Thursday, April 29, 2010

Always Kiss Me Goodnight (With a Giveaway)

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What We Want Versus What We Really Need

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lazy Discipline Breeds Resentment

My children are a joy.  But sometimes I can, unintentionally, treat them like they are a burden. 

I overheard a neighborhood mom say that she was, and I quote, "over her kids".  Her eight year old daughter was 5 feet away.  I cringed.  She said it again... "I'm sick of my kids".  I think I almost lost my dinner.

Seriously, I thought.  You just said that

Now, I've never actually said those words... out loud... twice.... with my kids right in earshot, but how many times have a said it with my actions?

I find that when I get lazy in biblical, calm, rational discipline, I tend to treat them like a burden.  When my life is more important, than taking the time to sit them on my lap, lovingly spank them, and talk to them about what they did... I become an angry, resentful mommy.

My days are not joyful.  The clock moves slower than molasses, and I'm not thankful for the privilege of staying home with them.   One that I prayed and prayed for, and God graciously answered.

When I make the time to be diligent in love and discipline, (because they should go hand in hand) my children thrive!  Our home is peaceful.  God resides and abounds.

What about you?  Is it easy for you to get lazy in discipline?  Maybe you have grown children now... can you remember those days?  What worked for you?

The way our family strives to discipline (and fall short many many times):

1) Expect immediate obedience.
2) Spank for a rebellious/disobedient heart and/or actions.
3) Sit them down calmly and spank them (with spoon, not hand) 3 times.
4) Hug and kiss them.  Wipe away tears.  
5) Ask them to share what they did wrong to get a spanking.

When we are consistent in calm, rational, biblical discipline, our children walk away, not damaged, but restored!  We are in a right relationship once again.  We can move forward with joy in our hearts.

It is the same with our Heavenly Father.  When the relationship is strained, God lovingly bids us come, and repent.  When we do, the union is mended and restored.

Proverbs 13:24: He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Proverbs 22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:15: Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. 
Proverbs 23:13: Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 
Proverbs 29:15:  The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

God Is Bigger Than My Burdens

Life has got me weary.  Burden upon burden, I am feeling pressed into the ground.  Kind of like I'm the bug, being squished by a large converse shoe.

I know God is in control.  I know.  My body is achy . . . my soul is craving.

I have a hope.  I know that my foundation is in something/someone bigger than me.  

And so when I can't catch up with my thoughts, and I don't know which way to turn... I continue to rest in Him.  

What do you do when you can't seem to shake the soul-ache?  The overwhelming sadness?  


1) Meditate on scripture (especially the Psalms)

2) Ask close friends to pray for me  

3) Cry it out, pray, and seek seek seek the Lord

Psalm 42:5, 7-11  

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. 

Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Time Is Slipping Away

“One of the great uses of Twitter & Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness wasn't from lack of time” -John Piper

Are you sitting in front of the computer screen to escape, when you should be running to Jesus for some shelter and prayer

Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Why Can't Men Just Understand Women?

I feel like crying.
I feel like screaming.
I clean.
I'm lazy.
I'm happy and giddy.
I need a hug.
I need my space.
I'd love to love?
I have a headache.
I'm edgy.
I'm scared.
I'm friendly.
I feel like being alone.
I'm teachable.
I'm stubborn.
I'm on a roll.
I'm in a rut.
I'm understanding and kind.
I'm harsh and impatient.
I'm patient and trustworthy.
I'm short and angry.

Now why can't you just understand me?

Hmmmmm...  If I can't understand myself half the time, how can I expect him to "get me"?  

Lord help me.  Today.  For I am weary.

Matthew 11:28-30  

"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Thank you Jesus.  Are you carrying a burden today?  Lay it at His feet.  He promises to lighten your load.  He will give you rest.  Just ask.  Stop running.  

S  u  r  r  e  n  d  e  r.  

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Friday, April 23, 2010

How To Please Your Husband

For all you married gals out there. . . it is not your job to make cookies for another woman's husband.

Simply go out of your way to please one man, the one that is yours!  

Whether you have been married for just a year, 5, 10, 20, or 50 . . . it does not take long to learn what your husband enjoys.

Is it...

  • a smiling, happy wife?
  • a warm meal on the table when he gets home?
  • a back rub?
  • a tidy home?
  • organization?
  • words of affirmation?
  • lots of hugs, kisses, and affection?
  • having fun with him?
  • cleaning and ironing his clothes?
  • a phone call just to tell him that you love and appreciate him?
Why not make a list?

Then number them according to what you think is most important to him.  Look at your top 3.  Now strive to do those 3 things for him every day.  

Too hard?  I say no.  

Now, there are days when I feel like a down right horrible wife.  I'm over emotional.  Teary.  Grumpy.  

But when I stop to thank God for all the wonderful things my husband does for me, I can't help but be thankful.  I also realize that God gave me 1 husband.  Just 1 I need to take time daily to cultivate my appreciation for him.  God commands it.  

Ephesians 5:33:  "Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband."

My top 3 for my hubby:

1) A tidy (picked up) home when he gets home from work.
2) A warm meal.
3) Words and touches of affirmation and praise. 

So what would be your top 3 for your husband?  

Now, prayerfully, strive to daily put those things into practice.  Be creative.  Ask the Lord to help you please your husband today.  Every day.

Some creative ideas you might like to try:
  • Send him a snail mail letter - to his work
  • Write I love you on the bathroom mirror with soap
  • Make his favorite dessert and surprise him with it
  • Give him a long back rub
  • Get a babysitter and take him out to his favorite restaurant
  • Plan an intimate night for just the 2 of you at home
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