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Encouraging Links 05-15-14

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May 15, 2014 by Jen Cudmore

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Good morning! Here are some inspiring posts I found over the past couple weeks.

A Love Question: What do you really want?: “The question shows up again and again. Each time I see it, I scratch my head a bit. Did Jesus really ask that so often? It doesn’t seem very spiritual. And yet throughout the gospels Jesus lovingly poses this question: What do you want?”

Remembering my way out of the flood: “I sat down in the midst of the flood and cried…and cried…and cried. I could only think of me, my problems, my pain. Poor me. And in the midst of the flood, I did what I almost never do, I reached out for encouragement and prayer.”

Standing up for what is right in your family: “So to the wives who have felt bullied: Stand your ground.  Make decisions based on your family and your faith alone.  The opinions of others (or their interpretation of fact) are just that.  They may be valuable, but only inasmuch as they line up with your own values.”

Cleaning up a mess I didn’t make: “I’m a mom. That’s what moms do. We clean up after our children when necessary, because that’s what love does. There is a lesson to be learned from the middle of this messy situation …”

The most important question to ask you kids: “How was your day? and Did you pass your math test? are questions with good/bad and yes/no answers. They don’t take much thought in the asking or the responding. Such questions will only take our relationship with our children to a certain level. If we want to go deeper with our kids, we need to be willing to ask hard questions and receive answers that just might rock our world.”

5 Discoveries that made my marriage stronger: “I was reminded of a quote I heard in church. “You will never drift together, you will only drift apart.”

Children are Affected: Why Mom’s Mood Matters: “Do you want to have pleasant interactions with your children and family? That first encounter is important. While we can’t choose our child’s mood, we can influence them. They feed off our positive, affectionate manner just as much as our negative, busy, and frazzled manner.”

I’m a mom. That’s what moms do. We clean up after our children when necessary, because that’s what love does.

There is a lesson to be learned from the middle of this messy situation …

– See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/cleaning-up-a-mess-i-didnt-make/#sthash.YLtFa0vE.dpuf

I’m a mom. That’s what moms do. We clean up after our children when necessary, because that’s what love does.

There is a lesson to be learned from the middle of this messy situation …

– See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/cleaning-up-a-mess-i-didnt-make/#sthash.YLtFa0vE.dpuf

I’m a mom. That’s what moms do. We clean up after our children when necessary, because that’s what love does.

There is a lesson to be learned from the middle of this messy situation …

– See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/cleaning-up-a-mess-i-didnt-make/#sthash.YLtFa0vE.dpuf

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