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Not Always Rescuing Our Kids

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Sibling arguments are inevitable. But, if there’s a way to limit them, I sure want to.

Yes, my kids still argue, but this verse has been a wonderful motivator to not repay insult with insult, but with blessing.

When one of my kids chooses the latter, I celebrate it big time. When our kiddos have these words in their minds and hearts, they are more likely to pause before paying back and to repay with blessing instead.

I love how the end of the verse explains why: “because to this you were called.”

I shared with them that as followers of Jesus he has called us to love one another deeply. With a love that doesn’t always make sense. When we repay evil for evil, it stirs up anger and hatred, but when we repay with blessing, it stirs up love, goodness, peace, and “the life that is truly life”.

When we walk in love like Jesus tells us to, we are a light for the Lord, experience more of his kingdom, his power, and him.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Jesus (John 8:12)

Lord, help our kids and us to love one another like this. When we want to repay with anger, harsh words, and frustration, Jesus, help us to repay with peace, kindness, and love. Thank you for filling our minds and hearts today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Happy Easter!

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I don’t know what it is you’re going through right now- that big thing, small thing, hard thing, exhausting thing, whatever it is.

But, what I do know, is that Easter morning shows us that God is greater than all. That no matter what you’re going through, you can take heart that Great is our Lord and Mighty in Power.

He walked through the darkest places of all and rose above them so he could lift you up to be with him, so he could connect with you, to heal your heart, to carry you, to strengthen you, to pull you through this, whatever it is.

He knows. He cares. He loves you.

We praise you, Lord, for your great miracle today. We praise you for raising Jesus from the dead to life so we could have full and forever life with you. We praise you for being the Miracle worker, Lord and for how you’re going to meet our needs according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

3 Life-Changing Books to Read to our Kids

These are three life-changing books to read to our kids. I read these to my nine-year-olds and they loved them.

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“The Lord says,

‘Forget what happened before.
    Do not think about the past.
Look at the new thing I am going to do.
    It is already happening. Don’t you see it?
I will make a road in the desert.
    I will make rivers in the dry land.'”

Isaiah 43:18-19

Great News For Us Parents…

Great news for us parents… in Luke 18, the one who was justified and lifted up by Jesus was the one who admitted he wasn’t perfect.

Isn’t that awesome? We don’t serve a God who tells us to show off in our parenting and get all our ducks in a row and have everything nailed down precisely and perfectly before the Lord meets us and connects with us. Nope.

We serve a God who gets that we are flawed and human and imperfect, and need Him. A God who longs for us to simple come to him to find forgiveness, refreshment, restoration.

That doesn’t mean that we get a free pass to not care and not try to be the best parents we can be, but it does mean as we try our best to love the Lord and our kids, that Jesus will

pick us up when we fall,

give us strength when we feel rung out,

refresh us when we are weary,

forgive us when we fail,

and guide us when we feel lost.

When we fail in parenting, in life, remember that THAT is why Jesus came – to cover our imperfections in his love, his grace, his forgiveness, his perfection.

We simply need Him.

The Pharisee, the one who showed off, who had it all figured out, who bragged to everyone else about having it all together, was actually Not the one who Jesus said was justified before God.

I love Jesus’ thoughts on the man who humbled himself and desperately cried, “God have mercy on me, a sinner.” Jesus said, “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Lord, we need you. When we are so imperfect in parenting our kids, please forgive us, lead us, and give us your wisdom. When we feel self-righteous or above others, please forgive us. In humility, we come before you Lord – we are SO in need of You. Have mercy on us and show us your grace. Please uplift us as we parent, love, and guide our children. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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On National “Single Parent Day”, let’s take a minute to pray for these parents and to help in a simple way like bringing a meal, helping out with carpooling, a play date, or asking how we can help.

Let’s Teach Our Boys…

Remember the “check this box if you like me” love notes from elementary school?

Well, my friend’s son received a number of love notes several days in a row from a girl in his class. She wanted to know if he had a “crush” on her too. He told his mom that he was going to ignore the notes so he wouldn’t hurt her feelings and so she would stop. His mom said that would just make her like him more – that the right and kind thing to do was to be straight-forward with her and to tell her directly that he didn’t like her, but that they could be friends.

So, he did. Now she knows, and he hasn’t received any more love notes from her. (:

How do they learn what being respectful and kind means if we don’t teach them?

We have awesome teaching opportunities in moments like these to share with our boys what it looks like to be courageous, kind, and respectful to girls right now, so when they grow up, they will know how to be men who are straight-forward, respectful, and kind as well.

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Getting my covid vaccine was tough. Not the actual shot, but just going to get it.

Thinking, if my dad had been able to get the vaccine, maybe he wouldn’t be in the ICU as he has been for three months.

I waited in line for the shot, tears becoming very clear in my eyes as I watched people congratulate each other on getting the vaccine. I am genuinely happy for each and every person that can get it. I’m thankful I was able to get it since I substitute teach at my kids’ school. But my heart is also so broken inside as I think, what if my dad had gotten it. This has just been so hard, but I’m still praying for a Miracle for my dad.

I’m not sure why I’m writing this, but maybe just to say if you’re one of those people who also has a broken heart and find yourself with tears falling regularly, I feel you. I get you. I understand. I can relate. It hurts. So deeply.

Jesus, would you lift up each of us who are broken-hearted inside. Jesus, would you be with our loved ones and heal them. Lord, help us look to you. This is so hard, Lord. We love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.“

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

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