What are you thankful for?

The More I Verbalize What I Am Thankful for the less cloudy my heart feels!– Lisa TerKeurst

Spiritual Fullness in Christ
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. – Colossians 2:6-7

The Best Thing

Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best.” ~ Robert Tew

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” ~ Hebrews 11:1

God’s Dream For Your Life

Put the seed of your dream in the soil of your faith. So, when you plant it, God’s Dream for Your Life will Spring Forth.

1 Corinthians 3 (NIV)

6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.

 

 

Make a Decision

Make a Decision

Be decisive. Right or Wrong make a Decision. The road is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a Decision.

Kids Who Appear Acting Naughty, Aren’t!

Kids Who Appear Acting Naughty, Aren’t!

By Erin Leyba. Image from iStock.

Many of kids’ so-called ‘bad’ behaviors are actually normal developmental acts of growing up.

1. They can’t control their impulses. Ever say to your kid, “Don’t throw that!” and they throw it anyway?

Research suggests the brain regions involved in self-control are immature at birth and don’t fully mature until the end of adolescence, which explains why developing self-control is a “long, slow process.”

What parents can do: Reminding ourselves that kids can’t always manage impulses (because their brains aren’t fully developed) can inspire gentler reactions to their behavior.

2. They experience overstimulation.

We take our kids to Target, the park, and their sister’s play in a single morning and inevitably see meltdowns, hyperactivity, or outright resistance. Jam-packed schedules, overstimulation, and exhaustion are hallmarks of modern family life.

What parents can do: When we build in plenty of quiet time, playtime, and rest time, children’s behavior often improves dramatically.

3. Kids’ physical needs affect their mood.

Ever been “hangry” or completely out of patience because you didn’t get enough sleep? Little kids are affected tenfold by such “core conditions” of being tired, hungry, thirsty, over-sugared, or sick.

What parents can do: Kids can’t always communicate or “help themselves” to a snack, a Tylenol, water, or a nap like adults can. Help them through routines and prep for when that schedule might get thrown off.

There are several more points about whether Kids are acting out on purpose, Go Here.