Category Archives: A Mother’s Musings

Quiet Time with Kids-New Update

Several years ago I wrote about scheduling a “quiet time” for our children. At the time they were ages 6, 2, and 15 months. You can click here to read about that, and then an update here.

For now, here’s what works for us. Our two girls share a bedroom, so they take turns with one staying in their room and one going to the living room. Our oldest, 11 years old, reads her Bible, prays, journals, and if time allows, reads some of a missionary biography each day.

Our middle child, 7 years old, reads her Bible, prays, and sings songs from our church’s songbook.

Our youngest, 6 years old, is learning to read, so he sometimes looks in his Bible to find words he knows. Mostly he listens to praise music and looks through his Bible storybooks in his room. Though we may listen to other contemporary Christian music throughout the day (they like it especially when they are cleaning), only certain music is allowed for quiet time. This is a time for singing praises to God versus singing about our walk or various life situations.

Also, our younger ones sometimes color their picture in their Bible coloring book from their devotion with Dad the night before during this time.

I usually give them around 20 minutes. Sometimes more if they ask for more time.

We occasionally ask them how their time is going, what they are doing, and for those that can read, what they are learning. We don’t want this to be something we just do everyday without them knowing the purpose, which is to have a relationship with God.

As a result of this scheduled quiet time, one of our daughters repented and believed in Christ while reading the Word. As she read Ezekiel, the Lord opened her heart to see that the same sentence on Israel for their sin also rested on her. Therefore, she put her trust in Christ alone for salvation.

Looking back from when we first started this, I can see we have come a long way! I am thankful for God’s faithfulness to remind us and give us patience as we are training our children and much fruit already!

~Kimberly

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The Blessing of Memorizing Scripture

A while back I began using this plan to memorize the book of Colossians in a year. I am about half way through chapter three. It has taken much more than a year to even get this far, much less finish in one year, but I am excited to even have done this much. (I should say that if you are interested in the plan, the problem with not finishing in a year was me, not the plan! It is very doable.) God has been kind to keep me motivated, help me to remember, and bring it to mind when I need it. For example, on this Monday morning, I prayed from chapter three of Colossians that I would have a compassionate heart, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience because the old self has been put away and the new self is being renewed in knowledge after God’s image. What a glorious thought!

~Kimberly


Encouragement from The Silver Chair

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This year as part of our homeschool, we are reading The Chronicles of Narnia as a family. Our oldest daughter is using this study guide for accompanying activities. (We used one by the same author last year as we read through The Hobbit and The Lord the Rings trilogy.) We have just finished The Silver Chair, which was excellent. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“Aslan’s instructions always work: there are no exceptions.” -A reminder that God’s instructions always work-there are no exceptions! “There are no accidents. Our guide is Aslan; and he was there when the giant King caused the letters to be cut, and he knew already all things that would come of them; including this.” -A reminder of God’s sovereignty. He has always been in existence and knows all things-even whatever it is you are going through right now. “‘Courage friends,’ came Prince Rilian’s voice. ‘Whether we live or die Aslan will be our good lord.'” -A reminder that whether we live or die on earth, when we trust in Jesus Christ, He is our good Lord and there is hope! ~Kimberly


My Blogging Restart!

When we changed the name of this blog to “Together as Vessels of Mercy,” our intention was for this to be a husband and wife collaboration. I, the wife, have been silent for a while. Taking care of a family is a full time job! I am really interested in writing and hope this blog can be an outlet. So, let’s call this my re-introductory post! I hope to share what the LORD is teaching me and how He is encouraging me as His child in the roles He has given me as a wife and mom.

Kimberly


Quiet Time for Kids Update

We have been fairly consistent in the mornings with “Quiet Time.” I wanted to give an update as I have been blessed to see the children know this is part of our day. For the original of what I am updating, click here!

Lydia (6 years old) is continuing to read her Bible in Dad and Mom’s bedroom by herself. She is not reading through Matthew anymore; she told me she looks for certain passages and reads those. Our Sunday School curriculum offers a take home sheet that includes questions to think about, Scriptures to read, and prayer suggestions. She goes through this sheet each day during her quiet time as well.

One day this past week, Madi (2 years old) went to look for Lydia. When she saw that Lydia was in our bedroom reading her Bible, she immediately went in the kids’ room, turned on her praise CD, and sat on her bed with her books without being told!

I am continuing to read my Bible aloud in the living room with Joshua (17 months) by my side. He looks at Bible story board books that we keep in a basket in the living room. We’ve had some great “conversations” about Job and Genesis as I read, following a chronological Bible reading plan!


“Ankleness” (Toddler translation: “Thankfulness”)

This morning I told the girls to go ahead and sit down at the table while I finished fixing their breakfast. Madi sat in Lydia’s seat which is by the window. As she looked out she said, “Ank You for couds! (toddler translation: Thank You for the clouds!) I brought them their plates, went back to the kitchen to get mine and overheard their conversation:

Madi (2 years old): Et’s eat, E-ya. (Let’s eat, Lydia.)

Lydia (6 years old): Let’s pray first.

Madi: Ank You…ow-melon, ank You…eggs, ank You…milk…Amen. (ThankYou for the watermelon, thankYou for the eggs, thank You for the milk, Amen.

Lydia: Momma! Madi prayed all by herself!

It was just one of those encouraging moments God graciously gives us. What a blessing to begin our day this way!


from the hospital 10/27

This is more from my journal written while I was on bedrest in the hospital, waiting for our third child to be born.

At 3a.m. this morning I began having complications again. Not as bad as before, but enough to be watched closely for a while. Everything is still ok. We had a quick sonogram that confirmed everything is going well. We got to see a picture of the baby’s face. It was so sweet!


from the hospital- 10/25,26/07

October 25, 2007

More friends visited and prayed over us today. Praise: Jason’s mom arrived safely and other financial gifts have been given.

October 26, 2007 Friday

The pregnancy complication that brought me here has ended. Maybe I will get to go home on Monday. We still got to have our Family Fun Friday Night. Jason, the girls, and his mom came up; we ordered a pizza and watched a movie!

Getting to have our Friday night together meant a great deal to me. “Family Fun Friday” is a tradition we began about three years ago. We plan for it all week sometimes. Whether we go out or stay at home, it is always an evening that we focus on being together and having fun as a family (hence the name!) As the children are growing up, we have seen this is a perfect set-up in place for a special family devotion as well. I hope we can share some of those as they develop.


from the hospital- 10/24/07

October 24, 2007

My condition is the same. The baby is still doing well. A friend came by to visit and shared that she also had a complete previa with one of her children. She ended up delivering in an emergency situation at 33 weeks, without steroids. This was very encouraging to hear, since I would never have known this by looking at her now six year old daughter. She prayed over me before she left.

We have an offer for family to come help us. After prayer, we decided Jason’s mom is the right choice to come at this time.

It is one thing for someone to say they will pray for you, but there is something special about someone stopping to literally lay hands on you and pray. I realize that we can’t always be there in person and I am extremely thankful for all those who prayed from a distance. I just encourage you (and I am pointing back at myself) to take the time, if possible, to pray over someone in person or on the phone in the middle of the situation. Let us just be careful not to do this to be seen by others, or in any way lift ourselves up.

To be continued…


from the hospital-continued

Sorry for the delay; if you do not remember how this began, scroll down two posts!

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007

Well we made through the night! I was transferred out of Labor and Delivery to the high risk pregnancy floor. The problem is getting better, but not enough to go home. At this point the baby is fine. I have been given two steroid shots to speed the baby’s lung development. Our friend brought the girls by for a visit. It was so good to see them and difficult at the same time. Madi does not understand all of this, of course, and doesn’t want anything to do with me.

We are not sure what to do: Jason wants to stay at the hospital with me and be at home with our girls. Our family is over 600 miles away. We are praying for God to work out all these details.

To be continued…