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Reminders January 27, 2010

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:50 pm

I had to laugh this morning when I walked into my laundry room and nearly tripped over a basket of dirty clothes.  I vaguely recognized that basket as being from MY closet!  Was my husband sending me a message by bringing it downstairs?  Maybe he was just trying to be helpful when he saw a need.  I don’t know, but I thought it was funny!  Mine and Brad’s clothes are now washed and in the dryer!

Sometimes we need reminders, no matter how subtle or not so subtle they may be!  Reminders to spend quiet time with the Lord, to send a note of thanks or encouragement to a friend, to speak a kind word (when really what we want to say might not be so kind!), to call a parent, to mend a relationship, to not participate in gossip, and on and on.

I had a wonderful group of like-minded homeschooling moms to my home last night.  We laughed, shared, and read Scripture.  It was refreshing to be with such wonderful women in the Lord.  I was reminded during that time that I cannot do any task (including homeschooling) in and of myself.  It’s the Lord who does it through me.  He is teaching me patience and total dependence on Him.  My whole purpose in everything I do is to glorify God, and I cannot do that if I am impatient and continually frustrated with my children.

I set time aside to refocus on my mission in Scripture.  My mission at this season of my life is to support and love my husband and children and to pour life into them.  Isaiah 26:3 says “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.”  Thank you, Lord, for the reminder!

Now…off to fold laundry!

 

What Goes In January 20, 2010

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 12:02 am

Logan has a habit of putting objects into his mouth and chewing on them.  Now, I’m not talking about food!  During school today, I saw him chewing bits of his pencil eraser off and I stopped and asked him, “What is supposed to go into your mouth?”  (We have had MANY discussions of the like.)  Logan matter-of-factly replied, “Food and dessert.”  I had to laugh because I was expecting the answer of “food and drink.”  I guess he thinks dessert is pretty important!

Likewise, we need to be careful what goes into our children’s hearts!  As parents, it is our responsibility to protect our children.  No one else is going to do that for us!  Be tuned in to what shows your children watch on television, what music they listen to, what internet sites they visit, what magazines they peruse, and certainly know who their friends are!  All these venues serve to influence our children for the good or for the bad, and we need to be aware of these. We’ve all heard the phrase “What goes in is what comes out,”  and it’s so true.

God’s word declares in Psalm 101:2b-3 “I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.  I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.”  May that be the testimony of our homes!

 

Relief in Haiti January 19, 2010

Filed under: 1 — Michelle Ferguson @ 11:32 pm

Like you, I’ve been so saddened to see pictures of the devastation in Haiti caused by one of the worst earthquakes to hit the small, poor country in over 200 years.  It is heart breaking to hear the stories of mass graves necessary to handle overwhelming  numbers of the dead, orphans without formula, relatives seeking word of each other, and relief supplies not being able to reach the injured and hungry.

The needs of Haiti are many, and at times, seem insurmountable.  However, in the midst of such devastation, God can work to show His Hope to the hopeless there.  The people there have probably never been so desperate, and these are the times God can send revival.

I’ve been encouraged to see the world unite to help Haiti.  Many countries are pledging monetary support and are sending planes with relief supplies.  Our military are heroes for their air drops over the country and for going in to rescue the helpless.  Churches across the United States are taking up special offerings for Haiti.  Our church’s RA’s and GA’s are collecting supplies that are most needed right now in Haiti.  A family in our Classical Conversations group made beautiful cookies and colorful sprinkle brownies that they sold for donations which will go to Samaritan’s Purse’s relief efforts in Haiti.

I would encourage you to give (to a reputable organization of your choice) to help these precious people because it could just as easily be us in need.  The amount does not matter.  I love this quote from Mother Teresa:  “If you can’t feed a hundred, feed one.”  Our gifts together can be huge and can make a difference and can show the love of Jesus.  Let’s unite our hearts in prayer for Haiti and watch for the miracle stories that are sure to come!

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear.  Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.  Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.”  (Psalm 46:1-3)

 

Stop and Smell the Weeds January 16, 2010

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:25 pm

As I sat reading this morning, my three-year old came in from play and found me.  He walked over to me with a surprise behind his back and then his chubby little hand revealed a yellow dandelion he had picked for me.  His first words were, “Do you like it?”

He totally melted my heart!  For my little boy to think about me while he is outside playing with his brother and sister and then to stop and come find me and bring me his treasure, I was so touched.  He was so proud of his offering, and I couldn’t help but hug and kiss him.

Even though his flower was a weed, I saw it and smelled it like it was a rose!  My tender-hearted little boy turned a weed into a rose in my eyes.  I love that weed not because of what it is in itself but because of the love for me that came with it!  “Yes, Luke, I like it!”

 

Lost Treasure January 3, 2010

Filed under: Tips and Tidbits — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:45 pm

As we usher in a new year, we start thinking about resolutions.  You know, those things we want to change or improve in our lives, like getting organized, working on a character trait, or learning a new skill.  My husband says he used to make New Year’s resolutions, but he doesn’t anymore because they don’t work for him!

Maybe we moms could add journaling to our resolutions.  When my children were really little, they would say the funniest things!  A lot of those things I wrote down.  It’s fun to go back and read and share those funnies with my kids.  Just that small remembrance of a conversation brings back such memories to me!  Here are a few of their funny moments.

Almost three years ago, we had our last home on the market.  I had a six-year old, a four-year old, and a five-month old.  After it sold and after having to leave the house on a moment’s notice with the house in tip top shape, Lindsay remarked, “I’m glad we sold our house.  We don’t have to keep it clean anymore.”

One night at our dinner table during devotions, my husband asked Logan, the name of Daniel’s friends.  He helped him with the first two saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and…”  Logan replied, “Amigo!”

One morning I served our five-year-old Logan slightly burned French toast for breakfast.  Logan took one look at his plate and exclaimed with excitement, “Is this chocolate?”

In the midst of breaking Luke of his pacifier, I encouraged him with these words:  “Big boys don’t need pacifiers.”  Well, to that he replied, “I’m a baby!”

These precious memories would be lost treasure if I did not write them down.  My brain is so busy handling every day life, that I know I could never remember all of these cute things.  Take time to journal your children’s memories.  They will thank you one day!