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I Love You 100!?!?

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“I love you!”

“No, I love you!”

“I love you more.”

“No, I love you more.”

“Well, I love you infinity!”

“Well then, I love you double infinity!”

 

Has this never ending conversation ever gone on at your house? I know it has at mine. That is until we put a stop to it. Continue reading

You Matter!

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Have you ever wondered if what you are doing really matters? You know – all you do is cook, clean, change diapers and fold laundry. But does it really matter? Are you making a difference?

As I was reading through the Bible I was struck by something in Chronicles. Many times when there was a new king, there were four statements made about him before they told about his reign.

God tells us:
1. How old the king was when he became king.
2. How many years he reigned.
3. Who his mother was.
4. If he loved and served God or not.

God thought it was important to acknowledge who the king’s mother was. It was note worthy. Do you know what that reminds me?  You are note worthy. A mother’s love is irreplaceable! A mother’s wisdom is valuable! A mother’s gentleness and understanding is crucial! A person is who they are today in large part because of their mother.

Your child needs you, in order to become the person they were created to be. Do not let this overwhelm you. I am sure that as you are reading this you are making a list in your head of all the reasons on why you are actually messing up your kid and not helping them. I think we often let perfection become the enemy of good. God doesn’t call us to be perfect moms, but moms who are devoted to loving the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. When you commit to doing this, you make yourself available to hear the Holy Spirit. He will be your guide. He will show you what to do, what to say and where to go. He gives you access to the Man who has the power to forgive and make right what was wrong. You have access to all you need, you just have to tap into it!!

We also need to be purposeful with the short amount of time we have these kiddos under our care. Look for those teachable moments with your children where you can share and explain how scripture leads and guides our every decision. The more purposeful you are, the better equipped your children will be to make wise decisions in the future.

Who knows, maybe we have a king or queen in our care right now!  And no matter what, they will be important members of God’s kingdom.  With your diligent service, they will become royalty.  Do you know what that means?  You Matter!

 

Have you ever heard this old poem:

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

 

Armor of God – The Sword

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I have loved digging deeper into the Armor of God! I have learned so much as I have studied the purpose of each piece of the armor.  It is amazing how each part protects me and sets me up for success in the battles of life.

Today we will talk about the Sword of the Spirit-the Word of God. Several weeks ago we learned about the belt of truth, the written Word of God and how it is THE foundation for all the rest of the pieces. Today we will learn about how to put the Word of God into action, in a way that will become an offensive weapon that will mortally wound the enemy and defeat him forever.

Deadly Innovation

The Roman army adapted and improved its swords over time. The first one that they developed was called a gladius. It had a very long blade and was very impressive, but also very heavy. So heavy in fact that the soldier had to use two hands to swing it down to smash their opponent. Quickly the soldiers realized that this was not a very effective sword to use in battle. After many tries they ended up with a sword called a machaira. It was nineteen inches long and both sides of the blade were razor sharp. The tip of the sword hooked up, which made the point even sharper.  The soldier could cut into the enemy no matter what direction they swung and with a simple little twist the tip would tear through the insides of the enemy soldier, leaving them fatally wounded on the ground. (Sorry for the graphic description! :-p) Continue reading

Armor of God – Shield of Faith

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Unbelief paralyzes us and makes us vulnerable to the attacks of Satan. I was teaching the kids at our church about the boy who was possessed by demons and the boy’s father had brought him to Jesus to be healed. When the father went up to Jesus he asked, “If you are willing, can you make my son well?” Jesus questioned the man’s wording. “If I am willing?” The father went on to explain that He believed Jesus could heal his son and then asked an important question. “I believe, Lord – please help my unbelief.”

Satan is such an evil liar! He wants us to doubt. He wants us to question God’s goodness and His love. Satan wants us to believe that not everything God does is good.  This can be so frustrating!

Shield Me!

Today we are going to talk about our shield of faith. A Roman soldier’s shield was much bigger than I had imagined – it was about the size of a door. This shield was designed to cover the whole body of the soldier, so that not an inch of him was showing. He could be fully protected from the enemy attack by his one shield. But in order for the shield to be effective, he had to care for the shield and hold on to it.  If the soldier did not take proper care of his shield it would become brittle, giving the enemy a crack to break through and wound the soldier.

Let me share with you what I have learned about the proper care of a shield in hopes that both you and I will be encouraged and grow in our faith. Continue reading

Armor of God: Breastplate of Righteousness

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Am I good enough? Have I made one too many mistakes? Has God given up on me?  Did I miss my calling? Don’t raise your hand, but have you ever thought one of these thoughts? I am sure that each one of us at some point in our lives has entertained these life sucking questions.

Well, I have exciting news for you. Today’s piece of armor will dispel any doubt and give you the boldness and confidence you need to do all that God has called you to do.

The breastplate of righteousness is an important piece of armor that we need to fully understand and take hold of. The breastplate was the most beautiful piece of armor the Roman soldiers wore. It began at their neck and proceeded down their bodies to their knees. It was made up of small, scale-like pieces of metal. As the soldiers wore the breastplate and moved, the little pieces of metal rubbed together. An amazing thing happened the more they rubbed together: the pieces of metal became shinier and more brilliant. The more the armor was worn, the prettier and brighter it got!  Continue reading

The Armor of God: The Belt of Truth

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This is by far my favorite piece of the armor and I think the most important piece. Let me explain. Satan’s main way that he attacks us is through lies.

John 8:44 “…He (the devil) was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

That is how he takes us out. He plants some seed of doubt or disbelief about God or ourselves, and continues with the same lie until it is part of our own beliefs. Today we learn about a piece of armor that will save us from Satan’s main tactic and will help us use the other pieces to their full potential.

The Roman soldier’s belt was one of the most important pieces of armor. It literally held most of the other pieces in place. The breastplate tucked into the belt, keeping it in place. There was a loop on the belt that held the sword, and a place for the shield to rest which helped the soldiers to carry such a heavy piece of armor. If the belt was not put on or was not put on correctly then those other three pieces would not function properly. If these four pieces of armor were not in their proper place, it would cause the soldier to be unable to walk, run or fight in the heat of battle. Everything was dependent on the placement of the belt.

So what is the belt of truth?  The place where we can find ultimate truth is the written Word of God.

Psalm 33:4 NLT “For the Word of The Lord holds true, and we can trust everything that he does.”

Proverbs 30:5 NLT “Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Truth has to be our foundation. If we do not fight our battles standing on truth, then we will fail every time.

Here are scriptures to back up the fact that the belt, the written Word of God, is what allows us to use all the other pieces properly. Continue reading

Conquering Mommy Lies: Part 2

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Perfectionist.

Laid back.

OCD.

Type A.

Type B.

Micromanager.

Go with the flow.

What kinds of feeling do these words bring out? No matter what personality type we are, all of us moms are trying hard to be the best mom we can be for our children. We think about it night and day. We lie awake at night thinking about the day. We stress about it. We vow to do better. We allow Satan to mess with our minds when we focus on what we “shoulda, coulda, woulda” do different instead of what we actually accomplished. Today we have two more lies that we are going to dismantle and no longer allow in our thought life. Continue reading

Conquering Mommy Lies

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It happens when you have one of THOSE days. You know, one where your youngest hides from you in the clothing racks at the store, your oldest throws a fit because you won’t buy him a toy and you’re unable to help your daughter work through her girlfriend problems. Your children are at each other’s throats, you’ve disciplined them 19 times and counting, and your husband comes home to no food on the table and no kiss on the cheek.  Again.  It is days like these when the lies begin to creep in and doubt rises in your mind.  Have you been there?  Don’t raise your hand, but I’m pretty sure that we all have been there a time or two.

“Insecurity saps our faith. It robs us of our joy. It cheats us out of the boldness we need to really excel at what God has called us to do.” ~Joyce Meyer

Satan will do anything in his power to make a mom doubt her abilities, to make her feel insecure. We CAN NOT let him do this!! Let’s uncover several common mommy lies so that we can dismantle and overcome them.

Lie #1: “God gave my kids the wrong mom!”

Do you know that God handpicked you to be your child’s mom? He purposefully placed them in the care of your hands.

In Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT) It says, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart.”

Before your child was born God knew their likes and dislikes. He knew their strengths and weaknesses. He knew what they would need to be successful in this life and He handpicked you to help him or her fulfill His will for their lives. Think about the different areas of your life that you struggle with. How is God working those weaknesses out in you? What changes is He asking you to make? Now look at your children. Do you see those same weaknesses and struggles in them? How awesome is it that God is showing you how to overcome these trials in your own life so that you can teach your children how to avoid them or to overcome them in their own lives!

When you doubt your ability to be their mom, you doubt God’s placement. Dear mom, trust me when I say, “Father knows best!” Your children need you! They can learn from you and they will feel loved by you! God chose you.  

Lie #2 :“I don’t have what it takes to train and discipline my children.”

“The difference between a good mom and a great mom is her supreme confidence in her supreme God.” Joyce Meyer

You know what, you in and of yourself do not have what it takes to train and discipline your child. But you have an all-knowing Father who is on your team and is so willing to be a team player in raising your kids.

I love what it says in 2 Peter 1:3 (NLT) “By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.

God promises in His Word that He will supply you with all that you need to do all that He has called you to do, and all you have to do is ask!

Luke 11:9 (NLT) “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

James 1:5-6 (NLT) “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.”

The key to successfully parenting your kids is knowing who is in control. The sooner you give God the reins the sooner you will see your training actually working. Wake up each day asking God to reveal your child’s heart to you. Ask Him to show you how to penetrate the selfishness and sinful nature and mold it into who God created it to be. Follow the Spirit’s leading – He knows what will speak life into their little hearts. Each child is so different, but God can show you how to get through and actually change them.

No child is accidently placed into a parent’s life. It was intentional and purposeful!

Momma, you have what it takes! Believe it!

Other Posts in the Series:

Conquering Mommy Lies, Part 2

 

C13- Love Is Not Self-Seeking Part 2

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Last week we talked about the general concept of putting others first, above your own needs and wishes. This is the desire of our heart for many of us, but I believe it is a hard one to live day in and day out.

I know I have caught myself with thoughts of “What about me? When will it be my turn to get what I want?” When I get in this place I have to remind myself that serving others is a privilege, not a task. It isn’t something that we can accomplish, check off our to-do list and not do it again for awhile. It is an opportunity to love others like Jesus modeled.

Jesus was constantly giving and serving. He would stay longer when the people wanted to hear more wisdom. He would take the time to heal those who believed. He fed those who were hungry, both physically and spiritually. He loved on those who were unlovable. Jesus modeled the ultimate servanthood. This is something that I am constantly striving for.  At times it is easy. Other times it is more difficult. Continue reading

It Is Not About What You Do!

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Okay, so I might be a little obsessed with Mercy Me’s new album, “Welcome to the New.” I just have to share one more of their songs and then I will be done, for awhile.

The following words are from the song “Wishful Thinking” by Mercy Me.

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