Link We Like: “A Letter to My Boys”

Link We Like: “A Letter to My Boys”
Image courtsey of freedigitalphotos.net

Image courtsey of freedigitalphotos.net

I have been there friends…sitting in the Dr’s office and your little’s are tugging at you, talking/chatting/laughing/yelling so loudly others are sneaking a peek at the commotion. You just want them to “be quiet/be seen and not heard”. It is so tempting to hand over that electronic device. To not bother others, to “educate” them. But friends read today’s post and be challenged.

Challenged to engage with them rather than quiet them.
Challenged to talk with them rather than tune them out.
Challenged to discover with them rather than shush them.
Challenged to point out things that God made and created rather than to allow them to “experience” our world via a flat screened device.

I know its hard.
I know it’s easier to hand it over.
I know its easier to keep them occupied.

But seriously read and be challenged not only for your choices with your own children but be challenged with what she has to say about electronics in YOUR OWN life.

“A Letter to my Boys”

Link We Like: “Sibling Warfare”

Link We Like: “Sibling Warfare”

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony.” Psalm 133:1

When I first read this I had no children of my own…fast forward a decade or so and two kiddos in back to back years, two boys no less, I realized quickly why God placed these choice words of wisdom in His book. Boys, brothers, can fight! Their pure competition is ruthless for one another…even more so than with others.

We posted a three-day posting a while back to give you tools as a parent with this inevitable dilemma (check it out here).

But here is another take on sibling rivalry. We hope it can be helpful as well!

Orange Link We Like: Sibling Warfare

 

Grace that overflows

Grace that overflows

We sang a song in church today with this line. . .

Its Your Grace,
It overwhelms, it overflows

After church I gave a challenge in training our kids camp counselors.
I said, “Come to camp filled up (overwhelmed!) with grace so that’s what overflows to your campers!”

Oh may that be true of us as parents this week.

Jesus . . . overwhelm us with your grace so that it overflows to our spouses, our kids.

A simple message for a summer Monday!

Happy parenting!

You Can Because He Did

You Can Because He Did
Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

I can get so angry.
It is one of the things I don’t like about myself.

I can get so angry at life,
my circumstances,
my husband,
my children.

I especially get upset at my self when I get angry with my children.

I get upset, when I think about the patterns I am helping my children to develop, the example I am setting. And then, by God’s grace, I realize the choice I have.
I can either get more angry at myself for getting angry or I can run to the cross.

Over the years, I have made both choices.
But I want to encourage you from one parent to another, running to the cross is ALWAYS better.

It’s our obligation…

“Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation-but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”
Romans 8 :12-13 (NIV)

See I believe the moment we get in the rut of feeling sorry for ourselves and being angry with ourselves and choose to live in that self-defeating behavior rather than asking forgiveness, that is also SIN. Why you ask?

It is because when we choose to wallow in our sin, we are communicating that what Jesus did on the cross was not good enough. We are believing that whatever we did, whatever sin we committed is bigger than His sacrifice on the cross. That is sin.

Now, don’t read this post and feel bad. My┬áchallenge to you today is to stop and get out of the habit. Get up, dust your self off, ask forgiveness of God and of whomever you have offended and move on.

The enemy desires us to wallow. He desires us to stay stuck in the cycle of guilt and shame. He does not want us to move forward in the grace of the Almighty. Don’t believe the lie. Rather, believe in Him who has conquered sin and death.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7 (NIV)

Yes, we will still fail but “God has raised us up with Christ”.
So get up friend, dust yourself off, ask forgiveness, be forgiven and do better next time.
Live in the grace of Christ today!

 

Link We Like: Looking Back

Link We Like: Looking Back
super hero

super hero

A shout out to any fathers out there who read our blog. If you are a mommy reader . . . please forward this on to any dad’s you know!

This link is from a father’s perspective but it can also be very applicable to us mommies. Reggie asks: “If I had to do it all over again, what would I do different as a parent?” Two of his answers in the list: “Listen more, talk less. Don’t send your kids to bed, put them in bed.”

Happy (Monday After) Father’s Day to all of you hard-working dad out there! Keep on keepin’ on. YOU are important to our families.

Be challenged and check it out: OrangeParent Link