New Routines + Words With Winter Linkup

This week has been about finding a new routine since summer break is in full swing. I will honestly admit I’m not doing so well finding that routine.  I have found my normal writing time to not be quiet and productive this past week or so. So as I find my new routine I have to ask for patience here in my little corner!

I do want to share a moment from my week, my very out of the routine week, that allowed God to show up awesomely!  Since I didn’t have my quiet time and coffee in the morning I decided to hide away in my bedroom to spend some time in His word. As I’m sure most mom’s will relate, it doesn’t matter the hiding spot there is no real privacy to be found in the house.  So as I’m getting cozy on my bed, just opening my bible, my daughter pops in to see what I’m up to. I tell her I’m going to have some quiet time reading my bible,  as I encourage her to go play I have a nudging to tell her to come read with me. I wish I could tell you I immediately invited her up but I didn’t. I was mentally stammering “but, but Lord it’s my time”. But I have to believe the Holy spirit was nudging her as well because in just a moment she came back and I then invited her up into my bed to read. As I opened the bible and headed to a parable in Matthew we landed on the story of the four types of soil.

reading together

As she read the passage (I’ve got to have a proud mom moment here,  she has some what struggled all year with reading and she read this passage with only minimal help!!) We stopped every verse or so to make sure she knew what it was saying. Then at the end of it, we talked about what Jesus was saying and how we want to be planted in the fertile soil making sure we grow our roots down deep. That when we root ourselves in Jesus and draw on his waters we can lead others to Jesus multiplying what Jesus has done in our lives! As we talked about this her eye’s were as big as saucers in the amazement of Jesus’s words.

planted in the good soil

It lead me to think how often we as adults have lost the amazement that is found in the words of Jesus. So I challenge you to open the Word and find new amazement! One of my best friends shared just last week how she did that, you should definitely head over and read her story. It also made me realize how often do we not invest in reading from His word with our kids because we think a devotional will be easier for them to understand.  I’m guilty of these things, selfishly I hope I’m not alone, yet I hope you will be inspired to open your bible with your children and try reading a parable with them!

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Is Sharon of sharonsharinggod! I was so blessed to have had such amazing blogs join the #wordswithwinter link up last week! This week I’m am featuring Sharon because this post captured me from the beginning and left me encouraged and blessed! If you have ever found yourself discouraged and beating yourself up with negative self-talk you need to read what Sharon has from the Lord. 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Beautiful words and picture. I love how her hands are on the word! In a world of fast paced technology there is nothing like touching the written word! It will impact her and be in her heart always. Thank you for responding to that nudge of the Holy Spirit. The time to write will open up for you too.

    • winterlawson says:

      So true! I’m sure it will and when school starts in August I’ll be bemoaning a new schedule because I now love the summer schedule! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by today.

  2. So glad I found this encouraging link up! Have a great day!

  3. I remember a story Joyce Meyer told of a time when she was in the doctor’s office and she wanted to spend time with God by reading her bible in the waiting room, and an old man kept talking to her and interrupting her. She got annoyed and then the Holy Spirit told her that this was what spending time with God looked like–spending time listening to someone. I love that you heeded the voice of the Holy Spirit. Glad I found your linkup!

    • winterlawson says:

      Thank you for sharing that story, He works differently then how we picture-slowly I’m learning that! So blessed that you stopped by today!

  4. Sometimes in the brokenness of routines, something beautiful happens – and it did! What a beautiful time!

  5. LOVE this. God time. Susan

  6. I’m also adjusting to a new summer schedule. Summer is super busy in our family and I have a tendency to drop my quit time as well. Thank you for your encouraging words! Blessed to be your neighbor for #playdateswithgod.

    • winterlawson says:

      It is rough, but it’s worth the sunshine, extra playtime/family time! So blessed to have you stop by!

  7. I love this post. You are right, that we not only have lost our amazement with God’s Word. We don’t just give our kids devotionals to make things “easier,” we gravitate to them ourselves because they are easier to skim over and move on. And how many Bibles do we even own?? I know I have four, my husband has his own, and my kids have theirs. We are rich with the Word, and we need to mine those riches for the wealth of wisdom that is ours!

    Thanks for the encouragement!

    • winterlawson says:

      I’m ashamed to agree with you, for too long I fell for the lie that scripture was too hard for me. I’ve come to love and long for my time reading and journaling right into my bible. I love the word picture of mining the riches of wisdom from the Word! So blessed that you stopped by today!

  8. Winter, I could picture your daughter’s eyes wide with wonder. What a sweet moment. Thank you for making me smile.

  9. Thank you for speaking on the power of God’s word. It is our treasure trove of goodness. Thank you. I am your neighbor on Holley’s linkup. Loved visiting.

  10. Haha, I had to laugh b/c I hide out in my minivan every morning for quiet time! 🙂 So sweet that you included your daughter and what an example to her of your priorities — both your time with God and with her. So sweet. I’m visiting today from Coffee for Your Heart, but saw you have a linky so I added one as well. Thank you! (and I’m headed to She Speaks this summer as well. Feel free to pm me.)

    • winterlawson says:

      That is too funny!! I’m so glad you joined my party I’ll be sure to head over there this weekend! I’m so excited for SheSpeaks!

  11. Love your open, honest, transparent post sharing about your quiet time and your little girl nudging her way in to share it with you…what a great example of the joy we can have when we hold all things loosely…many blessings to you and your sweet family!

    • winterlawson says:

      You are so right I don’t hold things loosely often enough…you would think I would learn from the blessings when I do! I’m so glad you stopped by!

  12. Winter, I truly understand desiring to see my quiet time as “my time,” but I am trying to learn to open myself to God’s divine interruptions. He invades my time in such wonderful ways. Blessings on finding your new routine. : )

    • winterlawson says:

      Such a hard lesson to learn…at least for me, but it certainly is a blessing! So blessed that you stopped by!

  13. Winter, I really enjoyed this story. So often I remind myself to slow down for the sake of my little guys. There’s so much to teach and seemingly so little time. What a gift! Have a wonderful week.

  14. I was just struggling with this very thing today. We ranch and work together every day but spring is always busy and I finally found a few minutes to sit down and write. Of course every family member just wanted to be with me right then. 🙂 God is good and helped me enjoy the conversations with them and still found time to write. Great post! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Winter,
    I can so relate to be desperate and feeling entitled to your few minutes of quiet with the Lord. Sometimes I even go so far as to have an attitude with God thinking, “Now you know I’m a better person when I have this time with you so why don’t you minimize the distractions? That’s an easy thing for you God so why not help me out here?!” But I also know how God can turn the whole thing around and create a beautiful teaching moment for child and parent just as he did for you in your example. I’m praying a smooth transition to your new routine. Happy to be your neighbor at Dance With Jesus.

    • winterlawson says:

      Yes!…you’ve got it! So glad I traded frustrations for His Will …at least this time! You would think I would learn but it seems to take me awhile to catch on! So glad you stopped by!

  16. I LOVE that picture with those sweet little fingers. Precious! I’m glad you linked up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  17. So beautiful, Winter! Love seeing that you are sharing THE WORD with your little girl! Thank you for sharing! Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

  18. I can totally relate as a mom. I want to have my devotional time, but I never want to turn the kiddos away from His Word. This happens perhaps once a month or more–only once one child notices another is missing, they all come looking, and soon there is a bed (or chair, or couch, or porch swing) full of kids. It’s truly a wonderful time for us all to share in His Word.
    Love your pictures and encouraging thoughts.
    Blessings,

  19. What a precious moment when we see our kids wanting the words of Jesus. Love those pudgy little hands of hers as well. 🙂

    • winterlawson says:

      It truly is! So blessed that you stopped by! (I do to, I know it won’t be long until she has grown up hands though 🙁 )

  20. Hi, I just discovered your linkup. I love it. I also write inspirational posts. 🙂

  21. Winter, what a special time with your daughter! I think routines are hard to establish any time, but especially when there are big changes in our lives. We homeschooled, so I didn’t really have to come up with a summer routine. What was hard was coming up with a routine when we first started homeschooling. Having the kids home all the time took a little adjusting, but when we finally settled into it I enjoyed it. I had to chuckle when I read this because it is so true: “As I’m sure most mom’s will relate, it doesn’t matter the hiding spot there is no real privacy to be found in the house.” My kids are all grown now, but can remember trying to get some alone time. They could all be busy with something, but the minute I sat down or started to do something on my own, all of a sudden everybody needed something. LOL Mothering is hard work, but so worth it. I’m visiting from #FindStability.

    • winterlawson says:

      You are right…and I can’t imagine homeschooling, when the kids get on the bus that is my quiet during the school year! You nailed it they will be fully engrossed in an activity but they have radar for you try to get something done!! So glad you stopped for visit!

  22. I have a friend who was talking about how her mom always had a quiet time every day. She said, “And heaven help us if we interrupted before her quiet time was done!!”
    I love that your daughter won’t grow up feeling like your quiet time was something that could not be shared. My mom was always willing (at least she seemed to be!) to have me sit beside her so she could share what she was reading. I’m 49 and that still means a lot.

    • winterlawson says:

      I hope I can create an environment of connection for her and I and a love for scripture for her. I am so blessed that you came by!!

  23. What a wonderful time of sharing this turned out to be !!! And you were getting those precious scriptures down in her heart. Good job mom !!! Thanks for sharing. Always enjoy your link party.

  24. What a great story! Such a great teaching moment for your daughter and for you. Thank you for letting us be a part of it too. 🙂

  25. What a beautiful story! Love how God interrupts our routine – whether old or new – to do something He wants done. So proud of your daughter with you too! I have a struggling reader right now.
    Thanks for linking up with Grace & Truth!

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