Mama {is a calling}

From the moment we find out we are going to become a mama, planning begins.

We want everything just right. Set on being intentional with every action we take, from the words we speak to our little darling(s), to the changing of the not so pleasant diapers. And when we start out; it is – just right.

God’s grace bestowed on us this miracle of life. We love our little bundle of joy. Coddling, cuddling and coaching as we love deep.  He told us how we are to train our children, and care for them all throughout the Bible.

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. ~Proverbs 22:6 NIV

Along the way, life can get messy. Our family generally grows from one to more. Even so, the moments begin to run into minutes, the minutes hours, then a day is at its end. Being intentional seems far away.

Thoughts reel in our heads about moments when our children needed us, or tugged on our skirt shouting “mama. mama. mama.” Our thoughts a million miles away. Peeling potatoes or involved in other tasks, we brushed them off, for we were busy. Intentional?

Catching a glimpse of our Bible sitting on a table by our favorite chair. This morning there was just no time. Intentional?

I N T E N T I O N A L -  a word Kayse Pratt deals with in her new women’s devotional book: Undivided Mom.

Her fabulous sense of humor, combined with practical every day solutions, and scripture make her new book the perfect companion for the busy mom.

I want to mother with a purpose & passion. Focused & effective, not distracted & scattered. ~Kayse Pratt

In her book, she speaks about how being a mama “is a ministry.” She opens her heart wide and shares her successes, and her blunders. Kayse shares scripture devotionals which speak to mom’s at every point along your mama path.

Each day we get a choice. A chance to bring either darkness or light into our homes. What will our choice be today? ~Kayse Pratt

This fourteen-day devotional is chocked full of life and living. Living UNDIVIDED.  You’ll have to read it for yourself.

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Check out Kayse Pratt’s post about her new devotional. Plus, you can enter to win a HUGE give-a-way. You will also receive 20% off of Undivided Mom, along with all other purchases you choose by using coupon code: UMLaunch20 (expires 10/13 – so hurry).

Oh yeah, there’s a Twitter Party tonight.

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Planting with tears {brings joy}

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalms 126:5-6 KJV

Sowing precious seeds. God’s Word. Brings joy.

This sharing of God’s Word comes naturally to many.

For you all, you’re the ones who can easily strike up a conversation with a stranger. At that moment, God’s amazing grace flows out – affixed to your words – like droplets on a leaf of a tree, bowing over a slow moving river. Offering comfort and peace to a weary traveler.

For others, less forward, your bright, yet soothing countenance resonates peace and offers calm.  God’s  Spirit  shining through exhibiting His mercy and grace. Your smile, nod or presence offers a glimpse of real love – God’s love – to those along life’s pathway.

Such amazing gifts God has given us – His Death. His Burial. His Resurrection. His Word. His Spirit. Oh, and life. A life so much more abundant as we walk with Him.

Sowing seeds of love, faith and hope, will undoubtedly result in a harvest of weary souls made anew. Healthy, whole and fruitful people that will, “sow in tears and reap with joy.”

Whether bold or timid, we are all called to show forth God’s love to all people and nations. What a privilege. To know the Master of the wind trusts mankind, us, to be His hands. feet. mouthpiece.

Prayer is key to a healthy relationship with our Savior. His Word provides seeds. Our walk plants. Our tears water the planted. But, God gives the increase. The Harvest.

 ”The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”Jeremiah 8:20

There is still time. This summer has yet to end.

We must be saved.

I encourage you to ask the Lord how He would have you sow His seed. Where. When. To whom.

Surely, we shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

 
How do you go about spreading God’s Word? Are you outspoken and never meet a stranger? Or more timid.
 
Let’s learn from one another, ways we can spread the Good News. Salvation has come. It is here. It’s for everyone.
 
Please share you experiences in the comment section below.
 
 
Thank you for stopping by,
God’s Blessings ~ Debra
 
JULY 25, 2013 ONLY AT DAYSPRING:

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Jump {Five Minute Friday}

I’m joining Lisa-Jo Baker, and the #fiveminutefriday gang over at her place.

It’s great fun. We write freestyle for five minutes flat. No backing up, no second thinking. Set your timer and begin to create. You can find out all the details here.

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When we arrived at Lackland AFB, Texas to begin my basic training, my stomach had butterflies.

So excited to be a part of this new venture. When I told my parents about volunteering for the US Air Force, my mother cried and my father (who had been a lifer in the Air Force) said: “Oh no you’re not.”

As tears dried and reality sunk in, I explained this decision was my time to jump into a cause which would not only make a difference in my life, but in others.

Crying each time the flag would be lowered on the base at the end of the day, my ties to patriotism was strong.

My first set of orders were to go to Sembac AFB, Germany. Again, ready to make the big jump. Excited and dreaming about being in a country where my father spent a great deal of time. He would tell us about the beautiful landscape. I could hardly wait.

Two weeks later my orders were changed and I was re-stationed to Texas – my home. Thinking my dreams of life in the military and all it meant had been dashed, it was not long after being at Carswell AFB in Ft. Worth, I realized why God asked me to get on board.

My first child was born while there. My father had a major heart attack while there. My favorite aunt died while there. My best friend was reassigned to the base while I was there. My sisters each had their first children while there.

So many great things came of my stay there, and my blind jump off the cliff to volunteer for the US military.

Sometimes closing your eyes and jumping with what you know in your heart is right, gives you the courage to move forward.

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