Monday, February 7, 2011

Praises to Our Strong God

God, You've given me Your Word, which is faithful and always fulfilled:
"I will continually give your children reigning favor; this is true as long as they seek Me and My covenant truth and welcome My teaching into their spirits. Forever your children will reign, either on earth since You're My people or in Heaven with me for all eternity."

How true it is that You have chosen Your people to be at peace and make Your dwelling in! You will always be here with us because You want to be here with us. Yes, a blessing shower for those who are here, and a bountiful feast for those who are hungry.

Clean righteousness garments for Your priestly children! We'll sing, sing, sing! Praise will sprout from the ground and the light will shine for the One You have anointed! Put to shame are Your enemies, but You and Your crown are resplendent!

Morning Bucket

I began a new routine in the morning with Shiloh called the "Morning Bucket." I gave her a sand pail of ours, asked her to decorate it, and explained the procedure the night before:

"In the morning before Daddy and Mama wake up, make sure to first go to your Morning Bucket. I will put special surprises in there for you, and a little snack too."

She liked the idea. The only problem was that she saw some of the special surprises at the store, since she was there as Michael and I picked them out. Therefore...she wanted the little ponies to play with NOW.

We waited until morning and they arrived in the Morning Bucket. They also came to church with us.

Now, Michael and I have about 20 more minutes to sleep in the morning...or at least minutes to not move and to think and pray. We were constantly tired and/or one of us was wrenched from sleep (usually me! No offense, Michael, but I had to pray a lot in order to overcome bitterness) so this works out much better!

My Morning Bucket ideas thus far...
*little toys like trucks (she picked them out!) and ponies
*Sweetheart candies (a real treat for Valentine's Day and are quite rationed. In this house, plain old sugar is very hard to come by.)
*stickers and little books we have around the house already
*Mr. Potato Head

Any more ideas?