Friday, June 29, 2012

Sing unto the Lord

I cried before the Lord this morning.
I felt like Hannah unable to clearly speak at times, as my tears were caught in my throat and released painfully in sobs.
Father, Where is the joy? I don't mean put- a -smile- on- your -face- for- the -masses joy. I mean true, coming from the well of the spirit, joy.

I did not realize that I have been for some time going through the motions. Doing the right thing, or more like forcing myself to do the right thing; because of the pressure of all the watching eyes. I don't want to fail. I don't want to fail. I don't want to fail.
Talk about pressure.
I've heard it say that "feeling" is not a prerequisite for joy, but Father, I asked, is that wrong to want to feel it. I want to feel joy. I want to be a joy-filled mother. I want to wash dishes with joy, and do laundry with joy, and pick up with joy, and discipline with joy. Is that too much to ask?

I truly want to be joy-filled. The joy of the Lord is my strength. And yes, I wrote a post a month ago or so about finding the strength in joy, and finding joy in the moments that don't seem joy-ful.
You know what? I want more. I don't want to force joy, I want joy be be a outgrowth of the work of the Spirit in me.

I blew my nose.
Then it came to me. What does bring me joy?
When I sing, joy wells up in me from my belly. And when I sing in ministry to God's people it triples- this joy of the Lord.
Suddenly my spirit is flooded with verses of scripture of singing. I grab the bible in front of me. I am excited about what God is speaking to me.

I open the bible and my eyes plant on Psalm 142. How fitting. It put my "right now" into words as perfectly as if I had written them.

I cry out to the Lord with my voice;
With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Then You knew my path.
In the way in which I walk
I cried out to You, O Lord:
I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
Attend to my cry,
For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors,
For they are stronger than I.
Bring my soul out of prison,
That I may praise Your name;
The righteous shall surround me,
For You shall deal bountifully with me.”

Then I flip the page and I read:
Psalm 149
Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise in the assembly of saints.
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Let them praise His name with the dance;
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.
Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,

So the seven dwarves had something going there when they sang "whistle while you work". I will sing, sing for joy, and find strength in that joy. And we don't need to sing like a pro: ) Sing unto the Lord! Amen!

O come Let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation... Psalm 95:1

I will sing of mercy and judgement:unto thee O Lord will I sing.- Psalm 101:1

Warmest thought s and prayers, 
Chantel Dillard

When you pray

This is a devotional that I do with my children most mornings during our prayer time. This morning, it hit me square in the chest.

Enjoy : )

Warmest thoughts and prayers, Chantel Dillard

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Keys for Kids Daily Devotional for Friday, June 29, 2012

"When You Pray"

Bible Reading: Psalm 145:17-19

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"Noah?" Mom stood at the door. "Noah!" she said again, but he didn't look up from his book until she walked over and turned the radio down.

"Oh, hi, Mom," said Noah. "I didn't hear you over the music. Sorry."

Mom nodded. "Noah," she said, "I just noticed Mrs. Grady struggling out there with her lawn mower. Maybe you could help her fix it."

"Right now?" asked Noah. He held up the book he'd been reading. "I'm trying to think of a project to earn my last club badge. It says here that it has to be some kind of service to someone needy." Noah wandered to his desk and picked up some baseball cards.

As Noah flipped through the cards, his younger brother raced into the room. "Noah, my bike is broken. Can you help me fix it?" begged Corey.

"Later," said Noah. "I have a project I want to work on right now." Corey sighed and left the room. "This is the hardest badge of all to earn," Noah continued. "I don't know any needy people--someone who's sick or poor or anything like that."

Mom smiled. "You know," she said. "I think you need to turn down more than just the radio, if you want earn this badge."

Noah frowned. "What do you mean?" he asked.

"You don't hear the calls for help because . . ." Mom reached out and took the baseball cards from his hand, ". . . these are making as much noise as that radio." She put the cards on a shelf. "Have you asked God for ideas?"

"Yup, actually I have," Noah answered.

"Okay," said Mom. "Now come look here." She led Noah to the window. He could see Mrs. Grady struggling with the lawn mower, and Corey was hunched over his bicycle. "It's great you asked for God's help, but you have to turn down the noise if you want to hear His answer," Mom said. "I think I see two answers to your prayers. What do you think?"

"I think . . ." Noah began slowly. "I think I see two people who need my help--two needy people. And I think I have a badge to earn." Noah grinned as he put on his tennis shoes before heading out into the yard.

Memory Verse:
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their prayers.  1 Peter 3:12

How about you?
Do you look and listen for God's answers when you pray? Or do you expect--or want--a certain answer and are not willing to accept any other? Maybe God will show you there's something you can do about a situation that concerns you. Maybe He'll show you that you need a different attitude. Maybe He'll simply offer comfort. Be open to whatever answer God gives you.

Key Thought of the Day:
Look for God's answers

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Awesome food saver tip

I simply had to share.

Warmest thoughts and prayers, Chantel Dillard

Mommy, I'm bored

My child complains about being bored

And there's a way to handle that without guilt.
 ( Hint: the line above is clickable ; )

I am constantly limiting television time for my crew. Their dependence on it for entertainment honestly frustrates me.The days they go without television at all, they are amazed, and impressed. ( While In my mind I think, I told you so). 

I  admit, I have been made to feel, from my own self that I have the responsibility of providing constant activity for them to fill up their time. There are days that this works out just fine. On other days however, I am given a reality check of my human-ness. I can not do that all the time.

Then the moping and the whining commences:"Im bo-o-ored". This linked article made a very true point; when I provide things to do for them it's never enough. If I take them to the park, they, after a while they want to go home. If i take them home, they want to go outside (huh?...). They come inside because it's too hot. "Can I play a game on the computer?" ( for the fifth time today).  Can we watch a movie?"  I suggest reading a book. Groan. Draw a picture, color. Five minutes later- " I'm done."
Ok, Ok, you get the picture. Who has the mental oomph for that that?

Maybe you do, and if so, please do share with me, the human mom over here : )

Does this make us un-christian because we are not waiting hand and foot, and sacrificing the last mental strand of our brain to cope with their lack of entertainment ( yes I am sure you can sense the frustration... which also does not make me un-christian)?

I have observed, that when I leave them to figure it out- guess what?- they do! They entertain themselves. They play hide and seek ( but I just told you to do that!). They ( gasp) read books, they draw ( huh?), They make paper ninja stars without end, they practice hand stands and do somersaults across the floor.....

Ok. So, now, I'm bored.

Teehee, just kidding. Because now I have to nurse play-induced bruises, and bumps, and  delegate cleaning duties from the activity-filled day. And that's another post ; )

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

TV in the christian home

Television in the Christian Home


Hypnosis is defined as "a trance-like condition that can be artificially induced, characterized by an altered consciousness, diminished will power, and an increased responsiveness to suggestion." It sounds like a psychoanalyst swinging a watch or other shining object and asking a patient to concentrate, doesn't it? But isn't this also an alarmingly accurate description of what television does to so many of us? Watch your children the next time they're watching television.
According to the Boston Globe, the average American child watches 25 to 30 hours of television weekly. By the age of eighteen, a child has viewed some 15,000 hours of television! This compares to 11,000 hours spent in the classroom. The only thing a child does more than watch television is sleep. But numbers don't tell the entire story.

Immediate Effects

Social. It's no exaggeration to say that television is an established member of the American household. It is seen and heard almost everywhere, making its way into our lives almost unchecked. Recently there has been concern about certain aspects of television's effects - the superficiality of commercials, the manipulation of children for the sale of toys and cereals, and especially the stark portrayal of violence. The main problem, however, is the overwhelming captivation of people's minds by the "tube". It is not so much what we watch, but the fact that we watch. The average American watches television three or four hours daily. What does all this watching replace?
The most important activity replaced by television is the interaction of family and friends. Television can slowly control our lives and cast out the natural family experiences of daily conversation and personal sharing. As a diversion, it deprives parents and children of meaningful relationships. It offers an easy way out of family conflict by eliminating opportunities for family members to get to know each other better. Friends and relatives visit less often, or if they do, there may be little communication as everyone sits and watches. The television set indeed hypnotizes and silences everybody in a room when it is on.
Once this kind of thing is allowed to happen, the character of a home can actually change. When communication falters, a social vacuum is created; the home is only a place of residence. In it, each person is still alone, isolated, centered on self. The spirit of sharing, of mutual activity and love and help - all the things a family should be - get lost or weakened.
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Warmest Thoughts and Prayers,