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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Parenting Is Hard

Confession: There are a few things I’ve let slide as a parent. My husband and I decided it was time to put a stop to certain behaviors. I was hesitant at first, not only for the sake of keeping the peace, but also because I know that consistency and follow through are critical for success. It is hard for kids who are comfortable in their laziness or attitudes to suddenly find themselves being called out and (gasp!) punished for these heart-matters. Painful, but necessary – unless we want to teach our children that mediocrity, negative attitudes, and laziness are ok.

 Train a child in the way he should go. When he is old he will not turn away from it. – Proverbs 22:6

Train. Yes, parenting does require endurance and a willingness to keep at it, even when it’s hard.

Lace up those running shoes and get out of the comfort zone.

Being a bridge builder takes a lot of training and endurance!

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New Year, New Beginnings

What new beginning do you desire? We recently celebrated Christmas with opening presents and acquiring new things, swiftly followed by a new year. Newness is abundant the first week of the year. Resolutions are still fresh and, well, new. We are all adjusting to writing a new date and thinking about all the new things that will happen this year – new beginnings.

Why do we desire new beginnings? The answer is found in God’s Word:

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22 – 23

HOPE. Forgiveness. Freshness.

We all have things in ourselves and our circumstances that we want to get away from. A new beginning brings us a fresh promise of hope. Things will improve. We will be better. How do I know this? Because I know HIM.

This is what the LORD says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters,  “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43: 16, 18 – 19

Take heart! Have Hope! Today is a new beginning.

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