Being a woman is filled with contradictions and confusion at times. Women are often pitted against women, for what reasons I’m still not quite sure. If you have a daughter, you are probably even more acutely aware of the benefits and trials of female friendships.
Shouldn’t Christian women be different though? Shouldn’t we consistently support each other, nurture each other and help each other grow spiritually and reach our godly potential? I dare say, God would answer “yes” to that question. Unfortunately, our friendships with Christian women can be just as troublesome as those with our more secular friends. In great part, it’s because we live in a fallen world and Christians still sin.
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I once witnessed a group of adults telling some teens news they thought was great. From an adult perspective, it was wonderfully exciting news. As the news was shared, I watched as the teens clapped. They probably assumed it was expected, as the adults were cheering. The looks in most of their eyes told a much different story. The news made them uneasy and they doubted that it would indeed be positive for them personally. Yet, the adults around them missed the signals and continued chattering about how exciting it was.
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Have you ever attempted to go through a store door with your arms overflowing with a baby, your diaper bag and several shopping parcels, only to have the person in front of you let the door shut in your face? Ever been sick and tried to sleep when suddenly it sounds like the circus has come to your living room?
Putting someone else’s interests before your own is not just good manners, it is consideration. In fact the Apostle Paul writes, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather in humility, value others above yourself.” (Philippians 2:3 NIV)
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There are so many more Christian picture books for children than when my daughter was little. Some look tired and old-fashioned – even though the thoughts may be true. Others are more commercial, but perhaps a bit askew here and there. Rarely, do I find one I am thrilled to have found and suggest to others.
When I Pray For You by Matthew Paul Turner is a new picture book from a Christian perspective. I absolutely love this book on so many levels – it’s almost ridiculous! You know that secular kids book that makes you cry – the one with the grown man cradling his old mother? While the sentiment is laudable, it just misses the real depth possible of a parent’s love for his or her child.
Continue reading My Favorite Christian Picture Book – Ever!
In case you haven’t noticed, Satan has lots of tricks. One of his favorite (as Eve might tell you!) is making a lie seem like a very reasonable truth. Once you believe that “reasonable” lie, Satan can then convince you to do all sorts of sinful things, or neglect to do the good things God wants you to be doing.
Unfortunately, Christian parents don’t get a free pass from Satan’s lies just because they are parents. In fact, I would imagine we are one of his prime targets. After all, if Satan can convince us, he gets not only us, but also our children.
So what are the lies Satan wants you to believe? You better sit down for this, because we have probably all believed one or more of these lies to some extent from time to time.
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