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Ordinary moms living on Prayer, the Bible, and Jesus!


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Scripture Training

As a mom of a two and four, my life seems a little bit full of temper tantrums, fighting and DRAMA.  I want my kids to behave but I don’t want them to be robots.  I want them to obey, but I also want them to know why and not just my reason why, but God’s “why”.

I want my children to listen to me, but MORE then that I want them to listen to God and His WordsSo lately, I have been trying to give them Bible verses, instead of mom’s words. Here are some of the verses:

It’s a process. We only have a few so far, but little by little…

Fighting:
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:32

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” – Philippians 2:3

Putting others first: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God,” – I John 4:7

Sharing: “Give, and it shall be given unto you” – Luke 6:38

Obeying: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” – Ephesians 6:1

Lying:“Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.” – Proverbs 12:22

Self-Control
“Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” – Psalms 141:3

There are SO many more verses, but this is a start. What verses do you use with your kiddos? Share below.

-Rejoicing,

Joy T

 


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My Little Evangelist

Baby “A” is not such a baby anymore.  He is a never-stops-talking preschooler.  On Wednesday night at our church he goes to a prayer class where he learns a Bible story and then they pray.  Our little guy is super concerned about “the lost”, the people who do not know about the Savior.  He talks about that a lot and recently we started praying specifically for some close friends and family.

A few weeks ago, he told me “We need to tell people about Jesus.”
I agreed and told him that He could tell people that Jesus loves them. I figured that was an easy way for him to get started.

We didn’t talk about it much more but I could tell he was thinking about it.

A few weeks passed by. Then, one day we were checking out at Macy’s when he loudly told me. “Mom, Jesus loves you.”

I smiled at him and said “Yes, He does!”

He then said. “Mom, you need to tell someone (while pointing at the cashier with his head) ‘Jesus loves you’.”

I remembered our conversation and realized that he wanted to tell the man about Jesus.  So, I said “Yes, you need to.”

Little “A” got very shy, so I kindly looked at the man and said, “My son wants to tell you that Jesus loves you.”

The man got a huge smile on his face and said down to our son “And Jesus loves you too!”  It was very sweet.  Later on, I saw the man again and he still had a huge smile on his face.

I know that personally, I can get so busy that I forget to see the people in front of me. It’s like I can separate the people that I minister to and the “everyday people.” But everyone is in need of hearing that “Jesus loves you.”

I’m thankful for my little evangelist of reminding me of that.

Rejoicing,

Joy T.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature – Mark 16:15


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Let’s Go to the Park!

Some days, we just need to get out of the house and get some fresh air, especially, living in the city. We are glad there is a lovely park nearby where we can enjoy a creek and trees. We can hear the water running over the rocks, and we can see fish, bugs, owls, snakes, birds, lizards, frogs, etc.  We can feel the water with our feet, and feel the wind on the occasion that there is a breeze. We can pick up rocks and sticks and wildflowers in spring. See my beautiful bouquet pictured below. I’ve heard it said that you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.

Park

If it is hot, which it usually is where we live, we might stop and get half-price drinks to keep cool. Sometimes, our schedule becomes non-stop for days, and this is a way to stop the busy shuffle for a few moments. It takes time and energy, costs little money, yet refreshes our kids.  It is something to look forward to when the children have completed their schoolwork and chores required of the day. Most every time we leave the park, I will hear, “Thank you for bringing us to the park, Mom.” Of course, that confirms my thoughts that this is a good thing.

This is part of our jobs as moms – being sensitive to when our children need time away, a “stop” off the merry-go-round, a change of scenery, a breath of fresh air.

Sometimes, we can get Dad to meet us there. (It’s a good break for him, too!) Many times, my husband has taken the kids to the park to give me a breather at home. We also need to be sensitive to these times that WE need to STOP in our own lives. I’m still learning. Many times, I should’ve stopped the chores, the schoolwork, the race of life, and yelled, “Let’s go to the park!”

Enjoy a trip to the park this week! ~Jeri Lynn

“Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” -Proverbs 27:23