Now, first of all, you have to understand that I grew up in the 1980’s.
Which means that we had to compensate for our complete boredom (caused by a deplorable lack of technology) with other forms of entertainment.
Like smelling things.
Everything was made to be smelly in the late 80’s –
Not to be outdone by Strawberry Shortcake dolls, My Little Pony came in fruit scents…
Every Mr. Sketch marker smelled like its color…
and Scratch and Sniff stickers were ALL THE RAGE.
Do you measure your worth by the amount of your success in life? Do you look at other people’s success and feel that you just don’t measure up?
This is such an easy trap to fall into, especially as parents.
Here’s a fascinating thought: God doesn’t measure our worth by our successes, but by our faithfulness!
In fact, many of the heroes of the Bible are people who didn’t have great success. Rather, they are people who stayed faithful to God.
Have you ever wondered if you are really going to end up in heaven after you die?
How can we know, I mean REALLY KNOW, that we are right with God and on our way to heaven?
The Bible tells us about a man named Nicodemus who had this same question.
If you are like me, you probably pray for your children frequently.
But, when was the last time that you prayed specifically and earnestly for the spiritual leaders in your children’s lives?
Pastors, missionaries, Sunday School teachers, Vacation Bible School leaders, Awana leaders, school teachers – These people are ready to come alongside us and speak truth into our children’s lives.
And, they definitely need our prayers!
Here’s a secret about prayer:
Sweeping the floor is easier than praying.
No, seriously! It really is.
And sweeping the floor is a really good thing to do. In fact, it is necessary.
The problem is that sweeping the floor doesn’t have eternal results. At least, not in my house.
Prayer, on the other hand? Prayer has ETERNAL results.
Are you struggling with unmet expectations?
You expected your spouse to notice your needs and meet them… but he didn’t, and you are filled with resentment.
You expected to have a successful career… but years of hard work have slipped away unnoticed and you feel like you are at a dead-end.
You expected to be able to lose some weight… but you still haven’t lost it and you feel like a failure.
You expected to have a happy family… but infertility, chronic illness, or divorce have sucked the life out of your dreams, and you wonder if your faith in God has been misplaced.
What can we do with the disappointment, frustration, anger, and resentment of unmet expectations?
Where can we go when life just isn’t going the way we thought it would?
Before I had kids, I knew exactly what kind of a mother I wanted to be.
You know, the kind of mother who kept a perfectly clean house, who served delicious and nutritous meals, who had fun with her kids and never raised her voice.
I wanted to be a super-mom. I wanted to be the best mom that the world has ever seen.
But nine years and three kids into this parenting journey, and I find myself hiding in the bathroom with the door locked, longing for just a couple of moments of peace. I feel overwhelmed, exhausted, depressed at my unmet expectations, and maybe even a little resentful of my circumstances.
I recently came across a fascinating and sobering question asked by Jesus Himself, a question that is of eternal importance.
This question has the power to change the way that we look at our lives. It has the power to search our souls. It offers both hope and conviction to Christians. Yet, I don’t ever hear people talking about it.