Mommy Wisdom Wednesday: Day 3

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Let’s look at more wise and wonderful examples from Biblical heroes…

Daniel:

*Daniel had the opportunity to be satisfied with worldly things, since he lived in the king’s palace after all.

*However, he did not make himself unclean from those things.

*Just like Daniel, we can keep ourselves clean from the world. We all have our weaknesses, but with God’s help, we CAN do it!

*Relied on God in even the toughest of situations.

*Trusted God to give him and his friends life. Yet, proclaimed he was ready to die for God if necessary!

*God showed His power through Daniel and his friends’ faith.

*Prayed, regardless of harsh circumstances.

 

Mary:

*Someone in Mary’s home made sure she knew about God.

*Regarded herself in a lowly state; was humble.

*Didn’t question God’s plan, even though there was a great risk of her being stoned.

*Wasn’t thinking about her own self when the Angel told her about becoming pregnant with Jesus.

*In order to praise God with words like Mary, your heart has to be filled with praise first.

 

Timothy:

*Wanted to please Jesus, not people.

*Regardless of his young age, Paul trusted him completely with important tasks.

*Timothy’s grandmother and mother passed on their genuine faith.

*Even though there was division in the house because Timothy’s father was not a believer, Timothy was still raised to serve God. (Do you know of any families where one is a believer and one isn’t?)

*Being a mom is a hard ministry, but it can bring lots of blessings when done with God’s help.

 

And my favorite quote from the Introduction section of A Mom After God’s Own Heart:

“Our families are fertile fields for receiving gospel seeds. It is the most difficult land to work, but it yields the greatest harvests.” -Elizabeth George

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Mommy Wisdom Wednesday: Day 2

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Today, we looked into three Bible heroes to see what we can learn from them.

Hannah:

*Prayed for her child before he was even conceived or born.

*Came to God with her problem, not someone else.

*Praised God after she received what she asked for. Do we always thank God after we receive answers to our prayers?

Samuel in his youth:

*Even though he was so young, he chose to follow God instead of his own desires.

*Immediate response & obedience when God called Samuel to serve Him.

David in his youth:

*Responsible and obedient even from a young age.

*Hardworking (in the pasture tending sheep).

*Brave (defended sheep from a lion & conquered Israel’s enemy: Goliath).

*Used his musical talents for God (sang psalms & played the hard).

*Relied on God to help him conquer instead of relying on himself.

*The Lord was with Him.

*The Lord honored David by anointing him king of Israel.

Lessons & Conclusions:

*God is everywhere, not just in church and Sunday school.

*Therefore, we can make lessons for our children even in ordinary life situations.

*Because God is in math, in science, in history,in EVERYTHING!

*We can teach our children about God even at a young age!

*Do not underestimate children. They understand a lot!

*And what they don’t understand now, they will later on in life. Our job as a parent is to plant the seeds of faith.

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Month of Thankfulness

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 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Since the month of November contains the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving, and as the year comes closer to its end, we (hopefully) start to reflect on all our blessings. Well, ideally, we hope to not think about our problems, and even thank God for the problems that we had, which brought us closer to Him. That was His goal. In the hardships, He wanted to teach us a lesson or two.

Instead of stressing about what we’re going to get everyone for Christmas in the upcoming month, and searching for the best Black Friday deals, let us reflect and thank God for ALL the wonderful blessings He has provided us with this year (and in our lives in general). We truly have so much to be thankful for. As you might know, I’m a crazy list person, so I will start my list. I hope to inspire you to write your own, and to truly be thankful for what you wrote on your list.

I will start with blessings I wrote in a previous post and continue on from there:

Marta’s Thanksgivings:

-My husband’s smile and green eyes

-My 4 year old son telling me “I love you”

-My baby girl’s sweet laugh

-Birds chirping, greeting me in the morning

-A hot shower at the end of a long day

-Sunny + warm days

-Sound of ocean waves

-Smell of fresh coffee brewing

-As well as fresh cut grass

-Baby toes…they are just too cute

-Clean laundry all folded

-Kids telling me “Can you always be our teacher, Mrs. Podgayskiy (I’m usually the substitute)

-Pink sunsets

-The freedom of being a Christian in a country of religious freedom (or so we hope)

-Hugs and kisses from my husband & kids

-Fellowship

-A church family and building

-Talents God gave me, so I can serve Him

-The Bible: God’s Word for us

-My Sunday School children

-Health

-A cozy home

-My husband’s job

-Lessons that God teaches me

-Close friends to share life with

-Parents who raised me in God’s truth

-An abundance of clothing and shoes

-Opportunity to do photography and capture memories for people

The list goes on and on, and everything can no be possibly written down everything God has given me and you! Go ahead, make your list and make sure to thank God daily!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Mommy Wisdom Wednesday: Day 1

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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

Being a mom may seem easy from the side, but once you become a mom, you quickly learn that motherhood is one of the hardest jobs out there. Yet, it is one of the most satisfying careers a woman could have.

To support and encourage each other, I have decided to start a small mommy group. With the help of a book we chose together A Mom After God’s Own Heart by Elisabeth George, we want to learn how to be better moms (and wives as well).

These lessons I want to share with you my dear sister in Christ, so join us every Wednesday for snippets of wisdom for moms.

*Prioritize your day by ensuring you took care of your heart with daily Bible & prayer time.

*Take care of your mood. When you’re in good spirits, your children (and husband) will reap the rewards.

*Have one-on-one time with each child so that each child knows he/she is special to you. (Daily, weekly, monthly, but do it.)

*Our tongue is litmus paper to our heart. Be careful with your words.

Until next Wednesday! God bless you!

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Why do we Idolize Celebrities?

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Humans have a tendency to worship.

We worship money. We worship famous people. We worship cars, houses, jewelry.

Sports teams. Actors and actresses. Singers.

We worship ourselves.

In ancient times, people worshipped the sun, the stars, the moon, rocks, rivers.

God, our Creator knows this great need in us to worship. Notice how the FIRST Commandment out of ten is:

“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

Knowing our inner needs and wants, He created us to worship. But we worship everything and everyone, except God.

Check your life today. Do you worship something or someone above God? Are there idols you treasure so much that you can’t imagine your life without them? We all have this craving. I know I do. Yet, don’t substitute it for Who we truly need to worship. And that The One who made us wanting to worship.

God bless you!

Why do we idolize celebrities?

Confessions of a Mom

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I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

I wake up every morning thinking that today I will be more patient with my kids, more loving to my husband, more spiritual, more, more, more.

But as the day goes on and exhaustion falls upon me, I start being less patient, less loving, and definitely less spiritual.

The daily struggle.

I know I can’t be alone with this struggle.

And at the end of the day I’m always asking God for forgiveness for not being as good as I wanted to be.

I confess. It’s not easy some days. But the BEST part is God forgives and He gives us another day to try. He gives us strength when we ask.

And even though we fail some days at keeping our promises, God still loves us. Nothing in this world is better than knowing that.

Thank you Jesus for loving me even when I don’t deserve it. Thank you for grace.

God bless you moms and wives out there! Of course, dads and husbands as well because they have their struggles too.

Confessions of a Mom

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Do You Use Your Talents for God?

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Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Matthew 25:15

Believe it or not, God gave every single human being that He created a talent. Maybe two. Maybe ten. But at least one, that’s for sure.

Now, the tricky part is, do you use the talent(s) God gave you? And if you do, do you do it for God’s glory? Or for your own benefit only without giving God credit and thanks.

Imagine how different this world would be if all those wonderful talents, intelligence, and skills that humans posses were used for a good purpose. On a grand scale imagine if instead of building atomic bombs, we would build beautiful architecture. Instead of doing war, we would do peace. Instead of murdering, we would find cures. Instead of killing our bodies with drugs and alcohol, we could grow healthy fruits, vegetables, and herbs to nourish. Instead of lying, we could speak truth. The list goes on and on.

I know, I’m a dreamer. But I believe in good. When God touches hearts, those hearts want to do good.

So let’s use the talents God has given us to do good. To do kind. To do love in this broken-hearted world.

Now, you might be thinking you don’t have any talents. But Scripture tells us otherwise. Each and every person has something they can do and do it well. Dig deeper inside your soul and ask God to help you discover what it is.

Serve Him with your talent(s) because you have only one life to live. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something big. God sees the heart and He knows if you do something passionately or half-heartedly.

And your talent doesn’t have to be something you do inside the church walls such as singing in the choir, preaching, or teaching Sunday School. Your talent may be not be something not directly related to church life at all, but if you do it for the Lord, that’s all that matters!

Maybe you’re a good baker or you enjoy making homemade lotions. Whatever it is, do it! And praise God for the talents and passions He had placed in your heart to make this world a better place to live in.

Spread God’s love, with your talent, your passion, your positivity.

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The Rule to Dressing Children

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Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8

If you live anywhere with four seasons, then you must be getting chillier weather I presume. And one thing that I wanted to address that really bothers me is how some parents don’t dress their children for the colder weather.

If it’s chilly outside and all your child is wearing just a onsie or t-shirt, while you’re in a coat yourself, then there is something wrong with the picture. I know, children’s clothing can get expensive, but there are plenty of ways to get clothing for free or cheap. There are:

  • Yard sales
  • Consignment and thrift stores
  • Free/Cheap pages on Facebook
  • Craigslist
  • Church events giving away clothes
  • Mom swaps where moms exchange clothes for free
  • Friends, family, and church members who are sometimes happily giving away clothing

The rule you read in many parenting books is one extra layer than yourself. If you’re wearing a t-shirt and jacket, then your child should AT LEAST be wearing two layers, and according to the rule, three layers.

Granted there are children who are just always hot, but nevertheless, they still need at least something light to wear when it’s cold outside. My son is like me, usually cold, whereas my daughter takes after my husband who is usually hot. I plan accordingly, yet I still make sure my daughter is comfortable. I make sure her hands, feet, nose, and ears are warm.

Don’t let your children get cold this fall and winter season. It’s our duty as parents to provide them with the basic necessities such as warmth.

May God bless your family and keep you bodies and hearts warm!

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3 Tips on Reading the Bible to Children

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Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

I love children’s Bibles. The pictures make the stories come to life. Children (and not only them), being such visual learners, love pictures. With my kids, we read various children’s Bibles.

However, I heard some great advice once, and I incorporate it now into our daily Bible reading with my own children.

  1. Read a short segment. I choose 5 verses, and it’s enough. Reading longer excerpts will lose your children. Their minds will wander, and they will have no idea what in the world you just read. Make it short and quick. You be the judge how long your children can follow along for.
  2. Make stops. Children will naturally ask questions, and don’t hesitate to stop and explain. What’s the point of reading if they don’t understand what you just read?
  3. Choose books that are understandable. Some books are harder to understand than others. I would stick to Psalms, Proverbs, and James. You can refer to your children’s Bible for references where specific stories are (David and Goliath, Jesus performing miracles, etc).

Have great tips that work with your children? Don’t hesitate to share in the comments.

3 tips for reading the Bible to children

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What is Life’s Biggest Blessing 

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Love never fails. 1-Corinthians 13:8

It makes me so mad when marriage and family is laughed at and jokes are made about husbands and wives. Granted, they are kind of funny sometimes. However, with so much negativity surrounding marriage, it truly is sad how something that God created holy and beautiful in the beginning of time is laughed upon.

It truly makes me sad when I hear a marriage fall apart. I immediately pray for that couple to give it another chance. I have hope in God that there can be restoration. Only with God can people find love for each other again. Scripture says that love never ends, never fails. If so, then when a couple married each other, they did love each other at one point. Therefore, there is hope!

When I think about it, even if I had all the money in the world, all the fame, and whatever it is people crave for in their lives, I wouldn’t trade it in for my faith in Jesus, husband, and children. Nothing in this world is more important to me than those three.

To me, that is truly my life’s biggest blessing. They are my priority above anything and anyone else. Where are your priorities? What do you consider your life’s biggest blessing? Is it Jesus and your family or something/someone else?

It’s crucial to answer that question honestly. Because it WILL impact your life in all ways possible.

What is Life's Biggest Blessing

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