Help For Moms And Dads

Communication Among Family Members

Does this sound familiar?

 

Parent:   What’s going on with you? Why are you acting this way?

Teenager:  You don’t understand anything. Leave me alone.

communication among family members

Insert more angry outbursts, hurt feelings, perhaps even a slamming door.

Could parenting be any harder these days? 

We live in a rapidly changing world, and unfortunately, not all the changes are beneficial.

With new technology, social media, and reality shows often encouraging bad behavior, it’s no wonder parents are feeling overwhelmed.

Parental controls on home computers and televisions are not enough.

There’s a whole new language now that some teenagers are speaking.

For instance, did you know that the word “broccoli” (depending on who is saying it), can mean marijuana? It’s true.

You can read about it here.

https://axis.org/vol-2-issue-34/

Teenagers are facing a lot of peer pressure, and the bad guys aren’t stupid.

They want access to your kids, and they’ll keep looking for ways to get it.

They also want to teach your kids how to hide their misbehavior.

How can you be prepared?

Unfortunately, there’s no one definitive answer since families have different challenges.

Step number one is praying for the safety of your child.

It’s also important to know who your kids hang out with, as well as the other parents.

Help For Moms And Dads

Communicating openly and honestly with your kids is vital.

Besides prayers for safety, you may also want to consider signing up for the Cultural Translator.

One way to encourage open communication with your teenager is knowing their “teen speak.”

The Cultural Translator emails can give you a no-nonsense, no sugar-coating it, look into how today’s pop culture is profoundly influencing your kids. Familiarizing yourself with the slang that’s used, plus knowing what is popular on social media, are necessary tools in a toolbox that you can use as a discerning parent.

The younger generation faces an onslaught of negative, rebellious messages. It’s often heartbreaking.

Please don’t think for a second that teenagers raised in Christian families are immune. From talking over the years with several parents, plus my own specific research about this, concerning influences continue to filter through.

You can sign up for the free Cultural Translator at this link: https://axis.org/ct/.

Check out their mission statement below:

*Being aware of the pulse of culture allows us to bridge the gap between generations by translating pop culture into the ideas it espouses for younger generations, while explaining and interpreting youth culture in ways that older generations understand. By speaking the languages of both generations, we bring common ground and open the way for understanding. – Axis, The Cultural Translator

Be Prepared

help for moms and dads

Moms and Dads, you have a difficult job as parents.

You (and your church), can start “discipling” your kids at an early age. But, it’s a lifelong process – not a “one salvation prayer, and you’re good” kind of thing.

As servants of Christ, it’s important to pray that you can plant enduring seeds of faith that will continue to grow as your child becomes an adult.

I can get criticized for telling you about these things that are going on, but I have to be willing to take that risk because I care.

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God bless.

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*Quotation from Axis. [About]. Our Story. (n.d.). para.5). Retrieved from https://axis.org/mission/.

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Our God Who Cares

A Helpful RX For A Case Of The Blues

Are you having a bad day?

Here’s a reminder to encourage you when a case of the blues set in.

God cares about you!

He cares so much, in fact, that it’s hard for our human minds to even comprehend the entire depth of His love for us.

The Heavenly Father is perfect, His Word is truth, and He is a righteous judge.

He is eternally good and loving.

If you really take the time to think about it, I’m sure you can recall how He has brought you through some serious challenges.

Sometimes we don’t get the exact answers to our prayers that we wanted, but that doesn’t mean that God is not good and holy. He never makes a mistake. There’s a reason for everything, even if we can’t always see the reasons why.

Dear Christian – the troubling events we see in this world are temporary.

We have the glorious reappearing of our Savior, Jesus Christ, to look forward to.

Maranatha!

Encouraging Words Set to Poetry

Recently, I read a lovely poem by fellow FaithWriter, Leona Mingo, that I wanted to share with you.

It’s a short poem with a lot of meaning.

Remember the comforting words from Scripture that God cares for the sparrows? How much more so that He cares for us. We need never doubt it.

 

On Hearing a Sparrow Singing in the Darkness
by Leona Mingo
08/02/16
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On Hearing a Sparrow Singing in the Darkness

Oh, to be that bird that sings
its joyful song before the dawn;
while long night’s darkness ever clings
and casts its pressing gloom upon
the eastern, waiting sky.

He sings, full knowing
that the Lord is nigh;
and shades of darkness cannot hide
that day which can and shall be seen
by the faithful watching eye.

“Look up, lift up your heads, because your redemption draws nigh.” Luke 21:28b

Our God who cares

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– Poetry shared from article url: https://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=185177, Article Source: https://www.faithwriters.com/member-profile.php?id=24223

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Amazed By Grace

Amazed By Grace, Humbled To Witness It

What is grace?

There are several definitions online, but here’s mine.

Grace is an unexpected expression of love and compassion from one human being to another.

When I see evidence of grace in this world, it easily brings tears to my eyes.

Simply put, I am amazed by grace.

It’s like witnessing a little bit of heaven on earth.

How blessed we are to be in the right place at the right time to witness grace and mercy right in front of us.

Amazing Grace

Many years ago, I worked in downtown New Orleans.

My job was located in a huge high-rise, and I remember taking the elevator down many flights just to get to the cafeteria on the bottom floor.

At lunchtime, I would always see this homeless woman sitting and eating at a table by herself.  I knew she was homeless because I had seen her before on the street.

She usually hung out nearby the office building, head down, wearing an odd hat and mismatched clothing.

My heart went out to her. She never begged or talked to anyone but would hunker down in a corner on the street.

Busy people going to and from work passed by her every day.

That’s why I was curious to find her in the cafeteria my first day on the job.

Was she with someone?

I never saw her with anyone.

amazed by grace

The next day at work, when I came down for lunch again, there she was eating at her table.

And the next day, and the next day.

I felt sorry for her but was glad that she was able to have enough money to eat a nice plate lunch.

One day, my lunch hour was a little earlier than usual.  I went down to the cafeteria and, sure enough, there was the same homeless woman in front of me in the food line. She was mumbling incoherently to herself as she picked out food to put on her tray. When she got to the cashier, there was “no charge” and the homeless woman went and sat down at a table.

WOW.

This happened…every day.

I get happy chills thinking about it.

Some dear person in that hi-rise building made sure that the homeless woman had a hot plate of food every single day.

A Place of Grace

I’m no longer at that job in New Orleans.

Memories of my responsibilities there – writing and working with attorneys have all faded…but the cafeteria in that downtown high-rise will always be, in my mind, a “grace place.”

humbled by grace

Heavenly Father – thank You

for Your glimpses of grace

in this crazy world!

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Narcissists Hurt

Why Do Narcissists Want To Hurt You?

That’s a good question.

Did you know that almost two million online search results pull up when you look into the roots of this common personality disorder? Many websites exist to offer you advice and consolation.

Narcissists hurt

Is There a Narcissist in Your Life?

No doubt, the world is full of narcissists – I’m sure you know at least one.

I’m talking about those challenging, life-disrupting people who feel that the world is all about them. You’d better feel that way too, or else you’ll feel the consequences of their displeasure.

Worse yet, if you’re not in their pocket, stroking their ego, then “you’re” the one with the problem.

If you question a narcissist and their motives, you hear things back like:

I don’t remember saying that.

You’re paranoid.

If this sounds familiar, you have a very tough road ahead, and I’m sorry you’re having to deal with it.

What Can You Do About The Narcissist in Your Life?

I’m not a therapist, and every situation is different.

I do encourage you to research the subject as much as you can.

Even more importantly, I encourage you to pray about it. Talk it over with God. He is listening.

You may be wondering, should you put the “No Contact” rule into effect to protect your own well-being?

That might work in some cases if you only see the narcissist occasionally. (However, that would be pretty difficult if the narcissist is your boss.)

Another question: Even though you’re constantly the target who is talked about in the office or elsewhere, as a Christian, do you have to just take it?

Again, a difficult and sometimes emotional question to answer.

A Helpful Website

I was doing some research on narcissism and came across a website that may be helpful to you.

The best part? It talks about narcissism from a Biblical perspective.

Narcissist Traits – They Stumble A Lot

The narcissist is full of pride, but also deep inside (where no one can see) the narcissist is also insecure.

Pray for God’s strength and guidance and that you will know when it’s time to leave the relationship, if your circumstances permit.

Know also that, some day, in God’s providence, truth and justice will be served.

Dear child of God, in the eyes of our Heavenly Father:

You are greatly loved

You have value

God will place joyful people in your life if you ask Him.

Surround yourself with others who genuinely love, respect, and care about you. It’s the best feeling!

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4, (ESV).

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*Scripture quotation is from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2016 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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The End Of The World

End Of The World

Have you ever thought about the end of the world?

As Bible-believing Christians, we know what’s eventually coming.

Increased persecution, chaos, and a one world demonic cult ruling earth’s inhabitants in the guise of world peace – to name just a few of the realities.

For some people, the final events are too scary to even consider.

If that describes you, trust me, I get it.

End Of Days

the end times

When I first became a Christian, I purposely avoided reading the Book of Revelation.

I tried to read through it on my own and got lost.

What did all that symbolism mean? 

I was so overwhelmed that I gave up and spent my time in other books of the Bible for many years.

Frankly, I had no idea at the time what I was missing. 

Of course, we’re not supposed to “dwell” on the end time events, but we do need to be aware of them.

Fast forward to a few years ago, when an opportunity arose that I couldn’t pass up.

The Book Of Revelation

Like an answer to a prayer, my church offered a Revelation Bible study, also known as Eschatology.

Simply put, Eschatology is a long word meaning the study of the end times.

I jumped at the chance to learn more.

It was a 3-part course which, in totality, would last several months.

I’m so glad I took the course. Let me encourage you to not be afraid to jump into Revelation if an Eschatology study is offered at your church.

It is so worth it!

After completing the course, the symbolism that scared me off so long ago, finally made a lot more sense.

If you’re interested in a quick overview of end time events, you can find a briefing here: https://www.gotquestions.org/end-times-timeline.html

However, I recommend a more in-depth Bible study rather than a flyby through one article on the Got Questions website 🙂

Through the entire Book of Revelation, we have a blessed reminder that God is Sovereign, and Jesus is coming back.

Our Righteous Judge

Sadly, what some people fail to accept is that Jesus will return as our righteous judge.

My heart breaks for those who, for the remainder of their lives, refuse to put their personal faith and trust in Him.

I have nothing but great pity for those people.

If Jesus’ return happens within our lifetime, that means that all remaining unbelievers, including those we personally know, are headed for everlasting suffering – an eternity of torment, no saving grace offered, beyond any complete human description.

Jesus’ words are clear, as presented here in Mark 8, among other passages.

38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38, (ESV).

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Every night, my husband and I pray by name for someone we know who is lost. We pray specifically that his/her heart will open up to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The thought of a non-believing friend going to hell is tragic.

But, despite the limitations of my and your human understanding, we must trust our Sovereign God and know that He alone will judge righteously.

The End Of Days

Keep your eyes on the news.

I should clarify: keep your discerning eyes on the news and on Jerusalem. There’s a lot of significant events underway.

A word of caution: your red flags should go up if you hear of anyone setting an “exact date” the rapture will occur.

Date-setting is just doomsday, hysteria-promoting, nonsense.

Here’s What We Can Delight In

We can delight in knowing that everything is in God’s timing, not man’s.

We can delight in knowing that only the Creator orchestrates the future, and that prophetic events are falling into place according to what God has appointed.

The good news is that, for true-believers, Jesus has provided us the way to spend Eternity with Him.

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*Scripture quotation is from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2016 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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