Wednesday, September 23, 2020

To Annoy Your Sister


 It's sort of funny to post this picture the day after I posted on praying for your children!  I have a certain daughter that has a fear of chickens.  I have a certain daughter that loves her chickens dearly.  She names them, talks to them and cares for them like a mother hen.

So, when I heard screaming from one girl, and giggling from another with a chicken in her hand, I wasn't too surprised.  Don't worry, the giggling girl didn't make it in to the screaming girl's room.  Poor thing!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

To Pray for our Children (and Grandchildren)


So far in this month of focusing on prayer, we've prayed for our government leaders and spiritual leaders.  I think now we should focus on praying for our children and grandchildren.  What precious treasures we have from the Lord!  I think it's safe to say that the burden we have for our children and grandchildren is from the Lord.  I spoke with a lady last night that couldn't stop weeping for her granddaughter.  She is so concerned about the home she is in and the desires she has.  Her burden was heavy and very real.  I told her I truly believe those tears are from the Lord as a reminder to pray.  God gives us the responsibility of bringing the needs of our precious treasures to Him.

Let's not get in the rut of praying, "Lord bless _____ ."  Specific prayer brings specific results!  So how should we pray for our children?


1. Pray for them spiritually.  Of course the very most important decision they will ever make is to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.  Pray that after they have accepted Him that they will live a life serving Him.  Pray that they will have a ministry to serve in and that they will love it and give it their all.  Pray that they will have a personal relationship with the Lord.  I don't want my kids to just serve MY God, I want Him to be THEIR God, too.  Pray that they will seek Him daily through His Word and that they will have a powerful prayer life.  Pray for their faith to grow.

2. Pray for their relationships.  As your children go through life they will meet many people.  They will have friendships and broken hearts.  Pray for them to have compassion and wisdom in their relationships.  Pray for their relationships with their family members.  Children are children.  They will argue and want to be selfish.  Pray that they will have a love for their siblings that far surpasses the pride of an argument.  Pray for them to have the right relationship with you as a Momma.  And especially with their Father.  Everyday I grow more and more convinced of my role as a Momma to point my children to their Dad.  They need to respect him and love him and my influence is so powerful in this area!  Pray for them to want to go to their Dad with concerns, ideas and just to talk.  It's such a wonderful training ground for how to seek their heavenly Father in the future.  
Pray for their friendships.  Friends are powerful influencers.  

As I did nursery Sunday night, I watched Liberty follow around another little girl and do everything she did.  She wanted to be just like her.  As kids grow older that often never changes, so make sure their friendships are with others that will encourage and help them to grow closer to the Lord.  Oftentimes while my older three were growing up they didn't have tons of friends.  At times this was hard for them.  But, it was these times that the Lord was protecting them.  He was keeping them from developing friendships with those that would tear them down.  It's amazing how during those times our family grew closer with one another.

Pray for their future relationships.  As soon as we found out we were expecting our little ones, we began praying for their future spouse.  As Patrick prayed during the ceremony of Joshua and Tabitha, he had tears as he realized that this was the young lady he'd been praying for for the last 21 years.  It's a blessing.  Pray that their future spouse will accept the Lord and have a personal relationship with Christ.  Pray that the Lord will teach them character and a good work ethic.  Pray that they will love the Lord passionately and seek His will fervently.  Pray that their path will cross the path of your child at the right time.  As a parent, watching their story unfold is a blessing and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

3. Pray for their safety and health.  I think this one is a given, and as a Momma it's one I tend to pray about quite often.  Especially with my little boys that are quite daring!

4. Pray for their desires.  My children are each so very different, it's amazing!  Pray that they will desire to do and pursue things that are right and holy.  My Beth is loving baking lately and as she makes muffins or a loaf of bread she will deliver it to someone in our church and visit with them.  It's a blessing to them and to her as well.



5.  Pray for them to have Joy.  Life can be tough.  Pray that your children will have a joy that comes from the Lord.  Pray that they will see the good in situations and in others.  Pray that they will give people the benefit of the doubt and not always assume the worst.  Pray for them to be positive and have a joy that is contagious.


I think I could post another 100 points, but I will stop at these 5.  Praying for our children is a duty that should never be forsaken.  They are to precious to let a day go by that we don't bring their name before the Lord!



 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Another Toy for the "Cool" House!


Well, not only is our farm growing, but our collection of toys is growing, too!  A mechanic in our church called the other day and wanted to know if we'd like a scooter.  It has no title, so it can't be run on the road, just around our property.  Sure!

The kids have had fun learning how to ride it.  Don't worry, helmets are a must. So, we are being safe.  And we're learning about the muffler and how hot it can get.  Unfortunately that lesson was taught to Callie the hard way.  I'll spare you the pictures.  But, praise the Lord she's on the mend and the doctor has her burn healing very nicely.  

As someone put it the other day, we now have the "cool" house.  Scooters, bikes, dirtbikes, trampoline, pool, volleyball court and lots of woods to explore....we're having tons of fun over here! :o) 



 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Want another cow?


We received a call the other day from a rancher in our church.  They asked, "Want a cow?  We took a bunch to market and this one is blind in one eye, so they won't take her."   Our answer?  Sure!



It has been fun watching our little farm grow.  I never thought we would own a cow.  But, now we have 2!  Ferdinand is growing steadily.  He's so cute and I love his brown, black and white colors!  Our new cow we named Charlay (the ch has an sh sound)  She is part Charolais and part Angus.  Our plan is to have fresh beef sometime soon.  But, until then we are learning about owning a big cow and it's been fun!

Welcome to Storybook Farms Charlay!



 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

To Pray for our Spiritual Leaders


 It was late.  Everyone else was in bed.  But I could hear voices coming from the living room.  As I peeked around the corner I saw a sight that wasn't unfamiliar.  I saw the heart of my Pastor.  And I saw the heart of his assistant.  They were on their knees before God begging Him to work in the life of the people God had called them to.  They were asking God to move in the hearts of people and help them to see Him and their need for salvation more clearly.  They were asking the Holy Spirit to work.  They were asking for those gone astray to come back to the Lord.  They were asking for wisdom as the next morning they would stand before a beautiful crowd of souls and would be proclaiming the truth of  God's Word.  And then a thought occurred to me....have I prayed for them?  Have I prayed for the spiritual leadership that God has put in my life?

Godly men all around America are probably on their knees begging God to intercede for you.  And let me just say, if that's not the case, it is imperative that you find a good church.  Find a church that will be a loving family.  But, as they are praying for us, have we prayed for them?  In this month of focusing on the hymn "Sweet Hour of Prayer"  we have focused on praying for the leadership in our government.  Now I would like to focus on praying for our spiritual leadership.

How do you pray for them?

Their daily walk with God.  They are just human.  They, just like us, desperately need time with God each day and throughout the day.  Sometimes satan will talk men of God into thinking that all they are doing for God is enough and they don't actually need to be with God.  That is never the case.  And this is true for all of us.  Service to Him should never replace Time with Him.  

Wisdom in their schedule.  Quite often they are pulled in many different directions.  Being a pastor encompasses many things, not only preaching.  They are often called upon for counsel.  They are often called upon to help fix something in a home or a car.  They are often called upon to visit the sick, comfort a family after a death of a loved one, or be there for the birth of a baby.  They get texts and calls at anytime.  And, honestly, they love that their people want their advice and that they are needed.  They wouldn't have it any other way.  But, pray that they will have wisdom from the Lord on what they need to accomplish and on what they need to delegate.

Family Life.  You've heard the saying, "When Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." Sort of funny, but it is actually true.  When things aren't good at home, it's difficult for the man of God to be what he needs to be.  Pray for his wife and children.  Pray for his home to be a refuge for him and a place of relaxation and rejuvenation.  Pray for his kids.  Quite often satan and the world has a bulls-eye on their back.  Just look at the testimony of many preacher's kids.  The statistics are startling.  Pray that they will have a personal relationship with the Lord that will strengthen their faith.   Pray that the pastor will have wisdom what to share with them, and what to keep private.  Preacher's kids see and hear so much, sometimes it's no wonder that they grow bitter.  Pray for them.

Health.  Pray for the spiritual leaders in your life to have good health, strength and energy to be everything that God would have them to be.

Wisdom and Direction.  Pray for them to clearly hear the voice of God and the Holy Spirit's leading.  They want to do right and want to lead right.  Pray that God's voice will be the loudest that they hear.


I'm enjoying the different aspects of praying.  And I'm convinced more than ever that I don't pray enough.  I want that to change.  How about you?

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Waiting for School

It's definitely time to start school!  The problem?  Abeka is experiencing a surge in popularity.  Some of the books we need are still being printed.  They don't expect our books to arrive for 3 more weeks.  Ouch!  That means starting school at the end of September, which is later than we've ever started.

  

As Momma, I'm trying not to stress about this.  Trying.  I can always tell when my kiddos need to start school, they get antsy, and start getting in trouble.  So, we are needing to be creative about filling our time for  September.


My Silas decided to build flags for countries out of legos.


I'm so proud of his creativity and desire to learn!


So we have 3 more weeks of summer.  Not planned, but we need to plan for it to be memorable, productive and fun!



 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

My girls


So a funny thing happened.  A few days ago I posted "To Marry a Preacher"  where I talked about my husband and what it's like to be married to a preacher.  For some reason that post had a bunch more views than any others lately.  A bunch!   Then, I realized that maybe my blogging friends are like my other friends and wanting to know what's going on with my adult girls.  :o)  Am I right?  Did I unintentionally fool you all into thinking my girls are marrying preachers?  



So I thought a little update on my girls is in order.  But, it will be a small update as I'm not sharing everything....that can be for another post at a later date ;o)



My Beth is 22 and my Brenna 21.  I have to say that they are amazing.  I am loving this phase of life with them.  Absolutely loving it!  Having adult daughters in the home is like living with your very best friends.  They bring so much joy and laughter to the Gimenez Home.  We love to be together and you can often find us working in the kitchen together, playing games, singing plenty, or just sitting in the living room talking about today, or yesterday or tomorrow.  It's a time that I am treasuring immensely.



 Ever since they were little girls I have taught Beth and Brenna to be patient for their "Prince Charming" and to be prepared for the day he would come riding on his white horse to whisk them away....well not exactly all the horse stuff, (although Beth would love that!) but I have taught them that they were created for someone.  God made them for the purpose of completing their prince charming and there is no greater joy than to fulfill His Will for their lives.  I'll be honest.  Some days they wonder when this will happen.  Since I was married at 18, they always pictured they would be married young too, but we've taught them that their story is different than anyone else's and it will be the very best love story!  

My Beth is diligent as our church secretary and is anxiously awaiting the day when our church building will be done and she can have her office.  For now she does her work in our back office/bedroom with Patrick and Josh.  She's also started learning sign language again and is loving it!  She is the nursery Sunday School teacher and also has a vital part in the music ministry of our church.  If you know my Beth you know she can be quite quiet, but just give her a microphone and let her sing and you'd never know she has a shy side!  My Beth also aspires to be an author.  She has many books in the works and  when her work is done  you can often find her at her desk with a candle lit doing research on her next scene.  I am so proud of her!

My Brenna is in her Junior/Senior year of college.  She had a small hiccup in her classes and somehow the guidance counselor overlooked her student teaching.  The path they had her on to graduate at the end of this schoolyear had to be changed, so she now plans to graduate Winter 2021.  That news was pretty upsetting to her, but she jumped back on her feet and is working hard at her elementary education degree.  She is also our 7-12 year old Sunday School teacher and does a fabulous job with those kiddos.  They love Miss Brenna! My Brenna is also the piano player at our church and her piano skills are amazing!  She had 2 weeks to learn the Bridal Chorus and all the accompanying wedding music for a wedding we recently had at church.  She did wonderful!  I am so proud of her!

So the other post wasn't about my girls.  Sorry if I fooled anyone....Although, I have to say, things may be on the horizon....but that is definitely for a different post. :o)

Monday, September 7, 2020

To pray for our country

 I am loving listening to "Sweet Hour of Prayer."  It is so challenging and convicting!  It encourages me to want to pray more!

This week I want to have an extra emphasis on praying for my country.  America sure does need it!

I want to pray for the leaders of my country, state, county and city.  Do you know who they are?  Can you pray for them by name?  I'll be honest.  I'm going to have to look up exactly who are the elected officials in my county and even state.  As a christian, I really ought to be praying for them.  I will pray for their salvation.  I will pray for their families.  I will pray that God will use them to make godly decisions for our land.

I want to also pray for the upcoming election.  I am going to pray that christians will be encouraged to vote and let their voice be heard!  I am going to pray that there will be honesty and dignity in our election process and that the forces of evil will not tamper with the system we have in place.

I will also be praying for the safety of our country and that God would keep us safe from others that would love nothing more than to harm our people, our economy, and our future.  


2 Chronicles 7:14 says, "If my people (that would be the christian!) which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways;  then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

America needs healing.  As evil seems to triumph in this world, I don't want to fail in my part to pray.  America is worth praying for!  And that is my focused effort for this week, to pray for my country.