Monthly Archives: July 2014

Fearfully & Wonderfully Equipped

I must say I am so glad that God equips us and our children with what we need for the lives we’ve been given. I have said for a long time that my youngest is a handful because he is so determined and so decisive. Yes, this causes a lot of challenges in parenting/teaching him, but properly channeled, it will continue to be a tremendous benefit to him. His determination helped him endure 5 surgeries before his 6th birthday as well as a number of other challenges.

So, if you are struggling with a challenge or parenting a child who challenges you, figure out what God has equipped you/your child with just because He knew you would go through this one day.

Psalm 139:13-16
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

 

What challenges have you/your child had that you have found to also be a benefit?

 

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Who God Isn’t

It occurred to me a few years ago that instead of trying to figure out who exactly God is and why He does what He does, maybe we should stop for a minute a think about who He isn’t and what He doesn’t/won’t do. Check out what His Word says about it, and I think you’ll find a God you’ll want to know more intimately…not just a God you need to figure out.

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

1 Corinthians 14:33a For God is not a God of disorder but of peace

Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

Hebrews 11:16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 94:14 For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.

Deuteronomy 4:31 For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

Isaiah 40:28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna praise God for who He is AND for who He isn’t!

Surviving Summer Break

When your kids have been on summer break for two months and you realize their disrespect and inconsideration for others is a result of being ungrateful, you take away all privileges (i.e. electronics). Suddenly the conversation when you come home from work is a different kind of competitiveness.

I actually like the sound of “I read ____# of chapters today.” “Well, I read ___# of chapters today!”

I’m less concerned about their chores getting done if they’re reading, too. (Shh, that’s a secret.)

In the words of the incomparable Napoleon Dynamite, “What would you do in a situation like that?”

Love Always Wins

My husband has been teaching, talking and preaching out of 1 John, which Beth Moore has also mentioned in my Wednesday night Women’s Bible study of 2 Thessalonians. And apparently Pastor Maloney (lead pastor at NCCOG where I work and attend) preached Sunday on basically the same theme. Everywhere I turn I seem to be getting the message of being wary of false prophets and the deceit of the Enemy. It seems that I should probably have my eyes open and be prepared for whatever lies or attacks may be coming.

This I do know: “The Spirit who lives in [me] is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”
AND
“If we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.”
(from 1 John 4, NLT)

So I’m just gonna keep on loving folks more and more and Satan cannot compete with that. How can you be God’s love to others today?

Confessions of a Brownie Snob

I admit it. I am a brownie snob. My friends have unsuccessfully tried to convince me that the box  brownie mixes are just as good as homemade. I love to do things semi-homemade, but I draw a line when it comes to brownies. Besides, I pretty much always have the ingredients on hand, and they aren’t that complicated. I use the Chewy Cocoa Brownies recipe I found on the back of the Nestle cocoa container. I gave these as teacher/coach gifts at the end of the school year and, yep, they pretty much love my kids.

brownies

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