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The Word In My Heart

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This is a sketch of a picture I took a few years back.
It’s my absolute favorite! I could stare at my kids all day long.

In recent weeks I’ve been listening to a series of parenting CD’s that are quite helpful in pointing out the things so easily overlooked when raising children. My kids are a miraculous gift and sometimes (a lot of times) I’ll feel ill-equipped to be all that they need. I started off listening and nodding. Lots of agreement on my part. Today it was about God’s word and how we need to teach our kids the scriptures that will one day be what they need in order to successfully handle life’s trials. That hit me square in the face. Not because I disagree but rather because I didn’t think of it that way. Raising kids can be scary when you think about the pressure. Questions arise…am I messing up my kids? Do I do too much for them? Will they be responsible adults? When is my helping them a disservice? I drove myself crazy thinking “I better start looking up verses that deal with struggles and start the training program”. I had to stop and remind myself that this will be a process and I just need to…breathe.

What are some ways that you teach your kids scripture? I’d love some input as to how God’s word is incorporated and engraved into the minds and hearts of your little ones.

I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.  

Psalm 119:11

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Regardless of our methods for teaching our kids, impressing God’s word is what’s most important in order for them to move through whatever struggles life might bring them…trusting that there will be brighter days.

I pray that your day be filled with blessings and that you face each new encounter armed with God’s truth and love.

#Time2Refuel

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Garbage In, Garbage Out…

Today’s music has been inundated with foul language, inappropriate and irresponsible behavior. As a parent I make it a point to keep my kids tuned in to Christian music and clean, innocent secular tunes as well. I know it can be challenging because these days kids are basically seeing, listening and doing things that are not age appropriate and there parents seem to have no issues with it. Obviously all parents have the right to do as they wish when it comes to rearing their children. However, I can’t help but wonder how they convince themselves that it’s okay or worse yet have no idea of what it is that their kids are listening to or even doing. Why is that? It’s frustrating when you send your child to school and he comes home singing “Thrift Shop” or some other ill-conceived song because their friends played it for them. Why are they even producing these songs? What are they trying to promote? The same goes for movies and books, but I’ll stick to music this time.

Though I am only one, I choose to boycott those types of lyrics. I refuse to succumb to these morally devoid songs. The saddest part is that these same songs that are promoting drugs, premarital relations and illicit behavior are becoming more and more popular. People are obviously listening to and buying this music. How can that be? We need to be more involved with our kids, set higher standards.  The old adage “Garbage In, Garbage Out” still rings true. We need to set examples and steer them clear of these types of influences and start supplying them with better alternatives.

I want to start sharing the music that has influenced my kids in a positive way. I also want to encourage you to share any and all good music suggestions.  As parents we are assigned the great privilege of guiding our children onto paths that will lead to success. Let’s work together to offer our kids something better.

6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Here is a video of my daughters favorite singer, Jamie Grace. I think it’s simply beautiful. Let me know what you think.

*You have your own favorites? Please feel free to comment and leave your song suggestions.

#Time2Refuel