Monday, March 12, 2012

Journey Through Ephesians - Childlike

These first two verses - had me at hello! 
Ephesians 5: 1-20

. . .  As dear children 

This week I'll be looking to my children in order to take this message to heart. 
Coming to God 

. . . As dear children

My children come to Jesus with their whole hearts.
They bow to pray and they mean every word - their faith is complete 

When they question it isn't to cast doubt - it is to fully understand
They do not question God in the way that grown ups do 
Theirs is an innocent - a wondering - a wanting 
to know Him better - to see Him clearly. 

. . . As dear children

. . . And walk in love 

I don't always "walk in love" - I try to walk in love - I desire to walk in love
Sometimes I walk in stress - and He gently reminds me - like a child - His child
to "walk in love as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering 
and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma."
I, all too often need the reminder. 

Ephesians 4: 29

"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good
for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers"

. . . That it may impart grace to the hearers 

* my prayer today is that God will supernaturally, grant me the ability to tame my tongue 
to such a degree that every word from my mouth will impart grace to the hearers!  

Counting to #1000 Gifts and joy pockets: 

190.  . . . As a child - childlike open hearts
191. miraculous provisions and a path made clear
192. opportunity to travel with my children 
193. meeting sweet blog friends I already love
194. God's clear message of love - walk in love - love one another
195. childlike faith 
196. seeing through the eyes of my children 
197. opportunity to spend time with friends and family 
198. cousin time
199. watching God move mountains when I come to Him with a road bump

I've been very busy getting ready for my road trip - making my list - checking my list
I am so looking forward to meeting some of my favorite blog sisters IRL 

I'll have my children - a trapped audience - on a long car ride.
Maybe they'll be able to teach me a thing or two along the way! 
I plan to use the time to review Bible verses we've learned and to listen to some 
new audio books on the road. We also have a couple of favorite parks to stop and see. 

I'll be sure to take good notes for you - I'll be tweeting from Teach Them Diligently in SC
and I'll be at the Apologia Live Conference the following weekend - tweeting to keep you 
up to date and informed. You can follow our road trip adventure on Instagram as AdventurezInChildRearing and on Twitter as @AdventurzNchild  - I'll be sure to post 
some road trip "how to's" and hopefully not too many "what not to do's" with the kids! 

The blog link up for Kids in the Kitchen will continue on Tuesdays - hope to see you there!

Linking up with other bloggers: 



Rebecca said...

You bless me with your open heart...and your desire for more of his love!!! Can't wait...just a few more days!

Amy said...

Beautiful post! :) thanks for sharing!

MomLaur said...

Edifying and grace...yes and yes! So excited for you and Rebecca and others to meet and attend the conferences! Looking forward to all the updates and wisdom coming out of them :0)

Anonymous said...

This convicted me. I had a conversation in a parking lot with a friend that wasn't the model of grace and love.Hope you have a great time.

Irene @ Inspiration From The Little Things said...

Hi Kelli :-) Sometimes I wished I was a child again, because I love the innocence of children and their curiosity, which is the reason why they have so many questions inside their minds. Unlike adults, who seem to know a lot, and asks questions out of doubt and try to rationalize things based on what they know. Your post reminded me to have the heart of a child so that I may open my mind to God's teachings and learn to accept His will for me without doubt. Thank you so much for blessing me with your beautiful post, Kelli.

Take care and God bless :-)


Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Praying for a safe journey, friend! And hope I get to see you in SC! I'm meeting up with Rebecca at some point. Any plans to travel through Greenville? (((HUGS)))

Rebecca said...

Thank you for this beautiful reminder today, to have faith and trust as children to. It is so simple, their faith. They pray expecting answers. I love how God uses our children to sanctify us and I can tell you it does not stop when they grow up! We used Apologia in its infancy MANY years ago! How exciting to see the path it has taken. Have a wonderful trip!

Jen Ferguson said...

That was such a good line about walking in love verses walking in stress. I walk in stress a lot, which clearly inhibits my ability to walk in love. Thank you for this!

Laura said...

Oh, to have that faith like a child! Praying this prayer with you today.