to discover and grow from. So that our lives will be changed, so that our faith will increase, and so that we can fully understand and receive the blessings His has for us all.

So as we begin the NEW YEAR let us notice God, and His goodness. Be thankful for the gift of His Son Jesus to us, that opens up blessings not just for the New Year, but for every single day of our lives. AMEN.

Happy 2011

Hello Dear Readers,

First, let me wish you all a very Happy 2011! I want to thank all of you for being so faithful to read my blog, and I also want to apologize for taking so long to blog. I took a long Holiday, much longer than I anticipated. Again, thank you for your loyalty and patience with me while I was on a mini sabbatical.

I will be posting a few blogs in addition to this one to kind of “catch up” on things so if you are a subscriber and you are getting email alerts please be patient this will not be a continued pattern, just trying to make up for lost blogging time.

So with that said Happy 2011 dear ones, please keep reading, and thank you for following this blog and commenting or emailing me. Your comments are well appreciated. I look forward to a great 2011 with you! Enjoy this video of New Year’s Around the World! Peace and Love to you all!

 

Many Blessings,

S