the snares of the devil

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2 Timothy 2:24-26

New King James Version (NKJV)

24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

 

1 Timothy 3:7

New King James Version (NKJV)

Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

The bible clearly warns us of the devil and his his snares… When a person becomes a Christian, he usually undergoes some radical life changes, especially if he has had an immoral background.  Through the first steps of spiritual growth and self-denial, he gets rid of the large, obvious sins.  But sad to say, many believers stop there.  They don’t go on to eliminate the little sins that clutter the landscape of their lives. 

1 Peter 5:8

New King James Version (NKJV)

Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Who better than Peter would know about the prowlings of Satan!  Several times Jesus warned Peter that Satan was after him, but he failed to heed the warning.  Too many Christians have “gone to sleep,” opening the way for Satan to work. 

Romans 8:37-39

New King James Version (NKJV)

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Men, What kind of Bird are you?

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Men.. what kind of bird are you? Canaries sit around singing (talking) all day about what they’re fixing to do but the truth is they usually don’t do anything to fix it, they will just stay in the same cage they have always been in. Buzzards sit around squaking (complaining) all day. Nothing is ever right, and they’re simply feasting off the hard work of others. Peacocks just wanna look good, it’s all about them. Even if their strutting around makes others look bad they don’t care because they are ego-maniacs. Eagles, you can’t cage them, they soar above the rest, they’re not influenced by the world, they don’t strut around trying to impress others by fluffing feathers. They know who they are and if they don’t, soon wil. They lead by example to ALL others. What kind of bird are you? for more info on this topic and more go to kswp.org and request it.. ~~Jenn ( good stuff right here)

The Power of Prayer

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When it comes to prayer I can say first hand that i know it works.  I have lived on both sides of the fence when it comes to this subject.  I grew up in church and knew the lord growing up.. at least i thought i did.  Once i got into i think 10th grade i took a ride on the wild side and always felt God behind me and he was always on my mind while i was doing things i shouldn’t.  I know now that it was my mother’s prayers that kept that covering over me.  Did she spend many nights wondering where i was, if i would make it home alive, YES.. many nights on her knees asking God to keep me protected.  Was it as fun for her as it was for me? no.. LOL i used to wonder why she didn’t say more to me about my decisions.  But now that i am a mother of a 21 & 18 yr old, i now know that she was talking to God.  She was telling him everything and letting me deal with my consequences.  I am grateful for that .. i learned a lot the hard way.   I am a LITTLE stubborn and at a certain point in your child’s life you have to turn them over to the Lord.  like never before… Like REALLY never before…

We as parents want to write our children’s destiny.. but we have to get the strength and faith to give them to God and let him right their destiny and testimony.

My oldest daughter (21)and her husband (23) just moved to Austrailia… so this is a fresh subject for me… It’s the hardest thing, knowing that i can’t just drive to check on them.. and be there for them…

Something that helped me is the story of Joseph.  He was thrown in a pit, sold etc… many years of hard lessons and bad things happen to him.. but God had a plan.. and used it all for his glory.  Joseph had the heart to sustain it all.  When i worry about my daughters and son in laws i have to remember that story… they are writing their testimony every day… and i look back at my past and see just how God can use even someone like me after all that I did… my kids will be just fine.. Will we go through hard times? will i loose sleep worrying about them? YES.. will we cry together? yes Will we get upset at each other?yes.. Is god protecting, talking and guiding them yes?  are they following him ??? that’s where our faith comes in… Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. we see the things our kids are doing that show they are leaning away from god.. but my faith has to see them years from now serving God in every way they can… if i choose to dwell in the now.. the earthly stuff. i will let satan steal my happiness… FAITH..

Speaking of a mothers prayers and the power of prayer… My husband grew up in a very loving christian home.. but found himself in the heavy metal music and sitting in a pentagram in the middle of his room telling satan that he could have him if he would just take away the pain… room decorated with all kinds of satanic stuff…  but little did he know at the time .. his precious mother was on the other side of the door praying over him with her hand on the door… He is a awesome man of God and a youth pastor…. so don’t give up when it comes to your prayers…..

oh yeah.. and the sooner you start praying for your children and or situation the better.. i didn’t realize that i should have been praying for my daughters future husbands while they were in diapers… and their jobs, friends, schools. etc… there is life or death in the tongue… :)  It was when i almost really really lost it with my teenage daughters that i realized… pray better things into her life.. after starting this she met a very sweet young man… which is now her husband… :) it worked… i tell him all the time .. i prayed you into this…LOL

Laughter … great article i found

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

The Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter

Humor & Laughter: Health Benefits & Online Sources

Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use

click on the link below for the rest of the article..

 

http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

 

Mommy Stress

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Mommy Stress: Finding Peace in Your Parenting Journey

Lysa TerKeurst

one of our listeners listened to this teaching by Lysa and these are her notes..

 

70% of mothers admit to struggling with motherhood and the other 30% aren’t telling the truth.  It is the toughest job you will ever love.  Moms have the thought that they are messing up their kids.  Personal struggles that you have in parenting (eg: losing temper, not being consistent, etc.) bring them to God.

 

-Let the consequences scream so I don’t have to (sounds great in theory).

 

Best advice when you mess up: Ask God for forgiveness, apologize, and move on!

 

You might have had a bad moment, but you’re NOT a bad mom!

 

“Sometimes we moms build the stability of our identity on the fragile choices of our children.” – Lysa TerKeurst

Have to realize that the mistakes/choices our children make are not tied to their or our identity.  When our child makes the fragile choice that turns into a mistake does not mean we are a bad mom.  We as moms wrap so much of our identity up in our children.

 

How our husbands can help us be better moms:

1) Give your wife the freedom to not just be a mom, but to be the woman that God created them to be. She is so much more than a mom.

2) Tell her she is beautiful and doing a great job! Love on her like crazy!!!

 

We all have gaps and imperfections in our lives and sometimes we just focus on the gap.  Don’t focus on the 1 out of a 100 things that you have done wrong or label yourself for your mistakes.  When we do have those BIG gaps that we can’t do anything about (like being a single mom and trying to be a mom and dad, or suffering from depression) we have to not see it as a label.  Depending on the severity of the gap seek help, pray that God can help to fill in the gap for us daily.

 

Moms worry.  Know that God loves our children more than we love our children and He will take care of them.  Psalm 139 we are told that every day was written in a book of life and He knows the number of days assigned to each of our children and our worrying cannot change the quantity, but our worrying can change the quality.  So knowing this we should release our children into Gods hands.

 

Let God whisper into your heart and ask us to be courageous enough to let Him write our children’s destiny and testimony.  We as moms want to write this, but it is not up to us.