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Fear

I  love these scriptures that talk about not being afraid.

Psalm 4:8 (NIV)

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

Of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 46: 1-2

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

Psalm 56:3 (NIV)

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Isaiah 41:13

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

2 Timothy 1:7(NIV)

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power,love and self-discipline.

Hebrews 13:6(NIV)

So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?”

 I read these scriptures not long ago. I am trying a new adventure. I have been doing some local markets taking baked goods and these lovely pillows but just this week I launched out and put them on Etsy and Instagram. They are under the same name as this blog thestrivingmother. I will not be afraid I will trust in His leading and depend on Him to open doors and I will try to walk in the path He has for me.
Here are some pictures of the product. Online I sell as just pillow covers. I do have the forms available also but shipping gets more complicated. Go check it out and order now. Christmas is coming.img_3836-copyimg_3860
Treasure the holidays with your family, Try not to get caught up  in the busyness.
Have a blessed week.
Melanie
PS New Canvas covers just came!! So excited all design will now be available in canvas or burlap. Also I can’t wait to post our Christmas photo shoot. It was so fun!!

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25 Ways to Spiritually Lead Your Wife and Family‏

25 Ways to Spiritually Lead Your Wife and Family

by Dennis Rainey

Psalm 78 tells us that we are in a spiritual relay race. You and I are taking the baton, and the type of hand-off we make will determine how the next generation follows Jesus Christ.

When you read about a man’s responsibility to lead his family spiritually, the normal suggestions include organizing family devotions, leading spiritual discussions with children, and helping kids understand a biblical worldview. Those are all crucial, but this list is a bit different! I’ve found that there are many other ways—some less formal—to influence your wife and children spiritually. So here are 25 coaching tips for men who want to step up to spiritual leadership with their families.

Ministering to your wife:

1. Pray daily with your wife.

2. Write a love letter that she’d like to receive.

3. Discover her top three needs and over the next 12 months go all-out to meet them.

4. Buy her a rose. Take her in your arms. Hold her face gently. Look into her eyes and say, “I’d marry you all over again!”

5. Take her on a weekend getaway.

6. Read the Scriptures to her.

7. Replace the “D-word” with the “C-word”! (D=divorce, C=commitment)

8. Court her.

9. Remain faithful to her.

10. Fulfill your marriage covenant.

Leading your family:

11. Schedule a family time at least one night a week.

12. Use circumstances to teach your children to trust God.

13. Protect your family from evil.

14. Restrain your teenagers’ passion.

15. Set spiritual goals for your children.

16. Take one or two of your children on mission trips.

17. Catch your kids doing something right—and let them know you caught them.

18. Date your daughters.

19. Inspect what you expect.

20. Do a breakfast Bible study with your teens (15 and older), and study the book of Proverbs.

21. Hug and kiss your sons and daughters.

22. Ask your children for forgiveness when you fail them.

23. Pray with them.

24. Challenge them to a spiritual mission of following what God wants to do with their lives.

25. Persevere and don’t quit.

The key  to prayer is to start simply and quietly. Prayer is like a muscle. If you exercise it regularly, your prayer muscle will gain strength and your appreciation for God will grow immeasurably. On the other hand, if you don’t use your muscle it will shrivel up and your capacity for God will shrink.And in those times of crisis when you suddenly feel compelled to pray, it will likely be a painful experience.

Prayer changes things.

Don’t pray for a lighter load.Pray for a stronger back.

Prayer involves listening to God as well as speaking to Him.

The next time you feel weak in the knees, try using them to pray.

There is no such thing as a successful or unsuccessful prayer.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

 

Grateful Hearts

Every night my husband asked our children to choose three things from their say for which they were grateful. It could be a slice of cake, a play date with a friend or something as simple as playing with the cat next door. We would ask why they were grateful and how they had shown their gratitude. It was a simple tradition that helped nurture grateful hearts.

-From the thriving family magazine

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Here are some things I am thankful for after being at King’s Landing a couple weeks ago.

FAMILY

MODERN CONVENIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY

img_3587OUR PLACE OF WORSHIP

img_3664MY CHILDREN”S SCHOOL

OUR FOOD AND HIS PROVISION!!

Other things I am thankful for peace,joy Truth, salvation. What are you thankful for today??

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King”s Landing

Here are some pictures of our trip to King’s Landing a couple weekends ago. It was nice family time and a good reminder of the simplicity of the old days. Life can sometimes get so busy now days. We need to simplify and focus on the things that matter.Enjoy the pictures and have a blessed week!:)

Melanie

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God’s message to you!

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119: 105

The Bible is the world’s most amazing book. When you read the Bible, you are reading God’s message for you. It’s the only way to discover God’s plan for you.

If you don’t have a Bible get one.

If you’ve got a Bible read it.

If you read the Bible, believe it.

If you believe the Bible, live it.

Keep a Bible by your bed.

Studying the Bible is like feeding your soul spiritual food.

God’s Word is eternal.

The Bible is God’s voice for us. The only way to hear is it is read it.

Loved these thoughts about God’s Word.

Read it today!! His promises are true.

PS the pictures are pics I took in the last week.:)

 

 

 

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Labor Day 2016

Happy labor day!

Today we took our kids to a lumberjack competion and a hot air balloon festival and just spent time with them. It was a beautiful day.

I remembered this article I had read last labor day and wanted to share.

Labor Day Thoughts: Why Should Moms Labor, Anyway?

It seems only fitting that on Labor Day, we discuss the benefits of labor. While I could talk about labor in terms of labor and delivery since I do have experience in this area – times seven – today I am talking about the work sort of labor.

 

So, why do we want to labor or work hard? Why should we as moms work and labor hard?

I’ve got five reasons why we should.

 

God commands us to.

All throughout the Bible He talks about lazy people and about people who work hard, and he is forever pointing out the benefits of working hard. The entire concept of “he who does not work, does not eat” is God’s idea first, even though we often read about this concept in American history since this same idea was also spoken to the Pilgrims by John Smith as they were trying to establish a life in the New World.

Furthermore, God gives us gifts and talents so that we can use them to work hard. He entrusts us with our particular set of skills and talents so that we can use them to glorify Him. To whittle these things away by not using them, by not laboring hard is to take these good gifts for granted.

Second, we are to labor and work hard because we are called to serve and bless others.

Serving and blessing others can be done in a variety of ways, but it is we who must take the initiative. If we wait for opportunities to serve others to come our way, they rarely will. In order to be obedient to God we must be willing to serve others. If you are in a busy season of life and serving is hard, believe me, I can relate. Life is crazy busy for me right now, but even in this season we can serve. We can drop a card in the mail, we can call someone who is feeling down, or we can even purge our closets or buy items to donate. We can always find ways to serve others whether we are serving our family or friends, serving within our church, or serving in our community in some way.

Third, and this applies specifically to us as moms, we are to work and labor hard because our kids are learning how to develop their own work ethic by watching us.

As much as we would like to have our kids buy into the “do I say and not as I do” mentality, they just don’t. They shouldn’t, really. If our kids see us working hard, striving to succeed whether we actually do or not, they are learning so much about life. Don’t we all want kids who are able to work hard, support themselves, and utilize their own gifts and talents to bless others? I think we would all say that we do. They have a much greater likelihood of doing this if we are working hard.

Next, working hard is to our benefit because we gain such an incredible sense of accomplishment through working hard.

Even if the outcome is not as we would have hoped, just accomplishing something, especially if it is something we never thought we could do, creates such a fantastic sense of accomplishment. We can’t talk about this without talking about trying to cheat our way to accomplishing things. If we, or anyone else, rises to the top because cheating was involved, that sense of accomplishment will be missing. Most times, accomplishing good things without the hard work behind it makes us feel pretty cruddy if we are being honest. This was something I talked about with my oldest daughter a couple of times this year when she was surpassed by someone who didn’t earn it. I reminded her that she wouldn’t want to be in that place without having earned it. For this reason, I am guessing that this cheater, or any cheater, doesn’t even want that thing they cheated to get in the end. You can read more about when I dealt with the issue of cheating in When Your Child Has to Compete With a Cheater. If you have accomplished something in your work, completed an athletic event, or furthered your education, chances are you are already familiar with this sense of accomplishment.

Finally, we want to work and labor hard because it is only through this kind of work that we can accomplish great things.

Rare is the person who can be successful simply because they exist or because luck seems to fall into their lap. Generally, success is achieved through hard work. I’m sure you will agree that there is nothing better than looking back on past history and seeing all that we achieved through our own blood, sweat, and tears. Achieving greatness is something that most people strive for.

I hope this Labor Day finds you doing well and with an extended time off from work for enjoying your family and friends as well as the last whispers of summer. Take some time to reflect on why we should labor, and labor hard. It is because we are being obedient to God in using the gifts and talents that He gives us to work hard and to serve others, because our kids are looking to us for what it means to work hard, and to accomplish greatness while gaining a sense of accomplishment that we should make every day a labor of love while giving it everything we’ve got.

Have a good week! While most kids are going back to school mine already started last Monday! Enjoy  a week of firsts!

The striving mother:)

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Back to school 2016

What do you say when your kid heads off for the school day?

I had never really stopped to consider that little blip in time (the last words we say to our kids before school) as a teachable moment

Whether sending your kids out the door to walk to school, catch the bus, dropping them off in carpool line, or even sitting down to a day of homeschool, you probably have some line you typically say to set the tone for the day.  “Have a great day!”  or something like that.

I began to ponder biblical encouragements that could replace my well intended, but shallow send-offs.
How about…

  • “Grow in wisdom today!”  (Luke 2:52)
  • “Be a friend who loves at all times today!”  (Proverbs 17:17a)
  • “Walk with the wise today!”  (Proverbs 13:20)
  • “Be quick to listen today!”  (James 1:19)
  • “Bring joy to yourself and others with cheerful looks today!” (Proverbs 15:30)
  • “Trust in the Lord today, with whatever it brings!”  (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • “Have a thankful day!”  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Try using some of these.

School starts Monday and my youngest starts her preschool books. Yikes!! Summer when fast.