What a Week

This Week’s Loft Prompt is this picture:
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Sometimes you just gotta take a break. If I thought it would help I’d sit under a blanket. It has been a rough few weeks here.
I just keep praying for God to pour out His love on me so that it overflows onto the Littles. To help me focus on the tasks at hand. To remind me that I am serving Him. To renew my strength.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 
Colossians 3:23-24
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Galatians 6:9

This too shall pass. One day they will not come to me for milkies. One day there will not be toys to get around. There will be less laundry. I am just going to enjoy this season as much as I can.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

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This Week’s Prompt: A Picture Prompt – take a look at the picture below and write a post about how it speaks to you.
 

October 28 - Picture Prompt at The Loft
October 28 – Picture Prompt at The Loft

 
 
 
November Prompts: The month of November will be all about Thanksgiving and being thankful. Any post, picture, poem, song about thankfulness is what we are linking up in November.
 
 
 
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Autumn | A Loft Prompt

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

Anne Shirley

This week at the Loft our theme is Autumn.
After a mentally, emotionally and physically taxing week, this is not going to be a deep post! I need some fluff to clear my head. I will see what I can do before I head to bed! If this does not make much sense, I am sorry. It is late and I am tired.
I used to not care much for Autumn. Everything getting icky and brown. dead leaves everywhere (because so matter how much I raked, I never got a pile of leaves worth jumping in…)….Winter has the hope of snow, Spring the promise of flowers, Summer has swimming, so, as a kid, Autumn was not my favorite season.
I do not care for the word ‘fall’ in reference to the Autumn season. Why say ‘fall’ when you can say ‘autumn’?
Now, however, I appreciate to lovely colors (I was trying to find a snippet I wrote about vibrant colors and such, but it’s super late, and I need to wrap this up and head to bed).
A newish family tradition we have is to go to my mom’s for a hayride to a pumpkin field and pick out a pumpkin. We will be doing that soon. I like getting pictures of the kids in the pumpkin patch.

Not the best quality, but the road leading to my mom’s house. The leaves are just starting to turn….

2013 in the Pumpkin Patch

2014 in the Patch

Hayride to pick pumpkins 2014

I like pumpkin everything, so come September, hubby gets to try all sorts of pumpkiny goodness. He said he never really disliked pumpkin until I started putting it in everything….

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To Participate:

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6. Link-Up. Each Wednesday morning at 5am EST, the link goes live, and for 6 glorious days you can link up your post on that week’s prompt. The linky will close at 5pm EST on Monday.

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We are going to provide a months worth of prompts each week so that you can be thinking and planning for the coming weeks.
This Week’s Prompt: Autumn
October 28 Prompt: A Picture Prompt – take a look at the picture below and write a post about how it speaks to you.

October 28 - Picture Prompt at The Loft
October 28 – Picture Prompt at The Loft

November Prompts: The month of November will be all about Thanksgiving and being thankful. Any post, picture, poem, song about thankfulness is what we are linking up this month.
I hope you will plan to join us each week at The Loft Link-Up.
Now, it is time to link-up!!


Finding a Mentor | A Loft Prompt

Finding A Mentor @godschicki
I am excited to be co-hosting at the Loft again this week. Our theme? Mentors.
I have chosen to talk about finding a mentor.
I like to learn. I mean, I really like to learn (except in math, that just makes my head hurt after a while). Cooking, gardening, crafting, drawing, painting, sewing, being a homemaker, a godly wife and mother. I enjoy reading and sharing and listening to these topics and more.

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. 

Titus 2:3-5

This is an area we, as a whole church, do not focus on much. We are not being intentional about teaching our women of faith to share with the next generations.
That makes it hard to find a mentor sometimes. Ideally, our mothers and her friends should be our first mentors, teaching us as we grow. Just because we are ‘adults’ does not mean we do not need mentors. As we travel through the seasons of life, we need to look for mentors who have been there and done that, and handled it in a godly manner.
A quick Google of Mentor brought up this definition from the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge:

“A mentor is a person or friend who guides a less experienced person by building trust and modeling positive behaviors.”

Dictionary.com defines it as:

a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
 I have been blessed with several wonderful mentors for various seasons of my life. My mom and her friends. Ladies from church. Ladies online or in print. Many ladies who have just come along side me in this race of the faith.
While this is not an exhaustive list of steps, and I cannot guarantee how fast it will work, these are things I have found helpful:
  • Pray

Ask God to send a mentor, to open your eyes to her when he does, to open your heart to His message sent through her.

  • Look for ladies at church or in Bible based groups.

Ask God to open your eyes to a possible mentor.
Someone who walks with the Lord daily and seeks Him earnestly.. Someone ahead of you in your season of life (Spiritually and homekeeping and child raising).
If you think “She is a woman I would like to become like.”  “She exhibits these godly qualities.” “She is sold out to the Lord and is honoring Him by____”, or “I admire the way she _______”, that’s a good candidate to prayerfully consider asking to mentor you.

  • Be humble and teachable

Ask. Ask about how they do what you admire about them (Say, handle a few small kids or how they keep their home or how they sew or how they study the Word). There is no shame in asking for advice, and it truly shows wisdom if you want to learn.
There is no point in any of this if you are not willing to weigh their counsel.
If you put up your walls and are unwilling to learn.
I will say, you do still need to hold them up to Scripture. If they are trying to teach you to do things the Bible condemns, ask them about it. Maybe they do not know or realize it is happening. If they continue though, find another mentor.

  • Make time

This is hard to do in our world of busily rushing around from one event/activity/ministry to another.
One of the biggest ways Satan is chipping away at our society is selling the lie that we need to be busy. Families and churches both suffer greatly.
This may be more on the side of your mentor to find time, but it’s a step. Perhaps you could offer to come over and help with laundry or something.

  • Think outside the box…

While in person mentoring is best, you can also be mentored by women of the faith in print or online.
My housekeeping mentors right now are both ladies I have never met, but God has brought their written word, advice and encouragement into my life.
Some of my marriage mentors are online.
My natural and gentle Christian mama mentors are online.
A note, this post is aimed at women. With the exception of maybe a married couple who mentors both you and your hubby, your mentor should be of the same sex.
Do you have mentors? How did that relationship come about? What do you do with them? Would you add anything to this list?

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6. Link-Up. Each Wednesday morning at 5am EST, the link goes live, and for 6 glorious days you can link up your post on that week’s prompt. The linky will close at 5pm EST on Monday.

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We are going to provide a months worth of prompts each week so that you can be thinking and planning for the coming weeks.
This Week’s Prompt: Mentors
October 21 Prompt: Autumn
October 28 Prompt: A Picture Prompt – take a look at the picture below and write a post about how it speaks to you.
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November Prompts: The month of November will be all about Thanksgiving and being thankful. Any post, picture, poem, song about thankfulness is what we are linking up this month.  
I hope you will plan to join us each week at The Loft Link-Up.
Now, it is time to link-up!!



 

The Movie

The Movie @godschicki
Have you ever seen a kid get into a movie? I do not mean they become engrossed in it once. I mean they watch it over and over any chance they get. Is it not wonderful how they get into it?
I mean, my 2 year hold has seen Frozen, or “Anna!” as he calls it, more times than I can count. He loves the movie. Especially the last 5-10 minutes or so.
(Spoiler below, if you have not seen it…..)
When the chandelier falls he says “UH OH!” and makes sure I see (usually in that puts-his-hands-on-your-face-to-make-you-look-at-him kind of way)
He gasps with something like worry each time he sees Anna begin looking for Kristof and when Hans finds Elsa and tells her that her sister is dead and again as Anna turns to ice saving her sister.
Then, he starts laughing, clapping and shouting “Anna!” when she begins to thaw. He can barely contain himself. He laughs and get giddy.
Every. Time.
It got me to thinking… How many times do we go through the Bible and read it (even if just in our heads) in a flat monotone voice? The resurrection for example. How excited do we really get over Jesus defeating death? When we read about the grace we have through Christ, do we read it as if we have 100 times before or do we get excited that God Almight, Maker of heaven and earth has made a way for us and want a relationship with us?
How many times do we get excited to talk to our friends about what God is doing in our lives? Do we get so excited we make them stop and look? To the point of taking their face in our hands and looking them in the eye?
Just some ponderings from this mama’s day…

Prayers In Parenting | A Loft Prompt

Prayers in Parenting
I am very excited to be co-hosting the Loft this week!
This week’s prompt is ‘Prayer’.
I have learned a lot about prayer over the years. At first I thought this prompt would be easy peasy, but settling on one facet of prayer or a few has proven harder than I thought.
I finally settled on the season of life I am in right now.
Our days are peppered with prayer. Blessings at meals, bedtime prayers and many in betwixt.
I could be identified as a ‘gentle’, attached parent.
There are times when I get frustrated. There are times when my kids get upset or frustrated, or do something they know they should not do. I try to make a conscious effort to turn to the Lord in theses times.
When I get upset, I pray out loud, asking God to help mama calm down, for Him to pour out His love and Spirit on me so that it overflows onto my children. So that I can redirect them to Him.
When the kids get upset or frustrated,  I pray with them. We pray that God will help them calm down and communicate to mama what is wrong, what they need. That God will give mama wisdom to know exactly what they need. If I know what is wrong, I pray for that issue (Dear Jesus, please help B calm down. I know that he is feeling tired. Please help him just breath and calm down. Help him get some rest so that he can feel better.).
I have found this works best for my kids. Screaming in stores has been calmed and moods greatly improved by taking time to stop and pray. It works better than distracting with a toy or any other game I have tried.
I really just thought of it as a way to get through a situation until recently when my mom said she likes how I am teaching the kids to turn to the Lord when they are tired or frustrated. I guess I am, and I hope to pass along prayer as a first reaction to situations.
Our first response when we are tired and frustrated should be to refocus on the Lord and not our circumstances.
When the kids fight, we pray. For understanding for both of them. For self control. That they would stop and think about what they are doing so that they can be sweet, and obey and stay safe. That they would remember that being nice to each other makes God happy.
When the kids get in trouble, we stop and pray before we deal with consequences. That God would help mama calm down, help the kids calm down. Help the offending party remember to be nice and understand that what they did was not nice. This is usually followed by something like a time out. After that we pray again, a very similar prayer as what we did before they went to time out. If they hurt their sibling they go give a hug and kiss to make them feel better.
We try to be in a Spirit of prayer throughout the day. Pray Without Ceasing is a post on that subject.
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To Participate:

1. Be creative. We provide the prompt. You feel free to use words, photos, video, audio, your family pet, whatever, to communicate on the weekly prompt.

2. Listen twice as much. If you leave one link, visit two.

3. Be a community. Include #TheLoft graphic and/or hashtag in your post and social media so we can find each other.

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5. Be pertinent. Our heart is to build community and intimacy, and our means to do that is to build each link-up around a single prompt. Please make sure your post is on topic.

6. Link-Up. Each Wednesday morning at 5am EST, the link goes live, and for 6 glorious days you can link up your post on that week’s prompt. The linky will close at 5pm EST on Monday.

The Loft Link Up
We are going to provide a months worth of prompts each week so that you can be thinking and planning for the coming weeks.
This Week’s Prompt: Prayer
October 14 Prompt: Mentor
October 21 Prompt: Autumn
October 28 Prompt: A Picture Prompt

October 28 - Picture Prompt at The Loft
October 28 – Picture Prompt at The Loft

I hope you will plan to join us each week at The Loft Link-Up.
Now, it is time to link-up!!



 

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Just A Note

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Can you please do me a favor?
Grab a pen and some paper (or a note card) and jot a missive to someone.
Someone you do not see often enough.
Someone you have not seen in a while. Someone you miss.
Someone that you know is going through a rough time.
Someone you are praying for.
Someone you appreciate. Someone you look up to.
Someone you love.
Just take a minute to stay connected without using social media or your phone.
A little note saying you care and are thinking about them or praying for them goes a long way. Taking the time to write a note and mail it brightens anyone’s day.

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His Grace is Enough

Just some rainy day ramblings of an over tired mama….
His Grace Is Enough @godschicki
It has been raining for more than a week now. Yucky, yucky weather. On top of the rain we have already gotten, we are expecting at least some rain from hurricane Joaquin. Happy, happy, joy, joy.
The children have been teething and had sinus issues for the last couple of weeks. I have gotten no measurable sleep in the past four nights. They want to comfort nurse. Which is okay. One day they will not come to me for “milkies”. The children cannot seem to coordinate napping at the same time, so I am dragging.
My prayer life is pretty strong because I use that time to pray. So it has been quite a lot this week, and indeed many nights over the course of the (short) lives of my children.
Something about me: I need about 9 hours of sleep to function well. I am having a hard time focusing, due to lack of sleep. I take 20 times longer to get stuff done because I have slowed down. The house is a wreck. I finally started feeling like I was getting a handle on it. My goal for today is to keep the children alive and well.
Cleaning is also so much easier when it’s sunny (or snowy) out. When it is yucky out my motivation is zip. That coupled with lack of sleep is a recipe for a rough week.
But God is good. Dirty dishes means we have food to eat. A messy house means the children are playing and having fun. Dirty Laundry means we have clothes to wear. Nursing all night means I have two sweet babies who want to cuddle.

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

James 1:2-8

While these trials are trivial compared to some, they are still trials. A frustrated, angry mama is not very likely to reflect the light and love of Jesus to her children. God is using this to refine me.
“Consider” is a verb meaning:

  • think carefully about (something), typically before making a decision.
  • think about and be drawn toward (a course of action).
  • believe; think.
  • take (something) into account when making an assessment or judgment.
Joy is a choice. Putting on the garment of praise and love are intentional. Preparing for the enemy attack is essential.

We can choose to look at our situations, every little bad thing that happens (today I burnt bacon, which is pretty sad on a good day, today it nearly had me in tears). Some days it just seems like nothing is going right.

 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,  and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,”they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,”he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.  Matthew 14:22-32

I can choose to focus on those things, the wind and waves, or I can focus on Christ, who is all I need. I can allow things to eclipse Christ in my life, or I can focus on Him.
[Another interesting thing about the above Scripture account. Go back and read verse 22. Jesus sent His disciples into the storm.]
His grace IS enough.

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10

In my weakness, my human failings, I have to rely on Him to be my strength. My rest. I cannot boast that I have done anything. Everything I do is through Him. Only when I rely on Him can I get through it.

The chorus of Matt Maher’s song, Your Grace is Enough, has been my theme song for the past several weeks.

If His grace really is enough, it does not matter what is going on in my life. He is God. He is Good.

So, on this yucky, rainy, dismal day, I need to stop and remember that it is still the day that the Lord has made. I can choose the rejoice and be glad despite the rain or I can let it dampen my day.

I am going to pray for God to supernaturally multiply whatever sleep I got last night, put on some mascara, my string of pearls, my apron and throw my un-brushed hair into a rather unattractive bun and see what memories I can make with the children today.