Category: Motherhood

30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 13: Provoking, Part 2

In our last lesson we saw that it is possible to provoke our children both to anger and to discouragement. Today we’re going to look at some commentaries to help us better understand how we might provoke them, and how we can nurture and admonish them instead. Assignment: Pray for the Holy Spirit to help you see how this verse may apply to your life and the way you relate to your children. Open […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 12: Provoking, Part 1

Children are commanded to obey their parents. That means their parents need to help them learn to obey. But even while we are seeking to do that, we can say and do things that make it much harder for our children to respect and obey us. Today we’re going to look at Ephesians 6:4 and God’s command to fathers. We’re going to look briefly at several key words in the verse to […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 11: Honor

Paul tells children, in Ephesians 6, to obey and honor their parents. Do obey and honor mean the same thing? Let’s find out! Assignment: Pray for God to help you learn and obey as you study His Word today. Then open Blue Letter Bible and search on Eph. 6:2. (Be sure you’ve selected KJV for the translation.) We’re going to look at the word honor today. Do you remember how to study a word? […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 9: Obey

Now that we have looked in a general way at Paul’s instructions to children, fathers, servants, and masters, let’s take a closer look at each of those commands. Word studies, cross-references, commentaries, and looking at other translations can all help us gain a better understanding of a verse or passage of Scripture, and free Bible study websites help us do this kind of studying in a fraction of the time […]

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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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