Do Not Let Evil Deeds Shake You

by tklicka on March 3, 2015

As I was driving home from running errands a few weeks back, I took some time to pray for the state of the world and our nation. The advancing forces of darkness which we are witnessing in an unprecedented way around the globe can have an unsettling effect on even the most stalwart in the faith. I am certainly not one of those.

On the drive home that day, my heart was particularly heavy; the sadness I feel for our brethren and many others being persecuted and even killed at the hands of angry, ruthless men brings tears to my eyes. The constant unraveling of recent events shakes my faith that good can come out of the sin and death we see on full, unabashed display in the world around us.

Then, as I was praying, I saw this sight before me…

 

God reigns over all the earth, Mal. 11.1

…a personal gift from my heavenly Father. And this verse came to mind. God’s name will be great among all the nations, regardless of all the unleashing of violence and death which evil men have purposed in their hearts.

I felt so encouraged, I decided to write down some other verses to meditate on when current events unsettle my heart. How I need to remember God’s truth everyday!

Looking for some great words from your heavenly Father to build your courage and hope in His sovereign reign? Try meditating on these words of truth:

  • Psalm 45:6  “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”
  • Psalm 93:1-22  “The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The LORD has clothed and girded Himself with strength; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.”
  • Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
  • Psalm 22:28  “For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.”
  • Job 12:10  “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
  • Hebrews 2:8  “Putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.”
  • I Chronicles 29:11  “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.

If you are feeling discouraged by what you see happening in the world around you, take heart. God is on the throne and He reigns!

 

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Young Mother, Every Moment Makes a Difference

by tklicka on October 25, 2014

Sometimes I have to come out of hiding and write something. I would actually like to write more often, but alas, I’m in a perpetual busy season of life. I once thought when my homeschooled children grew up, and graduated from homeschooling, got married, etc., things would start to slow down a little.

If you are a young homeschooler, I hate to break the bad news…things may NEVER slow down for you. Don’t be too discouraged, however. There are many good things in store for you in EVERY season of life, even if they are ALL busy!

I just entered a new phase – Grandmahood (yes, my spell check is telling me I just made up that word. It’s okay; I like it, so I’m going to keep it). It’s a wonderful season – I’m saying that in faith really, since my granddaughter is only five weeks old, but I trust it will be true for the next 20-30 years, if I live that long!

Jacquelyn smiles for her grandma

Holding my little granddaughter Jacquelyn brings back memories of holding my own tiny infant children in my arms, smelling their intoxicating baby scent, melting when they smiled at me for the first time, feeling the incredible softness of their baby skin, and tasting pure sweetness when kissing their slightly pudgy cheeks. It’s a little like reliving those sweet baby days all over again.

And yet, it’s so very different. I’m not Jacquelyn’s mommy; my dear daughter Bethany is. It’s time for her to enjoy the sweetness of her own tiny, flesh and blood daughter, and savor the thousand memories being made, moment-by-moment of each day.

Bethany and Jacquelyn, minutes after her birth

I am surprised that keeping my daughter and her daughter at arm’s length, so to speak – so as to not rob mom of the treasure of getting to know her daughter as she cares for her – is not as hard as I thought it was going to be. I am so very happy for Bethany being a first-time mother!

It’s true, that being a new mom is rather commonplace (how many millions of mothers have there been since Eve?) Yet, it is simultaneously as wonderfully unique as each snowflake that falls from the sky. No two moms, babies, or experience moms have with their babies are exactly alike.

I want my daughter to discover the things I have loved best about mothering a new child

Besides the smiles, sounds, smell, and feel of a little one in your arms, there’s learning to understand how your baby communicates what she needs, and then feeling fulfilled knowing you are meeting her needs. Making her laugh when you play with her, watching her learn new things almost every day, and seeing herm move from fear or pain to feeling secure or comforted because you are there are not insignificant moments.

I also want my daughter to know that the hard times – sleepless nights, physical exhaustion, and time spent trying, yet failing to console her baby in her distress – are important and do not go unnoticed by our heavenly Father. Her sacrifices are met by His gentle smile, and He is there with her in these moments, eager to offer His compassionate grace and help when she turns to Him.

Bethany is such a good mom!

Our involvement with our babies, in all their moments, even from their earliest ones is life-shaping and immensely meaningful.

I want my daughter to know this, even as I remind myself of this truth.

Why? Because I think today’s mothers are more tempted than ever to diminish the significance of their role in their child’s life, perhaps more so when their child is a baby.  The world shouts to them through every possible means, that a mother’s identity, purpose, and fulfillment are to be found more outside of the home than in the home.

The message that being out there in the workplace is where a mom can change the world and make it a better place may be hard to resist, especially when a new mother’s days are filled with changing diapers, feeding, burping, bathing, etc. By themselves, these activities can be mundane, even for the most content, happy-to-be-at-home mom.

A mom who is aware, however, that God has given her a baby with a heart and soul and mind – a living being made in God’s image – can find purpose in every moment of her life as a mother. By her love and care of her infant, she is helping shape that wee one into the man or woman her baby will one day be.

That baby, before she knows it, will become a busy toddler, followed soon by growing into an eager, active child, and will all too quickly mature into a young adult.

It is impossible for us to know ahead of time just how much the moments we invest in our children’s lives will make a lasting impact on their hearts and minds. We aim for faithfulness, and leave the impact to God. Thankfully, He is always creatively and intimately at work in each of them, even when they are tiny babies.

Every moment is precious and significant.

Young mom at home – giving your baby the precious gift of love and care, day in and day out – you are changing the world and making it a better place. This is the message I want my daughter to hear, the message I pray she hears with all her heart and soul.

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Why Marrying Again is Good…

August 3, 2014

Okay, perhaps I’ve gotten your interest with his title. For those of you who don’t know me, you may be wondering, “What on earth is this woman talking about? Is she promoting divorce and remarriage??? For those who do know me, you’re aware that my marrying again is the result of being widowed in 2009, […]

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Get Your Kids Outside this Summer!

June 26, 2014

My children grew up on a patch of land bordering a 15-acre lake most of their lives. Being a homeschooling family of seven gave us countless opportunities to get outside and soak up God’s creation…right in our own backyard. Oh, the memories my late husband and I made with our kids in years of summer […]

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Thoughts About Being Your Mother…

May 9, 2014

The first time I laid eyes on you, just seconds after your birth, I wondered how I ever lived before you arrived. Thousands of mothers before me have testified to forgetting the pain of childbirth in that moment. I concur. Wholeheartedly. Seeing your rosy pink skin, touchy its softness, smelling that unique baby smell of […]

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You Can Have the Perfect Home School…and Other Myths!

March 7, 2014

I’ve been hearing from several moms lately going through the mid-winter homeschooling blues… “We never have a normal school day!” “My kids are driving me crazy!” “I just wish I didn’t feel so tired (or sick) all the time.” “I can’t teach my children all they need to know; what was I thinking?!” I’ve been […]

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Celebrate National Grammar Day!

March 6, 2014

To all my homeschooling mom friends–today happens to be National Grammar Day. I’m using it as an opportunity to LAUGH! I’ve been grading my kids’ papers for years, and still don’t feel like I totally have the hang of catching all the grammatical errors…I’m still making them myself! I saw this list “How to Write […]

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New Goals for a New Year

January 13, 2014

New Year…new start. Don’t we all want to start with new goals for the New Year? I know I do. I’m a doer. I like making lists. I like checking things off my lists. I’m a I-want-to-do-big-things-for-God kind of person. My temptation at the beginning of a New Year is to DO more, and DO […]

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