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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Move On, Move Up

"...unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child, is the greatest in the Kingdoom of Heaven." -- Matthew 18:3-4

Day before my kids go back to school after being off for a month, I asked my youngest son if he's ready to go back to school in the morning. He thought about it for a second and reluctantly said "yes" and then added "but sometimes I get timed out when I do something wrong and "so and so" bothers me, but I just tell Mrs C." My son sometimes forget to raise his hand before blurting out the answer or talks to his friends when he should be quietly sitting criss-cross applesauce on the carpet with everybody, hence the time outs.

As a mother, you want your kids to learn to deal with different people and personalities and to stick up for themselves, but not get into trouble in the process. It's tough being a kid. I mean, where do you place yourself? To fight and stick up for yourself and risk getting into trouble, or not fight so as not to get into trouble and be called a sissy? Sigh, all I could do as a parent is teach my kids to stay away from trouble. Period. "Stay away from him" is my mantra every morning I drop my son off to class.

He didn't pursue the issue on the bully so I asked: "What do you do after you get timed out?" My son said: "I go back to the carpet with everybody else." He recognizes that he did something wrong, serves some time working alone and he moves on. He moves on.

I have volunteered a number of times in my son's classroom to know whom he's referring to and I must say that you'd have to have the patience of a saint to be able to deal with that boy!

Even when children complain about the bully in class, you'd still see them playing with him during recess. They'd run, go down the slides, ride the bicycles with him. After a few minutes children would go up to the teacher and say, "Mrs C, so and so tripped me, or so and so doesn't want to take turns, or so and so pushed me!" But life goes on for these children and as if nothing happened, they're back to playing with the bully.

Children's hearts are so pure and innocent and ready to forgive because they have not learned to harbor any bitterness in their young lives. The Bible says: "See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." -- Hebrews 12:15

As an adult, this is something that I struggle with but have learned that the first step to healing is to admit and confess the bitterness in your heart to God and to ask Him to heal your hurt and restore your spirit. And the last thing is to ask Him to grant you the serenity to fully forgive those who have hurt you.

"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." -- Colossians 3:13

I've learned that you can't control other people's actions, but you can control your reactions. As a mother, I'm still learning to allow my children to be who they are and not insist upon my own expectations on them. I pray with enough wisdom, I can guide them to be the best person they can be. As much as I'd like to shield them from the harshness of life, I have to let them learn on their own and teach them to move on and move up when they stumble.

Move On and Move Up!

Have you been betrayed by someone you love? Have you been cheated and lied to over and over again? Know that you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect! Remember, love always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres so don't let a failed relationship shatter your hope for a lasting relationship with someone who will love you for who you are and not what they want you to be! Move on and move up!

Is something getting you down and feel like life's not fair? Assess whatever it is that's dragging you down and free yourself from it. Shake off the negativity to allow positive vibes to move into your life. Surround yourself with friends and people who can motivate you and prosper you! Move on and move up!

Financial burden? Maybe it's time to focus on what you have and not dwell on things that you don't have. What you think are necessities could really be luxuries that you could live without. Frugality is the new way of living! Move on and move up (that is by spending less, you'll save more, thereby pushing your finances upward)

Whatever it is that you are experiencing right now and feel you need to do something to improve your situation, you have just taken the first step to doing just that. By acknowledging there is a problem that you need to overcome, you are already putting yourself in a better position.

Move On and Move Up!

Move on and move up to a higher state of mind, to a higher state of faith, move on and move up to a higher state of spirituality, move up to a higher state of being.

God Bless!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Battle in God's Authority

This was shared by the Bible Study Group at work:

“This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand…. For the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hand.”

-- I Samuel 17:46-47

I want to talk to you about the giants in your life… the giant-sized challenges and obstacles that are determined to overwhelm and defeat you.

Whether you are facing an enormous personal crisis, a financial disaster, or some other type of hideous giant, there’s something I want you to do. Say these words with me right now, “The battle is the Lord’s!” Say it again, “The battle is the Lord’s!”

I want you to let these words that David spoke to Goliath take root in your heart. They reveal the source of David’s authority and the key to his victory.

Now the people around David feared for his life. And they tried to equip him, in a physical sense, to fight like a soldier. But this would have been an enormous mistake, and David knew it.

David knew that the real source of strength… his authority to fight and defeat the giant… was in God. And this same authority has been given to you, too!

Now, you may say, “I’m no David.” But you can be! Christ is in you, he has given you the authority to fight and win in his name!

Whatever your giants may look like, take them to God. The battle is the Lord’s!