Raising Children

This is a devotion I wrote for my SIL’s baby shower. I thought I’d share it with you all.

As a mother of 5  I know a little about child rearing, but only a LITTLE! You never stop learning and you never stop asking yourself “Am I doing this right?” It really is a wonder that our firstborn ever survives childhood without being permanently scarred from all the “well-meaning” advice from grandma, mom, friends, and even the stranger at the gas station, as well as our complete lack of wisdom in having something so small, so new, and so completely dependant upon us.

In the Bible, they will sometimes refer to the mother of a man in his lineage. In a time when women really had no rights, I can’t help but to think that only the best, and the worst, of mothers were mentioned. Remember Hannah? She prayed for a child only to give him back to the Lord once he was weaned. (1 Samuel) Then there was Herodias’ mom. She had her daughter ask the king for the head of John the Baptist. WOW! Talk about your great parenting skills! Or should I say, lack thereof! (Matthew 14:3-12 and Mark 6:17-29) Then there was Mary, the mother of Jesus. Could you imagine being Jesus’ mom? Sure, we all joke about how it would have been easy raising the perfect child, but remember, she also had to watch as Jesus was mocked and beaten and hung on a cross, by those he came to save.

(John 16:21) Once the pain and anguish of labor is over, and you hold that perfect little baby in your hands, you are going to realize, for the first time in your life, that you are now wholly responsible for another life. Your raising will determine wether the child you are holding will live a life for Jesus or live a life for the world. God promises us, that even though we are born with a sin nature (Psalm 51:5), if we “train up a child in the way that he should go”. that “when he is old HE WILL NOT DEPART from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) That is a PROMISE straight from the Lord!

So, how exactly do we raise this child in the ways that he should go? You may have googled all the websites and read all the books you could find on raising children, but it all boils down to one verse in the Bible; Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Always, I repeat. ALWAYS, seek the Lord first in all that you do for your child. That’s it, there is no better way to raise your child than that. You are going to stumble, and sometimes you will fall, but when you do, get up, dust yourself off, ask the Lord to forgive you (and your child if necessary) and strive to do what God would have you do.

Even though you may not be the perfect parents, and you may do things wrong sometimes, as long as you strive to do the will of God and seek him for advice in all you do, I am confidant that you will leave a legacy not only to your children, but for many generations to come.

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Update on Gra-pa

Welp, it’s sure been a LONG 4 1/2 months! Gra-pa is still in the hospital, every time we try to bring him home it seems like something else happens!

Gra-pa was able to go to my SIL’s house Dec. 15, and he was there for about 2 days when the ostomy from his stomach came out…yes OUT! He started to vomit and bile was everywhere from ostomy leakage and vomiting, I’m glad I wasn’t on duty at this time, I may not have made it! SO, Gra-pa went back into the ICU to have a feeding tube placed in his stomach, except they aren’t pumping things in, they’re pumping things out. He was there for about 2 weeks.

At the end of the 2 weeks they sent him to a step down facility where they put him on a different pain medication. At this point, Gra-pa is nauseated and feels like his stomach is cramping up. I’m thinking stomach flu, since everyone we know has had it, or a problem with the surgery site. SIL, who works at a pharmacy, had the pharmacist look up the side effects from the new meds, found out that’s what was causing his stomach pain and called the Dr. and had him change the pain meds. Gra-pa gets better with different meds! YAY!

Now, keep in mind, he’s not had a bite to eat since Labor day…NOTHING! He’s a little on the crabby side, and he gets pretty emotional about having to stay in the hospital, but all things considered, he’s doing good. But by this point, he’s went from 280 lbs. to 165, which is quite a big weight drop! His muscle tone is also decreasing. He’s able to walk with a one sided walker (kind of  a half walker, hard to explain), but they don’t want him to put pressure on his right arm because they haven’t done anything with this arm yet. His hand has healed up pretty good, his pinkey is curled up, I don’t know what the Dr.’s plan on doing with his arm, they’re still just trying to keep him healthy enough to do his intestine surgery in late Feb. early March.

Last week he was able to go home, AGAIN, but this time less than 12 hours. He had a slight fever when he left the hospital, but they said that was from all the excitement from the day. He had had an appointment at 8 am with a Dr. outside the hospital, then came back and got all his discharge stuff in order. (Which, if any of you have been in the hospital, know takes FOREVER!) And of course, the nurse and SIL had to go over EVERYTHING that is associated with his feeding tube, pic lines, draining the ostomy bags….all that stuff. ANYWAY, the home health nurse came in at noon the following day and found he had a temperature of 101, calls the ambulance and takes him back to the hospital. UGH!!

When the nurses check him and do all the routine blood tests, urine tests and all the poking and prodding that goes on in the ER, they find he’s got a kidney infection…from the step down not changing his catheter. So, now he’s back in the hospital on antibiotics AGAIN, waiting for this infection to go away.

I really don’t think they are going to let him come home again until his intestines are all connected, which, really is a good thing, everyone’s been sick with the stomach flu, sinus gunk and the general icky stuff that goes around in the winter time. DH and I have only seen him a handful of times since mid-December since we’ve been passing the crud around here.

All in all, things are going ok, Gra-pa’s not healthy, but he’s stable and on track to still be re-connected in a month or so. His spirits waver between high and low which is expected, and everyone misses him terribly! Just keep the family in your prayers, that’s what’s kept him going this long!

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Sorry it’s been so long!!

Many of you probably do not know, but my FIL was in a motorcycle wreck on Labor day. He is still in the ICU unit. He’s doing much better and can talk now…but…he’s still not outta the woods.

I’ll kind of give you the condensed (as possible) version:

11:40-ish am Labor day: Gra-pa (that’s what we call him) was going to see his gf when he pulled into the side of a semi trailer hauling hay bales. He went a total of 82 feet before coming to a stop.

Gra-pa is life-lined to the local hospital with head injuries and loss of blood. He also lost his elbow and the side of his right hand on the highway.

The dr.’s intubate him, breathing was a concern, put a tube in his head to monitor pressure and did a surgery on his hand, the elbow was going to have to wait. The dr. only cleaned and pinned the hand together. Was given a 40% chance of surviving, only 20% of that to NOT be in a vegetive state.

Day 5: Gra-pa’s doing great, following commands, dr.’s talk about sending him to rehab.

Day 6: Gra-pa’s tube removed, given pain meds, falls asleep….deeply….quits breating, almost dies, has to have emergency intubation. During all this, Gra-pa has an atrial fibrillation (his heart fluttered) and it shot blood clots throughout his body. Within 6 minutes, med’s administered to break up clots.

Day 7: DH and I notice Gra-pa’s belly getting really distended, told nurses, they noted it…did they do anything…don’t know.

Day 8: White blood count skyrockets…40+ thousand. Send Gra-pa for a ct scan. As soon as dr. sees ct scan: Calls dh and tells him that if he does not do surgery right now, Gra-pa will die.

Day 8/9 overnight: Gra-pa goes in for “exploratory” surgery. Dr.’s end up removing 75% of the intestines…Say that a person can live on 100 cm., Gra-pa’s close to that.

Day ??: This is about the time I completely lose all track of days. DH is on his 2nd week off of work (total of 3 1/2 weeks off) and we’ve been at the hospital 85% of the time. Poor kiddos, they spent a few days at the hospital, but mostly entertained themselves and did schoolwork at home.

Gra-pa’s got a wound vac now, his belly is completely open, with this thing basically vacuum sealed to it. Goes on to have 3 more surgeries on his intestines. God intervened! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!! The dr. measured his small intestine…120 cm. More than he thought was there!

One day would be great, the next Gra-pa would almost be dead. It was a real emotional roller coaster around here…

Gra-pa goes on to have 3 “ostomy” bags put in. One at the end of his stomach, one on his colon, and one on the small intestine. None of them are attached together. This stops the infection, white blood count returns to almost normal.

Good days, bad days…

Gra-pa has another infection…yeast in his blood. The give him powerful antifungal meds. This works, after leaving a very bad yeast infection in his mouth….Keep in mind, the intestines are not connected, he’s not eaten for weeks at this point…lost 100+ pounds, and is very weak.

Family comes in (again) throws a big fit to have him moved to a different facility. HAPPENS!

Last week or 2…Gra-pa’s in the new facility, now talking, doing good. Still has good and bad days, but the good are starting to out way the bad.

Keep our family in your prayers…God knows who Gra-pa is! Please pray for him!

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Do your actions speak louder than words?

I was scrolling through facebook this morning and came across scripture posted from a friend. That’s great!

Well, yes and no.

Here’s why:

This friend’s most recent post was a “like” to the Playboy page. So at 1 a.m. he was professing to know God then at 3 a.m. he was chasing after fleshly lusts.      1 Peter 2:11 says “Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;” That says to me, that we, (as Christians) are strangers and pilgrims on Earth. One of these days we plan on being in heaven, right? So we need to abstain (STAY AWAY FROM!) fleshly lusts. Why? Because they war against the soul.

Pretty simple, but easier said than done. When you become a Christian there are some things that need to happen in your life. There needs to be a change, a newness.

Romans 6:1-4 says “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”

LISTEN TO THIS “GOD FORBID.”

“How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

If you profess to be a Christian you are saying that you don’t want to be a sinner…you don’t want to live in sin, and you shouldn’t live in sin.

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, EVEN SO WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.”

Just as Jesus was raised from the dead by God, we should be raised from our sin (death) and walk as a new man (or woman).

Sometimes you will fail, but pick yourself up, dust yourself off, ask the Lord to forgive you and go on! Don’t continue in sin.

Now, here’s why it’s not so simple:

1 Corinthians 5:11 says “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”

We don’t change the company we keep. We shouldn’t shun our old friends, but you shouldn’t hang out with them anymore. If you play around the pig pen, your chances of getting dirty are pretty high. If you hang around your old drinking, partying friends, your chances of drinking and partying are pretty high.

Now spiritually older Christians, here’s where we come in. We need to help these Christians out. We need to befriend them. Have them over for dinner, meet at the park with the kids, play tennis, go bowling do SOMETHING that will help them to establish their Christianity with Christian friends. Don’t watch them go back out in the world and be snared by Satan. When Saul was converted, the disciples were afraid of him and didn’t want him around. Acts 9:27 says “But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus” If Barnabas hadn’t spoken up for Saul, the disciples wouldn’t have befriended him. We need to speak up for new converts, and even those who have been saved a while, and take them under our wings and befriend them like the disciples did Saul, even though they were afraid. It’s never easy to get out of our “comfort zone” but I’m sure that scourge, the crown of thorns and the nails didn’t feel so great either.

Let’s let our actions mimic our words!!

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How many Commandments have you broken?

 

Our Young Adult Sunday School class is studying about the life of David. We were talking a few weeks ago about the fact that David was a man after God’s own heart, even though he broke half of the 10 Commandments in just a couple of chapters.

 

The Watchmen covers this topic quite well, however, that post was about US warning others of THEIR sin…how bout we take a look at our own lives. Matthew 7:3-5 says “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

 

I think I kinda put the cart before the horse. Actually, at that time, I believe God was wanting me to warn others. Now I believe He’s asking me to look at MY life and what I’ve done.

 

Sometimes it’s a good idea to go back over the sins that God has delivered you from! If you have something to rejoice over, (like being delivered!!) you have a hard time being angry.

 

I’m going to go back over the 10 Commandments again.

 

Exodus 20:3-17

 

Commandment 1 “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Do you put anything before God? Work, school, children, sports or tv shows? How about on Wednesday night when you’ve worked all day and just don’t feel like going to church? GUILTY! When I first was saved Survivor had been airing for 1 year. I LOVED THAT SHOW! After skipping Wed. nights for a while, it got easier to miss Sun. evenings. Then after a few months I wasn’t going at all. Just like the song Slow Fade by Casting Crowns, you don’t set out to leave your faith, it’s a slow fade into disobedience.

 

Commandment 2 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that isin the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:”

 

Buddha, Mohammad and Allah are some that you might think of right off-hand, but, how about your car? Home? Boat? You may not be out in the yard bowing down to them but are you serving them? If you take off to the lake instead of going to church, you’re serving self. God has given us 6 days a week to do whatever we want. How come it’s always on Sunday that we decide to do things? (Guilty again) Now for the scary part.

 

for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the thirdand fourth generation of them that hate me;”

 

David was told that the sword would never depart from his household because of his sin. His baby (that was conceived in adultery) died, one son raped his half-sister, another son then killed his brother for raping his sister and later on David had his wives and concubines taken from him and were lain with on the roof top, because David was told “Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give [them] unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.” 2 Samuel 12:1

The things we do WILL affect our children.

 

“And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

God will show mercy, if we are repentant! David was sorry for what he did and repented. That’s why he was considered a man after God’s own heart, when he did wrong, and realized it, he repented.

 

Commandment 3 “Thou shalt not takethe name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”

 

Watch yer mouth. None of that slang either! (see The Watchman) Strike 3 so far….good thing there’s 10! I might not be half bad…(sorry cheesy joke)

 

Commandment 4 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

 

Go to church! Been there…didn’t do that…go to church that is. Guess that’s strike 4. Good thing this isn’t baseball. There’s more to this commandment:

 

“Six days shalt thou labour, and do allthy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God:in itthou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

 

I guess that means we probably shouldn’t do any shopping on Sunday. Eating out too. I don’t know how many times I’ve invited someone to church and they say “I have to feed your church members at noon, I can’t come” If we don’t go, they won’t stay open. This is really hard to do, I know, I have 5 kids and it’s a lot easier to run to Taco Bell for a Grande Meal. But that’s something I’ve got to stop doing…told ya’ll this was also for me!

 

Commandment 5 “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

 

I’m not doing very good at this…5 for 5. Not only are you supposed to honour your folks, if you do, you’ll live longer. Wish I’d’a learned this earlier in life! Now look at the rest of the verse, God gave US the land, not the animals, US. I’m not saying we should go finish off the rain forest, or do another buffalo hunt for sport, but if it comes between my family living and a deer becoming dinner, sorry Bambi, you’re gonna go!

 

Commandment 6 “Thou shalt not kill.”

 

I thought I had this one licked…until I read 1 John 3:15. “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” This isn’t just a birth brother, if you are saved, all fellow Christians are brothers and sisters. If at any time there was something that caused hatred between you, you’re guilty of murder.

 

Commandment 7 “Thou shalt notcommit adultery.”

 

Another easy one, right? Not so much. (I copied and pasted this from The Watchman. If you haven’t read that post yet, do!)

 

I may get some hate mail for this, but it’s the truth and as I’ve said, I didn’t write the book, but I have to live by it. If you are having sex with, touching inappropriately, “sexting” or lusting after someone who is not your spouse, you are committing adultery. I’m talking 1 man 1 woman marriage here, homosexuality is wrong, whether you are “married” by state standards. *See Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
As Matthew 5:28 says But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. This applies to women also! If you are married and are looking at another man or woman and thinking lustful thoughts, you are committing adultery.

 

Well, now I’m 7 for 7.

 

Commandment 8 “Thou shalt not steal”

 

Nope, not even a grape! I actually had someone say not to pick up something that’s been lost on the side of the road (unless you’re going to turn it in or post you found it somewhere). He said that you don’t know if someone’s a mile up the road turning around to get it…He’s really got a point, you don’t know. I’ve actually stole quite a few things in my younger days, even on a church trip. I’m surprised God didn’t drown me in the wave pool for that one! I guess he knew that one day I’d realize exactly what the consequences were for my actions and let me feel guilty about that one for a while before I finally repented. (And didn’t do it anymore!)

 

Commandment 9 “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”

 

Liar, liar, pants on fire! Need I say anymore?

 

Commandment 10 “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”

 

Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t like what your neighbor has or want nice things, it just means you can’t want it so bad that it’s all you think about, or work for, or forsake God over.

 

Now that I know I have broken every commandment there is, is there something I can do about it? Well, I’m glad I asked!

 

Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

 

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

 

Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 

Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

 

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

 

It really is that simple! God knew what He’d be dealing with when He created this Earth! He didn’t intend on faith being so hard that we couldn’t have it. God wants a relationship with us, all we have to do is strive to do what Jesus would!

 

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Thankfulness

I recently read a facebook post and it really got me thinking, so I’m going to pass it on to ya’ll.

If you woke up tomorrow and only had the things you thanked God for yesterday, what would you have?

WOW!! Did that ever get me thinking! Did I thank the Lord for my husband today? My children, how about my parents? Or most importantly, did I thank God for what Jesus did for me on Calvary and for my salvation?

I find that I thank God more for the little things as well as the big things he’s given me. As a matter of fact, I find myself thanking God a lot more often…while I’m cooking, thank you Lord for my cool-e-o mixer and electricity! While I’m doing laundry, thank you Lord for my washing machine, I’m thankful I don’t have to use a bar of soap and washboard, and again for electricity! While I’m alone (rarely!!), thank you Lord for my children, it’s so quiet when they’re gone! I even enjoy the bickering more when they’re not home! LOL And for my husband! Thank you Lord for the wonderful God-fearing man you gave me! He’s a wonderful daddy, a wonderful husband and most importantly he’s a wonderful pastor with a heart for his church! He truly lives what he believes and makes it know where he stands on issues…and he stands firm on them! And most importantly, thank you Lord for your son Jesus, who was crucified for ME and is risen and sitting on your right hand waiting for me to come live with you for eternity one day! Thank you for my salvation, that my children my know you and that they may also one day live with you in glory! I thank you Lord for the change in my life that my children don’t have to grow up with a mother and father that drink and curse and ship them off at every opportunity. I also thank you Lord for the change I’ve seen in others when you touch their lives! I thank you Lord for the opportunity to see a newly married couple get saved, quit drinking and worship you without abandon and look forward to welcoming a new baby into the world with YOU in their lives that they may not have to go through the things DH and I did when we were first married. I also thank you Lord for the change in a man who was hooked on drugs and alcohol. I thank you Lord for allowing me to watch this man and his family grow in their faith and surrendering to preach your word and watching them bring another little life into their family and bring him up according to your will. I also thank you Lord for the miracle that you are doing in the life of a baby, born at 28 weeks at a mere 2 lb. and 3 oz. I watch as you cradle this baby in your arms and help him grow, with no ventilator and no serious health problems. I thank you Lord for the way this baby boy is touching the lives of his mommy and daddy and the church binding together and praying for him. I thank you Lord for sending us back to a church, where I honestly did not want to go, but went on your promise that there were wonderful things in store for your people there. I thank you Lord for the VBS we just finished and the 6 young lives saved. I thank you Lord for a church that will help nurture these young people to live a Godly life and go on to live for you. Lastly Lord, I thank you for giving me instructions for life and not leaving me to piece the puzzle together without a picture. The Bible is MY Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth and I pray Lord that others would not be conformed to this world and it’s ever-changing versions and that they would realize the errors that are not in the KJV but are in other versions. I pray Lord that I would raise my family to hold to the old ways and to teach the importance of being in your house when the doors are open, not just Sunday morning but Sunday evening and Wednesday nights too. Lord help my children to desire the word of life that they would live according to your will and not falter. In Jesus name I pray…AMEN!

 

 

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Farewell

I know I’ve only been posting a couple of months, but it’s time for me to go.

I’m doing a Beth Moore study called Breaking Free and she’s challenged us to remove anything that is holding us in bondage. In MY eyes I’m not bonded to the internet, but, according to DH I spend too much time on Facebook and not enough time on house work. Be that as it may…I gotta keep up with what’s going on right?

Ok, maybe not.

I’ve fallen in to the “gossip mill” that is Facebook. I admit, I’m nosey, I like to know what’s going on. I like to keep up with events. But do I REALLY need to check FB every hour-on the hour? Nope. I don’t. I LIKE to, but I don’t NEED to. Do I need to clean the house? Unfortunately-YES!  Do I need to set an example for my children to follow? YES!! And that’s a BIG YES! What they see me do, they imitate.

I’ve noticed that I’m becoming my parents as I get older. There are some areas they failed miserably in (as will I) and some they excelled in (I’m hoping that I can hit this one too!). Just like every parent out there, I want my kids to have it better than I did when I was a kid. It’s taken me a long time to realize better doesn’t mean that my kids need everything handed to them, they need to learn how to do things for themselves, and how to work.  America as a whole has really lost its work ethic!

I have officially run a rabbit…back on track…

I thought about just closing my Facebook account. Then I asked myself  “Will I really stay off the computer if I still have internet?” I thought about it. Then I prayed about it. Funny how you really don’t want to pray about something you already have an answer for huh? And I broke down and admitted to myself that I would just replace facebook with something else online. Just as I replaced going through the drive thru with parking and going in (I really like to eat Taco Bell and Dairy Queen) and in the past replaced tea for soda. I’m going to go back a little further and say just as I replaced God with alcohol, sex and hanging out, I always find a replacement.

I want my internet replacement to be GOD! I want to get into His word, find out HOW to better raise my family and set the example for my children. As I said, my kids will live according to the example I set for them. I want them to see a mom who LOVES God whole-heartedly, loves her husband and treats him with respect (and for DS how his DDaddy loves and respects his momma). I want my girls to know I love them and that they don’t have to “look” like everyone else. True beauty is on the inside and a boy should have to go through God to be able to get to them. I’ve heard it said (and I agree!) “If you’re not in business, don’t advertise” I want my girls to be modest, I’m not saying they have to wear skirts to the floor and sleeves to their wrists to be modest, but do they really need to have their (developing) chests hanging out and their curves flaunted? Nope! How can I tell my DS to look on the heart of a girl, that he needs to find one that GOD would have for him when all he sees is the chest in front of the heart? I want my son to know I love him and that if he turns out just like his daddy that it would tickle me pink!

How can I accomplish this when 75% of my day I’m on the computer or phone checking Facebook? I can’t.

So, with all that being said.

I’m going to keep my blog active, disable my Facebook, and maybe (big maybe) go to the library every now and again and post on here how things are going. I’d like to promise I’ll update, but this may be something I need to completely remove from my life altogether. I kind of have an addictive personality when it comes to this…

Pray for me! Pray for my husband and children! But most of all, pray that God will use me (and you) as an example for His glory!

I love you all!

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