Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Things I Want Them To Know

Things I want my children to know someday

1. They are loved. Unconditionally, completely, perfectly by God, and as close as we can come as family.

2. Mud, sand, dirt - it washes off. Have fun, work hard, and don't worry about a few cuts and bruises. God said we'd have to work hard while we're on earth, and to do everything for Him.

3. People have been made in a great variety of ways, and it's really cool that God enjoys so many different variations. We should see the beauty and value in each human life.

4. Sunrises, sunsets, leaves, birds, lizards, clouds, grass, beaches, lakes, rain, mountains, rivers... nature is awesome and reminds us of how awesome our Creator is!

5. There are no excuses for not doing what God calls us to - we can't be "too young, too old, too small, too big" for God. Nothing is impossible for God.

6. Obey God and leave the consequences to Him. You can be scared all you want of what might happen, or trust Him and do the right thing - "Courage doesn't mean you aren't scared, it means you do the right thing in spite of fear."

7. Telling me the truth will not only prevent you from having to go pull weeds, but it keeps the trust. If you tell me the truth, the consequences won't be as bad as if you do something wrong and lie about it. Two wrongs really don't make a right.

8. Forgive quickly. God doesn't have a waiting period before He thinks about forgiving you, so what gives you the right?

9. If you think someone's being a bully to someone else, it is your duty to do something about it. I'd rather hear your explanation of your black eye than hear how you walked away, and it doesn't have to come to busted knuckles necessarily to stop a bully. God says to defend the weak, but also that timely words are pretty amazing.

10. You are kind, you are smart, you are good. ~ The Help

11. Don't spend time wishing you could change anything you've already done, just change it next time. No regrets, just lessons learned.

12. If someone tells you that you can't, (unless it's something bad)  look at them and at least think, "Watch me." You can do so many amazing things. God says that when you commit your plans to Him, He will direct your paths.

13. The biggest thing God wants for you IS NOT TO MAKE YOU HAPPY. It's bigger - He wants to make you holy, that is, filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; set apart; His. And if that doesn't involve getting your way, just remember that His way is so much more satisfying.

14. JOY is Jesus, others, you. Notice where you are.

15. The grass is always greener... where you water it.

Erin O'Donnell:

The world will try to tell you
that might is more than right
and beauty's on the outside
and being good's a losing fight
but remember what I've told you
'cause the world will make you choose
hold to Jesus, He's holding onto you

Hold on to Jesus, and cling to his love
rest deep in his mercy, whenever things get rough
and don't lose sight of his goodness
and don't ever doubt this truth, that when you hold onto
Jesus He's holdin onto you.

17. Beauty gets attention, personality wins hearts.

18. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

19. To the world you may be one person, but look at what On e person was to the world: For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. Dream big, reach your world.

20. A friend likes you just because you're you. There are people in this world who will act like they are your friends for a time, but time and circumstances tests them.

21. Don't complain to God about how big your storm is, praise Him for being bigger than the storm!

22. Your mom married her first kiss, and while that may not be the same story you'll have, I'm daring you to try to come close. There's no reason to date someone you know you'd never marry, or kiss someone you aren't ready to spend the rest of your life with.

To be continued...

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