Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I read this book a few years ago...probably the best parenting book I've read so far. Since I've got more parenting experience under my belt, I decided it was time to read it again! What makes this book unique is that instead of being a "how-to" book, it turns the tables and demonstrates how God uses our kids to change us and shape our souls. The message is "that the process of parenting is one of the most spiritually formative journeys a man and a woman can ever undertake...We cannot be the same people we once were; we will be forever changed, eternally altered."
Parenting teaches us:
- To value character and service over comfort
- To deal with guilt
- To listen to God
- To embrace God's joy
- To confront cowardice and build courage
- To handle anger
- To look beyond glamour and into glory
- Patience, long-suffering, and perseverance
- What really matters in life
- To improve our character
- To sacrifice
- To handle control and fear by leading us to trust and hope
Here is a tiny bit of wisdom from Chapter 1: "A God-centered parent acts out of reverence for God. Regardless of how my children treat me, I know that God wills that I move toward my children, to get engaged in their lives, to offer biblical correction and loving support. It doesn't matter how they respond to me as much as it matters what God has called me to do."
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Do you ever feel discontent in your stage of life and just wish the next stage would hurry up and arrive? Or maybe long for the way things used to be? If so, then we have something in common :) I find it so hard to stay focused on the here and now.
I miss my college days. The freedom of only having to be responsible for myself. Friends who would call me up to talk or hang out just because they enjoyed my company. The excitement and passion that comes with falling in love. The fulfillment I found through doing well in school. Lots of good memories. But when I really think about it, at the time all I wanted to do was grow up. I was stressed and uncertain of my future. I wanted to hurry up and get married and start my life!
So here I am, married with children, still wanting to hurry on to the next stage. Looking forward to when the boys are all potty-trained. To when they will all be in school. To when they are old enough that I don't have to hire a baby-sitter (which may be NEVER..lol). To when we can go on a missions trip as a family. You get the point...
I spend so much time with my head in the past or the future that I fear I'm missing out on the blessings God has for me today. I know that each life stage comes with its own joys and challenges. So how do I slow down and just enjoy where I'm at? This is a lesson I've been learning slowly over the past few years. I've learned that with the right perspective I can be content and find joy even in the monotonous days of household chores and changing diapers. And I know that one day I will look back at this season of my life and miss it.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Millions of Christians have grown older without ever growing up; they act as though spiritual growth is automatic. They may have a plan to save for retirement. They may have a plan for sending their kids to college. But they don’t have a strategy for enriching their souls. They leave the single most important facet of human existence to chance!
But a soul doesn’t automatically grow to maturity any more than a baby automatically grows to physical maturity. You need to have a plan for feeding, exercise, education – and especially potty training – if a child is going to grow up healthy, strong, and mature.
A baby left on its own withers and dies. The same thing is true of your soul. Our world is full of people who have grown older but are still babies when it comes to spiritual maturity.
Spiritual growth is not automatic even for people who have opened their hearts to Christ. The writer of Hebrews sadly noted, “You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong” (Hebrews 5:12-14 NLT).
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Monday, January 5, 2009
Last night I started thinking about this whole process and wondered if sometimes God views us the same way. Does He get frustrated when we refuse to do the tasks necessary for our growth? He knows we are capable. And He has given us clear instructions in His Word. But maybe we are too scared. Or maybe we flat out don't want to exert the effort necessary to mature. It's much easier to sit comfortably where we are.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I have felt a stirring in my soul lately that God wants me to create a blog. I admit that I have been resistant to it. Will anyone care what I have to say? Do I really want to step out of my comfort zone and share my heart? But then I think of all the lessons God has been teaching me and wonder...what if what I'm learning is not only for my growth, but could be used to benefit others as well?
My hope is that through this blog you will get to know me, and be inspired and encouraged in your own journey. Even if no one reads these words, I am at peace knowing that I am being obedient to the One who matters most.
And I'll stride freely through wide open spaces as I look for your truth and your wisdom; Then I'll tell the world what I find, speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed. - Psalm 119:45-46 (Msg)