Scripture Sunday: How to deal when you’re overwhelmed

Scripture Sunday: How to deal when you’re overwhelmed

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Have you ever been overwhelmed? Most of us, if we’re honest, will admit there have been many times when we’ve been overwhelmed. Maybe everyone in your home is sick at the same time, and everyone knows moms CAN’T get sick. Maybe there are a million things at home AND at work that need your attention and you feel there is no way you’ll ever catch up. Maybe you’re running low on money and your car is making expensive-sounding noises, and you’re wondering just how you’re going to manage to cover everything.  I can honestly say I have been overwhelmed on a frequent basis, and sometimes, I’ve handled it pretty poorly.

In recent years, I’ve realized there are two things you can do when you’re overwhelmed. You can throw your hands up and give up, or you can give it to God. And while we’re often tempted to just throw up our hands in frustration and just stop, we know it’s truly not an option anyway. Too many people need us and depend on us. It’s in those moments, when I’m screaming and in a place of despair and yelling, “I can’t do this on my own,” that I hear that little voice echo in my mind.

“You were never meant to carry this on your own.”

When you’re overwhelmed, hurting, and ready to give up, don’t. Give it to God instead. He is higher than we are. He is bigger than any struggle we might face, and He is there to walk beside us and shoulder our burdens along with us.

When your heart is overwhelmed, give it to the God who’s bigger than anything you’ll ever face.

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Sunday Musings: Raising Godly Children

Sunday Musings: Raising Godly Children

It’s important to us to raise our children in the Christian faith. The easiest way to do that is to take them to church, but there is so much more to raising Godly children than attending church. We are far from being perfect Christian parents, and this is truly an area where we are working hard to improve. I thought I’d share some of the things we are trying to do, in the hope that some of you would share some of your great ideas with us 😉

We are a family of four, with a six year old daughter and a two year old daughter. We attend church regularly and also participate in Vacation Bible School and a summer camp program at our church during the summers.

1. Sunday school

We have recently begun to attend Sunday School after not attending for several months. Sunday School lessons for children are the Gospel tailored for their age and comprehension. This is why it’s important for them to be there. My kids have learned so much from the children’s programs at our church.

2. Read a devotional each day with your kids

We, as adults, get a lot out of our kids’ devotions. Not only are we reading and learning about the Bible along with the girls, we are modeling for them the importance of reading and studying the Bible. And don’t think because it isn’t written for adults that you can’t be blessed by it as well. I have learned from my kids’ devotion book as much as I have from my own.

3. Buy your kids a Bible they can read

There are so many wonderful Bibles on the market today you can choose from. There are Bibles available for little children, tweens, teens and primary aged children. My daughter has this “Big Picture Bible” which works in conjunction with a phone app. She loves it and it does a great job teaching and explaining the Bible stories to her.

5. Pray together

My children and I read the Bible and keep a running prayer list. We spend time thanking God for the things for which we are grateful and praying for the things we need or the people we know with needs. I’ve also started praying aloud in the mornings as we are driving to school- not only to pray, but to model prayer for my children.

What ways do you model living the Gospel for your children? How do you ensure your children are Godly? I’d love to hear ideas or suggestions!

Have a wonderful week.

Sunday Musings: Finding Time in Your Schedule for Your Daily Devotion

Sunday Musings: Finding Time in Your Schedule for Your Daily Devotion

I realize the title of this post is a bit misleading…and wrong. Truthfully we should put God and our time with Him first. If we are honest, we will admit that we don’t always do that. Here are a few ways to make sure you get your quiet time with God.

1. Wake up before anyone else, even if it means getting up earlier.

I am often the first one awake in my home. I like to take those first few minutes to pray and read His word when I will not be interrupted.

2. During your lunch break

I am a teacher, and while I don’t get to leave school for lunch, I do get to eat by myself. There have been times when I’ve gone into my classroom and for a few quiet moments, I’ve prayed and read His word. If you are able to leave your job for lunch, you could always pray and read in your car.

3. In your car

You can use an audio devotion while on your morning commute. I have done this before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now that my commute is much shorter, I don’t do this as often.

4. Just before bed

Take those last few minutes before bed to read God’s word and meditate on it. I like to wait until everyone else is asleep so I won’t be interrupted. Going to sleep with God’s words in your mind is such a sweet feeling.

5. Your devotional reading doesn’t have to be a long reading.

I love “Jesus Calling” by Sara Young and “Journey” magazine (published by Lifeway). These are short, but I have learned so much from both of those publications.

How do you fit in your daily devotion?

Scripture Sundays: 1 John 4:19

Scripture Sundays: 1 John 4:19

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As you know, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. While the world has many ideas and thoughts about love, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Bible verses about love.

Perhaps my most favorite verse is John 3:16, but this verse is a common one as well. 1 John 4:19 has been used for engagement photos, weddings, and more.

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Where is a greater picture of love than Christ’s love for us? Basically, what this verse means is we can love others because God loves us. He is the one who gives us that ability. The following verses talk about how we are not to hate anyone, and how a person cannot say he loves God but hate his brother.

I feel this verse is never more relevant than today, when violence and tensions are running at an all time high. Even though evil is rampant and hate is spewed forth on a daily basis, we must not be part of t. God called us to love and to be set apart.

I am challenging myself to recite this verse daily, so it will remind me to show others that love. We love because he first loved us. Shouldn’t we strive to radiate that love to others?

Have a wonderful week.

 

 

Scripture Sundays: Finding Him in 2018

Scripture Sundays: Finding Him in 2018

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This week has been one of the most rotten weeks we’ve experienced. First of all, my husband began getting sick last week, and then we found out he had the flu. I ended up sick myself.

Then, my blog server crashed. I lost everything- three years of work, blog posts and ideas down the drain. While I was upset and I’m still a little frustrated, I’m just going to try to find the positives. I’m going to start over and keep blogging, but I’m going to use this as an opportunity to make the blog better than ever.

All of these complaints and hardships have a purpose- I promise I’m going somewhere with this.

Last week, this verse showed up in my daily devotions four times.

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My church friends and I had a conversation about this verse last Sunday as we were eating dinner. Side note: my church is amazing. We are a group of people who truly love being together. I’ve never experienced a church before with such loving and caring people. If you live in Central NC and you need a church, please come to ours.

We are certainly not immune to hard times just because we’re Christians. The loss of my blog and a few days of illness are truly not hardships when you look at the bigger picture. They are minor annoyances and while they are irritating and frustrating, they are certainly not catastrophic. We’ve been through some true hardships as a family recently, and to some extent, we’re still healing from them.

As hard as it is to miss my dad and my grandpa, I can take comfort in the fact that my dad and grandpa were both Godly men who are now in Heaven. And I can most certainly take comfort in the fact that Jesus overcame the world. We can give our troubles to Him because with his help, we can overcome them.

Do you know the Mandisa song “Overcomer?” In the song, she sings these words:

“You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer.”

I wish being Christian meant we were immune to trouble, but if that were true, we’d never learn anything, or grow. But being a Christian does mean we can overcome our troubles through Him…because He’s already overcome the world.