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A Mother’s Heart-Happy Mother’s Day

‘I’m Sorry,”  Is all I heard the Dr. Say.  The Dr. continued to tell me that I would not be a mom.  My heart sank and I felt empty  But  now I can truly say that God knew best and I am proud to say that I am a Mom.  There is nothing like being a mom. Being a mom is the greatest Gift I have ever received. God has blessed me with two amazing children and my life is full of Joy!

No words or pictures can really express what my heart and mind conceive but the following words are close.  My kids know this song very well…it was and is one of their favorite lullabies I sing to them at night.  Thank you God for blessing me as a mom!

 

God's Masterpiece

 

“Before you had a name or opened up your eyes, or anyone could recognize your face.

You were being formed so delicate in size, secluded in God’s safe and special plan.

With your little tiny hands and little tiny feet and little eyes that shimmer like a pearl.

He breathed in you a song and to make it all complete he brought the masterpiece into the world.

 

You are a masterpiece! A new creation he has formed. You’re as soft and fresh as a snowy winter morn and we’re so glad that God has given you to us, oh little lamb of God.

You are a masterpiece!

 

And now you’re growing up, you’re life’s a miracle. Every time we look at you we stand in awe.

Because in you we see a reflection of us and you’ll always be that little lamb from God.

And as your life goes on each day, how we pray that you will see, just how much your life as meant to us. And we’re so proud of you!!!

What else is there to say? Just be the masterpiece God created you to be.

 

You are a masterpiece! A new creation he has formed. You’re as soft and fresh as a snowy winter morn and we’re so glad that God has given you to us, oh little lamb of God.

You are a master piece!”

Sandi Patti

 

Ephesians 2:10

King James Version (KJV)

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 

 

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A Mom’s Prayer-First Day of School

Here we are again, Lord.  Their backpacks are loaded and their faces are scrubbed and their lunch accounts are full.

And I know you’ll walk with them, Lord.  You always do.  But a mom still has to ask.

Will You walk with them?  Will You whisper to them what they need to hear, when I’m not there to whisper it?

Will You please, oh please, cover their school with the protection only You can give, and will You keep harm far away?

Will You make their minds strong and ready to learn?  Will You help them understand that hard work honors the One who created them?

Will You guide their teachers, giving them patience and wisdom and creativity and more patience?  Will You bless them for their efforts?

Will You love all those children there, the ones whose lunch accounts aren’t full, the ones who feel alone?  Will You teach my children to be kind and unselfish and to love those who are different from them?

Will You point them back toward home just as soon as you can?

Lord, I give them to You today and everyday, trusting them to Your care.

Thank YOU God that you are their God!

Amen.

~~~~Author Unknown~~~

“Let my child’s light shine before others, that others may see YOUR good deeds and praise YOU, our Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

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A Servants Heart

The Heart and Mind of A Servant

 

  All families are a social group that must learn together to get along, care for each other and serve one another. The family is God’s plan for each of us. A place where we learn how to serve one another as Jesus served.

Designating jobs or chores to family members helps to reinforce that structure and teach family members the lessons of servanthood. New challenges are a great way to help met the way of keeping house and organizing.

I personally believe, that early on in their life, a child should have two things introduced to him. The first is the Name – Person of Jesus Christ and His Word. The second are the lessons of servanthood. One of those ways that we can teach serveanthood is by having assigned duties in the home. By doing chores/assigned duties, the child is learning the foundation of servanthood for his brothers and sisters, Mother and Father, and community!

Until we have an understanding of the Servant Mindset, and the example of Jesus as the Humble Servant, we cannot begin to understand the necessity of teaching our children at this early tender age about being a servant. Having the servant mind of Christ allows God to work in our lives and through our lives in mighty ways. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5.
Jesus…”made himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant” Philippians 2:7.

The three qualities that are most necessary for a servant mind are these three that we see in Jesus; submission, lowliness, and willingness. However, there are 14 characteristics of the Servant Mind as exhibited by Jesus. These are few from the book The Mind of Christ by T.W. Hunt.

  • · Obedient
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  • · Willing
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  • · Loyal
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  • · Faithful
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  • · Watchful
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  • · Courageous
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  • · Not Quarrelsome
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  • · Gentle
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  • · Able to Teach
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  • · Patient
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  • · Meek
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  • · Good
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Looking at this list you may first declare that we frail humans can never accomplish them in this life. However, remember that you have the Mind of Christ, and His mind will accomplish these in you if you are willing. These are the characteristics which can be laid out as a foundation in our children’s day to day life.

When they arrive at a point of accountability to God and begin to live a life in Christ, they will already have the benefit of being taught Christ-like behavior and thought. With the understanding of why you are assigning chores to your children, to teach them the Christ-like mind of a servant, you can now begin to exhort and encourage them in their daily tasks instead of driving them and scolding.

Discipline is necessary, and often the child must suffer the consequences of his wrong behavior. However, we are to train them to be a servant by exhortation, example and encouragement. Prov. 22:6 ~ “Train up a child in the way he/she should go, and when he is old he/she will not turn from  it.”

So cheer them on, and tell them how pleased you are with their service. Work with them, side by side and show them how to do a task. One day they will be our fellow servants in the King’s service!

 

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WHY CHORES?

WHY CHORES?????

·Chores are one of the best ways to build a feeling of competence.

·Chores help children understand what needs to be done to run a household.

·Chores establish helpful habits and good attitudes about work.

·Chores teach real-world skills and valuable lessons about life

·Chores help ease the transition into adulthood.

HOW:

“Create a list of every job it takes to keep a family going.” That way everyone know what is expected. Have kids pick out the chores they’d like to do the most — or at least the ones they’d hate the least. Of course, you may need to ensure that each member of your household is capable of handling the chores they sign up for.

Create a chores chart with three columns — one for the list of chores, one for deadlines, and one where you can each make a check when the chore is completed. You might find it easiest to have two lists: one for daily household chores and one for weekly household chores. Here are some Guidelines to get you started!

·Provide a wide berth with deadlines. You do this so family members can complete the chore at their leisure. But make sure kids don’t “hold the family hostage” if they don’t get them done, he says. For example, Suzie can’t unload the dishes if John hasn’t loaded the dishwasher yet.

·Be specific with instructions. “‘Clean your room’ is vague and can be interpreted in any number of ways.” Instead, be explicit by saying, ‘Put your clothes in the closet, books on the shelf, dishes in the kitchen, and toys in the toy box.'”

·Ease into chores for children. First, demonstrate step by step. Next, let your child help. And then have your child do the chore as you supervise. Once your child has it mastered, he’s ready to go solo.

·Offer periodic praise. Especially with younger children, don’t wait until a chore is complete to drop some well-placed kudos.

·Go easy with reminders. If you think your system won’t work without reminders, make sure everyone, including parents, lets others know how they would like to be reminded. A suggestion: use the “when/then” technique, such as, “When the pets are fed, then you may have your dessert.”

BE CAREFUL:

And if you consistently redo your child’s chores, you may send the signal that it wasn’t done well enough — not a great way to ensure cooperation.

Don’t wait until a chore is completed to show appreciation — or to not praise and encourage at all.

But inconsistency may be what trips up parents the most. If your kids aren’t expected to regularly follow through, they might start putting off chores in the hope that someone else will do it for them.

 

 

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Encouragement and Praise!

We all want encouragement and praise! Here are just a few simple statements that will make a difference!You’ve got it made.

You’re on the right track now!

You are very good at that.

·I‘m happy to see you working like that.

You’re doing a good job.

That’s the best you’ve ever done.

I knew you could do it.

·Now you’ve figured it out.

·Now you have it!

·GREAT!

·You make it look easy.

·That’s the right way to do it.

·You’re getting better every day.

·SENSATIONAL!

·That’s the way to do it.

·Best yet.

·PERFECT!

·TERRIFIC!

·Much better!

·You’ve just about mastered that!

·OUTSTANDING!

·You did that very well.

·FANTASTIC!

·You’re really improving.

·SUPERB!

·Keep it up!

·You’ve got that down pat!

·TREMENDOUS!

·Good thinking!

·I’m very proud of you.

·I think you’ve got it now.

·You figured that out fast.

·That’s really nice.

CLEVER!

·That’s great!

·Way to go.

·Now you have the hang of it!

·You’ve done a great job.

·Congratulations, you got it right

 

  ·That’s GOOD! ·GOOD WORK! I’m proud of the way you worked today.

You’re really working hard today.

·You’ve just about got it.
THAT’S IT!

·Congratulations! .

·You are doing that much better today.

·You’re learning fast.

·Good for you!

·Couldn’t have done it better myself.

·You did it that time!

·That’s the way!

·SUPER DUPER!

·You haven’t missed a thing.

·Keep up the good work.

·Nothing can stop you now!

·EXCELLENT!

·FINE!

·Wonderful!

·That’s better than ever.

·I appreciate your hard work.

·Now that’s what I call a fine job!

·You must have been practicing!

·You’re doing beautifully.

·Right on! 

·You’re doing fine.

·You are really learning a lot.

·You outdid yourself today!

·SPLENDID!

·Good going!

·MARVELOUS!

·Good job.

·Well, look at you go!

·DYNAMITE!

·Nice Work

 

There are so many more but hopefully these will help everyone at every age gain CONFIDENCE!

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ABC’s Of Success

I think that I posted these before but these ABC’s of success are great reminders of how we think and believe! Enjoy and May God Bless you on your success!

  • Adore
  • Believe
  • Confess
  • Delight
  • Express
  • Focus
  • Give Thanks
  • Humor
  • Invite
  • Journal
  • Keep knocking
  • Love
  • Mean what you say
  • Never give up
  • Offer yourself and your talents
  • Praise
  • Quietly listen and wait
  • Repent
  • Seek a need and help others
  • Trust
  • Unite
  • Value Yourself
  • Worship
  • X-ray your motives , what you hear, what you say or do
  • Yearn to Learn and accept change
  • Zealously share
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21 Ways to Enjoy Life

1. Embrace Time Abundance: give more time to what you need to get done.

2. Create the Opening: say no to say yes.

3. Relish the Space Between things: schedule a “DO NOTHING,” time.

4. Disengage from Clock Combat: be clock/watch/time free for a day.

5. Invite flow into your life: engage in activities that make you forget time.

6. Eat Mindfully: Nutrition and slow bites.

7. Use your tools: let the call go to voicemail, helps you regain your center.

8. Switch your cell phone: turn it off.

9. When a window closes, a door opens: Close things that distract you…only focus on one project at a time to be more effective and successful.

10. Captain your ship: decide to visit other areas in your life, new things bring simple pleasure.

11. Redefine the value of leisure: get rest will rejuvenate your efforts.

12. Rekindle childhood dreams: pursue something you’ve always wanted to do, see or experience.

13. Adhere to the rule of FULL: instead of ½ day take a full day to enjoy.

14. Take an adult size time out: Be gadget free and reconnect to people.

15. Change your routine: will raise your awareness and creates a new sense of place.

16. Thirty Minutes outdoors: Vit D even through the clouds, stress reliever.

17. Surround yourself with beauty: aromatherapy, soothing music, and candles, stimulate your senses.

18. Get Moving: Stairs not elevators, walk not ride, park further out, keep up your cardio and improve your circulation.

19. Take small steps: helps reduce procrastinations, reduces being overwhelmed, and increases accomplishments and increases confidence.

20. Don’t sweat the small stuff: Focus on what you can do and now what you can, focus on what you have and now what you don’t have etc…

21. Savor your day: You choose how to spend your day and time doing what you want to do, starting with your attitude.

 

 

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Family Time

Family is so important!

What is FAMILY TIME anyway?

·Webster defines Family as:

Parents and their Children; The members of one Household; A group of person’s related by blood or marriage.

·God defines Family as:

Joshua 24: 15b “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”

Matthew 21:15a “My house will be called a house of Prayer.”

Eph 5:22-23 “Wives submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is head of the church, his body, of which is the savior.”

Eph 5: 25 Husbands Love your wife just as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her.”

Eph. 6:2 “Honor thy Father and Mother which is the first commandment with a promise.”

There are so many more but these are a few of my favorite! =)

  • Make time for each person in the family, at least once a week, to talk with, laugh with, cry with or just relax with.
  • Have a date night/day~Have a family night/day~Have a “DO NOTHING” time. It makes such a difference in your relationship~
  • Also make time for yourself~once a week give yourself time to refresh and renew!  It could be anything from a bubble bath, read a book, get coffee with the girls, or go shopping without the kids. This will help you recharge and feel good about the daily tasks you do.

Being a Family requires a continuous connection in relationships. Taking the good with the bad and the heartaches with the hugs. Being a Household of Faith is being a Family!

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Summer Cleaning Motivation

How to Get Motivated To Do Summer Cleaning

 

Instructions

things you’ll need:

  • Music
  • Water
  • Cleaning supplies
  • ENERGY
  • 1

First start off by going to the store. Who doesn’t love a little shopping? Splurge on some new cleaning products you’ve never tried before. If you can afford it, buy some of the more expensive, really pretty ones that smell quite nice. Buy all the cleaning products you will need. You may want to buy some summer themed cleaning items with lots of floral scents! Buying new things usually helps you get motivated to do things. Also you may want to stock up on gloves, sponges, magic erasers, buckets, mops, brooms. Sometimes a nice, new mop can really excite you and get you in the cleaning mood.

  • 2

Next you will want to have some awesome music playing in the background while you clean. Nothing is worse than doing your summer cleaning to a silent house. Or a house with kids screaming. So turn on some tunes. Make a playlist of your favorite songs, or just turn on the radio. Make sure it is music that will get you PUMPED UP to clean, not make you fall asleep while you are cleaning under the beds!

  • 3

Next you will need a refreshing beverage while you clean. Water is a wonderful choice. I like to add the little Crystal Light lemonade packages to the water to make it a bit yummier, and it reminds me of summer too! Choose whatever beverage you want. But have it handy as you clean. Cleaning does have a tendency to make one thirsty!

  • 4

Next, clean, clean, clean! Sing while you clean! Dance a little while you clean! Do the funky chicken while you clean! Drink some of your beverage. Then clean some more! Don’t stop. Once you stop, you might not start again. Don’t let the summer heat get to you! Turn on a fan or the air conditioner!

  • 5

After you are all done, finish it all off by scenting your home with a new air freshener. You could use a spray kind, diffuser, or a nice plug in kind. Whatever you choose, it will really make you appreciate your hard cleaning efforts! You did a great job! You now deserve a nap!

Tips & Warnings

  • Make cleaning FUN.
  • Make a list of everything you want to accomplish then STICK TO IT
  • Sometimes the evil dirt fairies will try to convince you to let them stay and play a while. This is a trick and you must swat them out of your house with your broom immediately. Only clean fairies are allowed in your house.
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Life’s Daily Commandments

Someone has written these beautiful words. One must read and try to understand the deep meanings in them.
They are like the Ten Commandments to follow in life all the time.

1] Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble; it is a “steering wheel” that directs us in the right path throughout life.
2] Do you know why a car’s WINDSHIELD is so large & the rear view mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.
3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
4] All things in life are temporary.  If going well enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong don’t worry, they can’t last long either.
5] Old friends are like Gold! New friends are Diamonds! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a base of Gold!
6]  Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!”

7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.
8] A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything  worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision.”
9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them; and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES; it takes away today’s PEACE.

~~~Author Unknown~~~

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