Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Our {WORDS} can bring Life and bring Death to the Soul!



With our children and grandchildren getting back to school regardless of whether they are in the public school system, home school or private school we need to pray for the children, parents, teachers and all that is involved with our precious cargo. Prayer is a must and I believe with all my heart that prayer is our life line straight to the throne of God. And...we need to pray for our words!

There seems to be such a controversy between sending your child to public school versus teaching them at home. Private schools has also been added to that list of "Let's talk about them too" because they think they are better than us!

Here's the thing and I will cut straight to the chase. Why are WE AS CHRISTIANS constantly "downing" and "badmouthing" the decision made by other parents about their choice of method when it comes to schooling? And please keep in mind that I am talking to Christians today. All parents have a responsibility to their children though sadly many do no heed that responsibility. For the Christian parent your decisions in your child's life should be based on the Word, seeking God's face through prayer and what will work best for you and your family.
It saddens my heart when I hear other Christians bashing other Christian parents for their choice of education for their children.
The Public school mom bashes the home-school mom. The home-school mom bashes the public school mom. The private school mom snickers at the other two moms for their choices and the bashing goes on and on. WHY do some find this necessary?

The Christian Public school teacher verbally condemns the home-school children. The Christian home-school mom verbally talks about the public school teachers that brings dishonor to them. The Christian Private school employee talks about how "foolish" the home-school and public schools are! WHEN DOES IT END?

If we as CHRISTIANS would spend more time being the Christian parent that God has called us to be then we wouldn't have the time to verbally voice our opinions which by the way the definition of opinion is "merely man's ideas" about other Christian parents and their standards of educating their children. If we as Christian parents would spend more time lifting one another up in prayer, building one another up instead of tearing one another down, and loving on one another just think of how different our lives would be and the lives of our children! 



 Our children mimic us....good and bad!

The Bible says "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward". Psalm 127:3

Children are a precious gift from the Lord that has been loaned to us to make, mold, and shape to become the godly man or woman that God desires in all aspects of their life. With that being said, PARENTS of these children are to make the best decisions for their children under the leadership of Christ! For some that might be to rear your precious gift (s) from God in the Public school system. For others it might mean to home-school or to send them to private school. GOD is the only ONE you need to concern yourself with on the matter. The choice of schooling techniques does not make you a bad parent nor will it make you a good parent! Only God can help you to become the parent He desires. However, the way you handle yourself will show your heart's true colors. 

Being a Mom of one daughter that teaches her children at home, one daughter that sends her children to public school and one daughter that teaches in the public school system my heart breaks at what my daughters must hear from other CHRISTIANS on the subjects at hand in negative ways. Being a Nana with grandchildren in the public school system and home schooled I can tell you this in truth. It hurts my heart to hear and see how Christians bash one another with their words and do you want to know what the saddest part is? Those comments of bashing are handed right on down to their children so they too can bash. 

 My job as their Nana is to pray for them, their parents, their teachers, their leaders, and to pray for them to become Godly men and women for our Lord and to EXCEED beyond their wildest expectations in all areas of their lives.

The Bible says "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind". Matthew 22:37
This is my prayer for my children and grandchildren. 

Because if my adult children do this then they will do what is right for their children the way the Lord reveals to them..not to someone else.
If my grandchildren do this then all else will follow suit in their life including their education.

May our lips speak praise, encouragement, and spurn one another on through love. May be a source of encouragement to one another. May we a light in a dark world. Your words of encouragement may be the only
encouragement that home schooled mom gets today. Your words of encouragement may be the only words that a public school teacher or parent of a child in the public school system gets today. Your words of encouragement to the parents that chooses private schooling or the teacher teaching at private school may be all that she gets today.

 May we just simply be Godly women that just love one another with our actions and our words. I so want to be  encouraging to others and not a hindrance. Don't you?
  

Hugs and blessings, Cindy


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

{Family} Where Life Begins and Love Never Ends


I have missed my blogging friends but I sure have enjoyed some time away at the beach with my family. I love the saying that
says....Families are like fudge...mostly sweet with a lot of nuts! Well needless to say we have a whole lot of sweetness in my family but we have a lot of NUTS and there is never is a dull moment when my crew is together! (I wouldn't have it any other way)

 Of course I must say that the {cream of the crop} has got to be my grandbabies. I cannot imagine what my life would be without them.


These three girls of mine keeps this mama straight and most days I need for them to keep me straight!


My oldest daughter, soninlove and their beautiful family.


My middle daughter, soninlove and their beautiful family.



And last but not least my youngest daughter and soninlove. They will be celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary in November.

These two are my oldest two grandchildren and that little man right there is my only grandson (right now anyway)


My youngest two grandbabies.


Being a family means that you are a part of something....


Family is a link to the past and a bridge to the future....


The love of family grows strong and deep...


The best things in life aren't things....


It's Family....



Family is where it begins...



And love never ends...





TOGETHER....We made FAMILY!



Someone said to me recently: "You all live close to one another, you talk daily, you go to church together and eat Sunday dinner together...WHY would you want to vacation together? 
My answer:  
"BECAUSE WE ARE FAMILY". 

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh” (Mark 10:6–8)

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth...(Genesis 1:28)

God's master design was the Family. May we hold those we love the most so very dear to our hearts. 
 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

{Radical Obedience}

I hear sermons on the word obedience. I've taught on being obedient. I've read scripture on being obedient and I've battled more times than I care to admit with being obedient. But not to often do I hear the term "Radical Obedience" being used. It seems recently that everything I have picked up to read has used the term "Radical". A Radical love for Christ, Radical obedience, Radical step of faith, and so on....

So I began to study a little bit about the words Radical Obedience and what it means for the Christian and here is what I came up with. Radical obedience is obeying God when it doesn't make sense. It is doing God's will when our own agenda makes more sense. Radical obedience is not only asking "What Would Jesus Do" but DOING what Jesus did. Radical obedience is heeding the call of God when, by all appearances, it's out of the question. Radical obedience is not compromising even if it means losing friends or family. Radical obedience is stepping outside my comfort zone. Radical obedience demands I do whatever I do so that Christ might be glorified, so that He is the focus of my life, so people see Him and not me.

 Have you ever sensed that God was asking you to do something but it just didn't make sense? Maybe because it didn't sound logical? Or maybe because you worried about what others would think. Or because you felt so inadequate to do what He was asking. 

"Radical obedience" is a phrase that's challenged me. And with all due respect this should be a daily challenge for all who call themselves a Christian.

Simon Peter showed radical obedience. Let's read his story for a minute.

Read Luke 5:2-4 with me...


(Creations By Cindy)

Did you notice that there were two boats on the shore but yet Jesus chose Simon Peter's boat? 

Now read Luke 5:5 with me.

 (Creations By Cindy)


I don't know about you but in Simon Peter's voice it's like I can hear..."I have worked ALL NIGHT Lord and I haven't caught anything! I'm tired, hungry and wore out. Surely you don't think we are going to catch anything now! Well, maybe Simon Peter wasn't thinking this but I can tell that "Cindy" would be thinking these exact thoughts!


But here is the part that GRABS me every single time I have read this passage of scripture.

"NEVERTHELESS, AT YOUR WORD I WILL LET DOWN THE NET". WHOA!

 How many times have we found ourselves in Simon Peter's position and YET we have not obeyed? It truly makes me sad when I think about the times in my life that I have "just flat out" missed so many blessings because I have not been obedient to do as Christ has asked of me REGARDLESS of whether it made sense or not. Basically I think Simon Peter was saying..."Lord, it just doesn't make sense what You are asking me to do but I trust You and I am going to obey so here goes.....

Maybe Christ is calling you to unknown charted territory in your life and the thought of it scares you. Only you know what that uncharted territory is. Maybe He is asking you to step out of your comfort zone and teach Sunday school, a Bible Study class, or sing in the choir. Maybe He is asking you to begin a brand new ministry that has never been done before at your church and your thoughts race to the old cliche'...."But we've never done it like that before". Or maybe He is simply calling you to mentor another younger woman and yet you feel so inadequate. Maybe He is asking you to step out in faith though it totally makes no sense at all and go on the mission field.

Our list of reasons as to why we don't heed the call can be quite lengthy. The bottom line  is the one question that remains. Will we be radically obedient?

Jesus chose Simon Peter's boat because He knew that Simon Peter had a heart of obedience and would do what was asked of him regardless of whether it made sense. 

And oh did Simon Peter's obedience pay off. 
Read Luke 5:6

 Creations by Cindy

Being radically obedient to Jesus when it did not make sense was pretty RAD don't ya think? 
Because of Simon Peter's obedient heart he had a HUGE catch of fish. The net was breaking they had so many.
 And if you will take the time to read the rest of the story....you'll find that Jesus made Simon Peter a fisher of men too! 

May this be a reminder to you as well as it is to me my friend...being RADICALLY OBEDIENT to Christ may not always make sense. It may be totally out of our comfort zone and YES, it might be something that "we have never done that way before". But...being obedient to Christ brings the greatest blessings in our life.

And speaking of fishing...think I might just do a little fishing on our family vacation next week at the beach! See ya when I get back!

Hugs and blessings, Cindy