Since there will be trouble, (Jesus promised there would be until He returns) why not prepare?
Prepare by expecting it. I don’t mean being doom and gloom always expecting everything to go wrong. God is with us and has good plans for us. He also warned us we have an enemy who is always looking to steal, kill, and destroy, so we should be ready.
I often said I house-proofed my children rather than child-proofing my house. They learned boundaries and self-control from a young age. I prepared them to avoid the dangers and trouble that were in their world. I could take them anywhere I wanted to and let them know the boundaries. We weren’t restricted to childproofed spaces.
In much the same way, I can’t send my children into a struggle-free world. Instead, I’m doing my best to give them skills and tools to avoid the dangers and overcome the struggles. Even learn to use trouble to benefit them. My job is not to keep struggle out of their life. Do I teach them to...
Becoming a mom was the most amazing end overwhelming thing in my life - all four times.
We teach what we know, but we reproduced who we are. John Maxwell
The truth of this quote terrified me because I did not want anyone to be like me. I was so insecure. I had so much self-hatred. I did not like myself and I didn't understand how anyone else would like me. I did not want to reproduce that ever. So, knowing I would reproduce who I was, terrified me.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Franklin D. Roosevelt
This quote embodies the philosophy that I took out of that terrifying realization. It became my passion as a mom to become someone I wanted my children to be like. I worked with the Lord to be transformed into His image - from glory to glory. And as I did that, I learned tools and I modeled the process to my children, to build their foundations and build them for the future.
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A little back story from 2 Samuel 20. Sheba son of Bikri is causing King David problems – again. As Joab is pursuing him he hides in a city called Abel Beth Maakah. Joab builds a siege ramp and began pounding on the walls of the city.
A wise woman of Able asks to talk to Joab. She sees there is destruction coming to her city in a very real way and she speaks up.
Joab comes to speak with her. She asks why he is destroying her city. I’m sure as the King’s general he didn’t need to give her an audience. We are not given her name, but Joab gave her audience. She carried authority.
She knew her city and her heritage was a heritage of having the wisdom of the Lord. People would come to her city, and likely to her, for the wisdom of God. She knew they were peaceful and faithful in Israel.
She questioned Joab, “Why are you destroying a...