New Arrival
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In the past few days, I have had the privilege of welcoming Addison Ann Wright into our family. She is our third grandchild! With the birth of each child, I am amazed by the wonder of creation. I can’t help but see the handiwork of our glorious Designer as I look at Addison’s precious fingers, toes and facial features. Even her sweet eye lashes and fingernails make me realize how God cares for the minutest details. I relish the thought that God has a unique plan and a purpose for Addison, just as He does for each one of us.

It’s interesting to think that God compares the birth of a newborn baby, with the spiritual birth of believers into His family. In His dialogue with Nicodemus, Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “ Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!.”

God does a new work in us when we place our faith in Christ. We are no longer the same. He births in us a heart that has the potential to truly love and forgive. He transforms our old self, which was a slave to sin, into a new creation that has the power to overcome sin. He replaces our despair with hope, our worry with peace and our sorrow with joy. He gives us a rebirth from within – a spiritual transformation!

Thank you, Lord for new life – both physically and spiritually. Thank you that every time we see a newborn baby, we can praise You for your handiwork and be reminded of the new work you have done in our lives. Thank you for caring for us and for being our wonderful and loving Heavenly Father. May we continue to grow and mature in godly wisdom.

Hope for Families
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This morning as I reflected on the celebration of Easter, I thought about the hope Christ brings to our lives personally. Certainly His resurrection brings us the hope of heaven – and what a joyful hope that is! But Christ’s resurrection also means hope for us as moms in our day to day existence, right here, right now. The same power that rose Jesus from the dead is at work in our lives.

As I continued to ponder the power of the resurrection, I began thinking about all the ways that I so desperately want to see the transforming power of Christ at work in this world. I wrote out a few thoughts that were heavy on my heart.

  • I want to see broken families made whole again.
  • I want children to grow up in healthy, happy and safe environments
  • I want moms to know that they are valuable and loved by God.
  • I want dads to recognize their important role in the family and look to God for strength.
  • I want our youth to recognize that God has a plan and a purpose for their lives, and that they are equipped with unique gifts and talents to make a positive difference in this world.
  • I want revival to breakout across our land, so that families find their foundation and strength in the transforming power of Christ.
  • I want all people to know the love and forgiveness Christ brings, and I want all of us to reflect that love and forgiveness toward others.

So that’s my heart’s cry. That’s where my heart aches. What about you? Where does your heart ache? Perhaps  a more positive way to say it is, where do you want to see the transforming power of Christ at work in this world? Will you join me in praying today and everyday for His resurrection power to bring hope to families, hope to this nation and hope to our world?

 

”Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Ephesians 3:20,21

If you want to know more about how to make a positive difference in the lives of families, please check out my parenting initiative at www.EngageParenting.com

 

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The Ultimate Travel Information
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“Don’t be troubled, You trust God, now trust in me.  There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you.  If this were not so, I would tell you plainly.  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.  And you know where I am going and how to get there.”

“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said.  “We haven’t any idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”

John 14:1-6

 

Mom’s Reflection:

Generally speaking, I need things spelled out pretty clearly in order for me to get the point.  It looks like the disciples were not too different.  Jesus didn’t want his disciples to be troubled by the events to come, so He began to explain that He would be going soon and would be with the Father preparing a place for them.  He wanted them to know where they were going and how they would get there.  He was providing the ultimate travel information.  That kind of information is always comforting to a traveler, and certainly we are each travelers in this journey of life.

The disciples were still a little unclear so they inquired further.  I’m so glad they did, because Jesus couldn’t be clearer in his response.  “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”  Now the travel information is clear. Destination:  Heaven.  Path to Get there: Jesus.  Some may say, “That road is too narrow,” but in reality it is wide enough for all who accept it.  Jesus is our way to the Father, He encompasses God’s truth and He provides life for us both now and for eternity.  What greater comfort can there be?!

Mom’s Prayer:

Loving Father, I praise you that you have a plan.  It is a wonderful plan.  Thank you for paying the price for my entrance to Heaven by sending your son Jesus.  Thank you that He is the way, the truth and the life.  Thank you for making that truth clear to me.  Thank you for the life you give me.  I’m so glad that the work of my salvation is not up to me; it’s up to you.  Help me to share this great truth with others.  In Jesus name, Amen.

 

“That Christ and a forgiven sinner should be made one, and share heaven between them, is the wonder of salvation; what more could love do?”  Samuel Rutherford

 

My Choices:

This week I will choose to trust Christ as the way to the Father.

This week I will choose to recognize him as the reality of God’s promises.

This week I will choose to live my life in His.

 

 

This is an excerpt from The Power of a Positive Mom Devotional.

 

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Regaining Strength
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It’s easy to feel down or frustrated after experiencing a failure or loss or setback of some sort. Our immediate reaction may be fear or despair, while hope and strength feel beyond our reach. Helplessness and hopefulness are at two opposite ends of the emotional spectrum, and yet there are always small steps we can take to climb out of our feelings of failure and move forward in life.

How do you regain your strength in order to keep going? Here are some principles that will help the process:

  • Grieve the loss, don’t ignore the pain. Allow yourself to feel sad when disappointment happens.
  • Find a healthy way to express your feelings – journaling, walking, talking to a friend, painting, gardening, etc.
  • Seek God’s comfort and ask Him for strength to move forward.
  • Choose to look for glimmers of hope. Find something for which you can give thanks each day.
  • Take a step forward in a positive direction, even if it is simply meeting a colleague or friend.
  • Step out and help someone else. Make a plan for how you can use your experience to strengthen another person.

In my own life, when I have faced hurt or disappointment I have found that God gives me an inner strength beyond what I could produce on my own. The Bible reminds us that He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of need.  This week focus on the strength He gives. And always remember, where we are weak, He is strong.

Talk to your kids this week about healthy ways to work through frustrations and what it means to find strength in the Lord.

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Encourage Your Kids to Shine
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One life lived with passion, purpose and purity – that’s how I would describe Billy Graham. As we celebrate his life and his homegoing to Heaven, I want to encourage each of us to carry the torch. His death shouldn’t put a dark cloud over our heads, but rather it should ignite a fire in our hearts. Billy Graham used the gifts God gave him to proclaim the message of light and truth in a dark world.

What are the gifts God has given you?

Perhaps it’s writing.

Or maybe it’s serving.

Or teaching.

Or encouraging.

Or leading.

Or giving.

Consider the gifts you have been given and carry the torch. Shine the light of God’s love and share the message of hope that He brings to this world. Jesus said,  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Billy Graham certainly demonstrated what Jesus was talking about in shining His light. Jesus’ message wasn’t’ just for Billy Graham, it was for each of us as followers of Christ. Let’s honor Billy Graham’s legacy by carrying on the torch and igniting the embers of revival throughout our country.

This week talk with your kids about the gifts they have and how they can use those gifts to shine God’s light to others.

For more about Billy Graham and to view his memorial service Click Here. 

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