Parents

Parents

Big and Tiny

Y’all, Do you ever  think about the fact that we’re living on a SPINNING PLANET and no one is flying or falling off?   Come on now. All the things that have to be in order for this to be.  God spoke.  There was order – PERIOD. (brain exploding) AND THEN, I get to see Him up close and personal in my life…. Looking at my children, specifically my girl- born premature. A tiny, tiny, little thing. Every breath she took was a…

Study Habits

It’s Monday morning at 6:45. You’re calling out to the kids to hurry up so they can grab breakfast before the school bus comes. They come barrelling into the kitchen, backpacks are on their backs, but books, papers, and pencil pouch are in their hand. In your most calm voice you say “why are you carrying your things? Put them in your backpack, Sweetie. To which one or both of them respond, I forgot to Waaa, Waaa, Waah. In your…

Taking Inventory

We are all leaders in our home. We influence, instruct, empower and enable our kids everyday. The question we should ask ourselves is:                  Are we leading them well? Okay, you say, I’ll play along with this game. How do I know if I am leading well? To which I would respond with another question:                How well do you know yourself? Psychologist call this taking a personal inventory –…

Lay A Word On Them

There were times when my children came to me for support or (as my girl child would say) to lay a word on them, and I just didn’t have it.  I didn’t have anything in the tank to pull out for them, either because my mind was solving some other issue or I was simply tapped out mentally. Well of course being the “always prepared mom” that I am (Haha-nope, the idea came from my sister in law), I had…

Time To Think

Most of us are not intentionally mean spirited or hateful. We don’t look for opportunities to hurt others nor do we teach our children to do so. But I would have to argue that merely teaching them to NOT be hurtful IS NOT enough! We must show them what it looks like to BE loving, grace-filled and kind. My youngest revealed this truth to me when she decided not to share her toys with her cousin. When I spoke with…

Offended Christians

What’s the deal about Christians being offended? Let me start by saying we are all humans, which means we experience physical moments on our spiritual journey. So yes, we may be hurt by people. However, we should be distinguishable in how we deal with our “hurt” feelings.  Christians are some of the most easily offended people in the world, when in reality we should be the least.  If we are discerning, we ignore gossip, we address concerns directly with the…

A Good Listener

The art of being a good listener is becoming more and more of a lost art. Face to face and even phone conversations are no longer the primary way we communicate. Our interactions are primarily through the computer and cell phone where we email or text in terse, abbreviated, and frequently misunderstood modes. When we do have in-person conversations, these same devices turn us into one of Pavlov’s dogs, immediately turning our attention the minute we hear a ding. It’s nearly…

Planted or Buried

Have you noticed no one ever says they are burying seeds, but they say they are planting seeds in anticipation of harvesting later? We associate planting with life, newness and fruitfulness. But we bury to hide, leave, or end something. There is no expectation of future return. I have a question for you: Do you live like you’re Planted or Buried? God wants you to know that you’ve been planted, but satan wants you to think that you’ve been buried. So it’s…

One Thing

Sometimes you just need a laugh.  You know those days when you wake up with a to-do list a mile long and you’re already stressing. So let’s hit the rewind button and start over. State in your mind FIRST what is most important. God is your rock and your refuge. Seek Him first. Secondly, learn to recognize when you start to drift away from what is most important. Repeat out loud what is most important to you. Thirdly, Reclaim your…

Protecting Our Kids From Technology

May I talk candidly with you about kids and phones?  Giving a child a phone without proper “training and guidance” is the same as putting a teen behind the wheel of a car without training and telling her to go and have fun! The latter you would never do, but if we’re honest, most of us have handed our kids a smart phone and thought nothing about the magnitude of the device we placed in their hands. I’m not saying…

Just Perfect

Grocery shopping is always an adventure for me. Climbing into cold storage units or scaling up shelves along the isle are common. Usually I try to maneuver about discreetly, but sometimes I stalk tall people; following them down an aisle, asking them to grab an extra bottle or two as they reach for theirs. When you’re four feet nine inches tall, vertical storage = “opportunity for creative problem solving”.  There was a time when I didn’t see it this way.…

Family Values

Values: State it, Own it, Live it What do you want your family to be like? How do you wish people would describe you? Twenty or thirty years from now, what do you hope your children will say about how they grew up and what they learned from you? At RedlandHills, we know what we want our family to be like: Our mission is to help our families   Connect with God, live in Community and share Compassion with others.…