SUNDAY REFLECTIONS | A SEASON OF REST

NEW YEAR – Valley of Vision

O Lord,

Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed in thy presence, in thy service, to thy glory.

Give me grace the preceded, follows, guides, sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour, that I may not be one moment apart from thee, but may rely on thy Spirit to supply every thought, speak in every word, direct every step, prosper every work, build up every mote of faith, and give me a desire to show forth thy praise; testify thy love, advance thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year, with thee, O Father, as my harbour, thee, O Son, at my helm, thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with my loins girt, my lamp burning, my ear open to thy calls, my heart full of love, my soul free.

Give me thy grace to sanctify me, thy comforts to cheer, thy wisdom to teach, thy right hand to guide, thy counsel to instruct, thy law to judge, thy presence to stabilize.

May thy fear be my awe, thy triumphs my joy.

Happy Lord’s Day dear friends! When I turned to this prayer this morning during my morning quiet time, I knew instantly that I wanted to share it with all of you. As I read these beautiful words from the Puritans I echoed their words, praying that I would live each of my days in God’s service. That I would do all things for His glory. I pray He would grant me the grace I need every moment of every day. Relying on His Spirit to direct my paths, strengthen my faith, sanctify me, comfort me in times of sadness and worry, and provide the words to speak and wisdom to teach especially as I lead my children. I pray the Lord would use me to advance His kingdom, declare His gospel with boldness and clarity, and to shine His light to a dark world.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year, with thee, O Father, as my harbour, thee, O Son, at my helm, thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

I hope you’re settling into this new year, 2021. I find January to be a month of rest for me and my home. We settle in with hopes for snowy days. We hunker down with our small winter food stock, venturing out less often, warming by the fire, pitter pattering in our thick winter socks along the cool wood floors of our house. We read more, spend more time cozied up under blankets, lingering a little longer in our beds each morning dreaming of warm sunny days, gardens, and playing barefoot games in the grass. I know so many of you probably experience different winters, and weather plays a big part in how our homes are run in the different seasons. What does winter hold in your home?

This past week I have been:

Reading – We are only a little over a week in and I’m already very ahead of myself, haha. My stack of books is getting quite high. I’m about finished with Susie, by Ray Rhodes Jr. I also just began reading Sally Clarkson’s devotional called Mom Heart Moments, with a friend. I’m looking forward to going through that with her and reflecting on the passages each day with a fellow mama and friend. This week I’m going to start, In My Father’s House – The Year’s Before the Hiding Place. The boys and I stopped by the library and I picked it up while I was there.

Studying – I’m reading the Bible chronologically this year, I finished out Job this past week and have been working through the remainder of Genesis. Something that really stood out to me this past week was the life of Jacob. Jacob literally means deceiver. when Jacob is returning home after 20 years of being away, he sends his family ahead, he is literally in the wilderness alone knowing his brother Esau is coming for him with hundreds of men and he wrestles with God that night. He comes to the end of himself. He comes to grips with his sin, his failures, his weaknesses, giving it all to God knowing without God he would have nothing and be nothing and in that moment of true faith God blesses him there. It’s there God gives him a new name, Israel which means God Contended’, ‘Wrestles with God’, ‘Triumphant with God’ It’s just such a powerful story and we can see that our struggles in faith lead to peace and God will use them for our good and His glory.

Singing – Psalm 98 (Sing Unto the Lord) By Shane & Shane

Sanding – Well I haven’t been technically sanding, my husband has. We are still working in the main bathroom of our home. After all the wallpaper was removed and walls scrubbed my husband was able to add three layers of joint compound to smooth out the damaged plaster walls. This weekend he has been working on sanding them lightly and priming the ceiling and walls, preparing for paint this week!

Listening – I listened to several really fantastic Podcasts this past week.

  • From the G3 Podcast – Episode 31 — Interview with John MacArthur. This was such a wonderful listen. John talked on so many issues and it was so edifying and insightful.
  • For the Gospel Podcast – 10. Josh Buice: Social Justice for Everyday People — so so good. I highly suggest listening!
  • The Sword and the Trowel – New Year Resolve

Learning – It was a bit bumpy in the beginning of the week getting back into the groove after a break from school work. But we are back at it and chugging along. We are finishing out our semester here shortly and I just can’t believe how quickly this school year has gone. The boys are excited because we will be learning about animals in the science this coming semester!

Decluttering – It feels crazy to type this but I’ve filled three garbage bags with things to drop off at Goodwill for donation. I already feel like I’m relatively minimal and I really don’t feel like we have an excess of things, but I suppose we have enough extra to fill several garbage bags, haha. To be fair it was mostly old decor I went through that I no longer love, most purchased at Goodwill years ago and out grown clothing/pieces I’ve decided to part with.

Cooking – Today I’m making my son’s favorite Chicken Pot Pie, which is actually just Chicken with homemade thick doughy noodles — basically like chicken noodle soup.

Playing – I can’t say it’s been unseasonably warm but it hasn’t been frigid so we’ve been trying to get outside and soak up some vitamin D when given the opportunity. It was 45 yesterday so we put on our jackets and gloves and the boys were outside riding bikes and climbing trees for over two hours. We plan to do the same today. I don’t mind because I get a warm blanket to snuggle with and a hot cup of coffee to sit on the porch in the fresh air while they play. It’s a win win for everyone.

Psalm 98

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made his salvation known
    and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
    and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
    shout for joy before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
    let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples with equity.

Blessings friends!

Bree

5 thoughts on “SUNDAY REFLECTIONS | A SEASON OF REST

      1. I read the Hiding Place first because I didn’t realize there were other books. The Hiding Place was so good. Much better than the movie. I love Corrie ten Boom and the story of her family.

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