Jetlag woke 6-year-old Oksana, who slept in our room last night, about 4:30. Thankfully, she did eventually go back to sleep (something that never happened yesterday when she woke at 3:00 something in our hotel room.
I didn't return to sleep, however. After I heard that parent-pleasing sound of the deep breathing that indicates sleep. I snuck into my bathroom to get refreshed through reading God's word. I started, as I usually do, by reading one of the prayers in The Valley of Vision, a collection penned by the Puritans. (HIGHLY recommended! Available at Grace and Truth Books)
As I face my first full day of parenting all 12 children at home, I was encouraged and strengthened by these phrases from the prayer on page 234:
O God Most High, Most Glorious,
"Thy great power knows no bound
thy goodness no stint...
"The Lord God omnipotent reigneth...
"Revive deep spirituality in my heart...
"Let me live near to the great Shepherd,
hear his voice, know its tones, follow its calls....
"Lord, help me, for I am often lukewarm and chill...
sin makes me forget thee....
"Let the weeds that grow in my soul be cut at their roots;
Grant me to know that I truly live only
when I live to thee,
that all else is trifling.
Thy presence alone can make me holy, devout,
strong and happy.
Abide in me gracious God."