So the kids and I have started something new. I really should have started doing this a long time ago, but to be honest, it never crossed my mind. I'm a bad Mommy.
We are doing devotions together over breakfast each morning. One thing about it that's really special is that we are using a children's devotional book that my aunt had when she was little, and I had when I was little. It's called "Little Visits with God." It's beat up and the binding is taped together and the intro and first story are missing, but I think that makes it even more special. I don't know for sure if I'll be able to write about it every day, but I'm going to try.
Today we talked about how everything we own belongs to God, not to us. We talked about some of the things that we think of as "ours," but are really God's, because He gave them to us and lets us use them. It's a concept I've always known of course, but don't think about every single day. Since having so many blessings come into my life over the past few years - my husband and children to name a few - I've tried hard not to take anything for granted. But I still fail at that every single day.
For example, I sometimes think of things as "mine" and I don't want to share them. And that is the complete opposite attitude of the one that I should have. We are expected to use what we have to help others, to show them Christ. The last thing we are supposed to do with what God has given us is keep it to ourselves. What good are our treasures here on earth except if we can use them for the good of people and souls?
Also, we are planning to move in the spring. In all honesty, we are sorely in need of a bigger house. The house we are in now was perfect for a married couple and a half-time kid, but is nowhere near enough room for a family of five, let alone a family of five-hoping-to-be-six. God has really been gracious and merciful in laying out the path for our family, in guiding us in the directions He has for us, and in closing doors on the directions He does not have for us. But lately, I have been thinking a lot lately that I just can't wait to find our new home and move into it. Now, I know it's not wrong to be excited and eager for some positive changes for our family, and I'm certainly not trying to "rush" God. I'm simply ready to get out of our tiny space and into something better suited for our growing family and extended family. But, our devotions this morning were a reminder to me not to take what I do have for granted. Even our tiny house with its tiny bedrooms and tiny kitchen and tiny yard was given to us by God, and we are by all means grateful to have it.
My hope after today's devotion is to be a better example for my kids, so that they can understand these concepts as we study and learn them, and so that they can see what it means to truly live in Christ.
Today's verse: Psalm 24:1 "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof."