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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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What Are You Doing With Your Seeds?

Recently, during our STEPPING UP Bible study, Beth Moore told us a very sad story.  While she was in Angola doing relief work, she saw too many little boys and girls so bloated that she wondered how their little legs held them up.  The effects of starvation were sickening, but she was told an even sicker fact.  The dear people had been given seed to plant a harvest but instead of harvesting that seed they had eaten it because they were so hungry.  Which of course led to having even less food.

This story presents a stark comparison to Christianity.  We have so much seed at our fingertips. We have the Word of God in our hands. We can listen on our I pods to speaker after speaker sharing from the Word.  We have more Bibles and books and material than we can read in a lifetime.

…and we read it.  We go to church and hear.  We listen.  We cry.  We feel “moved” …but what do we do with that seed?

Many times we eat it.  We don’t plant it or try to harvest it.

Let’s just be real.

We are taught to forgive (Matthew 6:15), but do you know how hard it is to forgive?

“I have feelings too and that person never asked me to forgive them.”

We cry that our marriages are falling apart but yet ignore the Bible when it tells us in I Corinthians 7:4-5 to not “defraud” our husbands.

I am tired, I have a headache, it’s not the right time…

The Bible commands us to love God and love others (Mark 12:28-31) and that sounds GREAT.

except when it comes to my unreasonable boss or THAT teacher or our loud neighbors… 

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN????

Dear friend, we simply are not harvesting the seed that has been given us.

Do you want to have REAL joy?

…Want real peace in life?

…Want to be a successful wife, mother and friend?

Harvest it!  .

What does God say to do about that neighbor?

What does God say to do for my husband?

What does God say about “white lies”?

What does God say about your finances?

What does God say about raising children?

HARVEST GOD’S TRUTHS. In other words. Let’s DO what God tells us to DO. Let’s not just sit there, listen, nod our head. Let’s carry out what God has commanded us to DO. 

Rejoicing,

Joy T.