Apr三十

What's Next??

2009年下午6:21由Carolyn Mahaney拍摄

That's the question my friend Janis Shank began asking herself a few years ago,当她的大孩子毕业时,结婚了,然后离开了家。For the answer,贾尼斯转向圣经,在那里她找到了上帝的智慧和方向,为她生命的新季节。

最近,at the women's session at the Sovereign Grace Pastors Conference,我请詹妮斯分享她如何在生活中充分利用这段时间。下载兴发pt首页登录许多女人告诉我,珍妮丝分享的东西让她们多么兴奋和鼓舞。我希望你也会。

Listen to Janis' testimony在这里

Apr29

Join the WOTT

2009年下午5:55卡罗琳·玛哈尼 Filed under圣经中的女性身份γMentoring

除了为家人服务外,there are many other ways in which God wants us to use our gifts and talents in our middle and later years.但是,再一次,we must be careful to look to Scripture,and not the worldly culture,as our guide.我们必须提出以下问题:

  • In what ways is God calling me to serve in this season??
  • How can I use my skills and talents to strengthen the church??
  • Who is God calling me to befriend,mentor,还是传福音??

当我们从圣经的目标和价值观开始,our role and purpose for this some下载兴发pt首页登录times-confusing season become clear—and exciting!There's one opportunity I want to encourage all of us to seize,and that is the Titus 2 mandate to train the younger women in the virtues of biblical womanhood.在提多2 3-5,Paul gives us"older women"a job description: we are to display godly character"and so teach the younger women"to love their families,照顾他们的家,纯洁,自我控制,顺从自己的丈夫。We've got a job to do ladies!这不仅仅是少数人的一项任务。提图斯2很清楚,如果你是一个有着虔诚品格的老女人,this assignment is for you!The younger women need our help.他们中的很多人都很想得到这个建议,忠告,鼓励和照顾一个敬虔的年长妇女。We must fulfill this vital task of passing on the qualities of biblical womanhood to the next generation.Thirty years ago,伊丽莎白·艾略特 发出呼叫对于年长的女性,或者,当她叫他们的时候,“WOTT: Women of Titus Two":

I think of the vast number of older women today….what a pool of energy and power for God they might be.我们现在比四十年前活得更长了。流动性更强,more money around,更多的休闲,更健康更强壮。Resources,which if put at God's disposal,可能会祝福年轻的女人。但是还有很多方法花费这些资源,所以我们发现很容易自私自利。女人们在哪里?单身或已婚,愿意聆听上帝对灵性母性的召唤,taking spiritual daughters under their wings to school them??

你愿意听到上帝召唤你做精神上的母亲吗?今天问主:谁是一个年轻的女人,你可以在你的翅膀下,教导圣经女性的美丽。

Apr二十八

自我服务

2009 at 4:48 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney

大众智慧会说,一旦你到了中年,是时候考虑一下自下载兴发pt首页登录己了。你付出了这么久,they say,,该好好照顾下载兴发pt首页登录了!!But this flies in the face of God's plan.我们生活的中后期不是为了自我,而是为了服务。所以,让我们做一些真正激进和令人震惊的事情,女士们,不要把注意力集中在自己身上,我们再来点!!

让我们从我们的家庭开始。尽管他们的需求可能不同,我们的家庭仍然应该得到我们的第一和最好的服务。

你结婚了吗??The demands of children can some下载兴发pt首页登录times sap life from a marriage.We can be tempted to settle in and become comfortable in our routines,与其追求浪漫,友谊,and growth in godliness together.But we should奖励我们的丈夫在这个变化的季节里,这是前所未有的。

你是母亲吗??Our children still need us,即使它们长大了。虽然我们的角色肯定会有所不同,we can still serve them in many ways—not the least of which is to pray for them.Lets consider how we can encourage,serve and be available for our kids.

Are you a grandmother??我可能不需要说服你参与你孙子的生活。但我能鼓励你有战略眼光吗?Set a godly example they can follow.为他们祈祷。Encourage them to obey their parents.Babysit。Ask their your kids how you can best come alongside and support their parenting efforts.

上帝的恩典,让我们利用这个季节为我们的家庭服务,并以我们的救世主为例不是为了服务而是为了服务,and to give his life as a ransom for many"(Mark 10:45)

Apr二十七

空闲时间?下载兴发pt首页登录?

2009年下午1:55卡罗琳·玛哈尼

如果你像我一样中年或老年人这个女孩说话week is for you.We're going to suggest some great deals for"older"women (Titus 2:3-5).

I have two dear,long-下载兴发pt首页登录time friends—Betsy and Nancy—who are fellow"older"women;我们每个人都是祖母,家里只有一两个孩子。我们每个月都会聚一次以获得奖学金,and I treasure these 下载兴发pt首页登录times.

我们经常谈论我们现在的生活与兴发xf881手机版我们孩子小的时候有多不同。We aren't interrupted all day with needs,请求,要求。我们可以开始并完成一项任务。我们可以用完整的句子交谈。我们可以一次想到一个想法。下载兴发pt首页登录We can expect our day to go pretty much as we planned.

stockxpertcom_id5681101_jpg_cd9f5ee8f0d570ca13e197c24e32297e我们可能有更多的空闲时间。下载兴发pt首页登录But it's not free.这是上帝的礼物,是我们的救主买来的,我们必须用我们的时间来荣耀他。下载兴发pt首页登录

So we try to use this season to pray more.

We each feel a responsibility to pray more,尤其是对于我们的家庭。我父亲的母亲有五十个孙子,她为他们每个人祈祷,按名称,每一天。我想效仿她的例子。所以,每一天,我代表我丈夫寻求上帝,女儿和儿子,我的女婿们,my grandsons and my granddaughters.

我们还想更多地学习圣经。

A few weeks ago we covered this in detail.我想鼓励大家:

成为一个神学家
利用这个时间下载兴发pt首页登录有利可图地和
School of the Word

我和我的朋友们喜欢谈论上帝是如何回应我们的祈祷,并通过他的话兴发xf881手机版教导我们。We are so grateful for this season,and these best of deals!!

Apr24

Friday Funnies

2009年11:40下午珍妮尔·布拉德肖 Filed under乐趣与鼓励γFriday Funnies

多亏了达娜的这个小故事!吉尔塔尔克一家星期一回来。

Janelle

“OneSunday morning,,
牧师注意到小亚历克斯站在教堂的门厅里。
盯着一个大斑块。It was covered with names and small美国国旗
安装在它的两侧。六岁的孩子一直盯着
plaque for some 下载兴发pt首页登录time,so the pastor walked up,站在旁边的小
男孩,安静地说,’早上好,亚历克斯.'


早上好,牧师,他回答说:仍然专注于斑块。牧师what is this?The pastor said,“好吧,儿子,这是一个纪念所有青年男女
他在服役中牺牲了。they just stood together,staring at
大斑块。Finally,小亚历克斯的声音,几乎听不见
害怕得发抖,兴发xf881手机版'哪个服务,the 8:30 or the 10:45?'"“


Apr24

母亲的恩典

2009年下午5:30,卡罗琳·玛哈尼 Filed under母性γ育儿青少年

布洛花We thought we'd close out this week with encouragement from God's Word for all moms to meditate on:

你仆人的子孙必安然居住。他们的子孙必在你面前坚立
.诗篇10:28

敬畏耶和华的人有福了。兴发xf881手机版他以自己的诫命为大乐。他的后裔必在地上大有能力。the generation of the upright will be blessed.Psalm 112:1-2

敬畏耶和华的人有福了。兴发xf881手机版谁挡了他的路!You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;你将得到祝福,and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house;你的孩子会像橄榄枝围绕着你的桌子。
诗篇128:1-3??

因为我要把水倒在乾旱之地,干涸土地上的溪流;我要把我的灵浇灌你的子孙,我也祝福你的子孙。
?以赛亚书44章3节??

““因为山要退去,山要除掉,但我的慈爱必不离开你,and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,“耶和华说,对你有同情心的人。“啊,受苦的人,暴风雨翻腾而不安慰,behold… All your children shall be taught by the Lord,你们孩子的平安也必大。你必因公义坚立。you shall be far from oppression,for you shall not 兴发xf881手机版fear;and from terror,for it shall not come near you….This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me,declares the Lord."“Isaiah 54:10-14;17??

“这是我与他们所立的约,“耶和华说:My Spirit that is upon you,and my words that I have put in your mouth,不可离开你的口,或者从你后代的口中,或者从你孩子的口中,“耶和华说,“从这一刻开始,直到永下载兴发pt首页登录远。”“Isaiah 59:21??

“Believer,这是鼓励。你在为心爱的人祈祷吗?哦,不要放弃祈祷,基督是“拯救的力量。”你无力收复叛军,但你的主是全能的….最好的证据就是他救了你。”Charles Spurgeon(1月14日Morning and Evening

Apr23

Grace Abounding to a Teenager

2009年下午1:46 Kristin Chesemore Filed under母性γ育儿青少年

At the主权恩典牧师会议上周我们从上帝的话语中得到了特殊的教导。As a mom,我特别受鼓舞贾里德·梅林格的布道on Psalm 78.In 2008,贾里德接替戴夫哈维担任圣约联谊会,but as a teenager he slept through his father's sermons and openly rebelled against his parents.上帝的恩典追求这个叛逆的年轻人,他在会议信息中讲述了他的一些故事。

根据本周的主题,我们以为所有的母亲都会被鼓励去听贾里德证词的长版,去年他和他的教会分享了这些。这是贾里德的希望,and it's ours as well,他的故事会激发,“increased confidence in the unstoppable power of the grace of God."“

我们还想推荐一些其他资源,这些资源可能为那些有困难的青少年提供服务:

4146DH929fL._SL500_AA240_1。Get Outta My Face!! by Rick Horne.Paul Tripp writes of this book:"Here is the wisdom of a man who has experienced the courage and hope that transforming grace can give to you and that hard teenager God has placed in your life."“

2。《圣经辅导articles from Summer 2005 and Winter 2007 are full of insightful wisdom from God's Word for leading teenagers.

三。A recent interview w/ Bob Kauflin and his son,德文郡,尼科尔的丈夫,Steve Whitacre will provide hope and help for parents and is great to listen to along with your teen.

Apr二十二

A Mother's Conversation

2009年下午4:42,卡罗琳·玛哈尼 Filed under母性γ育儿青少年

我做过四个孩子的母亲,现在三个是成年人,一个还是青少年。我和我的孩子们进行了成百上千次的交谈。Most of these have been meaningful and memorable talks.But,像所有有罪的父母和青少年一样,我们的谈话也很困难;多年来(我希望!)我从错误中吸取了很多教训。

以下是7“的列表提醒that have served me in those challenging conversations.这些不是规则,but guidelines drawn from Scripture that have helped me as I seek to navigate these talks in a God-glorifying way.我已经包括了激发这些想法的关键引言和诗句。

In prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit,may I encourage you to…

1)谦逊地与青少年沟通。

“青少年会很快发现妈妈的,Dad's genuineness by their humility.Let us recall that we are weak people speaking to other weak people,他正好比我们年轻。”Rick Horne

“最有帮助的是,你的青少年更像你,而不是不像你……在我十几岁的时候,我的生活中几乎没有什么斗争,我自己也不知道。Come [to the conversation] as a fellow sinner."特里普

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.罗马书3:23

2)如果你生气,就推迟谈话。

你口中不可出恶言,but only such as is good for building up,适合的场合,好叫这恩典赐给听见的人。以弗所书4:29

主的仆人不可争吵,要善待众人,能教,耐心忍受邪恶,correcting his opponents with gentleness.上帝也许会允许他们悔改,从而了解真理,and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil,after being captured by him to do his will.2 Timothy 2:24-26

Know this,my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear,说话慢,slow to anger;因为人的怒火不能产生神的公义。
杰姆斯1:19-20

3)如果你的孩子生气,推迟谈话。

“有时,通过鼓吹宗教的下载兴发pt首页登录主张来造成严重伤害。Your child is angry.他满脸通红的脸颊和激烈的动作显示出他内心的罪恶刺激。Shall the mother now converse with him upon the wickedness of these feelings and God's displeasure?不!It is unseasonable."John S.C.Abbott

The beginning of strife is like letting out water,so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
箴言17:14

4) Don't talk too long.

“Guard against long and tedious conversations on religious subjects.一个孩子的思想在很大一段时间内不能毫无疲惫地固定在一个主题上。下载兴发pt首页登录所说的每一个字,after there are manifestations of weariness,弊大于利。”John S.C.Abbott

“Listen,不要讲课。在你开始重复之前,你通常可以在2分30秒内说出你需要说的所有话。”兴发xf881手机版肯尼思马雷斯科

When words are many,犯罪并不缺乏,但那拦阻自己嘴唇的,是谨慎的。箴言10:19

5)只改正你必须改正的;overlook what you can.

我还有很多话要对你说,但你现在不能忍受。约翰16:12

Good sense makes one slow to anger,而忽视冒犯是他的荣耀。Proverbs 19:11

6)承认自己的罪行。

“Even if you are only 10 percent to blame for a given conflict,Jesus' words from Matthew 7 apply to you as much as if you had been 90 percent to blame.你需要100%地承认你的10%。耶稣教诲的要点是,在任何冲突中,首先也是最重要的一点是,你自己的盲目和罪恶是如何导致这一问题的。”Rick Horne

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye,but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?Or how can you say to your brother,“让我把你眼睛里的斑点去掉,“when there is the log in your own eye?你这个伪君子,first take the log out of your own eye,然后你就可以清楚地看到,把你哥哥眼中的斑点去掉。
马修7:3-5

7)在鼓励孩子之前,不要让谈话结束。

每天互相劝勉,只要它被称为today,“使你们中间没有人能因罪的诡诈而刚硬。希伯来书3:13

恩言如蜂巢,心灵的甜蜜。箴言16:24

一句好话使他高兴。箴言12:25

Apr二十一

母亲的祈祷

2009年下午4:05,Nicole Whitacre Filed under母性γ育儿青少年

如果你是一个叛逆的孩子的母亲,the great pastor Charles Spurgeon has some encouraging counsel for you:

“Children are a precious gift from God,但他们也有很多焦虑。在所有情况下,上帝的话给了我们一张治疗他们所有疾病的收据,“把他带到我这里来……我们绝不能停止祈祷,直到他们停止呼吸。No case is hopeless while Jesus lives.上帝有时会让他的子民陷入一下载兴发pt首页登录个角落,让他们从实验上知道他对他们来说是多么必要。不虔诚的孩子,当他们向我们展示我们自己的无能为力来对抗他们内心的堕落时,drive us to flee to the strong for strength,这对我们来说是一个巨大的祝福。不管我们早上需要什么,让它像一股强大的水流把我们带到神圣的爱的海洋。Jesus can soon remove our sorrow,他乐于安慰我们。Let us hasten to Him while He waits to meet us."( Morning and Evening,September 17)


是你吗?driven in a corner"today by an ungodly child?Then may I encourage you to"向强者寻求力量”?耶稣乐意安慰你,给你希望,听你的祈祷。

去年我们开始The FAM Club鼓励家人禁食和祈祷,and we wrote several posts that I hope will remind you of the fruitfulness of persevering prayer:

stockxpertcom_id66407_尺寸1A mother who prayed faithfully for the salvation her six daughters.
stockxpertcom_id66407_尺寸1查尔斯·布里奇斯坚持祈祷的劝告。
stockxpertcom_id66407_尺寸1奥古斯丁母亲的著名故事。

记住:耶稣在世的时候,没有一件事是无望的。”“

Apr20

母亲的骄傲

2009 at 6:01 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under母性γ育儿青少年

“愚蠢的儿子是他母亲的悲哀。”它用谚语说。你们中有些人对这些话的真实性太了解了。如果你有一个任性的儿子或女儿,你的悲伤可能有许多阴影和侧面:

You may feel grief—grief over the foolish choices that bring consequences to your child,pain to others,并且辱骂上帝的名。

你可能知道对未来的恐惧,以兴发xf881手机版及你的孩子和你的家庭会发生什么。他们会从罪恶中解脱吗?他们会相信上帝吗?我们的关系会恢复吗??

你可能会后悔没有遵守纪律,罪孽深重,and regret over angry words spoken and unloving actions taken.

在其他父母面前你可能会感到羞愧(What do they think of me now??) and even shame before God (他对我失望吗??

当然,这里有一个悲伤和自省的地方。但我们不能困在那里。我们决不能沉溺于自己的缺陷之中。我们不能认为成功或失败完全取决于我们的养育,because it doesn't.我们必须抵制诱惑,让我们的孩子的行为全围绕着我们。兴发xf881手机版We must turn our gaze to God.

你看,过度的自我关注揭示了我们的信仰。它显示了骄傲。作为母亲,当我们的孩子做得好时,我们会感到骄傲,by taking credit for their good behavior and receiving the praise of others as if it was due to us.但你知道吗,当我们的孩子表现不佳时,我们也会感到骄傲?如果我们相信他们愚蠢的选择完全是我们失败的结果,or if we are consumed by 兴发xf881手机版fear of what others think 兴发xf881手机版about us,或者如果我们依靠我们的语言和方法来改变他们的心,we prove we are leaning on ourselves,希望自己,wanting glory for ourselves,instead of trusting in God.

所以如果你知道一个任性的孩子的悲伤,我可以鼓励你不要再盯着你的失败看。Lift up your eyes and look to God.在你的悲伤中接受他的安慰,His joy for your 兴发xf881手机版fear,他对你的罪的宽恕,他的公义是为了你的羞耻,His hope for your future.