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Reflections of a Mother's Heart

Show Off! August 28, 2009

Filed under: Tips and Tidbits — Michelle Ferguson @ 8:24 pm

I have found that displaying my children’s artwork is something they really love!  They are so pleased to see that I love their masterpiece enough to find a prominent place for it.  Their artwork gets clipped or taped to our refrigerator, bedroom walls, the side of Luke’s make-shift dresser, even the hallway occasionally dorns the color of fall leaves, butterflies, and rainbows!

To make room for new masterpieces, I have kept some special pieces (Luke’s coloring of our family, notes Logan has scribbled and called “Prayer Requests,” and Lindsay’s finally-mastered princess picture.)   Sometimes I have folded and mailed pieces to the grandparents so they, too, can enjoy the creativity of their grandchildren.

August2009 081August2009 082August2009 080Three-year-old Luke especially lights up when he sees something of his on display.  He will proudly say, “I made that!”  My children feel special when I place their artwork around the house, and that’s exactly what I want them to feel.  So go ahead, show off that artwork!

 

Bird Rescue August 26, 2009

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:53 pm

A few weeks ago as I was taking my morning walk, I noticed a cat walking down a driveway and up towards me on the street.  As the cat came closer and passed me, I noticed he had a bird in his mouth.  Being the compassionate animal-lover that I am, I sweetly called to “kitty.”  Kitty, who is  my buddy from previous walks when I’ve stopped to stroke him, was obviously on a mission to finish off his catch and did not stop to acknowledge me.  I followed him to the next driveway where he dropped the bird.  I quickly moved in to pick up the bird and survey the damage.

I noticed the bird’s eyes were bright and alert.  As he looked all around, I noticed a small tail feather that looked askew.  I cupped him in my hand and took him with me.  As I continued my walk,  I didn’t really know what I was going to do with him, so my mind started thinking of all kinds of preparations for when I got him home.  It went something like this:  “Okay, he’ll need a box of some sort to be placed in, but it may need a netting over the top so he can’t hop out or so he won’t get hurt by our cat.  Then, I’ll need to feed him…oh boy, do I really want another thing to feed?  I guess I’ll have to go dig up some of those fat worms my father-in-law brought to us from his leftover fishing bait.  Hmm, maybe a dish of water too?  Where will I keep this box?”

As I’m thinking all this through, I started praying for the little, helpless bird.  I prayed God would take care of Him.  As I rounded the next cul-de-sac, that little bird just took flight and left my hand and flew into a tree!  For about two seconds I was sad, because I wanted my kids to see him.  Then I realized God had answered my prayer!  I did not need to worry any more about how I was going to take care of this bird.  God had it under control the whole time!!  I just love it when God shows me little things like that which serve as an awesome reminder of who He is!!

As I performed a bird rescue that day, I was reminded how God rescued me from my sins by allowing His Son Jesus to die on the cross in my place!  Thank you God for your grace, love, and forgiveness!

 

“If You Give a Mom a Muffin” August 13, 2009

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:35 pm

When Lindsay and Logan were very little, I helped start a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group at my church.  Part of their membership included a subscription to their MOMSENSE magazine.  Inside the August/September 2002 issue, I read “If You Give a Mom a Muffin” written by Kathy Fictorie, based on “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff.  I thought it was so cute that I have kept it all these years and just recently ran across it.

“If You Give a Mom a Muffin”

“If you give a mom a muffin, she’ll want a cup of coffee to go with it.  She’ll pour herself some.  The coffee will get spilled by her three year old.  She’ll wipe it up.

Wiping the floor, she will find some dirty socks.  She’ll remember she has to do some laundry.  When she puts the laundry in the washer, she’ll trip over some snow boots and bump into the freezer.  Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan supper for tonight.

She will get out a pound of hamburger.  She’ll look for her cookbook (101 Things to Make with a Pound of Hamburger).  The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.  She will see the phone bill which is due tomorrow.  She will look for her checkbook.

The checkbook is in her purse that is being dumped out by her two year old.  She’ll smell something funny.  She’ll change the two year old.  While she is changing the two year old the phone will ring (Of course!).  Her five year old will answer it and hang up.

She remembers that she wants to phone a friend to come for coffee on Friday.  Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.  She will pour herself some.  And chances are, if she has a cup of coffee, her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.”

 

Praying for My Children, Part 4 of 4 August 12, 2009

Filed under: Parenting with Purpose — Michelle Ferguson @ 11:15 am

I will wrap-up my last six prayer points of praying for my children with this post.  It is truly a privilege to pray for our children and to watch how God answers.

*That they will be wholeheartedly sold out to serving Jesus Christ (Romans 12: 1-2)

*That they will be hedged in so that they cannot find their way to the wrong people or the wrong places (Hosea 2:6)

*That their children and grandchildren will know Christ as Savior and serve Him with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:37-38)

*That they will have a strong sense of belonging to a family that is loving and dwells together in unity (Psalm 133; Colossians 3:12-14)

*That when they leave home it would be with an eternal perspective and Christ-like values and characteristics (Isaiah 40:8)

*That their entire lives will be a testimony of the greatness and love of Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:15-16; IThessolonians 5:23)

This is by no means an exhaustive list of things to pray, but it is a great start!  Prayer increases our faith, reduces our stress, relieves our worries, and enriches our lives.  Let’s invest time in daily, devoted prayer for our children!  They are worth  it!

 

A Season of Change August 9, 2009

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 7:26 pm

Logan, Luke, and LindsayIt is a season of change in the Ferguson household!  School starts tomorrow morning, and I am so excited!  We will be studying Creation to the Greeks this year, and I love learning alongside my children.

Part of our change includes a new schedule and a new way of starting our day.  Last weekend, we bought a bright pink alarm clock for Lindsay and a black alarm clock for Logan.  They were so excited about their new clocks and the responsiblity that comes along with them.  (I hope the excitement lasts past the first day of school!)  This year we are having Lindsay and Logan set their own alarm clocks for 7:00am.  They will make their beds, dress, complete their assigned morning chore, and come downstairs for breakfast.  Cereal, oatmeal, poptarts (organic!), yogurt, and fruit will be set out for their choosing and fixing.  After dishes are cleaned up and teeth are brushed, they are to meet me in the school room at 8:00am.  I made clear that if they are late to school, they will go to bed 30 minutes early.  They then asked what would happen if I were late.  I replied, “Then I’ll go to bed 30 minutes early.”  They laughed, but I kind of liked the thought of going to bed earlier!!

In all of this, we are teaching our children RESPONSIBILITY!  Getting up by themselves, fixing their own breakfast, and getting somewhere on time are essential life skills.  I want them to learn these skills and learn them well!  Change is not always easy, but change can be good!  Here’s looking forward to a new school year and a season of change!

 

Praying for My Children, Part 3 of 4

Filed under: Parenting with Purpose — Michelle Ferguson @ 7:00 pm

*That they will be successful in the work He has planned for them to do (Psalm 118:25, 139:9-10)

*That they will respect those in authority over them (Romans 13:1, Ephesians 6:1-4)

*That they will desire the right kinds of friends and be protected from the wrong kind of friends (Proverbs 1:10-11)

*That they will be kept from the wrong mate and saved for the right one (II Corinthians 6:14-17)

*That they, as well as those they marry, will be kept pure until marriage (I Corinthians 6:18-20)

*That they will learn to totally submit to God and actively resist Satan in all cirumstances (James 4:7)

 

Praying for My Children, Part 2 of 4 August 4, 2009

Filed under: Parenting with Purpose — Michelle Ferguson @ 11:57 am

Continuing with my prayer points, here are six more wonderful prayers for our children:

*That they will increase in wisdom mentally, in stature physically, and in favor with God spiritually and with man socially (Luke 2:52)

*That they will develop a thankful heart and a fine, confident mental attitude (Psalm 126:2-3, Romans 8:31)

*That they would be caught when guilty (Psalm 119:71)  (This is one of my favorite prayers for my children, and they know that I pray this for them!)

*That they would be protected from the evil one in every area of life (Psalm 121:8, John 17:15)

*That they will have a responsible attitude in all their relationships (Daniel 6:3)

*That God will destroy the enemies in their lives, whatever they may be—weaknesses, lying, selfishness, disobedience, etc (Psalm 120:2, Philippians 2:4)