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Welcome! My name is Brandi, I'm married to my high school sweetheart and together we are raising a bakers' dozen. http://beautifullyinoverourheads.blogspot.com

Monday, May 24, 2010

Prayer

As a mother of 10 I really need to make it a priority to get up in the morning and spend time with the Lord. I'm not naturally a patient women in fact I have struggled with being "high strung" all my life so when I became a mom it was not natural for me to show patience. I want to become the woman God designed me for and I know its to have a meek and quiet spirit, so how do I strive for that? By diving into the word and seeking the one who made me. He knows me inside and out! So having alone time with him is going to help me to stay focused on what really matters and not what the world says matters.
Philippians 4:6 says, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." I need this prayer time. I need peace in my heart, especially tonight when I look around and see all the things I did not accomplish today, but through prayer my eyes are opened and I see the things I did that mattered. Like teaching my 5 year old her vowels sound and finger painting apples on an apple tree, then hearing her say "I love dipping my fingers in the paint mommy."
"My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up." (Psalm 5:3). Do you? Do I? or do we only take time to shoot up flare request during each crisis that occurs during the day. How can I keep a record of God's answers to prayers in my life if i don't have a consistent time that I devote to the Lord.
Undisturbed time for prayer is the basis of my heart and mind being kept through Christ Jesus- truly a meek and quiet spirit!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mothers and Daughters


I just bought this book and can't wait to start reading it.

I'm planning on a special time were my oldest daughter and I can enjoy some mother-daughter time together while learning on how to be a lady.

I hope this will be a time of growth and intimacy that we will both remember forever.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Conception and childbirth


I've had a strong desire to know what God says about these things so I've been on a pursuit to find out. I'm especially interested in God being in control of our wombs. Does He open and close the womb? Does He create life or is it just by chance? and Does God determine when your child is to be born? Not us? I'm curious about these things.
God commanded fruitfulness in Genesis before the fall. "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it" (Gen. 1:28). We know that children are from the Lord. They are His reward, His heritage, and He is the One who opens and closes the womb. In Gen.29:31, Gen. 30:22 and 1 Samuel 1:6 all talk of how God opened and closed the womb. There is no question that the bible teaches that God is in charge of conception.
When I was pregnant with Emma I was so worried that I would have her when Adam would be at work, thousands of miles away. I was so scared of delivering her by myself that on his days off I drank a whole bottle of Castro oil to get labor going. It worked but only after my midwife stripped my membranes. The bible says "Why then have you brought me out of the womb" (Job 10:18) and "You are He who took me out of the womb" (Psalm 71:6). It is the Lord who not only opens the womb, but He brings forth children from the womb. Wow, I can't play God when it comes to planning conception or delivery. It is all of God's doing. I must be humble when I consider what He ordains to do in and through my body. I must look to God for His sustaining grace through all aspects of this wonderful and awesome experience.
I want to learn to think biblically about every area of life, but particularly in this one that is so connected with who I am as a woman.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Motherhood


I've been doing a lot of studying on being a Mother and what Gods calling is to us as mothers and I've been truly inspired to love my children with a passion that I've lost in the mist of busyness. I'm going to share what I've learned.

We are to be fruitful. While evangelism brings more worshipers into the church, childbearing brings more disciples into the home. I love this saying and it got me thinking that I want to be fruitful, fruitful like the vine in psalm 128:3, "Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine, within your house, Your children like olive plants around your table."

There are a lot of people with each child I have asking me if we are done yet. First I would like to say that I find this question intrusive but if you have to know, no we are not done until the Lord say we are done. Children these days are seen as a hindrance, an intrusion, an interruption,or a burden. Fruit is not seen in such a way. Planting a garden is hard work but it is good work. Raising Godly children is the same. I want to see that the way I view my children is shaped by scriptures and not by the world. Hard work when it is good work, is soul-satisfying and soul-prospering.

No matter how many children God blesses me with I want to rejoice in everyone and be fruitful in bringing them up. The church becomes barren when disobedient. Women today embrace barrenness as freedom. I once was a woman who couldn't wait to have "this baby" so I can be free. I hope that the Lord will give me another chance to grow in meekness by rejoicing in my pregnancies instead of complaining.