Sunday, March 29, 2009

Recommended Reading - The Duggars:20 and Counting

As I child I HATED to read, but the older I get the more I at the age of 37, I read A LOT!!! I just began reading a book - The Duggars: 20 and Counting. What a fascinating family!! They took the verse "As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them."(Psalm 127:4-5) VERY SERIOUSLY!! They have 18 kids - Brutal!!! They live in an extreme situation, but they have a lot they can teach us. It is very evident that they love the Lord and desire to honor and glorify Him with everything they do - especially raising their kids. They consider each kid a "gift and a joy." I am going to give some insights as I read this book and hope that in doing so, it will help me to better grasp the concepts as well as minister to anyone who reads this. One point that was made at the beginning of the book was due to a question that asked - "How do you feel about what other people may think or say about your family...? Jinger, age 14 response was that their parents taught them to work at doing right and not worry about what others think. She mentioned ten unchangeable things that her parents taught them that make each person a unique individual: 1) the way God made us, 2) our parents, 3) our brothers and sisters, 4) our nationality, 5) our mental capacity, 6) our time in history, 7) our gender, 8) our birth order and placement in our family, 9) the fact that we grow older as the years pass, and 10) the fact that life is a race against time and the best way we use that time is to serve God and others. What a neat perspective on life!! How are you serving God and others today? Something to think about.

Friday, March 27, 2009

When life gets in the way!!

Well, this is my first official week of blogging. I have spent more time reading others' blogs and even more time trying to figure out how you all do ALL you do. I have read some amazing posts and it does my heart so good to know that in a world that is in such a funk, there are women out there who love and desire to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

As I read other women's blog, I am so inspired with things I want to do - wake up early, exercise, do crafts with my kids, cook, read, read, and read some more, be more organized, appreciate God's grace and mercy more, sit at His feet more, serve more, Study God's Word more, appreciate my blessings more - that one is a biggy-,be a better wife, be a better friend, be a better daughter, be a much better mom, be a better preacher's wife, etc., etc. My problem is my "life" keeps getting in the way. Or should I say, I keep letting my life get in the way. I frustrate myself so much by knowing what I need to do, desiring to do what I know I need to do, then not doing it because I stay up too late, don't wake up early enough, make bad decisions during the week that cause me to get behind, am just plain lazy, or don't plan my time wisely enough, etc. etc. Praise God we have a chance everyday to start over and try again!!! We have a God who loves us and will carry us through no matter where we are, what we are going through, or what we are facing. There is a wonderful song out there that has really encouraged me this week and the words are very humbling. It has done wonders in helping me put things in perspective. Here it is:

There is no problem too big, God cannot solve it. There is no mountain too tall, He cannot move it. There is no storm too dark, God cannot calm it. There is no sorrow too deep, He cannot soothe it. If He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders, I know my brother that He will carry you. If He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders, I know my sister that He will carry you. He said come on to me all who are weary, And I will give you rest.

What a blessing and what a mighty God we serve!!

In Christ Alone, Kayce

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I'm a blogger

I am new at this whole blog thing, but I think it is such a great way to share what the Lord is doing in my life. Also, it is amazing to see all the normal, real life godly women out there who are striving to be the kind of women God has called us to be. It does my heart good to read and know that there are so many women out there who really "get it"!!! In Christ Alone. Kayce

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sharing my thoughts

Since I first started this blog a lot has changed in my family. The changes came about because for the first time in my daughters school life (she is in the 7th grade), she is completely off her ADHD medicine. And my son, who has autism, is now fully off of his medicines. It has been a looooooong couple of weeks, but God is Sovereign, and we have come so far. I have had such a peace. The situation with Alec is a little more difficult because his disability is more extreme, but we are definitely making progress. But Bailey...the best way I can describe her is in a few short weeks she has gone from a caterpillar to a butterfly - a beautiful butterfly. Now, don't misunderstand, she is still 13 and can be quite brutal -ha ha, but she is growing up and maturing right before my eyes. God is so good, and He answers our prayers. We just have to have faith that He knows what is best for us, and even when it is tough, He will never leave us nor forsake us. What a mighty God we serve!!!!