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http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-mother-doughter-image14742062      Karen, I feel I was saved years ago, but I don’t think I really go it until about 2 months ago. I FINALLY understand how I can rest in Christ for everything I need – approval, acceptance, security, protection – and that I received all of that before I did ANYTHING to obey, but my obedience NOW is because I’ve been accepted, not to gain acceptance. 

I’m sure His allowing me to have a baby sped up this process!  The feelings of being out of control having a toddler who is almost 2, praise God, can be overwhelming… Well it used to be.  I use the term ‘used to’ for just about all other areas in my daughter’s life but one area I still holding on to and am asking for your help/verification based on my awakened and rebirthed understanding of the Gospel: my daughter is a picky eater.. for whatever reason…Her tastes change so it’s hard to figure out.  I’ve gotten so much advice, done so much research, and tried to evaluate everything, I’m getting confused. Here’s what bothers me:  I say I’m a Christ follower, but now that numerous people have labeled my daughter – even me (said guiltily)- I feel tied to the world and how to remedy the situation.  I can’t help but think I’m falling into the idol trap with her eating . . .

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dreamstime_xs_17216191 [Your Letters, Parenting]

“Hey Karen, I haven’t written you much in the way of God Empowered Parenting moments in a long time . . . so, Just wanted to share an experience I had with Sam recently with you.  Lately I have noticed that I’ve been using guilt tactics with both my kids for disobedience . . . some in very minor ways, others in major ways. Well, it finally came out when I came into the room while Sam and Claire were both watching a “Minecraft” video on youtube. (In case you aren’t familiar with Minecraft, it is a video game where they create houses and other structures out of blocks, sort of like a virtual lego experience.) Well, Sam has been getting ideas of how to build things from watching videos that people post.

Normally I am ok with this as we have discussed his parameters of content, i.e., no bad language or crude remarks, etc. He knows to turn the sound off too.  When I came into the room, they both jumped up, and nick quickly shut the computer. The looks on their faces said it all. Read More→

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1013016_10200856206161100_2065350714_nJuly 24, 2013 [Reprint from Lindsey Nicole Martinez’s Facebook post last month]  The doctors wanted me to abort my son and try again later. They said he had no reason for life. If he lived past birth it would only be for a few minutes, a few hrs at the most. The doctors said other parents who have a baby with this anencephaly health condition, just go ahead and terminate the baby to save themselves heartache and pain in the future. Even after I said no. They still tried to get me to abort my son, giving me up to 20 weeks to abort. They said there is no hope,I’m sorry. Read More→
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September 28, 2012 [My Life, My Family, Parenting]   My granddaughter, Aubry, who is one month old today, and I have spent several hours of time alone together each morning for the past four weeks.  Of course I talk to her and tell her how much I love her and sing to her. What has caught me by surprise is that whenever I mention the name of God this little wiggle worm gets perfectly still, listening. And whenever I mention the name of Jesus, a beautiful silent smile starts and  grows across her face. Read More→

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September 21, 2012
[Your Letters, Parenting]

Karen, From studying with you, I’ve learned that in the past I have been too distracted by simply correcting outward behaviors of my children, and these days I am focusing more and more on my kids heart; I don’t want to BE their Holy Spirit but help make them more aware of what the Spirit might be saying to them.  Read More→

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