Sunday, July 20, 2014

Reminders

con•sid•er 
(kənˈsɪd ər) 

it all joy
when you encounter various trials,
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurances. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:2-4


~contemplate~


~reflect on~


~examine~


~review~


~note~


~appraise~


~mull over~


~make allowances for~


~deliberate on~


~ruminate on~


~evaluate~


~assess~


~meditate on~

The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
Thou dost support my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.

I will bless the Lord who has counseled me;
Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
I have set the Lord continually before me;
because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will dwell securely…

Thou wilt make known to me the path of life;
In thy presence is fullness of joy;
In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.

Psalm 16:5-11


~be mindful of~


~count~


~deem~


~believe~


~see as~


~reckon to be~


~adjudge~


~ponder~


~take account of~


~chew over~


~bear in mind~


~hold to be~


~remember~


~think carefully about~


It's just what I've been doing these past few weeks. Thinking carefully about these words as I go about my day. Placing reminders in every single room. Especially in those places where I tend to forget the quickest (the boys bathroom, the place where I change diapers, the laundry room, next to Sophi's bed, just to name a few).

Little notecards taped to doors and mirrors, inside of cabinets, and, yes, even inside of the refrigerator. Reminding me to see joy in all things!

The boys asked me why I was putting notes everywhere in the house. And when I explained, they each insisted on me making one for their room. I love how such a simple thing is reminding us all to choose joy!


And it's making a difference. He's making a difference. Our circumstances haven't changed much, but my heart has. 



He sees me. He knows these hard places. He sees these struggles, and He has not forgotten. He is at work. It might be behind the scenes where I cannot see. But He is here. Working healing in Sophi's heart and mind, in Faith Ana's, and in mine. In all of ours. 



Working all things together for our good and for His glory! Working joy in our hearts and bringing peace into our home!



And although we had some very difficult moments during this past week, we also had plenty of joyful ones! By far, my favorite moment of the week was hearing Faith Ana sing these words. We sing it every night before bed, but lately I've found myself singing it throughout the day, especially during those rough moments. During Sophi's rages. When the boys are fighting and the little ones are fussing. When the baby is crying. When I feel like crying. 

Faith Ana has heard these words often since she's been home, and I love that even though she has no earthly idea what she is singing, she is speaking truth. Her sweet voice is filling our home with heavenly reminders, and this makes me smile. I hope it does you too!





Notion your mind with the idea that God is there. 



If once the mind is notioned along that line, then when you are in difficulties it is as easy as breathing to remember - Why, my Father knows all about it! It is not an effort, it comes naturally when perplexities press. Before, you used to go to this person and that, but now the notion of Divine control is forming so powerfully in you that you go to God about it. 



Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct for those who have His Spirit, and it works on this principle - God is my Father, He loves me, I shall never think of anything He will forget, why should I worry?



There are times, says Jesus, when God cannot lift the darkness from you, but trust Him. God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not; He will appear like an unnatural Father, but He is not; He will appear like an unjust judge, but He is not. 



Keep the notion of the mind of God behind all things strong and growing. Nothing happens in any particular unless God's will is behind it, therefore you can rest in perfect confidence in Him…

Oswald Chambers



Another one of my favorites when I was in Bulgaria! I loved these words then, and I'm hanging on to them now as much as ever!


XOXO,
Melanie

P.S. Sophi has continued to struggle this week, and we have had some extremely hard days. I will try to share more soon, but, in the meantime, we are very, very grateful for your continued prayers for this little girl.





When I listen to the words of this song, I'm reminded all over again that just as I was not alone in Bulgaria, even though at times I felt very alone, my precious Sophi is no longer alone. She has a Momma and Daddy who love her fiercely and will not stop pursuing her wounded little heart. No matter how much she resists and fights, kicks and bites, pushes away and shuts down, no matter what, we will continue to have hope in the One who alone can bring healing to her soul. 

And in this place of darkness and confusion, a place of not understanding what it means to be loved, fighting with every bit of strength she has to resist our love and help, He is with her. Those words bring me such tremendous comfort and hope...



Sophi,

When you walk through deep waters, I know that He will be with you.
When you're standing in the fire, you will not be overcome…
In the midst of deep sorrow, I see His light is breaking through. 
The dark of night will not overtake you…
He's your strength. He's your defender. He's your refuge in the storm.
He's always been faithful. He brings healing to your soul.

Praying for you, precious one, to know deep in your soul that you are no longer alone!






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