“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands” (Proverbs 14:1).
There is a very big privilege God gave exclusively to man; the power of communicating through words. Words reflect what is in our heart, and as we use them, they paint a picture in our soul. With our words, we can create a beautiful painting or a completely atrocious display, there is no mid-point. Proverbs 18:21 says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit”. The contrast is very noticeable: life or death. Our words have the power to bring comfort and healing, or destruction and cause wounds. Everything that comes out from our mouth produces hope or despair, blessing or curse.
God gave my husband, Rich, and I three beautiful children. Every day I have the choice to edify and bring out the best in them, or discourage them and bring bitterness to their lives. I have determined to always choose the...
Nathan means gift from God.
And honestly, that’s exactly how I feel every time I have the opportunity to hug, feed and spend time with my baby! A quality many people highlight in my son is his tenderness and the peace he carries.
People have asked me if he is always so calm and happy, to which I always answer, “as long as he’s eaten, slept, and played a little, everything goes well!” Although I am no expert in parenting, I have understood that children need routine. They like to know what is going to happen next and enjoy repetition.
Today, I’d like to share what a regular day looks like for me with my one year old baby. Not every day is the same, but it’s just to give you an idea, especially to those who are expecting their first child! :D
A day in the life of Nathan
7:00 am: He wakes up very happy waiting for mom or dad to walk into his room.
7:30 am: He eats breakfast with his brother Noah, eggs are his favorite!
I love to see all of the practical and simple advice you can find in the Word of God. Manoah was Samson’s father, and a man who sought God for guidance to parent. He received very practical advice directly from God that we can implement in our own homes. This was God’s answer to Manoah’s prayer:
“The angel of the Lord answered, “Your wife must do all that I have told her. She must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, nor drink any wine or other fermented drink nor eat anything unclean. She must do everything I have commanded her.” (Judges 13:13-14 NIV)
We can learn three things from this Scripture:
1.You and me first
Before an airplane takes off, the instruction they give to parents in case of an emergency is: Put your oxygen mask on first, and then help your children put theirs on. Many times, we think we need to put our children’s masks on them first, and then put on our own....
By: P. Rich Harding
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.“
There is so much in this last section of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (actually Ephesians I think is my favourite of Paul’s letters). However, this verse always stands out to me every time I read it. “Father’s don’t provoke your children.” In my experience this is nearly always the other way around, I have two boys, my eldest Noah is 4 and really knows how to provoke his dad!
But the Bible doesn’t say, kids don’t provoke your parents, but honor them. So what then? Do we really provoke our kids, and if so in what way?
“Do we really provoke our Kids?”
Yes, is the short answer. It doesn’t matter how old they are, we can provoke our kids to anger with the way we treat them. Here are two ways I...
“Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, and said, “O my Lord, please let the Man of God whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born.”” Judges 13:8
The responsibility of raising children in the fear of the Lord is one of the greatest tasks God has given the human being. When Manoah, Samson’s father, and his wife, learned they were going to be parents and that the son God was giving them had been chosen to be a great servant of God, they made the best decision. They went to God and said, “Lord, teach us how to be parents. You know better than anyone how we should raise our children, help us please.”
I think the wisest thing we could do as parents is approach the Creator of the universe who formed us in the womb and understands us perfectly, in Him there is divine wisdom. The only thing we need is a humble and open heart to listen to the direction the Lord has for...
God gave the woman something unique, especially as the mother of a home. She is the one who determines the nature of her home.
“But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.” (1 Timothy 2:15 NIV)
What does this mean? The best way we can invest our time and lives is in raising children and a generation for God. This is the best way. God gave every mom the ability to influence and shape her children; we can have either a positive or negative effect on their lives. When we do this work, our own lives will be restored. This passage gives us a few basics on how to raise a home in the fear of God.
I think the foundation for love is denying oneself. Every mom knows that from the moment the baby arrives, their personal needs are no longer a priority. We need to be willing to let go of our own plans....
August 8, 2013 was the day our first son, Noah Timothy, came home. We have never been the same since.
I remember two nights after being born, Noah would not stop crying. I was still in recovery from the C-section and while Noah was screaming at the top of his lungs, my husband, Rich, and I looked at each other and said, “Well, what do we do now?” It was one of the longest nights of our lives. :D
Two and a half years later, our second son, Nathan Graham was born. And the newest and sweetest addition to our family, Chloe, was born in the Spring of 2018. In these four years, we have learned, laughed, enjoyed, prayed, and understood that family was born in God’s heart.
The closer we get to God, the more we will enjoy our family. I never imagined the unmeasurable joy of being a mom. The love I feel for each of my children is unconditional, I feel extremely grateful with God. Today, I want to highlight a few of the things my children have taught me....
One of the most important things in being a parent is learning to connect with our kids in order to demonstrate that love we have for them. Many issues stem from a lack of fatherhood in the lives of our children (Motherhood too but it’s true there are way less mother’s abandoning or ignoring their kids than Fathers). This has created a huge issue in the lives of young boys around the world, as they miss the most important male role model in their lives.
So how can you connect with your boys? It really depends on the temperament of your son but here are three things my boys love to do:
Yes I’m sure if you break this one out there will be some objections from the female contingent of your family, objections probably well founded... these games nearly always end up with some tears - but it’s worth it!!
The key to this activity starts with the buying process. Take your son or sons out to a toy store and let...
I love the words of the preacher of Ecclesiastes:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
I think that in His divine wisdom, God knew a team of two people was needed to raise children in the fear of God.
My husband and I have been married for five years, a time of complete blessing. In the beginning of our marriage, we said we’d wait three years before having kids, but God’s plans are higher than our own. Noah, our firstborn, was born one month after our first year anniversary...just a little sooner than we thought!
With the arrival of our children, my husband and I have learned a lot about teamwork. I think this has been a great blessing because the responsibility does not fall on just one person. Today, I want to share...
By: Rich Harding
Have you ever found yourself shouting across the room at you child, “Be Careful!”, “Don’t do that you could fall.” Even as I’m writing this my kids are running around playing and I find myself on the brink of saying something like this several times.
A few weeks back I received a phone call from Noah’s school. He’d had fall and bumped his head quite dramatically. His teacher sounded alarmed but not distressed, just that he was crying a lot but seemed to be okay. Now Noah is my eldest and has quite a dramatic nature, if he gets a cut and he sees blood he cries as if his finger is going to drop off. So I was like, “okay, well keep us informed and let us know but I’m sure he’s fine.” Two hours later she sent me a photo of the bump that had since exploded on his forehead. At that point I was like, I’m coming to get him right now!!
I’d never seen anything like it! It was a...