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FROM THE FORUM // So what are some practical principles to apply to our sibling relationships in the ways we interact and think about them?

1. Realize each of your family members is specially made in the image of God. Every individual is precious, designed by God for His glory and purposes. Embracing our siblings and parents (and everyone in our life!) with all their delightful quirks and personality differences really starts with a heart of gratitude to God for each precious life. Not only that... But have you ever thought about the fact that God creates each family uniquely for a purpose? His design plans are always perfect. So, when you begin to become ungrateful or bitter either because of a sibling that knows how to push your every button or because you don’t have that older brother or little sister that you’ve always wanted, remember that HE IS GOOD. And He has the best in store for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). He deserves our continual gratitude! This will spill forth into a greater appreciation for each sibling and brother and sister in Christ.

2. Live and love in light of God's grace for you. It is not always easy to get along with everyone in our home. But the way we handle challenges reveals who we really are. We should love our siblings and parents just as they are. We need to pray for each other every day. We don't always have the right hearts while working and playing together, but we strive to do better, by God's grace, in everything we do! And this must be our anthem: GOD’S grace. Without His grace displayed on the cross, we wouldn’t know what sacrificial love is. Without His grace working in our souls to draw us to Himself, we wouldn’t know how beautiful this unconditional love is. So, we can all love better as we live in light of the grace of our heavenly Father.

3. Put others before yourself! How many of you have thought at some point how willing you would be to die for Christ? I have, only to be humbled the next moment by His whisper in my ear, “How willing are you to live for Me?” In living for Christ during the little moments of every day, we must be ready to die to our flesh. Our merciful Lord has filled our life with so many “opportunities.” Little brother wants the last cookie…but so do you. Sister has not finished her laundry and is now playing or reading a book, but then mother asks you to finish the laundry for her. Older brother would appreciate you running an errand for him, but it will take you far out of your way. The list goes on…and again, even without siblings, we are all faced with these similar moments. Would you join me in choosing to die to self and live to Christ…one moment at a time?

In order for any of the above to be lived out and embraced as beautiful, one thing is most necessary....

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Do you ever feel like a failure? Like no matter how hard you try, you can never be good? I certainly do. Feelings like this are not wrong, but can be depending on what you do with them. On one side, you could fall into depression or go around all gloomy because you will never be "good enough". Or, on the other side, you could fall upon your Source of strength! Your Mighty Fortress! Your ever-present Help! But don't "just" ask for His forgiveness (though this is a necessary first step), ask Him to help you grow! Remember that He will neither leave nor forsake you, but is always there helping you travel the up-hill road of sanctification.

Sisters, I struggle with relying on Jesus for His strength when it comes to this. Very often, I try (and fail) in my own power! Some things that have helped me are praying that He would enable my mind to ponder Him throughout the day, and then purposing to remind myself as well. Listening to sermons and hymns, posting Scripture in conspicuous places, and memorizing Scripture are all ways to do that!

May you have a blessed week glorifying Him!

~Claire Grace

#pray #sanctification #myRock
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"Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of #JOY; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Psalm 16:11)
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"Beginning our day with the Lord is the first and best way to keep both the written Word, the Bible, and the Living Word, Jesus Christ, in the forefront of our minds through the day. If Jesus began His day praying to the Father (Mark 1:35), we certainly ought to as well. I compare myself to sand—when I pour the water of the Word into my life by reading and praying, it soaks in. But it doesn’t take long for it to drain through, so I need to replenish the supply frequently. For me, beautiful hymns and psalms keep me close to God; the words fill my mind with truth, and the music brings it home to my heart. The beauty of nature also makes me stand in awe of my Maker. We have a forest on two sides of our home, and I marvel that no man can make one little live leaf, and there out my window are thousands of them! What a great God we serve!"

-From Mrs. Mary Beeke's encouraging interview in the current #KBRmagazine. Be sure to read the entire article, as it contains many helpful thoughts on walking closely with the Lord!

#marybeeke #lawofkindness
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Sometimes I find myself in a dry spot in my relationship with the Lord. I don't pray as often, and just don't relish His Word as I ought. Church becomes more of a habit than a longed-for place of worship. Have you ever experienced these feelings?

There is always a reason on my end for my relationship with the Lord being so blighted. God is always faithful! We can have full confidence that God will never forsake us, but we can get distracted. Even wonderful things can distract us, like ministry, or music, or learning a new skill.

Praying for personal, Spirit-led revival is so essential for becoming re-infused with love for Christ! Only He can give us a new heart and desires! May we all be GLAD to worship Him!

~Claire Grace

#prayer #joy #loveforChrist
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We want to hear!! 👉📖 What have you been reading lately that's encouraged you in Christ? Recommend a good #read at http://kingsbloomingrose.com/sharewithus.html!
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ON THE FORUM // "Togetherness" is a word used by my mama quite often to describe spending time together as a family. In the afternoons, we hear her voice ringing through the house saying, "Everyone gather! We're going to read together!" And we all meet up - either in our cozy living room around the wood stove or on our pleasant front porch with rocking chairs and a porch swing. "Togetherness" means a lot to our parents.

One of the best ways to spend time with family is to be in the Word of God together. My daddy is very diligent to lead us in family worship and Bible reading. We love singing together and reflecting on what the Lord has done and is doing for us. On busy days when daddy has to get out the door for work, our mother has also been faithful to share the Bible with us.

My siblings and I have a few simple and fun ways we like to spend time together. We enjoy taking walks, riding bikes, reading, swimming, listening to audiobooks, and just talking and sharing things we did throughout the day. We also enjoy playing instruments together. We play by ear, so that's a great way to practice living together in “harmony"!

Living in unity with family is also practice and preparation for all of life...

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You have been given an amazing gift. Well, many amazing gifts! The gift of life, salvation, eternal life, a relationship with God...and it goes on! But there is something else that we don't think of as often...the power of Christ in us which makes us able to spread His love. We are love-spreaders! We can show others Christ's love! The key word there is can. We can, but will we? Or, will we all the time? Most of the time? When we feel like it?

Loving others is undoubtedly one of the hardest callings of a Christian. And we are to love everyone! The stranger in need of help, those who persecute you (or would like to), and your little brother! But, we have a God that not only shows us how to love through His Word and example (think of Jesus talking to the woman at the well), but He will give us the strength for it! You just have to ask!

After being convicted of sin, often I will think, "I will do better next time. That is the last time I will ever do that again.". The conviction is great, but I am missing humility. Humility to say, "Lord, I can't do it on my own strength. You promised to help me as I walk with you (2 Timothy 1:9). Please do so!".

Let's try to love others in the little things as well as the big things. Sometimes a sincere compliment (try to go beyond "I like your dress"...try to find character qualities to commend!), a friendly smile, or going the extra mile unasked and unnoticed can make all the difference! And, make sure you are doing it for His glory! That kind of love can change lives!

~Claire Grace

#love #Christ'spower #Hisglory
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"Future. None of us like waiting for the future to unfold. It struck me one night—why do we always talk about the future like it’s something undiscovered, something we are desperate to find out? It’s synonymous to saying we’re waiting for the sun to rise. Do we sit up all night wondering when or if the sun will rise?

"Only if we aren’t wrapped in the blanket of trust.

"The sun will rise; just rest!

"Our Redeemer has given us the awe-striking grace of knowing His will and His work—and where it all ultimately leads. There is no waiting for the future to unfold—the reality of the resurrection enlivens and quickens us today! And “when sorrows like sea billows roll,” we can confidently raise our faces in the bitter rain of tears and proclaim, “It is well with my soul! Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight!” "
~Lyndsey, in #KBRMagazine

Ever face fears or questions about what lies ahead of you in life's journey? This extremely honest and helpful article addresses these #fears straight on with God's Word. Our future is known by God. Let's walk in joy and hope!

Read the full article in KBR: http://kingsbloomingrose.com/CurrentIssue.html
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When KBR began thirteen years ago, it was with a desire to encourage and challenge one another as young ladies. It has been such a joy over the years to learn together, spur each other in the Lord, and get to know one another! 💝

As announced in the spring issue, KBR will not be published past 2018. As we compile the final two issues of KBR in 2018, we want to invite YOU to be a part. There are several ways you can contribute and share your heart with other readers - find out how at http://kingsbloomingrose.com/sharewithus.html!

All submissions for the summer issue must be received by Tuesday, May 8. Use the easy form at the link above to do so!💌
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