Monday, April 14, 2014

What are your kids soaking in?

In this world our kids are exposed to so much! We need to be an impact on their lives and expose them to the truth! Just for example give my 5 year old a weekend at the house. I hear “Mom, I want …(the name of the toy)…batteries not included!” I asked him if he knew what “batteries not included meant?” Of course he didn’t, but he knew what he wanted. Later on…”MOM I want a Mixel each sold separately!” And then again just this morning while I am cleaning up a little accident, “Mom you really need to buy Sparkle! It really helps you clean and is easy on your wallet.” Um yes, once again it only took a commercial to influence him. We need to focus on being the influence on our children. Do we try to live out Deut. 6:6-9? If we would just take the time to show our children something about our heavenly Father every day, just imagine what they could soak up and share with others. Now if only we had decent commercials for our kids to learn some wholesome lessons from!

"You must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. Tie them to your hands as a reminder and wear them on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." Deut. 6:6-9 (NLT)

Parenting the wholehearted child by jeannie cunnion

This is an easy to read book about us parents not being perfect, needing that rest as parents (even if it is pulling away from our children) and trying daily to lead them to Christ. I felt it tugging at my heart as I read it, but I think mainly b/c the author and I share a first name and she uses her name a lot in the story, which was really what I needed. She gives a few options on how we can pray with our children, which I loved. The book is broken down into 4 areas: Imperfect Parents, perfect grace/ experiencing a vibrant friendship with Jesus (praying, bible, reading, etc)/ Growing in Christ like Character/ Leading with Unconditional love. I think this is more of a book that you take a chapter or 2 a day and ponder, vs trying to read it front to back in a few days. There is a lot of helpful advice that I am highlighting and flagging. Our main goal should always be constantly sharing God’s love with our child. We main fail some days, but pick yourself up and try again.( Deut. 6:6-9) Thank you to booklook blogger program for this copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black

This is a great series for any person. I really think teenagers and older would love this series. I plan on introducing it to my teenage son. I believe everyone should read a book like this that deals with the spiritual realm – the battle of heavenly angel army vs the demons. There is a constant spiritual battle that goes on all around us that we are not aware of and most don’t think about. We all know we have a guardian angel, but honestly when do we stop and think about that angel fighting demons away from us, protecting our every way. From just missing a car and being in a wreck to almost doing other things and getting hurt. We might think – Close call! But honestly do you think that maybe that was your angel stepping out and protecting you? I say my angel works overtime with me and my clumbsy ways, but I do stop and say thank you. I pray daily for the angels of my children to watch out for my babies. Reading this book will open your eyes to this realm that people often forget about. This is a series that leaves you longing for more. I will most definitely be reading book 2 in the Fall! I love the way the authors breaks down chapter by chapter at the back of the book and explains what you are reading and backs it up with Bible verses. This is a book of action, suspense, and leaves you with thoughts of Heaven. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this honest review.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Mom, I don't like school!"

I have dreaded and prayed that I would't hear those words from my son. Just these past couple of weeks he tell me this often. He tells me b/c it takes time away from playing and his parents. He can make you feel so sad for him at times. I'm so thankful God lays things upon my heart to share with him. This morning I heard those dreaded words again... I said explained that Mommy and Daddy have to work so he would miss time with us anyway, but God has great plans for him. God is preparing him for whatever he has plans for him. And to do those plans, I betcha he will have to be able to read and write... well it made his Prek self stop and think for awhile...

It wasn't long he asked was the yellow stuff on our car the same as the stuff on Cheetos... Um no! that is fake cheese on those chips and he is allergic to the pollen so please no licking it!

As parents we can only pray that we prepare our kids for what God has planned for them. I would love to plan his life for him, but I know God has a greater plan for my lil' guy.

Just the other day he told me he wanted to tell God he loved him. I said sure.. go right ahead..
"GOD! I looove you!!"
"Momma, I just made God's day!"

Secretly he made my day too!! He knows that we love God/Jesus first, b/c they gave us each other, and the family next! :)