“Loving God, Learning His Word, Living for Christ, Leading Others to do Likewise”

Posts by Anita Blake

Don’t Let Technology Be Your Focal Point

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“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.  ‘Honor your father and mother.’ This is the first commandment with a promise:  If you honor your father and mother, ‘things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.’  Fathers,…

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Our Convenience or Their Good?

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Reflecting on the decisions we have already made today; we realize that each one in some way has impacted our family unit as a whole and thus the individual members.  These decisions may be minor and in the moment; or long thought-out about our children’s care, their training or education.  We err if “my convenience”…

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Push-Backs

Push-back describes “a negative or unfavorable reaction or response.”  Push-backs are to be expected at some point in our children’s behavior.  No matter how passive, calm, or “good,” they will at some point disrespect or push back against our parenting and authority over their lives.  This often comes as a surprise from the child who…

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Keep It Real for Kids on Valentine’s Day

The emphasis on Valentine’s Day and the language used around it can be very confusing for our children.  Parents must help their children navigate this holiday and keep it real.  Since creation, there has been a very natural physical attraction between boys and girls, and men and women. As stated in Genesis 2:18 (NLT), “Then…

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Choosing Our Attitudes

“Our attitudes color our whole personality,” says the Life Application Study Bible says. “We cannot always choose what happens to us, but we can choose our attitude toward each situation.  The secret to a happy heart is filling our mind with thoughts that are true, pure, and lovely, with thoughts that dwell on the good…

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Filling Your Calendar With What Really Matters

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) A clean slate can be defined as a situation in which everything bad or wrong that you have done in the past is forgiven or forgotten, and you…

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Reconciling the Bad for Good in Parenting

If we think about it long enough, we realize we do not have to teach our children to do wrong; they have a natural bend toward poor behavior and bad choices.  We spend our parenting years trying to teach them to do right.  It was no different for us.  Our parents had to teach us…

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What Do I Want to Leave My Children?

We exist in a culture that touts satisfaction and gratification in the here and now. We have somehow lost the concept of constructing a life that will be something that is meaningful as a whole. This cultural message causes our priorities to get confused on a daily basis. The gratification from materialism is empty and…

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Teaching Our Children to Discern Truth from Hype

“How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you!” 2 Samuel 7:22 (NLT). Our children are exposed to information on a regular basis that has the intent of influencing them in a specific direction. Parents are in the position of being…

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