4 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Eternal Life

4 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Eternal Life @ FruitfulFamilies.com

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4 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Eternal Life

One of the greatest joys of being a mom is to see your children walk with God.

My children are growing up so fast – my son is 23 and then I have 4 girls ages 19, 17, 13, and 11. I can hardly believe how quickly the years have gone by!

Over the years I have had many people tell me how lucky I am to have such good kids.

Here’s the thing though – it has nothing to do with luck! Raising kids take a lot of work. And even more prayer. Raising kids who love the Lord, are respectful, compassionate, merciful, and helpful takes even more work. And lots and lots of training… read more… 

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Music in the Air {Day 57}

Fill your home with music that inspires. @ AVirtuousWoman.org

From Chaos to Calm: Day 57

Scripture Memory: “My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.” Psalm 71:23

    Do you like to sing? Music adds so much to life. Well, I should say, good music adds much to life. What kind of music do you listen to? Are the words uplifting? Do the songs inspire you to serve God more – or less?

 Studies have shown that children who listen to classical music from an early age learn better. It has also been proven that people learn better if the information is set to music. Advertisers use music to entice you to buy their products and they come up with catchy “jingles” that you can’t forget because they know you are more likely to spend money on that which is familiar.

Music that Inspires

Yesterday we talked about the importance of “cleaning out the trash.” But it is just as important to fill your home with good music, music that is uplifting, {music that inspires} as it is to remove that music which is sensual and immoral.

 I have an under the counter radio/ CD player in my kitchen. I also love to plug in my Pandora radio station {Selah or David Carnes} and play beautiful music. I love to listen to it while I cook and clean. Playing gospel music or Christian praise music can have an impact on your entire day. It will lift your spirits and keep you in focus of what really matters.

    Play music quietly while the children play or do their schoolwork. Keep the music going all day and you will be surprised at how it changes the atmosphere in your home.

And finally, music is very important during family worship. If you have not already, purchase several copies of a good music book that has songs kids and adults will enjoy singing.

Our favorite songbook to use during family worship is actually a book that was printed in 1952 called Happy Songs for Boys and Girls. Don’t let the title fool you – there are classics like Lift Up the Trumpets and Dare to be a Daniel that both parents and children can enjoy. (My youngest child’s favorite is Lift Up the Trumpets.)

Let inspiring music become a part of your life and the lives of your family members and you will find that “making a joyful noise” is something you do all day long!

What music inspires you?

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Sweeping Out Sin

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 {From Chaos to Calm Series: Day 56} @ AVirtuousWoman.org

From Chaos to Calm: Day 56

Recently, I was cleaning out some old boxes of books from when I was a teenager. I had not gone through them in years. I had forgotten many of the titles. You see, when I was a teenager, I was fascinated with the occult and creepy, spine chilling stories.

In fact these were just the kind of books I refuse to let my own children read. Looking back on those years, I realize how easily I could have taken the path of witchcraft because of my fascination. I am thankful that I put those things aside in favor of a relationship with Jesus.

Recently, we were headed out of town on a short vacation. My husband, who always double checks and triple checks to be sure the house is secure before we go anywhere, had commented to me, “How can we ask God to protect our home and expect Him to do so, when we have things in our house which are not pleasing to the Lord?”

Sweeping Out Sin

I sat in the passenger seat stunned, as I had never thought about that before. So, the day I was cleaning out the box of books, I immediately grabbed a large trash bag, dumped the books inside and hauled it out to the trash bin.

How many movies, books, magazines, computer games, or video games do you have in your own home that you know would not glorify God? I made a commitment to sweep sin of every form out of my house. Whether it be that really “good” war film that has an inspiring story but a few too many bad words, or a novel that promotes promiscuous living, or your son’s video games where the “good guy” gets to shoot up the “bad guy,” it probably doesn’t have a place in a home where God is the center.

Get your home in order today… sweep sin out to stay!

An Alarming Trend

I’ve noticed an alarming trend among Christian women in recent years. With the popularity of books like Harry Potter, Twilight, and 50 Shades of Gray, it seems that more and more Christian women are reading the books and embracing the idea that this is okay.

It is NOT OKAY. These books and books like them are not only harmful to your spirit and relationship with Christ, they can be harmful to your marriage as well.

The Bible says,Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Ladies, guard your hearts!

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