I went to a Mini Mom’s Conference last night and got to listen to a dear seasoned Mama speak encouragement into my life, and the lives of many other young mamas in a big cozy living room, over sweet chocolate and piping hot tea. I didn’t come away with a long to-do list or a magic Mom Formula, but I was encouraged to about how crucial it is to seek the Lord and know His character. Lisa (the more-experienced-than-I mama) said that back when she was a new mother, she found herself going to her Bible in search for what to do next. She wanted specifics and logistics–a daily checklist from God. As she has grown in age and wisdom, her goal in reading Scripture has changed a bit. Now she seeks to find who God is–His character, His actions–Him. It makes sense doesn’t it, that if we can peel our eyes off of ourselves and our (often petty) problems, and fix them on Jesus instead, that we will be able to see more clearly which way to walk, and which step to take next. If I fix my gaze on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, then my focus will be less immediate and more eternal.

Lord, please cause me, my husband, and my children to know You more!

I just love the following passage from Ephesians chapter 3 that gives a little insight into who the Son of God is. Here, Paul is praying to God, asking for big things– strength and power… and ultimately for the strength to comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ’s great love.

14 “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

AMEN! Doesn’t Christ’s love sound vast? This love is deep and wide and long and high. It surpasses knowledge. His love fills us up with ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD! Doesn’t that sort of make you pause and marvel? Oh Lord, I want more knowledge of your love, to which I already have access! Praise God! Thank you for Your love–THAT love.

I was exhorted last night to be praying through scripture. So I’m praying this Ephesians 3 prayer for our Stout Sprout family.

Dear Lord, I bow my knees before You, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of Your glory You may grant Joe, myself, Eva, Charles, Liesl, Ellie Jack, (and any other kiddies you may have planned for us) to be strengthened with power through Your Spirit in our inner beings, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith–that we, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that we may be filled with all the fullness of God!

Praise God!

Jack kicking back

Jack kicking back

Ellie's full of sass

Ellie’s full of sass

I found her in the car wearing these

I found Liesl in the car wearing these

Charles the courageous climber

Charles the courageous climber

Eva showing some sass-a-frass

Eva showing some sass-a-frass