Friday, October 31, 2014

Mamas Train Your Children

Mamas Train Your Children

We are teaching our children to have either good or terrible manners by our own behavior. They will certainly behave like what is being modeled for them.  One doesn’t have to look far to see proof of all the poor manners in their own town.

~Gum spots peppered all over store fronts and sidewalks.

~Trash littered in parking lots and on street sides.
~Grocery carts not properly put away in parking lots.

When we took Growing Kids God’s Way (a wonderful resource for parenting), we learned about “filling up your child’s moral warehouse” and how fruitful it is being purposeful in training up kids.

“Open my eyes, that I may see.” Psalm 119:18

Thursday, October 30, 2014

T2W’s Favorite Thing

Burlap  - 101 uses

I recently decorated for a wedding and used burlap.   It was so cute, we used it for table runners, tying bows around the table legs, and we made burlap flowers.  

I bought a whole bolt of burlap and now I plan on making a fall wreath. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Scattering Seeds

Scattering Seeds … Silent Witness
By Carri Pratt

My daughter recently had a “fun run” as her school’s annual fundraiser. The kind where they earn money for every lap the children run. So, of course the school encourages the parents to come cheer on their little darlings to show support and get them to run as many laps as they can.

The parents are also asked to run or walk with their children to show their school spirit. So, as the good mother I try to be, I threw on a t-shirt, shorts and some tennis shoes and headed up to her school for her scheduled run time.

Once I arrived, I stood on the sidelines watching and cheering her on, and her classmates, as they ran lap after lap and as their little faces began to sweat and turn red. Soon my daughter ran up to me, grabbed my hand and asked, “Mom, will you run with me?” Well what’s a mom supposed to do? especially after I showed up wearing my running shoes.

So, we began to run together. The funny thing was, as I began to run with her I began to notice the faces of the parents on the sidelines. I could see them reading my “Property of Jesus” t-shirt and giving me various expressions. There was even one woman in particular that seemed to watch me until my eyes met hers and she swiftly turned away. I quickly realized I was acting as a silent witness for Jesus Christ.

I was reminded of what Paul said in Hebrews, “let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. . .” 12:1. God is so good! Even in the midst of what seemed like a regular day, running with my daughter, Jesus was right there cheering us on! 

Isn’t that just like God to allow this moment to serve as a testimony of how His children should run the race through life with perseverance even when we are so ready to quit, with our sweaty faces turning red we simply need to turn to Him and say, “Father, will You run with me?” and you know His answer will always be, “Yes!”

“But those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Got Fruit?

 Got Fruit?

by Kim Hawkins

Each of us is like a tree that produces fruit. If we are operating in the spirit, we produce the Fruits of the Spirit.

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.”  Galatians 5:22

This may mean many prayers going up throughout your day asking for His love to flow through you. Try it. It truly works!

Operating in the flesh is an ugly, ugly thing. It will look like this: Being critical of others, snapping, yelling, being impatient, keeping a record of wrongs, judging others, and self-medicating from being so stressed out all the time and for not being able to sleep.

“Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.” Matthew 7:17

 How does someone change after recognizing their fruit has been rotten? First off, move your eyes off others and take a long, hard look at yourself. When you stop pointing the finger at others, you start to really see what your part is. Here’s where the remorse usually begins. With your now softened heart, go to The Lord. Confess and repent. By confessing any and all unforgiveness, bitterness, hurt, or anger you get rid of the root issues that caused all your bad fruit.

Now that your heart is clean, you may now begin to fully operate in the spirit, your prayers will now have power and your fruit will be OH-SO-SWEET! Your attitude will be sweet, not sour. Your actions will be thoughtful. Your love will be genuine. Your relationships will be delightful and satisfying.

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalm 143:1

Monday, October 27, 2014

GENESIS Bible Study Chapter 42

Spiritual Famine

Lessons From Joseph’s Brothers

·       Just like the long journey for Joseph’s brothers to search out their corn provision, Christ has a provision for us too, a provision to save us from an eternity in utter separation from Him.  But ours is a short journey, all we have to do is come to him and ask just like Joseph’s brothers asked for their corn of salvation.  (vs. 1-5)

·       Joseph seemed fairly harsh when he spoke with his brothers, but that was for a purpose.  God sometimes seem harsh, like joseph did, but it’s to bring a spirit of repentance. (vs 8-18)

·       Just like Christ does, Joseph sent his brother out with more than they asked for.  They were sent out with the corn they sought as well as the silver they brought. When we seek the Lord for a particular need, He blesses us by meeting that need in ways seen and unseen. (vs 25-36)

·       Even though all Jacob could see was the misfortune of losing Joseph and Benjamin, he did not know that Joseph was waiting to bless him.   It proves it Jacob that God worked all things for his good. (vs. 37-38) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lies Women Believe

T2W Book Club
Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

I am Woman * I am Invincible * I am Tired
“This (statement) was undoubtedly intended to invoke a smile, but it also captures something of the struggle in every woman’s life, to know how to juggle the many demands and responsibilities that come with each season of life.”  (p 116)

This week read chapter 5: Lies Women Believe … About Priorities

Countering Lies with the TRUTH about Priorities. . .

18.    Lie:           I don’t have the time to do everything I should
        Truth:        There is time in every day to do everything that
God wants me to do.
        Verse:       Luke 10:38-42

19.    Lie:           I can make it without consistent time in God's word
        Truth:        It is impossible for me to be the woman God wants
                        me to be apart from God’s word.
        Verse:       Proverbs 2:1-6

20.    Lie:           A career outside the home is more valuable
                         then being a homemaker, wife and mother
        Truth:        In the will of God, there is no higher calling
                        than to be a wife and mother.
Verse:       Genesis 2:24