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遵守星期一:不变

by Dawn on November 2, 2009
类别:Abiding Monday,Inspiration

Momcrowd_abidingMonday2_300x215 [1]“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”Hebrews 13:8

Are you in the mood for a creative writing exercise? Indulge the English teacher in me for a moment and get a pen & paper. Spend 5 minutes making a list of words or phrases that come to your mind when you hear the word “change”. Do it! I’ll be back in 5 minutes…

Okay, here’s my list. (I have to share; I was totally one of those kids in English class who couldn’t wait to read what they wrote.)

  • loose coins
  • fall, trees, colors, leaves
  • 再次搬家
  • growing up
  • growing better
  • 成长年龄
  • growing wiser
  • hair dye
  • bright red hair as seen on the metro in Budapest, Hungary (you had to be there)
  • changing my mind
  • changing seasons
  • changing tastes
  • change of address
  • rhymes with range, strange
  • is it the opposite of boredom?
  • 改变一点!
  • fickle
  • 不可靠

I generally love change. I like rearranging furniture, the transition from one season to the next (hallelujah for fall!), and moving somewhere different after awhile. I also struggle with change. Whenever something new happens, something old fades away. Patterns that were once vital give way to new routines and responsibilities. It’s the cycle of life, really. I both like it and am totally overwhelmed by it.

This simple yet powerful verse from Hebrews really keeps me grounded in times of great change. New jobs. New babies. New addresses. When everything around me is changing, and when relationships are put to the test, it is an incredible encouragement to reflect on the One who does not change: Jesus. He is utterly dependable, wholly reliable, and fantasticallythere。每时每刻。

在我的斗争和不确定性的时期,我发现自己用一首歌在所有其他歌中崇拜上帝:“Unchanging” by Chris Tomlin. All of the lyrics celebrate the consistency and wonder of God, and they build up to this simple bridge: “You were, You are, You will always be…” What a comfort!

主,我们感谢你在生活中保持一致 - 你忠诚,你永远不会失败!由于我们被呼吸和疑虑和不确定性的流动抛出,我们的斗争和恐惧,请对我们的承诺低声说,并帮助我们本周看到您的善良。阿门。

你做了写作提示了吗?在评论中分享您的清单!上帝不变的大自然是什么?作为奖金,这是一个霹雳族的视频,致力于这首歌。愿这一周鼓励你,因为它经常鼓励我。

遵守星期一:即使伤害时也会压制

by Dawn on October 19, 2009
类别:Abiding Monday,Healthy Mom,Inspiration

Momcrowd_abidingMonday2_300x215 [1]My husband was out of town this weekend for work. I like to stay busy (sometimes to a fault) to help pass the time. Saturday started out nicely with a5k。这是一场伟大的比赛,我击败了我的最佳时间!由于它是寒冷和下雨的,我给了孩子们洗个澡,以后温暖他们,甚至烤饼干。到4:30,我们被包装并准备去了一段时间长期以来的野餐。

And it was then I realized I was done. I should have seen it coming, but the second we arrived, I knew I was only going to be chasing my kids around – and I was in no mood to do so. Suffice it to say, I was a tense, exhausted, tantrumy-kid-toting mommy who had zero ability to enjoy the company of her friends. Excellent.

On my way home, in between bouts of my daughter’s screaming, I realized I had just shown my friends a lot of what I like to keep hidden about myself: my snappy responses when people asked me questions, my increased levels of sarcasm, my patented stressouts that I can’t hide to save my life. Have you ever wished you could be as cool as a cucumber in front of others only to fail miserably?

Are you still with me? Hang in there – I do have a point. This morning I was scheduled to lead Sunday school with the same group of people. I was dreading it. I wanted to just hide under my covers and come out only when six months or so had passed. To top it off, my daughter (the same charmer from last night), decided to pitch another fit as soon as it was time to leave for church. I crashed to my knees and started bawling – I just couldn’t handle anything else. I wanted to stay home. I wanted to avoid my responsibilities. I wanted to be left alone. I didn’t want to fail again.

My husband (who was home by this point), gently reminded me that I needed to go, and I would be fine – that God would give me the strength I was so lacking. Before I could roll my eyes, he said, “I know it’s a cliche, but it’s the truth!” So even though I didn’t want to, I climbed in the car and cried my way to church (accompanied by my daughter’s continued tantrumy nonsense).

咖啡,我面临类——一个主日学校nd quietly told them some of the stress, embarrassment, and humbling I was going through. They didn’t give me pat answers – they just supported me. I started with a confessional prayer and pressed on into the lesson, even though I didn’t want to in the slightest. And God was there – taking my control-freak consequences and turning my anguish into joy. The lesson went fine, the discussion great. Afterward, I said, “Church did its job today – I came here feeling like crap, and I’m leaving feeling spiritually renewed!” I honestly had much lower expectations for God, my friends, and myself. Hopefully I won’t make that mistake again.

It seems all too fitting to share the following verses with you:

“我不是故意说我已经取得了这些东西,或者我已经达到了完美!但我一直在努力工作finally是基督耶稣拯救了我的人,希望我成为。不,亲爱的兄弟姐妹,I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.”

Philippians 3: 12-14(NLT,强调我的)

主,谢谢你想要我们现在的东西。感谢您的存在,当我们在我们自己的顽固和骄傲行为中挖掘我们的高跟鞋时,轻轻地推动我们。感谢您在我们面前和我们面前跑步比赛。当我们觉得放弃时,请帮助我们坚持不懈。阿门。

What is stressing you out today? Can you use a push from Jesus to keep going?

Safeguarding Your Marriage from Infidelity

by Amanda on October 16, 2009
类别:Husbands and Dads,Inspiration,Marriage

coupleThis post isn’t the usual light Friday faire, but it is something that it is on my heart to share with you all. I truly believe that both spouses will be tempted to cheat as long as they are married. The temptation may not be there every day, but comes and goes over time. Cheating isn’t necessarily sleeping with someone else, but sharing your life that you should be sharing with your spouse with someone else.

No one wakes up and says, “I’m going to have an affair today!” It happens gradually over time. It begins with a thought in your own heart, an innocent flirtation, or checking someone out. You may not think anything of it at the time, but it can build up in your heart. I think it is so important for couples to talk about this subject and hold each other accountable. No one is above temptation.

Here are some ways that we can safeguard our marriages from infidelity.

1. Confess to your spouse when you check someone out.Before we are married we are programmed to check out every potential guy. Then you get married and have to turn that “checking out” switch off. After a while you don’t even think about doing that, then one day you just do it. It happens. I tell my spouse what I did or he tells me and we move on. I do think it is harder for guys, because some women like to showcase their boobs.

2. Don’t put yourself in situations that have the appearance of infidelity.As a common rule, don’t be alone in a house with a friend of the opposite gender, ride in the car, or go out to lunch. This may be extreme, but if you never get in those situations you will never give the impression of any wrong doing.

3. Carbon Copy or CC your spouse when sending an email to a friend that is of the opposite gender.My husband and I seriously do this and I think it helps a lot. We had one friend that wouldn’t reply-all so we told them about our rule and then that friend gladly obliged. It holds each spouse accountable.

4. No magazines or movies that are highly sexual in nature.There is no exception to this rule. I don’t know one woman that feels great when their husbands view other women. It makes wives feel like poop even though that is not their intention when they are engaging in that behavior. Women we need to be careful too!

5.没有关于好莱坞演员例外的规则。如果他们遇见他们,有夫妻将使他们的配偶与一个演员或女演员都在一起。也许我在这里是极端的,但我不认为这是有趣的。我认为它打开了思考,也许可能允许这种行为。无论他们遇到谁,我宁愿我的丈夫总是想要我。这就是我。

All these actions build trust in a marriage. I like knowing that we can hold each other accountable and not be jealous. Women love feeling secure and there is something to feeling secure when you know you can trust your husband. It is also great when they can trust their wife. A marriage is stronger when trust is built.

Do you have any safeguards in place? Do you feel like you can trust your spouse?

Abiding Monday: Verses Dedicated To Our Children

by Dawn on October 12, 2009
类别:Abiding Monday,Inspiration

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Before each of my children’s births, I wrote them a letter, telling them how excited I was to meet them and different things I felt while I was pregnant. At the end of each one, I listed Bible verses that I chose for them. I thought I would share them with you.

露西

Zephaniah 3:17– The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

Psalm 121: 5-8- 主看着你 - 主是你右手的阴影;阳光不会伤害你,也不会夜间伤害你。主会让你免受所有伤害 - 他会关注你的生活;耶和华现在和永远地看着你的到来和去。

Eli

Psalm 22: 9-10– You brought me safely from my mother’s womb and led me to trust you when I was a nursing infant. I was thrust upon you at my birth. You have been my God from the moment I was born.

Psalm 33: 18-19– But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.

Isaiah 11:2- 耶和华的精神将依靠他 - 智慧和理解的精神,律师的精神,可能是知识的精神和耶和华的恐惧。

以弗所书1:16-17– I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.

Lord, thank you for our wonderful children. You have entrusted them to us for a time. Help us to use it wisely and instill in them a love for your Word. Amen.

您(或其他人)为您漂亮的孩子选择的祝福是什么?Do you have a favorite scripture to give your friends when they have a baby?

Abiding Monday: Encouraging Others

by Dawn on October 5, 2009
类别:Abiding Monday,Inspiration

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Last night, I received an e-mail from a friend who is serving Jesus in Asia. Here is the message in its entirety: “Hello beautiful! I spent some time lifting you and your lovely family up today. Have a wonderful week. I love you guys!”

Does it get any better than that? Who doesn’t love being encouraged by their friends? I love that there is no motive in her message other than to bless me. I treasure her prayers and her words – and it reminds me ofPhilippians 2: 1-4 (NLT):

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.

Paul starts by asking a series of questions based around the concept ofwhy we follow Jesus: to生活在奖学金和他和他人一起,要做encouragedcomfortedby those relationships. Paul then answers his own questions with a list of practical reminders. Now, I’m all about lists, so here we go:

Practical Reminders for Encouraging Others(in my own words):

  • be agreeable, and not in a fake way
  • love one another
  • think like a team in your purpose/service – don’t fly solo
  • don’t be selfish
  • don’t obsess over what others think about you
  • choose humility over personal pride
  • stop making it all about yourself, and show a genuine interest in others’ lives

To sum up:less about me, more about others.

In any one of my fast-paced, highly scheduled weeks, I take care of my family and do what needs to be done. And the second I have a free moment, I’m all aboutmyself: 什么可以Ido with this time, how canIbest relax, canIget away with sitting here and playing Scramble till midnight?, etc. My first instinct is to serve myself. Maybe you’re the same way. It’s not that personal time is bad – we have discussedmany时代here at The Mom Crowd how totake care of ourselves和prize “me time“。这是我太容易忘记了我有机会的时候鼓励我的朋友。

我们都知道鼓励人们。也许我们甚至praised them for their way with kind words, or their ability to send a nice note in the mail (with an actual stamp) on a frequent basis. Perhaps you’re one of those people. But the truth is, Paul is not letting encouragement remain merely a personality trait held only by some. He is instructing us –所有我们的富有同情心,招标,对别人的想法,感受和做的感兴趣。

我今天挑战你需要五分钟的“我的时间”,并以鼓励的形式给予别人。发送电子邮件或将它们写在几个月前购买的漂亮文具的一块笔记本上。叫朋友,不要谈论自己,只要你可以。做一个或多个东西阿曼达的帖子鼓励你的妈妈朋友。According to the verses above, we can所有find encouragement and comfort as a result of giving it.

Lord, thank you for demonstrating your profound humility in dying for us. You are gentle and compassionate; help us to embody those traits and practice selflessness with those we care about. Amen.

我本周留下了你的报价,我一直在门口(所以我希望每次离开时都记住它):

随着每一个遇到的,让你的目标是,人们在你面前更好。试着给另一个人提供一些东西。

〜吉姆乔治

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