Getting serious with parenting

I was chatting with daughter in the car and only found out that she is completely oblivious to the news of the horrid Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapping.

The church were praying for them last weekend. So, perhaps teenager daughter living in her own world thinks praying for other people doesn’t interest her at that moment and tuned out. What I’m getting at is guiding our kids to know how to give rather than just take! take! take!

I thought. Are we as parents that busy that we can’t invest the time to talk about these things with her and give her guidance? Can we get serious now?

A slow life- a state of mind?

As I looked out Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s window, seeing the people around me buzzing around. The lady in pink dress strutting pass me with her take-away coffee, the gentlemen in suits, ditto… I just thought to myself. Look up.
Look up and see the world around you, Look up and talk to people. Look up, see, feel, meet, heal.

And I wonder. Do I have to change how I work to be able to do that? Or…

Been recently dreaming of doing something that doesn’t require my 9-5s. Something that I can do half a day-ish, doesn’t matter which half. And leave me space to live a slower pace. Yet. Being able to reach out more to people, to do things… and not entirely living just for myself, coz those days are gone.

Is it wishful, childish thinking? I mean, look at my pastors. Aren’t they busy as heck? But I see some of them still allocating time to minister to people one-one, isn’t that something awesome?

But I don’t want to live such a packed life, sleeping late as my daily pattern, just because I need to get more things done, even if it’s for a good cause.

My question is: Is living a slower life a state of mind or do I personally need that, time to be free, time to give, time to be me.

Change- God’s gift to His children

Been reading my hubby’s devotion book – In Quietness & Confidence by David Roper.

It’s a great delight to read his writings. Honest, with depth but not preachy, and with a assuring sense of calmness that can only come from God. What I also love is that this book is peppered with wonderful poem & quotes, even from Winnie The Pooh! Winnie The Pooh quotes

Today, I’m reading up on our constant struggle to be better. And the pain of change… and failing time and again.

John Newton knew much of this, and this is what he wrote:

I asked the Lord, that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know;
And seek more earnestly His face.

Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust has answered prayer;
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair!

I hoped that in some favored hour,
At once He’d answer my request;
And by His love’s constraining power,
Subdue my sins–and give me rest!

Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part!

Yes more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe!
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds–and laid me low!
“Lord, why is this!” I trembling cried,
“Will you pursue your worm to death?”
“This is the way,” the Lord replied,
“I answer prayer for grace and faith.”

“These inward trials I employ,
From self and pride to set you free;
And break your schemes of earthly joy,
That you may seek your all in Me!”

That you may seek your all in Me. – Father

So that I know change is not dependent on us trying and trying, but on Him. It’s His gift for us when we come humbly to Him and ask Him to change us.

What I do on Mondays

The most wonderful things about Monday off-days is:
The house is all quiet.
I raise my hands.
I lift my voice;
I twirl around the house singing love songs to Him.
I read my books.
I devour The Message bible.
I pause once in a while to soak it all in. I smell the aroma of brewed coffee.
With a contented smile I said, yeah… just hanging out, me & my Dad.