Beautiful weather means it's time to hit the beach!
8"Or who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb,
9when I made clouds its garment
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10and prescribed limits for it
and set bars and doors,
11and said, 'Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stayed'? (Job 38:8-11. ESV.)
In observance of the Sabbath.
1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:1-3. ESV.)
The Best Way to Punish Your Kids
By: Desiring God Ministries: Tyler Kenney
In his autobiography, John Paton, Scottish missionary to the New Hebrides, reflects on how his father so effectively responded his children's disobedience:
If anything really serious required to be punished, he retired first to his "closet" for prayer, and we boys got to understand that he was laying the whole matter before God; and that was the severest part of the punishment for me to bear! I could have defied any amount of mere penalty, but this spoke to my conscience as a message from God.
We loved him all the more, when we saw how much it cost him to punish us; and, in truth, he had never very much of that kind of work to do upon any one of all the eleven—we were ruled by love far more than by fear. (John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides, p.17, paragraphing added)
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Ginger Plowman has some fantastic books (and resourses) for moms! These are a few of my absolute favorites!!!
Wise Words for Moms - Not quite sure what to say when children are misbehaving? Want a quick reference guide to God's word and what it says about various topics that arise during the day to day teaching and disciplining? Want to be more consistent with addressing the heart of a child and behavior? I HIGHLY recommend "Wise Words for Moms"!!!
DON'T MAKE ME COUNT TO THREE - A wonderful book on how to address a child's heart to get to the root of his/her behavior. "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." (Matthew 12:34. NKJV.)
Both of these can be found (and ordered) at Ginger Plowman's website.
Once You Were Not a People, But Now You Are God’s People
"Those who were not my people I will call 'my people,' and her who was not beloved I will call 'beloved.'" (Romans 9:25. ESV.)
Hosea sprung to my mind one morning. Here was a man who was #1 obedient to God (even though what God asked of him is (to me) a bit confusing) and #2 loving and faithful to his wife who was not faithful to him.
When the LORD began to speak by Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea:
“Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry
And children of harlotry,
For the land has committed great harlotry
By departing from the LORD.”
3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. (Hosea 1:2-3. NKJV.)
Hosea and Gomer's marriage are like Israel and God's relationship. (I guess kind of like our marriages are worldly representations of Christ and the church.) John Piper puts it like this,
"There are no religious singles in God's eyes. Everyone is either faithfully married to God or is a prostitute. God made you (not just Israel) for himself. If you get your kicks from somewhere else, you commit great harlotry against God. That was Israel's condition. And so God took Hosea and said, as it were, 'Before I give you a word of judgment and grace, I am going to make you know what it's like to be married to an unfaithful wife. Go, marry a harlot!' Hosea obeys and has a son. His marriage is an acted-out parable of God's relation to Israel."(By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org.)
God's word says,
7 “ The more they increased,
The more they sinned against Me;
I will change their glory into shame.
8 They eat up the sin of My people;
They set their heart on their iniquity….
They shall commit harlotry, but not increase;
Because they have ceased obeying the LORD. (Hosea 4:7-8, 10. NKJV.)
18 Their drink is rebellion,
They commit harlotry continually.
Her rulers dearly love dishonor.
19 The wind has wrapped her up in its wings,
And they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices. (Hosea 4:18-19. NKJV.)
15 I will return again to My place
Till they acknowledge their offense.
Then they will seek My face;
In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.” (Hosea 5:15. NKJV.)
In Hosea 3 the Lord says to Hosea,
“Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the LORD for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans.” (Hosea 3:1. NKJV.)
John Piper explains this saying,
"She had been faithless all along, and finally she had gone off with another man. Hosea could have had her stoned by law, just like we stand condemned by law. But God commands him to love her. "Go again, love her." And not just to go and get her and love her, but to even be willing to pay this "significant other" for her. If that was not almost an emotional impossibility, Hosea could not afford it. If he could have, he probably would have paid cash. But he couldn't. So he paid half in cash and half in barley. And the total amounted to what Exodus 21:32 says a female slave costs. Gomer had evidently sunk to the lowest possible level. And God says to Hosea, "Get her back, whatever it costs, get her back." (By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org.)
Do you know anyone who is like Hosea's wife and Israel? Someone who has "been faithless" and breaks your heart and the heart of God? Hosea 3:4-5 offers this beautiful reminder,
"4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim. 5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days."