Thursday, March 02, 2006

Taking refuge in the Lord.

How awesome is our God that He is faithful to His Word.

Yesterday, I had such a sweet moment where a couple of scriptures came to life:

Psalm 119:11 Your word I have treasured in my heart,That I may not sin against You.


Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

As you can probably guess having three kids under the age of 3 makes for an interesting and active house. Yesterday was a typical day. Right about dinner time, all of my little kiddos were operating in 5th gear and so was I. Dinner was on the stove and the table was being set when Sam had not gotten what he wanted. So he started in with his typical tempertantrum of whines that are always intensified by hunger. I was trying to handle my son and not burn dinner which will help solve his problem. My usually happy 'Juju Bean' was crying and crying... steadily increasing in her volume. Gabi decided to come to me with her 50 consecutive "why" questions. My head was spinning. Now, I have a break point which is usually set off by a combination of the chaos and volume level. Well we reached it yesterday. Usually this is when I fall into sin. The pressure cooker is cranked to high and what comes out is not pretty. I quiet my children (the older 2) with a loud and cross word. This response leaves me with guilt and shame. My conscience doesn't let me go on very long before I have to ask for their forgiveness.
All to the Glory of God... this did not happen yesterday. I held my tongue and thought about Psalm 18:2. The Lord is my God, my shield, my refuge. I don't need quiet. I need Him. I don't need order. I need the Lord in this moment to be my refuge. Not only from the noise and craziness but from the sin that still lingers in my heart. Oh how that calmed my heart and my mind. What a great God! Following Him, Leaning on Him, Resting on the truth of His Word made me free from my former reaction of anger.
Usually after the kids go to bed, Steve and I get a chance to talk about how my day went. I was so thrilled to say that the Word I have hidden in my heart kept me from sinning againt the Lord and my children. To Him be the Glory!

6 Comments:

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Patti Hobbs said...

Linda,

That is so encouraging I think for young mothers to hear. I know that as much as I would have liked to have always responded as I should have when my kids were little (they're 23, 21, 18, 16, 14, & 12 now), I didn't. It was part of the humbling process knowing that it took the Lord's work in my life to change me...and of course I'm so very grateful for those persons he used to make me more like himself. I very much see that seeing the consequences of my actions on other people for whom I cared so deeply is a very effective teaching tool.:-) And it always was/is those pressure cooker type situations where things just build and build and finally some small thing can cause everything to blow.

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger Linda said...

Patti,

Praise Him for continuing to mold us lumps of clay for His use and glory.

Of those 6, how many girls and boys?

In Christ,
Linda

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger Patti Hobbs said...

Four are boys and two are girls. And as it turns out the first four are the boys and the last two are the girls. I was quite shocked to have a girl with #5 because I'd formed this mental block that it must be possible for us to only have boys. It is nice to have the girls last though because there are things I will have more time to do with them--things like sewing, knitting, crocheting. My 14yo is already a very proficient seamstress.

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger Homemanager said...

Hello Linda and Patti,
It looks like I followed you over here! :o)
Thanks for the post Linda. The Lord has been impressing me with how important it is that Word of God is being stored in my heart. I have memorized 4 chapters so far and I have found as I meditate on them, that there is a peaceful ordering that comes into my heart and I can see beyond my circumstances.
This weekend I will be attending a women's conference where the speaker has memorized 100 chapters of scripture! The thing that I was most impressed about when I met her (at a pre-conference meeting) was the joy that she has. Made me want it too! :o)

Patti,
Isn't it a blessing to have a big family! :o) I have 4 girls and 1 boy. ranging in age from 18, 16, 12, 8, 5.
My boy is 8.
What kind of sewing do you do? Do you have any pretty patterns for women/girls?
God Bless!

 
At 7:32 PM, Blogger Patti Hobbs said...

I feel a lot more schizophrenic than I used to. I don't know if it's my age (I hope not!) or if it's just that with my oldest three in college and the oldest married that there are so many other things to keep track of. Linda's words have encouraged me to re-focus on Scripture memorization. We used to be very diligent about memorizing about a chapter a month during the school year, and the last couple of years have been harder for me to be more regular about it.

I have sewn three dresses recently. I am very short-waisted and so anything with a waist looks terrible on me. I've finally figured out what looks good on me and losing about 25 pounds didn't hurt any either.:-) I have sewn quilts for my boys and for nieces and nephews. I like making the pretty fabric combinations on a quilt. But I'm not very creative, so I have to copy something else I see. My oldest daughter doesn't like to use patterns and so she makes mainly dresses and skirts for herself. I really think she ought to follow some patterns for awhile to learn techniques she's not learned yet. I was hoping that her new sister-in-law could be an encouragement that way. My youngest daughter is crocheting an afghan. She's got about six inches done on it....but it looks very nice. My oldest daughter is now sewing some prairie-style bonnets for a homeschool company that goes to conventions.

As far as big families go, they are a blessing. I have so many friends who have larger families, that mine doesn't seem so large. My oldest son married the oldest daughter of ten children. (you can see the wedding photos at http://cleverwelding.com/wedding ) One thing that I think is an especial blessing is seeing how unique each individual is. It is so clear just having the children and then homeschooling them where you spend so much time with them makes it so abundantly clear. You get a chance to see not only the weaknesses, but also the strengths. Also I know that my children with certain giftings have encouraged the other children who don't have those same gifts to do things they probably wouldn't ever have done.

 
At 10:01 PM, Blogger Elisabeth said...

Linda-
Your conclusion tonight was so powerful. Thanks. That is definately a good topic to pursue, especially as we evalute ourselves and how we can be better preparing ourself for the (maybe)near future.

Elisabeth

 

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