Need some strength?

In case you're tired and feeling like you can't pull it together for another week, here's good news!  In the Great Exchange, the Lord gives us His strength for our weakness.  I'm drinking at this well today!

"The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace."  Ps. 29:11

"Your God has commanded your strength; strengthen, O God, what You have done for us."  Ps. 68:28

"Let the weak say, 'I am strong.'"  Joel 3:10

"...the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold."  Neh. 8:10 (Amplified)

"As for God, His way is perfect...It is God Who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect."   Ps. 18:30, 32

"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart.  Wait, I say, on the Lord."  Ps. 27:14

"He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength--causing it to multiply and making it abound...those who wait for the Lord...shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired."  Is. 40:29, 31 (Amp)

"As your day, so shall your strength, your rest and security be."  Deut. 33:25 (Amp)

"...through the greatness of His might, and because He is strong in power, not one is missing or lacks anything."  Is. 40:26b

"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."  Phil. 4:13

"For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, In returning to Me and resting in Me you shall be saved; in quietness and in (trusting) confidence shall be your strength."  Is. 30:15 (Amp)

"God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect."  II Sam. 22:33

Be blessed this week in His strength!


A lesson from the leaves

It's a cold, drizzly, gray day here, with snow falling in the high country.  Seems like summer was just in its fullness and yet here's the evidence that fall is really upon us!

I looked out the kitchen window this morning and saw that our aspen trees are edged with gold.  Their changing is so subtle, a bit every day, and yet within a few weeks they are transformed into a mass of brilliant gold.  It reminded me of something I've been pondering recently--the concept that most things with God follow the Law of Progression.  We want quick change, immediate answers, instant fruit, but that's just not how He's set it up.

Whether it the need for healing in our bodies, or character issues that cause us to stumble, the building of a business or the discipling of a new believer...it's all progression.  We homeschooling moms are doing this everyday, building precept upon precept, line upon line, academic and spiritual, until one day we see that "it came to pass."  While I am one who wants the immediate (!), nevertheless the stellar miracles are few and far between.  The Lord seems to be always aiming at the process part of it.  And at the other side of the journey, we could really call the results a miracle, because we know it couldn't have happened with our own resources.  It's all His blessing.

So while I chafe at the slowness of things, I am comforted when I see the leaves.  God who is the Master Designer of all things does all those things well.  The leaves don't have to "do" anything to bud and develop and mature through their process; they are empowered by their Creator.  So I, too, can rest in the progressions.  After all, isn't the root word of progression progress?



Character curriculum for young ladies

For the past couple of years we have been using a wonderful character curriculum I wanted to share with you.  Some of you may already be involved with this.  It's called "Bright Lights," developed by Sarah Mally who has also authored "Before You Meet Prince Charming" and "Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends."  This is actually a program that is conducted in home studies with groups of young ladies ages 10-14, and Sarah offers conferences as well to provide further training and encouragement.  You can read more about it at their website.

We attempted to do it as a group but it didn't work, so SweetPea and I have been doing it as part of our morning devotions.  I highly recommend the studies!  Sarah writes in a very conversational manner and includes lots of testimonionals from girls who have learned something valuable from their Bright Lights studies that has changed them.

The program is written in sets, each centered around a theme such as "Be Strong for the Lord in Your Youth" and expands on topics such as honoring your parents, friends, attitudes, our words, siblings, etc.  Sarah is writing further studies that are not yet available (hurry, Sarah!).

It's all based on Scripture, very solid, with lots of references to use in further study.  The cost is nominal and they also have accompaning CDs with more study and testimonial material.

What I have particularly loved about this program is the wonderful discussions it has sparked!  And because it's written to the girls, SweetPea has taken the challenges personally and responded with some beautiful attitude adjustments and a greater desire to be a Godly young woman for the Lord.  God was so good to have led us to this program.  If you're looking for something to bolter your parenting efforts for your young lady, this might just be the answer!