Parenting in HD

During last week’s sermon at our home church in Florida, Christ Fellowship, Pastor Tom Mullins shared some great, practical and godly words on parenting.

I love sharing great resources, so if you’d like to listen to the entire sermon, you can click HERE. Otherwise, just take a quick look at the following outline and maybe one of the points will speak to you and your family today:
1. Establish your child’s spiritual foundation (Deut 6:5-7)
2. Lead by Example (1 Corinthians)
3. Have an unending stream of affirmation & affection
4. Create a spiritual environment at home (Josh 24:15)
5. Make home a safe place to communicate
6. Have clear boundaries (Eph 6:4)
7. Have a balanced presence in your kids’ lives)
8. Make home a welcome place
9. Equip your child for the cultural battle
10. Pray for and with your child
-everything of eternal importance begins with prayer

Happy Anniversary to my Prince!

Sami Strauss Cone

I couldn’t let today pass without wishing a Happy 6th Anniverary to my best friend, biggest supporter, partner in life, the father of my children, my prince, all I’ve ever dreamed of and everything I could never have known to hope for – my husband, Ricky!

I am so blessed to be on this journey of life with you. Every day is a new adventure and I couldn’t imagine going through it with anyone else!

Is prayer a burden for you?

I just got back from enjoying a couple hours at the pool with a new friend here in Nashville who invited me and the kids to hang out with her this morning. Of course we stayed longer than we should have (it’s so hard to pull kids away from a pool!), so I was hurrying them through lunch and bedtime preparations in order to salvage nap time.

I had successfully gotten Britton into his bed after a song and a prayer and then went to follow up with Kariss. After she completed her baby’s bedtime routine, she climbed into bed and waited for me to turn on her fan, push play on her CD and chew on her left ear (the latter is a new addition to the routine – she says it gives her goose bumps!). I know she would have been content with just that and I could have walked out of the room and started my own down time. But I felt an internal tug – “you haven’t prayed yet” came from a voice inside of me.

It makes no difference to her,” I thought to myself. Yet just at that moment I was stopped in my tracks.

All at once my mind was flooded with all the prayers that have carried me through my life; while I may not have heard each of them or known they were being prayed at the time, I know I am where I am now thanks to those prayers.

So I quickly turned back, leaned over my little girl and thanked God for who she is, how she takes care of her baby and her brother and most of all for the gift that she is in my life.

Do you see prayer as a burden, something that unnecessarily takes up time in your day, or are you burdened to pray, feeling grateful that God would choose to to sit as His feet and listen to your words and petitions? I pray the latter for you today. Your life and the life of those you pray for will forever be changed as a result of that burden.

Happy Father’s Day

I hope each and every dad out there know what a special role God has equipped him for. I know holidays can often bring feelings of hurt, sadness and anger instead of the expected joy and celebration.

Regardless of the experience you have with your own father, I pray that you celebrate him today in the knowledge that our Heavenly Father was the first daddy and will exceedingly meet all our needs. Don’t look today at what your father has done to you or for you as much as I hope you look at how you can serve and honor him.

Thank you dad, for being one of the most consistent men I know. I Love You and am so grateful for you (and that your voice is back!)
Ricky, I love you and am amazed daily at your dedication to our family!
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

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What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

As I sit here trying to wrap up my day and prepare for tomorrow, I have “The Next Food Network Star” on in the background and I heard one of the contestants utter this quote. As someone who believes strongly in pursuing your passions, I love hearing others who are willing to do whatever it takes to follow your dreams.

After all, why tell kids they can be anything that want to be if we don’t believe it for ourselves?

Sparkle Shoes

What is it about girls and sparkles? Everywhere I went today, some woman commented on her red sparkle shoes. Secretly, I think we all wish we could dress in bright polka dot shirts with striped tights, sparkle shoes and a ballerina top…or is that just me?

Like mother, like daughter.

The Hurried Path

I just had the priviledge of editing the June Newsletter for Intentional Moms and the last paragraph was so practical and poignant that I wanted to share it with you:

Wisdom says we prepare for tomorrow. Scripture says to pay attention to today since it is all we have been given and granted. We can actually do both, but we must not let the pace of anticipation for tomorrow interfere with the goodness of today. What path are you pursuing? Make sure it is not the Hurried Path. (by Catherine Hickem)

This is so true and totally hit me where I’m at today (and so many days). If you want to read more, go to www.IntentionalMoms.org and sign up for our monthly newsletter. I promise you will be blessed!