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Holidays: Loving Difficult Relatives

November 6, 2015
Judy practices in Tennessee

Holidays: Loving Difficult Relatives –

The holidays are approaching fast, and it’s such a busy time. Many of us will see relatives we love and a few relatives we don’t like. For some of us,  Thanksgiving and Christmas bring stress as we consider interacting with  that difficult person. Today we’re here to offer some thoughts to make those times easier.

I remember what Paul said in Romans. He advised us strongly to make our bodies a living sacrifice. I don’t know if you’ve noticed the change in language these days. But you’ll hear people talk about freedom of worship rather than freedom of religion. I think that’s deliberate. People who don’t understand our faith assume everything happens inside a church, but it doesn’t. A living sacrifice doesn’t crawl off the altar. In fact, that phrase is an oxymoron. That’s like saying that’s a hot ice cube. The word sacrifice entailed death.  In our case, however, we are to live all the time through Christ as if the old nature is dead.  That’s or service of worship. In that same passage in Romans Paul says, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (Hebrews 12:14)  What a huge assignment, especially with the history we bring to our families.

Today we have Counselor Judy Herman to share ideas about demonstrating God’s love to those hardest to enjoy.

Learn more about Judy here.

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Praise for Pastors

October 23, 2015

Praise for Pastors

Have you ever considered ministering to your pastor? That thought might catch some of you by surprise. Often times we think of the pastor as the one who ministers, not the other way around. In America, we tend to have a consumer mentality as we approach church shopping, and look for the elements we need for our family. Maybe we seek out a good youth program or a Sunday school that engages our preschoolers. Still others might scour local churches for a minister who keeps them spell bound when he steps into the pulpit. None of these are bad, but that’s not the whole picture.

God makes it clear in Scripture that we should look out for the needs of others, and he enables us to do that. When someone places his faith in Jesus, God bestows a gift on him to use in the body of Christ. Note what the apostle Peter commanded in his first epistle, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” In fact, every believer has a vital spot in the church body, including the pastor and his wife.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. That may seem like another event the media imposes on us. However, read I Timothy 5:17, ” Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” In light of that, Nan Jones and Patti Harris give us tips on what life is like for a pastor’s wife. Listen and learn how to reach out to your pastor and his family.

Learn more about Nan Jones here.

Nan Jones

Nan Jones

 

Patti Harris

Patti Harris

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Beware of Human Trafficking

October 16, 2015

Beware of Human Trafficking

How much is an individual worth? What about a woman? A child? The present administration has set up criteria to measure the worth of the individual to society. Obviously, the older you get, the more money your health care will take, which they dislike. They planned on having a board to decide who got health care and who didn’t. Elderly won’t receive care past a certain age. Based on the evolutionary standard, survival of the fittest, a person isn’t worth much. Evolutionists would view each of us as an accident of nature.

You determine worth by how much someone is willing to pay. Jesus gave his life to redeem us from sin. That makes each of us priceless.

Today we have the nightmare of human trafficking in which men entrap girls and women and enslave them for sexual pleasure. What a horror. As mothers and wives, we want our families protected and we long to see the captors freed.

Susan Coggins Norris speaks out for those in slavery, and she gives safety advice to keep us all free.

Learn more about her ministry here. Her personal page is here.

 

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Bonding with Your Child

October 2, 2015
Slave Across the Street

 

Bonding with Your Child Through Boundaries

Boundaries sound uncomfortable. So how can they benefit your parenting? Today we are going to answer that question and give you some tips on child rearing.

What sorts of things does a child need? Look at the following passage:

Psalm 78:2 – 8 I will open my mouth in a parable; …things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments…

That’s such a lovely passage, which shows the importance of passing on our faith. We long for our children to follow God because living in sin will hurt them. If only we could follow a recipe and turn out perfect kids every time, but it’s not that easy.  Instead, it’s important to stay on our knees and to ask for guidance from wise counselors.

June Hunt and Peggy Sue Wells have a new book which offers help, Bonding with Your Child Through Boundaries.  June laid the foundation with sound teaching from the Word, and Peggy Sue added her experience as the mother of seven.

Learn more about June here and Peggy Sue here.

1:00 What does an unborn child need?

1:27 Is there a formula for raising kids?

2:19 What does Titus 2 say that’s helpful?

2:56 What are boundaries and how do they fit with bonding?

6:18 Telling your children what to do, rather than being negative.

13:08 Whining defined.

17:00 A good response to whining?

19:50 Parenting Goals.

20:20 When to let a child choose.

22:47 Laughs in the car.

32:43 A clerk gives feedback.

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The Tragedy of Suicide

August 14, 2015

The tragedy of suicide is all around us, and the numbers are growing. Susan Titus Osborn shares ways to cope should a loved one make such a heart-breaking choice.

Susan Titus Osborn has a passion for teaching budding authors to write for publication. She is the director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service where she heads a staff of 18 editors. She has authored over 30 books, as well as numerous articles. She is on the CLASSeminars staff, a member of Advanced Christian Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA), and a member of Christian Authors Network (CAN). Susan represents New Hope Publishers for nonfiction books at writers’ conferences. Her past positions include magazine editor and adjunct professor at four Christian colleges. She has spoken extensively across the US at over 150 writers’ conferences and in eight foreign countries. Susan lives with her husband, Dick, in Fullerton, California. They enjoy camping in their fifth-wheel trailer with their five children, twelve grandchildren, and three great-grandson.

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He hit me! Domestic Abuse

June 19, 2015

Scripture says husbands should show “…honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, … they are heirs with you of the grace of life…”
Dr Richard Mabry discusses domestic abuse and gives advice on strategies for women caught in it.

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