Saturday, September 28, 2013

"Mummy, when can I get my phone?"

A friend and "parenting-partner" sent this piece to me a few weeks ago and I've been meaning to share this with other parents for a while. Before you read this wonderful piece, let me talk a bit about "parenting-partners." Whether or not you agree, none of us was born a parent - not to mention a good one at that...which is why we need all the (Divine) help we can get. So it saddens me when I see adults (parents) ignore a child's misbehavior because of the "she/he is not my child" attitude. The bible is clear that:
"If you know what is right to do but you do not do it, you sin."(James 4:17)
So the "she/he is not my child" attitude is sin - if you ask me...especially since God expects us to live a "brother's keeper" life. I wrote about the need to be a parenting-partner - 9 months ago... see: http://sapphire-and-beryl.blogspot.ca/2012/12/whats-good-for-donkey.html. This is why I decided to take time to appreciate this my parenting-partner - she is there for many of us too. May God bless her and also assign equally passionate parenting-partners to her. Amen.

Besides how challenged I was by this piece, in the past 2 weeks or so, one of my children has been asking: "when can I get a phone?" and is not letting off. That question further motivated me to share this; interestingly that's where this article starts off. Be empowered as you read on...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It's all about "R"

A few months ago, I was typing "Hello dear friend" - at least that was what was in my mind but my fingers were working too fast and I typed "Hello dear fiend." Good thing I caught it before sending it out - what a classic example of where and how spell check can fail you. As that happened, it struck me that "R" makes quite a difference in that word and in the world.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Me, myself and I


In everyday life, it can be difficult to focus on yourself without seeming self-centered and selfish. I know that more than once I've said that "self-first is not selfishness"* - I know it isn't. Think about it, for you to be any good or of any use to anyone else, you need to be good and useful - which entails wholeness in your spirit, soul and body. You have to be equipped to "help" others.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Lesson from Legos


I got this piece from "All Worship"* and had to share (2nd picture and emphasis, mine):
 
Lesson from Legos
Life might be less complicated if we each received our own Lego kit at birth. Yes, I realize there is a choking hazard for children under three. But when you are old enough, you can learn a lot from Legos. I have learned that:

There is strength in numbers. When the bricks stick together, great things can be achieved.

Disaster happens. But the pieces can be put back together again.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hold your ground...

Last week, we talked about living a CPR life* and then this week I saw this quote:
 

“The giant oak is an acorn that held its ground.
~Anonymous
 
My take away from it is that no matter how big and great the things you want to accomplish are, you need to (or maybe even, must) start small. Think about it, no successful/great man or woman started life as an adult – not even Jesus - or did you?
 
The roots of this fact of life are even in the Bible:
 
So:
“Do not despise these small beginnings,
for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”**
 
When you believe and obey that verse, be rest assured that:
 
Where you began will seem unimportant [Though your start was small],
because your future will be so successful [your end will be exalted].***
 
AMEN!
 
As you purpose, pursue and progress in life, hold your ground - rooted in God.
 
References:
*http://sapphire-and-beryl.blogspot.com/2013/09/live-cpr-life.html
** Zech 4:10a - NLT
***(Job 8:7 -Expanded Bible)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Live a CPR life

When this topic struck me, as a recommended way of life, I couldn't help but research into the most commonly known meaning of CPR
"Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation."

One thing to note about CPR is that you need to be trained in order to perform it on another person and hopefully save a life -when you do. When performing CPR you also need to be focussed and even in the right frame of mind.

With all the challenges of life, we have to live a CPR life.
In this instance, CPR stands for Consistently Persistent & Resilient.

There are very few things in life that are easy. One fact of life is that: The fact that something is difficult does not mean it is impossible. In fact, if it is deemed impossible, turn it over to the "Impossibility Specialist." 
 
Matt 19:26 - Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” (NLT)
Luke 1:37 - For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. (Amplified)
What has God said concerning you? What are your dreams and ambitions? Whatever they are, give life to them now:
Live a CPR life!
 
Have a great month of "time of life"* ahead.
 
Reference:
* Nine symbolizes the time of life because 9 months of pregnancy = full term baby.
 
P.S. Praying for a safe delivery for all pregnant women.