Monthly Archives: August 2012

Day 26 Today I Will… renew a commitment

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Commitment is part of everyday life, in our jobs, marriages, jobs, families, churches and it is a necessary part of the success of all that we do.  If we take a job but do not commit to do our actual job then we are not being a productive employee.  If we marry someone without knowing the extent of the depth of commitment takes, then our spouse and marriage could and can fall apart. If we have families and we don’t totally commit to their needs then they will feel unloved, lonely, unwanted, with many consequences to follow.  So as we can see commitment is a very important part of everything we do, and can have a domino effect on those around us.  I know for me that this is a lesson I wish I would have listened to my parents on.

We all know that commitment is part of God’s design for  marriage but how can you be the spouse  God called you to be when you just don’t feel like it?

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/strengthening_your_marriage/commitment/committed_when_you_dont_feel_like_it.aspx

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.aspx?ID={DA5B0450-CE1C-4A52-8A37-5CDC95D03B24}

Have a fear of commitment??  this link is for you… 😉

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/popups/media_player.aspx?MediaId={FFF15EEC-5558-4861-891C-984DC40F432B}

Day 25 Today I Will…. be content , no matter what my finances look like

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Being content no matter what our finances look like, easier said than done.  When we work hard all week, to take care of our families, and to find out that we can barely pay our bills is such a let down.  We keep going to work to do the best we can.  Pay the bills as we can and sometimes splurge on the weekends when possible.  The scriptures that comes to mind on this subject are these :

  1. Matthew 6:25
    [ Do Not Worry ] “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
    Matthew 6:24-26 (in Context) Matthew 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  2. Luke 12:29
    And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
    Luke 12:28-30 (in Context) Luke 12 (Whole Chapter) Other TranslationsI think for me once I started tithing life seemed less stressful.  Once I put God to the only test that we can “test’ him on, giving him the 10% that he asks for, he was able to show me his awesome power and the promises that he can fulfill.  It’s amazing how that works.  He says try me in this….

    1. Malachi 3:10
      Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
      Malachi 3:9-11 (in Context) Malachi 3 (Whole Chapter)

I even talk to my preschoolers about this.  How that even the pennies and nickles they bring into the church to give in children’s church can bring them blessings. So why would you not want  to open the flood gates of heaven and pour out so much of that blessing that he promises, that will be more than your family can store.

Here is a focus on the family link that gives you tips to save money on getting kids back in school, from shoes, school supplies, band instruments and more!

http://www.everydaycheapskate.com/home-and-family/back-to-school-rescue/

Day 24 Today I Will… Protect my childs heart

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This is one thing we all would like to do but it isn’t always possible.  When our kids are little and we can make decisions for them all is well.  As they grow and become teenagers and get more independent it’s not such and easy task and all does not go well.  The best thing for this prayer no matter what their age is.  We can start when they are young praying for the choices they are going to face as they grow up. Every parent needs a deliberate, strategic plan for guarding his or her child’s heart.  If you were raised in a negative home or one with no plan, there is some great news: You can break any negative, toxic cycle.

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/spiritual_growth_for_kids/strengthen-your-childs-faith-with-scripture/parents_protect-your-childs-heart-by-guarding-your-own.aspx

Day 23 Today I will…. Help our kids learn to discern

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When it comes to entertainment, discernment helps us sort through the media messages that bombard us every day and decide how they measure up to God’s standards. Help your teens learn about the influence of entertainment and how to make wise choices about music, movies and games.  I think one of the biggest tools that we can use in this battle with our children is to model the behavior that we wish our kids to be like.  Discernment is wisdom that helps us choose between right and wrong. We’re faced with decisions constantly. Wouldn’t it be cool to know you’re making the right ones? King Solomon thought so. In fact, he valued discernment so much that when God said he could have anything he wanted, Solomon asked fordiscernment instead of money or a long life (1 Kings 3). Of course, spiritual insight starts with an understanding of the Bible. It’s God’s Word that helps us know what to do day-to-day.

Day 22 Today I Will… give my child a blessing before school

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You put sunblock on them before they go out in the sun.  You make them dress according to the weather.  You make them wear a life jacket in the water.  You wouldn’t let them walk into a busy street.. So why do you not pray with them before school?  If you are not a person who can pray out loud, at least take the time to stop and pray silently, let them  know what you are doing.  As for us parents of teenagers who come and go on their own it is more difficult to catch them for this.  That is why it is ever so important to pray for them each morning.  Being a teenager is so much harder these days that ever before.  I pray for my daughters (and son in laws)  each night and each morning.  My oldest is married and out of the house but she still has her struggles that I send up prayers for her on.  My youngest is a senior in high school.  Think about the endless possibilities that there are to pray for these kids in school these days.  We can pray that the right friends come along and the wrong ones don’t.  OR if the wrong ones do come along that our kids are strong enough to keep their distance showing God’s Love.  We can pray over their, travel to and from school and or work, their teachers, facilty and certainly their future.   Some moms and youth pastors have even formed groups that meet just to pray for their kids.  The link below is about just that.

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/Radio.aspx?ID={0C45AFFA-FF4D-4F24-A44F-DD5542ABB512}

 

Day 21.. Today I will… Open my heart towards people

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How many of us close our hearts to keep ourselves from being hurt?  Or.. Because someone doesn’t accept something we do for them in the way we thought they should and then close our heart to them and or that certain thing?  Scripture always helps me!! When I realized that the scripture that tells us to do everything we do as if we are doing it for the Lord meant EVERYTHING… and i started acting it out in my life… it helped my heart not get so hurt.. and I could open it up more.  When our kids turn into the teenage aliens and they do all those selfish, ungrateful things we have to keep loving them, and sometimes with tough love.  We can’t do and say things from anger.  That never works out good for anyone.

This goes for spouse’s, children, co workers, family… We have to develop an attitude of kindness toward others that doesn’t depend on who is right, but on lowering our defenses and handling each other with care.  Tired of arguing about the same old stuff?  Do you long for mended fences?   Be diligent in pray for the person, the situation and be the bigger person to show the love of Jesus.

Day 20 Today I will save money

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The two words we hate to hear.  To a lot of households saving money is impossible for different reasons.  There might not be any money left over to save.  A spouse might keep spending without any caution to wanting to save.  Spending money should be a decision agreed upon just the same as saving money.   The cost to get kids ready for school this fall is soaring. But you don’t have to participate.

 

Here are a few quick ideas for how to keep the costs down, perhaps even lower than what you’ve spent in past years!

http://www.everydaycheapskate.com/home-and-family/back-to-school-rescue/