Do you ever feel like you’re alone? Like your cry out to the Lord hasn’t been heard or that God is forgetting you? Stop and re-read Psalm 13. David felt the same way. But don’t give it. God can still hear your prayers. He is with you and He will never abandon you. Call our to God and ask Him to answer your prayers according to His will. His love is unfailing and He has been good to us!
Sometimes plan A doesn’t always work. In fact, sometimes plan A, B and C don’t turn out the way you wanted them to. But I want you to know that God has a plan for you. A plan for you to prosper. A plan full of hope and a beautiful future. Just pray!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11
In 1 Kings 3:5 the scripture reads:
At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a drea, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
At this very moment, if God said He’d give you one wish, one want, one desire what would you ask for?
Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. -Psalm 141:3
After reading the thoughts on the verse it really helped me realize that the words out of our mouths truly are the feelings that we are feeling in our hearts. How many of us have slipped up and probably said something we shouldn’t have? Of course, we all have. But have you ever stopped and thought, that’s exactly what you were feeling but there was probably a better way to say it?
My prayer for you you today is that you will allow the Lord to bless your tongue the way He has blessed your heart!
This may be a controversial post for some and some of you might not agree with our parenting techniques but this is our life and how we choose to raise our child.
Everyone needs discipline. Adam must discipline himself when it comes to working out and staying in shape. I am disciplined when it comes to shopping; focusing on my needs not my wants. And people who are trying to loose weight become disciplined eaters. From birth to death, we are continuously disciplined in one way or another. One thing that is very important to Adam and I is how we discipline Jayden, our 4 year old son.
I don’t even know what type of “parenting style” Adam and I have. But I do know that we are in a relationship with Jesus and it is our will to model God in our parenting style the same way He parents His own children (of course, to the best of our ability). Look at Herbews 12:5-6 to get a taste of God’s parenting style:
My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the ones he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.
Just like I want the best for Jayden, God wants the best for His children as well. Therefore, when I discipline Jayden I am not doing it out of anger (although it may seem like that sometimes) but rather out of love. I love Jayden too much to see him acting inappropriately or being disrespectful. He is young but old enough to realize when he sins or does wrong there will be consequences for his actions.
A few of the parenting techniques we use are listed below:
Take a Break: I don’t know what it is about the words “Time Out” but it totally freaks Jayden out. It is as if I have sent him to jail and he’ll never see me again. He screams and shouts my name over and over again. Instead of “Time Out” we use “Take a Break.” I explain to Jayden that his behavior or actions are inappropriate and he needs to “Take a Break” and think about what just happened. After he is calm and is ready to re-join the situation then he can come back. This tactic has been such a blessing. It has worked very, very well for us.
Removal: Removing Jayden for a situation works almost every time. It gets underneath my skin when parents do not remove their children from certain situations. Removing Jayden from a situation, going down to his level and making eye contact to talk about a problem is one tactic we use when we are in public. I will admit, I have removed Jayden from the dinner table at a restaurant to have a talk with him in the bathroom. Whatever works, right?
Counting 1, 2, 3!: I don’t think I have actually counted to 3 more than 3 times. I don’t know the power behind counting but it works in our house. I typically use counting when I have asked Jayden to do something and he is slow to do so. After the second time I asked him, the counting starts. He is quick to react and do whatever I ask.
Distraction and Redirection: There are certain situation that I have to say no to and I know Jayden is going to be upset. For example, going to Adam’s night workouts are usually a no and I can guarantee tears. Instead of just saying no and walking away, I try to redirect Jayden’s attention and feelings toward something that makes him happy.
Discipline is something we will all deal with our entire lives. It is important to discipline out of love and not anger. I am a child of God and God loves His children. He wants what is best for me and I want what is best for Jayden. I pray that I can continue to parent through the Word of the Lord and honor God in every parenting aspect of my life.
Let me start off by saying that I am truly blessed. Blessed beyond belief. However, God never intended for me to be a singer. I am absolutely tone deaf and I can’t sing for beans. But I am totally fine with that because I still sing like I have the voice of Alicia Keys.
A couple months back I wrote a similar post about music. I want to elaborate on how powerful I think music really is. Often times people overlook the power of music because it is everywhere we turn. Music is played in elevators, restaurants, in the doctors office and in the car. Catchy tones are used in advertisements to capture your attention and most of the time companies succeed in doing so.
Music is not just a bunch of notes tied together but rather a language that is understood by people young and old. Music can be used to create a response and effect your mood. Singers and song writers use music as a means to express themselves and in turn their audience is effected as well. Because there are so many different genres of music, the emotions one can feel while listening to music are endless.
In our family, we listen to all types of music. Sometimes we break out into random dance parties while listening to Beyonce (Jayden can really bust a move to “Single Ladies”) and every now and then we throw in a Sister Hazel CD. But the majority of the time at home or in the car we listen to contemporary Christian music, which is my absolutely favorite type of music.
The majority of the music we listen to is inspiring and good for the soul! There is nothing better then waking up and turning on some amazing praise and worship music to start the day. It warms my heart to know that although Jayden might not understand the lyrics he still memorizes them. Want to know some of our favorite artists? Take a look at my previous blog post that my friends Erin and Maria contributed to.
I give because I can. I give because I care about others. I give because I know that God will always provide. I give because I have more than enough. I give because it is in my power to do so. Why do you give? Think about it.
Giving is really simple. It is a small selfless act that comes from the heart. It is something you do and expect absolutely nothing in return. It is something you do because you want to not because someone told you to. It is something you do without caring if anyone notices. It is a simple act of kindness that is unmeasurable. There is no better way to grasp the power of giving than to open up your Bible.
I could quote bible verse after bible verse that relate to giving. Deuteronomy 15:10 reads, “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” And Proverbs 11:24-25 reads, “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
How powerful are those verses? Jesus gave. I don’t think I even have to elaborate on that.
My prayer for you this week is to give “without a grudging heart”; to give with a willing heart and expect nothing but the Lords blessing in return. To not withhold and to give even if you don’t find it is in your financial means. As Easter is quickly approaching, remember that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (John 3:16).
>As my husband and I were driving in the car this morning I was telling him how I feel more stressed for some reason. I actually don’t really know why but I just do. His response was, “Rest in peace babe.” I immediately cut him off and gave him a look. He continued his sentence and said, “For He has already conquered all.” It took me all but 3 seconds to process what he said.
Philippians 4:6-7 says:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus is alive. He is with us now, at this very moment. Even in the most stressful situations we must be at peace knowing that He is with us. After I realized that I took a step back, apologized to Adam for giving him a look and thanked him for a peaceful heart!
>For those of you who don’t follow Joe Crispin, I suggest you do. He is an excellent writer and his posts are really worth reading. Incase you missed it, I have to share with you a piece he wrote on March 3rd. He titled it “Watch and Think.” He talks about 2 videos; the new iPad video and a video of the people of Kimyal receiving the New Testament in their native language for the first time. It really makes you stop and think about what you are valuing the most in your life.