Category: Motherhood

Finding Time to Rest and Renew our Focus: A Video Introduction to Bible Study for Busy Mamas

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As moms, we have a lot to do! It’s easy to become overwhelmed. If we’re not careful, we can find ourselves dragging around on an empty fuel tank. We probably all know what that feels like!   But being a busy mom (or grandma…or working woman…or student) shouldn’t mean we can’t stop and take time to re-charge. Most of you have already been involved in one or more of our Busy Mamas […]

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Just a Sack Lunch

I’ve read the story a lot of times. I read it again just the other day. It’s a story that Matthew records in his gospel. So do Mark, Luke, and John, but only John tells us whose lunch Jesus transformed into enough for five thousand people. One young boy had fives loaves and two fishes. That’s the only food the disciples found amongst five thousand people. I’ve often imagined that […]

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Ingredients of Godly Discipline, Part 4: Consequences

Ingredients of Godly Discipline, Part 4: Consequences

As we seek to provide godly discipline for our children, there are times where it’s appropriate for us to devise consequences or allow them to experience the natural consequences of their sin. Why are consequences part of godly discipline? 1. Consequences prove that we love our children. “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” (Proverbs 13:24) 2. Consequences drive out folly. […]

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Ingredients of Godly Discipline, Part 2: Instruction

Ingredients of Godly Discipline, Part 2: Instruction

  Why do we discipline? What is the point of our child-training efforts? It’s not ultimately about good behavior. It’s not about the convenience of having well-behaved children. It’s certainly not about giving out just deserts when children make mistakes. Our first goal as parents should be shepherding our children into their own personal, growing, relationship with God. As God’s representatives to our children during their early years, we’re part […]

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Thirty Days of Child Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 30: Review

We’ve seen over and over that the training of our children begins with our own humble response to the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. We are discipling — disciple-ing, not just disciplining — our children. A disciple imitates his teacher. Our children will imitate us, whether we want them to or not, so one of the best ways to raise God-fearing children is to be a God-fearing parent. Don’t let all this review […]

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Thirty Days of Child Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 29: Review

Our month-long study is almost over already! Unlike all our other Busy Mamas studies where we focus on one chapter of the Bible for an entire month, we have moved from topic to topic in this study. Now it’s time to look back over the lessons, tie them all together, and prayerfully decide what changes God is calling us to make in our thinking and what we’re going to do with what we’ve […]

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Thirty Days of Child Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 28: Teaching Forgiveness

Did you see the consistent theme in the verses about forgiveness in our last lesson? We’re called to forgive others because God has forgiven us. It’s all about the gospel and what Jesus has done for us!. Assignment: Pray for God to continue teaching you as you study this important topic. Then open up your notes from Day 27. The truths in these verses are some of God’s Words that are […]

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Thirty Days of Child Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 26: Catch Up and Optional Lesson

Another catch up day is already here! Make the most of it! For those rare few of you who are keeping up with the daily posts, I recommend going back to that list of verses about strife from Nave’s Topical Bible and reading more of the verses. (We only looked at ones from Proverbs, Romans, and James in our lessons) Keep taking notes. Then look back over them, and do some more brainstorming on how […]

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Thirty Days of Child Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 25: What to Do with Quarreling

We’ve read some verses. We’ve taken some notes. We’ve thought about what we’ve read. Now, how do we live what we’ve learned? How do we help our children quit arguing? How do we quit arguing? Assignment: Pray for wisdom. God has an infinite supply and He’s eager to give it to us. Then open up your notebook. Let’s look at the notes you’ve taken from the past two lessons. Look first at the notes […]

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Thirty Days of Child Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 24: More on Quarreling

Yesterday we got started looking at some verses about strife. Nave’s Topical has helped us by providing a list of verses about the topic. We’re going to continue studying those verses today, but I want to show you one other helpful resource. Assignment: Pray for God’s grace to see yourself honestly as you look into the mirror of His Word. Then head back to the topical listing for strife (“Study” > Encyclopedias / […]

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