Discipline

1. In my experience, it is far easier to discipline my children after I first discipline myself. This only means that example is the best teacher. Yes, often more than just a good example is required, but my son has told me that it was easier for him to tell the truth because I always told the truth and so on. So it makes our job and theirs easier when we use the self-control God instilled in us.

2. Love and respect for God needs to be the motivation for discipline. We have rules in our house and the main rule is that rules are set by God in the Bible and that our first priority is to honor and respect God. Direct disobedience is always punished as a natural consequence to disobeying God. God is what matters most.

3. Punishment should be equal to the crime. But once in a great while, I grant a pardon to show that sometimes God grants mercy when we screw up and grace to try again the right way. Love is always the motivation.

4. Pick your battles. Often kids get hangry. Feed them first and then deal with the issue that came up when hangry. Anger is acceptable, lashing out disrespectful is not, for example.

5. Be willing to laugh. Sometimes kids are just yanking your chain and if it is not serious, laugh it off once in a while. Keep joy in the home. It will keep everyone from getting discouraged or unduly stressed.

6. Promote supporting each other. Family is special and beautiful and really emphasize that. Help each other. Do things for each other.

7. Study the Bible and pray together. This gets everyone on the same page with what is most important. This is vital.❤

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Fasting Prayers

I will be praying and fasting today (every Wednesday). I implore any of you friends who really love the Lord to join me. And if you cannot fast for any reason, please pray with me during meal times. So we are on the same page, my prayers will be:

1. Please purify my soul and my family’s soul and wash us clean by the blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ. Please forgive our sins and renew our strength and purity with the Holy Spirit so we may be in your presence and pray and fast today.

2. The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6), with emphasis on “Please, dear Lord, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

3. Please may God’s prayer warriors be strengthened and focused to pray and fast for your good to triumph over the enemies’ evil.

4. Please protect and strengthen our President Trump and all those officials doing good and please give them wisdom, knowledge, understanding and favor with You and man. May those who have done evil to be caught and prosecuted and be found guilty and punished to the fullest extent of the law. Please allow this to change their hearts to repentance and salvation.

5. Please help our country defund and abolish abortion and injustice so you will forgive and bless our country as a whole.

6. Please allow people to be released from their addictions to tech and social media/phones and pleasure addictions which have become their idols. Please release and help them so they are ready when you come soon for your church.

7. Please purify your church and strengthen her to prayer and fasting and worship together. Destroy the evil within her and cast out demons who have infiltrated. Help your church to remember her job of missions, winning souls for your kingdom, worshipping You. Please help and strengthen and bless Your persecuted church around the world.

8. Please save as many as you can from the clutches of Satan and soften their hearts to Jesus Christ as their Lord for their eternal soul’s sake.

9. Please strengthen and heal my friends and family for prayer and prepare their hearts and souls for your coming.

10. Please keep the demons and evil ones who have chosen to worship them from being effective in the evil they want to do. Stop their plans, dear Lord, and protect us. May all the evil plans come to ruin and be hindered and useless and may You, Lord, and Your angels win every battle.

11. We love and pray for Israel. We pray for her peace and that the Jews will realize that Jesus is their Messiah and be saved. Praise be the God of Israel. Please bless her.

12. We worship you, dear Jesus. We give you praise, honor due you and adore your glory. You are worthy of all our love and adoration and worship. You are holy and true.

In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, amen.❤❤❤

Best Parenting 102

A child is not the parent but is a future adult due respect. Best parents do not obey children but instead respectfully require obedience from the children in order to train them to become the adults they are not yet. A child is not qualified to parent even themselves much less you. You are qualified by life experience and your God given authority of a parent. The future adults need to learn to humbly obey or they will not be prepared for life as an adult. Those who are not humble are always going to have difficulty with authority. Teach them by rules and expectations and punishments you decided on and then be consisten. As they are older, get their reasonable input into the rules and punishments and again be consistent. God blesses best parenting. I will write more later. ❤

About Perfection

No one is perfect.

Except God.

You and I are not God.

So stop demanding perfection of yourself or others.

Stop allowing anyone to demand it of you.

If they need perfection, point them to God.

He is perfect and can handle it.

If they keep on you, you go to God. He is perfect and can handle it.

Review:

We are not/cannot be perfect.

Only God is perfect.

Point others to Him.

Go to Him.❤

When Waits the Soul

When waits the soul with bated breath

The love divine, primordial pull,

The captive plays a wondrous game

“Loves me, loves me not” it goes.

When waits the soul of tender heart

For love’s culmination on the cusp

But never seeming to arrive

The heart and soul scream “It must!”

The soul waits hard and with heaviness

And each day grows more impatient

When waits the soul for lover’s voice

Or eyes or touch or gentleness.❤

Being Jesus

My happiest moments are when I, or even better my children, make an impact for Jesus. Even if it is small or faces ridicule. Especially when it faces ridicule and we keep being the light. Making small or big differences for Jesus or just being good then saying why when asked is a powerful way to show love. It is what God expects of us. We are here to worship and help others worship as an act of love. Love God, love others. People make it so complex. Throw all the complexity and pride out the window and love God and love others. Nothing is more powerful than that.❤

The First Will be Last and Visa Versa

I still wonder this, “If the first will be last and the last will be first, why are there so many churches with ‘First’ in their name?” And I think that is a legit question. I like “Jesus’ Humble Church” or “Truth of Jesus’ Redemption Church” or “Saved Amidst Struggling Side by Side Church of Jesus” or “Church Serving & Studying Jesus Together” of “Church of Jesus’ Truth”. All these are great. And I know that what is going on in thr church is way more important than the name, but I think it sets the mindset. Is the church uplifting itself or its building or Jesus? Do you think when God rapture the church out of here He will weigh who has the prettiest or biggest building to meet in? Or how big your KJV Version Bible is? Ha! He is going to look at everyone’s heart and see who is close to Him and worshipping Him. That needs to be our focus personally, in our family, in our church and in missions. Humble worship and service and relationship with Jesus. That’s where the eternal action is. Right there. Get that down and you got the right stuff.❤