Friday, June 8, 2012

Natural Remedies - No Substitute for God!

Photo by Connie
Mr. Husband shared this devotional today:

Go into God's presence to receive healing and restoration from the demands on your time and energy. God is your source of life and strength, and you must take time to come to God to be refreshed and renewed. Resist the temptation to try to find natural remedies to a spiritual condition. Let God carry your burdens and make the load lighter.

Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

God Sees ... From the Other Side

Photo by Connie
God sees the storm from the other side.
He knows the lessons learned, 
and just beyond the clouds He sees the skies.
He speaks peace to the raging storm when peace could not be found.
He already sees the rainbow, when we see only clouds.
(words from the song He Already Sees)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Do You See God as Good?

Photo by Connie
Looking at the shadows on the rock, do we really see the flowers? Do we really know the colors and the full design until we actually see the flowers?

What is your perspective? Looking first at the shadow and guessing, or looking first at the flowers and knowing?

Do we believe that God is good? That He does all things well? It depends upon your perspective. If you look at life through God's Word you will know He is good. If you see only what Satan does and look at all the evil he causes, you will always doubt the goodness of God.

Each day we choose our perspective.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Tell Your Mountain ...

Photo by Connie
The words of a song have been in my heart this week -

"... tell your mountain 
how big your God is ..."

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Teaching Children Gratitude

3 Reasons to Teach Kids to Be Grateful
Research supported Scriptural Truth

1. Better Attitudes
Children who practice grateful thinking have more positive attitudes toward school and their families (Froh, Sefick, Emmons, 2008).

2. Better Grades
6-7th graders who kept a gratitude journal for only three weeks, had an increased grade point average over the course of a year.

3. Better Caring
Children who kept gratitude journals were more sensitive to situations where they themselves can be helpful, altruistic, generous, compassionate, and were less destructive and displayed less negative social behaviors.

If We Don’t Practice Gratitude?
Research shows that youth who are ungrateful are “less satisfied with their lives and are more apt to be aggressive and engage in risk-taking behaviors, such as early or frequent promiscuous activities, substance use, poor eating habits, physical inactivity, and poor academic performance.”

Why does gratitude do all of this?
Because we were made to live in gratitude to God, giving glory to God.
(all thoughts from a devotional by Ann)