Tuesday, March 31, 2009
"He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young." ~Isaiah 40:11
That really encourages me as a new mom. I am trying to soak up all of this advice as a new parent from books written by experts and from my friends who are more experienced moms than I am. Although, every baby and family is different so a book cannot correctly dictate the best for your child nor can a friend. How awesome is it though that God will lead those that have young. I often find myself crying out for wisdom to know how to raise Hannah and Kate. When they aren't napping right, what do I do? Is it time to switch them to a 4 hour schedule? Is it okay that Kate is better at eating solids than Hannah? Most of these are obviously not life or death situations, but rather convenience decisions. It's hard being a parent, especially when your child has limited communication skills. Who knows my children better than the One who created them and knit them together in my womb? So maybe while I rush to seek advice from books and friends, I should also be rushing to seek advice from their Maker. There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking advice from friends or books. I think God blesses us with friends who are wise and it would be foolish to pass on opportunities to glean from their experiences.
So when I feel frustrated that things with Hannah and Kate aren't "fitting into the Babywise baby", I can rest on the promise that He will gently lead me. Woohoo...that's exactly what I needed to hear this morning!
A lot of people ask me how I do it with twins. I have decided that it can be easily boiled down to a one word answer: God. It's as simple and as complicated as that.
"I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. he is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." ~Psalm 18:1-2
Monday, March 30, 2009
In the teaching video portion of our study, Beth talked about waiting. Esther had to wait for the right time to approach King Xerxes with her request to save the Jews from a demise that he gave permission to.
"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:29-31)
Reread the bold portion of scripture again. Wow...major convinction! It doesn't say that those who hope in the ____________(fill in the blank with whatever your situation entails) new car they want, the baby they've been praying for, the spouse they long to meet, and/or the new job they hope to find will renew their strength. It says that those who hope in the Lord. I don't know about you, but I so often find myself hoping for the things that I am praying for rather than hoping and waiting on the Lord. I can easily personalize it with our recent pursuit of having children. I prayed fervently for children. I waited on the children I wasn't sure God would bless us with, instead of waiting on the Lord. Do you see the difference? I think sometimes we get so wrapped up in praying for something that we focus more on that something than God Himself. I am as guilty as the next person of this.
Waiting is not easy and God knows that. That's why the Bible says that God will renew our strength, we will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. God doesn't promise quick answers to our prayers because it's in the waiting that He changes our hearts. I was praying this morning and thanking God for never leaving me during our attempts to get pregnant. I am totally in love with Hannah and Kate and am so grateful that He made us wait because He blessed us with better than what we could have planned for ourselves. I can tell you that through all of the waiting my prayer life has changed. I have a greater understanding for the urgency of praying for people. What may seem like such a small deal to me is a huge prayer request for some. I don't take prayer so lightly anymore. I find it a privilege and honor to pray for people, even people I don't know (hence the two little prayer for Stellan and Jonah buttons on the side).
I hope that encourages you a little bit. Just wanted to share what God is teaching me.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I think that is about all these crazy girls are up to. Here are some pictures:
Nothing like using my sissy for a pillow!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Daddy & Kate-sleepyheads Kate Hannah-first time in the Exersaucer
Friday, March 20, 2009
Kate loved to pull up her bathing suit & eat it
Monday, March 16, 2009
It was actually a year ago on March 15th that we found out that I was pregnant. Life only got interesting from there. It's hard to believe all that has happened in a year. Looking back on it, how can one deny God's faithfulness?
So as far as the napping goes, we are definitely dealing with the 45 minute intruder. They wake up from their first sleep cycle and think their nap is done. I've decided to go ahead and let them cry it out so that they can learn how to soothe themselves. I have them separated in different rooms. Some moms on the twin website I belong to suggest letting them cry it out in the same room, but I don't know if I'm that brave. I'm already dreading the idea of listening to them cry, but I know it's best for them. We have a pack n' play in our room and then the other baby will sleep in the crib. Please pray that I will have the perseverance to see this through. I give in so easily. Kate is actually taking her second nap without her swaddler so I am probably going to have her give that up. I think that is it for now. I've got some pictures for you to enjoy:
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Kate, Hannah, and Julia
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Hannah-isn't the ladybug on her butt cute
Their smiles are so contagious
Kate sucking her thumb
Monday, March 9, 2009