Monday, October 31, 2011

Refreshment for Discouragement and Daily Drudgery

Oh, faithful mother, please do not despair,
In God's perfect plan you do have a share,
To fulfill your destiny planned from creation
Which is to nurture children and build a nation!

You're walking in the footsteps of Jesus your Lord
Who sacrificed all, His life He out-poured,
He didn't cling to His rights with selfish futility,
He didn't claim any privilege, but walked in humility.

He gave up His life to save millions of others.
This principle works in the lives of all mothers.
When you lose your own life, you'll find it again,
A rewarding life, without guilt or shame.

So lift up your head, embrace your calling so high,
You're in God's perfect will; there's no reason to sigh!
You may often feel worthless ~ don't listen to this lie;
Your influence goes higher than the clouds in the sky!

~Nancy Campbell
Excerpt from poem, Motherhood Is Not for Wimps

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mold Their Hearts For Him

"A good character is the best tombstone.
Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered.
Carve your name on hearts... not on marble."
~Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Our Inheritance from Our Father

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.

~Psalm 127:3 (ESV)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rejoicing in A Sibling's Stumbling

"When a child is about to be disciplined, and others are delighting in this, stop and read Proverbs 24:17-18 and 1 Corinthians 13:6 with your children. Ask them to tell you what God does when others rejoice over the fall of their enemies? Encourage them to look at their own hearts. What are they doing when they rejoice over the fall of family members that they actually love? Are they pleasing God with their attitudes? What does God want them to do instead of taking pleasure in the downfall of someone else?"

~Pam Forster at Doorposts


Monday, October 10, 2011

Showing Our Children that We Like Them

"We must practice joy. We must learn to not only love our children, but learn to like them as well. We must look into their eyes and hearts and smile…
Great big no-strings-attached smiles.

Even when you are tired or don’t feel like it or have said the same thing over and over all day long.
Don’t just love your children.
Like them."

~Amy at Raising Arrows

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Requiring Obedience Blesses Our Children

"If we fail to require obedience from our children, we become a stumbling block for them.
Luke 17:2 explains that it would be better for us to drown in the sea with a millstone tied around our necks than to cause a child to stumble.
We are robbing our children of the blessings that God intends for them when we fail to require obedience.
Ephesians 6:1 says, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and your mother' - which is the first commandment with a promise- 'that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.'"

~Ginger Plowman
Don't Make Me Count To Three

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