Friday, August 19, 2016

Engage and Invest

Engage And Invest 

There is so much time that we moms are in the car together with the kiddos, so one day I decided to be intentional with all that time. It's awesome to just turn off the radio and engage with the kids. 

They really love it when I point out things to them around town--there's so many interesting things to see! 

Look guys a rainbow!! Or clouds in the shape of a dinosaur or dragon, a limousine or convertible, a funny guy in a chicken costume, a donkey or a speckled horse, a super cool muscle car, an antique car, a train or firetruck, or a side cart on a motorcycle! 

Spark conversation and curiosity at the same time as you are training them to talk with you. You will really appreciate this when they feel close to you and want to continue to talk as they mature and become teens. 

Sing, tell jokes and laugh....practice math facts or memorize scripture together--whatever it is, just keep them engaged and you will win their heart and create relationship. 

"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."   Romans 15:5-6

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Top 10 Back To School Mommy Goals

Top 10 Back To School Mommy Goals

1. Clean out and stock fridge and pantry to make packing lunches a breeze.

2. Provide pre-made easy, grab & go breakfasts foods like Overnight Oats and Banana Bread to get kiddos ready to learn. 

3. Train the kids to routinely lay out their clothes, socks, and shoes the night before to keep morning routines running smooth.

4. Play soothing worship music on low volume in the mornings to keep the atmosphere calm and joyful.

5. Insist on regularly eating dinner together as a family at the table through the year to hear about each others day.

6. Designate a homework and lunch packing station in your home ready with all the essentials. 

7. Kiss your children and tell them how much you love them with each good morning and all your good nights.

8. Look at your calendar/schedule for the next day and say three things you are grateful for every night before bed.

9. The kids should have a certain bedtime, and make it a priority...
so you and the hubby can have time alone each night. 

10. Start your day early by waking up before the kids to start some coffee and spend time with God in His word and prayer.

#StrongFamilies #HomeMatters #HomeFirst 

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." 
Ephesians 2:10

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Friday, August 5, 2016

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess

Marriage isn't supposed to be easy. It's no fairy tale no matter how wonderful of a wedding you planned. 

To succeed in a rewarding marriage you continually lose parts of yourself everyday. 

Being great together makes you better, if you allow it to. It refines you (like children also do, especially teenagers ;-). 

Marriage reveals the worst parts of ourselves. Examples like: selfishness, fear, jealousy, protective walls, unforgiveness, anger, pride, hurt, and so on...

If you hold onto those kinds of things they will destroy any possibility of the intimacy and oneness that marriage was created for. 

Looking back on close to 23 years of marriage, I can't help but see an amazing redemptive plan for us as individuals that wouldn't have happened w/o the marriage. 

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Be Strong And Courageous

Be Strong And Courageous

I never knew how strong I was until
I had to forgive someone who wasn't sorry
and accept an apology I never received.  

One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can't change. 

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you where ever you go." Joshua 1:9

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Who Is The Holy Spirit? - Week 5

Discover your child's Spiritual Gifts

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Week 5: Gifts of the Holy Spirit Part Two

Carri Pratt

“God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of Spiritual Gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 
1 Peter 4:10

Last week we looked at the fact that the Holy Spirit gives gifts to all believers. We looked at 1 Corinthians 12:7-10. This list included attributes such as abilities, messages and power. 

This week we will look at a separate text found in Romans 12:6-8:

”In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.  If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

This list shows us the Spiritual Gifts of Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Encouraging, Giving, Leadership and Showing Kindness and implies that we should know our gifts and use them well.

So how do we discover our Spiritual Gifts? And how do we discover the Spiritual Gifts of our children?

I'm so glad you asked! Actually, there are many online "Spiritual Gifts Tests" that you can search for. I would like to share two with you that I find helpful.

The first is to be filled out by the parent. It is by Adam Stadtmiller.  Click here for the Free Spiritual Gifts Test.

A second option is to allow your children to complete the survey. A free online test can be found below:
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Jesus Take The Wheel

Jesus Take The Wheel

Navigating life through faith means you not being in control. Surrendering to His will is not allowing your fears, or what others do and what is expected to dictate what you and your family does. 

There is much freedom in letting go by simply trusting instead. God has got your back, I promise! 

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." Isaiah 55:8

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Who is the Holy Spirit? Week 4

T2W Mentor Moms sharing Spiritual Truth with our Children
Week 4: Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Carri Pratt

"There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given to believers
by the same Spirit. . . There are different ways the Spirit works. 
But the same God is working in all these ways and in all people."
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
In his first letter to the Church at Corinth, Paul states, "Brothers and Sisters, I want you to know about the gifts of the Holy Spirit." 1 Corinthians 12:1
So far we have helped our children understand that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, He is God in Spirit, believers are baptized with the Holy Spirit, He lives in all believers and gives power. The Holy Spirit was present in the Old Testament and empowered His people, revealed things to His people, was present in the New Testament, filled John the Baptist in his mother's womb, came upon Mary in the creation of the mortal body of Jesus, descended upon Jesus at His baptism, and was poured out on the believers at Pentecost.
If that is not enough, now we learn that all believers are given specific gifts by the Holy Spirit. Your children will probably want to know what gifts they will or have received!
Scripture reveals that there are many gifts of the Holy Spirit and God decides what each individual person will receive. God knows each of His children so intimately that He provides the perfect gift(s) based on what His will is for each life.
"All the gifts are produced by one and the same Spirit.
He gives gifts to each person, just as He decides." 
1 Corinthians 12:11
This is huge! Our children need to understand that God created them in His image and that they are special and unique. There is no one else on the face of the earth that has the same fingerprints as them, that looks and acts exactly as them, that has the same exact ideas and desires as them, and that can fulfill the specific purpose God created them to fulfill. They are of incredible worth!
Paul discusses the different gifts in his letter,
"A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 
To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice
to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.   
The same Spirit gives great faith to another, 
and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing.  
He gives one person the power to perform miracles
and another the ability to prophesy
He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. 
Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages,
while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said."
1 Corinthians 12:7-10
The most important thing to keep in mind is that these gifts are given to "help each other." vs 7  Paul goes on to say that all gifts and all believers are important to the body of Christ.

"All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it."
1 Corinthians 12:27

Ask your children if he/she/they can recognize the spiritual gift God has given them. If they are not yet a believer, what gift would they want to receive from God? Why? 

Ask your child what occupations might be associated with these spiritual gifts?
For example:
The ability to give wise advice: Parent, Counselor, Lawyer, Judge
Family Highlights:
  • The Holy Spirit gives Spiritual Gifts to all believers
  • God decides who gets what Spiritual Gift
  • God has a specific purpose for each life
  • Every human being has immense value
  • Every child of God has incredible worth

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