Parenting

Kids and the Bible


Many Christian parents face a paradox: How can some children hear the good news of the Bible and believe, while others hear the same message and remain unaffected? While the process of faith may be miraculous, it is not entirely mysterious. Jesus explained it in His parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23). Teaching received without understanding kills the yield. Faith with shallow roots withers and dies. Distractions, worries and desires for other things choke the Word. But one who hears the Word and understands it bears fruit.

How can we help our children receive the Word and bear fruit? Jesus’ parable inspires several practical planting tips.

 Many parents and teachers attempt to impart faith primarily through the transfer of Bible facts. Those seeds will not likely take root unless kids truly understand the meaning of the facts. Sunday school worksheets often use fill-in-the-blanks and word puzzles to drill children on their factual knowledge. But unscrambling the word forgiveness in a puzzle is far less important than understanding the meaning of forgiveness.

Hearing is not enough. Reading is not enough. Memorizing is not enough — unless your goal is to produce a Bible “Jeopardy” champion. Concentrate your time on helping kids really understand God’s Word, its relevance today and how you apply it.

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Relationships

Relationship Nugget-


Just like Isaac and Ishmael…… had the SAME FATHER which allowed the two sons to share some similarities…… Case n Point >>> Love may look like Lust “in the beginning”…but stick around and wait it out and you shall see that although they may have / share a few similarities… They are indeed TOTALLY not the same!  Things that appear to be or presents itself one way but is not is called impersonation.  Stop falling for things that are imposters –

Dear ( ME )

Today’s Message To MYSELF


Forgive Others

Jesus calls us to remember that we are all God‘s children. Just as He loves all His people and is willing to forgive their sins, we must be willing to forgive others who have done wrong to us:

“For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. “But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.(NAS, Matthew 6:14-15)

Anger can consume us with hatred and block out the love of God. Whether between parent and child, spouses, friends, or nations, expressions of anger divide us and drive us toward open hostility. More often than not, our angry feelings are based on a misinterpretation of what someone said or did. A grudge clouds our judgment and may lead us to an act of revenge that can never be undone.

The Old Testament law specified equal revenge for equal wrong: “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” (Exodus 21:23-25, Leviticus 24:19-20.) But this rule was too harsh for the new age of the kingdom of God. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said the right thing to do is to take no revenge at all.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ “But I say to you, do not resist him who is evil; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.(NAS, Matthew 5:38-39)

The need to forgive is not some ideal that we cannot hope to attain. Forgiveness is necessary to free us from the dark cloud of anger and resentment that can literally destroy our own lives. We cannot afford to wait for the other person to repent and apologize. Unless we let go of our anger and the desire to punish or get even, the love of God cannot enter our lives.

Inspiration

Sleeping With An Enemy –


This made me think of Samson and Delilah in the bible… She was admiring his beauty and strength BEFORE she took his power as he slept “powerless”…..

For the record….sleeping with the enemy TO ME just symbolized going to bed with sin in your heart…..your mind…your spirit…your body etc…

I am sure we have all had experiences when we make wrong choices ON PURPOSE!!!!!! Then have the nerve to ask The Lord…our friends….our family and even ourselves- What Happened!! No…I am not talking about ANYTHING sexual…we make wrong choices over tons of things everyday but Samson and Delilah just made an EASY “what NOT” to do scenario!

The choices that we make and the chances that we take can cause us to RISE OR FALL…. Samson’s power was restored by the Lord – and it was a lesson learned!

Helping Self...

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I was thinking ( AS USUAL ) and things via The Old Testament……The New Testament and PRESENT DAY LIVING with the different cultures – traditions – cultures – morals – values and beliefs and I do not feel that there is not ONE ethnic group that follows ” THEIR OWN” Holy Scriptures 100%. We all find ways to add or take away the full value for our own purpose or use. The Old Testament has its own set of rules just as The New Testament does but haven’t you also noticed that our Present Day Living Habits have developed its own set of rules? Seriously!

It sounds like the passages forbid all wearing of braids, gold, pearls, or costly clothing. But note that 1 Timothy 2 lists kinds of clothing women should “not” wear, but included is simply “putting on apparel” (ASV). Obviously women are not absolutely forbidden to wear apparel.

In Prov. 31:21,22, the worthy woman was praised because she provided for her family and herself clothing of scarlet, fine linen, and purple. In Gen. 24:22 Abraham’s servant gave a gold nose ring and gold bracelets to Rebekah when he sought her to be Isaac’s wife.

Many Bible passages contain a “not (this), but (that)” expression, which is not intended to absolutely prohibit the first item (“not this”). The intent is rather to emphasize the second item (“but that”) as being far more important than the first. The first item may, in some such expressions, be absolutely wrong. But sometimes it is not wrong, but is just not to be emphasized as the second item is.

Well  the scripture talking about NOT wearing basically gold / tons of jewelry would be one that I would need some serious help with! LOL There are times that I have on so much GAUDDI Jewelry that you would think that I was a PERSIAN! However, I feel that I wear it “tastefully and very modestly” and I feel bare without it to be honest.

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1. Fortune Telling Leviticus 19:31: “Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.”

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2. Tattoos Leviticus 19:28 reads, “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.”

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 3. No unnatural fabricsLeviticus 19:19 reads, “You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of of material mixed together.”

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 4. Divorce Mark 10:11-12, “And He said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.”

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5. Wearing Gold 1 Timothy 2:9 reads “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.”

 

 

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6. Shellfish Leviticus 11:10 reads, “But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you.”

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 7. Shaving Leviticus 19:27: “You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.”

 

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8. Gossip Leviticus 19:16: “You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor ; I am the LORD.”

 

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9. No football or working on Sundays Exodus 20:8: “The seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.”

 

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10. Women cover your hair in church 1 Corinthians 11: 5-6: “But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.”

Parenting

Trials as a Mom


I will ALWAYS need my son…. I tell him that no matter what age I am or what age he is! I advise him daily that he is very important to God and to ME!

Almost since basically the WOMB (spiritually speaking) my son has seen me cry – laugh – hurt – become angry – become bitter – praise God – get mad at God – repent to God – show my faith in God – forgive people – struggle – not struggle – have more than enough – not have enough – become an overcomer – be strong – remain a woman – be example – be meek – be disrespected – be respected – be misunderstood – be appreciated – being a mother.

My son has kept me going when I did not think at times when I could – it was because of God’s grace and his never ending strength, favor and love towards me that reminded me of my destiny and my son is indeed apart of it!

Will there be more bad times ahead? OF COURSE! Will there be more good times ahead? OF COURSE! Will we have God on our side? Our top? Our front? Our back? Our bottom? Our inside? Our outside? Again  >>> OF COURSE!

Welp…. we will and we are doing just fine ‘through it all”……. Parenting is really indeed a very COMPLEX assignment but I can do all things through Christ Jesus!

I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me” Philippians 4:13.

Each trial is different but if you stay TRUE TO GOD – all of our outcomes will be the same! >>>  We shall all reign with HIM together….

Inspiration

Love Wins….


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When people say that love wins in yhe end……I take it as they already believe that they might as well not complain via the hell they are going thru..
Love can win when the givers or receicers do their parts

Love is an open freeway that is very accessible to everyone that belueves that it exists!!

Kind of makes you think of Jesus Christ ya know…He is there…He is real but you have to believe it ..before you can see it.. /Him to realize He does exist.

So Well why do people only desire to wait and believe for the end? Why not let love be displayed and won in the beginning…..in the middle and the end?

You cant ignore a matter …a situation or a person and think at the END that everything will or should be just fine.

Love is a gift but it also takes work to keep the gift……display the gift…..share the gift……protect the gift ….understand the gift and most importantly ENJOY the gift of LOVE!!!