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Guest blogger-Kevin West: Teaching our Kids to be Worshipers

Happy New Year mamas!!! To start the New Year off we’re teaming up with Kevin West for our first blog post of the year. We all want to be the best moms we can be for our children. Sometimes that means we’re a referee. Sometimes that means we’re a nurse. At times we have to be a friend. And other times we have to be a teacher. Kevin’s latest post talks about teaching our children to be worshipers…

As parents, we need to have values for our families that we are instilling in our children. Without defining values you will never know what is important and what is not. And let’s face it, every parent needs to know what hill they are willing to die on, because our children will test everything.

One of the values every parent who follows Christ should be trying to instill in their children is worship. Often, people think of worship as merely singing. Singing can be worship, and is a great place to start, but worship is so much more. I write a lot about worship, so I won’t go into a lot about what worship is, but so that we are on the same page, let me quickly define it for us. Hopefully, this will help us as we define worship for our children…READ MORE

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He Met Me at my Kitchen Sink

I often find myself not praying about the small stuff. The stuff I think I should just be able to figure out on my own. No need to bother Him with it.

Well today He showed me He wants the small stuff too.

I clogged my kitchen sink a couple days ago. I knew putting raw chicken down my garbage disposal was not a good idea, but I thought, if I cut it up into small chunks, then put it down there, it will be totally fine. Wrong.

So there I was with a clogged sink, a husband out of country who wouldn’t be coming home that evening to fix my dilemma & the other side of my sink full of dirty dishes. I could have made a choice right at the moment to pray and give the anxiety I was feeling to Him, but I didn’t. Instead I poured a large amount of Draino down the sink & grabbed the plunger and plunged away feeling confident I could fix the problem. Wrong again.

I eventually gave up. I told myself the Draino just needs to work overnight and in the morning my sink will be good to go. Wrong for the third time.

I let my sink sit clogged for 2 days because I didn’t know how to fix it. My house had started to smell because of the nasty water sitting in my sink. Never once did I ask God for help. I stressed for 2 days trying to figure it out all on my own.

Today I was determined to fix the clog no matter what it took. I unscrewed all the pipes thinking the clog surly had to be in one of them. It wasn’t. All visible pipes were clear, so I screwed them all back together, turned the water on to see if the clog magically went away, and bam, the sink was filling with water again and I was filling with stress & anxiety.

Done. I was done trying to fix it. I took a deep breath & looked up while standing at my kitchen sink. I said, “Help. Lord I need help.” My stress, worry and anxious thoughts went away. The water in my sink didn’t, but for the first time in 2 days, I didn’t care.

I grabbed the plunger and began plunging away like I did the moment my sink became clogged, but this time I prayed. I prayed out loud to keep the anxious thoughts away. And you’ll never believe what happened…the water began draining away.

He wants the little stuff as much as He wants the big stuff. My little problem had turned into a big problem because I let it. My stress, frustration & “I can fix it” attitude didn’t get me anywhere. It wasn’t until I cried out to Him that my problem got fixed. He met me at my kitchen sink today.

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Intention -vs- Intentional

As moms we all have good intentions, but if we’re honest with ourselves, there is at least one area in our lives where we need to move past our good intentions and begin being intentional. Maybe it’s a friendship we’ve allowed the “life’s busy”excuse to ruin our best intentions. Or is it more personal? Is is a hobby or talent we’ve set up on the shelf until we have more time, or the kids get older? That shelf is getting layer upon layer of best intention dust, while that talent/hobby may be the very thing God is wanting to use most in our life. Our lists could go on and on-

*Being bolder in our faith

*One on one time with our kid(s)

*Limiting our time everyday on social media, do I dare say, even taking a break!

*Scheduling regular date nights with your hubby or maybe it’s just stopping what we’re doing when he gets home to greet him

*Making time everyday to spend with the Lord.

*Yelling less/talking more

*Praying more, worrying less

*10-15 minutes everyday for just YOU! And yes, the extra long time you spend in the bathroom with the door locked counts!

The area we really don’t want to be intentional in or will require more time or attention than we think we can give, may just be the area He is is waiting to do His best work. My encouragement and prayer for all us moms tonight is, try the area you KNOW you’ve felt that nudge in. It probably popped into your head a couple minutes after you starting reading this blog post. That’s the one, my friend.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13

 

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