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John 3:16

This year, we are going to do our best to memorize 50 verses as a family! This will be word-perfect quoting by the oldest three of us! Timothy is 3, and can probably learn about 98% of them too, I’m just not going to stress about him. 🙂

Verse #1, the most important verse in God’s Word, John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

After working on it only 2 times, Jackson almost has it! It’s amazing what little minds can learn.

Also, another thing we are going to do to help is learn Scripture songs that go with the verse we are working on. Bible Truth Music has an amazing collection of Bible verse songs! You can listen to them on Spotify, or go to their website:

Join us and learn 50 verses this year!

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New Year’s Goal #1

I have decided after a few days of deliberation… I am going to read 50 books next year! That is almost 1 per week. That is probably very weak for some of you avid readers, but I feel it is a lofty, but doable goal for myself!

So, I need your recommendations! I want to read a lot about being a wife, a mother, organization, and just the regular Christian life type. I love to read! And another one of my goals, which I am starting to implement now, is to have less facebook, and less movies. Therefore, I will have plenty of time to read!

Readers are succeeders, so I want to read a LOT! 😀

So, let me know your favorites.

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I have been thinking about New Year’s resolutions for a while already. I read a book this year, and the extremely organized author starting working on her goals for the new year and I think actually had them finalized by November!

I love the new year! It’s so fresh! I love when God gives a fresh start… which can be anytime, but the new year is especially wonderful to me!

I have goals in music, Bible, books and other areas, but here is the link to one I am going to do with my children! I know it won’t always be easy and I’m sure there will be busy weeks when we forget, but we’re going for it! It is 50 important verses to memorize! We are going to do it as a family. We might change a few, but this is a great list with lots of work already done for you! I thought you might be interested and like to prepare for it yourself.  I am going to get 3×5 cards, and a little recipe-sized box to keep them in, so we can add to them as we memorize!

Also, this is post #293 for me! When I hit 300, I will be doing a giveaway, so stay tuned! 🙂

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Practicing Devotion

I’ve struggled my whole life with daily devotions. I would have good stretches, even awesome ones! I would make it halfway through a yearly Bible schedule, only to fail the second half. Then the babies came, and life changed. It became even harder. I needed that sweet communion with the Lord even more, but my body cried out for sleep! Well-intentioned people would say, “It’ll be ok” or “don’t be so hard on yourself.” They meant well and were trying not to kick me while I was down. But I was shriveling, drying spiritually.

I came to a rough point a few weeks ago, crying about everything. How I felt I was failing as a mother, too empty myself to have anything to give my husband, children or Sunday School class. To cheerless to be a good friend, daughter, sister. It was decision time! This was my life! Was I going to rob myself of all the peace and joy that the Lord already promised in spending time with Him? Now don’t get me wrong, I would occasionally pick up my Bible, reading and studying here and there. But no relationship can thrive like that. How would I feel if my husband “hit and miss” with me?

So I made some decisions and here’s how it’s going.

I decided to get up 30 minutes earlier. Just 30 minutes. That put me awake in the quiet of the morning. Once I’m up, I love mornings! It is a perfect fit for me. There are sometimes later nights that make it hard to get up, and I don’t do it. But my problem before has been my attitude of “Oh well, just forget it.” Now if I miss an early morning, I try again the next day. And often if I miss the morning, I try to use naptime, or if necessary, just before bed to get some time in the Word! But I strive for the morning!

I also grabbed a journal out of the closet that I bought after Christmas last year for $1.00. In my journal, it has 3 sections. In the first section, I just write the date, and what speaks to my heart as I’m reading the Bible. Sometimes I write out a prayer, or questions. I copy verses and write what I love about them. In the second section, I have prayer requests. One page for different sections – one for myself (I need lots of prayer), one for my husband, one for each of my children, then other pages for church and extended family. The third section of my journal is a separate place to record answers to prayer. I wrote three in it this morning! When you start paying attention, there are lots of answers! 🙂 The journal has helped keep me accountable. I am looking for things to write down, so I am paying attention to what the Spirit has to say.

One other thing that has greatly helped me over the last few weeks is a book called Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. It has been wonderful! It has convicted me of my relationship with the Savior, and encouraged and filled me with hope at the same time! You see, it has showed me that Christ desires time with me, too! I don’t think of Him in that way – as a Person. He waits for me every morning. He doesn’t scold me if I don’t come. He just patiently waits. He wants to speak through His sweet Word. He wants to listen as I pray. He loves me!

After being more consistent for just a few weeks, I am much more peaceful. I don’t lose my temper with my children as much, I am more stable, have less meltdowns. I don’t worry as much because His Word keeps me reassured as I let Him have control. I am happier! I feel so loved! I’m sure there will be other temptations in this area. It is not conquered forever! It will still be a daily battle of getting up and doing what’s best! But it is so important that I believe it is one of the greatest areas Satan would like to see us fail. But who needs Satan to bother us if we battle our own flesh anyway? I’m so glad God has given me this victory. I find myself eager to go to sleep so I can awake and start my day with Him!

I would love to hear things that you do in your daily devotions!

Also, here is a great blog post by a friend about her daily devotions!

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He’s Still Workin’ on Me!

Lately, I have been doing a lot of refining on my heart. You know those times when you feel like God is stretching you and helping you grow. When He’s pointing out, “You really need to work on this!”

I love those times! Several nights ago, before our ladies’ banquet, I was pretty high strung! If something woke me in the night, I could not go to sleep for hours… for several nights in a row! On one such night, I was awake from about 1 am to around 4:30! I was so restless. I would read a few chapters in a book, then try to go to sleep. Then I would get up and get a drink, then try to go to sleep. Finally, I reached for my Bible and asked the Lord to give me something I needed in my life,… and then help me go to sleep!

I regularly get annoyed with people’s imperfections! As if I have room to talk. Nevertheless, it is a great fault of mine, and it is a recurring theme lately. I was reading in the book of James about the tongue that night. About how we bless and curse with the same mouth! We bless God, then we curse man (or get annoyed with them)… “My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”

It was as if the Lord wrote that directly for me that night. “Joy, you ought not do that!” Others are made “after the similitude of God” just like me. We are all made and loved by God!

How do I feel when my kids fight with each other? How do I feel when they get annoyed and impatient with each other? I really don’t like it! In fact, I hate it! I want them to love each other and help each other when they need help. It breaks my heart when they don’t.  So if I, as a mother with a sin nature, can feel that way about my children, how much more a perfect God? He wants His children to get along with each other. Be patient with each other.

The Lord gently rebuked me that night. I was so glad He spoke so clearly to me… so excited that I couldn’t sleep!

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Sermon in the Sink

As I was washing dishes… again… I thought of how often I wash dishes. Not a day goes by that dishes don’t need to be washed. Now, days go by when I don’t wash them, but I could wash at least 1 dish every day! Most days, it’s a couple sink loads!

They are dirty. The forks, the spoons, the plates and bowls. They get used. They serve and hold. If they are not washed, they can’t be used again…ewww…

You know, I got to thinking with my hands in those suds. We are like dishes. We are used daily for different tasks for our Master. We hold and serve. We have many jobs. But if we are not clean, we cannot be used effectively. I mean, you could eat with a dirty fork, but it wouldn’t be sanitary (umm… YUCK!). Can I serve the Lord if I am dirty? Not effectively. I would leave a bad taste in someone’s mouth!

How thankful I am that my Master puts me in that sudsy bath and gets rid of all my impurities. He gets rid of the crusted-on meals, the chocolate milk, and everything that is keeping me from being clean, and being used. It’s usually not comfortable getting in that hot water, but it’s necessary.

Next time God is “washing me,” (without complaining, I might add) may I remember the sermon He taught me at the sink!

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Oh, to Be Perfect!

As 2012 begins, I am contemplating all the things I want to excel at. They are many!

Today as we came home from church, we could hardly get in the door! It is still a mess from Christmas and traveling.

I told Jamin, “Do you ever feel like every area in your life is a mess?”

He understood where I was coming from. I need to practice piano more, spend more positive time with the kids, get more organized in my menu-planning and housekeeping, read the Bible more, work harder at my teaching, exercise more, get up earlier, be kinder, and on and on the list goes…

I love fresh starts. They feel so good! Valentine’s Day is happy, anniversaries are romantic, Christmas is magical. But New Year’s… it’s fresh! I’m excited to get closer to God this year, and let Him improve me! I’m so glad God doesn’t remember all the failures of this past year.

Excited for 2012!

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