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“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs  22:6 (NIV)

Last week a few of my friends and I went to a ladies night at church. It was such a great evening! One of the points that I loved and has stuck with me was intentional parenting. My husband and I have said many times that we want to raise strong Christian children and that’s what we try to do daily with our son. The thing about intentional parenting that really stood out to me was the daily aspect, the speaker talked about finding Jesus in the everyday moments and taking those opportunities to teach our children. We don’t have to wait until Sunday morning during their Bible lessons for our children to be taught about God’s word. No child is to young or to old to start. All it takes is a simple moment where we pray, read the Bible together or talk about the beautiful day God created to start the curiosity in our child to continue asking more questions about God. If we find a way to daily teach our children about God then it won’t be by chance that we raise a strong Christian child, it will be because we were intentional!

Knitting The Change

October 31, 2011 — Leave a comment

 “Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don’t squander your precious life.” Proverbs 8:32 (MSG) 

“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves? Self-discipline with all of them came first.” Harry S. Truman

This past weekend at a Halloween party I was talking with a friend about crocheting. It then brought me to talking about my knitting projects. I taught myself how to knit a few years ago. I get started and then eventually after a while I stop and never finish the project. I don’t know why I do this because I honestly do enjoy doing it, although I have wondered at times if I am still doing it right! I turned 25 earlier this month and with that I made a 30 before 30 list. One of the items on there was for me to start and FINISH a knitting project. I gave myself five years, I would think that I could accomplish this goal in that time. I did get inspired today on Pinterest when I saw a knitted coffee cup sleeve. It’s eco-friendly, small and would work for my completed project. I guess only time will tell!

My husband was reading this book called Quitter. While he was reading it he mentioned one of the points in it and it has really stuck with me, discipline begets discipline. Wow! I hadn’t really thought of that. You are always taught growing up to be disciplined, hard-working and so on. But, did it ever occur to you or were you ever told that the way to do this is practice? Think about it… if I want to be disciplined in a certain area of my life, say working out regularly. It won’t happen just because I want it to. It will happen when I start to make discipline a part of my everyday life… getting up on time, a schedule for the day, a budget for our home and so on. People do not make changes over night because it’s a good idea, the changes that they make are because they were already disciplined enough to make those changes and they stuck! Think about all the times people go on “diets” but only last so long before breaking it. Its easier and more successful to make a lifestyle change with how you eat than to diet.

This idea of discipline brought me back to my silly little knitting project. In general I feel that I am a pretty disciplined person, we have a budget, I am a vegetarian (as a way of life, not diet), I work out and my son and I have a great routine daily. But for some reason I can’t seem to find the discipline to sit down and do something I actually enjoy long enough to complete the project. Perhaps I need to make a more conscious effort. Go ahead and ask me in a few days if I have done any knitting. I’ll be honest, and I hope the answer will be yes!

Photo Credit: Steven Depolo

Faith: Take a Moment

October 13, 2011 — Leave a comment

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV) 

This video is from Elevation Church. I don’t know exactly how they used the video, I’m guessing it might have been to introduce a sermon. But, I thought the video had such a great point. All of us get so busy and caught up with the day-to-day parts of our lives. It can be so easy to go through the week and not even take a moment just to talk to God or read His word. He wants our attention just as much as everything and everyone else does. He loves hearing from us, even just telling Him how our day is going. Sometimes it only takes a small reminder of that for us to make more of an effort to make God more a part of our life daily.


 

Faith: Daily Reading

September 21, 2011 — Leave a comment

“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 (NIV)

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

I have been doing a readying plan from Youversion for my daily devotional time. The plan I have started is the Essential 100, it’s a plan where you read 50 passages from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament. It’s a way to get an overview of the Bible in 100 days. Here’s the thing… when I originally started this plan I was supposed to finish it in October. Now I’m supposed to finish it in November. I love that Youversion has the option to “catch up” on missed readings, adjusting your end date so you can pick up where you left off. But, I feel bad. I should never have to use the catch up option. I should be able to follow the reading plan as it is laid out as long as I am taking time to read the Bible every day. But I am just like everyone else, we get busy and manage to allow that time of our day to be pushed to tomorrows “to-do list.” Why do I let myself do that? Of course the answer is that I am human and far from perfect. I have to make the choice daily to spend time with God no matter how busy I am. What is amazing is that He is always there waiting on me, even if I have allowed the business of life to keep me from spending that much-needed time with Him. He never stops waiting on us. He never gets up and walks out. He waits, patiently, for us to realize we need Him! I know I will never have it all perfectly figured out. I will have days when I forget to spend time in the Bible, but I just can’t stop trying, I  must always do the best I can to make it a priority. God will always be there waiting to show me more each time I open His word!

I saw this video the other day and wanted to share it with everyone. Since the song Redeemer came out by Sanctus Real I have absolutely loved it, it will be stuck in my head forever after hearing it on the radio. This video is the band telling each of their stories and what the song means to them. I love the line in the song where it says “I don’t have every answer in life, but I’m trusting You one day at a time.” God provides us with what we need to make it each day, He provides the miracles we need and that is amazing!