We were “created in Christ for the good works which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them,” Ephesians 2:10. I don’t know about you, but that verse has haunted me for years. What good works? What, exactly, should I be doing? How do I know it’s the right thing? What if I do the wrong thing? It can be absolutely paralyzing to spend your days worried that you are failing God by not doing the good works He has prepared for you. [Read more…]
So, you just got hit by a troll on social media. You had a fight with your spouse. Your kids have been uncooperative all day and your lesson plans are in a shambles. You feel like a total loser who simply can’t handle life. You know you’re in a pit.
You have a choice – stay there or get out. [Read more…]
“Take up my yoke upon you and learn of me. I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your soul.” Matthew 11:29
Yeah, no. There is no way I wanted to be gentle and humble after that phone call. [Read more…]
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You can raise kids who are cooperative, fun, respectful and obedient without fear of turning them into repressed robots.
1. Respect them Respect their God-given individuality, their interests, their gifts. They may not be like you. They may not perform the way you want them to. They may not like the things you like. They are not meant to be mini-me’s.
2. Affirm their worth and dignity. They need to know they are valued. Listen to what they have to say, give them your full and undivided attention. Ask questions about what is important to them. This is a sure way to build a stronger, more respectful and cooperative relationship. [Read more…]
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Do you ever have those days when you are so overwhelmed with things to do and it all needs to get done NOW and the kids are fighting, and you’ve got to get dinner started, and your friend called to invite you to her latest home party, and your husband wants you to run out and pick up some materials for a project he’s going to work on this weekend, and oh, while you are out you might as well grab some groceries and get the literature book you put on hold at the library…. [Read more…]
You are enough, just as you are. The God of love is delighted in you. Because the Lord is love, He is the embodiment of love, He can only love you one way: unconditionally. No changes are needed on your part. Because God is love, He is incapable of loving you less than 100%. Love is who He is. So long as you are His child and have received Christ into your heart, you have received all of Him. 100%. And Christ is Love. All love comes from Him. Because it is who He is, He can’t hold any of it back. [Read more…]
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. John 15:11
Is your joy full? Or is it lost? Do you constantly feel like your life is missing something? [Read more…]
- Remember there is no such thing as “getting it all done” Pick 3 priorities and decide on one actionable step you can take to move each priority forward a little. Anything else you get done is just a bonus.
Acute, or recent onset anxiety attacks are not a life sentence. You can and will get back to normal life if you are willing to take the time to deal with the underlying issue. [Read more…]
It sounds like you are striving so hard to make everything work out the way you think it “should” Trying to please other people, to meet their expectations as well as your own. On top of all that we add the “shoulds” of how we are supposed to live the right kind of Christian life; pray more, serve more, read the bible more, give more, be patient, kind, loving and forgiving all the time. No wonder we get anxious. There is no way to do it all and do it well. [Read more…]