January Joy Dare: 3 Witnessed Blessings

1) Norah Coloring

 I remember the days when Norah could barely hold a crayon. Now she is drawing circles and squiggles all over the pages of her coloring books. Our current task to master is making loopty loops. loopty loop I consider this a huge milestone for her development in writing. I recall the days when I had my first journal and I didn’t even know how to write letters yet. I would fill the pages with endless stories written in loopty loops and pictures.

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Child development is a worship experience to me. Prior to being a mother, I enjoyed every opportunity God placed before me to observe and take part in the growth of a child’s comprehension. In China, I was able to teach 4 and 5 year olds how to speak English. In India, I did the same. Witnessing a child understand something linguistically is a special blessing to me as I have always cared deeply about linguistics. Now as a mother, I am able to not only take part in my daughter’s audible language development but also her writing skills pertaining to our language.

 

2) Hearing Josh Teach

Last night Josh taught the adults and youth at church. I don’t get near as many opportunites to listen to my other half teach as I would like to, but when I do, it’s a blessing indeed. He has been teaching through the book of Mark for the past year and covered chapter 8 verses 1-10. We again see the disciples question Jesus’ power and Jesus responds to the four thousand needing to be fed with compassion in his heart. I was left pondering the question posed to us: How do I neglect extending compassion to people according to my preconceived notions of them? I’m reminded by my husband that I have no right to do that. Yes, always use discernment. But when an opportunity arises, ultimately the greatest opportunity of sharing the gosple of Christ Jesus, it is not up to my discretion as to who should or should not hear the gospel. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
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As I get to walk with Josh everyday of the week and witness him work heartily for the Lord through working full time as a carpenter and then coming home to be a father and husband and then study the night away, I’m honored to to be his helper. His diligence to be always in the Bible has been life-altering for me.

 

3) God’s Transforming Power Experienced Today

I jolted out of the bed this morning feeling like I was already behind on the day’s tasks. I woke up thirty minutes later than my alarm and was scrambling to get Josh’s lunch ready for work. As he walked out the door and I picked up The Valley of Vision, I prayed that God would change my attitude completely and immediately. I prayed that he would turn a discontent, busy heart into one looking forward to a day of worship with my daily tasks, walking fully with Him in awareness. This excerpt from the puritan prayer “Praise And Thanksgiving” graced my eyes a few times over and God was faithful to renew me:

“O My God,

Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,

my heart admires, adores, loves thee,

for my little vessel is as full as it can be,

and I would pour out all that fullness before thee

in ceaseless flow.

When I think upon and converse with thee

ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,

ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,

ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,

crowding into every moment of happiness.

bless thee for the soul thou hast created,

for adorning it, sanctifying it,

though it is fixed in barren soil”

During our time outside, Norah and I encountered the cattle out back and mooed at them for awhile. Watching them graze so carefree reminded me of how God’s hand holds me. Even my emotional state and daily attitude is his. He is so faithful to maintain the livestock and gives us images of grace such as this to remind us of his love for mankind.

 

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