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Grateful for Family and Friends

During COVID-19, God has allowed me to take the time to reflect, and He has shown me a lot. He showed the areas I need to improve upon, like spending more time with Him through reading the Word. One of the habits I have improved on is taking each morning to pray to God. I give thanks for being able to see another day and continue the purpose God has set out for me, and I read a short devotional to conclude.

I am reminded of all the blessings the Lord has given to me in my life. I was able to travel to two different countries, graduate during a pandemic, find a supportive church home through KCC, and so many other extraordinary things. None of it would be possible without the encouragement of my family, friends, and God.

To My Family:

My mom and dad have always wanted to experience and explore the world in ways they did not get the chance to do. They have supported me financially to study abroad, help pay for undergrad, and provide necessities. They have given me unconditional love through good and bad times. My family is the one who will have my back, especially during tough situations. They have shown me how to give back to others regardless of the circumstances they are in. They helped me learn right from wrong through earthly and heavenly examples. They are one of the many influences that shaped me into the person I am today.

To My Heavenly Father:

I am grateful for Him always walking beside me through valleys and mountains. I am thankful that He sent His only son to die so we could live again. I am grateful that HIs love endures forever. He has forgiven me of all my sins. There are too many things that He has done for me, my family, and friends. There are too many blessings to count.

To My Friends:

I am happy that God has led me to them. They have found many ways to make me laugh. They helped me find the positives out of the negatives. They helped me shape my interests and ideas of the world around me. My friends embraced who I am, like God and my family. They stayed up late at night with me to study or talk about anything. They gave me advice about my situation. They were another group to which I could relate.

I am thankful to every person who has come into my life and helped me become a better person. 

#family, #friends

Ability to Provide

The current COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of loss over the past several months. People have lost jobs, benefits, homes, family members, friends, etc. due to the ripple effects of the virus. The pandemic has affected everyone in their own way. While some have lost jobs, others have gained more responsibility at work. Some people have been able to work from home, which has caused stress in their home life. Some people have received a higher workload due to the virus, which also creates more stress. The virus has also affected family/work-life balance in that some individuals have to deal with the challenge of going to work but having children at home who must participate in virtual learning. 

Having a job is indeed a blessing, especially during a pandemic. But for some of us, our jobs have caused more pain than pleasure. At a time like this, it is okay to be angry about your job. It is okay to be upset that your job requires a lot out of you even though the country is amongst dealing with a deadly virus. And it is easy to fall into a pattern of negativity and dysfunctional agitation in our everyday lives. Bishop Rosie taught us that to remove that dysfunctional agitation, we must become content. 

Becoming content is an acquired skill, and real contentment begins with your relationship with Jesus Christ (Bishop Rosie O’neal, Contentment). Therefore, be grateful for the God that we serve. Be thankful that we have a good God who will care for us no matter what. God will make sure we are well taken care of (Matthew 6:25-34). So even if the job you have is driving you up the wall, be thankful that you serve a God who will make things happen whether you are employed or not. 

As Pastor Trev has stated in previous sermons, our income is not our source. God is our source. And we can do all things through God because he gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). Be grateful for God’s calling on your life. Some of us may be upset that we still must work during the pandemic or have been given more work to do during the pandemic. But when we look at this from a Godly perspective, this too is a part of His will for your life. God may not allow you to stay at home or allow your work to slow down because God has a purpose for your life. God may be using this time in your life right now to set you up for something greater later. It may seem unfair and difficult to get through, but God does not put us through more than we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). 

God has plans for our lives, and they are to prosper us and not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11). Be thankful that God sees you as one of his toughest soldiers and believes you are worthy of carrying out the task of performing His will here on earth. Lastly and most importantly, we should be grateful that we have the means to provide in a time where unemployment has skyrocketed. Many people have lost jobs, and now that executive orders have come to an end, people are losing homes and getting evicted. We should be grateful that we still have jobs to go to, even if we do not enjoy them very much. Having a job during this time does not mean that God favors you more than others. It just means that is what is in your season now. 

Our seasons with God can change at any moment. So be grateful for the season that you are in because it will change. We must get used to relying on God in any and every season, not just when it is nice and sunny. That starts with choosing to be grateful today. (Philippians 4:12)

Contributor: K. Wyatt

: #church, #pandemic, #work

Health and Strength

As we enter the fall of the year, it is an opportunity to reflect on how blessed we have been to face, manage, and conquer challenging circumstances of an era shadowed by COVID-19. As important as it is for us to focus on physical health and strength, it is also important for us to focus on our mental health and mental strength. God wants both our bodies and our minds to prosper (3 John 1:2). Mental health can be a delicate area for some cultures to address. We have resources to access at home, communities, workplaces, online, via phone/text, and even apps that provide support for mental health needs. 

Mental health can sometimes be stigmatized due to the difficulty of being seen as a traditional illness. A physical health condition is often more accepted as a normal sickness, while others may even see emotional and mental health issues as abnormal or strange. In the past, those with mental/emotional health challenges were addressed as “crazy” and other derogatory terms. This made it less likely that a person would seek out support for a problem of this nature and is still viewed as a sensitive topic for many people in 2020. 

The era of COVID-19 has increased isolation, decreased interactions, and added restrictions to the limited interactions that some of us have with others. We are now less likely to touch, embrace, venture out in public, attend gatherings, or get close to others. Interactions have been shadowed with masks and hand sanitizing while disinfecting surfaces and the physical environment around us. These things and more have taken a toll on people’s mental health and led to a rise in some conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, anger, suicide, hopelessness, and an increase in substance use. These symptoms have affected work/school attendance, even general personal dependability, and the acceptance of the responsibility for one’s actions. 

Now is a good time for us to get involved in mental health reform, support, and advocacy. The positive mental health of a person can produce so many great things in a person’s life. A positive outlook, well-balanced life, and being future-focused impacts the individual person and everyone else that person encounters. When people are emotionally/mentally healthy, they make better decisions, live healthier lives, and generally infect others around them with this same happiness and positive outlook. 

It is the right time for us to take a closer look at mental health and support those who struggle in this area by listening, encouraging counseling, providing outreach, and opening mental health-based businesses and initiatives that will impact people in our community and all over the world. It’s a good time to make a difference in someone’s life by offering the support they need and identifying needs and resources for a sound mind and heart. “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV).

Contributor: E. Taylor

#anxiety, #depression, #soundmind, #stress

Grateful for Community

Does true community exist in today’s world? Community is defined as the common feeling of fellowship, sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. Sometimes commonality can be diminished by a negative environment. All we have to do is turn on the news and witness the reflection of division. Sadly, we don’t need television to feel disconnected. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to feelings of isolation. If you’ve felt disconnected, don’t fret, you’re not alone. Feeling isolated is the perfect moment to reflect on our blessings. Community is one of those blessings. It can bring light and transform a negative environment into a positive one.

In November, the United States celebrates Thanksgiving. This time of coming together is one of the most traveled holidays during the year. I’m sure COVID-19 has many of us reconsidering the tradition of coming together with family and friends. I, for one, have been trying to establish a socially distant Thanksgiving plan. I haven’t come up with one yet. Nevertheless, I reflect on how churches have impacted our community amid the pandemic. KCC has been a constant source of connection. 

When COVID-19 slipped into the atmosphere, our senior pastor, Bishop Rosie S. O’neal, was in the middle of facilitating a prayer and fast campaign. The teachings were perfectly on time. God knew the tremendous impact this virus would have. He already had a plan in place. Our church community provided a consistent, safe course of comfort, food drives, and online connection through worship and meetings. 

The great thing about community is it serves as a two-way connector. We can connect by receiving as well as giving. Some of us may have been on the receiving end, while others are on the giving end. 

Giving is a great way to alleviate isolation. When we give, we become active in building strong relationships. My husband and I committed to doing something in our community. Sometimes we connect by financial giving. We do not have much to give. We give what we can.

Donating time is another way to give. I’ve committed to facilitating an online book club for children. I love listening to the children discuss their thoughts. They are learning their words matter — they matter. They read stories about others and develop empathy. Their empathy builds a desire and guides them to become positive citizens in their community. They are becoming citizens that give; citizens that connect; citizens that shape their community. 

Does community exist? My reflection has led me to answer ‘yes.’ Whether we’re on the giving or the receiving end of community, we’re creating an environment where God’s light and love are shown. 

“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 (ESV)

Contributor: A. Dorcent

#church, #Community, #Connecting, #Giving, #Thanksgiving

Wisdom for the Seasons of Life: Aging and Retirement

Contributor: E. Taylor

Who knew love and loss could both be just as powerful as the other? The pain of both love and loss are rivals in the continuum of life. Love one another as God has loved us – words easier to verbalize, much harder to live. Love pierces not just the heart, but the fiber of a person, their essence, and soul. Love is seen manifested in their daily life – activities, interactions with others, thoughts, home, work, family, friendships, correspondence, and all communication. 

Show and live love, live a life that exemplifies Christ, and that touches others. Wherever you go and whatever you do, let it be something that helps, supports, and blesses someone. Plant, grow and give out flowers while people can still smell them. Losing someone can be as life changing as loving them. How often do we continue to look for them, talk to them, replay their words and conversations, reach for them, search out their smile, seek their familiarity in others? How do we move forward without them, when our hearts burn, our beings ache, tears run, eyes cloud up? The older we get, the deeper the hurts, the harder the pain is to shake, the less time there is to waste on dislike, disdain, distress, denial. 

Loss comes in all shapes and sizes – separation, divorce, death, unemployment, bankruptcy, sickness, moving residences, empty nests, foreclosure, depression, hopelessness. As we age, we have to muster the energy and hope to combat these losses, for our warfare is not against the flesh and blood embodiment of these things, but it is against the spiritual, the forces that are unseen and not visible to the physical eye. 

Grow older gracefully using the wisdom God has granted each of us. We must learn to treasure others and moments, make memories, live each day as if it really is our last day here on this earth. It is so easy to get caught up in the past hurts and traumas and to continue carrying them with us daily as if they are brand new occurrences. Lay aside these heavy weights and past hurts as if they are literally hot potatoes. Move forward; smile and make someone else smile; laugh and make someone else laugh. Do what makes you and others happy. Share your heart and your thoughts with others, tell them you love them, share how they make you happy. 

Life is too short, too precious not to take some time to smell the flowers or to give some to others while they can still smell them. Lee Ann Womack sang these words in the song “I Hope You Dance”: “I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance; never settle for the path of least resistance; living might mean taking chances, but they’re worth taking; loving might be a mistake, but it’s worth making…And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.” Live. Love. Never stop dancing.

Wisdom for the Seasons of Life: Dating and Marriage

Contributor: A. Dorcent

What is your favorite season? For me, my favorites change as I do. When I was a child, my favorite season was summer! School was out, and we played all day. In high school, my focus changed to learning and observing. I enjoyed the newness of spring. As I moved into my forties, I learned weathered things develop character. My favorite season was fall. I love a beautiful seasoned fall tree. Now, moving into age fifty, winter is my favorite season. During the festive holiday season, I settle down, enjoy family, good food, and a cozy fireplace.    

After twenty-eight years of marriage, we have learned our relationship goes through seasons as well. Our needs and desires determine our season. Things change. We change. 

Here’s what I mean: 

Spring – This was our dating season — a blooming season for us. During our spring, we learned about each other. Of course, we learned mainly the good things. We naively thought, “Wow, you’re nearly perfect!” I remember us having the discussion that we could never make the other upset. Boy, were we wrong! We loved spring, but we learned it was only a season.   

Fall – This was our “I see you” season — the leaves changed. In our fall season, still dating, we learned neither one of us was perfect. We saw each other’s true colors. The worst of us can reveal itself when we become angry. We had to learn how to communicate and give each other space to think about our words and actions. I must admit, in this season, I wasn’t very good. I learned anyone could end the argument by remaining silent, praying, and finding the time and place to address the issue later. 

Summer – This was our passion season — “we want to get married” season. During this season, we had grown out of the dating season. We wanted to be married. The great thing about the passion season, we can raise the temperature at will any season of our marriage. If the passion-meter isn’t at a desirable temperature, find ways to raise the temperature. For us, a weekend getaway works wonders — no work, no children, no housework.     

Winter – Our rest season — cuddle up and pull a throw over us. I’ll never forget when we reached this stage. At the end of the day, my husband and I were sitting on the couch watching television. He asked, “Ready to go to sleep?” He could have announced he was going to bed. Instead, he invited me to rest with him. In this season, we rest in the beauty of the relationship. We reflect on our couple’s accomplishments. We enjoy the family and treasure each moment. However, we don’t consider the road has ended. We also dream.

We are looking forward to our retirement — possibly retiring on a Caribbean Island. It’s a pretty big dream. However, we believe when two people walk in agreement and serve a very big God, all things are possible. 

Things change. We change. What’s your favorite season?

Wisdom for the Seasons of Life: College and Singleness

Contributor: T. Dozier-Grady

As a recent graduate from college, I thought I would have experienced dating by now. I thought I was going to find my soulmate in college, but it did not work out the way I thought it would. I was trying to rush into something that God knew I was not ready for. I was still developing as a person, figuring out what I like and did not like, or the person I wanted to become. I did not realize this until my last year of college when I took the Singleness class at KCC. 

If I could go back and give myself any wisdom about being single, what would it be? I would tell myself to learn how to be content with who you are. Make a list of what you like and what you need to improve so that you are a whole and complete person. I made the mistake of getting caught up in what qualities my partner should have instead of focusing on what I could bring to the table. 

Second, do not let everything you see on social media put a damper on being single. I was guilty of doing this a lot. I would look at my news feed and see people my age posting pictures of spending time with their significant other, an engagement ring, or the wedding day. I felt like I should have been dating and in the same stage. I was trying to rush the process without completing the work God had for me. The top priority is learning to be content with yourself and developing who you are through God. 

Another thing I would tell myself is, don’t rush. Pastor Trev preached a sermon on how to maximize the state of singleness. I have come to terms that this season is the time for me to be single. Pastor Trev defined singleness as the “state where you have the greatest opportunities to develop and express who you are.” You can frustrate the person that you bring into a relationship if you don’t know who you are. When Pastor Trev made that statement, I remember thinking, “What do I really like? What are my non-negotiables?”

Four, learn to live within God’s restrictions and see as HE sees. During the Singleness Life App class, our teachers explained that using the boundaries from the Word of God can allow us to learn about ourselves. When we live within the restrictions, then we can avoid unnecessary drama. 

Finally, the most important step of maximizing the state of being single is your relationship with God. This is the foundation. We must understand His love for us and develop our hearing for the Lord’s voice. 

I would recommend for anyone who is single to listen to the “Don’t Rush” sermon by Pastor Trev Evans. Also, Bishop O’neal has written a book called The Ultimate Achievement about the singleness stage. Remember, “singleness is a time for preparation, and preparation is never wasted.” (Bishop O’neal)

Clergy Appreciation

Contributor: K. Wyatt

We often give thanks to individuals who play a huge role in our communities. For example, there’s teacher appreciation week, social worker appreciation month, healthcare worker appreciation day, and so on. But seldom do we hear about appreciation and recognition days or months for our spiritual leaders. Of course, they are just as important as other professionals in our communities. And when it comes to religion, there is a mutual understanding that we honor and take care of spiritual leaders for the selfless work that they do. Because if it wasn’t for some spiritual leaders, we might not have the teachers, social workers, doctors, etc. that we rely so heavily upon. Therefore, it is important to honor and recognize our spiritual leadership, as well. 

Mark 10:45 (NIV) states, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Those who take on the roles of spiritual leaders choose to live a life that reflects that of Jesus Christ. And although Jesus was above everyone else, he still sat and broke bread with sinners and tax collectors (Mark 2:13-17). In the same way, our spiritual leaders want the best for us and will lead by example. However, they will also humble themselves to show their congregation and nonbelievers that they are not better than anyone just because they are performing the Lord’s work. 

Our spiritual leaders show us how to live a life according to the plan of God. They have the ultimate responsibility of helping save our souls and giving us the direction and guidance, we need to make it to Heaven (Hebrews 13:17) and do His work here on earth. The Bible says, “remember your leaders those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13:7 ESV). This is an extremely important reason to honor our spiritual leadership. 

For many of us, our spiritual leaders are the reason why we put our old ways behind us and started a new life in Jesus Christ. Those who labor in teaching and preaching are worthy of double honor (1 Timothy 5:17). Go and let your favorite spiritual leaders know how much you appreciate them, especially now as they continue to lead us on a path of righteousness through an unforeseeable pandemic.

The role of children

Contributor: K. Wyatt

There is an old saying that states it takes a village to raise a child. Well, once that child is raised, it is up to them to become a part of the village that will raise the next generation of children. Adults and parents are responsible for instilling positive values and beliefs in children. But those children, even as adults, have the responsibility of using what was taught to them to become functioning members of society. 

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) states, “start children off the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.” It is a child’s job to learn, play, grow, and make mistakes. The mistakes that children make are what turns them into the individuals who will lead in the future. Of course, a parent or another responsible adult is the one teaching them right from wrong. A child will not know stealing is bad until someone tells them it is. But once they know better, it is up to them to do better. 

First Corinthians 13:11 (NIV) states, “when I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” Even children who do not have a good upbringing or have positive role models have the same responsibility. Psalm 27:10 (ESV) states that “for my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.” All children must find their way to God and spread love and His Word to the next generation. Then those children will spread it to the next generation (Joel 1:3), whether this is through biological reproduction or spiritual mentorship. 

Today’s children play a large role in what the children of the next generation will be like.

There is an old saying that states it takes a village to raise a child. Well, once that child is raised, it is up to them to become a part of the village that will raise the next generation of children. Adults and parents are responsible for instilling positive values and beliefs in children. But those children, even as adults, have the responsibility of using what was taught to them to become functioning members of society. 

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) states, “start children off the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.” It is a child’s job to learn, play, grow, and make mistakes. The mistakes that children make are what turns them into the individuals who will lead in the future. Of course, a parent or another responsible adult is the one teaching them right from wrong. A child will not know stealing is bad until someone tells them it is. But once they know better, it is up to them to do better. 

First Corinthians 13:11 (NIV) states, “when I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” Even children who do not have a good upbringing or have positive role models have the same responsibility. Psalm 27:10 (ESV) states that “for my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.” All children must find their way to God and spread love and His Word to the next generation. Then those children will spread it to the next generation (Joel 1:3), whether this is through biological reproduction or spiritual mentorship. 

Today’s children play a large role in what the children of the next generation will be like.

#Children, #family, #friends, #generational

What defines a father?

Contributor: T. Dozier-Grady

A father has many roles, like mothers, in society. It goes beyond the idea of being a breadwinner. They help develop a positive role in a child’s life, provide a sense of security, build self-esteem, lend a helping hand to those in need, be a caregiver, give affection, be nurturing, and plenty of other things. In the Bible, the role of the father is described as the leader and protector of the family. He is an example of showing love towards his wife and children (the way Christ shows His love). 

First Timothy 3:2-5 (NIV) says “Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?).” 

A father is strong in his faith. He gives a sense of direction and disciple to his children in the ways of the Lord and helps the child(ren) embrace God as their Heavenly Father. I know there were plenty of times where I did not like to be corrected on my behavior, and I had to apologize for my actions. The Bible says, “because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son” (Hebrew 12:6 NIV). Our earthly father is mirroring the Heavenly Father because he wants to help shape the child’s long-term character. He points his children to Jesus as the model because He is our Everlasting Father.

God is the reason why we were created. Bishop explains that regardless of how we arrived on this Earth, it was no mistake. We are made in His image, and we have His genetic makeup inside of us. He wants us to show people how He gave us conditional love and always stuck by our side through good and bad, and thick and thin. He wants us to help those in need feel the love that God gave us. 

God is the source of everything, the Jehovah Jireh. He will provide for you when you do not know if you can make it to next week. He will give you the affection you need because He is a father to the fatherless (Psalms 68:5). God wants us to know that we can trust Him with anything and everything. Trusting Him can lead your soul to find rest, salvation, and security (Psalms 62:1-2). 

The role of the father is to empower and transform his children to live like Jesus, to have open arms to those who are different, and to spread the love of Jesus. 

#father, love

The community as a whole – the village

Contributor: E. Taylor

It truly does take a village to flourish and thrive through today’s societal changes, the current pandemic, and a climate of social injustice.  It takes a village is an old African Proverb that has been shared for many years that means that people work together as a community to raise and nurture children and others in their community.  This philosophy is highlighted by the power of people uniting for a common cause – to support one another.  

The village is a safe and healthy place for children to live, grow, learn, and experience the world as they mature into self-sufficient individuals.  The village represents everything that a child and family need.  We are who we have become because of the village that raised us.  Our own foundation was laid in “our” village. Then those other important bricks and blocks were laid on it while building additional layers through our interactions with the other members of the village – our parents, neighbors, cousins, extended family members, teachers, community members, and others.  

All of us have a different experience because of the village we have/had surrounding us.  We are products of our environments; we are who we hang out with, live with, socialize with, spend time with.  Whatever we feel and think has been shaped by the things we learned and experienced through those around us and their impact upon us.  

A person who has a positive village experience growing up lays a foundation for an adult life that can differ in how they experience and respond to their community and adversity.  A person who has an upbringing that has less support of their village members or is more traumatic and problematic has a different foundation and may experience things differently.  Therefore, they may have different responses for similar situations and incidents.   

The driving force of the village is the love for its children and families.  The villagers need a genuine love for one another and others, and the village flourishes because of this love.  Love in action is a powerful force.  Luther Vandross sang of this belief in the song, “Power of Love,” reminding us all that we’ve got love and all of the power and that it’s the greatest power of them all.  Love is indeed a power all by itself – fantastic and indescribable, awe-inspiring, and can be difficult and tough simultaneously.  

God is love and the embodiment of love in action.  His love is inspiring and flourishes when we invest it in others as God invests it in us.  Let us continue to love each other, support each other, and be a part of someone’s village, being their community of love.  Love is shown through our actions and is almost invisible when it’s inactive.  Being part of a village is a critical role for all of us, and the power of love helps make it possible for us to build others up and encourage them.  

#village #family #community #love #children

Motherhood and the next generation

Contributor: A. Dorcent

Where are we heading? In today’s social climate, I question how my role as a mother contributes to future generations. If I think long enough, I end with second guesses. I could have spent more time or taught them better. Knowing this makes me grateful for my relationship with God. 

My children are 26, 23, and 12 years old. When asked to write about how my role as a mother shapes the next generation, I was like, huh? From the time my children were born, I was captured by the “Do Spirit.” Get things done! I needed to ensure my children were fed, clothed, and physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally healthy. 

I know you’re probably thinking, you’ve been a mom for 26 years and you’ve got to think about this? I believe women are very analytical; however, when it comes to our children, we’re doers. We’ve been blessed with a human being. My instinct says, nurture, and protect. This nurturing and protection occur in stages. Here’s what I mean:

Feeding our young – (Exodus 2:7 NIV) “Then his (Moses’) sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?””

A mother’s first instinct is to make sure her children are fed. She pours love and attention into their well-being – mind, soul, and body. Moms are protective against behaviors that distort growth toward healthy adulthood. I can’t count how many times I’ve had to say, “No, sorry, you can’t do that.” Or “Let’s do this instead.”

Fostering good citizens – (Exodus 2:12) “And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.”

We want our children to be good citizens. This role of mothering is two-fold. I’ve got to be a good role model. I want my children to recognize injustice. Second, I’ve got to address the consequences when poor choices are made. We must be respectful of authority. My role is to ensure my children know there are consequences. Although I will always forgive, I will not always tolerate their actions.

Forming a support system – (Titus 2:3-4) “The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.”

Once our children become adults, it does not mean they no longer need us. We have lessons to teach while our children walk in their calling. Life’s waters can become murky, but wisdom provides a clear perspective. We will never have all the answers, which leads me to the greatest thing we can share with the next generations – our faith. We can partner with our children in prayer, seeking His wisdom. 

Connected to the vine, I am confident He will always be present, and our next generation will grow in God’s direction. 

#family #motherhood #children

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