Tuesday, January 19, 2010

9 more days

The count down has begun and home is just around the corner. We are so excited to return to the people we love and the work we enjoy.
At the same time as we pack our bags and start saying goodbye's we can think of a thousand wonderful memories we've made this season with family and friends.
Thank you Jesus for the opportunity to
* Rest
* to learn about the process of birth and parenting
* Teaching 'Osi about American culture and the English language
* So many wonderful friendships we have made and renewed here
* Sweet time with our family
* All that 'Osi has learned through Pastor Mich's discipleship
* All Jen has learned from fellow MOPS volunteers: their love, encouragement, and example
* Great fellowship with our Missions partners

Oh! And Isaac slept for 3.5 hours straight last night! yay! What more could this young crazy couple as for?

Friday, January 08, 2010

Treasure all these things

I fell out of any normal routine after the baby was born, including my morning quiet time, and I've really been struggling as a result. So this morning I resolved to get back on track again. With Isaac on my lap we prayed for forgiveness and fresh revelation. God taught us a beautiful lesson from Luke 2:8-20, through the shepherds, the angels, and Mary.

After the shepherds experienced the miracle of angels and seeing the Savior they went out and told the whole village. "And all who heard it were amazed."
"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."
I think there is a time for us to experience God and tell the whole world about it, like the shepherds did. Don't hide our light under a bushel but boldly declare the great things He has done for us.

But there is also a time for us to be like Mary and treasure miracles in our hearts, ponder the grace of God, and meditate on all He has done.
I need to do that more. I've had alot of rainy days lately with no sleep, when my precious baby won't stop crying and everyone else is annoying. On those days I really really need to start pondering the miracles I've treasured up in my heart - fight the blues with the blessings.
Have you treasured up miracles in your heart lately? Save them for a rainy day.