After the Fire – 5 Ways We Were Changed

by Sue Detweiler

After the fire

The Morning After the Fire

Miraculously, my 5-week-old daughter and I were saved from the fire. (Read about the fire here). We spent a long, weary night in the hospital as the doctors examined and treated my baby and me for smoke inhalation. In the early hours of the morning we called my mom.

“Mom, we’re all right.” The long pause of silence was deafening.

Give Yourself a Break Today – Love Your Feelings

by Sue Detweiler
Do you love your feelings? If you are like most moms I know, we have a love-hate relationships with our feelings. Loving your feelings does not mean that you need to be controlled by your feelings. Not does it mean that you need to manipulate others with your feelings. Feelings are a gift from God.

Love your feelings

Come Join the Party

You don’t have to stay out in the cold looking in. You can come join the party. Your Father is watching and waiting ready to welcome you and those you love home. He has a gift for you this Christmas. You can unwrap your gift of Freedom.

Come Join the Party

The Power of CHOICE

God has given each one of us CHOICE. The problem is that often we are tempted to control others rather than allow them the freedom of choice that God Himself has given each one of us. Freedom is an essential element to our spiritual, emotional and physical health. God’s WORD assures us:

“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

So let’s be honest. Are you tempted to be a control freak? Are you tempted to get in the middle of situations and “play God?” Do you try to “fix” everyone. Or do you put your trust in God?

God has created each one of us with the Freedom of Choice. He could control every choice that we make, but He chose not to. Even when we are making poor choices, He doesn’t take over. He lets each of us as His dearly loved children suffer the consequences of our poor choices. He surrounds us with opportunities each day for a new start.

The next time you think about being a control freak, think about how Jesus paid the price for you to be free. He has chosen to love you enough to set you free. So it’s your turn. Love others enough to set them free of your expectation. Let them be free to be who God has uniquely made them to be!

Enjoy these quotes:

“People are born to be free; it’s a gift from God. We’re not to be free from responsibility, but free to be led by the Holy Spirit.” –Joyce Meyer

“In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we’re pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker’s praise without anxiety.” A.W. Tozer

 

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Strongholds of the Mind

“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT

Strongholds
Do you sometimes feel like there is a battle in your mind?  Is it a stronghold?

Pride keeps you and I from truly knowing God. Rebellious thoughts are like roadblocks to walking closely with God. These strongholds of the mind set up a prison of selfishness that prevent us from seeing clearly. The most direct route to freedom is to knock down these strongholds with the truth of God’s word. We combat pride with humility. We knock down selfishness with servanthood. We pull down greed with generosity. Actively choose to think the way that God thinks and you will be truly free.

 

Christian Moms Need More than Self-Help Books

Christian Moms Need More than Self-Help Books

by Sue Detweiler

If being a mom were as simple as doing the right task at the right time in the right way, you would have self-help books that would make you an expert. The hard thing about being a mom is that it is not so much about what you do, but it is more about who you are.

Maya Angelou’s famous quote applies to moms, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This is true of how our children will look back at how we raised them.  If you and I are to be moms that truly connect with the heart of our child, we need to look at those wounded places in our own hearts that imprison us.

Raw Moments as a Mom

If you were to write about your most raw moment as a mom, what would you talk about? Most of the time we do not talk about our mistakes. We have learned if we keep these insecurities under lock and key, we will be more respected.  The problem is this lock and key also imprisons you and I to our flesh rather than granting us freedom in Christ.

Behind Bars

Unresolved issues can put us behind bars. A divorce, a miscarriage, abuse, addiction, disappointment are things that can imprison us in our past. Sometimes we shake the bars trying to get out, other times we just slump down in a chair giving up, believing the lie that we will never change.

How many times do we become trapped behind bars, unable to make progress: Ensnared in emotional jails, confined by financial struggles, or imprisoned in lifeless existence? Sadly, each of us have keys hanging around our necks, temporarily hidden from view, but available to each one.

The Key of Faith

The key of faith in God will unlock the hidden realities of heaven on earth. Jesus died for our sins, not so that we could be miserable until He came again, but so we could live the life of an overcomer. When you put faith in God, mountains move and prison doors unlock.

Martin Luther King Jr. said “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Your faith is in God not in yourself. The key of faith will unlock future possibilities. In order for you to be the best mom in the world for your child. you must be a woman of faith.

The Key of Obedience

To obey God is to make Him the highest authority in our lives. Obedience is to completely follow His Word, His will, in His way. We chose to follow because of our love for Him. We surrender or own short-term preferences, for His eternal promises.

We are called to obey, right away, without delay. Mother Teresa said “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” It is in our daily walk of obeying God in the small places in our lives that we apply this key to be truly free.

When we put the keys of faith and obedience in the lock of our jail, the very bars that imprisoned us will become rails of a bridge of breakthrough. This bridge will carry us to a new place of freedom, but it will also help our children as they follow along the freedom path.

Teaching Our Children Faith and Obedience

The best way for you to teach your children about faith is to be faithful to God Himself, to His word, to His will, and to walk in His ways. The best way to teach your children obedience, is for you to have an obedient heart towards God.

Yes, what you say and what you do as a mom is important. But the most important thing is who you are.