10 Ways to Let Your Light Shine for Others

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Our lives are busy. We run from school to pick up the kids, rush home to change clothes and eat a quick snack, and then head right back out to soccer practice or ballet. We're in a hurry, and our fast-paced lives often leave little room for time to serve others. Offering our precious time, energy, and money to people outside our family requires planning and concerted effort. Yet as children of God, we are called to serve those in need. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they … [Read more...]

Raising Children to be Last in a "Me First" World (or some lessons I’m learning as a mom)

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Entitlement has been the topic of the summer for me as I deal with my own issues as well as those of my young children. We live in an entitled society where "have it your way" has become a personal motto for most people and where "me first" isn't just something your two-year-old demands. But as I have mentioned before, we don't deserve anything, and if we want to teach our children how to follow Christ, then that means lessons in self-denial, contentment, and living a life of humility--something … [Read more...]

Battling Entitlement in Our Homes

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"Mom, give me some gum." "Gimme a piece of candy." "I need a cracker." "Can I have something to drink?" Every.single.time we get in the car those are the very first words out of my children's mouths. We haven't pulled out of the driveway even, and they're asking for something. Sure, I'm at least partly to blame. I have acquiesced so many times that they've become conditioned to expect those things, so when I say "no," they don't understand.And when they hear no from me, they cry and whine and … [Read more...]

When You Don’t Think You Have Any More To Give

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 Do you consider yourself a generous person?I'm not talking about being generous with your financial resources, although that is certainly important.I mean are you generous with your self: your time, your efforts, your energies, YOU?If you have a family, then you may be thinking, "Well, yes, I give and give and give all day every day. What more do you want from me?"  You may think most days that you don't have anything more to give. Today, I was spent. Completely and utterly wiped out. Our … [Read more...]

Are You a Peacemaker?

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"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God."Matthew 5:9How do you handle conflict? Are you a person who strives to keep the peace in your family, or when offended, do you lash out and seek revenge?Many in our society today frown on people who try to keep the peace, perceiving them as weak or timid for not standing up and fighting for their "rights." While we don't want to let others treat us like a doormat, we also don't have to assert ourselves every time someone upsets … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Servants: Biblical Examples of Servanthood

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Recently, I posted on my struggle to develop a servant's heart for my family. Serving others, particularly those in my own family, is often quite a challenge. Thankfully, the Bible is filled with countless examples of Godly men and women who possess a servant's heart and were blessed for their kindness, selflessness, hard work, and humility. Two excellent examples of genuine servants are found in Genesis 24: Abraham's unnamed chief servant and his grand-niece Rebekah.In chapter 24, Abraham asks … [Read more...]

Praying for a Servant’s Heart

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SourceI have been praying--admittedly not as wholeheartedly as I should--that the Lord would refine me and give me a servant's heart. By nature I am an extremely selfish creature. When my children wake up early, I berate them because I am inconvenienced. When they spill food all over the floor or wet the bed for the seven hundredth time, I lose my temper because that's just one more thing for me to do. When my husband tells me something I don't want to hear, I feel resentment, even anger, … [Read more...]

Stop Waiting for a Good Samaritan and Be One!

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Source: Jan WijnantsThis morning I was reading the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) as part of my daily reading for The Ministry of Motherhood Bible study I am doing with Good Morning Girls. Now I have read this parable many many times, but this time I was struck by something I had never noticed before. {Isn't it amazing how we can read God's Word over and over again and always find something new to revel in? That's why the Bible has been and will always be a bestseller.}Just to … [Read more...]

Serving Our Families: Having a Ruth-like Attitude

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Ruth Gleaning by James TissotAs I mentioned recently, serving others is often a lot easier than serving my own family. Why is that? Maybe it's because I take those closest to me for granted: I know they have to love me no matter what, right? Or maybe it's because I don't consider the work I do for my family as service. Drudgery, yes, but service?When I prepare a meal for a sick friend or send a card to someone needing encouragement, I know that I am reaching out and showing love, providing … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Serve My Family with Joy

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"Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins."I Peter 4:8This week I am trying to focus my attention on serving. For some reason it is much easier for me to serve people who aren't a part of my family than those closest to me. But that's not how it should be, I know. So, in an effort to better serve my husband and children, I have come up with 10 ways to serve my family with joy.(1) Start my day in the Word. I have found that on days when I get up early and … [Read more...]