Encouragement for Parents and Grandparents: Preparing Your Kids for Life

January 26, 2016

 

If you are a parent or grandparent, here are four things to remember that might encourage you as you prepare your kids for life:

Every parent or grandparent is concerned about making wise decisions. Are we giving our kids the right training? Fear may try to consume us. Are they being bullied? Are they safe enough? We all want our kids to “turn out right.”

At one time or another, we parents or grandparents may think we’re not doing “enough” to prepare our kids for life. Deep down we may feel inadequate. We may not feel skilled or talented or creative. Sometimes we even start comparing ourselves to other parents or grandparents, which totally makes us feel worse.

If you are a parent or grandparent, here are four things to remember that might encourage you as you prepare your kids for life: Read more

Non-fiction Book Giveaway & Author Interview

June 16, 2015

Today I’m pleased to offer a non-fiction book giveaway of Fran Caffey Sandin’s book, Touching the Clouds: True Stories to Strengthen Your Faith, along with an author interview with Fran. Fran’s book will encourage your heart, and I recommend it as a true “faithlifter.”

non-fiction book giveaway & author interview, Fran Sandin and her book, Touching the Clouds

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5 Ways to Make Your Work Successful

June 9, 2015

Five Ways to Make Your Work Successful

Who doesn’t want to be more successful in their work? How can you and God work together to do that? From the breakfast table to the boardroom–at home, at school, in the office, in ministry, wherever and whatever you call “work,” here are five ways to make that work more successful: Read more

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: Read more

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!

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