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Isaiah 50:10 GW Who among you fears the LORD and obeys his servant? Let those who walk in darkness and have no light trust the name of the LORD and depend upon their God.

WALKING IN THE LIGHT

In a world of darkness, it's easy to lose sight of our path. At times, we may feel like we are stumbling through life, trying to feel our way in the dark. But the hope for believers is that there is light, and it is found in the Lord!

Don't get discouraged living in a world of darkness. We will experience God's full glory in heaven soon enough. Until then, obey the Lord. He promises to light your way. By living in obedience to Him and following His leading, we can be an example of hope to our children as they go through life.

Try not to get discouraged by the things of this world. Rely on God as the lamp unto your feet.
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1 John 3:1 GW Consider this: The Father has given us his love. He loves us so much that we are actually called God's dear children. And that's what we are. For this reason the world doesn't recognize us, and it didn't recognize him either.

WHO'S YOUR FATHER?

When I was in school, I remember walking through a hallway and hearing a father outside the principal's office. His voice was intense, but not angry.

"Whose son are you?" the father said, as he looked his 10-year-old son in the eye. The boy meekly looked away. "Look at me," the father said, "and answer the question. Whose son are you?" With tears in his eyes, the boy looked at his Dad and said, "Yours" with a hint of shame. "No, my son, I want you to say it loud and proud," the father responded. "I'M YOURS!" The boy yelled, looking his father full in the face. Immediately, the father embraced him.

I later learned the son had received harsh consequences for breaking a rule at school. Tears filled my eyes as I remembered the above verse. When we trust Jesus Christ as our savior, we become children of God. We can yell, "I'M YOURS" to our Heavenly Father.

Pass God's unconditional love to your children. Take time to thank Him for showing us eternal grace!
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Jeremiah 17:7-8 GW Blessed is the person who trusts the LORD. The LORD will be his confidence. (8) He will be like a tree that is planted by water. It will send its roots down to a stream. It will not be afraid in the heat of summer. Its leaves will turn green. It will not be anxious during droughts. It will not stop producing fruit.

TRUST IN GOD

Where are you placing your trust? Is it in your ability to control your kids or force them to become the people you want them to be? Jeremiah 17:5 notes, "Cursed is the one who trusts in man" because he knew that depending on human effort would lead to disappointment. Instead, he tells us to recognize that God is trustworthy and to give Him the responsibility for the lives of our children.

Jeremiah compares our trust to a tree planted near water. A plant falls limp when the water supply is lacking or weak. But, as Christians, we have a powerful eternal water source that allows us to endure hard times and stand tall! Our trust is strengthened when we acknowledge God's faithfulness and remember the many times He has brought us out of fear and into a place of hope.

When facing a parenting "drought", remember God's faithfulness and draw upon His strength, rather than your own.
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Hebrews 12:5-6 GW You have forgotten the encouraging words that God speaks to you as his children: "My child, pay attention when the Lord disciplines you. Don't give up when he corrects you. (6) The Lord disciplines everyone he loves. He severely disciplines everyone he accepts as his child."

DISCIPLINE FROM A LOVING PARENT

The word "discipline" in this passage means to educate or train, rather than to condemn or punish. Most of us realize our discipline stems from our love and concern for our kids. Interestingly, it is this same parental love that causes God to discipline us throughout our lives as well.

How does God discipline us? Often, it is by delivering consequences when we make mistakes, and then walking with us as we deal with those consequences. When we have learned from the process, He gives us new opportunities to obey, and helps us grow and mature in ways we never thought possible.

It is important to remember that the purpose of His discipline isn't to defeat us. Romans 8:1 says, "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ." Instead, He wants us to learn from discipline, to look towards Him, and keep going! What a great example of a Perfect Parent!

Embrace the Lord's discipline as an expression of His love. Use Him as your model for disciplining your children.
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+luz maria you are very welcome! Thank you for your encouragement! May the Lord be praised! God bless you! 
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Hebrews 11:7 GW Faith led Noah to listen when God warned him about the things in the future that he could not see. He obeyed God and built a ship to save his family. Through faith Noah condemned the world and received God's approval that comes through faith.

FAITH IN THE UNSEEN

Noah certainly did not fit into the cultural norm. Although he was surrounded by wickedness and rebellion, he chose to be obedient to God. Noah's neighbors probably asked lots of questions when they saw him building a 450 foot long boat, and perhaps he was even chastised and rejected. But because he was faithful to God, he found favor with the Lord and his entire family was saved from the destruction of the flood.

In obeying the Lord today, we sometimes see the cost, yet fail to acknowledge the reward. Godly parenting decisions may, at times, result in persecution or rejection by the world. These are the times when we must lead through faith, knowing God will reveal Himself later. Noah's faithful obedience should be comforting to us, and remind us that God rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

Focus on making parenting decisions that are obedient to God and know that He will reward those who are faithful.

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Galatians 6:7-8 GW Make no mistake about this: You can never make a fool out of God. Whatever you plant is what you'll harvest. (8) If you plant in the soil of your corrupt nature, you will harvest destruction. But if you plant in the soil of your spiritual nature, you will harvest everlasting life.

SOWING AND REAPING

One way to help our kids learn this biblical truth is to be consistent in our discipline. When we consistently follow through in giving needed consequences, children learn that their choices really are important and that they will affect the quality of their lives - in other words, they will have to reap what they sow.

No doubt about it, disciplining our kids takes time and energy. We may be tempted to forego consequences because it's inconvenient, we're tired, or we dread our child's reaction. It helps to focus on the big picture and the purpose behind our discipline. While it's important to learn that choices affect life on earth, it's more important for our kids to understand that they will reap what they sow eternally when making a decision to accept Christ.

Teach your kids about sowing and reaping, and help them sow the ultimate seed.
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Psalms 61:2 GW From the ends of the earth, I call to you when I begin to lose heart. Lead me to the rock that is high above me.

GROWING FAINT

How often do we cry out for security and strength? As a parent, probably often! There will be times we will have to be led to a rock higher than ourselves so we can see beyond our present struggles to the future God has in store for us. Sometimes we have to be lifted up to see life from God's eternal perspective. In this passage, David recognizes the higher "rock" as a place of safety and power and he knows only God can lead him there.

Parenting can sometimes make you feel faint-hearted, but God wants you to use those times to pray to Him for security and strength. James 1:5 says that those who ask will be given wisdom. Wisdom is one way God lifts you up to the higher rock.

Remember, you are never confined to your present situation. Trust God to lift you to a higher place and give you His eternal perspective!
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1 Peter 2:24 GW Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross so that freed from our sins, we could live a life that has God's approval. His wounds have healed you.

GUILT FREE PARENTING

In today's culture, we often hear that guilt is a bad thing. Pop psychology suggests it is a result of low self-esteem. But, sometimes guilty feelings are simply the natural result of our sin!

How can fallen parents living in a fallen world escape the tyranny of guilty feelings? By embracing the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. There is nothing more freeing than confessing our sin and recognizing that Christ's sacrifice on the cross has healed us! We break out of the bondage that comes with guilt by trusting in the cleansing work of our Savior.

We will often make mistakes in parenting. Don't let those mistakes draw you away from God. Take time to confess, die to sin, and live in righteousness!
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Matthew 11:28 GW "Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.

Are you tired, frustrated or disappointed? Welcome to the real world. That’s all the hope the world can give you. Even if you do feel completely the opposite one day how long will that last? Not long at all. That’s because all the best the world can offer is only temporary. There is no real lasting hope or promise this world can offer. Only Jesus, God’s Son, can do that.

You need to be willing to come to Him. He won’t bully you or treat you like people in the world do. He’s gentle and humble, unlike you. YOU WILL FIND REST. Word of caution for some. If you think you know Jesus or have tried but didn’t find rest – it wasn’t Jesus you came to. Maybe you tried someone’s flavor of religion but it wasn’t Jesus. HE WILL GIVE YOU REST! His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Just read the scripture and accept what He has said, not what people tell you.

REST FOR THE WEARY

What parent isn't weary at the end of the day?! Sometimes rest seems like something we will only get to enjoy in the distant future. When I'm tired and discouraged, I sometimes look at a magnet that was given to me as a gift. It reads: "Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart." Is that possible?

In the passage, Jesus is issuing an invitation to all who are weary and burdened to come to Him. He's not proposing freedom from noise, trouble or hard work. He's offering something more eternal and fulfilling. Jesus wants us to find rest in our souls from the burden of sin and its consequences!

Take time to place your burdens in the hands of Jesus Christ. He has already paid the price, and His peace is ours for the asking. Enjoy the peace that passes understanding, even in the midst of chaos.
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Matthew 5:37 GW Simply say yes or no. Anything more than that comes from the evil one.

In this non-committal generation people sound awfully flaky, "maybe, perhaps, not sure, I don't know, etc..." It's like we're afraid of making a commitment! You know why? Because of insecurity and ignorance. People who don't know themselves are not able to make a commitment. People who are not responsible/accountable (able to respond or give account) are not able to say "Yes/No". This means they are not capable, mature adults; able to account for their own actions. They are children, regardless of their chronological age. Whatever is outside of the Yes/No realm is evil. How does that sit with you? If you don't like it, grow up!

LIVING YOUR WORDS

The Jewish legal experts had many ways to get around the law and break oaths so that a person's promises might mean nothing. Jesus, however, encouraged people to live their lives with such integrity that people would simply believe what they said.

Our actions should speak louder than our words. But too often, the opposite is true. When we say we will give consequences for disobedience and then fail to follow through, our kids may doubt the reliability of our words. As a result, we may use threats to convince our children that this time we really mean what we say: "This is the last time I'm waking you up" or, "Next time, I'm not bringing your homework to school." Unfortunately, our threats are often perceived as just more meaningless words.

Provide your children with the sense of security that comes when your actions are consistent with your words.
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Proverbs 14:4 GW Where there are no cattle, the feeding trough is empty, but the strength of an ox produces plentiful harvests.

Something that may appear too clean may not be productive or being used.

Too neat of a life may be an indication of worthlessness or lack of productivity!

CHANGE

The Hebrew word used here for "empty" suggests cleanliness. If you have no oxen, you won't have to clean up after them, but you also won't benefit from their strength. The idea behind this proverb is that upheaval and investment are the price of growth.

God wants us to grow. Neatness and stability might give us a temporary sense of control, but they can keep us from maturing. Change can be messy and often takes us out of our comfort zone. But avoiding change can prevent us from reaping the "abundant harvest" of personal growth.

What areas of your parenting need personal upheaval? Perhaps you are doing too much for your kids because you like the sense of control it gives you. Maybe you are rescuing them from the consequences of poor decisions because you fear failure and mistakes. Or maybe you find yourself communicating with your children in less than respectful ways.

Pray for the insight and courage to embark on godly change.
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This journey we call life will end well when you put trust in Jesus. Listen to His words of love in the Bible and you will find life that is abundant! I'm not necessarily talking about this life - the valley of the shadow of death - this one is only a test. There's something wonderful ahead for those who make Jesus their Lord.
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