I'm currently in a unique place in my mothering. My infant and toddler need me for every aspect of their little lives. My ten year old needs me a bit less, but still depends on me a lot. Two of my teenagers need me, but pretend they don't. And then my oldest teen doesn't think he needs nor wants to need me at all right now. So... my mothering journey is crazy and messy and exhausting, but I love it. Every. Bit. Of. It. I love being the mom of these 6 kids and I love them fiercely! I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to love them, nurture them, care for them, train them, and enjoy them. And I don't want to take them or this experience of motherhood for granted.
I am not an expert in parenting. But... I have had lots of experience, trial and error, and a few successes in many areas. But, in many other areas, I'm still learning. All 6 of my kids are different, and require different love languages and approaches from me. I don't always get it right, but I'm trying. I think the hardest thing for me- in this season I am in- is the age differences. There are great things about having littles and bigs at once: watching my teenagers hug, love, hold, help and spoil the babies just melts my heart. I am so glad that my big kids are getting to experience the joy of watching little ones learn and love life! Then there is the help. I have extra hands this time around with my little ones and that is AWESOME (all the mothers out there with toddlers say AMEN!). But the hardest thing for me, is finding the balance between their needs.
See, my little ones need me more physically, and it is exhausting and draining. But.. my older ones need me more emotionally and mentally. They can take care of their physical needs, but they need me to talk to them, listen to them, guide them, teach them, and just spend time with them. Sometimes it's hard for me to give everything that they all need from me, so I'm still learning that balance.
There is one thing that I have learned over the past 17 years of parenting that I now know is most important. Out of all the things my children need from me, there is one thing that we don't always realize the importance of: prayer.
The most important thing I can ever do for my children is pray for them. Daily. Without ceasing. Pray for them. Pray over them. Pray on their behalf. Pray for guidance for me as I train them, love them, encourage them and care for them. Prayer.
I pray for my children in different ways. I keep a prayer notebook with certain Scripture that I pray over them. I add to this often. I pray over them physically, individually and together. Sometimes I "prayer-walk" through my home and pray for them as I pray in their rooms and the other rooms in the home that they spend time in. And recently, I purchased " A Book of Prayers: The Power of a Praying Parent" by Stormie Omartian. I am trying to read through this daily, praying for specific items and situations pertaining to my kids.
When I began this little book of prayers, the first thing I read, hit me hard. It's so true. It's so right. And I don't won't to forget it. In fact, it has caused me to pray even harder for my children.
"If you are not covering your children in prayer every day, you are leaving their lives to chance."
Whoa! What? Leaving their lives to chance?
God created these children and He gave them to me. He loves them more than I ever could, even though I would give my life for each of them. They were His before they were mine. He designed them and He has a purpose for them. The best thing I can do for them? Pray for them, asking God to intercede on their behalf in every way. Spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, relationally, financially and more. They need us to pray for them, even when they don't realize it. My children need to be covered in prayer, from head to toe,from the little things to the big things, the easy things and even the hard ugly stuff. Whatever is going on in their lives, they need to be prayed for, and who better to do that than me, their mom?
I'm challenging myself to pray more often and more specifically for my kids, and I encourage you to do the same for yours. Let's not leave their lives to chance, let us leave them in the hands of God Almighty.
"Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." ~ Ephesians 6:18
Keep reading God's word!
Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
This is my favorite time of year! I love everything about the Christmas season and I am so excited about building memories with my family but most importantly, I'm excited to share the real reason for the season with them: JESUS!
Our December reading will bring our focus to Jesus. Each day we will countdown to Christmas with a Scripture passage that will open our hearts, eyes and mind to the beauty in the gift of Jesus. This reading plan is not only perfect for your own quiet devotion time, but also perfect for your family time as well. Each day as you read through the recommended Scripture, pray for God's direction and reflect on what He reveals to you.
December Scripture Reading
1st- Genesis 49:10
2nd - Jeremiah 23:5-6
3rd- Isaiah 7:14
4th- Isaiah 9:6-7
5th- Matthew 1:18 & Luke 1:26-28
6th- Luke 1:29-33
7th- Luke 1:34-37
8th- Luke 1:38
9th- Matthew 1:19-21
10th- Matthew 1:22-23
11th- Matthew 1:24-25
12th- Luke 2:1-3
13th- Luke 2:4-5
14th- Luke 2: 6-7
15th- Luke 2:8-10
16th- Luke 2: 11-12
17th- Luke 2:13-14
18th- Luke 2:15
19th- Luke 2:16
20th- Luke 2:17-18, 20
21st- Luke 2:19
22nd- Luke 2:25-27
23rd- Luke 2:28-33
24th- Luke 2: 34-35
25th- John 1:9-14
May God cover each of you with answered prayers, overwhelming joy, and peace this CHRISTmas season!
I hope each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with delicious food, things to be thankful for and time with your loved ones. December is just 2 days away and the Christmas season is just around the corner. For our reading next month we are going to countdown the days to Christmas with Scripture that will allow us to meditate on the great gift that Jesus is, to all mankind. I hope to have that schedule sent out tomorrow.
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Hello Sweet Sisters!
Are you enjoying the Psalms? I sure am! I just wanted to quickly re-post the reading plan for the rest of the month just in case you need a reminder!
November Scripture Reading
" The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them." ~ Psalm 19:7-11
I couldn't explain the purpose, gift and truth of reading Scripture any better than it is spoken here in Psalm 19. God's Word is perfect, trustworthy, clear, eternal, true, desirable, sweet and a great reward to those who obey it. His Word revives our souls, makes us wise, brings us great joy, and gives us insight for living. I don't want to forget this.
I love being married! I am so grateful that I get to start my day waking up next to my very best friend and every night I get to fall asleep, snuggled up against him. I love being my husband's wife and I thank God daily for the gift of my husband.
As much as I adore my man, the truth is, I don't always act like it. The busyness of life takes over our every day moments, and I admit, I'm quick to take my sweet Hubby for granted. Lately, I have been pondering, thinking, praying, and studying God's Word on how I can be a better wife. What can I do for my husband that encourages him, helps him and supports him? How can I show him that I adore, love, cherish, and respect him? In what ways can I bring him joy, make him smile, or just make his day a little bit better?
I want to put as much time, thought, prayer, and hard work in our marriage (of over 16 years now) as I did our big, beautiful, perfect wedding. After all, the wedding was just a moment in our journey together, our marriage is the span of our lifetime with one another. So, I'm embarking on a little journey. I am purposely working towards building my husband up in every way possible. Why? Because I'm his biggest cheerleader. I'm the one who has the privilege of living every day with him. I am the one he will look to for encouragement, prayer, support and love when the burden of the whole world seems to rest on his shoulders. I am NOT the perfect wife. In fact, I'm not even a bit close, and I know I'm going to fail and fall off the train many times. But....I'm determined to keep trying. I want him to know that when we said "I do" to each other all those years ago, that I (like him) meant every word and that I love him more now than I ever thought possible.
"Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.'" ~ Genesis 2:18
"So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man;s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. 'At last!' the man exclaimed. 'This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called woman because she was taken from man.'" ~ Genesis 2:21-23
Praying for God to bless each of our marriages today!
Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
It has been quite a while since I've been able to just sit, type and focus here on the blog. So nice to be back! Fall is in full swing and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! This fall we are going to do our best to read through Psalm. I will go ahead and put the reading plan up for the whole month, here. Most days we will read more than one chapter, as many of Psalm's chapters are short. I would also like to encourage you to write one or two verses for each chapter that speak to you. Keep a journal of your Psalms and use it to go back and reflect on them, often.
Reading Plan for November:
Phew! I know this looks like a lot of reading, but having it all right in front of me for the month, helps me keep track of my reading. We are still set up to read Monday - Friday allowing the weekend to be our "catch-up days" when and if needed. As always, post your favorite Scriptures and your prayer requests in the comments. I pray over each reader and I would love to pray for any specific requests you may have.
The Lord has nudged my heart to encourage other women who are on the same walks of life as myself. My goal is to share encouragement to wives, mothers, and homeschoolers periodically. Mostly these post will be short and sweet, but I will add more as the Lord leads. :)
I'm praying for each of you today and I am so excited to jump back into God's Word with you!
"Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do." ~ Psalm 1:1-3
I'm so sorry I was not able to finish out our summer study. Things in my personal world have been a bit crazy but the Lord has been working on my heart too. If you were able to continue your reading through Numbers, that's wonderful! If not, here are the chapters to finish up: Numbers 22-36. I wanted to share here what is on my heart and where I see this site going from here.
The purpose of Redeeming Elegance has always been to support Christian Women in their daily walk with Christ, specifically by reading Scripture every day. This is very important to me, but I am just not able to post as often as I once did. So, my goal is to share a monthly reading plan at the beginning of each month. I hope to begin this, the first of November. Take the rest of this month to catch up in Numbers or feel free to go back through the archives and reread some of the books we have already studied. My heart wants to post as often as I can, but I'm not sure exactly what that is going to look like yet.
I have always felt a calling in Women's Ministry, and I know that is an area God wants to use me. I am realizing more and more, that ministry cannot be blessed if my priorities are not straight. Let me clarify. I have always been one to jump right into church and get involved and do all that I can to serve. And I do feel that God has used me in that way in the past. However, now through many circumstances, God has made it clear to me that I have not fulfilled the true ministry that He gave me: my family. My ministry, my calling, my work.....is my family. I am a wife and a mom. All other things must come after serving my family. God has been opening my eyes to this for many years. So after much prayer and study, I know that my focus has to be on serving my husband, children, and home well, according to God's word. I have realized that, this in and of itself, is women's ministry, as I am a living example to those who are watching me. Ahem. That is so scary, because I have failed miserably. As long as I am on this side of Heaven, I will mess up and make all kinds of mistakes. I know this, but I am resolving to do my very best to read God's Word more, study His Word more, and live His Word more. When I mess up, I will repent and seek His forgiveness and hopefully I will learn from those mistakes along the way. But hopefully, I'll bring glory to Him as I try to live a life of Biblical womanhood.
So, that's where my heart and mind is. On a journey to true Biblical womanhood: according to Scripture, not today's culture, or even what mainstream Christianity proclaims. My direction and discretion will come only from the Bible. I hope to post as God leads and as I have time, and I'm hoping a monthly reading plan will be effective and helpful to each of us. Please feel free to comment with any prayer requests because I pray for each of my readers often. And please pray for me!
Now I am off to celebrate a special young lady's 13th birthday!
Keep reading God's Word!
Hello, Sweet Sisters!
Last week was an impromptu break. It wasn't planned, but much needed. Our homeschool begins tomorrow and we needed a week to buckle down and knock some things off our list! So we are now a week behind schedule, but we are just going to start this week, right where we left off. Here is this week's reading plan:
Monday - Numbers 17
Tuesday - Numbers 18
Wednesday - Numbers 19
Thursday - Numbers 20
Friday - Numbers 21
I'm praying for each of you this week. I hope to have some extra time to post a few extra times over the next 4 weeks of study, but for now my family is keeping me extra busy! :)
Keep reading God's Word!
Good morning, Ladies!
We are heading into the middle of our summer study and I know Numbers is not the easiest book to read, but I want to encourage you to keep reading and seeking God's Word. I know many of us are beginning a new school year and that brings a new busyness in and of itself, but don't give up! Keep studying!
Here is this week's reading plan:
Monday - Numbers 12
Tuesday - Numbers 13
Wednesday - Numbers 14
Thursday - Numbers 15
Friday - Numbers 16
I look forward to checking back in with you, later this week!
I'm praying for you!
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. "
Hi! I'm Andrea, wife to my handsome hubby, homeschooling mama to my 6 amazing blessings, and daughter of the King of kings. I am so glad you have stopped by my little piece of the web. My prayer is that the Lord will use this blog to encourage you in your personal, daily walk with Christ.