Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sin, Pray, Repent - Live A Changed Life

When you think about having a repent-ful heart, how do you approach the goal?

Repenting is not only asking to be forgiven, but it is turning away from the sin and living a changed life.  Only God can put the need to Repent upon a heart, and only Christ's sacrificial gift can ease the pain of the grief that leads to the need to repent.  It is by the grace of God that He loved us enough to provide a way to LIVE A CHANGED LIFE.

Monday, June 1, 2015

How To Change A Spouse

Photo credit: - Kelly Snelgrove

Do you have those moments of profound thoughts and wonder why it never occurred to you before?

I had one such moment the other day while facilitating a Love & Logic class.  

In each class I attempt to get the parents attending to realize that although the techniques are sometimes difficult and require that you give up some old ways the new skills will have a profound affect on your children.  Change is hard.  

My challenge that day was this:  Parents have grown to judge themselves and other by how much we do for our kids.  Love & Logic teaches that by doing everything for our children we steal important learning opportunities and significant chances to find their own success.  All of this is straight out of the book.  

My new thought was this - 

"You never have a better opportunity to change a spouse than right now - the child you are raising is likely to become someone's significant other.  Do your future daughter-in-law or son-in-law the blessing of raising up the best spouse that you are able to provide."  

What would you want in a spouse?  


Those attributes are so much easier to foster in youth than to change in adulthood.

Changing old parenting habits can be hard, but each year you wait to change it will become more difficult to have a legacy creating affect.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Teacher's Gift to "Taste the Rainbow"

Photo Credit:  Chris Schauder, 5/13/2015

It's been raining here ... a lot.  I should be thankful it isn't snow.  I am thankful that we have stayed just below flood stage, but I miss the sunshine!  It just doesn't feel like summer yet, although the kids get out of school tomorrow.

Rather than complain any longer I decided to embrace the rain, and it's rainbows and the possibility of a pot of gold this year for the Teacher's Gifts.  

When it comes to giving end of the year gifts I'm a fan of giving something that I know all professionals want more of ... money.  Cold hard cash.  I've done gift cards in the past, but I've found my friends who are teachers confide they get a lot of gift cards to buy more books.  Since giving cash I've received thank you notes for the new pair of boots she was saving for on up to thanks for the free tank of gas!  

That said I'm a crafty girl at heart, so an envelope full of money just doesn't make me smile when I hand it over.  This year I decided to modify an idea found on Pinterest.  

Small canning jar with lid
Skittles (or other suitable candy)
$$$$ or gold coins - available at the bank

Here is my result:

& the all important Tag:

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