The Danger Of “What If?”

Have you ever contemplated on the mistakes or regrets you’ve made in life and allowed your thoughts to create alternative scenarios of what if?

What if I wouldn’t have done this?

What if I chose that path instead of this one?

What if I said this instead of that?

And the list goes on and on and on….

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Digging Up The Past

Unfortunately, focusing on our past can distract us from living the life we have right now.

As believers, we are not trusting in God’s providence. He knew beforehand and orchestrates our life, even at this very moment.

Oswald Chambers sums it up well:

It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.

Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.

Live For Today

We have the opportunity to accept our past and move forward in Jesus.

Here are a few things we can do when we start to dwell on our past.

1. 2 Corinthians 10:5-7  tells us to take every thought captive.  When those thoughts resurface have a plan to replace them with good and truthful thinking.

2. Recount your many blessings with a grateful heart.

3. Choose to live confidently in who you are in Christ, today.

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. -2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

How do you deal with your past mistakes and regrets?

7 Reasons To Build Your Children’s Prayer Life

There is so much going on in the world, and our children are not immune to it.  Unfortunately, we cannot hide them from the evils and disparities that happen daily.

I’ve realized instead of sheltering them from the issues I needed to include and guide them by teaching my children the most powerful thing they can do, pray.

Build Prayer Life

Prayer is how we communicate with God, by teaching them early, we are encouraging a strong prayer life and foundation to deal with any situation they will encounter in life.

Today, I am sharing 7 reasons why we need to help our children build a prayer life:

Prayer develops their relationship with God.  Every time our children pray they are acknowledging that they serve and depend on a sovereign God.

Prayer strengthens their relationship with God.  When they share their concerns with the Lord it creates an opportunity to witness, and trust in Him to answer their prayers.

Prayer teaches compassion.  When they learn about issues like war, poverty, death and take the time to pray for others, it allows them to see the needs of people and empathize with the hurts of others.

Prayer develops patience.  When we encourage our children to talk or ask God for something, they learn to anticipate His response on the matter.

Prayer builds hope.  Sharing their desires with God and awaiting His mighty hand at work, shows God’s divine power and increases their belief and trust in Him.

Prayer grows their confidence.  They begin to see that the God of the universe hears and answers prayers whether big or little or in good or challenging times, God listens.

Amazingly, I have watched my children pray for me in times of need, and encourage others to pray.

Prayer is an essential part of our Christian walk, as parents, we have the privilege of modeling and leading our children to pray.

casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you –1 Peter 5:7 (ESV)

How do you encourage your children to develop a prayer life?