A Mom’s Legacy – to Leave My Children

May 5, 2015

What would you like to leave your children?

Don’t Forget Your Mom

Don’t forget to honor your mom this Mother’s Day. Gifts of unselfish time and love are valued as much as any material gift.

What About You?

What kind of legacy would you like to leave your children? Share your comments below. You could encourage someone today!

Coming Soon: Another Book Giveaway

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5 Things Your Grandchildren (and Children) Need from You

April 28, 2015

Five Things Your Grandchildren and Children Need from You

What your grandchildren and children need from you may surprise you. Here are five lasting things they need that you can’t wrap up with a bow or leave in a will:

1. Unconditional Love – no matter what age or stage

2. Unreserved Faith – in a God who is always faithful

3. Undivided Attention – letting them know they really matter

4. Unbiased Wisdom – the kind that comes from knowing Jesus intimately

5. Unwavering Prayer – in the good and bad times

 

Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you’ve seen and heard to your children and grandchildren” (Deuteronomy 4:9, MSG).

 

Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you (Psalm 89:8, NIV).

 

What About You?

What would you add to this list? What would you like to give to your children and/or grandchildren? Share your comments below. You could encourage someone today!

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Encouraging Words for Discouraging Times

March 17, 2015

Encouraging Words for Encouraging Times

Encouraging Words

When you find yourself in a wilderness of unpleasant circumstances, what encouraging words do you need to hear? How do you get through it? Read more

What Matters to God?

March 10, 2015

What Matters to God

Others will forget you,

and what you do. Read more

Promise for Today: Sweet Sleep, Rest

February 24, 2015

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“It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?” Psalm 127:2 MSG

 

It’s not just moms who struggle with 60 + hour week loads. Writers, ministry leaders, business professionals, retail workers, yes, even some seniors juggle packed schedules. Most of us have been there at one time or another. “Hurry up!” flies out of our mouths more times than we care to admit.

Technical advances intended to decrease our work load and increase our efficiency only offer more gadgets to consume our time and energy. All our efforts to slow down seem hopeless at times.

Sleep-Deprived Bodies

How do you ease the pattern of too much pursuing and too much doing? How do you remedy the pattern of too little resting and too little nesting? Even at night our sleep-deprived bodies may fight the tendency to “work,”  as we count undone tasks rather than sheep. Does God offer any help?

I believe God offers another way. He invites us to wrestle less and trust Him more. He, who designed time, gives us all the same number of hours. And He does promise sweet sleep and rest to those He loves who will receive it. When you go to bed tonight, try nestling in His love. Leave your work outside your room, and close the door.

Five Things to Help You Sleep Sweeter

If your inability to sleep or rest is physically/medically related, by all means check with your doctor. But for those who identify with over-stress, here are some simple suggestions that might help:

1. Take frequent breaks throughout the day. Give your body–and mind–a chance to relax. Whether you walk, stretch, or indulge in a 10-minute “power” nap, give yourself a break.

 

2. Ask God to give you wisdom on how to prioritize your day. And while you’re at it, make Him your number one priority. Matthew 6:33 says when we seek Him first, “all these things will be given to you as well” (clothes, food, work, etc.). I like to think that means we can trust God to provide all our needs. Has He ever failed to meet yours?

 

3. Shut down early. A warm bath, reading a good book, meditating on Scripture–add these to your evening ritual, and subtract computer or mind-robbing activities late at night.

 

4. Mentally give God your worries, cares, and yes, even your unfinished projects for the night. If necessary, try climbing an imaginary ladder and hand them off to God for the night. Or place them outside your closed door and ask God to stand guard over them (The sooner you can cast your cares permanently on the Lord, the sweeter that sleep might be).

 

5. Try praising God as you go to sleep. I love to go through the alphabet thinking of names or character traits of God. Or read a Psalm before you turn off the light. Allow God’s Word to calm your Spirit.

 

Remember not to take on more than God assigns. He cares more about your character rather than your completed checklists.

Ah, worry-free sleep. Sweet dreams!

It’s Your Turn

What about you? Are you wrestling or nestling? Share your comments below.

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How Do You Measure Success?

January 13, 2015

How Do You Measure Success

A mom may gauge success more by her kids’ accomplishments, rather than her own–even their behavior, and her effectiveness in influencing them.

The salesperson tends to measure success by the number of sales, the size of commission or bonus, his promotion–or lack of it–and his effectiveness in producing results.

The writer often sees success in the size of her advance, in how many books she writes and the number of readers who buy them, the total number of book sales and its placement on the charts, and in the number of her blog followers and Facebook friends.

The preacher might evaluate success by the size and spiritual growth of his congregation, the number of converts and baptisms each year, and the absence of conflict among his congregation.

What’s Wrong With That?

Different folks, but same philosophy: equating success with results. It’s the nature of life. Is there anything wrong with that? Read more

Book Giveaway & Author Interview with Deborah Raney

November 18, 2014

Home stirs up a variety of images and memories. In recent blogs, I talked about heaven, our real home. But today, I’m offering a new book giveaway from author Deborah Raney called Home to Chicory Lane. A great start to a new Christian fiction series, Deborah’s new book introduces us to the home of the Whitman family. I love the inviting back cover blurb from Deborah’s new book:

WELCOME TO CHICORY INN…

WHERE FAMILY IS (ALMOST)

ALWAYS WELCOME!

Read more

Moms Make a Difference

May 7, 2014

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Rebecca Barlow Jordan, Day-votions® for Mothers, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010)

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“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they to among so many?” John 6:9 TNIV

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Mother’s Day Poem Challenge

Last week, I challenged you to send me a Mother’s Day poem. Here’s the one I selected to print in today’s blog:
The Gift
by Victor Bare II
My Lord, my Savior, my Friend indeed
On a cross out of love he hung for me
The selfless act portrayed on that tree
Only a part was this His love for me
Before I was born He knew it was she
Whom through He could show His love for me
A mother, a woman, a friend is she
All these things is she to me
To see His love and boundless grace
I need only look at her beautiful face
To feel His comfort when times are hard
He holds me close in her loving arms
Examples of love and wisdom that is He
Displayed in her life for me to see
No greater love could there ever be
Than that of my God for me
Shown in the Gift, my mother, He gave to me
Thank you, Victor, for sharing your poem.
Happy Mother’s Day to every mom and grandmom!

What About You?

How has your mom made a difference in your life?

It’s Your Turn

Please leave your comments below. You won’t be hounded, prodded, or automatically added to my mailing list if you leave a comment. Feel free to email this Christian blog to someone or to re-post on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, using the buttons below, or to “like” it below or on my Facebook networked blog. If you want to re-post any of my blogs on your own blog or website, please contact me for permission first. And I’d love for you to sign up for my blog/newsletter and updates at the top of this website page/sidebar if you’ve not already done so. That way, I can drop this encouraging blog into your e-mail box weekly, as well as notify you occasionally of any new updates, new books, specials, contests or book giveaways.

 

 

 

 

 

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What Can You Give to a Mother?

April 28, 2014

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Wondering what you could say or give to a mother to express your thanks and your love to her–on Mother’s Day or any day? For those of you whose moms are still living, here’s one simple suggestion. Read more

Book Review: Unquenchable, by Carol Kent

February 24, 2014

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Book Review: A Look at the Painful “But if not’s” of Life

Carol Kent’s new book, Unquenchable, takes a hard look at the fiery struggles and trauma in the lives of believers who have walked through the painful, “but if not’s” of life. With transparency and honesty she identifies with those who have faced crises of belief, sometimes questioning God’s actions and their own faith as a result of difficult, life-altering events. Carol shares even more insights from her own personal journey involving her incarcerated son as well as other experiences from her own life and family members. Read more

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