Friday, July 10, 2009

A lesson learned over coffee

We are currently camping at Jellystone Park in Silver Lake Michigan. As I do every morning we are camping I rise earlier then everyone else, turn on the coffee, and sit down to spend some time with my heavenly Father. This morning I had a few things on my mind. Not the least of which are my son's lack of friends to do things with (which just has me in such inner turmoil, even though I can show him that), and my daughter just walked in her sleep for the first time that we know of last night. She actually left the trailer! I heard the door close and it woke me up. I checked out the window and at first didn't see anything, then I was her heading back toward the door. I called to her and she came over, but when she woke this morning she didn't remember a thing! It freaked Steve and I out pretty good! We are wondering if this is just a fluke or it this could be the beginning of something.

So this is where my mind was when I sat down. I prayed and gave my children back to God, knowing that he has a plan for their life and that I need to rely on him and not worry. I began reading on Psalms 10, then read Psalms 125, which is the next Psalm of Ascent I will be doing in my "Stepping Up" Bible study, then I read a little in Ecclesiastes 4, and then on to Ecclesiastes 5. That is where the Lord wanted me to be today. I don't really think that it's because of my circumstances and thoughts this morning, but maybe. Either way it spoke to me on so many levels I just needed to share it with you all.

Ecclesiastes 5
Stand in Awe of God

1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.
2 Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
3 As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words.
4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. 5 It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. 6 Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, "My vow was a mistake." Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless.

Therefore stand in awe of God.

I think this scripture is very plan. I can see so much instruction and things we should heed:

  • Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. (Be prepared to worship)

  • Go near to listen (Do not look at it, that it's all about you. Go to hear from God whether it's something you want to hear or not. It's not about you and want you can get from coming to God's house, but what you get because of obedience.

  • Do not be quick with your mouth(It says it below in the verse - let your words be few)

  • Do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God (this makes me think of how God never breaks a "vow" or a covenant, but how often I in haste, make a promise to him that I have no plans on keeping.) Better to not have made it at all in God's eyes.


Isn't that an awesome way to end this portion!

I hope this blessed you as it blessed me, and reminded me of where my heart should be!


Mari said...

It can be so hard to give our kids over to God. I've done it over and over again, only to find I've taken them back and am worrying again. Now you know how old my kids are, so you know us Mom's never really quit! The thing I remind myself of is that God is way better at taking care of them so I should just quit with the worrying! Great passage - great ending!

Cheri said...

Oh Kim,
That would have totally freaked me out too. Nick used to sleepwalk occasionally at that age too- but he hasn't done it in years. He never left the house though. Bet you don't sleep as sound tonight :)
You know I totally understand the friend situation. Glad God gave you the exact message you needed this morning.

Connie said...

You have some good thoughts Kim.
When we go to worship with an open mind and a heart to receive what God is saying on Sunday we will be blessed. God is truly awesome!

2Thinks said...

That would be close to my worst nightmare- having one of the kids walk out of the camper at night in an unfamiliar vacation spot- sleepwalking to who knows where. Yikes.

Yes, we do have to give them over to God, again and again...

Not easy. But we must.

Put a bolt on that trailer door tonight. We were at Silver Lake last summer, it was fun, but there's a bit of a wild, dune buggy, hill climbing crowd hanging 'round there.

Marsha said...

Well that would be a scarey thing...sleep walking while camping!

But you made such beautiful connecting thoughts from it. Thanks for sharing this.


Anonymous said...

Love It!! That's like Be still and Know that I am God . .Yes? Your daughter will be fine, while she is sleep walking she is aware, not awake,do some research on it, not so bad. God Bless:)

Debra said...

I found your blog on CWO and look forward to visiting again...Smiles