Blessings and Curses

1 Peter 3:10 (HCSB) For the one who wants to love life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.

Yesterday was the final part of the Love Life and See Good Days series at Manna Church. Let me tell you, if you haven’t already, please go watch the parts of the sermon that are already posted.  There are also links to mp3 files so you can take the sermons on the go. The last should be posted soon.

It was powerful. I felt something I haven’t felt in…well…ever. I felt peace with myself. My mind tends to run a million miles a minute and for once, I was able to focus on doing something good for my spiritual well being. It was amazing.

Church ran over almost half an hour because we were learning how to pray and break the curses that have been plaguing us. No one got up to leave. No one shuffled papers or made noises. There was a room full of people with their heads bowed earnestly praying to the Lord for forgiveness and for release from curses and to be receivers of blessings. Praying for the blessing of others and for those who made the decision to know the Lord better.

When the band started to play and everyone started to leave, there were more than a few people wiping at their eyes. I was definitely one of them.

I’m so happy to have found a church to call home.

If you are looking for a place to call your church home, I pray that you find it soon.

Online Sermons from Manna Church

I wrote a while back about attending Manna Church at their Cliffdale location and how I thought I might go to the location closer to my home. Well, I’m pleased to say that I did and I’ve been several times. I have finally found my church home and couldn’t be happier! I love Manna North Site. It’s smaller, but it is awesome.

All locations stream the message from the main pastor onto a screen. At first I had a problem with that, but now, especially since the North Site pastor is so involved, I don’t mind it. I actually look forward to Sundays!

The last few weeks the message has been part of a series entitled “To Love Life and See Good Days.” It’s been powerful and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. So much that I wanted to share the series, as well as past series, with everyone! You can go here to access videos or mp3s of past sermons. This is yet another reason I love Manna. I can share the exact message with those I care about! (Yes, that’s you!)

Let me know what you think about the messages by commenting below, sending me a tweet, or posting on my FB page! 

Patience and Parenting

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I chose this picture for today’s post because it was an extremely trying day and I failed miserably. It was hot, and my daughter wanted nothing to do with taking pictures with her brother. She made every attempt to drive me out of my mind. I’m very glad that day is over!

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a temper. I also have the tendency to lash out at my daughter when I’m frazzled or she has been trying my nerves all day. Afterwards, I feel horrible and hug her and ask her to forgive me, only to repeat the cycle the next day. Things get worse while JR is on a hitch and everything (kids, dogs, homework, housework, bills, etc.) falls on me. I don’t harbor any resentment toward JR for being able to get away from all of it because he is working very hard and is making it possible for me to stay at home with our kids.

I keep telling myself that I’ll try harder and will do better next time I feel my temper rising. And I do try, it just doesn’t work. So, I’ve decided to see what the Bible says about patience and parenting.

One of the first things I did was to buy Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman. If you are a control freak momma/wife (I’ve got my hand raised on this one), this is the book for you. I’m a little more than halfway through it and I have learned so much. We can’t control everything and Karen Ehman gives biblical examples of why *gasp*  we aren’t supposed to. Trust me. You’ll be amazed.

I also completed the five-day Unglued challenge by Lysa Terkeurst on the Bible App. (If you don’t have this app already, I strongly recommend it. You can download it to your iPhone, Kindle, or android phone.) It’s a short challenge, but it will really get you in the right mind frame.

Of course, I turned to the Bible to find verses that mention patience and parenting. Here is what I’ve found:

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16:32

Slow to anger, huh? That is a big one for me. 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

When my patience is being tested, I need to pray for the strength to handle the situation with God’s patience. Let’s face it, it’s not our patience that gets us through. It’s leaning on His.

A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. Proverbs 15:18

The more upset and hot-headed I become when dealing with my children, the worse the situation is going to get. I don’t want my children to mimic that type of behavior. I want my children to calm their quarrels, not stir them up.

There are many more verses that speak on patience, but these are the ones that spoke to me on a parenting level. What verses do you lean on in instances that need patience in parenting? Leave your comment below, send me a tweet, or comment on my Facebook page!

This is my personal struggle that I know many others are facing. Things aren’t going to change overnight, but I am committed to seeing change happen.