Parenting at its Best ~ Release Control

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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 Continue reading

Parenting at its Best ~ Talking about God

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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. Continue reading

Living with Contentment and Satisfaction

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The Bible says that godliness accompanied with contentment is great and abundant gain. What I take from that is, a godly person who is content is in the very best place he can possibly be.

Joy doesn’t come from having your circumstances in order and under control; it comes from what’s in your heart. For example, the world is full of people who have what they think they want, and they’re still not happy. In fact, some of the most unhappy people in the world are people who seem to “have it all.”

Contentment is not about fame or being well-known, how much money you have, your position at work or your social circle. It’s not found in your level of education or what side of the tracks you were born on. Contentment is a heart attitude.

Aug 21- 1 Timothy 6_6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6 Continue reading

Making the Most of Your Time 

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Time really does fly, doesn’t it? On the other hand, in some situations, it may seem like time crawls! No matter how fast or slow it feels like time goes by, each of us only has a certain amount of time on this earth. With that in mind, I want to ask you, what are you doing with your time?

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Time is such a gift from God! I see every day how He takes His time to make us what He wants us to be. And then, in His mercy and grace, He gives us time to get in agreement with what He’s doing in our lives so we can experience His goodness. What a loving God!

So, ask yourself, “Am I in agreement with what God is doing in me? Or, am I struggling and fighting, impatiently trying to do things my way?”

I can assure you, if you’re struggling with God, you’re just wasting your time, but if you’re in agreement with Him, you’re using your time for great things. Continue reading

Parenting at its Best ~ Leaving a Legacy

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God knows the consequences of sin and pleads for us to obey his commands. He lets us know in advance that our choices will have lasting consequences for us and for our children. Sinful choices can be the beginning of destructive family patterns that often carry on generation after generation.

But God’s mercy far outweighs his judgment. Many more generations will be blessed if we choose to love and obey Him. In the face of temptation, remember that the way we live our lives establishes a lasting legacy, either in the form of blessings or punishments. What will we choose to give our children and the generations that follow?

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When faced with temptation, consider the legacy that sin passes on to your children.

Exerts taken from the Parenting by Design Devotional on YouVersion

Parenting at its best ~ Weakness vs. Strength

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The world’s definition of “strength” is much different from God’s. For example, our culture defines strength as having one or more of the attributes it values most — money, power, beauty and fame. Images from the media deluge our children and us with the idea that a successful person is one who is strong in these qualities.  Wouldn’t you agree?

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Yet Christ valued none of these attributes. He came to serve, rather than be served, and to give His life for us. The Corinthians did not understand that kind of strength. I wonder whether we are really all that much different.

1 Corinthians 1:25-27  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  Continue reading