Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
By: Sarah Smith
It started out innocent enough. I was communicating with the Chess Club members at my sons’ school. (The chess club I started and led.) It was mid-October, and I was sending out an e-mail reminding families of that week’s meeting time. I received this response from one of the parents. Continue reading
“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.” Ephesians 6:1
By: Jennifer Mullen
Lately I have felt like a broken record. The two things I hear myself saying over and over to my kids are “Obey right away” and “You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.” (I know…I know “get” and “fit” don’t rhyme…unless you live in the South!)
As I was saying, I catch myself saying these two phrases over and over! In a moment of frustration I angrily poured out my heart to the Father. “Why don’t they get it? Why don’t they ever pay attention to me? Why are they so ungrateful?” And then the still, small voice began to whisper His truths to me. Continue reading
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Psalms 51:2
B: Gretchen Speer
We are not big car wash people. My van is almost always dirty, both inside and out, and I’m okay with that. That’s just how we roll…literally. But, after a quick trip back to visit family and several stretches on country roads you could hardly tell what color our van was. I tried to convince my husband that the muddy brown hue complemented the blue, but he wasn’t having it. So off to the car wash I went.
Somehow I ended up running this errand alone (Which is odd because my kids LOVE the car wash!). As usual, as I sat in the quiet, the Holy Spirit began to speak.
“Does this process seem familiar?”
“Yes, I’ve been to the car wash several times before……….ahhh. My heart needs this process just as much as my van does.” Continue reading
“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” John 6:9
By: Jennifer Mullen
My life is a small life. I live in a small house. In a small neighborhood. In a small town. In a small state.
My husband and I have a small bank account. A small budget.
My job is to take care our small children. I teach a small group of pre-schoolers and a small group of high schoolers.
I write for a small blog.
Small does not equate insignificant. Continue reading
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. Psalms 46:5
By: Gretchen Speer
Every time we drive into a parking lot my kids get the speech. “Wait for me to get out. Stay close and hold hands. DO NOT run away from me. Listen for my voice.” My older kids nod and shake their heads as I’m saying it. I’m sure they are saying it with me in their heads, as they have heard it many times. My younger ones barely acknowledge that I’m talking. Either way, I still say it. I still try to get the message across.
I am the Mom, I know what’s best and when I say to stay with me, it’s because I know that is what’s safe. It’s what’s best for them whether they choose to acknowledge and obey…or not.
I want to give you my very best parenting advice today. It’s the only nugget I have, it’s the one thing that I KNOW for sure is the best thing you can do for your kids, husbands, friends, extended family. It’s a very simple thing, but so hard to do sometimes-and that is… Continue reading