This morning was a Monday morning in every way. The kids both woke up early, starving and crying, crying and starving. My triage efforts of feeding the toddler first backfired when I found his breakfast all over the kitchen after returning from feeding baby sis. He begged me for a ham sandwich, and I told him “no” three or four or five times out of principle, ya know? Besides, I was busy wiping up oatmeal. From pretty much everywhere. And then I pulled out the turkey (ham is a loose term around here) and mayo…
Right around the time that I was thinking about how excited I was to be alive because my life is so glamorous, I looked up at my fridge and saw our family’s “PONDERIZE” scripture for the week that Trish had picked several days before.
“Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work…” And I felt it. All the way through me.
It was like a friend had picked me up off my kitchen floor (because I was still wiping up oatmeal) and said, “Hey! This might not feel important. But it is. You’re laying the foundation of the lives of your little ones. So smile. And love them. And be patient. The little things you do? They matter. A lot.”
So all day, I’ve looked up at that scripture for perspective and felt grateful it was there. Because in these tiny little ways, it changes me. And I think that’s the big blessing of ponderizing (80% pondering, 20% memorizing). It’s being changed, line upon line, one Monday morning at a time, by the word of God. And that’s real. I know it is.
We’re picking scriptures as a family, and each week so far, I’m trying to email out a printable of the scripture that we can all print it out and put up in our homes or offices or wherever. And if I’m making them anyway, we thought we’d make them available, just in case you want to ponderize some of the same scriptures.
We’ll keep updating this as the weeks go on, so be sure to check back and find new printables. They’re simple, black and white images, but I’ve tried to make them in a way that highlights the principles and makes them a little easier to memorize. I put one on my fridge and one on each bathroom mirror. You can find the link to download the individual images at the references underneath the image. Best of luck to you and yours with your ponderizing!