Do you sometimes doubt that things will ever change for the better?

So many times we get a negative perspective on our life. If things are not going well, we just assume that it will never change. Jesus said in Mark 10:22-24, “Have faith in God…Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Jesus has given you and I a strategy for changing life situations. If you doubt in your heart, you will restrict the flow of His provision in your life and the life of your children. We must have a faith perspective anchored on God Himself.

So, speak to every obstacle believing that you will receive God’s best for your life. Put your faith in the mountain moving ability of the God of the universe and you will see things change!



The Battlefield Of Your Mind

Have you ever been in a conflict within your home that feels intensely painful.

We want our homes to be peaceful and free from strife. But at times we experience battles in our mind that are difficult and stressful. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 in the New Living Translation says “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.  We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”

So many times the battle that you and I fight is in our own thoughts. We must diligently and purposefully make our thoughts line up with God’s word, His will, and His way!  You will be amazed when you engage in this battle peace can be restored in your thoughts, emotions and in the very emotional fabric of your home. If you are at peace, you are able to face every difficult situation and painful relationship with wisdom and insight that comes from above.



Choose Life

Do you hope your child will make good choices?

All of us desire our children to make good choices, but we can not control their decisions. In Deuteronomy 30:19 it says “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! “

You can’t control the choices your children make, but you can choose life.  As you choose to be life-giving in your relationship with your children you will be obeying God and serving Him as you steward the life of your child. They will be in your home such a relatively short amount of time.  Your daily choices as a parent will pave the way for those that follow in your footsteps.  When you make good choices, your children will be more likely to choose wisely as they see your example.



Commit Wholeheartedly

Have you ever noticed that it takes a consistent effort to teach your children the ways of God?

Deuteronomy 11:18-19 says “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up” (NLT).

Our children are going to know if we are committed wholeheartedly to the Word, Will and Ways of God by how we interact with them on a daily basis.  Are you in conversation with them as you drive down the road? Are you applying the word to daily situations that they ask you about. Are you talking about Christian Values and encouraging them to grow in their own convictions?

Let your life preach the goodnews in word and deed.



Power To Succeed

Do you feel pressure to be a success?

To truly succeed in life you must truly trust and obey God fully.  You must humble yourself, turn from your own self-suffienciency and rely on God. Deuteronomy 8:17-18 says, “ He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.”

Even as a parent, if you are trusting in your own resouces to make you a good parent, you will quickly fall on your face. You will make mistakes as a parent and not even comprehend the damage you are doing as you walk in pride. It takes humility to be a good parent. Humility to lean on God and humility to be able to learn from others.

When you put the results in God’s hands, you will be a success by following His lead.



Celebrate What God Has Done

Do you remember the things that God has done for you?

There are so many times that I forget to fully celebrate the goodness of God when He has answered my prayers. Deuteronomy 4:9 says ““But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren” (NLT).

By taking the time to recount the many blessings that God has done, it helps me to recount His faithfulness in my life to my children.  When we are open and transparent with our children about our own dependancy on God, they will learn that God is trustworthy in time of need.  If they see you pray and wait on God for your needs to be met, they will learn to do the same.  They can be part of the celebration when God’s answers prevail.

God desires for you to live an epic life as an overcomer.  As you overcome trials and circumstances, you are training your children as overcomers too.



The Holy Spirit Prays For You

Do you ever find yourself not knowing what to do in a particular situation?

Sometimes the emotions are strong in the house and issues are unresolved. Who do you turn to when you don’t know what to do. Romans 8:26-27 says, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.”

Find peace and rest that when you don’t know what to do, God does.  He will lead you and guide you to a greater understanding of what to do and how to do it.



Made To Crave

Do you crave the things of this world?

1 John 2:15-16 says,  “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world” (NLT).  As you parent your child, what do they see you craving for?  Are you craving for selfish desires or prideful pursuits. Your child will be able to tell the difference. They will follow your example (for good or for bad).

God uses your call to parent your child to help conform His character in you. He is weeding selfishness of you by giving you an opportunity to be selfless with your daughter or son. Give up the cravings of this world and seek that which truly satisfies, a relationship with Him.



Persuaded By Love

Are you fully persuaded that God loves you?

Romans 8:38-39 says “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 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” (NKJV). For you to be a good mom or dad, you must first know that God loves you. It must be unshakable in your heart and mind that nothing can separate you from God’s love.

If you are fully convinced, then you will convincingly communicate God’s love to your child.  Your son or daughter will know that the love of God is real as you live it out day by day. The love of God is contagious when it rules and reigns in your heart, mind and home. Let God’s love make a difference in your child’s heart today, by freshly receiving His love — for you.



Quick To Listen

Are you quick to listen to find the heart of your child?

James 1:19-20 says, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires” (NLT). If you jump in to speak first, you may never find out the true heart feelings of your child.

Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as you value the heart of your son or daughter. You may have a preference for how you communicate… but learn to know what is helpful for them.  In any case, your anger will not help your child open up to you. Anger will communicate that you are not safe. Allow God’s love to transform you from the inside out. Let His love flow through you as you truly listen to our child.