Thursday, February 24, 2011

Whose hands are you holding up?

"As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword."
exodus 17:11-13 (for entire passage go here)

As moms, dads, husbands, wives, employees, etc. We get tired. Tired of doing this or talking about that. Worn out from the day to day grind of life. I don't know where you find your rest and peace but I find it in my time with the Lord; and in spending time with my sisters in Christ. Last night, I attended a weekly bible study and we read the versus above. The study is about spiritual warfare and praying God's word in your life day-to-day. It's about putting on the full armor of God so that we can stand firm. I cannot stop thinking about the passage from Exodus (see above). The night before this battle began Moses told Joshua that he was going to go up to the mountain and hold his hands up to the Lord. As long as he held his hands up high the Israelites would win. Now; I don't even like holding things up high for more than 10 minutes. You get sore and your arms get tired; they eventually start shaking until you can't hold whatever you are holding anymore and just have to take a break. Look what happened when Moses' hands grew tired. His friends let him sit down and held his hands up for him so that they remained steady. Wow. Are your hands tired? Then I encourage you to share with someone what is going on; let them stand in the gap for you; let them carry your burden and hold your hands up for you. We cannot do "life" alone! On the same note; whose hands are you helping to hold up right now? We are so busy tha sometimes I think we forget to just sit an listen. Listen to the joy that someone is experiencing; or maybe the painful situation a person is going through right now. This week; as you are putting on your "armor" think about who you can maybe send a note to; pray for or just encourage. And if your arms are tired; I would love to help hold them up for you.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Lessoned Learned

i am such a mom-in-training. i am constantly calling friends/reading blogs/asking my mom for advice/help...I think having GREAT friends and an awesome family of support is crucial; and, at some times; may be the only thing keeping me sane:)

Here are a few lessons I have learned with having two kids:

1. What works/worked for #1 may or may not work for #2.
2. Ask lots of people for lots of advice.
3. Take the advice to heart but figure out what is the best for you and yours.
4. Unless it is a matter or life/death (or you are out of diapers) avoid taking more than one baby shopping.
5. When you have to; park RIGHT by a cart holder (even if it is far away from the actual store.)
6. Don't let/make baby #1 grow up too fast just because baby #2 came along.
7. It is okay to cry/laugh/vent when you are just simply overwhelmed
8. You are tired.
9. One of my favorite things about having baby #1 was watching my husband become a dad; one of my favorite things about having baby #2 is watching baby #1 become a big brother.
10. Being laid back and easy-going goes a looooooonnnnngggg way.

having my boys has brought an unspeakable/unimaginable amount of joy to my life. My kids have made me a better person; and I just want them to have a mommy they are proud of!

*share some lessons you have learned/are learning!