Teaching Children Values

A compilation

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When I think back on my own childhood, images of love, encouragement, and warm family memories flood my mind. I recall evenings on my dad’s lap listening to him read to me for hours. I have no doubt that those experiences instilled in me a lifelong love of books. Four decades later I can still hear my mom’s words, “Treat everyone with kindness, Michele,” in the same tone she used when I was young. The values that my parents modeled—perseverance, compassion, acceptance, . . .  read more

Accentuating the Positive

A compilation

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No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
—1 Thessalonians 5:18 TLB

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We often have a habit of saying, “This is a nice day” when it’s sunny, and “this is such a bad day” when it’s rainy. But rainy days can be beautiful too, especially when the Lord is bringing them for our good, to quench the heat or to make the plants grow. In some places, people would be extremely thankful for rainy days. When you’re . . .  read more

Simple Thoughts on Prayer

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Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:6–7 NLT

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To pray without ceasing is to do everything with prayer. This does not mean that every . . .  read more

Struggles that Strengthen

By Maria Fontaine

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The Lord knows that encouragement is very important to us, and He wants to give us a lot of it. Encouragement plays a key role in helping us to keep going, even when we feel like quitting. Encouragement is one of the greatest pick-me-ups—and when it comes from the Lord, I’d say it’s the greatest. God’s encouragement helps us to know that we’re not alone, that He understands what we’re facing‚ and that if we just hold on a little longer, we will make it.

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Developing Biblical Self-Control

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O blessed Jesus, give me stillness of soul in Thee.
Let Thy mighty calmness reign in me;
Rule me, O King of gentleness,
King of peace.
Give me control, great power of self-control,
Control over my words, thoughts and actions.
From all irritability, want of meekness, want of gentleness, dear Lord, deliver me.
By Thine own deep patience, give me patience.
Make me in this and all things more and more like Thee.
—St. John of the Cross (1542–1591)

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We are never going to enjoy stability, . . .  read more