Parenting at its Best ~ Release Control

God does not force Himself on us. Even when the consequences are extremely high, He gives us the choice to obey or disobey. How heartbreaking it must be when His children choose death over life.

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I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:19-20

We can relate as we watch our kids make self-destructive choices for momentary pleasure. Every Christian parent yearns for his or her children to “choose life”. Our example and the way we parent has an enormous influence on our kids, but it will never give us total control. Despite all our best efforts, eventually we must accept the fact that we cannot grant our kids an intimate relationship with the Lord. That is something they must choose for themselves.

Good parenting cannot guarantee a good result. For that, we must trust the Lord.

Exerts taken from the Parenting by Design Devotional on YouVersion

4/52 | Project 365

| My Digital Gig | Creating memories each and every day in 2015

Week 4 1Day 22: Buddy Boy studying for his big test.  I love that the teddy is along for a snuggle as well.
Week 4 2 Day 23: Miss Priss.  I going to miss her so much once she’s in school full time.  I’m doing my best to enjoy every moment the days she is home.

Week 4 3Day 24: Shameless Selfie.  Tried out some lipstick for once…
Week 4 4 Day 25: These two.  Cousins.  Best friends.  We’re always in for a treat when they get together.  Week 4 5 Day 26: Princess Pea has a new obsession; nail polish.   It could be worse.Week 4 6 Day 27: Baby Girl is growing and growing and growing and…Week 4 7 Day 28: Mr. Man found his Lightning McQueen jacket in the tickle trunk.  He hasn’t taken it off yet…

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God the Sovereign Savior | Sunday Psalms

Sunday Psalms 4/52

Join me each week for an encouraging look into the book of Psalms.  May these words bless your heart, feed your soul, and make your day.

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Psalm 18:1-6

New Living Translation (NLT)

I love you, Lord;
    you are my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
    my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
    and my place of safety.
I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
    and he saved me from my enemies.

The ropes of death entangled me;
    floods of destruction swept over me.
The grave wrapped its ropes around me;
    death laid a trap in my path.
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord;
    yes, I prayed to my God for help.
He heard me from his sanctuary;
    my cry to him reached his ears.

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3/52 | Project 365

| My Digital Gig | Creating memories each and every day in 2015

Week Two 7 Day 15: Its noon and we are still in our pajamas.  So, the usual…

Week Three 1 Day 16: Lunch time for baby and a short break for this mama. Beautiful.Week Three 2Day 17: Why would you sleep in bed when there’s a perfectly good floor?  If the things we did as kids only made sense.
Week Three 3 Day 18: Her heart may belong to her daddy, but this papa is a very close second.Week Three 4 Day 19: So helpful.  Big sister is always there to lend a hand when needed.Week Three 6 Day 20: This little one fills up much of my time each day, but I don’t mind.Week Three 5 Day 21: Adorable.  I am so thrilled to watch this relationship blossom between my girls.  These moments are so precious.

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Parenting at its Best ~ Talking about God

Is God a part of your everyday conversation with your kids? Or do spiritual topics feel forced and awkward? What we truly value will be revealed in our time, our money and our words. Is your passion for God as obvious as your passion for sports, good grades, or vacations?talk-to-your-kids

When we share God’s wisdom moment-by-moment, carpool-by-carpool, breakfast-by-breakfast, the lessons of the Bible come alive. Life provides countless opportunities to illustrate the truth of His Word. When we demonstrate that He is relevant and vital to our everyday lives, we encourage our children to write this truth on their hearts as well.

Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night. Inscribe them on the doorposts and gates of your cities so that you’ll live a long time, and your children with you, on the soil that God promised to give your ancestors for as long as there is a sky over the Earth. Deuteronomy 11:18-21

Demonstrate your love for God by talking with your kids about His influence in your life.

Exerts taken from the Parenting by Design Devotional on YouVersion

The Hope of the Faithful, and the Messiah’s Victory | Sunday Psalms

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Psalm 16:5-11

New Life Version (NLV)

The Lord is all that I am to receive, and my cup. My future is in Your hands.  The land given to me is good. Yes, my share is beautiful to me.

I will give honor and thanks to the Lord, Who has told me what to do. Yes, even at night my mind teaches me.  I have placed the Lord always in front of me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be moved.

And so my heart is glad. My soul is full of joy. My body also will rest without fear.  For You will not give me over to the grave. And You will not allow Your Holy One to return to dust.

You will show me the way of life. Being with You is to be full of joy. In Your right hand there is happiness forever.

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2/52 | Project 365

| My Digital Gig | Creating memories each and every day in 2015Week Two 001Day 8: Baby its cold outside… feels like -22 today with the windchill.  But that won’t stop us from having some fun.

Week Two 2Day 9: Laying down her own agenda to play “trains” with her little brother.  So sweet…

Week Two 3 Day 10: We don’t own any potato sacks, but laundry baskets do just fine.

Page 1 (2)Day 11: Video games.  Its amazing how good he is…

Page 1 (2)Day 12: My baby girl is growing up way to fast…

Week Two 13 Day 13: Always has her face in a book…

Week Two 6 Day 14: Getting silly as usual

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