Be a Risk Taker

Our high school youth pastor used to always encourage us to take risks and step out of our comfort zone.  He would make us talk to people we didn’t know, share our faith when it was hard, and sit by someone new.

He said to watch God work in our lives and look out for God’s miracles regularly.

This really made an impression on me and I still think about this many years later.

I’m not always a risk taker.  Sometimes I’m just a mom who is constantly cooking, cleaning, and breaking up fights.

What does taking risks look like when you’re a busy mom trying to care for the needs of your family?

Why is it important?


BEING  LESS BUSY

Being a mom is busy.  Period.  You start adding more children, homeschooling, cleaning, cooking, shopping, organizing, feeding, activities, work, plus all the people wanting you to volunteer for this and that, it makes being a mom overwhelming.

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Why do we fill up our calendars?

If we aren’t careful with how we spend our time and what we say yes to, we can obliterate our family, not to mention ourselves.

Being a risk taker doesn’t mean being busy and cluttering our calendars. Put your family first and focus on what God has called you to do.

 That’s called being a risk taker.

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10: 41-42


BEING STILL

Be quiet and still before the Lord.  Get in the habit of listening to His voice.  Be a risk taker and listen to what God says to you.  He may ask you to be still and wait or He may ask you to take a daring leap of faith.  You won’t know if you don’t listen.  It’s harder to trust Him if you can’t hear Him.

~ Spend time with Him

~ Meditate on His Word

~ Pray often

~ Listen

“Be still, and know that I am God;  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46: 10


BEING DIFFERENT

We are all unique.  We have different stories ~ different callings and different gifts.  We are not suppose to be like everyone else or try to impress or please others.

Being a risk taker means that you’re not afraid to be bold and unique by using the gifts God has given you.

There are a couple of reasons why I continue to blog even though everyone and their sister is doing the same thing I am~ only better.

It’s because no one has my story and my perspective.

Also because I feel led to put something positive on the internet that may potentially bless and help others.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.  If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.  Romans 12: 6-8


BEING AVAILABLE

We need to be available to our family.  Be there for our husband and children.  We need to watch and listen, being aware of their likes, dislikes, their fears and concerns.  We need to love them.

I read posts from so many women who write online that they’re unhappy.  They’re bored and unfulfilled at home.  They’re depressed and stressed out at work.  They’re annoyed with their husbands.  They’re desperate for a break from their children so they can have a life of their own.  They’re just overwhelmed with their life.

While I’m all for taking breaks and self care, I also feel like some have lost their way and aren’t being available to the needs of their family.  It’s not an easy task and you probably won’t get any praise or accolades (except for Mother’s Day and Birthdays, of course).  But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB ON THE PLANET!

Read: One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

Being available to your family is the most important job, the most rewarding job and the most influential job ~ HANDS DOWN! 

Can I be transparent and share that I fail at this?  I do fail but I also don’t give up.  I just pick myself up and continue to move forward, trusting in God daily.

We’re not going to be perfectly available all the time like some Stepford Wife but we can make an effort to be present.

Take that risk and BE AVAILABLE to your family!

She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.  Proverbs 31:12

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.  Proverbs 14:1


BEING A RISK TAKER

No one knows when they’re going to take their last breath.  Our time on earth is fleeting.  Take a risk for the Lord.  Dare to be bold.  Share Christ with others.  Make a difference in other people’s lives.  Be kind.  Be diligent.  Be encouraging.  LOVE.  Live a life of obedience and bring honor to God.  Don’t wait until you can do things perfectly.  There’s no time.  God has a plan for our lives and it’s time to be that risk taker and do life like no other.

You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.  And love your neighbor as yourself.  Luke 10:27


Share your story on how you took a risk and God showed Himself to you.  I’d love to hear from you.

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I wrote this blog before Hurricane Harvey and wondered if I should post this blog today or wait.  After praying about it, I decided to go ahead and post it.

I’m praying for healing, protection, and blessings for all the victims, survivors, the relief workers, volunteers and their families.  I am praying for Texas.

Lord, please give the people in Texas and their families strength, hope and courage to move forward after this tragedy.   Please heal them, protect them, and bless them.  In Jesus Name ~ AMEN.


Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless His name.  Psalm 100:4

Grumbling and criticizing is so common and popular these days.  Especially with the internet so willing to listen and sympathize.

Sarcasm is spewed and it’s cool to have just the right comeback to make sure everyone does and says what they’re suppose to.

I am guilty of grumbling and complaining and was convicted by two things.

1 ~ I was convicted when I decided to stop complaining for a New Year’s Resolution.

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2 ~ I was made aware when my bad habits were mirrored in our children.  YIKES!

The reason why I thought about writing about THANKFULNESS isn’t because I want to throw everyone under the bus.

God has done a work in my heart regarding gratitude but sometimes my “inner brat” still rears its ugly head.  I want to trust God to change my heart!

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.  1 Chronicles 16:34

We live in a demanding and self-centered world which can be very annoying AND CONTAGIOUS.

Let’s focus on the Lord and be thankful for His love for us.

Give thanks in all circumstances~ for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Focusing on the positive things in each circumstance with appreciation will nurture a healthy habit and bring glory to God.  It will also teach our children about humility and contentment.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  Colossians 3:17

All that we do, is to be done for the glory of God.  If we are complaining, then we are not thankful or bringing glory to God.  Seek God first and He will make everything right.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from God.  Look for those gifts and be thankful.  We should expect God to work in our hearts.  Watch for those moments when He is doing great things and giving perfect gifts.

The greatest gift of all is Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and rising from the dead so that we can have a relationship with God and have eternal life.

We are not to be troubled, burdened or afraid.  God is our strength and our shield.  Our trust should be in Him.

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.  Psalm 107:1

If the temptation to complain is significant ~ try being thankful instead. Memorize verses about being thankful and write down everything in your life you are thankful for.  This will put you in the habit of being grateful instead.

If it’s still a struggle or you’re seeing discontentment and unhappiness in your children ~ (trust me ~ I get it) ~ there are ways to encourage a positive attitude:

~ Read the book of Job as a family.

~ Have your children write and draw about what they’re thankful for.

~ Think of ways that you as a family can help others in need or do something nice for someone else.

~ Read stories about missionaries, heroes or how people overcome their struggles in life here or in other countries.

Here are a few craft ideas to show thankfulness:

~ Cut out fall leaves on construction paper and have the kids write something they’re thankful for and paste it on a homemade tree.

~ Get a pumpkin and every day have the kids write something they’re thankful for on the pumpkin.

~ Get smooth rocks and have the kids write what they’re thankful for and then display it somewhere so they will see it and remember. (Joshua 4)

~ What have you done as a family to show thankfulness or kindness?

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Having a heart of gratitude is healthy for us, will bless our family and have a tremendous impact on those around us.

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If you haven’t seen The Princess Bride ~ I apologize for the weird title! It’s the first thing that came to mind when I thought about writing this blog.

Our 26th wedding anniversary was yesterday (August 24th) and I wanted to write my thoughts with a list on how to bless your family.

I say family because if you have a good marriage, it blesses your entire family.

Whether your marriage blissful or frustrating, this will be encouraging.

It’s about honoring God by being the wife He calls us to be.


~ Treat your husband with kindness and respect ~ even when it’s hard, or when you’re tired or grumpy.  Look to the Lord for strength.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered… 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

~Submit to him as to the Lord.  (Ephesians 5:22) ~ you are not a slave to your husband but you are his queen ~ love and honor him.

~ Appreciate him ~ be sincerely grateful for all that he does for you and your family.

~ Accept him ~ love and accept him for who he is. 

~ Admire him ~ focus on your husband every day.  Praise him in public and in private.

~ Honor him ~ treat him like a treasured friend, not like a child.

~ Adapt to his way of life ~ be interested in him and his likes.  Be faithful to him in every way.

~ Be blameless ~ live in a way that brings glory to God.

You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.  Deuteronomy 18:13

~ Be excellent to him ~ be good to him, talk good to him and about him.  Never embarrass him or put him down.  Don’t be harsh or mean.

~ Greatly enrich his life ~ in other words, be a blessing to him.  Love, flirt, massage, hug, clean, cook, or whatever floats his boat.

~ Do him good and not evil, all the days of his life ~ never do him harm or bring harm to your home.  Be trustworthy.

~ Work hard ~ don’t be lazy.  Take care of your family and be attentive to their needs.

~ Be energetic and strong ~ if you don’t feel energetic or strong, seek the Lord.  He will give you strength.

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

~ Be kind to others ~ being kind to others will set a good example for your children and will improve the reputation of your family.  In turn, this will bless your tribe.

~ Clothe yourself in strength and dignity ~ don’t fret and worry.  Don’t control others.  Don’t get frazzled or upset easily.  Trust in the Lord and seek Him everyday.  He will make you strong and confident.

~ Be patient ~ love your husband with patience.  Love is patient, love is kind… The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience…  Patience comes from God ~ who knows all about longsuffering.

~ Love fiercely  ~ never withhold love from your husband.

~ Forgive ~ forgive often.  Forgive daily.

Bear with each other and forgive one another ~ if any of you has a grievance against someone ~ forgive as the Lord forgave you.  Colossians 3:13


If after reading this you feel like a failure ~ DON’T!  Nothing shows our weakness and vulnerability more than a marriage relationship.  Our husband sees our best and worst and so does God.  God doesn’t expect perfection.  He wants us to have faith and trust in Him.  He wants a relationship with us.  Look to the Lord and He will work in your heart and in your marriage.


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Have a blessed week!  T H A N K   Y O U !


BY THE WAY: IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP WITH THEIR MARRIAGE ~ THERE IS NO SHAME IN TALKING TO A COUNSELOR, PASTOR OR TRUSTED FRIEND TO HELP SORT THINGS OUT. IT MAY MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.


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3 Ways People Play The Blame Game

~I lift my eyes to the mountains~

We’ve all heard about the blame game.  Someone has to be responsible and accept blame.  Someone has to be at fault and be held accountable.  When no one is at fault, it makes us feel like there has been an injustice or imbalance.

Sometimes people get blamed for something that isn’t their fault and sometimes if someone is at fault they refuse to accept responsibility.  We see this in children, in adults, in families, and in the government ~ HA!

Here are 3 common ways the blame game is played:

1.  BLAMING OTHERS

It’s a natural human response to blame others when we make a mistake or something happens to us.  I’m guilty of this.  If something doesn’t go my way, I have this need to blame someone.  If there is no one to blame or it’s my own fault, it makes me feel worse.  It’s OK to take a deep breath and let it go without casting blame.  We can learn to stop blaming others.

Sometimes if it truly is someone else’s fault, it’s best to figure out a solution to fix the problem rather than focus on who to blame.

What happens when other people continue to blame you for things that are not your fault?

~ Check to see if maybe you ARE at fault.  Who knows?  Maybe they’re right.

~ Talk to the person share how you feel ~ especially if there is a habit of casting blame on you.

~ Don’t take it personally.  If they have a problem ~ it’s their problem.

~ Do nothing.  Sometimes there is not much to do except either focus on the solution or on letting it go.

~Where does my help come from~


2.  BLAMING OURSELVES

Just like it’s unhealthy to blame others all the time, it’s also unhealthy to blame ourselves when we are not at fault.

I was sexually abused from age 6 to age 10.  At ten, I stopped the abuse myself and it ended up destroying my family.  The abuse was a symptom of a broken family and the pain extended farther than I could even know.  But that didn’t stop me from blaming myself!  

We will blame ourselves for other people’s bad choices, for tragedy, loss and for abuse.  We will blame ourselves for things far out of our control.  This brings guilt and shame into our hearts that doesn’t need to be there.  It can hurt us emotionally, physically and spiritually.  It can cause anxiety and stress which can cause physical pain.

It’s essential to recognize self-blame and deal with it.  Bring it before the Lord and get rid of it.

Even if something is our fault and we wish we could change the past, it still needs to be dealt with.

If we are to blame, it’s crucial to forgive ourselves (and/or seek forgiveness), let it go, and move forward without guilt.

The blame game isn’t healthy, whether we’re in the habit of blaming others or ourselves.

~My help comes from the LORD~

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:1

 


3.  BLAMING GOD

I’m guilty of blaming others and blaming myself but I have never blamed God.  I’m not saying this to brag ~ it’s the truth.

I hear people all the time blame God for all kinds of things.  I hear people use this as a reason to not believe in Him or to stop trusting and loving Him.

It’s heartbreaking when good people die young, children suffer, poverty wreaks havoc and destroys families, natural disasters take lives, evil people succeed, and hate prevails.  It seems like good people suffer the most while the wicked thrive.

I’ve seen people go through unthinkable hardships and I can’t even imagine their struggle.

Why is this?  Is it God’s fault?

N E V E R !

If we want to place blame somewhere we can blame sin.  Sin is the reason why the world is falling apart.  God didn’t cause sin or make it ~ He conquered it!

But thank God!  He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:57

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.  (Genesis 1:31)  Everything God created was VERY GOOD!  Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God.  Sin is rebellion against God. 

God casts judgment on the wicked but in no way is He the reason for evil.

God is holy, righteous, He keeps His promise, He is perfect, He knows everything, He is just, His understanding is impossible to comprehend.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Ephesians 3:20 

It takes faith and trust in God to let go of the pain and bitterness.

No matter what happens ~ it’s necessary to let go of the pride and sin of trying to push our will over His.  God is in control and He knows what He is doing.

He saved us.  He loves us.  He is awesome. He is not to blame for sin.  We should never blame God for anything but trust Him with everything.

Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.  Isaiah 40:28

~The maker of heaven and earth~  Psalm 121:1-2


Keeping our focus on the Lord and His truth will help prevent playing the blame game.  Although it’s easy to get into this habit, a little bit of effort can help break the cycle.

Thank you so much for reading this blog. Let me know what you think and please share what God is doing in your life.  I’d love to hear from you.

Love always and blessings~ Jaimee 

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I’m concerned about the direction our world is headed.  The more I think about it the more I sound like the “old” people did when I was a kid.

In the 1980s and 1990s, I heard and read about terrible decisions our society will make in the near future and I was shocked.  Partial birth abortion, homosexuality, assisted suicide, and legalized marijuana ~ just to name a few.  I also heard that Christians will turn their backs on God and churches will lose their warmth and zeal for Christ.  Bible believing churches will lose their first Love and just go through the motions.

I thought that it was impossible for such a rapid moral decline.  Maybe in 200 years but not in the next 25.  I couldn’t see it.  I didn’t want to believe it.

Now, I’m seeing these things and worse play out right before my eyes and it’s scary!  Now is not the time to be idle.

It’s time to WAKE UP and make a difference!  Here are 5 reminders on how we can impact our world for Christ:


1.  STAY STRONG

No matter what people say or do or what the news says or how bad things may seem…STAY STRONG IN THE LORD.  Stand firm in your faith.

There is nothing new to God.  He knew how everything would go before He made the world.  The bible tells us how it will end.  The battle has been fought and God has already won.

Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the grave.  He conquered death for us all and we can seek refuge in Him.  He saved us!

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea.  Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.  Psalm 46:1-3


2.  TRUST GOD

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.  Psalm 3:5-6


Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You!  Psalm 9:10

We can always trust in the Lord.  We have God’s Word, we have the power of prayer, and we have the Holy Spirit living in us.

 


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23


3.  LOVE ~ LOVE ~ LOVE

The world is so busy making sure that no one steps on their toes or calls them out for their poor decisions that they do not know love.

Love is the one thing we can offer that the world doesn’t have.  By loving our children, our husbands, and our community, we are doing something that the world will notice.  They will know we are Christians by our love. (John 13:35)  Love comes from God.  (1 John 4:19)

We are to love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, bless those who curse us, turn the other cheek, and speak well of those who hate us.

There is ~ however ~ a difference between dealing with our enemies graciously and deliberately placing ourselves around people who are sabotaging our life.  We are not called to place our family in terrible situations regularly so we can bless our enemies.  Sometimes love means letting go.

Every situation is different.  The Lord will guide you and give you strength.


4.  SHARE CHRIST

We need to seek opportunities to share Christ with others.  When we were first married, we went through missionary training with New Tribes Mission (Ethnos360).  Their missionaries went to remote tribes who didn’t have the bible in their language nor did they have even one church.  They didn’t have an opportunity to learn about God if they wanted to.  There was ZERO chance for them to hear about Christ.

America has several translations of the bible, several hundred thousand churches, plenty of christian books, free bible on the internet, and bloggers who are sharing the gospel in online blogs.

The U.S. isn’t “unreached” but the U.S. IS LOST!  We need to actively share the gospel anytime the occasion arises.  We need to pray for opportunities and pray for boldness.  SHARE CHRIST!  The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  (Luke 10:2)

“The U.S. isn’t unreached but the U.S. IS LOST!


5.  TEACH OUR CHILDREN

What a pleasure to have children who are wise. Proverbs 23:24

I’ve said this before:  We need to teach our children (and grandchildren) the value of seeking God.  We need to teach them to be bold, to be strong, and to share their faith.

We need to teach them about God, the Bible, the gospel, the power of prayer, about love, and about walking in the Spirit.

Check out my new YouTube Video that talks about this very thing.  It’s geared toward building a relationship with teens but the tips are good reminders for us all whether we have teens or not.   


I know there is so much more I could say but these are simple reminders to get us moving ~ me included!

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Love and Blessings!


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My other posts:

Teens:

7 Ways To Make Great Teens 

Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ

Five Lies Concerning Teens

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

Cleaning & Organizing:

6 Tips To Quick Cleaning ~ Kitchen Style (MOST RECENT)

Family:

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

Walking With Excellence

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Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms  (4 Reminders)

YouTube Videos:

7 Tips For Building a Relationship With Your Teens (NEW VIDEO)

Jaimee’s Blog Video (Mom Vlog)

Mimi Speaks (Encouragement video)

Calling All Overworked and Under-appreciated Moms (Video)

Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Live Loved

Dearly Devoted 

The Power of His Resurrection

Spiritual & Inspirational:

Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully 

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

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How I Cured My Food Allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

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Salsa Recipe

 

7 Ways to Make Great Teens

Keeping with the teen theme I have going on right now, I thought I’d create another blog about teenagers.

Currently we have a 14 and 16 year old in the house and a very teen-like 7 year old.  And since we also have a couple kids in their early 20s ~ I’m seeing the before, during, and after, all at once.  What a view!

OH GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD

I have to admit that I write about handling teenagers with trembling fingers because ~ YIKES ~ sometimes I just don’t think I know what the heck I’m doing let alone write about it.  I’m not sure if I have teen fever or what but I sure have a lot to say about the very thing I feel the most incompetent talking about.

Sorry to disappoint ~ but hear me out.  With a transparent heart I will share the truth that I feel very inadequate as a mom sometimes.  But even the “experts” don’t know how to handle the tiny human heart so let’s not be too hard on ourselves ~ OK?

As complicated as mom life is and being a parent of teens can be, there is hope.  There are more answers to our questions than we can comprehend ~ we just need to know where to look.


1 ~ LOOK TO GOD’S WORD

Well DUH!  You knew I was going to say that, right?  But the truth is that the Word of God has everything to say about how to live life, how NOT to live life, about eternal life and WHO to trust.  It’s all there!  It also has so much to say about raising children and teens.

CALL UPON HIS NAME

As parents, we need to know everything about the bible.  We need to walk humbly with our God and seek Him every single day.  It’s not magic or legalism.  It’s a relationship.  It’s impossible to do this alone and we will fail if we try.  We need the Lord and we need to be obsessed with Him and with seeking Him.

Satan, the world, and our society are all all obsessed with keeping us away from God ~ so we need to fight to keep God first in our lives and not stray from Him.  Our family depends on us to be strong in the Lord.

Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

1 John 4:4


The Word of God is the best history book and the best spiritual book.  It not only talks about historical events which is perfect for education but the Old Testament is pointing the world to the coming of Christ and the New Testament is pointing the world to the risen Christ.  It’s all about Jesus and salvation with history and life lessons all intertwined with lovingkindness, grace, and justice.


MAKE KNOWN HIS DEEDS AMONG THE PEOPLES

Our children are our responsibility until they are fully mature and are capable of handling life on their own.  That includes their spiritual life.

When our children fall, we can feel like a failure but that’s what life is about. It’s about falling down and getting back on the horse.

We need to equip them as much as possible ~ as soon as possible ~ but also know that they will have to learn some lessons on their own.

We need to always be there for them to help them along the way and set an example of how to trust in the Lord.  That’s the key.  Building a relationship with God and growing in Him.  We must never forget ourselves but lead by example and teach this to our children also.

SING TO HIM ~ SING PRAISES TO HIM


2 ~ PRAY

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  Colossians 4:2

Prayer is powerful and God wants us to devote ourselves to prayer with diligence and faithfulness.

Pray for your children and your family ~ pray for faithfulness and wisdom. Pray that they will listen to the Holy Spirit and glorify the Lord with their lives.

Pray for protection ~ for blessings ~ and everything in between.  Pray without ceasing and don’t forget ~ PRAY ALWAYS!

The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
to all who call on Him in truth.  Psalm 145:18

SPEAK OF ALL HIS WONDERS


 

3 ~ DO NOT PROVOKE THEM

As for parents, don’t provoke your children to anger, but raise them with discipline and instruction about the Lord.  Ephesians 6:4

The tendency for some is for the pendulum to swing from anger, yelling and annoyance to hovering, controlling and being self-righteous.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23

We are not to exasperate them to the point of resentment by nitpicking them, making demands that are trivial, unreasonable, showing favoritism or annoyance.  BUT show them tenderhearted lovingkindness ~ even when they’re little stinkers ~ HA!

Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.  Colossians 3:21


 

4 ~ TEACH THEM TO BE GREAT

The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.  Deuteronomy 6:4-7

GLORY IN HIS HOLY NAME

Teach your children:

~ To love the Lord

~ To serve Him with all their heart and all their soul

~ To respect themselves and others

~ Kindness

~ Discipline

~ How to be healthy

~ How to pray

~ How to spend time with God

~ How to walk humbly with the Lord


5 ~ BE CONSISTENT

Consistency and persistence starts when they’re young.  The more consistent you are when they’re young, the better teens and adults they will be.  If they’re a challenge when they’re older, it’s even more important to be consistent and not give up.

This is a battle and we need to fight for our children.  If we don’t ~ someone else will.  We are strong enough to win because we have the Lord.  We must never lose heart ~ we must finish strong!

 With God on our side we will win; He will defeat our enemies.  Psalm 108:13


6 ~ HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE

LET THE HEART OF THOSE WHO SEEK THE LORD BE GLAD

Be firm and bold and hold them accountable for their actions.  Don’t be afraid of a challenge whether they throw a tantrum at 2, 12 or 16.  They may be upset if you set boundaries and hold them to it ~ but they won’t die.  They won’t hate you.  They won’t even faint.  They will be OK because you are showing them love.  You are showing them discipline and right living.  You are showing them how their actions affect their lives and those around them.  You are showing them how to live for the Lord.  Raising children has shown me that although I may feel like a wimp sometimes ~ I’m a lot stronger than I think!  AND SO ARE YOU!


7 ~ WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD

SEEK THE LORD AND HIS STRENGTH

This blog isn’t a legalistic list to follow to check off the box.  It isn’t about judging other people’s children and families.  This is about how every family has potential to grow closer to the Lord and be a blessing to those around them.  It’s about putting God first and truly loving our family.

We can only paint with the colors we have at each moment of our lives so it’s OK to feel like we fall short.  It’s about recognizing that God~ perfect and Holy ~ gave us His best.  So we can give Him our best ~ with His strength.  We give Him our hearts, our children, our families…our lives ~ OUR BEST!

Our children understand that we’re only human and that we make mistakes.  They know us better than we think they do.  They can tell if we fail, are hypocritical, or indifferent.  Or if our strength is in the Lord and our dependence is on Him.  They see us trying and they see our love.  It’s really hard to hide our hearts from them.

So when all else fails ~ TRUST ~ BELIEVE ~ HAVE FAITH & HOPE

He has told you, O man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you ~ To act justly, to love kindness, and to WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD.   Micah 6:8

SEEK HIS FACE CONTINUALLY

1 Chronicles 16:8-11


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Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ (MOST RECENT)

Five Lies Concerning Teens

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

Family:

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

Walking With Excellence

DO NOT READ THIS BLOG!

Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms  (4 Reminders)

YouTube Videos:

Jaimee’s Blog Video (Mom Vlog)

Mimi Speaks (Encouragement video)

Calling All Overworked and Under-appreciated Moms (Video)

Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Live Loved

Dearly Devoted 

The Power of His Resurrection

Spiritual & Inspirational:

Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

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Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

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Five Lies Concerning Teens

The teen section of our library is currently celebrating gay teen pride and displaying a ton of books for LGBTQ.  Other times, the teen exhibits include witchcraft and other dark and evil books.

Thankfully, they don’t have such disturbing displays for younger children and adults but why would they have such exhibits for teens?

The world can be so pushy with their false beliefs that it’s easy for people to fall for the untruth ~ which is often directed toward our teens.

I know there’s more but I wanted to touch on the ones that come to mind at the moment.  I don’t know everything that pressures our youth today but I will share my thoughts based on our own experiences.

#1 – Faithful teens should influence troubled teens  

While faithful teens can always impact others for good and positive peer pressure is a thing, they should never hang around kids who they know are participating in drinking, doing drugs, engaging in sexual or any other sinful acts so they can change their lives.  If the troubled teens haven’t repented and aren’t being held accountable by the adults in their lives, then other kids need to stay far away from them.

Of course, if there is repentance and accountability, they should be given another chance but it isn’t up to other teens to make that happen. Kindness and forgiveness is possible without putting other children at risk.

We’ve had to guide our teens to stay the course among negative situations (that was handled appropriately by adults) but we also had to take our kids out of youth groups and disappear so quickly that even Houdini would have been surprised.

Each situation is different and the Holy Spirit will guide each family with how to move forward.  Be aware of who your kids are friends with and who they hang around.  Trust your gut.  God will speak to you about your family.

 #2 – Popularity is important

It’s not.  It’s a lie to think that being popular will make a kid happy and successful.  Most adults will read this post and agree that it’s a lie but in real life situations they’ll secretly believe it to be true.

I’ve heard parents say that they’re happy their children are popular and I’m not saying that it’s wrong.  I’m just saying that it’s not important and shouldn’t be a goal in teen’s life.

Lead them to Jesus.  He is always accepting and kind.  Contentment only comes from living a life for Christ.

#3 – Having a lot of friends is important

 It may be fun to have a lot of friends but it’s not necessary.  Everyone goes through phases of life when they have more friends than other times. Sometimes there may be times when they don’t have any friends.  People come and people go but God is always there.  If a teen is experiencing a friendless period of time especially after a move, pray and ask God to provide a positive friendship.  Lead them to Jesus.  He will provide.  God may use this time to draw them to Him.  Trust God.

#4 – Now is their time to live sinfully

NEVER!  Mistakes will happen but indulging in sinful or selfish acts should be strongly discouraged.  I know people who could never recover from the things they did as a teen.  The things they do now can stay with them for a lifetime.  The world pushes the lie that this is the one time in their lives that they can get away with acting foolishly ~ but we need to teach daily the value of seeking God.

#5 – Being cruel is cool

I am truly shocked at how mean Christian teens can be to their peers. Most children are taught compassion from a very young age and there is never an excuse for unkindness to others.  Now is as good a time as any to practice kindness and self control.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32

See my blog ~ 7 Tips For Encouraging Teens to Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants


The blog I was writing this week was so long that I took this from it and made it a whole separate blog.  Next week, I’ll talk more about teenagers and how they can impact the world for Christ.

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Have a blessed day!


 My other posts:

Family:

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed (MOST RECENT)

Walking With Excellence

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

DO NOT READ THIS BLOG!

Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms  (4 Reminders)

YouTube Videos:

Jaimee’s Blog Video (Mom Vlog)

Mimi Speaks (Encouragement video)

Calling All Overworked and Under-appreciated Moms (Video)

Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Live Loved

Dearly Devoted 

The Power of His Resurrection

Spiritual & Inspirational:

Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully 

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

 Health & Recipes:

How I Cured My Food Allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

Hooray For 3-Minute Pizza

Salsa Recipe