Have you heard your kids ever say these words?
"But you promised!"
Mine say it quite a bit. Lately, it's not that I actually promised something and then changed my mind. My kids have a way of twisting what I actually said would happen and turn it into what they really wanted to happen.
They confuse me and make me question my own memory and my own sanity, which honestly, I question too.
One important thing I've learned in motherhood is never to utter those words unless I am sure that the event will undoubtedly take place.
Can you relate?
Thankfully, we have a God that is really good at making promises.
We have a God that is really good at remembering the promises He makes.
And we have a God that is really good at keeping those promises.
I'm studying the book of Psalms this summer, so I am reading songs and prayers that King David wrote. I know I write a lot about David, but since God called him a man after His own heart, I think we can learn a lot from him.
David had been told he would be king of Israel when he was very young. But he had to wait many years for that promise to fruition. Not only that, even though he was God's anointed king, he feared for his life. He spent many years on the run, hiding from the current king Saul who wanted to kill him.
Still, he wrote these words. "I praise God for what He has promised; yes, I praise the Lord for what He has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?" (Psalm 56:10-11, NLT).
David had such confidence in the Lord that he was already praising God for the promises that He would keep.
The fact is, if God promised it, it will happen. It's only a matter of time.
David had complete confidence in God and His ability to keep what He had promised. Remember earlier in David's life? David stood in front of a 9 foot giant with only a sling and some rocks. In the face of fear, David was confident that God would enable him to kill the giant Goliath. And God did.
We may not be faced with a literal giant, but we all face giant obstacles and trials. Right now, I am working to get a book published. That seems like a giant to me. But I am confident in the Lord. He will lead me and keep His promises to me.
"My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!" (Psalm 57:7)
What giant are you facing? A financial giant? Well God promised that He will provide for your needs. "So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs" (Matt. 6:32).
Maybe you don't know the next step with your job or with your children. God says, "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you" (James 1:5).
The Bible is full of the promises of God for us. And more than that, the Bible is full of examples of how God kept His word many, many times.
What has God promised you? Be confident; it's only a matter of time before it actually happens.
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Fact of life: kids need their moms. We are vital to their growth as human beings. After all, who else could lovingly tell a first grader, “Your teeth look disgusting. Go brush them,” or a teenager that, “You desperately need a shower”?
Besides our role in helping our kids learn important hygiene skills, moms are responsible for their mental and emotional growth.
If I were to write a list of all the traits I want to grow in my children, the traits could easily number in the hundreds. There are tons in many categories! For example let’s examine the traits in the category of “manners.”
I have been losing a battle with my eight year old son. Ever since he could talk and started taking notice of his bodily functions, I have gently coached him in appropriate word choice. We don’t say that word; we say “toot.” And you can only talk about bathroom words in the bathroom. No potty humor at the supper table.
I thought he had grasped these lessons, but I was wrong. At his birthday party this year, my ears were assaulted by his hilarious (sarcasm) exclamations about gas and such. My precious little boy joined right in with the other second grade boys. Had he learned nothing? They all laughed hysterically while I cried on the inside.
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So clearly, this is one area in the “manners” category that I am still working on. We are also still reviewing “please and thank you.” Oh, and using “excuse me,” after bodily functions and when we get in someone’s way, is a concept that is shaky, at best.
See what I mean? This is just one little area that moms must grow and develop in their children. And I didn’t even cover interrupting, asking to be excused or politely declining food at supper time. One thing is certain; a mother’s job is never done. We have such a huge responsibility.
Now moms, we could easily focus on our never-ending lists. We could get overwhelmed by the amount of information we need to give to our kids and just stop trying. We could give up and give in before we even start. We could, but that would go against how God made moms.
It takes so much more than potty talk for a mom to give up on her children. Yes, God gave mothers a deep, long-suffering love for their kids.
God’s word has some encouragement for us moms who feel like giving in to the weight of responsibility. Galatians 6:9 says, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (NLT).
God knows that motherhood is hard. Raising kids to be adults that follow Jesus is the highest calling. And it’s tough. There are days when we will want to throw in the towel. But God says we should not get tired of working with our kids. We have to keep tending them and teaching them, growing in them the traits that we view as “right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8, NIV).
And if we take God at His word, we can know that our work will pay off. When the time is right, we will see the person that God created each of our children to be. And moms, can you think of anything better?
So moms, let’s not give up. Let’s keep working. Our harvest is coming.
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It is gardening season for me and growing season for my farmer husband. After a lot of rain, we finally got everything planted.
My garden was in shambles. Evidently, dandelions like a lot of rain. My garden looked like it specialized in growing dandelions and nothing else. Looking around at some fields, it seemed like dandelions were everywhere.
If you've ever tried to pull a dandelion, you may have noticed that the root is massive! The bigger the weed, the longer and thicker the main root. That root is evidence of the growth required for the longevity of the weed.
After my husband plants corn, he likes to go back and check his seeds. He will dig up some seeds just to check the depth at which they were planted. And after a little time has passed, he goes back and checks the roots.
You see, the growth on a corn plant first happens under ground. The tap root shoots out and down, trying to firmly establish the tall corn plant that will eventually grow.
I recently came across this verse:
"And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness" (Col. 2:6-7, NLT).
Because I am a farmer's wife in the middle of growing season, the use of the word "roots" caught my attention. It got me thinking about how we grow and mature as Christians and as people.
There is such great practical information in these verses. If you know me at all, you know I love a plan and some good action steps. Let's break it down, shall we?
1. Continue to follow Jesus. This seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes we miss it. Maybe we accepted the Lord a long time ago and have been on auto pilot since then. Maybe we are a new believer and we don't know what following Jesus looks like. Either way, the command here is to keep following Jesus.
When we are followers of anyone, we do what they do. Think of the kids' game "Follow the Leader." Jesus is our leader, so we must live our life like He lived His. We can read the Bible to know Him better and to seek His wisdom in difficult circumstances. We can ask His Spirit to help us.
2. Get rooted. The verses from Colossians says to grow our roots down into Jesus. Roots need to be covered so they can collect the nutrients for the rest of the plant. And just like a plant's roots, we need to be covered with the truth from the Word of God. We will not find what we need from the messages of this world. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again" (John 6:35, NLT). With roots firmly grounded in Him and His truth, we will have all we need to grow.
3. Build your life on Him. In order to build anything, you need a good foundation. A tall corn plant must have roots that are strong and deep or it will fall over in the wind. With our roots in Jesus, we can grow and build our lives. We can find our calling from Him and then work to carry it out. We can be moms who "build their house in wisdom" (Prov. 14:1). We can provide stability and security for our families.
4. Strong faith and thankfulness. With deep roots and a solid foundation, we can get to know God more and more. It's simple. The more time you spend with someone, the more you can trust them and depend on them. Think about it: you wouldn't trust your life to a stranger. But when we let God build our lives and walk with us, we learn He is faithful. We know we can withstand strong winds and storms, and we can be thankful that He never leaves us.
Even though dandelions are a pain, you have to admit that they have strong roots. Corn too. You can even see extra, stabilizing roots coming out and down from the plant itself, right above the dirt, giving the plant extra support. See?
So, this is the only time I will probably ever say this, but be like corn, or a dandelion if you rather. Let you roots grow down deep so you can build a life in Christ.
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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