Just a Bit of Missouri Hospitality….

I want to invite you to read my Lowell’s new blog.  He’s the editor of the Kingdom Business Journal.  Now, before you just shut me out and click out of here, think of this.  Lots of times, the things that business people read, study and write can be interesting, motivational, and helpful in real life, not just for business people, but for all of us. 

They’ve got some really neat FREE tele-seminars that you can listen to on-line for FREE.  Did I mention FREE?  There are interviews with successful Christian business people and some big name Christian authors, too.   So, if you’ve got a home business, or your husband’s in business, you just might enjoy listening in. 

Just extending a bit of Missouri hospitality,

Laura of Harvest Lane

Something to Think About…Doing it Right….

“What we forget is that following God makes us different- from unbelievers, but also from one another.  God has created each of us uniquely and for a specific purpose; and in that purpose we can dare to accomplish what he asks of us.”

-Judith Couchman Daring to Be Different

As a young mother, and as a homeschooler, I’ve often looked to other mothers to know how to DO IT right.  You know, the right way to diaper, the right way to feed a baby, the right way to dress a toddler, the right way to discipline, the right way to teach my children.

Oh my!  Did I say MY children?  Could it be that teaching their children might be a bit different than teaching MY children?  Of course!  That’s why God gave them to ME to love, nurture, protect, teach and mother.  It took me years to realize that.  I always thought anyone else could be a better mother to my children.  As time has gone by, God has shown me that it’s just not true.  God in his divine wisdom creates the children for the parents and the parents for the children.  Thank you God!

If you’re feeling unsure of yourself.  If you’re feeling like you’re not good enough.  To that I say, Pshaw!  The LORD knew what he was doing when he chose you!  No matter what the circumstances of your child’s birth, or the circumstances you now find yourself in, YOU are chosen to be your child’s momma.  Lean on God, search His WORD and learn of Him.  That’s one reason He sent His Holy Spirit, to be our teacher.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your path.”

You CAN do this!  Yes, by all means, seek out older mothers, and your own mother for advice and support.

BUT- remember, your best advice and support come directly from the LORD and from the husband He has given you.  If you do not have a husband to love, guide, and protect you, the LORD himself is a husband to the husbandless.  Seek Him!  He’s waiting for you!

I encourage you to seek wisdom in Proverbs and in Psalms.  They are a great place to start.

May the LORD bless your mothering now and for all time.

Laura

Momma to Four Blessings

Something to Think About….What is Education?

 

“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your roadmap through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.” – John Taylor Gatto

It’s time to be praying and planning our choices for our children’s educations next year. May God bless and guide each of us as we think and plan and pray.

Laura of Harvest Lane
Happy at Home

Today’s the Day!

Today’s the day!  My oldest is 17.  That just doesn’t compute in my little old brain.  I think of myself at 17.  I was crazy in love with my husband-to-be.  I was starting college.  I was going to be a professional.  I just didn’t know what! 

I never in a million years would have believed that I would marry my high school sweetheart (in Oklahoma City) , move to a small town,  have four count them four children, homeschool, be my husband’s help meet, learn to be as thrifty and frugal as I can, and long for country life!  Nope!  Never would I have believed it!  I’d have looked at you like you were nuts and run!

I remember going through premarital counseling with my honey.  The pastor asked if we were going to have children.  We looked at each other.  We hadn’t even thought about kids.  So, we said maybe one or two.  (We later became confirmed one child parents; but that’s another story!)  Next, Pastor asked us if I was planning to work (teaching) after we had children.  I said yes.  He said, “What could be more important than teaching your own children?”  I just stared at him!  Little was I to know that this man, with four children, had just prophesied over my life!!!!!!

Well, all that’s HIStory now.  God is perfectly able to change our hearts and change our lives when we ask for HIS perfect will!

Well, I must get busy and help my 17 year old have a happy birthday. 

God bless & have a terrific weekend!

Laura

Happy at Home