Friday, April 29, 2011

They Catch Our Character As Much As Our Words

"Instruction, and advice, and commands will profit little, unless they are backed up by the pattern of your own life. Your children will never believe you are in earnest, and really wish them to obey you, so long as your actions contradict your counsel."

~J.C. Ryle
The Upper Room

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Helpful Habit When Mom Is Discouraged or Overwhelmed

"Every single time you talk to [your children], force yourself to smile... When you speak while you're smiling, your tone of voice changes, and you will find that the words that come out of your mouth are more gracious.

Talk to your children about this, and help them to do the same thing... It is hard to complain and whine while smiling."

~Kim Brenneman
Large Family Logistics
Appendix A: Coping While Exhausted and Overwhelmed

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Heart of the Matter

"...The human heart cannot be seen by man. Only God knows for sure what is inside. We can have only a glimpse into the heart by observing what pours out into words, actions, and attitudes.

The tongue is just a muscle that does what it is told to do by the heart. The tongue cannot be brought under control by a heart that is out of control.

By learning how to ask specific questions, as a parent you can draw out of your child's heart the necessary data to help him biblically diagnose any sin problem that resides therein...You will be able to help him change not only his words, actions, and attitudes, but also (and more importantly) his thoughts and motives."

~Lou Priolo
The Heart of Anger


Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Habits Start Small...Begin Today and Rejoice!

Do not despise these small beginnings,
for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin...

~Zechariah 4:10 NLT

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Timeless Parenting Truth

"There was never a child so lovely
but his mother was glad to get him to sleep."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, April 18, 2011

The World Needs Your Child's Strong Will

"Let’s not despair at the strength of our children’s wills when lessons like obedience and dying to self turn out to be a daily battle.

Hope for the future is looking up at us today with set jaws and narrowed eyes, refusing to pick up a pile of board books or finish a handwriting page, utterly sinful and in need of relentless correction, yes, but raw material to turn the world upside down.

Let’s pray for our children, for an end to their rebellion, and a delight in godly submission to authority.

Let’s never wish their wills were weaker, but instead pray with hope that their strong wills get redeemed."

~Andrea Parunak at Pursuing Titus 2
When A Strong Will Gets Redeemed

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Precious Love of a Daughter

"A daughter may outgrow your lap,
but she will never outgrow your heart."

~Author Unknown

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cords of Lovingkindness

"Kindness, gentleness, long-suffering, forbearance, patience, sympathy, a willingness to enter into childish troubles, a readiness to take part in childish joys, these are the cords by which a child may be led most easily, these are the clues you must follow if you would find the way to his heart."

~ J. C. Ryle
The Upper Room

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Repeat After Me, Boys...

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.

~Psalm 133:1

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Life Is In The Interruptions

"If you haven't time to respond to a tug at your pants leg, your schedule is too crowded." 

~Robert Brault

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Frontiers of Child Training

"The first frontier is children’s acceptance of godly authority - willing obedience.
...The second frontier is how family members treat each other – whether they are kind and thoughtful, or mean and self-focused."

~Susan Arico at Heart Pondering

Friday, April 8, 2011

A Conversation That Never Ceases

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

~Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Be Choosy For Your Children's Sake

"The desire to appear broad-minded is one not easy to overcome, for it is rooted in our ego and is simply a none-too-subtle form of pride. In the name of broad-mindedness, many a Christian home has been opened to literature that sprang not from a broad mind, but from a mind little and dirty and polluted with evil.

 We require our children to wipe their feet before entering the house. Dare we demand less of the literature that comes into our homes?”

~A.W. Tozer


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Noisy and Lovable Little Ones...

Boy, n.:  a noise with dirt on it. 

~Not Your Average Dictionary

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

No Heavy Lifting On Our Own

 “Please do not try to lift the ‘heavy objects’ of kindness and goodness on your own! You won’t be able to do it. But our heavenly Father has provided the Holy Spirit—the Helper—to assist us…So let’s cease straining in our own power and turn to our Helper. Let’s ask Him for the strength and ability to demonstrate kindness and goodness. Our vigorous effort is still required, but it is only effective in cooperation with the Holy Spirit.”

~Carolyn Mahaney
Feminine Appeal

Monday, April 4, 2011

Mother of Little Ones, Your King Is Gently Leading You

He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart:
he gently leads those that have young.

~Isaiah 40:11

Friday, April 1, 2011

Choose Uplifting Words

“The world you create with your tongue builds a child’s heart, perspectives, appetites, and attitudes.  What is said in the day swirls in and through a child’s psyche even while he sleeps.”

~Renee Ellison

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