Do The Next Thing

quoted by Elisabeth Elliot
Do The Next Thing

“At an old English parsonage down by the sea,
there came in the twilight a message to me.
Its quaint Saxon legend deeply engraven
that, as it seems to me, teaching from heaven.
And all through the hours the quiet words ring,
like a low inspiration, ‘Do the next thing.’

Many a questioning, many a fear,
many a doubt hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from heaven,
time, opportunity, guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrow, child of the King,
trust that with Jesus, do the next thing.

Do it immediately, do it with prayer,
do it reliantly, casting all care.
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand,
who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
leave all resultings, do the next thing.

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
working or suffering be thy demeanor,
in His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
the light of His countenance, be thy psalm.
Do the next thing.”

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What I’m reading and what’s on my book wish list

I love to read! I would list reading as my number one hobby. I’m always on the lookout for a new read so thought I’d share what books I’ve been enjoying and learning from and what’s on my wish list.

The first book I enjoyed this year (2015) my husband and I read together taking turns reading aloud.

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After the passing of Elisabeth Elliot I was reading a tribute of her and saw how many books she had published besides the well known Through Gates of Splendor. I was instantly intrigued by this one.

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I listened to this one as a book on audio.

And I’m midway through the classic,

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And on my wish list to read next;

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Just a few more weeks of summer!

I wrote this summer “bucket list” for my two year old back at the beginning of May. It’s so much fun to look and see that I have gotten to do well over half of these things with her so far and we have had so much fun and made so many memories that will last a lifetime! With just a few more weeks of summer left before we start her homeschool preschool I want to finish this list and fit in a little more summer fun!

Here’s the original post with the things we have already enjoyed crossed off the list

May 7  2 Year Old Summer Bucket List

These days are moving by too quickly and there are so many things I want to do with my little girl before she grows up. I’m loving this toddler stage but I know it won’t last forever. Here’s my list to be intentional about some of the fun I want to have with her this summer.

-Participate in our Library’s summer reading program

-play at the splash pad at city park

-go to the water park

-take an airplane ride to go see her relatives on my side of the family

-play in the hose

-experience fireworks for the first time for the fourth of July!

-eat popsicles outside

-paint outside on giant sheets of butcher paper

-go berry/fruit picking

-play in the mud

-make a cold themed sensory bucket

-go to Piney Creek

play with bubbles

-go for a picnic with friends

-make homemade lemonade

-stargaze

-eat giant pieces of watermelon

-make jello in fun molds

-visit the farmers market

-have a campfire

I can’t wait!

We are the Lord’s

Wednesday morning we had an appointment for a fetal echocardiogram at the high risk doctor’s office. There was no reason to think there was a problem with baby Tanner’s heart but it is routine to take an extra close look at the heart of the baby if the mother has diabetes. The part of baby Tanner’s heart that could be affected by me having diabetes was perfectly healthy but the heart doctor did catch something else. Baby Tanner was diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta. In overly simplistic terms, his aorta valve has formed with a portion of it that is to thin. Three things could happen.

1. As his heart continues to develop in the womb his heart could change shape and correct itself.

2. During the changes that occur to the heart in the 24 hours after birth the heart could heal itself.

Number three we are told is statistically the most likely event to happen.

3. The heart will not change shape and he will need life saving heart surgery within the first few days of life.

There are a lot of unknowns. I want to now the future. I want to know if my child is going to be born perfectly healthy or need heart surgery to save his life. But I can’t know. I could go bonkers worrying about a future I have no control over or I can choose to hang onto those things I do know.

And I do know some very powerful truths about my future and the future of my son.

I believe God when He says in Romans 14:8 “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore or die, we are the Lord’s.”

I know if baby Tanners’s heart heals itself, baby Tanner is the Lord’s.

I know if he needs surgery he is the Lord’s.

Whatever scenario life brings us and God calls us to walk, we are the Lord’s.

I didn’t pick this verse because we think baby Tanner may die. This heart defect is thankfully one that is easy to fix and that babies go on to live a normal healthy life after surgery. I find comfort in this verse because I know that whatever life brings, I am the Lord’s and my children belong to him also.

I have had a child die. My first child died. But never for a moment was he not or is he not in the hand of his heavenly father.

I am blessed to have an energetic, happy healthy 2 year old. Parenting after a loss is not easy but I know Ella belongs to the Lord.

In the mundane of every day I am the Lord’s, held in His hand and kept by the power of His blood. When my life is over and my time on earth is done, I will then still be the Lord’s.

The saying has become cliche but is true, “I don’t know the future but I know the One who holds the future.”

And I know that I am His.