On mommying my one month old........

{a birthday card with a sweet message inside that I found for Graeme, from Steve, this morning}

I don't like that my baby is already one month old!!!!!!

I was thinking about the word intentionality today. Being intentional, {trying to be intentional} with all that I do with Graeme. Right now, I am being intentional in his schedule--regulating his metabolism, his sleep, and awake patterns. It all seems so easy. And yet, at times, so hard!

Each night, as Steve and I pray for Graeme, I pray that God would give me daily wisdom with him. How encouraging to know that God has already answered that prayer by recording for us the promise in James that "if any of us lack wisdom, ask of God and He will give it to you liberally." Liberally sounds good to me! I want to be intentional in my prayer life concerning Graeme. . .which is one reason why I am so excited to start a study on prayer, through Paul Miller's book,
"A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World".

And I want to be intentional with the words that come out of my mouth. I love to sing to Graeme before he goes down for a nap and I am so thankful no one but Graeme can hear me. Today, I was struck with the value of the following words, from the hymn Come Thou Fount, as I sang them to him:

O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.

On that day when freed from sinning, I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in blood washed linen how I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry, take my ransomed soul away;
Send thine angels now to carry me to realms of endless day.

10 comments:

  1. justin, jake, and jenna's mom4:24 PM

    very good thoughts, I couldn't agree more!! It is daunting to realize how much more is "caught than taught" in these little ears.....definitely use every opportunity!

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  2. Russell and I are reading that book right now; it is great! It is amazing how fast our little ones grow! Enjoy every minute.

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  3. I cherish that verse also! I know God wants so much to give us that wisdom. How wonderful that you are starting out your mommying journey with this mindset!

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  4. It was neat to read your post. Isn't it unreal how quickly time goes?? I treasure every minute I have with Kiersten! One thing that jumped out to me in your post is the song you sang to him! Josh and I chose a "life hymn" for Kiersten and we sing to her every single night and when she is sad or scared. We chose "Come Thou Fount" as her song and the words have really touched me each time I sing it to her! What's sweet, is that she recognizes it now and you can see it relax her, and she even coos along now with us when we sing! Being a mommy is such a blessing! OH, and have you and Steve heard of "A Father's Guide to Blessing His Children"? It's written blessings for a dad to read to his children at night and they are all taken from Scripture! Such a neat tradition! We actually have an extra one I found the other day if y'all want one. Just seemed like something y'all might like.

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  5. I haved loved reading all your posts on becoming a new parent. It reminds me of those first few weeks and being struck with the awesome responsibility and privilege it is to become a parent. So many emotions you experience and getting into new routines, etc. I loved singing to Esther every night too and did it with her more than Jonas, but love those moments...and even after they'd fall asleep, I'd sometimes sneak into their room and get them up and love on them and pray for them. Such precious moments that I know are flying by.

    I'll never forget in a sleep-deprived moment to my mom and Stephen that a friend had recommended that I feed Esther at 1, 4, 7, and 10 because it would always be 1,4,7, and 10 and I'd always know when she'd need to eat. It made total sense to me because I couldn't ever remember when I had last fed her and when she needed to eat next, esp in the middle of the night. Anyways, I rambled on and on and they both looked at me like I just came from Mars...yeah- I'll never live that one down.

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  6. Jenni-Brooke-
    I love that you picked a life hymn for Kiersten--that is such a great idea! The Father's Guide to Blessing His Children sounds neat as well! Wish you lived close so I could get to know you in person--if we ever visit Texas, I will look you up! :)

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  7. Your post made me very sentimental as well as I remember those same thoughts so fresh in my mind with both of my babies when they were first born. I want to always have those thoughts in mind and especially the emphasis on prayer, but it does have to be intentional because so many things come along to crowd it out. Thanks for sharing your heart.

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  8. Yes, being intentional is such a big struggle for me! There are so many precious moments that come and go if you fail to notice... I think my favorite time with Elyse each day is her bedtime routine. I love to sing to her (yes, with the door SHUT :) and watch as some of the words make her smile as she stares up at me... Some songs she gets irritated with...? I remember when she was a newborn, Jordan would hum to her as he walked her around the house if she was fussy, and to this day, his hum calms her down in seconds. Keep enjoying these days- I can tell you are!!

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  9. Fantastic post, sarah. What a wonderful message. And you can never, ever start too early! Awhile back YOU shared a piece of advice you heard from a wiser, older mother that has stuck with me. After her children went to sleep, she went in and prayed over each one asking for wisdom concerning the next day. What a help that has been, rather than grasping for straws of biblical thoughts during the heat of the moment. So now I share that nugget back with you. Though these days are all encompassing sweet and love, the day of "battle" will come. (I know, you don't believe it, but there is a little sinner in that perfect bundle of love). :) I LOVE your journal in the background. That is great! I'm glad if I get the time I nursed Caid down and bonus points for me if I remember to write down the L or R of which side I nursed last on! ;) You'll cherish those notes!

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  10. That sounds like a good book. I am sure your voice was sweet to Graeme's little ears : )

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