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New Resource: The Lion and His Men

I was excited to come across this new You-Tube channel.  I think you will be, as well!

The Lion and His Men is a new ministry by Sean Nebblett that is beginning this year. I am excited because it is for men.  I, also, believe this would be equally beneficial for older male teens, possibly 14-15yo and older, that are trying to figure out who they want to be.  (Parents, please review to see if it will be a good fit for your child at his age/maturity.)  They will get some awesome guidance in some very specific character traits that can “shine” in men.

So, please check it out.  You can click the logo image above to find the channel, and check out the embedded video below.

Thanks, Sean!  We want to encourage you with this new ministry!  May God guide and direct you with each new episode you produce!

 

character, Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

This past week was a busy one for me. I got a call, early morning on the first, that my oldest daughter was in labor and I needed to head up quickly to watch my grandkids. They took the kids to friends of theirs a couple blocks away as I made my way up. I got a text just before getting to my grandsons that she had already delivered the baby, just minutes after arriving at the hospital.

I picked up the boys and headed to their house. We made breakfast, washed dishes together, got dressed, played and read books until Mom and Dad returned home later in the afternoon. I really enjoyed my time with my grandsons. Their smiles. Them taking my hand and showing me new things that I hadn’t seen before. Them snuggling close as we read stories together. Their squeals of laughter as we made silly movements to a silly song. My heart was softened and refreshed by spending time with them.

As a new parent, I remember thinking that I now had little ones that I needed to mold and nurture. While this is true, part of parenting the child molds and grows us as adults. As I recalled my own children being born, I can look back and see how each child challenged my own character. Each one taught me something new about myself. Each one created an awareness that I still had work to do in my own character.

Moms and Dads, we live in a very busy world today. I want to challenge you to take time to be with your children, not on your phones, not on the computers, but really invest one on one time with your children. It will not only draw them close to their Lord Jesus as you train them up, but it will soften and strengthen your own character. May this quote encourage you today.

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Noble Traits are Developed in Caring for Children. – I have a very tender interest in all children, for I became a sufferer at a very early age. I have taken many children to care for, and I have always felt that association with the simplicity of childhood was a great blessing to me….

The sympathy, forbearance, and love required in dealing with children would be a blessing in any household. They would soften and subdue set traits of character in those who need to be more cheerful and restful. The presence of a child in a home sweetens and refines. A child brought up in the fear of the Lord is a blessing.

Care and affection for dependent children removes the roughness from our natures, makes us tender and sympathetic, and has an influence to develop the nobler elements of our character.
The Adventist Home, p. 160b

Sharing My Heart

Sharing My ❤: New Starts…

It’s January; the beginning of the new year. A time many think about making a new start. A time of year that tends to draw us to look at new goals. A time of the year that slows down for reflection. A new year for new goals and a chance to do better than last year.

I am not one to normally use January 1st as a time for restarting things in my life. However, having just served on the Nominating Committee, I have had time to look forward and to also review the past year. Not only at church, but with myself as well. Where am I headed; where does God want me to put my focus?

I have felt that I perhaps have failed in many parts of my life. It causes me much grief to look back to see how I may have hurt others, to see how I may have moved forward before God was calling me, to see how I made so many selfish choices. I have let those things stall me. I have let Satan throw them into my thoughts time and time again, only to shrink back from moving where I feel God is calling me to go. I have let Satan distract me with things that wasted my time. I have let others steer me into much busywork (I hate to say no) instead of following the things that I feel God has placed on my heart to do or to share.

I know that I cannot let Satan win at this battle. I need to trust that God is leading and step forward. I need to shout at Satan, “Get back! Jesus died for me. He died to save me from my sins. He died that I might be forgiven… and given a new start.” Maybe you, too, feel that calling, yet are unsure about stepping forward. Maybe it’s time?

You will see some changes around The Adventist Home Educator. They may come on slowly, as I learn how to incorporate these new ideas within our home schedule and gain the skills to make some of the ideas become realities. I pray that you are patient with the upcoming changes, with the challenges I will face and with the mistakes I am sure to make. However, I pray that you will be blessed by the sharing to come.

So, I guess for me, this is a new start. A new start to put on my Christian Armor (Ephesians 6) and humbly, yet boldly step forward. I would love your encouragement and your prayers for me personally and for the ministry of The Adventist Home Educator.

Be sure to check out our Instagram account, our Pinterest account, sign up to follow our blog and our newsletter so you can be sure to see the new things coming your way. Feel free to share this with your homeschooling friends and family. Also young families may be encouraged with thoughts shared here. We are thankful for those that help us share and encourage Adventist families.

Warmly, ~Melissa, The Adventist Home Educator

Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

If you are one that is taking time to reflect on this past year and move in new ways this coming year, we share these verses and pray that it will guide you as you make plans for change or refinement in your path forward with the Lord.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.* Then will I teach transgressors they ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”

Psalms 51:10-13 KJV

*The SDA Bible Commentary says that “uphold me with thy free spirit” means: with a willing mind, ready to obey God and to serve Him.

Praying for you all this week!

Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

“Thy gentleness hath made me great.” [Psalm 18:35.] The gentleness, forebearance, longsuffering, mercy, and patience have greater power than you imagine. God wants us to cultivate that side of the question. If justice and its twin sister mercy do not stand together, it is a terrible thing. You want the world and whatever you are connected with. …

You need not be afraid of manifesting weakness of character in being too merciful. I will risk everyone of you, that you will not be too merciful, too compassionate, or too sympathetic for the erring. What we want is the Spirit of Christ interwoven into our everyday experience. You want it when you rise in the morning, you want it at noon, and you want it at night. You want it continually, so that it shall be an abiding principle as with Daniel—the abiding principle of fearing God let the consequence be what it may.

MR Vol. 9, pg 55