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Hey, Little Buddies ~ A Word to the Wise, Timing can be Everything

Its-Unlce-RickHey, little buddies!
I was reading in Proverbs this morning and I came across a familiar verse.

It was Proverbs 27:14: He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, It will be reckoned a curse to him.

In other words, if you want to tell a friend how much you appreciate him, don’t wake him up early in the morning to do it. He won’t appreciate your kind words as much as he resents being awakened from a comfortable sleep. He’ll be as unhappy with you as if you had cursed him instead of pronouncing a blessing on him.

This is just one example of why it’s important to use wise timing in speaking to others. When you have something you really want to say, it’s easy to forget that the person you want to talk to may not be ready to hear you right now. The person may be busy, talking to someone else, distracted or not feeling well. There are lots of times when it’s better to wait than to speak as soon as you think of something to say.

Remember, it’s not just what you say. It’s also how you say it, to whom you say it, with what tone of voice you say it and when you say it.

 

 

Helping Your Children Hide God’s Word In Their Hearts~Part 4

BibleHide It, Then Use It!

Once you’ve led your kids in hiding the Word in their hearts, then you need to show them how to put it into practice, by taking them by the hand and using what you’re learning to bless others

By Love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

When my youngest daughter was 10 years old I told her I wanted her to have a ministry in our church. She was surprised and asked how that would be possible. I told her I wanted her to have a HUG ministry. I told her to look for an older person who was lonely and make it a point to give them a hug every week. As she did this, she began to develop strong relationships with widowers/elderly folks in our church and began to find other ways to be a blessing besides just giving them a hug and cheery greeting each Sunday.

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others….” Phillipians 2:4

LOOK for opportunities to serve- Prompt and guide them in looking for needs that they could help to meet. Teach them how to listen for hints of what a person likes, needs etc. Watch for opportunities to help new moms, single moms, or families whose dad is out of work or who have a sick child or whatever!

Lead and guide them in putting into practice what they’ve learned so it’s not just head knowledge. 

Romans 13:7 tells us “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”

One way we have put this into practice is by seeking ways to give honor to men who have served in the military. My daughter Kasey became extremely interested in hearing about my dad’s service in World War II. We started reading about the military engagements he was involved in. Then she started noticing men around town with World War II caps on their heads. We would go up and introduce ourselves, thanking them for their service to our country and their role in preserving our freedoms. Then we asked if we could visit them at a later date and hear about their experiences.

Kasey with Mr. FurrowIn attempting to show them honor we’ve been blessed beyond measure! To learn history from those who lived it has been so incredible. We still keep up our relationship with many of them and look for ways to be a blessing to them.

As you seek to look for ways to help your child apply Scripture it becomes a way of life. I love it when they begin to see opportunities to serve, and apply what they’re learning. It might be some work getting it started, but it will come back to bless you many times over as you watch your kids learn to be a blessing to others.

 ~Marilyn

Through Faith… What Does The Bible Say?

Sunday---What-Does-The-Bible-Say-GraceEphesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” 

These were two of the first verses I memorized as a young Christian.  I was eager to share my faith and the truth that we cannot save ourselves through good works was a critical part of the message.  Most of us are familiar with these verses.  And they get thrown around a lot in theological discussions. 

“It’s not by works!  Salvation isn’t by works and sanctification isn’t by works either!  Its’ all grace-it’s not by your works!”

And that’s true, as far as it goes.  But the discussion is often left very incomplete because the very next verse in Ephesians 2 is left out of the passage.  Verse 10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

So we are emphatically not saved BY good works.  But while we’re pontificating on that great truth, let’s not forget another one:  though we’re not saved BY good works, we are most definitely saved FOR good works.

Theologians will argue forever over the part good works play or don’t play in our spiritual growth.  But the undeniable fact is that we are saved for the purpose of doing good works in Christ’s name. 

Take whatever theological stand seems right to you, but at the same time—get to work.

 

 

 

Hey Little Buddies ~ Where Did The Beach Go?

Its-Unlce-Rick-beachHey, little buddies!

Our family just got back from a vacation at the beach. Fun!  But this year there wasn’t as much beach to play on as in previous years.  The waves had washed away a lot of the sand and dragged it out into the ocean.  At high tide, there was only a strip of sand a few yards wide for us to play on!  Oh, it was still lots of fun, but not nearly as much room to run around on as last year.

There was a lesson in that!  Matthew 7:24-27 says,   “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.  Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

That’s Jesus speaking.  He says that wise men build their houses on rock. Foolish men build their houses on sand.  And people who don’t obey His words are like the foolish man who built his house on sand.

Let me tell you, if anybody had built his house on that beach last year, he wouldn’t have had any house left this year!

What a great lesson in the sand. Let’s be sure we not only listen to the words of Jesus, but obey them.

Let’s build our lives on the rock, not on the sand.

 

#CharacterConcepts #UncleRick

Helping Your Children Hide God’s Word In Their Hearts~Part 3

Reading the BibleCreate projects to help your kids apply what they’re learning. Instead of just teaching them information, walk them through life situations and show them how to put into practice what they are learning. Here a few suggestions of things we did with our kids that really worked. Read More…

Absolutely Pleasing In Every Way! ~ What Does The Bible Say…

Sunday---What-Does-The-Bible-Say-BaptismMatthew 3:17: “and behold, a voice out of the heavens saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

Of course the scene here is the baptism of the Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit has just descended upon Him as a dove and it seems the perfect time for the Father to announce to the world that Jesus is indeed His only begotten son. And that He is pleased with His son.

It was a wonderful and never-to-be repeated occasion. The Son of God has been announced to the world. This is who He is. And the heavenly Father finds Him absolutely pleasing to Him in every way.

It would be well for all of us parents to make such public statements of pleasure about our children. We can be so quick to criticize and condemn—even in public, if we’re not careful.

How many times have our children heard us praise them publicly?

Do they know that we are happy to proclaim to the world: “Hey world! This is my child! He’s a good one! I’m so glad he’s mine!”

What could make them happier?