So, you're wondering... "why the title 'WHEN YOU RISE UP'?" Well, I LOVE the passage in Deuteronomy 6:4-7 where Moses tells God's people the most important things they needed to know... "Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you rise up." (emphasis mine) It's so simple... maybe not easy, but simple. We are to love God with all that we are, and we are to teach our children to love God with all they are. And how are we instructed to do this? Through good conversation! :) How awesome is that? Just through being with our kids, talking to them... using everyday circumstances to take opportunities to teach them about our great God! So, from the time I "rise up" in the morning... my task begins. My privilege.... my ministry... to obey God in what he's given me to do.
I love hanging out with my family, being a mom, pursuing God, rainy days, reading, and all things full of sugar. God has given me a passion for marriage, parenting and adoption/orphan care, and I eagerly await seeing what he will do with our family in the future.