“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.”
"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?"
"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. "
"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."