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Waiting

Yet, those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.  – Isaiah 40:31

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Ever find yourself waiting for something or someone? Waiting is a part of life. We wait in lines for gas, groceries, amusement park rides, etc. We wait to go to college. We wait to start our career.  We wait to get married.  We wait to have children. We wait to buy a car or house. We wait for plants or gardens to grow.

I often cling to this verse about waiting and gaining strength, because for me it’s the opposite.  I get discouraged when I have waited a long time for something I really want, but have received it.

I have learned in those times of waiting God teaches me two things.

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1. Trust

Our family has experienced loss of job, finances and our home. In these difficult times, we learned to trust God for provision day by day, hour by hour and sometimes minute by minute.

I will never forget about a time our cupboards were low and two friends stopped by with a trunk full of groceries from Costco. Thank you Lord for touching upon them to bless us.

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2. Character

God has been working on building my character. I am not the same person I was several years ago. I am much more aware of my surroundings. For instance, I now understand when a mother says, “Wow, this milk costs $6.” Before I would have shuffled by, not paying any attention. But I get it. She may a limited funds and still has to buy bread, meat, cheese, etc. for her children. Thank you Lord opening my eyes to the needs of others and allowing me to help when I can.

So, be encouraged if you are waiting upon someone or something.  Don’t give up. Keep praying.  We too are waiting for breakthrough in a few areas of our lives and are trusting God to open the doors only He can in His timing. We do our part and let Him do His.

Blessings, Rebecca

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One Step Forward Two Steps Back

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Ever felt like you take one step forward and two steps back? That’s how I feel as I write this blog. As you may know, our family has been on an amazing journey learning to trust God day by day, hour by hour and sometime minute by minute since my job loss in the Semiconductor industry a few years ago.

It appeared we were on the road to recovery as I landed an awesome job, Randy was working full-time, and we were offered an affordable cabin near the kids’ school. We were catching up on much-needed items and bills. Then, a few days ago, my husband was notified, due to budget cuts, his hours were being reduced from full-time 40 hours per week to 29 hours.

Had it been a couple of years ago, I would have exploded. However, I’ve learned to lift everything up to God. So, as a family, we prayed that He would take care of us with this impact and guide our steps going forward.

If I feel a tinge of worry or anxiety pop up, I am quick to cast it on to the Lord. I frequently lean on Matthew 6:28-33.

And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’  For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But strive first for the kingdom of God[a] and his[b] righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

With that said, I have experienced a deeper sense of peace resting in Him trusting that the Lord will provide for our family’s needs. I am not sure what the duture holds will, but I know God is good and He cares for us.

Have you ever felt like you have taken one step forward and two steps back? I’d love to hear about it and what you learned from it.

Blessings, Rebecca

Guest Blog by Amy Lu

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This week’s guest blogger is Amy Lu.She is  a Midwest girl from Michigan who enjoys writing children’s picture books,blogging about motherhood, and sharing reading inspiration. You can check out her adventures as a mother of two little cuties and former first grade teacher who loves reading, drinking coffee, and doing yoga. She’d love to connect with you on Facebookor Instagram. Please welcome Amy!

Blessings, Rebecca

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7 Parenting Tips from the Book Loving Our Kids on Purpose

When I first saw the title of this book, Loving Our Kids on Purpose: Making a Heart-To-Heart Connection, I almost decided not to read it. I figured, I already know how to love my child, that’s the easy part. It’s all the other stuff that is hard. However, I am so glad that I didn’t stop there. This has been one of the best parenting books I have read. It challenged me to think about how I was raised, and the kind of parent I want to be. I picked 7 highlights, but there is really so much more to this book. I highly recommend it and only wish I would have read it sooner.

  1. You can’t control your child.

This was kind of shocking for me to realize, but I think Danny Silk is on to something. The bottom line is that you can’t actually control anyone except yourself. You may try to control your child, but ultimately it is up to him or her, on whether or not to listen to you. For example, if you ask your child to please eat his carrots, it is up to the child to determine how fast or slow he will do this, and if he will actually obey. This is especially evident as the child grows older.

  1. Nurture a loving relationship between you and your child.

Silk believes that establishing a loving relationship, in which both the parent and child love and trust one another is the key to good parenting. This is the ultimate goal for the parent.

  1. Empower your child by providing choices.

Everyone wants to feel like they are in control of their lives, and that they have the power to make decisions. Silk believes children are no different. One way we, as parents, can work with and not against this is to provide choices. For example, even a toddler can have choices. Let’s say you want the child to go upstairs to get dressed. You could offer the choice of walking or being carried upstairs. This is simple, but it can be applied to the most complex situations. As the parent, it is up to you to provide the child with two choices that you can be content with.

  1. De-escalate arguments with simple responses.

Using phrases such as “I know,” “Probably so,” “That could be,” “I don’t know, and “Nice try”  can help to deescalate arguments with your child. These are phrases Silk references as his favorite from theParenting with Love and Logic book, written by Foster Cline and Jim Fay. This strategy can enable your child to start thinking about how he or she can solve the problem at hand. Parents should maintain a genuinely loving demeanor toward the child to encourage him or her to solve the problem.

  1. Allow your child to experience the consequences of their choices.

As tempting as it may be to rescue your child from the pain or difficulty of consequences, resist. (Note: This is not talking about neglecting a child’s safety.) Parents can create a safe environment for children to make mistakes and learn from them. As parents, we can’t be afraid to let our children mess up. We can build trust with them by letting them know we are there for them in all situations and allowing them to grow from these difficult times.

  1. Choose discipline over punishment.

Discipline allows a child the power to decide how to fix or solve a problem. Punishment is decided solely by the parent.

  1. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable.

Many times parents want to believe that they have the power in the relationship. However, Silk believes that is simply not the case. In fact, he believes that parents should communicate to their children in a way that shows that they too, can be vulnerable. This is why having a loving relationship is so imperative.

How do you love your kids on purpose?  Please share with.us in the comments. 

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