Thursday, May 31, 2007

Restoration

How many people feel like their hearts have been through the ringer? They get a hold of my book, read it, and this need to restore their hearts. They see the importance of guarding, protecting, and saving their hearts for the mate God has for them. But, where do they start?

1) Gods Word is living and active; it convicts, encourages, and gives peace. Immerse yourself in God's Word. God can take those hurts, pains, and unresolved issues and turn them into a blessing. When you want to think about the past, stop and grab a copy of God's word and start reading!

2) Rid your life of anything that is causing you to stumble. Maybe you are involved with someone where your emotional integrity is being challenged, this would be the place to start. Back off from this relationship, define it, and ask God to help you have the courage to do what He calls you to do.

3) Find accountability. Seek the friendship of someone who knows your heart for purity and open up. Let them know what you struggle with so they can really hold you accountable.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

ICHE Convention

I spoke this past weekend at the Illinois Christian Home Educators convention. What a wonderful weekend.

It had been a few years since I have attended at homeschool convention and I forgot how I feel after I leave. So excited, encouraged, and just a big spiritual boost!

The main speakers were awesome and I highly recommend you check them out. To find out more about the speakers go to http://www.iche.org/ and click on convention. Also, check out their blog to see pictures from the convention.

I spoke three times, same message. The last talk I gave was the last workshop of the day. I thought for sure no one would be there. So as the first few people came into the room I had them just all sit around in a circle and I sat with them. Well, it turned out to be the biggest turn out of all three talks.

I so enjoy talking to people who have read my book and how it has effected them. After my first workshop these two brothers came up to me to share that their mom used my book as a bible study with them. How awesome! They shared how it has helped them relate to young women.

I met a mom and daughter who were just so excited to met me and how they have read, re-read and re-read my book. They were excited to know there was a new edition.

A young girl came up to me just to thank me for writing my book and how it has effected her in her life.

I love meeting people face to face who have been touched by reading my book. I continue to pray that God will use it for His glory.

I, personally, was encouraged as a mom in how we (my husband and I) will raise our sons and the things the Lord has for us. Very exciting weekend!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Deeds of the flesh

Romans 8:8 says that we can not please God if we walk or are in the flesh! That's powerful. I long to please God, to make Him smile on my life and for Him to delight in my life.

But when I walk by the flesh I am unable to please Him.

Galatians 5:19 -21 states just some of the deeds of the flesh: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outburst of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing.

Okay, so some of these words are not a part of our every day language so I looked up these verses in the Message bible: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided home and divided lives; small minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community

WOW! What in that list hit home? We all have some of those flesh issues in our life.

I want to walk in the Spirit, to have: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

May you walk more in the Spirit today, than in your own flesh!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

What do people think?

When people met you or observe you, what do you think they think about you? What qualites do you exhibit?

I recently met a new gal and every time I see her she looks so sad to me. I really don't think she is a sad person, but this is just my impression of her. So it got me thinking...watch out..Heather's thinking again!

What do people think of me? Do they think I am happy? Joyful? Peaceful? Thankful for where I am in life?

Or do they think I am in a hurry? Bothered? Annoyed? Upset? Or distracted?

I often catch myself feeling rushed, being in a hurry to get to the next activity. So then I am not fully there where I am. I don't really listen when I am in a hurry to get to the next thing...it's not always an event, sometimes I just want to get my boys home and in bed before they crash and burn.

But is this what I want people to think about me?

I am learning to be fully where I am and not rushing ahead to the next thing. To listen to people and remember what they say. If I am unable to be 100% in a conversation, then I finish the conversation and take care of what needs my attention.

I want people to think I am genuine and not just in my world. How often do we just live in our own little world?

Today at Sunday school I saw a couple I hadn't seen in a couple of weeks and I said, "Did you just get home from your train trip?" They looked at each other and then said to me, "At the end of March." I felt so rude, like I hadn't taken the time to remember they were gone a month and a half ago.

Being fully where you are is my new life lesson.

Are you fully where you are at in life? Maybe you're single and you wish you were married. Maybe you're married and you wish you had kids? Maybe you have kids and you wish they were potty trained? Maybe they're potty trained and you wish they were in school? Maybe they are in school and you wish they were able to drive? Maybe they're driving and you wish they were out of the house? Maybe they're out of the house and you wish you had grandchildren?

We can wish our lives away if we do not fully enjoy where we are. Life is full of seasons and before you know it, you'll be on to the next one!

Speaking

I will be speaking at ICHE May 25th (Friday) and May 26th (Saturday...two times on Saturday).

It will be the same message all three times!

Check out www.iche.org for more information!

God Bless!!