Jesus told his disciples, “offences will come” (Luke 17:1). This fact still remains true today. Offenses tend to start small and grow in our minds until we are like Proverbs 18:19 which says, “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.” With each thought about the offense, the walls get thicker and the bars stronger. The following scriptures can get our thoughts off the offense and onto things above.
In Philippians 4:8, we are told clearly what kind of thoughts we should be thinking on:
The part about “whatsoever things are lovely” has always given me pause. I find it easier to identify things that are true, or honest, or a good report, or praise… but lovely?
Have you ever watched a musical family play their instruments beautifully together and wondered how that came to be?
Allow me to introduce you to one of those families, the de la Motte Family! They have eight children who all start playing a stringed instrument at the age of two years old! I’ve had the privilege of watching them perform together at our church over the years, and each time I find myself praising the God who not only created music, but also created family. There’s something exceedingly beautiful when family members work together toward a common goal. In this case, the goal is to glorify God by producing quality God-honoring music.
A few weeks ago on Facebook, a friend posted a link to this really thought provoking article which has to do with the problems associated with kid/teen tech and how we as parents need to be careful that our children aren’t falling prey to these dangers. It got me thinking back to when my kids became teenagers and they wanted to have their very own electronic tablets. The introduction of these devices into our home caused my husband and I as parents to have to decide how we were going to oversee their usage.
I am absolutely delighted to have been given the Blogger Recognition Award by my friend Kristi from the Savvy Schooling blog! Blogging is a lot of hard work, and much of it is done in silence, alone. Anytime someone goes out of their way to say, “You’re doing good”, it’s a boost, like a puff of wind in the sails that keeps you moving forward! Encouragement is powerful! This reminds me that I need to work on giving out praise in my daily life! It’s just not something that comes very naturally to me, even though I love receiving any kind of a “gold star!” So, thank you, Kristi, for this nomination! Be sure to see the blogs I’ve nominated at the end of this post!
I recently stepped on the scale to find out that I’d gained weight- Eek! While I wasn’t happy about that, knowing the truth has spurred me into taking steps to get my weight back down into a more comfortable range. Even though I’m confident that I’ll be able to lose the weight, I noticed that my mind was not totally at peace about this! Whenever my mind gets rattled, I need to remind myself of what is true in the Word of God! I’ve gathered some scriptures that I can meditate on as I get my body back into shape, and I thought I’d share them with you too!
We are blessed to live in a country where we have the freedom to choose how our children will be educated! Even though homeschooling is a challenging task, it has been a wonderful experience for our family. Since it’s always helpful to glean wisdom and advice from other home educators, Kristi at SavvySchooling.com has organized a series on her blog called Homeschooling in the 50 States… and Beyond! I was pleased to be invited to write a post for this series on homeschooling in California!
To read our family’s experience as a homeschooling family in the state of California, click here.