Did you take a wrong turn in life that took you far from God? Have your mistakes – even if they are momentary lapses in your Christian walk – made you feel ugly and unlovable to God? Well, don’t believe that lie! A. W. Tozer said: “We please [God] most…by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections, and believing that He…loves us still.”
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
So, turn around and run into his arms because He says you are treasured, you are sacred, you are His, you are beautiful.
Did your child leave for college recently? Or just strike out on their own; get married? Well, for most of us, being a parent is our identity. So when your child leaves home, it can feel like a part of us has gone with them. I know that’s how I’m feeling these days! The YouVersion Bible Study “Launching Your Kids into Adulthood” has some great truths from God’s word for us:
Some moms and dads cope with that empty nest by continuing to parent their child, in some cases for years afterward. But that mindset ignores a crucial truth. For a teenager to successfully transition into adulthood, the relationship must move from a parent-child dynamic to an adult-to-adult one.”
1 Corinthians 13:11: “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
As hard as that is, Moms and Dads, we have to let them learn to do that! You guided their foundation. Now you have to let them spread their wings and fly! “Your role should shift from one of authority to subtle influence. It’s okay to offer advice if they ask for it, but they need the freedom to make their own decisions – and, yes, mistakes,” says the Bible study.
So, let them rely on God. They’re going to be OK!
It’s kind-of like camping without a sleeping bag.
Since Sunday, I’ve been without my cell phone (I know, right now you’re probably going through an anxiety attack for me). Right when I was heading home from a major conference a few of the staff had gone to, my phone’s battery decided it was finished with this life and entered battery heaven. And you can say all you want, “Well if only you had ________ smartphone, you wouldn’t have had that problem,” but the truth is, unless it’s one of those old-school Nokia phones you could throw off a 5 story building and it would still work, ALL smartphones lose battery fast! So, once I got home, Nathan ordered 2 new batteries online (because it’s cheaper than the ones at the store) and the waiting game began.
TobyMac posted this picture of the new One World Trade Center rising above New York City.
Encouragement for today and a great reminder that we won’t be shaken!
“I may never know the answers that plagued me after 9/11. But I know if we lean on God and each other, we will be guided to a better, brighter future.” – Michael Hingson, 9/11 survivor.
When you’re not sure about where God is taking you, remember to trust His plan for your life! Jeremiah 29:11 is highlighted, triple underlined and the page is dog-eared and well-worn in my Bible! How about you?
My work world was turned upside down in July 2013 when I was laid off from my job. What now? Well, a few months later God opened a door here at KVNE and the extra time gave me the freedom to build my freelance writing business. But, as anyone working freelance knows, you have to juggle several part-time jobs to make ends meet. That’s the roadway He has me on right now and it’s a daily grasping of trust in Him that keeps me walking in the direction He is leading.
He said He knows the plans he has for me…
Plans to PROSPER me and NOT TO HARM me. To give me HOPE and a FUTURE. I hang onto that every time a bill comes in. Every time I have to fill up my gas guzzler. Every time I look in the pantry to make dinner. In those moments of trusting, I feel blessed and thankful for what He has given me and the opportunities that lie ahead, even when I don’t know what they are.
Many of you are facing much tougher challenges than this. Tragic circumstances. Heartbreaking loss. Take your Bible out and pray earnestly for His direction, for His highway signs. Then, remember and hang onto His promise in this verse daily…hourly or by the minute if you need His reassurance!
People across our country today remembering once again where they were and the terrible images they saw, and the people they lost on this day 13 years ago. For me, the day takes on even more significance as I remember my son telling me how his 5th grade teacher explained to his class what was happening. And to know today that he is serving his country in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, gives me such pride in his service. I am praying for those grieving the loss of their loved ones on this day in 2001 and for the safety of all those who are serving with duty and honor – some who were just in kindergarten – to answer an attack that has forever changed all of our lives.
President George W. Bush said, “Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
As a mom with three kids, now grown and on their own, I’ve had to do a lot of nagging and reminding and fussing at my kids over the years for them to do what they needed to do…chores, homework, practice, college essays, getting up on time… For some reason, one word from Dad was all it took to get motivated. Dads just have that TONE!!! Well, here’s some great advice from All-Pro Dad on ways to teach children self-discipline:
1. Structured Routine.
Organized and consistent structure breeds discipline. By setting a designated time for homework to be completed each day, the routine will become a natural habit.
2. Committed Determination.
Persistence and determination are the keys to any form of success. Leading by example, we can teach our children that seeing a commitment to its completion is an important character trait to develop.
3. Learn the Fundamentals.
Use one of their personal heroes as an example of hard work and reaching goals. It takes passionate hard work and tedious hours of practice to become skilled at anything.
4. Enforce Consequences.
There must be a consequence to failure and it must be enforced. Punishment should always fit the action and should never be given emotionally. Make it clear from the start and calmly hand it down when required.
5. Praise and Reward.
A Reward Jar for younger children and allowances for older children are just a few ways to provide a reward for a job well done. Our children love to receive our praise, so give it liberally when deserved.
Did you catch the movie The Giver over Labor Day weekend? It’s based on the beloved book. Well, then 50 cents of your ticket price went to the Ticket to a Better World initiative. They’re trying to raise a quarter of a million dollars to buy books for kids in need. It’s a partnership between Walden Media and Read Across America. You can still help at Walden.com.
If you’re ready for fall and you want to spark a little romance in your relationship, how about planning some fun fall dates?
-Make S’mores by the fireplace or while you cozy up by a bonfire.
-Have a Thermos Picnic with some steaming soup or cocoa for two on a chilly fall day.
-Rake and play in the leaves. You’re never too old for that!
-Go on a Hay Ride together.
-Go Berry or Apple Picking and then come home and make a pie together. My husband made a wonderful blackberry cobbler with wild blackberries that grew near our house!
-Go on a Fall Foliage Drive. We know East Texas is great for that when the trees start to turn.
-Go to a Fall Festival or County Fair. Lots of those around this time of year!
-Go on a Sunrise or Sunset Date. Grab a blanket and a thermos of cocoa and head to the park!
Yes, this is obviously a list made by women! So ladies, even if you’re not a fan, add one for the guys!
-Go to a Football Game or make some snacks and watch it on TV together! I know some women who are bigger football fans than their husbands!
Just find some unique ways to spend time together!