Gleanings from the Garden of God’s Word

Weeds & the Benefits of Team Efforts Our kids had planted seeds a few months ago in their own gardens and because we have not been as diligent as we needed to be the weeds have overgrown and many, not all, but many of their seeds didn't come up.  The weeds choked out the fruit we were so hoping for when we sowed the seed.  What a good lesson to learn.  Hard, but good right!  [...]

Weeds: A Curse, A Sin and Dare I say a Blessing Part II

"Mom, How do I know which one is a weed?" When weeding a garden with children, you spend a good amount of time telling the children which weeds are in fact "weeds".  About two weeks ago we got some more baby chicks.  A friend mentioned to chop up the dandelion leaves and feed them to the chicks for two reasons: 1) To train them to eat them (gain an acquired taste for dandelions) when they [...]

Weeds: The Curse, Sins, and Dare I Say “A Blessing” Part I

Weeding with your kids is an opportunity for deep conversation, reflection, teaching and training in the discipline of work ethic. The most common complaint from children when weeding... I hate these weeds, they are prickly... they are a nuisance. The most common question among children when weeding... WHY? WHY MOM? WHY ARE THERE WEEDS?  WHY DID GOD HAVE TO MAKE WEEDS? I love it!  These are the kinds of conversations I simply love while weeding [...]

Stop & Delight- Take a Photo

We have been talking about Delighting in our Children as our {Core Christian Parenting Fundamentals} continues... today I want to simply talk about the concept of letting go of the to-dos so that you can be free to smile, laugh, cuddle, play a game, get on the floor, play hide n seek, sit and have hot cocoa and talk, or have a heart to heart with your child (children).  I think there are so many [...]

I confess~ Moments of Struggling to Delight as a Mama

I have a confession to make.  I have not always "delighted" in my children.  To this day I have to remind myself and ask God to remind me to "delight" in them at times.  When I first became a mother, we were young newly weds... only married a year.  Though I loved Kelsey, I didn't think consciously about delighting in her.  I thought about making fun, happy memories with her and being a joy-filled mother.  [...]

Delighting in Ones Children~

To Delight: to gain a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; something that gives a great pleasure. When God made the world he took delight in his creation when "he saw that it was good" (Gen. 1-2). One of the Core essential tenants of our faith is to "delight" in the Lord.  Delight in His wonders, His works, His creation, in who He is.  I think the Lord is delighted Himself, when He sees [...]

Intentionally Leading with Vision~ Core Christian Parenting Fundamentals

What is the Vision you have for your family? Do you envision having a close knit family; where your daughters are there for each other, taking care of each other after they have a baby, or watching one another’s children for date nights, etc...  What about your sons, could they maybe work together?  Or will they want to get there families together because they actually like each other and it is not just something they [...]

Competitiveness, Selsfishness, and Pride ~ Core Christian Parenting Fundamentals

Why is Competitiveness one of the topics I chose to include in this Core Christian Parenting Fundamentals Series? I believe the God's heart grieves when we are competing with one another rather than working together as a team, within the family, within marriage, and within the Body of Christ.  My heart grieves for broken families; but I also grieve for families that that are still "together" by our worlds standards but are ineffective or less [...]

Developing Sibling Relationships that Last- Purposeful Parenting #9

Do you find your children competing with one another?  I'm not talking about brothers wrestling, I am talking about heart attitudes.  What are your children's heart attitudes towards learning from one another?  In our home this has been something I have kept my eye out for. I firmly believe that it is our job to be teaching our children that they are developing life long relationships with their siblings.  When we have conflict in our [...]

Purposeful Parenting #8- Competitiveness

The Spirit of Competition.  Many are scared of it, many have been hurt by it; and yet on the other hand many don't see any problem with it, in fact they believe teaching competition is a good thing. How do we handle this as parents?  Are we watching for the spirit of competitiveness among sibling relationships? Is competitiveness between siblings modeled in the bible? In Luke 15, we come to the story of the prodigal [...]