Glorious Day


Oh, what a beautiful, glorious day today has been!


This is going to be a busy week, so check back and see what our farming days hold.


This morning we began in the garden, and I will have pictures of that very soon.  I just wanted to let you know there will be several posts this coming week.


The kids then took down an electric fence above "The Secret Garden," and put up the fence at a different place we call the bull lot, (where we use to keep bulls).  I didn't get pics of that.  Then, Jenny is finishing tetting the  hay in the "Big Field," yes, all the fields have names, while mom and dad are finishing mowing that field.


I'll explain a bit more when I get pictures.


The gorgeous pic above is where our farm gets its name, Bluffview Spring Farm.  The actual spring is at the bottom of the picture, and the water flows out in the creek at the top of the picture.  You are looking from part of the way up the bluff.  Simply beautiful!  And God created it all!  Yes, amazing!


I pray you have a wonderful week in our Lord and keep looking for updates of our work on the farm.


Always Experiencing Him,
Jody

Consistency

Consistency in Parenting




Just as a hay baler scoops up the windrows of hay and forms and molds them to either square or round bales, then turns them out consistently in the field, one right after another, we must be consistent in the training of our precious ones God has left in our care.

Consistency.  We need the right consistency for our bread to bake properly, cake icing needs beaten til the perfect consistency, we need consistency from the sun and the rain for our gardens to produce the greatest amount of produce, and we must have consistency in the training up of our children.

Will we be consistent 100% of the time?  No, because we ourselves are fallen creatures, sinners saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, our Lord, but we must strive towards this end.

There are many consequences for our inconsistency, whether we are too lazy, or we want to be more of our children's friends than their parents, or we simply find it too difficult.  Let's look at some ways where not being balanced and consistent can set us up for failure.  Yes, God gives grace, and oftimes when we do something the wrong way, He covers us and we are still blessed, and other times we see the consequences of what we should have done different to prevent bad behavior.  That is what we will see here in the next few paragraphs.

Parents too often allow only one to be the disciplinarian while the other may not have or want any part of this process.  Sometimes the mother will simply not allow the father to have a part in the discipline process, and in this way they are setting their sons and daughters up for failure because one, they will not have any respect for male authority, beginning with their father, and subsequently, will disregard others in authority over them.  This is wrong on another level because the husband and father is to be the prophet, priest, protector and provider.  When he is not allowed to be the things God has called him to, the family will suffer.  Now mothers, if you are married to a "Mr. Command" man, and he has said he is to be the only disciplinarian, then you must adhere to his desires, because God has placed you under his authority, but problems arise from this as well, because the children will grow up not respecting the mother as they should and thus treating their spouses in ways not pleasing to the Lord.  The father can command the children to respect the mother but it will be from a demand rather than a desire to please and respect.  Consistency and balance in all things is God's plan for us as parents; it is how He loves and guides us.  We must follow Him.

Sometimes we have the wrong consistency, and just like a loaf of bread, a cake, or icing which will not turn out without the right consistency, we can train our children to dishonor and disrespect those they come in contact with.  How many times has your child been disobedient and we say, "if you do that again, you will get in trouble," only to say it 10 more times before you actually dole out some sort of punishment, if any at all?  Other times we say, " don't make me count to three," and only then we may follow through, and still others simply never do what they say.  The lesson you have just taught your child is to lie, because you said you would do something and then did not do it.  In Elisabeth Elliot's book, Let Me Be a woman, she speaks of this.  Now, we would never intentionally teach our children to lie, and we would always tell them lying is wrong, and it is a sin to lie, yet every time we say the above, that is exactly what we have done.  Our children need to learn to obey, all the way, right away, and with a joyful heart.  When we consistently allow our children to wait until we count to three to do something we are teaching them "delayed obedience," as Voddie Baucham, in Family Driven Faith calls it, and that is disobedience, whichever way you look at it.  The earlier you begin to teach your children to obey, the easier it will be when they get 5, 10, or 15 years old.  When you wait until they are one of these ages to begin teaching obedience, more often than not you have already lost them.

Consistency can work to the good or to the bad, and as parents we must look to God's Word, our training manual for life, and specifically in this area of raising our children.  Proverbs is absolutely filled with how to train our children.  Remember, parents are to take this responsibility and train their children; it is not the primary job of others they come in contact with.  Others should be able to see the benefits of raising our children for Christ by how they obey those in authority over them, how they are willing to help, to serve, in being kind, and not manipulative in any way.  Seeing children this way, we know parents have been balanced and consistent in training their future young men and young ladies.

I am not saying this is totally foolproof, because we are all sinners and eventually our young ones must answer for themselves, but I would say, and this is my opinion, that 9 times out of 10, we will have loving, kind, respectful, obedient children.  There are many other reasons why our "training" may not be effective, and I will not go into detail, but some are when mothers are not with their children, when we do not have a "gentle and meek spirit," when we let others do more of the training than we do, or we hardly ever say "no" to anything, whether it is giving them everything they want, or never withholding anything, then there will be consequences for these actions we as parents have allowed.  These consequences will also be felt in the future generations to come, as Exodus 20:5-6 points out.  Verse 6 though, gives us hope, where it says, "but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments."  Consequences for disobedience and loving kindness for keeping His commandments!  God is good, but He is also a just God.  He desires and expects our best, and we should not give Him less.  We must search His Word for our instructions and obey all the way, right away, and with a joyful heart, and consistently teach our children the same.  The rewards are abundant and glorious!  Young adults who love His Word and His ways are a gift and a blessing of our diligence and consistent obedience to the One who died for and saved us from our sins.  What amazing love!  

I had been planning this post for some time and when I was getting ready to finish it, I received a great post from Joy at gracefullmama.com.  She deals alot with grace parenting, and this is something no one taught me while raising my children.  I did use Scripture in teaching and training, and explained why we do or do not do something, but not to the extent they teach, and sometimes, though, we simply must obey.  Read her wonderful words at the link above and be encouraged.  
I continued in prayer and waited for God to give me the rest of the words He wanted me to say, and then soon after, Joy wrote another glorious post on being inconsistent, which is something I have been on my blog for the past few weeks.  There are going to be many times I am inconsistent in blogging because my family will come first.  I appreciate you who read and I pray a post will bless you or maybe give you insight into our Great God you may not have had before.  I love and pray for each of you whose desire is to follow Him in all things and raise your children in the way God would have us to.  Since I am presently on the other side, and am now an "older" woman, I pray my words will be an encouragement to each and every one of you.

Always love, love, love as you discipline your children, God disciplines us because He loves us, we do the same with our children.  So, let all you do be done in and through love, for them and for God.

Learning, loving and serving together in Christ, because He first loved us.


Always Experiencing Him,
Jody

Faithful Fridays

When things break down, whether in our lives or in our homes, we must be diligent in repairing them.  Our dishwasher stopped working, and after washing many, many, dishes by hand, we finally bought a new one.  Our cat, Nala, thought she needed to help and supervise installation of the new appliance. 

On this "Faithful Friday," I'm sharing some pics of just another way God is always faithful in our everyday, seemingly mundane lives.  He is good, in all things, and we are ever thankful for His goodness and provisions.


Nala is making sure Dad is looking at the right part, while Jamin looks on to learn and help when needed.

We must look deep in our lives for those hidden sins, those deep within or lying underneath, and sometimes a close friend may need to help us see attitudes or a critical spirit that needs to be given to Him, who forgives, who can repair what hurts and is broken.


"Mom, maybe you oughta come check, but I think they've got it."
Wow!  I sure do like the looks of the new black dishwasher!

Like dirty dishes piled high in a sink, our sins begin piling one on top of another, until we are overwhelmed.  Only when we begin placing them one by one at the Savior's feet and He takes and washes us white as snow can we know the true forgiveness and love He has to offer.


Our dining room we began painting last year is finally getting completed!  The Dad and Jamin have been working very hard and the girls have helped some, but my men have great patience and have done a wonderful job on finishing up.


Ever hard at work!


What a mess!  Isn't it like our lives, we leave things unfinished, piled up, covered up, and in such disarray that it is hard to see what is important.  Once the fresh coat of paint dries, and the furniture of our lives are put back in order, can we finally see what God has been trying to show us all along.  We must come to Him, ask for His forgiveness and then, He makes all things new.  O, so thankful!


The last touches, making sure we give control, even of those things no one else may ever see, like underneath the window sill, but we know, and God knows are there.  We give all to Him, to paint His forgiveness over our lives, sometimes a second and sometimes a third coat is needed.  We come and He is ready for us to give Him the control to remodel  and restructure our lives.


"But now, O Lord, You are our Father,
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hand."
Isaiah 64:8

Forever Counting - Are you?  #1548-1584
new dishwasher
father & son installing together
washing down doors
checking my heart that needs scrubbed while cleaning
eating lunch outside
flowers in bloom
green tea with honey
another Lord's Day
this Good Friday
learning through fear
the breaking of His Body
Resurrection Sunday
waiting at orthodontist
good conversation
evening walk
daughters helping with MOPS
Easter lunch at park with friends
life on our beautiful farm
encouraging words
a new day
prayers for a healthy diet
prayers through anxieties
a quiet afternoon
4 new raised beds
clothes hanging fresh on the line
2 nights of frost
buckets covering new plants
His protective covering
son tilling the new earth
dad brought the black, rich earth for new beds from the fields
steaks defrosting
a new diet-for better health
green tea with honey in my "grateful for simple blessings" mug
steamed carrots and asparagus
fresh paint
His faithfulness
2 tame blackberry plants from neighbor

Always Experiencing Him,
Jody

A New Day

A new day has dawned
A new morning has been given


Let everything you do
Be yielded to His Spirit


Rest and work in Him
He makes all things new


Live your life 
In Him alone


He is Life!
He is Good!
He is God!

Praise Him with the dance!
Praise Him with the song!

Worship Him and 
Celebrate the Risen Lord!!!


Always Experiencing Him,
Jody

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Enjoy this the Lord's Day!

Prepare your hearts and your children's hearts 
this coming week for the Easter season, 
the Resurrection Day of our Lord and Savior, 
Jesus Christ!

Always Experiencing Him,
Jody