Sunday, November 27, 2011

Take It All to Him

"Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden."

~Corrie Ten Boom

Monday, November 21, 2011

Life-Giving Instruction

“The truth of God’s Word – about God’s reality, about wisdom, about faith – is to be spoken of constantly in our homes. Talking, talking, talking to our children all the time about everything…This constant talking and instructing is what was modeled by Jesus while he lived with his disciples and prepared them to be leaders of the faith when he went to heaven. It is significant to me that, in recording the last evening he spent with Jesus, John took four chapters to record all that Jesus said to them. He talked and talked and talked to them.”

~Sally Clarkson
The Mission of Motherhood

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ourselves: The Hardest Kingdom to Conquer

"The secret of homemade rule is self rule, first being ourselves what we want our children to be."

~Andrew Murray

Thursday, November 17, 2011

He Will Help You

For I am the LORD your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

~Isaiah 41:13

Monday, November 14, 2011

Disappointment and Complaints

"Everything about which we are tempted to complain may be the very instrument whereby the Potter intends to shape His clay into the image of His Son.

A headache, an insult, a long line at the checkout, someone's rudeness or failure to say thank you, misunderstanding, disappointment, interruption. As Amy Carmichael said, 'See in it a chance to die,' meaning a chance to leave self behind and say yes to the will of God, to be conformable unto His death. Not a morbid, martyr complex, but a peaceful and happy contentment in the assurance that goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives.

Wouldn't our children learn godliness if they saw in us the example of contentment instead of complaint, acceptance instead of rebellion, and peace instead of frustration?"

~Elisabeth Elliot
Keep A Quiet Heart

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Quench the Anger Fire Before It Consumes

"Anger devours almost all other good emotions. It deadens the soul. It numbs the heart to joy and gratitude and hope and tenderness and compassion and kindness."

~John Piper
 This Momentary Marriage - A Parable of Permanence

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mothering Failures Needed for His Kingdom

"The Bible teaches it’s not my own good parenting choices or how together I am as a mom that God wants me to feel confident about.

Paul said it this way, “I place no confidence in the flesh…” (Phil 3:3)

I’ve learned that failure can, in fact, be very useful because it exposes the object of my faith.

God has allowed me to be utterly broken as a mom in order for me to get this lesson right. In it all, He has shown me He wants me to transfer my trust from myself (my good choices, my hard work, my skills and abilities, my wisdom, etc) to Him and His character. Because God’s good plans for my life and my children’s lives never depended upon me in the first place. "

~Arabah Joy

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Faithful in the Little Things

"The Lord has asked us to be faithful in the little things. Do we dare ask to do great things for God if we neglect to obey Him in the small things? No, our first step is to obey Him in the things He has already asked us to do.

Jesus commanded His disciples to be witnesses first in Jerusalem, then in Judea, then Samaria, and finally, to the uttermost part of the earth. In the same way, the very first place God sends each one of us is to our own families.

It is easy to treat our relationship with our brothers and sisters as unimportant, but it's not unimportant in God's eyes."

~Sarah Mally
Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends

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