August 2007


As a full time mom and working outside the home and the church, I know it’s
tough ladies, but it’s do-able! Stick to your guns! And husbands can watch
their own kids for an hour so mom can study too…just because they are the
preachers doesn’t make them more important when it comes to personal
devotions!!! If my husband didn’t help me out with things, I’d never get
everything done!!!
I know I am RUDE AND CRUDE – sorry… I’m shutting up now…

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As a full time mom and working outside the home and the church, I know it’s
tough ladies, but it’s do-able! Stick to your guns! And husbands can watch
their own kids for an hour so mom can study too…just because they are the
preachers doesn’t make them more important when it comes to personal
devotions!!! If my husband didn’t help me out with things, I’d never get
everything done!!!
I know I am RUDE AND CRUDE – sorry… I’m shutting up now…

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I read a book this year that pushed really hard for morning devotions. (I
always liked mornings when I was in university, by the way.) Unfortunately,
as soon as my child hears anything–like me putting my clothes on quietly,
she’s up at at ‘em, persisting with “cereal mummy” until I comply. So, I
finally decided I was not being unspiritual by having my devotions at a
different time of day. ) Kids bedtime works best for me. By that time of
day I’m ready for “me” time, but I’m not too tired and wanting to fall
asleep. Kids bedtime happens every day too–even if it’s at a slightly
different time on church nights for instance. Just a suggestion. I know it’s
hard when you’re a mom! Maybe ask your husband for suggestions too. He might
be willing to help you out or leave you alone at a certain time.

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I am glad you asked this question! I struggle also. My best time was
back when I had my husband’s mom next door. She would watch my child for an hour
and a half every day so I could read my Bible and take a shower. It was so
nice! Now it is a different story. I know what you mean about being so
tired at night. My husband and I read together at night but after that I can’t
keep my eyes open. I think morning is the best. I have found that if I get
up, take a shower (to wake me up), make some coffee (do you like coffee?)
then I sit down and read. I usually start in Psalms becuase it is so loaded
that it doesn’t take me long to get something out of it. That was if I do
get interrupted then I at least got a blessing from the little time I had to
read. I also try to pick a verse every day and write it on a note card. I
keep it with me all day. I will be praying for you. It gets discouraging
trying to balance everything but we can do it. Love ya!

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I have to do it before the kids get up or i don’t do it. If they wake up
early, I make them stay in bed until I’m done or sometimes i’ll turn the tv
on and they have to stay on my bed till I come get them. Now that I teach
school its really hard to get up earlier then I already have to but I know
that if i don’t I will almost 90 percent of the time not do my devotions.
But it is something you have to work out for yourself, everyone’s schedule
is different
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Everyone, whether they admit it or not, struggles with this at one time or
another… You aren’t being unspiritual, you are being human….
Why don’t you try to have a “time out” during the day, take 5-10 mins, allow
the girls to read with you, do your devotion with them, or have the read or
watch a short movie. Don’t answer the phone and tell your husband that unless he’s
bleeding he can wait!! (that sounds awful, but sometimes other things are
more important.) Start with short times, your girls are still very young,
so start with 3-4 mins and add a minute ever day until they can sit for 10
mins and understand that they need to leave you alone, explain to them that
you need some time to talk to God. This will not only show THEM that God is
important, but allow you the time you need with God. You will literally
have to shut everything down to do this, don’t answer the door, ignore the
emails and dishes.

I know you know this, but if you aren’t spiritually armed, Satan is going to
attack you and win…

A wise man once told me that if we should treat our devotions like we
treated our high school crush, we would stay up late into the night to talk
to him on the phone, make extra effort to seek him out during the day and
write little love notes etc….do whatever we needed to do to make time with
that person… it’s hard at times, but so sweet when it “comes to pass”.
if you want, I can call you every night for a while, we can do them
together…or I can talk to you see how you are doing..let me know. I love you
and I know the struggle you are going through, I have been there, and it can
be overcome….

I love ya! I am praying for you.
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ok i’m going to ask a question that might make me seem very unspiritual but
it is something i’m struggling with. when do you all do your devotions? my
problems is i’ve tried getting up early and reading my Bible but first of
all i hate mornings and then it seems anytime i try to get up early, those
are the nights that my children decide they are going to be up all
night. i also try to read while they are taking their naps but what happens
is the phone rings or my husband needs something or someone comes to the door. so
then i’m left with at night; which by then i’m about to fall over. so it
seems that it is just a huge struggle. i do read at night but i don’t feel
like i’m getting everything i can. sometimes we have people at our house
till 11 or 12 so by then i’m really feeling like reading is the last thing.
so, i was just wondering if you all struggle with this also or if i really
am just being unspiritual?

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C,

I think we all struggle with the same old things don’t we? Just one little
thing I’ve been trying to focus on that I wanted to share…. SInce you’re
in Africa and you can afford help, maybe you could start really thinking
about what you are spending time on. If it is something that doesn’t have
to do with spending time with the kids or working in the ministry, hire it
out. I have a lady that comes two days a week, and some things I just let
go till she gets here. It’s hard to do for me, but I do it anyway most of
the time. I’m the world’s worst at spending “quality time” with my kids and
also at giving myself guilt trips about it. I’m convinced it does get
easier when they are all at least two and over. To be able to take them
with you to do ministry and stuff. If I’m wrong about that, please don’t
tell me ladies. That’s the hope I hang on to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know we are all different, and I’m glad. It would be too boring if we all
had the same ideas and opinions. I enjoyed reading everybody else’s stuff
too and it helped me!!! Thanks ladies.

L

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Thank you for your input as well T!
It really is important to keep our priorities straight. I also think it’s
important not to feel like a failure if we can’t always get everything
done, but rather be content in knowing that we put our husband and
children first which is our main ministry anyways. I tend to do the
“failure thing” too often!! I don’t know why but I am so concerned that
I’m not involved enough or doing enough to help our ministry grow and
flourish. I have just realized again that “not matter what” it would be
wrong to neglect my wife and mother responsibilities in order to get more
done in the ministry. Even if that’s done with a pure and sincere motive.
We know all these tings but sometimes we just need to think on them
“afresh” in order to correctly apply them to our lives.

Thanks for all you help ladies, I appreciate it so much

Love Ya’ll
C

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The following is taken from a web page by Stephen Ross

It is well worth the reading for all of those involved in world evangelism. Except for the titles anything in bold text was put that way by me to make sure and emphasize it and make sure you noticed it.

Letter to Mr. Hasseltine Asking for His Daughter’s Hand in Marriage
“Young Judson, before he had resolved to be a missionary, had made up his mind to the sufferings and privations which he well knew were in store for him. He thus wrote to Mr. Hasseltine, of Bradford, when asking for his daughter’s hand:”

“I have now to ask whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world ? whether you can consent to her departure to a heathen land, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of a missionary life? whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean; to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death? Can you consent to all this, for the sake of Him who left His heavenly home and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with a crown of righteousness brightened by the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?”


Letter to Ann Hasseltine Before Their Marriage
“These same anticipations of missionary sorrows pervade a pathetic letter written by him to Miss Ann Hasseltine, during the period of their betrothal:”

“January 1, 1811. Tuesday Morning
It is with the utmost sincerity, and with my whole heart, that I wish you, my love, a happy new year. May it be a year in which your walk will be close with God; your frame calm and serene; and the road that leads you to the Lamb marked with purer light. May it be a year in which you will have more largely the spirit of Christ, be raised above sublunary things, and be willing to be disposed of in this world just as God shall please. As every moment of the year will bring you nearer the end of your pilgrimage, may it bring you nearer to God, and find you more prepared to hail the messenger of death as a deliverer and a friend. And now, since I have begun to wish, I will go on. May this be the year in which you will change your name; in which you will take a final leave of your relatives and native land; in which you will cross the wide ocean, and dwell on the other side of the world, among a heathen people. What a great change will this year probably effect in our lives! How very different will be our situation and employment! If our lives are preserved and our attempt prospered, we shall next new year’s day be in India, and perhaps wish each other a happy new year in the uncouth dialect of Hindostan or Burmah. We shall no more see our kind friends around us, or enjoy the conveniences of civilized life, or go to the house of God with those that keep holy day; but swarthy countenances will everywhere meet our eye, the jargon of an unknown tongue will assail our ears, and we shall witness the assembling of the heathen to celebrate the worship of idol gods. We shall be weary of the world, and wish for wings like a dove, that we may fly away and be at rest. We shall probably experience seasons when we shall be ‘exceeding sorrowful, even unto death. We shall see many dreary, disconsolate hours, and feel a sinking of spirits, anguish of mind, of which now we can form little conception. O, we shall wish to lie down and die. And that time may soon come. One of us may be unable to sustain the heat of the climate and the change of habits; and the other may say, with literal truth, over the grave–

‘By foreign hands thy dying eyes were closed;
By foreign hands thy decent limbs composed;
By foreign hands thy humble grave adorned;’

but whether we shall be honored and mourned by strangers, God only knows. At least, either of us will be certain of one mourner. In view of such scenes shall we not pray with earnestness ‘O for an overcoming faith,’ etc.?”

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