Tag Archive | children

Have You Changed Your Mind?

 I remember as a child how when Mohamed Ali was interviewed before or after a fight, he would always say, “I am the greatest”, “I float like a butterfly, and sting like a bee”. He spoke that which he expected his life to be, and based on his boxing career, he succeeded just as he spoke and, as he expected. He was referred to as arrogant and conceited, but he WAS the greatest boxer in his day, because he spoke victory, never defeat over his own life and, most importantly he was about helping others.

It’s what we expect, that which we think about which expands in our lives. Change your thoughts, then you will change your world. Change your expectations, then your life can start to manifest that which you speak and believe. 

Proverbs 18:21. Death and life are in the power of the tongue

Proverbs 23:7 For as a man thinketh, so is he

John 10:10 “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

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They are a Gift from God

I was returning to my car at the grocery store when I heard a woman’s voice shouting profanities. I looked to see what the commotion was all about, and to my amazement, it was a woman shouting these profanities at a little boy. It was one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. He was wiping tears away as they entered the store.

At that moment, I remembered a sermon I heard. The minister said that sometimes the problem with people who mistreat children to such a degree is, they see in the child, the face of the man or woman who is no longer in their life or who has caused them pain somehow or they hate their lives and take it out an innocent child who had nothing to do with the pain which was caused.  
A child is a gift, just ask anyone who would willingly give all they have in order to experience pregnancy, child birth or even fatherhood. Something you may be taking for granted.
If this sounds like you, pray and ask The Lord to help you to see yourself in that childs sweet little face or those eyes that wonder why you don’t like them, why you’re always angry with them, just as God our Heavenly Father loves you and looks past your faults and failures. He loves you and shows you mercy and grace, so why won’t you! If you can’t forgive that person man or that woman who mistreated you, why not ask God for the strength to change, because some things are very hard to do apart from the power of God.
There are so many good people that deserve children, who can’t have them but God allowed you to experience the joy of parenthood. Don’t fail this assignment given to you as a parent. Love them, nurture them and help make them into a wonderful human being for their future as well as your own. God loves them, and He gave them to you for a season to do great things in a world full of anger and hostility.  

What are you doing with the gift He gave to you.

Gods word says,” Suffer the little children to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of heaven”.  

I’m Thinking Out Loud

This  is an old post,  but it means alot to me as we celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary today.  It’s worth repeating!

I know I’ve said it before,  but it bears repeating; ” No one person stays the same”,  especially in marriage and relationships.  As wonderful as my husbands is,  I have often wished for those honeymoon days again  but marriage, career, children, sickness, and life has changed us.   It just happens. 

“We live our lives in phases”.  In order to make sure these changes, phases or seasons don’t derail or in some cases destroy your relationship.   Try making home a “stress free zone” as much as possible. Check in emotionally with one another regularly.  Don’t assume everything is fine, we are pros at deception and will tell ourselves “things are fine” or in some cases we may even say “they know me,  they understand me”.  That will never work, instead be purposeful about  spending quality time together,  build one another up during those tough times, share your feelings (good, bad, and indifferent) share your experiences, your faults and your failures but be careful not to use your spouse as your own personal “dumping ground” in the process.

I had to express this very thing to my husband not too long ago.   I was so tired of him coming home everyday complaining about the same thing.  Did I mention it was everyday for weeks ?   His response to me was,  ” If I can’t talk to you,  then who can I talk to”? The “talking” wasn’t  the problem, it was the content of the conversation, (I love hearing about his day normally), but no one wants to hear anyone complain, brag about or vent about the same thing, all the time!. The thing is, he didn’t even realize that he was doing it until it was brought to his attention.  He does now! 

Life gets hard and years pass but he or she is still the person you fell in love with.   Ask God to help you find those qualities you fell in love with.

If you get a chance sometime soon, go online and listen to Ed Sheerans song, “Thinking out loud” .  It is one of those songs that helps to remind you of what you love about one another.

Promise keepers

I tell people all the time that I never liked sports growing up but my husband was a football player when I met him.  It was his life at that time.  I had to learn to deal with it because, it was really the only way I could get some quality time with my sports fanatic man.  I learned to understand what was going on enough by asking him what certain calls meant from the umpire, or the referee, he would give me answers and continue to engage me during those hours of the game (smart right).

I said all that to say this.   I was watching the story of a coach turned Pastor, Coach Bill McCartney a college football coach, and the founder of “The Promise Keepers”.  His core message was and still is, fidelity in marriage by reaching men and husbands all around America with what the bible has to say about marriage, love, family, and relationships.  Although he was used by God, he was not perfect, he cheated on his wife and confessed it to her in order to be forgiven completely by God as well as his wife.  It took a great tole on his wife and his marriage but they eventually worked through it.  Coach McCartney made a statement  I felt I had to share with you,  he said “The true character of a man shows in the countenance of his wife, because everything he has invested in her will show in her face”, and I add, it will show in the way she responds to him as a husband and a father.  Coach McCartney also said,  “God has mandated that every man should bring his wife to spender in Jesus Christ”.  That speaks to a God loving man who leads his family spiritually.

Now, I don’t claim to have a perfect marriage, as a matter of fact I challenge you to find one that is but when I look at my husband and my marriage,  I thank God because I see a Godly man, a man who is not perfect but puts me and his family first always, one who truly cares about how I feel.  He is not college educated but gifted by God with wisdom beyond most, and one who has more common sense than anyone I’ve ever known.  He can see the beginning to the end of just about any situation.  That’s certainly a gift and I believe the reason why he excelled in his 29 year Naval career and continues to even after retirement.

 Husbands love your wife as Christ loved the church and gave his life for her” Ephesians 5:25

We cannot walk away from this crisis.

Let me first say,  this has nothing to do with hate but everything to do with the safety of our children and their future.  If we don’t take a bold stand, Christian voices will be silenced

May 13, 2016

Protect Our Children!

The Obama administration is ramping up its efforts to force public schools to allow students to use the restroom and locker rooms of the opposite sex. Boys who are clearly boys would be free to use the girls’ facilities and vice versa.

And if parents and students object? They are either ignored or vilified as bigots.

It’s all part of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Title IX Mandates” (Title IX is part of the U.S. Education Code governing federal rules for education).

These rules have been revised to provide special protections for “transgenderism” — boys or men who perceive on any given day they identify as a female, or women and girls who perceive they are male.

Schools that do not comply risk losing federal funding and may even be prosecuted by the Justice Department, which has also redefined sex discrimination to include sexual orientation and “gender identity” (the new term for males who think they are females and vice versa).

FRC has a plan to counteract this outrage, and you are part of it. But first, let me explain why public school restrooms have become “Ground Zero” in the effort to destroy Christian morality, religious freedom, and the next generation, using “gender identity” as a weapon.

Let’s answer some of the most pressing questions I am often asked:

QUESTION: “Why is the Obama administration trying to mainstream ‘transgenderism’ and force schools to accommodate students who want to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex?

ANSWER: It’s all part of a radical movement trying to destroy the fact that God created man and woman — and that somehow people can choose what gender they want to be. The ultimate goal is to break down all sexual inhibition and morality — a goal that would result in social chaos.

And the only way they can pull off this scheme? Big government.

Think of it. If government can force the “normalization” or even the celebration of something as universally unnatural as men using women’s restrooms and vice versa, then it can force the rest of its agenda on the American people very easily.

And consider this, if the White House can dictate the bathroom policies of the nation, then what is beyond its reach? The answer is absolutely nothing.

QUESTION: “Do you think that the ultimate goal is to destroy the impact of Christianity in our country?”

ANSWER: Definitely, yes.

Christianity is a hindrance to what the secularists in the Obama administration and “Progressive” special interest groups ultimately want to do.

QUESTION: “The federal government . . . state governments . . . municipalities . . . even corporations and pro sports teams seem to be pushing special rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Can we really turn back the tide?”

ANSWER: Yes! We can and will if we have the courage to take a stand and call this foolishness what it is. But we are at a point where Christians have to lose their fear of what other people say — or do.

That’s exactly what North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R) is doing. When his state chose to protect women, children, and others by repealing a Charlotte ordinance that would have punished businesses that designate restrooms for men only and women only, Obama’s Department of Justice sent a letter threatening action against North Carolina. On Monday, Governor McCrory decided to respond by going on the offensive suing the government for the administration’s overreach.

By God’s grace and your support, we can win.

In Washington, D.C., FRC is educating conservatives in Congress to help them understand and effectively address the social issues that are the root cause of America’s moral slide. At the top of our agenda is federal legislation that defends the First Amendment rights of Christians who, for reasons of faith, cannot affirm same-sex marriage and need protection from government persecution.

FRC is also voicing opposition to the U.S. Department of Education’s redefinition of sexual discrimination to include transgenderism. We give people across the country the assurance that it is NOT bigoted to stand up for the biological truth that a man is a man and a woman is a woman.

By arming leaders and everyday Americans with the facts, FRC provides the backbone Christians need to make a difference. It is simply not enough to curse the darkness. We need to drive darkness away with the light of compelling truth — well-researched facts and irrefutable arguments.

But we must act quickly and decisively. Without the necessary financial resources, FRC will not be able to meet the many challenges ahead. I am counting on you to come through at this most critical time for our country.

Please send as generous a contribution as you can. Our team of experts will put your funds to immediate use in every way I outlined above.

Thank you in advance for your generous gift as we face this most critical struggle.

Standing (Ephesians 6:13),

Tony Perkins
President

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Who’s doing the changing?

It all seems so innocent but be careful!!!   People who don’t possess your values or your morals can and will influence you, your speech,  as well as your behavior. They can even influence the way in which others perceive you without you even realizing it.  

The bible says, “Guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23).   and, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can understand it”, (Jeremiah 17:9). That right there! is one reason why it can be challenging to do what’s right all the time.

Allow Christ to be the greatest influence in your life.  I’m not saying you can’t have or be friends with people who are not like you, I’m  just saying, Gods word says to be careful for a reason.

Confirmation!

I opened my Bible to this statement once i completed this post.

“Transformation into Christlikeness is the Holy Spirits work ( Romans 8:2, 4,13-14, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Galatians 5:16-18”.

Alone time

When we lived in Huntsville Alabama, we were fortunate as always to find a wonderful church.  The Pastors wife  was our Sunday school teacher and a very knowledgeable woman of God.    I remember how she always talked about her early mornings with God.  I also remember  how  I made excuses for my lack of time,  how my life was so busy with work (at the  time) and my family, that I couldn’t always find quality time to read my Bible or spend time with God in prayer as I desired.  She suggested such a simple remedy, She said,   “If you really want it, ask God for it,  ask Him to wake you earlier than normal in order to give Him the “first fruit” of your day”.  Well, I did it,  and what do you know,  I started waking up at around 5am every morning!  What was funny, was  that it took me a few days before I realized what was happening to me,  God had answered my prayer.   It was a pretty simple request but amazing at the same time.  Even now when I wake early before day, I almost immediately start to pray.  It’s such a sweet time of the day with no interruptions or distractions,  just me, the Lord and my husband sound asleep.

If you want to give God more of yourself, more time that seems non existent,  ask Him.  He will do it because He desires your time, your gifts and your talents, but most of all He desires your time alone with Him so that he can speak to you through His word,  through your prayer time and meditation.  He will strengthen you for anything you will face in your day.   

I challenge you to ask Him and see “Won’t He do it”.

“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge”… (Psalm 73:28)