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Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full Giveaway


“Moms do not need another book telling them how short they fall or what they can do to ‘be a better parent.’ Moms need a book that will lift their eyes away from themselves and onto Christ. Gloria Furman has delivered just that book.”

Jessica Thompson and Elyse Fitzpatrick, co-authors, Give Them Grace


Grocery shopping. Soccer practice. Dirty dishes.

Motherhood is tough, and it often feels like the to-do list just gets longer and longer every day—making it hard to experience joy in God, our children, and the gospel.

In Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms, Gloria Furman, a pastor’s wife and mother of four, encourages us to reorient our vision of motherhood around what the Bible teaches. Showing us how to pursue a vibrant relationship with Christ—even when discouragement sets in and the laundry still needs to be washed—this book will help you treasure Christ more deeply no matter how busy you are.

Win an Advance Copy!

Here’s your chance to win an advance copy of Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are FullTo enter, simply answer this question in a comment below before 2/14/14:

How have you seen Christ at work in your home over the last week?

Ten randomly selected winners will receive an advance copy of the book. If you’re a winner, the only thing we ask is that you read the book and then post a short review online between 3/31/14 and 4/7/14.*

Additionally, be sure to download the free study guide at Crossway.org/treasuring!

*Reviews can be posted on your personal blog, GoodReads, Amazon.com, or any other online retailer’s website.

 

February 7, 2014 | Posted in: Books,Giveaways | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:15 am | (111) Comments »

111 Comments »

  1. God has been powerfully at work in our home bringing comfort to my wife and I regarding the birth of our daughter. Anxiety is being replaced with trust and faith. This has not been without God working powerfully in each of our hearts individually and bearing fruit in our marriage collectively. Praise him for showing his grace so clearly in all things.

    Comment by Kyle Plattner — February 7, 2014 @ 8:33 am

  2. While holding a child who had been crying for a long time but was finally going to sleep, my wife prayed that the lullaby record (yes, we’re that old-fashioned) would play through the spot where it normally skips–and it did!

    Comment by Dwight Gingrich — February 7, 2014 @ 8:34 am

  3. Oh, the grace of Christ in the love of my wife!

    Comment by Bernard A. Rosario — February 7, 2014 @ 8:35 am

  4. I have seen Christ through the service of love of my wife toward me and our children, and even as she teaches our youngest the memorization of God’s Word.

    Comment by Salvador Gomez — February 7, 2014 @ 8:38 am

  5. I have seen the Gospel portrayed through the undeserved love, forgiveness and grace that my wife shows me daily!

    Comment by Brad Williams — February 7, 2014 @ 8:44 am

  6. I’ve been thankful this week for my children’s attentiveness and interest in our devotions, for our good discussions surrounding salvation, and the increasing signs of grace I see particularly in my oldest daughter.

    Comment by Sara K.B. — February 7, 2014 @ 8:57 am

  7. I have seen Christ in the service of both my wife and my mother in caring for our new baby and our 20 month old.

    Comment by Mark G — February 7, 2014 @ 9:11 am

  8. Because of the cold weather, my wife has been spending a lot more time with our little one in the two rooms of the house that aren’t so cold and drafty, and it has been sweet to see her persevere in Christ over being impatient, tired, with lots yet to do, and taking time to raise our little one by giving her attention, love, and care.

    Comment by Victor Chininin — February 7, 2014 @ 9:11 am

  9. We have been under a great deal of stress lately and I have appreciated hearing my children speak of Jesus and His work on our behalf as we have dealt with some situations in our home and as we’ve looked into His word. Jesus is so gracious to remind me of His goodness even during hard weeks through watching him work in my children’s lives.

    Comment by Amy Petz — February 7, 2014 @ 9:39 am

  10. As we’ve watched and walked with a couple we love wrestle with sin in their marriage, God has identified sin in our own lives, reinforced the need for living in the truth of His Word, and opened up gospel conversations with our children and others.

    Comment by Suzanne @ Princapecos — February 7, 2014 @ 9:43 am

  11. When my 7 year old daughter asked about the assurance of her salvation.

    Comment by Meggan — February 7, 2014 @ 9:56 am

  12. God has, in His perfect timing and ways, given me peace that truly passes understanding as I have had to submit to multiple decisions I did not agree with and which I believed might seriously harm my child. He gave me love and compassion for those with whom I disagreed and kept harsh words and thoughts out of my mouth and mind. This is only the Lord’s work for I am not capable of this on my own.

    Comment by Tammy — February 7, 2014 @ 10:14 am

  13. Christ is daily refining me by giving lots of opportunities to put the needs and wants of my children before my own. I am constantly reminded that I am weak, that I need Him, and that He has provided!

    Comment by Bethany G — February 7, 2014 @ 11:37 am

  14. It’s been amazing as I have struggled with patience to realize how much I need him. It feels like my kids are just driving me crazy, but God has been showing me that it’s MY heart that needs changing, and revealing the ugliness of my sin as well as the fullness of his grace. He is faithful to change us and give us everything we need to deal with the every day!!

    Comment by Katie — February 7, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

  15. Yesterday my son, 8, was playing a soccer game on his iPod touch. The game draws the players in and they get very absorbed. The frustration is high when your “players” don’t do what you would like them to do and he let out a frustrated and completely inappropriate curse. I removed the iPod for the day and met my son in the “tantrum” room (otherwise known as our guest room). Rather than give him a lecture from the Scriptures, I merely asked him to go to Christ in prayer and confess his sin, to ask for forgiveness and help from Jesus to not use the language he used. He fumbled around and tried to avoid praying, but once he started I believe the grace of God overwhelmed him and he asked to please have a minute alone. I gave him his moment alone with Christ and later we prayed together. I continue to be amazed at the power of Christ in my children’s lives. No one can meet them where they are like Jesus can. No one can soften them like Christ can. Humbling moment.

    Comment by Melissa Lear — February 7, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

  16. I am not a wife or a mother but a husband to my beautiful wife, the father of two crazy squirrels, and a pastor. I have seen Christ powerfully at work in my wife in that she is growing in patience as she cares for me and our children. When she struggles with contentment I often hear her counseling herself, singing “turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face…” What a huge encouragement she is to me.

    Comment by Eric Chabaneix — February 7, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

  17. While talking to my children about resisting temptation, to my surprise, my oldest said that at school one day, her friend was trying to talk her into buying a dessert, even though we had told her not to. Pretty amazing to see God start to work in their little hearts, it spite of us!

    Comment by Jen Altrogge — February 7, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

  18. Hearing my children sing worship songs randomly as they play. It blesses my heart and causes me to join in genuine grateful singing.

    Comment by Angela — February 7, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

  19. My hands were literally full with ground beef as I molded hamburger patties for an early dinner. Out of the corner of my eye, I glimpsed my youngest daughter scoot by the kitchen doorway to the stairs with her arms loaded with toys. Before I could even form the words, “You’re carrying too much!” I heard her stumble on the first step and fall onto the landing. She cried over a chipped toy and her boo-boos. My oldest son, seeing me hastily washing away the meat from my hands, interceded, consoled her, got her up and to the couch nearby to recover. He’s receiving Confirmation this spring, so he’s becoming increasingly mindful, by God’s grace, of his family, of my daily burdens as his mother and of others around him.

    Comment by Moonshadow — February 7, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

  20. Several things have happened out of our control. Peace and patience in our lives is a Jesus Christ at work observation to me

    Comment by Jim Hedrick — February 7, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

  21. God has been working in my home by reminding me his patience with me and giving me strength to be patient with my children

    Comment by Bridget — February 7, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

  22. This past week, even month,Christ has been showing me to be patient and of course to trust Him. As he made it clear on Sunday that we need to leave the church we were attending, and my 4 month old has developed some allergy with terrible hive outbreaks. God didn’t do something miraculous as people would say, but is showing His divine authority, power, grace, and mercy as he closes one door and opens another.

    Comment by Jennifer Sagert — February 7, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

  23. I have seen Christ working in my home this week by seeing my loving savior providing my needs though many friends.

    Comment by Vicki — February 7, 2014 @ 5:49 pm

  24. I’m in graduate school working on my first paper, and it’s been very hectic for several weeks, but Christ is continually reminding me that devotions and the Sabbath are just as important and just as peacefully enjoyable in the middle of stressful week as they are at any other time.

    Comment by Byron Hawkins — February 7, 2014 @ 6:02 pm

  25. The Lord’s been teaching to enjoy motherhood and not to consider it a drudgery.He’s been using Gloria’s book Glimpses of grace to help me see His grace every single day. The question she rightly asks and answers in her book “How does the gospel make me a woman who rests in the peace of God in the midst of the chaos in my heart?” is one that has changed my view of motherhood!

    Comment by Emmi Susan — February 7, 2014 @ 11:51 pm

  26. Over the past year, I have seen God develop in me a huge heart for my home, for loving my husband unconditionally and for loving and teaching my children. I see such enormous and eternal purpose in my role as a wife and mother in a way I never did before, and I see how embracing God’s designs for me as a woman glorifies him!

    Comment by Carey Moreno — February 8, 2014 @ 5:14 am

  27. I have seen the love and grace of Christ in the selfless love of my husband, the protection of one of my young sons from potentially very serious injury, and in the beauty of our newborn daughter. His grace is there in the middle of challenging home schooling moments and in the joy of seeing a young child bear fruit. Thankful.

    Comment by Elizabeth — February 8, 2014 @ 5:57 am

  28. When I rely on myself to get through the day, I fail. When I rely on the Lord to get me through, He never fails. The Lord has been showing me this through all my failures as a mother to my boys…that I need to trust and rely on him more.

    Comment by lydia S. — February 8, 2014 @ 6:10 am

  29. I have seen Christ at work when last-minute hospitality (spaghetti and jarred sauce, anyone?) led to post-dinner coffee (there may be some not-so-stale brownies from Sunday around here) which led to a young man opening his heart in our toy-strewn living room and seeking counsel for important life decisions.

    Comment by Megan Hill — February 8, 2014 @ 6:43 am

  30. I see everyday that no matter what happens good or bad, big or small that the Lord is at work in our lives. Whether it be our debit card number being accessed this week, my 3 precious children getting into baby powder while they were using our upstairs toilet because the downstairs was clogged, or my husband and I getting a letter in the mail telling us that our bank is no longer going to have the program that holds our home equity line of credit. Regardless, of all these hectic earthly things I know that my heavenly Father is good and works for the good of me (those who love Him).

    Comment by Michelle Christophersen — February 8, 2014 @ 7:11 am

  31. We have had some horrible weather this past week. My daughter has been home three days from school because of it. Our normal routine (in which I thrive…predictability, structure) has been blown to bits. Normally I would respond by being cranky and short…especially after three days of no routine and being stuck inside with two active kiddos! But Christ, in His mercy and grace has allowed our time to be one of joy and closeness.I know he has transforming my heart because i find myself giving thanks for the extra, concentrated time with my kiddos…even when we are all stir crazy!! He has given my husband enduring patience to deal with off of us with kindness and love…praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!

    Comment by Monica deG — February 8, 2014 @ 7:37 am

  32. I see His work in my family by reminding me to lean in Him in prayer knowing He is the one to capture my sons hearts. I can’t control their hearts. It is a work of His grace. It has forced me to trust Him and lean on Him in prayer.

    Comment by Cari — February 8, 2014 @ 7:50 am

  33. I have seen The Lord give me patience and grace in a long week. I have seen how his love and word are producing fruit in the lives of my children and others. And I am amazed at how He has worked in my heart with so much guilt that I have carried related to parenting!

    Comment by Melissa Crawford — February 8, 2014 @ 8:02 am

  34. God grants me His great grace as I daily parent my four. He helped me remind my kids that only He can change their hearts, not mommy or daddy, as I corrected them over and over this week. My earthly correction will only go so far. This is a hard, humbling, and freeing truth! God helped me parent more grace-filled this week.

    Comment by Suzanne M — February 8, 2014 @ 8:12 am

  35. Would love to win this book! Looking forward to hearing Gloria speak this summer at the GC Women’s Conference. I’d say more by my hands are full! ;)

    Comment by Amy — February 8, 2014 @ 8:16 am

  36. Oops. Just realized I need to answer the question too! :) God is teaching me this week the treasure of being in the present with my kids rather than the future or past…which is His job….to care for me and prepare for me what He will for what’s to come and instead surrender to being with my kids in the present (which is where they are fully) and allowing Him to lead us..not my worrying anxious heart.

    Comment by Amy — February 8, 2014 @ 8:20 am

  37. I have seen God’s provision for my daughter’s upcoming trip to South Africa and also seeing His hand in a difficult situation.

    Comment by Deb — February 8, 2014 @ 8:30 am

  38. I have see God show up through His word working in my heart. The past few weeks have been more stressful than usual and as things have gotten more stressful I have noticed my anxiety rising. The other day I read Hebrews 12:3-4, “Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or faint hearted.” It really spoke to my heart and allowed me to consider Jesus and what he has done and in turn refocus my heart on him. A refocused heart drawing from Christ and what he has done allows me not to be consumed by things around me, but rather rest in what he has done. I am thankful for that reminder. :)

    Comment by Megan O — February 8, 2014 @ 9:03 am

  39. Christ has given me joy in my motherhood over the last week. Rather than viewing my toddler and baby as distractions to “me time” he has been showing me how I can serve Him by serving them each day.

    Comment by Laura — February 8, 2014 @ 9:20 am

  40. We are learning a lot about forgiveness and how to treat each other the way God would like us to. With 3 little ones under the age of 5 dealing with the fighting and tantrums is exhausting, so all of us are also learning patience.

    Comment by Rosa — February 8, 2014 @ 9:38 am

  41. My teen extended grace to me, his mother, in a very “unteen-like” fashion. I love seeing Christ working in his heart!

    Comment by Cindy — February 8, 2014 @ 10:12 am

  42. I have seen Christ at work in my home in the love of my husband who is an incredibly kind, generous, servant-hearted leader for our family. He is always willing to take our older children somewhere when he has time to give me time to rest as we wait these last few weeks before our third one is born. So blessed by the Lord through him.

    Comment by Anaka — February 8, 2014 @ 10:33 am

  43. Christ has poured sweet mercy and new hope on our home this week in the molding and shaping of my husband and I. Praise Him for not leaving us the same!

    Comment by Kristine — February 8, 2014 @ 10:36 am

  44. Our home has seen, this week, His provision for our family, through members of the Body. Just when I begin to worry and doubt, thinking about what the future may hold, He shows me His goodness in the present. It’s not even the gifts per se, even though those were wonderful, but the reassurance that He will take care of us every step of the way. How I can I doubt His goodness?!

    Comment by Jennifer — February 8, 2014 @ 10:50 am

  45. With a very difficult week at home, The Lord has shown me great grace and helped me to find rest in Him.

    Comment by Tiffany — February 8, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

  46. I have seen Christ at work both in me and my children as we spend time discussing the gospel (I need it just as much as they do) and seeing our hearts softened in service towards one another.

    Comment by Sarah H — February 8, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

  47. My little baby who was born at 26.5 weeks on Oct 23 2013 has been home for little over a month. This past week he got really sick with a cold. We took him to the doctor and they wanted us to take him to the hospital. We brought him home, asked people to pray. We decided to get a second opinion and this Doctor prescribed some meds. Today he is doing much better and he didn’t have to go to the hospital. God answers prayers and is a miracle working God!

    Comment by Christa Ramirez — February 8, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

  48. At a time when we thought we would loose our baby through miscarriage God showed us he was our strength and he has all things in his hands. He used our brothers and sisters from church to provide support spiritually and we felt peace beyond anything we can imagine. He covered us and still holds us firmly in his hands. Four more weeks to go before we welcome our child who us greatly loved by God. His grace is indeed sufficient.

    Comment by Edith Williamson — February 8, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

  49. I’ve had a back injury that has put me at maybe 30% over the last three weeks, but our older boys (still young elementary) have been generous helpers under the leadership of my husband who has sacrificed time and rest to do so much around the house and for the baby whom I cannot lift much. I am so grateful for the peace that has reigned despite our being constantly on the edge of chaos!

    Comment by Jen — February 8, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

  50. God is so gracious and even though it has been a difficult week, so much good has come from it. So much growth. I am thankful that this week was full of triumph. Because instead of going straight to despair about my struggle with the flesh, which I tend to do, I rejoiced that He loves me enough to root it out. I fought through the “feelings” and saturated my thoughts with the truth of His Word.

    Comment by cheryl @ finding the beauty — February 8, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

  51. This week has been a tough one as my older daughter of 11 has had to watch her younger sister of 8 surpass her in her gymnastics abilities. She has been down, unmotivated and overall grumpy. Tonight, I walked into her bedroom, angry at her for purposefully splashing her little brother of 7 who had been annoying her in front of the bathtub. But in my anger, I was praying that God would give me words to encourage her. I brought her a a bowl of spaghetti as a peace offering. We sat on her little wooden balance beam, talked, and I was able to share with her how much not only I, but foremost God loved her and made her unique in all of her giftings. She buried her head in my shoulder and sobbed for a while and so did I. Then she apologized and said, “thank you, I love you so much , Mom!” Moments like these make it all worth it to me.

    Comment by Eowyn Stoddard — February 8, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

  52. I’ve seen God’s grace at work this week as He has given me perspective to see life’s trials and circumstances with eyes of faith. He has used loss to bring life and without His presence and work I would have succumed to discouragement and despair.

    Comment by Celeste — February 8, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

  53. I’ve seen Christ at work in my home this week, as my husband’s been away (sponsored climb of Mt.Kilimanjaro!) & I began dreading the thought of days home alone with my 2 wee girls… when God has reminded me of His sanctifying purposes in the day-to-day stresses of dealing with toddler tantrums & a teething teeny, that He’s at work to grow me in grace, and is faithful to provide for what He’s called me to. Am so encouraged at His goodness, as I read the comments written above!

    Comment by Heather — February 8, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

  54. Honestly, this past week has been heavy. Financially, emotionally, spiritually for various reasons. The Lord has shown love and grace to me by not letting me hit rock bottom. There are so many moments when I want to give up, and through so many ways God reminds me that He is better – He is everything, including provider and comforter, which are what I’ve seen this week. So, yes, I have absolutely seen Christ at work in my home this week.

    Comment by Jessica — February 8, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

  55. Christ is thankfully working in our home even when we can’t see the work. He is at work in the heart of our 15 year old daughter, giving her more desire to discuss spiritual things and more interest in His Word.

    Comment by Ann dunlap — February 8, 2014 @ 5:03 pm

  56. Seeing Him as our faithful provider as He continues to meet our physical and spiritual needs week after week.

    Comment by Gracie — February 8, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

  57. My two year old and 5 month old were both sick with a bad cold for over a week. Their doctor said to just ride it out so I watched as God healed and restored their little bodies in His perfect time. He sustained my husband and I through a rough week and although I know there are those out there with bigger, more serious illnesses, I also know my Heavenly Father cares about even the little things in my life and saw us all through this time.

    Comment by Stefani Cook — February 8, 2014 @ 9:54 pm

  58. I have seen God at work in my home this week when the tween Valentine pre-funk fest of craft-lovin’ girls came to to let me know that the movie I CHOSE for them to watch had an inappropriate scene and asked what they could watch instead. Well, I knew that God was at work in their hearts and minds on his own, apart from my watchful eye that often wonders if all this work and sacrifice to mother & mold will be worth it. It was a glimpse of the character that has been forming slowly over these past years in their little lives. Now seeing my girl child’s own God-community of friends follow HIS ways together. I was thankful.

    Comment by Nancy Hansen — February 8, 2014 @ 10:54 pm

  59. Christ is at work in our home in awesome ways teaching us how to communicate better. Through sermons and situations, he is convicting my heart to love my family more selflessly.

    Comment by Heather — February 9, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

  60. God is at work in my life by reminding me that I am not enough but He is…everything. I am overwhelmed by the responsiblity to raise and teach and love and share Jesus with my 3 young sons. I am discouraged by my selfishness and insecurities as a wife. I am sorrowful and anxious as we leave our church family to pursue another body that values the gospel above all. Christ is reminding me that I am not enough so that I will place my hope and trust and security in his sufficiency, his love, his finished work.

    Comment by Christa — February 9, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

  61. God has worked in my life this week as my kids have been sick and I’ve needed Him more! I’ve been more thankful for health.

    Comment by Patty — February 9, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

  62. I’ve seen Christ at work in our home through our struggles and successes with communication. My husband and I have been able to reconcile and learn from conversations instead of just fighting. Christ is also teaching me how to love in a selfless way with my husband and my baby girl.

    Comment by Heather — February 10, 2014 @ 12:13 am

  63. I’ve seen my wife who recently left public school to homeschool our children grow closer to them. She has also grown closer to me in the process. But in the last month we have seen several important needs met, timing perfected, and God’s hand showing my wife that her choices drew closer to him most of all. He has blessed her choices and through his blessings allowed her to move closer to the things that matter in her life. I’m just enjoying watching it happen.

    Comment by Mike — February 10, 2014 @ 9:18 am

  64. I have know God’s sustaining grace over the past week. I have not been sleeping well due to multiple children waking at different times in the night. Despite lack of precious sleep He grants me grace to face a new day with joy and patience knowing that He holds me in His hands.

    Comment by Annie — February 11, 2014 @ 5:20 am

  65. This week was like someone came in and began moving the furniture of our souls around. That’s what happens when a home and souls are encountered by God. The Lord has pressed Gal. 5:1 upon us and is calling us into greater freedom from the sins and weights which seek to entangle us. The Lord is causing our relationships to go deeper and become gospel-centered. My wife has been yearning for this for quite some time and God is answering those prayers. Women in our church and community have been influenced by this through my wife. All to the glory of God.

    Comment by Michael Ervin — February 11, 2014 @ 5:25 am

  66. God has shown me again that He is the author of my faith and the supplier of all the grace I need to see and savor Christ. He has reminded me of my inability to open the eyes of my children to His worth-what a relief to trust Him to be about His work of granting new hearts and and for me to in faith teach and encourage these little souls.

    Comment by Chasity — February 11, 2014 @ 5:48 am

  67. My four year old son asked his 9 month old sister for forgiveness after calling over her accidentally the other day. Even though she doesn’t talk, there was clear reconciliation. As a parent it’s hard to build a culture of repentance. Jesus worked in our lack of good parenting.

    Comment by Andrew — February 11, 2014 @ 5:54 am

  68. After surviving 2 weeks of the stomach bug in our house, I can say Christ was at work in us. Teaching care for each other, patience, surrender, rest.

    Comment by Jana Brown — February 11, 2014 @ 6:00 am

  69. God has given me the grace and strength I need to serve my family despite sleepless nights.

    Comment by Jenni Mullinix — February 11, 2014 @ 7:53 am

  70. Honestly – this isn’t that fun or pretty – but he’s been working this week to expose more idols residing in my heart related to my parenting. Showing me my pride and my exhaustive need for success as a mom. It’s been difficult to see it, but oh so sweet to find his mercy in this place. I’ve been through this cycle before, when he transforms, so I know it goes somewhere good, but I still find myself resisting this part of it. The breaking is hard.

    Comment by Hannah — February 11, 2014 @ 8:20 am

  71. My daughter is a curious, active toddler. I guess she is right at the stage known as “ugly two.” I have lost my patience many times lately. This made me consider my own depravity and a desperate need for a Savior. So thankful that I’m forgiven once for all, and I want to show that kind of sacrificial love to my daughter too.

    Comment by Grace — February 11, 2014 @ 8:57 am

  72. God has shown His working in young hearts in our home. One child, in particular, has been growing in her compassion and patience with her younger siblings. I have seen her take time to play with and “school” them, while enjoying it! This is an answer to prayer.

    Comment by Alli — February 11, 2014 @ 9:02 am

  73. I have seen Christ at work this week in my attitude and perspective. I’ve been dealing with an on again off again health complication from the birth of my son ten months ago. When I am feeling unwell I can often let my circumstances and feelings about my ‘less than perfect’ circumstances cloud the truth of the gospel. The Lord answered my prayer this week for a more eternal perspective. For patience and grace to slow down, and on being thankful for the tremendous blessing I do have.

    Comment by Emma Juday — February 11, 2014 @ 9:12 am

  74. I have seen the hand of God when I pray.

    Comment by JR — February 11, 2014 @ 9:30 am

  75. I am still amazing how much He is still working in me during my struggle and disappointment with music. I know that He is still working in me for His Glory. I just have to trust in Him all the more. Thankful for who He is for us, believer!

    Comment by Marguerite Harrell — February 11, 2014 @ 9:31 am

  76. My husband turning us to prayer in the midst of many decisions. When my tendency is to worry, he reminds me to take it to The Lord!

    Comment by Ginger — February 11, 2014 @ 9:46 am

  77. Just when I thought I had learned much about discernment, I leaned on my own understanding and was proved to be lacking. Thankful for the Gospel; I will always fall short and I will always need Jesus and He is always there.

    Comment by T.A. Friesen — February 11, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

  78. I’ve seen Christ at work in my home with providing fresh grace. Four sinful kids and a sinful mom homeschooling under one roof equals lots of sanctification! God has been so good to remind me that our sin is exactly why Christ was sent.

    Comment by Heidi — February 11, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

  79. I’ve had a very busy hectic year, trying to juggle a more than full-time job to support my family and husband (who is a pastor), support his ministry, go to school full-time, and assist in the homeschool responsibilities of our children. I have seen Christ at work particularly this past week in that he has answered a prayer by opening a door that will allow me to be able to focus on my main responsibility: motherhood. I will now soon be able to stay home and homeschool my children with my husband’s new position. He has taught me that the only true rest we can find is at the foot of the Cross.

    Comment by Jessica Hancock — February 11, 2014 @ 6:27 pm

  80. I’ve seen His hand in a sweet time of reading a familiar passage of scripture this week. He enlightened my heart to some things I’ve never noticed before. Honestly, with two little ones and one on the way, I cherish those quiet moments in His Word! :)

    Comment by Rachel — February 11, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

  81. I saw Christ at work in my home last week through my husband. Wednesdays it’s my turn to do breakfast, but I exploded cream of wheat in the microwave and dropped a raw egg on the floor, so I was really running late and fuming when he got to the kitchen. Seeing hi m pick up a washcloth and get to work helping me EVEN THOUGH IT WAS NOT HIS TURN changed my whole day. I know he serves us out of love for Christ.

    Comment by Betsy — February 12, 2014 @ 5:52 am

  82. I have been praying with my two and four year old sons when they are arguing over a toy or when they are frustrated with each other. I have noticed that His peace changes me and my responses which in turn makes me more patient and loving with them. I have noticed them now being more patient with each other.

    Comment by Kim — February 12, 2014 @ 6:06 am

  83. I’ve been reminded of the mercies of Christ, particularly when my children have a difficult time obeying and I didn’t respond in a Godly manner. The sweet forgiveness from my littles reminds me to be quick to forgive them as well, and grateful for the swift mercy of my Savior.

    Comment by Michelle — February 12, 2014 @ 7:59 am

  84. My husband and I have moved from our home in Cambodia to live with a host family in Thailand to wait for our first baby’s birth. We have seen the family opening their hearts to us and loving us, helping us prepare for this huge adjustment. God has really blessed us with people who are role models and inspirations for what it means to lead a family in loving Jesus!

    Comment by Whitney — February 12, 2014 @ 8:26 am

  85. My husband is unable to be home right now, and with his birthday this past weekend and Valentine’s a few days away….I miss him. However, God is filling the holes. I am learning like never before that HE is enough!

    Comment by Audra — February 12, 2014 @ 10:04 am

  86. Seeing God grow my children’s hearts to love and cherish His word. It is a sweet reminder to see their soft hearts soak up Biblical Truths.

    Comment by Carrie — February 12, 2014 @ 10:06 am

  87. I have been thankful to see God working in our home this last week by reminding me of the truth that I need His grace each day to be the wife and mom he calls me to be. I can’t, as hard as I try, do this in my own strength and will! I must look to Christ and the gospel to enable me to be a godly mom who loves and serves my family well. And when I fail, which I often do, I must confess my sin to my children and husband and ask forgiveness and then trust that God is using this repentance in my own life, in my children’s lives, and my husband’s life to reflect Christ. I have been encouraged in the last week to think that in God’s sovereign plan, He may choose to use the times that I fail and repent of sin to my children in acting to saving them more than anything else that I do.

    Comment by Jenny Grusy — February 12, 2014 @ 10:27 am

  88. I’ve seen God at work over the past week in supplying strength for for us to be strong when we didn’t feel strong (sick or discouraged or stressed).

    Comment by Patty C. — February 12, 2014 @ 10:48 am

  89. God has been at work in my 2.5 year old life as she spends her time pouring over her Bible and talking about disobedience and forgiveness with me.

    Comment by Karen — February 12, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

  90. God is working through us to create an environment in which the lost are welcome, and we can come together as a family to advance the kingdom. Our marriage is drawing closer, we are opening up to each other with greater communication and that was manifested this past week as we set some expectations with each other and then attempted to satisfy those expectations for the other. God continues to make us and remake us so that we can perform his calling for us in his kingdom.

    Comment by Matt Clark — February 12, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

  91. The Lord continues to provide wonderful learning opportunities in the day to day things of life. I love seeing my three year old grow in his understanding of The Lord and I love how The Lord continues to teach me as I raise my children.

    Comment by Carolyn Reese — February 12, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

  92. My 16 year old and I haven’t yelled all week….

    Comment by Lee Ann — February 12, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

  93. My wife and I have been married for almost two years. We are both in school with full-time jobs, as well as serving on staff at our local church in youth ministry. We are constantly learning the value of patience and communication in our relationship. However, when the days are long and tiring, it seems to be the last thing that we recognize. Yesterday we had a moment where we were misunderstanding one another and being very quick to justify our own case. After a few minutes of silence, I thought about how neither of us are righteous in our own standing, especially myself, and both of us are constantly in need of grace. I grabbed my wife’s hand, and explained that sometimes I cannot say anything right and apologized without any further excuses. It is the gospel that constantly transforms, nurtures, and keeps our marriage whole.

    Comment by Andy McLean — February 12, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

  94. The Lord has been teaching me through the book of Philippians to practice joy regardless of life’s circumstances.

    Comment by Beth — February 12, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

  95. By God’s grace, our children are all growing in their knowledge and love of Jesus and His Word through memorization. Amazing how their little hearts are so receptive and ready for implantation. It’s just now up to us to feed their souls with what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, excellent and praiseworthy. This week, our 2 and 3 year old are working hard to help “mommy” with her memory verses (Eph 3:14-21). They have captured verses 14 – 16 already and are on to the next section! What a wonder! And to have them quote back to me Luke 1:37 reminds me that even I can still learn memory passages as long as they may be! Ha ha!

    Comment by Victoria M — February 12, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

  96. Our church is walking through some very close to home church discipline issues that are coming to a head this week. Both my husband & I are involved this matter as church leaders (he is a lay pastor). It has been especially emotional for me as I’m very close to these people & am also 39 weeks pregnant with our 3rd child. God reminded me of this verse this week& it has stuck with & been comforting my heart. 2 Cor. 7:9-10, “As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”

    Comment by Melissa Nickerson — February 13, 2014 @ 12:23 am

  97. Yes. I’ve seen him in the little things especially this past week.

    Comment by Jessica Baggett — February 13, 2014 @ 3:05 am

  98. God continues to teach me how patient and gracious He is to me as I walk through the days with my children. When my 3 kids are: screaming for cheerios, ripping white out tape out of the holder, fighting over ninja turtles, melting down over addition problems, or coating the floor of our bathroom with a scented mist, I’m reminded to speak and act with the love I want to receive JUST AS my heavenly Father is SO gracious and merciful to me when I want to: scream about the spilled cheerios I just crushed all over the floor, think unkind thoughts after I step on the legos left out, become irritable that my “precious” time has been sidetracked. How’s that for a run on sentence? I’m learning to do everything to the glory of God, especially the small stuff!

    Comment by Amanda — February 13, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

  99. I have seen my hearing impaired daughter sign and attempt to speak during prayer.

    Comment by Cameron — February 13, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

  100. We’ve seem God’s grace and how he has providentially worked out details to help our family survive and thrive for his glory over this last week.

    Comment by Sarah — February 13, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

  101. I’ve seen Christ at work in the hearts of our children this week. Our oldest (6 y/o) has been looking for ways to earn $$ to give towards our Compassion sponsored kid. Our middle girl (4 y/o) is actively looking for ways to encourage us (it’s amazing). And our youngest (2 y/o) is learning to share. Some weeks are certainly a challenge, but it’s so encouraging to see their hearts/minds process ideas like kindness, compassion, sharing, etc.

    Comment by Brett — February 13, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

  102. Although, I’m the only believer in my family of five, I believe that Christ always looks out for me and my family because of His faithfulness. One day, I pray that my family may find and recognize our Lord and savior.

    Comment by Steve Yeon — February 13, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

  103. Through out this past week I have seen the love of others in my life through out my community. From friends bringing medicine when my kids are sick to neighbors snow blowing our driveway when we can’t get to it. I am so thankful for those that God has put in our lives to live life with. We learn from those around us and opening up our life and home to them is the best way to share the gospel with those non believers.

    Comment by Heather Francis — February 13, 2014 @ 5:08 pm

  104. Through the time that my wife and I got to spend together .

    Comment by Joe Gunter — February 13, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

  105. This week I saw Jesus in my husband as he worked his night job then came home to take care of my three girls ages 6 and under as I lay in bed with severe morning sickness(#4 on the way!). I also was blessed to have a dear friend stop by to encourage me as I haven’t been able to go anywhere for over a month.

    Comment by Kimberly Cumby — February 13, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

  106. Christ has been at work in our home this week showing his strength to be perfect in my weakness after many nights of poor sleep with a fussy baby.

    Comment by Kendra — February 13, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

  107. When I am frustrated or not showing joy on my face, my three year old has started saying, “Mom, look at me!” When I do, he is smiling big. “Smile, mom!” The Father has used his reminders to check my spirit when I am frustrated and bring me to repent. He is young, but often speaks truth unaware to my heart.

    Comment by Sarah — February 14, 2014 @ 7:46 am

  108. Christ has been at work in my life this week learning to truly walk by faith and rest in His strength as we traveled for my husbands grandmas funeral. All of us stay in the same room 3 nights with a 1, 3, and 5 year old. But saw glimpses of victory as I chose to embrace all these hard moments. With this circumstances heightening the treasure of these little moments. So thankful for the mercy and grace of Christ and desire to walk in that freedom and allow those I love to experience that grace.

    Comment by Laura — February 14, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

  109. Thankful for God’s grace shown in our home through the confession of sin and forgiveness extended. Forgiving one another, just as God in Christ has done – what a blessing!

    Comment by AWHall — February 21, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

  110. Christ has recently opened my eyes to the beauty of the specific spouse He’s given me. In multiple teachings over the last couple of weeks, God has shown me that my husbands weaknesses and sins are being used to transform me more and more into the likeness of Christ and that my sins are doing the same for him. My husband and I had a wonderfully-intimate conversation about this last night…it was so full of hope and excitement over a God that makes everything beautiful and uses everything for the good of those that love Him. After almost 12 years of marriage…Christ is becoming more powerful thru our weaknesses! To God be the glory!

    Comment by Mel — March 9, 2014 @ 11:15 am

  111. Feeling at peace even in the midst of one of the busiest weeks our family has had in a very long time!

    Comment by ranee — March 18, 2014 @ 10:34 am

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