Monday, August 6, 2007

Time for a change...

Hi everybody!!
Well...its that time of year again! It seems like Summer just started and for those of us with school age children we are getting ready for "back to school!" I really can't believe it. This is the 1st time in 11 years of being a mother that i just don't want school to start. All the boys are big enough to make days fun and pretty much trouble-free.....except for the occasional mom yelling at kids for kids yelling at kids. :)

So..as we move from no-structure kind of lifestyle into 100% structured lifestyle, we will go into a state of shock and then after a week or two we will settle down into what will seem like a very normal, never left it kind of routine. Part of this routine is the daily discipline of getting kids out the door, going to work, picking kids up, doing homework, after school activities, family time......and yes, bible study! I will go ahead and admit it....my daily discipline of spending time with God and in His word has been so far from structured that it is almost non-existant. I'll spend time with Him, but not truly in His presence.....I sure haven't done any kind of learning or growth this Summer. Maybe God would beg to differ with me....I would just have to take the time to listen and reflect on all the "God stuff" from the last few months. To be in such a lazy Summer mode, for some reason its hard for me to keep the discipline alive and active.

As we move into the season of structure and school, I want to get my time back with God and I also want to begin teaching my children to see the realness of God. Do we as parents do a good job of pointing Him out in their daily life??? I don't think I have done a great job of that here lately. Thankfully, God loves me the same and is anxious to cultivate these relationships with Him. My goal for my personal life and for your children at FUMC, is to really show them, teach them, and talk about making Jesus as real as possible. If you would like for me to explore this on a more practical level, I will. Or you can post questions or comments in the comments section of this blog. Maybe we should ask ourselves...."How is God real to my children outside of church and the stories they learn each week?" I know I need to work on that for myself and for my kids too.

I hope you have had a great Summer and I don't want it to end.....but, I need to move into that structured world that I tend to do better with Jesus. I've missed Him and I challenge us to all to do the same. He is real. He is alive. He is active in each one of us......no matter if we are 37 or 7. Lets open our hearts, ears, and eyes to see Him.....again! I'm so thankful He never left me!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Fran for the encouragement!! I needed that.
Have a great week!

jennyhope said...

Girl I could barely sit down! I dont know why but the Lord always works it where I can sit up close and not be distracted! :)
It was so good but I still found myself longing for the days when I could just sit in my bed and read my bible for several uninterrupted hours. I need a retreat like that just to hear from God. the whole day and etc was rushed. I need to just sit at the foot of my Jesus. :) love jenny

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