One of the fruits of the Spirit is self control….not other control! No matter how people treat you, do you take the time to be the light of Christ? If others insult, do you still offer a kind word? If others condemn, do you still encourage? It is easy to say nice things to and about those that we like and love, but how much more rewarding to say kind words to and about those we struggle to get along with?!?
~ Proverbs 12:18 ~ There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
~ Proverbs 15:1 ~ A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
May the words of your lips and meditations of your heart be glorifying to God. All my love and blessings for a great night! ❤
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you,
with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms
and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful;
and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,
not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some,
but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
I am so excited!! I finally got some time to update links on my site and categorize them so they are more helpful to those who desire to dig deeper in to the Word of God and for those who need a little more inspiration and accountability to make it through the coming year (I know I do!!). There are links just for women and some for the men, as well as links that everyone can enjoy. Take some time to check them out and let me know what you think. Also, if you have any great sites or blogs that enrich your spiritual journey, please, please let me know as I would like to continue to build resources for those in need.
Blessings and I hope you find the links useful and encouraging!
In Christian love ❤
It has been a while since I have had some time to sit and enjoy the pleasure of writing! Somehow life just gets busy and time escapes me. Nonetheless, God has blessed me with some time to touch base and share a beautiful song from Newsboys! May this be the mantra of every Christian and may the movement of Christ bring hope and light to a world filled with despair and darkness.
All my love ❤
Train a child up in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not turn from it.
I have only one child and he is my pride and joy. My life is so full with him in it and I am delighted that he is becoming his own man. He is 15, with 16 approaching quickly, and desiring to assert his independence more so now than ever before.
I have been divorced for over 13 years, and though I have a great relationship with his father and we keep our son as the central focus, I am still a single mom without a dad in the house! My son has been brought up in church with me and has just recently proclaimed that he does not want to go to church anymore. The reasons are varied, and I have been praying greatly about this as there is a delicate balance to encouraging him to go to church, thus continuing to build his foundation in Christ, and to making him go to church, which would cause bitterness and resentment about church and create fights weekly in our home. Yes, I am the mom, and yes, I can “make” him go, but that does not foster his faith and his journey; it merely sets the stage for warfare in our home. After much prayer, God has made it abundantly clear that my son is NOT mine, he is GOD’S! In that one resonating statement, God is asking me to let go, and let him lead my son, which I will admit is hard. This is not hard because of my lack of trust in God, but because I know the journey will be hard, painful, and difficult for me to watch. After all, who wants to see their only child, or any child suffer in order to find a deep and meaningful relationship with God?
With all that said, herein lies my struggle: how do I continue to build on the foundation that has been built thus far without appearing critical and nagging, but at the same time holding true to my convictions and Scripture?
For example, just today, I came home from church and he was watching a show called “The League” which I must say leaves little to be desired and leaves nothing to the imagination. I sat, watched with him and then began a discussion about pornography, as that was blatantly displayed in this episode both visibly and verbally. I reminded him that it was inappropriate to watch this show as it promotes porn. His response, “How is it promoting porn?” My statement back to him was that by showing pornography and making it a normal part of these people’s lives (both married and single), the show was promoting it, saying it is okay for men and women to watch and discuss pornography. He then stated that it was something normal guys do. My response was that in the real world, a normal guy, a gentleman and Godly man would not find pornography normal, but in the show it makes it appear thus, to which he responded that he was done discussing it and going to go work out. So here I sit, wondering how to walk the line of showing him God and reminding him of God’s expectations in scripture to becoming a nagging, hypocritical, holier than thou mom (not that I see myself that way, but that is quickly becoming my son’s perception!)
I am reaching out to you all as brothers and sisters in Christ to find out what has and has not worked for you and your family when it comes to raising a child up in the way he or she should go. I know every child encounters a battle within to find his or her own faith, and I know that battle is different for everyone and can occur at varied times in life for each person. My son is there now, and I want, no, I desire with a great passion for him to grow and blossom in his walk with God and to become the man God created him to be. With the world screaming that what was once wrong (morally and Biblically speaking) is now right, I am finding myself in the midst of his battle, in the middle of the battle for my son’s soul!
I am really curious and would like some thoughts from my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! Prayers are also welcomed as I know the power of prayer can availeth much! Encouraging personal testimonies, things that have and haven’t worked when reaching your teen. Anything will help!
Yours sincerely! With love and blessings from a God that I know can work ALL things for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose!
Music is always at the core of my life….building and encouraging me in all circumstances. I have posted this before, but I just felt led to post it yet again as it is such a powerful song!! God can break every chain that holds you down and free you from all that holds you in bondage!
Those who trust in the Lord
Are like Mount Zion,
Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
~ Psalm 125:1 ~
Alone in this moment
Standing on faith
Side by side with the darkness
In His word I wait
Satan’s voice ringing in my ear
Taunting with his wicked ways
Holding tight to my Lord
I will trust in Him always
Still I will hold tight
Letting God lead
Knowing He is my rock
And in Him I will be set free