August 17, 2016 Bible Study

Inspiration from Tender Mercy for a Mother's Soul: Inspiration to Renew Your Spirit  By Angela Thomas (all quotes are from this text, unless otherwise noted)

  • How can we see our life with new eyes and new vision?

We need to ask ourselves, how have you grown in your relationship with God since you became a mother? 

"You think that you see clearly, but without spiritual eyes to see, you will miss the blessings. You will grope around in the dark searching for My will in your life. You will miss the beauty I have created. You will miss your purpose." (pg 29)

 

"Your soul is the place God fashioned for His presence--the place where He intends to abide and to work. Your soul is a holy place. Your were made for God." (pg 31) "Doing is not being. Surviving is not truly living. Your soul must be protected, attended to, and cared for." (pg 32)

What does it mean to have your soul protected and cared for? How do you find time to care for your soul? 

  • How can we care for our souls in the midst of a busy life?

Choosing to come and remain with God is the first (giant) step. 

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." 

 

Other ideas: 

Putting bibles or scripture-filled material everywhere, including computers, bedside, etc.

Giving up perfection, letting others help (letting kids help with chores, etc)

Saying no

Take 5 minutes when you first wake up in the morning and pray

Learning a new way to pray 

P--Praise      In the first part of your prayer, give praise and adoration to God

R--Repent    Repent of your sin and anything that stands between you and the Lord

A--Ask         Ask for anything for anybody

Y--Yourself   Ask for yourself 

John 15:7  "If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you."  But remember that it may not be given to you in the way you are expecting. 

August 24 and 31, 2016 The Core 4: Hydration, Sleep/Stress Relief, Exercise, and Nutrition

Download
The Core 4 Part I: Hydration, Sleep/Stress Relief, Exercise
We had a great two-part presentation on the Core 4 of Healthy Eating, Hydration, Exercise, and Sleeping Well/Stress Relief.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. How can we be all that we are supposed to be if we don't have health?
What does good health mean to you?
So, I want to get healthy, but how? 1 Simple Change at a time. 1 change per month equals 12 changes per year.
Visit the powerpoints for more information on how to make the simple changes that can have a HUGE impact on your life!
CORE FOUR #One Simple Change At A Time.
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 3.2 MB
Download
Core 4 Part II: Nutrition
Core Four Part 2.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 6.7 MB

 

September 14, 2016 Parenting Tips/Activities with Kids

 

Some Thoughts on Parenting

Create a home full of love, acceptance, and safety.

Make time for real talk

If you say no, have a reason

Don't shy away from difficult topics. Make plans for how you will discuss these if your child has questions.

If you make a mistake, show your kids how you handle it. 

Remember that your relationships will likely become their relationships.