Legacy when done with love I believe is not just temporal but eternal. When intention is passed down in the way they should go, a chord is struck and heard across the heavens. It not only catches God’s ear but it composes a new melody in His heart. As parents or grandparents we are called to live out and call forth family giftings that speak the Hands of God’s Glory. It’s not about the “gift” it’s the intention of calling forth through the generations. His “craft” of Hand: cooking, academia, sports, etc. Speak it through the legacy of your children. Watch relationship carry “strings” of Glory into eternal script that lights up the heavens and reflects into our relational lives. Pass it on. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Dedicated to Mother to Mother and it’s leader’s: Adria, Leigh and Courtney
and the initial moms.com and their leader, Beverly
This just about melted me to the core. Thinking about my own four babies and how my love for them just about split my heart wide-open. Open to every good and evil that would brush past them or pierce their precious gifted beings!
I was anxious with my first baby to do everything right. Once I let that fierce fire of flame settle into my heart, its burned more brightly every day since their four births.
We have a great program at our church that ministers to young moms, gets them into The Word and in fellowship with each other during this needy phase of mothering. It blesses moms, children and families with maturity in faith that not only advances our Lord’s Kingdom but also grows women of insight and depth. I’ve had the privilege to know some of these young women. They are delightful!
So I encourage young moms: find a Bible study/start one. . .find a mentor or mentors program in your church!!! GROW. . .GROW. . .GROW!!! It will enrich your life and the strength of your marriage in ways you can’t begin to imagine.
1 Corinthians 13:13
I cannot put words to this Amarilys’ graced giftings. PLZ click that etsy link above to explore her talents. Those four girls up there are my amazing daughters. I have been pressing into that Truth with all the love I have for them. I just know God honors the unique passion of a mother’s heart in prayer that colors outside the lines of this life for her children. I love you Hope, Ashlyn, Megan and Kathleen. I’ve got my watercolors and His paintbrush spread out in prayer and we are playing colors onto the canvas of your lives!!!
Dear Readers: Open this Truth to apply to all that hinders us from experiencing more of “Kingdom now.” So where we read anger apply your learned flesh response: despair, resentment, denial, depression, addiction, fear, jealousy, overwhelmed, obsessed, indemnify (new word for me/look it up), vanity, pride, offended. . . “unlearn it.” Let’s unlearn together today. My pivot point in thinking would be despair to hope.
I’m listening to Laura Story: I Can Just Be Me, while I’m thinking of you. God, lift these words off the page to make life-giving changes to each of us. Amen
Saturday, February 22, 2014
A New Way of Thinking
by Rick Warren
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2 (NLT)
The way you express your anger is a learned response. You didn’t just automatically choose it; somebody modeled it for you. Anger response is a learned response.
The good news is you can unlearn it. You don’t have to stay that way. You can learn new patterns and habits. You don’t have to keep perpetuating what your parents and their parents and their parents did. Every time you get angry in an inappropriate way, you’re modeling it for your kids. You’re teaching them how to do it the wrong way, and they’re going to teach their kids how to do it the wrong way. Somebody has to stop the cycle!
The Bible says in Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think” (NLT). What’s the behavior of this world? Repress, express, and suppress.
Television and movies are filled with violent responses to people who are frustrated, hurt, or feel out of control. Kids learn from the models they observe. You don’t want to teach your kids wrong ways to be angry.
The key to learning a new way to handle anger is in Romans 12:2: “changing the way you think.”
If you want to change the way you act, you don’t focus on the behavior. You don’t even go back to the way you feel. You start by changing the way you think. When you change your mental process, it’s going to change the way you feel, and it’s going to change your behavior. You will be “transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
That’s what God does for you. He’s the one who can change the destructive thought patterns in your mind and transform you into a new person.
Talk It Over
What patterns do you see in your family that have affected the way you respond to difficult situations?
How can you better model for your kids or others how to respond to people in loving ways?
In what other ways do you want God to transform you into a “new person”?
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This is dedicated to my daughters. beautiful young ladies: Hope, Ashlyn, Megan and Kathleen
Some of their friend’s visit with us from time to time 🙂
I wish someone had talked to me like this:
Perhaps there is a daughter, grand daughter, mentoree, young friend you can share this with. . .
Believe you are worth the wait. . .
Your parents waited for your first smile
First steps waited for, with bated breath, by your parents
Your teachers waited for your “light bulb moment”
Your date waited for the honor to hold your hand
Your friend waited for you to call and ask
Your dog waited to wag his tail until you get home
Your Lord waited for the first time you laid your head on His lap in love
That book that will change your life forever waits for you to find it
The party waits for you to arrive to begin it’s fun times
That student next to you waits for the encouragement only you can give
The cupcake waits for you to finish it’s sweetness with butter icing and sprinkles
The stranger waits for you to let him in the long line of steamed engines
The star waited to catch your eye, to shoot across the sky in a spectacular show
Your co-worker waits for your intuitive helping hands
The musical score waits your release of “rest” for the next note to play it’s melody
The man that is God’s best waits for your introduction
Believe you are worth the wait. . .
You might be expecting “rest” and “relaxation”. . . Goodness knows those are important too. . .
We are reading the hands of God’s time clock to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven differently today. . .
R n’ R is
Reign and Release
We’ve all got something in us that pushes our time clock. I was talking to a precious young friend recently. Understandably so, her clock hand is pressing her to deal with some issues now.
Love presses the hands of my clock. Three primary markers influence that dynamic:
- The sudden loss of my dad at the age of seven. Just one of the impacts of this trauma was, I wanted people to know how I felt about them now! I did not know when they might suddenly drop off the face of the earth.
- The birth and growing up years with my four daughters exploded my heart with love capacity. This gave me a “drop in the love bucket” of how much my heavenly Father loves me. (tears)
- There was a season in my life, where God poured fullness of His love and goodness. (It was not all “feel good” time. I was desperately lonely and frustrated.)
Life Lesson: Reign/Rein (yes that is a play on words, by allowing God to rein me into His will, I allow Him to reign in my life) and Release
Strong’s Concordance Hebrew reference number from the Blue Letter Bible on “time:” (Try pressing the word links yourself for more insight into this verse :)) Time in this reference and the Strong H6256 references to “time” in the verses below refer in the English language (this concept is called transliteration) to mean event, experience or occurrence.
And the dove came in to him in the evening; H6256 and, lo, in her mouthwas an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
And I commanded you at that time H6256 all the things which ye should do.
That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, H6256 the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.
God’s time is about allowing Him to reign you in to wait for His will or release you into His will. God is always right on time, never late or early as we are :).
“When in doubt wait.”
In just one instance, out of many, I did not listen to my doubt, and delivered a letter, that even with a pure intent, caused much harm. (Broke my heart:()That painful lesson taught me to wait until God’s time to press in with my love. That life-seizing lesson taught me to allow God to reign my love with His time. That challenging lesson taught me to every love there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
I have since become more aware of commands to wait for His release on when, how, what, where and how to love. I still feel the press at times, especially with this illness. I still wish God would be early. I still make mistakes and my love hurts, is misunderstood or is not rich in harvest as it could have been if I allowed God to reign me in and release me at HIS TIME.
Your Reign/Rein Your Release
- What presses or drives your time clock? Money? Fear? Sex? (Yes, my children I said the word, you were conceived you know) Addictions? (We all have them. Mine used to be chocolate at about 3pm. Now it’s diet cherry coke any time of the day!)
- How do you respond to that drive/press? Prayer? Forge ahead? Cautious?
- What are the results/harvest of your response?
- Try awareness/prayer into God’s time and purpose to your press? (Honestly, I was shocked at the fruit of His harvest in season. It may just knock you off your feet. Then you can come and sit with me! (Since my feet gave out a year or so ago.)
Hopie, Ashie, Megums and KMay,
If I could open up your hearts, to pour, without loosing a drop, this would be my pitcher.
All of you know the piano connection to the music of the heart. Some of you better than others. 😉
From the deep longings of a woman’s heart, rain and water droplets wet the dry places of want. I remember, so often, watching rain droplets on glass, and everything in me, being at home in that moment. I wanted to soak up each and every one.
Let this speak to the Lord of your wants, Let it go in as deep as it will go now (Murphy Toener) and come back often. . .
- to hear your heart longings spoken
- to have your wants filled
- to have your fears healed
- to be delivered into more of yourself
- to have your precious wants washed on with His love and mine
When you watch/listen, look for the little girl playing the violin in the rain.
If I could, I’d write a Momma’s love song, to grow into, just for you.
If I could, I’d play it on my violin, flawlessly just for you.
If I could, I’d make the melody linger in your heart, for love’s sake, just for you.
If I could, I’d make the rain wash each note with God’s goodness just for you.
If I could, it would be a wet witness of His Love and mine just for you.
My little girl, never knew to expect you, but you are all she could ever have dreamed and then some. 🙂 (Pinterest Inspired)