God’s Instructions

I read this verse last week: 1 Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God.” Like many other verses in the Bible, it’s a good summation of what we are to do everyday for God. I said last week I was going to post ways we can seek God first. Here are three things we can do:

  1. Show proper respect to everyone. God created ALL people and loves ALL people. God does not show favor to white, black, or yellow skin so neither should we. Unfortunately, it is a big problem in society today. Doing research for this post, I found that the US is not alone in it’s problem. Even England, Germany, Russia and Australia have prejudice people. Unfortunately, when God gave us free choice, we made bad choices,  and that includes thinking that people of a different color are somehow not worthy of our love and respect. But I have to point out one thing: we all bleed red blood; we all have the same organs in our bodies; we all get our feelings hurt if you call us names. Click To Tweet And no one on this Earth is perfect, white, black or brown skinned. Only God is perfect and that’s why we need Him so much, to forgive our sins, make us perfect again and allow us into Heaven. 

  2. Love the family of believers. Well, the first phrase tells us to respect everyone and that includes those that believe the same as we do, go to church with us or even a church down the street or across the world. But I think this especially means if there is someone in the church that has needs like a family whose house has burned down or lost their income, someone who is sick and in the hospital or orphans and widows. A church should take care of them as the Bible instructs us to do. And of course we should pray for one another, I try to do that when God brings someone into my thoughts. I may not be able to do something tangible at that moment but I can certainly pray that God would meet their need through someone else, or perhaps they need emotional support at that moment. I know God is listening and He will be their Rock in times of trouble.

  3. And the last instruction in this verse is to fear God. One Bible dictionary I read said, “two sides of the fear of the Lord: that which produces awe, reverence, and obedience, and that which causes one to cower in dread and terror in anticipation of his displeasure.” I have to admit, during my childhood, I belonged to a church that scared me into believing in God. They made God into a finger-shaking figure in Heaven that would come down and punish me if I didn’t do the right things. Now, I know better and He is also a loving God who doesn't punish people, only shakes His head with sadness when we disappoint Him. Click To TweetKind of like a good father on earth would, He wants us to succeed. But now that I have been a Christian for 26 years, I am more in the other category. I am filled with awe, reverence and thankfulness that He has chosen me to be part of His eternal family. He has chosen me to love and adore and bless with salvation. He has shown me over the years that He is a loving God, He has answered prayers and I have felt His presence when I needed it. That is why I still believe and ‘fear’ God.

I hope you have learned something today, friends and pray that you will go about your day serving God and loving others.

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 I have a 9 week Bible study on How to Love Yourself God’s Way along with a worksheet with questions and prayers you can do here

If you need help with your New Year’s Resolution, Steph is a Spiritual Mentor. Contact her at stephwrites68@gmail.com for more details. When you are planning your Women’s Ministry calendar for 2018, consider Steph Mounier as a speaker. Go to Steph Speaks Page to find out about her and her topics. Also check out Steph’s  books page or Bible journaling page.

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – 

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday Talk,

Wednesday –  Coffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightThankful & Grateful

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

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Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions

Most people make resolutions that are very general and vague. They want to eat better or exercise more, maybe spend more time at home or less time watching tv. And those are great things to accomplish if you plan the right way (as I instructed in my last post.) Listening to the radio this week I heard some excellent spiritual New Year’s Resolutions: read one christian book for every secular book, make it a habit to pray before every meal and before bed with your children/family. I also thought of a few: when I catch my self judging someone by their clothing or any other reason, I am going to remind myself that God loves them and pray for them instead. Click To Tweet I will smile and find something positive to say to them. If I think a friend is having a hard time, I will offer a listening ear and not judgment. Then I will only offer advice if they ask for it.

Is there a character trait that you have seen in someone that you would like to emulate? Think about how to change yourself and your attitude to be like them. Ask God to change you. He is our Rock and our Refuge. He is our Help in our time of need. And He will always help you if you are trying to make yourself better and more Christlike.  “I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own.” (Phil. 3:12 Amp) So God is all for you making yourself better, getting rid of bad habits and improving your self esteem. I have a 9 week Bible study on How to Love Yourself God’s Way along with a worksheet with questions and prayers you can do here

If you need help with your New Year’s Resolution, Steph is a Spiritual Mentor. Contact her at stephwrites68@gmail.com for more details. When you are planning your Women’s Ministry calendar for 2018, consider Steph Mounier as a speaker. Go to Steph Speaks Page to find out about her and her topics. Also check out Steph’s  books page or Bible journaling page.

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – 

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday Talk,

Wednesday –  Coffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightThankful & Grateful

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

Check out this amazing new STUDY BIBLE by Louis Giglio at Amazon called the Jesus Bible: http://amzn.to/2u4cJFh. I’ve used it and it’s a new look at the scriptures.

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Happy New Year

Beautiful!

It’s that time of year again. We are starting a new year. Weren’t we just worrying about how computers were going to handle the change from 1999 to the year 2000?? Maybe that dates me but I was concerned about it. Now, eighteen years later we are worrying about the new tax plan or how the new leadership will deal with North Korea and China. We recently had a train accident near my home that made me see just how precious life is and that it can change in an instant, which makes me appreciate my life and family a little more.

At the beginning of a new year, some people make a new year’s resolution. One statistic I read said that only eight percent of people keep their resolutions. I looked up the definition of resolution and it said: intent, decision, plan. Unfortunately, most people who make resolutions don’t plan well. They just put the decision in the back of their mind and think about it once in awhile. But they don’t do anything to change their lives and make it a habit instead of an idea. For instance, say you want to increase the number of times a day you pray. What steps would you take to do that? First, you need to think about what time in your schedule would allow for more prayer. You could  get up 15 minutes earlier every day. You could use part of your lunch hour to pray. You could pray while the kids are taking a nap. Or you could pray while driving home from work (or on the bus/subway) instead of listening to music. But please keep your eyes open if you are driving! Whatever you decide your resolution will be, make a plan, put it on your calendar even and your resolution will turn into a reality instead of just a thought. “Good planning and hard work will lead to prosperity.” Prov. 21:5 Even in the Bible God talks about planning, but it also mentions that you shouldn't do it without Him in mind. Click To Tweet

Proverbs 16:1

We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.

 vs. 3 – Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:9

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

So make sure to pray before you move forward with your plans and resolution. Is this what God is calling you to do? Or does He have something else in mind for you? Although I’m sure prayer is something He would agree we all need more of, there are some things we think we need that God doesn’t agree with. I will continue to pray that all of you love Him with your whole heart.

My resolution is to make and keep God as my focus and seek His Kingdom first above all things.  So for the next few weeks on the blog I will be sharing what I learn about this in His Word. I hope you will come back and learn with me. Mt. 6:33

When you are planning your Women’s Ministry calendar for 2018, consider Steph Mounier as a speaker. Go to Steph Speaks Page to find out about her and her topics. Also check out Steph’s  books page or Bible journaling page.

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – 

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday Talk,

Wednesday –  Coffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightThankful & Grateful

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

Check out this amazing new STUDY BIBLE by Louis Giglio at Amazon called the Jesus Bible: http://amzn.to/2u4cJFh. I’ve used it and it’s a new look at the scriptures.

Are you having problems with clutter and housekeeping like I always have?

Take a look at this bundle of joy!

Kindness at Christmas

K IS FOR KINDNESS. Galatians 5:22 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

It is one of the nine traits listed in the Fruits of the Spirit by Paul in Galatians. We, as Christians, should already be well-known by friends and family for our peace, patience, kindness, etc but it is often more difficult this time of year. It seems that the attitude of people these days is to find the best deal at the most crowded store. The world’s idea of the ideal Christmas is to get their children or other loved ones the most unique or most expensive gifts. Unfortunately, they often do it without much kindness or consideration for others’ personal space. As Christians, we need to make sure that those around us know we celebrate Jesus’ birthday on the 25th day of December, not just how much money we spend. You can use your attitude and the fruit of the spirit to do this. You can be the one who makes the day of the shopper next to you who can’t figure out what to get their sister or spouse. Are you good at gift giving? Or gift wrapping? Help someone who seems lost and not sure what to do. What about your family? Is someone having an especially hard time emotionally or financially this year? Or a neighbor? Some families make it a tradition to volunteer at a shelter or donate toys to your local toy drive. Of course there are many more fruits of the spirit that can be poured out onto others in a charitable situation or even in the retail stores I mentioned. You can make the day of someone, or the child of someone, who may have been standing on the edge of a temper tantrum!

Let me tell you about the kindest thing I received during the Christmas season. In 1994, I was a single mother of two and struggling to work, trying to pay for daycare and food too. In Sunday school several weeks before Christmas, there was a lesson about witnessing to others at work. I spoke up about my struggles, saying I still needed to pay attention to those around me, even though I was having a hard time of it, and listen to God’s prompting to speak about Him not worrying so much since He would take care of those other things. By the end of the class, I had three checks to help me with groceries. Then Christmas eve, a garbage bag filled with presents showed up at my door! I didn’t ask for the help. But just because I was at the right place at the right time and I was brave enough to speak about my problems, my children and I were blessed by the women of the church. Sure enough, He did take care of us.

This is the first chapter of my Christmas devotional Keep Christ in Christmas. It’s 5-10 minutes for 21 days and will help keep your focus on God this Christmas. Check it out at http://amzn.to/2jEReHM

When you are planning your Women’s Ministry calendar for 2018, consider Steph Mounier as a speaker. Go to Steph Speaks Page to find out about her and her topics. Also check out Steph’s  books page or Bible journaling page.

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – Family Life Linkup HERE!

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday Talk,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her HomeCoffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in ThursdayThankful & Grateful

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFaith Filled FridayFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

Check out this amazing new STUDY BIBLE by Louis Giglio at Amazon called the Jesus Bible: http://amzn.to/2u4cJFh. I’ve used it and it’s a new look at the scriptures.

Are you having problems with clutter and housekeeping like I always have?

Take a look at this bundle of joy!

Keep Christ in Christmas

I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and I’m talking about Christmas. But hey, at least wasn’t talking about it before Halloween like some stores were putting out Christmas stuff next to the Halloween decorations! I’m talking about it because after Thanksgiving it’s the next thing on most people’s minds. This year all my kids are gone, adults now and on to bigger and better things. I’m so proud of all of them, they are in college or some type of tech school and doing well. But that means that me and their dad are moving on to a new life of our own.

I don’t know where you are at in your life but this Christmas I hope you are first seeking God and putting Him first, before all the gifts, decorations, who wants what and trimmings. Matthew says that if we put Him first everything else will fall in to place. God has given me the gift of writing and He helps me put words on the page (for me and) for others to share His wisdom. I have just published a devotional called “Keep Christ in Christmas.” It’s 10 minutes for 21 days and will help keep your focus on God this Christmas. Each day includes:

  • scripture

  • a short devotional

  • questions to contemplate and use for spiritual growth

  • Gift-giving homework ($0-$20)

Thanks so much for being a part of my community and hope you return to www.stephwrites4god.com soon. The book is at http://amzn.to/2jEReHM

Check out my other pages like Bible journalingSelf- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday TalkTeaching what is good,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her HomeChristian Blogger CommunityCoffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartMesses to MessagesRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in Thursday,

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFaith Filled FridayFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

 Check out this amazing new STUDY BIBLE by Louis Giglio at Amazon called the Jesus Bible: http://amzn.to/2u4cJFh. I’ve used it and it’s a new look at the scriptures.

Are you having problems with clutter and housekeeping like I always have?

Take a look at this bundle of joy!

What would Jesus do #3

After my last post someone pointed out that Jesus would have forgiven the gunman for shooting up the church, friends and family members. As Christians we have to forgive daily those that hurt or offend us for small things. But would you be able to forgive someone who murdered your spouse or child??? But that’s what God asks us to do.

Here are some things God says about forgiveness in the Bible: 1. We must forgive 70 times 7. In other words, countless times because that’s what God does for us. How many times have you sinned? Do you count them? Does God? NO! He forgives every single one of your sins! And He erases them As Far as the East is from the West (click on the Summer Bible study review page on the left to find out more about that.)  2.We must forgive others in order for God to forgive us. If we harbor ill will, resentment and hatred against others, not only is it bad for our disposition, our health and attitude but God will not forgive us for our many sins either. YIKES, to use one of my favorite exclamations…. and that would be very bad for us spiritually, cutting off our relationship with God.  3. All we have to do is ASK and God will forgive your every sin!! It’s that easy!

But forgiving someone who has murdered your best friend or child is definitely not easy. Just saying the words is the first step. Ask God to help your heart follow the words. He can make the hurt fade. It will never be forgotten, of course but He will fill that empty space with His love and blessings. Click To Tweet

Join my Linkup party!! Note: I am on the West coast so I will be posting later than some of you in the East.

Here are the rules:

  1. Family friendly posts only, others will be deleted.

  2. Post up to two blogs or pages.

  3. Visit two other pages and leave encouraging comments or share on social media.



Check out my other pages like Bible journalingSelf- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – Family Life Linkup HERE!

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday Talk,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her HomeCoffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in ThursdayThankful & Grateful

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFaith Filled FridayFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

Check out this amazing new STUDY BIBLE by Louis Giglio at Amazon called the Jesus Bible: http://amzn.to/2u4cJFh. I’ve used it and it’s a new look at the scriptures.

What would Jesus do? #2

What would Jesus do after hearing about this shooting in Texas? First of all, I think He would pray for all of the people involved. There was one scene in the media where three people were praying together. We don’t know who they were or what they were praying for but it is the epitome of Christianity, and the first thing we should do when some crisis or tragedy comes into our lives. In Matthew 17 Jesus prayed that the Father would help his followers experience perfect unity and the world will know He sent Jesus.

Second, He would and comforted everyone there with hugs, a pat on the back, or a word of encouragement. Then Jesus would have served the people in practical ways by making phone calls, making meals, driving people places who are in no condition to drive because of emotions or physical problems, visiting the victims in the hospital and many other things I can’t think of, I’m sure.

In addition, Jesus would be helping the law enforcement officers, nurses, and doctors do their jobs. And He would have been compassionate and filled with love and kindness doing all of it. Click To Tweet So friends, think and act like Jesus whenever you can because He made the ultimate sacrifice for you on the cross. And you can thank Him each day for it.

I am starting a Linkup party!! Note: I am on the West coast so I will be posting later than some of you in the East.

Here are the rules:

  1. Family friendly posts only, others will be deleted.

  2. Post up to two blogs or pages.

  3. Visit two other pages and leave encouraging comments or share on social media.

Please link back to my site www.stephwrites4god.com           



You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites. Click on the picture below for the link on Amazon.

Check out my other pages like Bible journalingSelf- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – Family Life Linkup HERE!

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday Talk,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her HomeCoffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in ThursdayThankful & Grateful

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFaith Filled FridayFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

Check out this amazing new STUDY BIBLE by Louis Giglio at Amazon called the Jesus Bible: http://amzn.to/2u4cJFh. I’ve used it and it’s a new look at the scriptures.

What would Jesus do?

 

There is a billboard in a town near me that is owned by a political comedian. (tongue in cheek) He changes the sign every month making silly statements about the state of the government. And he also points out obvious things we should be thinking about. The last time I drove by it said, “Who wouldn’t want to make America great again?” Of course we do! But I’m going to go out on a limb here (and this is my personal opinion and some may not agree with me,) but I don’t think that America is better right now under the new leadership. What has happened since January? Inequality, more prejudice since the civil war, violence, and neo-nazis coming out of the woodwork.

The next question is, “What would Jesus do?” Jesus associated with all kinds of people: Jews, Samaritans, sinners, the blind and lame, tax collectors, men and women. I know there were also people of all skin tones in his time and he treated them all the same. He created and loves each and every one of us and asks us to do the same. I live in a small city of only 50-60,000 and white people are definitely the majority here. But when I do go to a more populated area, I make sure to smile at everyone I meet and make sure to treat them like I would my friends at church.

And if they don’t treat you the same the Bible says, “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.” Mt. 10:14 There are times when it is best to just walk away. You can pray for them and leave them for God to love in other ways. But using harsh words or curse words in return will only make them think, “suuuuure, she’s a good (hypocritical) Christian.” So friends, put on a happy face and smile at everyone you see because it might be the only one they see today. It may be they just got bad news and they needed something to change their outlook. Be Jesus for them today.

The holidays are here! Tomorrow is Halloween, soon it will be Thanksgiving and then before we know it, it will be Christmas!! but this is the first year we will be empty nesters and my first without the kids around. So to cheer myself up and invite friends to share the holidays with me, I am starting a Linkup party!! Note: I am on the West coast so I will be posting later than some of you in the East.

Here are the rules:

  1. Family friendly posts only, others will be deleted.

  2. Post up to two blogs or pages.

  3. Visit two other pages and leave encouraging comments or share on social media.

Please link back to my site www.stephwrites4god.com           



You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites. Click on the picture below for the link on Amazon.

Check out my other pages like Bible journalingSelf- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – Family Life Linkup HERE!

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday Talk,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her HomeChristian Blogger CommunityCoffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartMesses to MessagesRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in ThursdayThankful & Grateful

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFaith Filled FridayFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

Check out this amazing new STUDY BIBLE by Louis Giglio at Amazon called the Jesus Bible: http://amzn.to/2u4cJFh. I’ve used it and it’s a new look at the scriptures.

A refreshing, cleansing shower

We have all heard our referred to as dirty or scarlet, but in Hebrews 10 it says Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross allows us to approach God with clean hearts. And in the first chapter of Isaiah, God pleads with his people, He tells them to change their ways, turn away from evil, and do good; if they will be obedient and turn back to him, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow.” That was all a preface to say that we all feel dirty sometimes because of something that we’ve done, today or something in our past. Whether you’ve been a Christian for a day, a year or twenty five years like I have, I hope you will read this post and try it. It may help you get rid of some sin and bring forgiveness.

I don’t know about all of you but at the end of the day, the first sentence of my prayer at bedtime is to ask for forgiveness for whatever sins I’ve comitted that day, those that I remember and those that I don’t. It’s a wonderful, peaceful end to the day, and along with praising Him for His blessings, makes my connection to God a good end to the day. But there was one day last week that helped to cleanse me from sin that I wanted to share with you. I’ve posted in earlier blogs that we are moving soon so my husband and I have been working hard to get rid of twenty years of things that have piled up during our marriage with kids, giving some to Goodwill and moving some to the new place. (And neither me nor my husband are organized people so it’s a bigger mess than we realized.) It’s almost done though and are moving within 30-60 days. So I was taking a shower at the end of day to wash the dirt off not realizing it would be another kind of cleansing shower. I stood under the water before I got out and just imagined all of the sin of today and of my past flowing down the drain. Some of it was little chunks of white lies I don’t even remember telling, a few scraps of loud yelling-at-the-kids, some cursing i’ve done after stubbing a toe or an angry rant. And the biggest one lately was being rude to my husband. You should try it sometime. Use your imagination and make some visual manifestations of those sins that keep coming up. Then watch them flow off your body and down the drain, never to return again, just like your sins when they are forgiven by God.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites. Click on the picture below for the link on Amazon.

Check out my other pages like Bible journalingSelf- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday Talk,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her HomeChristian Blogger CommunityCoffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartMesses to MessagesRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in Thursday, Thankful & Grateful

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFaith Filled FridayFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.


  Check out this amazing new STUDY BIBLE by Louis Giglio at Amazon called the Jesus Bible: http://amzn.to/2u4cJFh. I’ve used it and it’s a new look at the scriptures.

Are you having problems with clutter and housekeeping like I always have?

Take a look at this bundle of joy!

How will you serve God? Part 2

Serve God by loving your children the way God would. How does God love us? UNCONDITIONALLY.

That means that you love them no matter what they have done. We all fail at things, it is a natural fact of life. You have two choices: you can pat them on the back and say good try or you can help them set attainable goals to be as great as you know they can be. And encourage them to try something new they might be better at. Make sure they know you love them no matter what place they come in. Click To Tweet Most of us have seen the TV reality shows like American Idol or X Factor where contestants audition in front of famous music stars and sing their hearts out for a chance at a music career. Most of them are really good and go on to the next level, eventually to be kicked off by the best. But some we laugh at and wonder how they think they could make it onto the show. Unfortunately, some kids are told they are “Awesome!” and good at everything by their parents. They don’t encourage them to find the one thing they are good at and help them excel at that one thing. This is how they think they can sing like an angel when they really sound like an alley cat. So help your children find the one or two things they love to do and do well, then they will definitely be successful in life. Besides, it is not possible for one person to be perfect at everything so why not be good at one thing?

All five of my children played soccer at age five or so but not all of them continued to play when they got older. Two of them played for their high school teams but one changed to run track in high school and now goes to college on a track scholarship. One of them went on to perform and compete in color guard. And the youngest one didn’t do any sports in high school. So they all had the same beginning in local sports activities but chose different paths later on. Teach them to have realistic expectations. Not every child is going to be the star of the team or have the best artwork on the walls. If all they did is try their best, that was enough for me. And some of them will have the motivation to do better and reach goals they set. But others will decide to move on to something else and make that activity their best.

It pains me to hear of parents who have given up on their children, written them off as unlovable or unsalvageable. They may just need some ‘tough love.’ There may be a situation in which a son or daughter may need the psychological and emotional help of an expert that you cannot offer, which means you have to seek the help of someone who will be able to help them and you deal with those unique problems.

And of course, God would want you to bring up your children to know and love Him, which leads back to another post based on Joshua 24:15, “As for me and my house.” I did not grow up in a Christian home; I wasn’t saved until after I had my first child, so I didn’t know what to teach them about God. I taught them as I learned in church and also relied on what their Sunday school taught them. As a result, they didn’t all take their beliefs into their teens. But I prayed for them daily. And we had conversations every chance I could about what I personally believed. I apologized to them once because I had stopped going to church for a short time because of some stress and spiritual crisis I was going through. But it continued to pray. And now, as adults, most have made the decision to follow Him again. Praise God! But there are still two I am praying for. God is good and He will reach them one day.

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