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“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV)

Each one of us has been given specific talents, dreams, and passions in life. Mine is writing and helping encourage Christian moms. I did not know exactly what God wanted me to do with my writing for a while and then He prompted me to start this site. Now I look forward to my time to write everyday! Lately God has placed a new passion on my heart… helping other aspiring writers. Maybe you love to write, but don’t know where to start. Well, join the Raising Inspiration network! I am now going to be featuring guest blogs on the site. So, if you have a passion to write then please join the network! I ask that each blog consists of a minimum of 300 words, has either two Bible verses and/or quotes and comes with a picture or video. All you need to do is pick a topic and let the writing begin! Once you have written your blog you can send it to me via the contact page and I will be sure to let you know when your post will be up on the site. Also, if you have any questions about how to pick a topic, piece together your blog, or anything, I am happy to help! It’s time for us to join together and use our creative gifts God has given us to encourage, inspire, and challenge other moms out there! God has placed a story on each of our hearts that we are meant to hear… so please share it with us all! I look forward to seeing what God will do with the growing network of Raising Inspiration! Now… time for you to go blog!

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had” Romans 15:4 (NIV)

“Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” Deuteronomy 15:10 (NIV)

The last post about generosity was about learning to give how God wants us to and to be willing to give what He asks us to give. Last night when I was laying in bed not able to sleep I was thinking about that post and then something came to mind. We all know that generosity can be more than just giving of our money. It could be time, resources, pretty much whatever it is that God asks of us. Then I realized that there was another area of generosity, our attitudes. We need to give generously with out a grudging heart just like the verse says. God has blessed each of us with all that we have. It is not ours to say “no” to God when He asks for us to give it to someone in need. How would we be obedient to God if we are giving with a heart that is not happy and willing? Instead we are focusing more on the fact that we are giving it away than we are on the fact that we are being obedient to what He asks. Romans 15:4 tells us to have an attitude of mind toward each other like Christ. He would never give with an unwilling heart and He would never give up an opportunity to show His love to us through generosity. Today let’s make a decision to look at generosity with a new attitude, a way to bless those that He has brought across our path!

“So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12 (NIV) 

“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Exodus 9:16 (NIV)

Do you know what your exact purpose is in life? Are you doing what God created you to do? He created each of us for a specific vision and plan. I believe that we are held accountable to that vision. I was not completely sure of what that might be for myself until I read Chazown by Craig Groeschel. Chazown is the Hebrew word for vision. The book helps guide you through your life experiences, spiritual gifts and talents to find the exact thing that God designed you for. God did not just create us to live a life of just going to school, work and church. He created each one of us with a purpose and a vision specific to each person. This is such an amazing concept to actually think about. God did not create me to just be, he created me with a vision in mind that is only for me. Not only after reading this book did I realize my chazown, but I am now accountable for it. I know what God’s vision for my life is and I must take steps to stay on that path. I also believe that this accountability goes beyond just myself. I must make sure that I do all that is in my ability to guide my children in a way that they will find their God given purpose. What better way to stay accountable to this than to live out my own chazown for my children to see? My chazown is reaching, challenging, encouraging and inspiring women through writing. What is yours?

 

 

While I was pregnant I prayed that my son would be a strong Christian, passionate and a world changer. I have continued this prayer along with many other prayers for him daily. I believe that my personal walk with Christ is an important role in my sons journey. If I am not taking care of my spiritual walk with Christ how can I raise my son up to have an authentic relationship with Christ? The old saying, “do as I say not as I do” is a crutch that has been used for to long. This saying has allowed us to say one thing but do something completely different and have an excuse. I am not saying that we are perfect. We will fail, but when we fail that is where the grace of God is. But we can no longer allow for excuses if we wish to grow spiritually and raise our children to have strong spiritual walks as well. It is important that we have accountability. I do not want to say one thing and my life reflect something completely different. I want the accountability so that my child and my family will see a mother that is striving to live where her beliefs and actions meet. Our children should be one of the strongest accountabilities we have because they look to us for so much. We owe it to them to be authentic in our relationship with God and to be transparent with them. Let your children see you spending time in the word everyday, take your children to church, sing worship songs together in the car, help the needy in your area. I believe that if we allow our children to see us grow in our walk on a day to day basis we will no longer have a reason for an excuse because we will be nurturing our relationship with God. When we take care of our relationship with our Creator we will be growing and our lives will reflect that. If we take care of our personal walk with God then He will guide us on this journey of parenthood and we will be able to raise strong, passionate and world changing children!

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” James 1: 22, 25 (NIV)

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16