Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day and Cousin Teddy's Baby Dedication

I had an amazing Mother's Day weekend!  I absolutely loved the pastor's sermon this morning on Psalm 127.

 Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
    and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
    for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.
Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court.

He made two great points:
  1. From Psalm 127:1-2 (see above): No matter how hard you try, you will not be truly successful or fulfilled without God.  That includes all aspects of life, but he specifically mentioned being a parent/mom.  He can take all your anxiety of trying to do life and give you rest.  Awesome.  I pray God works through me despite my weaknesses and gives me wisdom and energy to train up my kids to love Him!
  2. From Psalm 127:3-5 (see above): Children should be viewed as a blessing and told so.  It is easy to view them as a bother in the midst of life's tasks, but the Bible says they are a blessing.  The Psalmist makes the analogy above that children are like arrows.  Arrows have to be formed and sharpened.  It takes work.  They are not ready to shoot right away.  (That is the phase we are currently in).  As parents we, with God's help, will sharpen them, teach them, and shoot them in the right direction.  Children are not ultimately a sword to be held onto, but rather an arrow to be let go of.  Pointing arrows/children aimlessly or in the wrong direction can be painful and wasteful, but shooting an "on fire for God" flaming arrow straight into God's plan for them can cause great harm to the enemy (Satan's kingdom) and bring great glory to God.  In this way, blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them (children).  I pray that God would help Paul and I to train our arrows (kids) to be on fire for God and bring great glory to Him.  I also pray that God would remind me to see them as a blessing on the tough days :).

I just love getting filled up with the Word of God and being challenged and encouraged in my job!  What a blessing for Mother's Day.  Seriously.

The kids and Paul made me feel really special on Saturday with a wonderful mother's day breakfast in bed! 

We then went to Como Zoo and had a great family day, with beautiful weather and my favorites around me.

On Sunday we went to Auntie Kristin and Uncle Eric's church for cousin Teddy's baby dedication. 

After naps, the kids helped pick out the rest of our garden plants and as a family we got everything all planted!  We finished off the evening with a family picnic. Perfect.

Although these last two pictures aren't from the weekend, I wanted to share them as they represent my current favorite Mommy moment - when all three kids squish in close, cuddle up with their blankies, and read with me.  I am in total Mommy heaven in these moments.  Thank you Paul for randomly catching a few of these in picture form so I can always remember these moments.

I am truly blessed, three times over.  Thank you, Lord, for letting me be Mommy to these three!  And a shout out thank you to Paul's and my amazing moms for all their love, support, prayers, care, help, and more!  They are amazing moms and super grandmas :). 


The Baum Family said...

Love the verses you shared Kel! I love how coordinated you all were for Teddy's dedication. Cousins are such a blessing! ;)

Kristin Bjorklund said...

So glad the sermon blessed you!! Thanks for celebrating Teddy with us. AND for being a super awesome example to me on how to parent!

Jill said...

It truly was a blessed day. So glad we were all together.

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