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Hi there!

I want to announce that I am writing and creating a marriage blog with 5 other wonderful ladies called:

Priority Male Ministries

the address is http://www.prioritymaleministries.com

It is about complete and we will be up and running soon! You will find lots of encouragement, tools to improve your marriage and fun things like give aways! (And who doesn’t love free stuff!?) 

Sign up for the newsletter and we will send you updates to our give aways and encouragement that will keep you strong in your marriage and in your walk with God. 

God bless!!

Cari

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Nehemiah Week 1

Hello again! I am doing a new study in the book of Nehemiah with my women’s Bible study. It is by Kelly Minter, Nehemiah: A heart that can break. As a teacher on a summer schedule, I am so thankful to be doing this study with our group. And so far- it is amazing! Thank you ladies who are on this journey with me! I pray it is speaking to you in amazing ways and God is revealing more and more of Himself to you through His Word. He is so good!

I find blogging through my journey is very therapeutic for me. And if anyone cares to read this- then great 🙂 I hope it encourages you and blesses you. Kelly is doing such a great job with this study and it is so clear, God has given her a message to give to all of us. 

In the beginning of Nehemiah we see the state of Jerusalem as Nehemiah inquires about his city. They tell him of its horrible condition: the people are “in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates have been burned with fire.” (1:3) When Nehemiah heard the condition of his city, his heart broke. He wept and mourned and fasted for days, then prayed to God. His prayer is journaled in v. 5-10 in chapter 1. It is a prayer of a broken-hearted man, humbling himself before God, and asking favor for he was about to ask the king something huge. 

Now- I didn’t realize how huge of a thing Nehemiah was asking until this study. Nehemiah is cupbearer to Artaxerxes, king of Persia (1:10). In Ezra 4:8-23 we read the background of king Artaxerxes- he was the one who stopped the Jews “by force” from rebuilding Jerusalem (v. 23). And now, Nehemiah was about to ask the king to leave and go back and rebuild the city that he stopped from rebuilding? Nehemiah had every reason to be afraid of asking the king for such a thing! When the king asks Nehemiah “What is wrong? What is it you want?” The Scriptures say Nehemiah’s response is:

“Then I prayed to the God of heaven and I answered the king.” (2:4)

I can only imagine the uncertainty Nehemiah felt. How would the king react? Would he be indignant? Offended? Shout- “off with his head!”? This is a huge risk for Nehemiah. But the conversation that follows has God’s hand all over it. Not only does the king grant Nehemiah the privelege to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the wall, the king gives Nehemiah letters of safe conduct, lumber and a military escort on top of it! (2:6-9) I would say Nehemiah’s prayer of “God’s favor” was answered! (1:11) God is so good!

When we are willing to step out and speak up, God promises to be there on our behalf. And He always does abundantly more than we dare to ask.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” Ephesians 3:20-21

Be encouraged that God has a great plan for your life. Listen to what He has put in your heart and then boldly answer the calling! He is with you 🙂

God bless!

“Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,  for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matt 10:19-20

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My Teen is Driving Me Crazy!

When to speak? When to stay silent? When to act? When to let go?

I don’t know if you have ever been a mom of a teen, but wow- it is hard! I have taught teenagers for 12 years and have encouraged moms throughout saying , “It’s ok. He will grow out of it. Stay consistent. God will help you.” And now. . .
I am in that boat, talking to myself! Asking myself, when do I let go and when do I get firm? When do I say something, and when do I let it go?

I may not have the answers to that question in one simple sentence, but I do know a couple of things that may help us moms of teens!

1) Parenting is a wonderful responsibility from God. They are ultimately His children and He has promised to care for them. When we release them into His hands, He is reliable and will guide them from the inside and be there when we can’t.
2) Pray! Praying for our children makes a difference. I pray the small book of prayers from “Power of a Praying Parent” over my children everyday. At the beginning of the month I ask the Holy Spirit to show me what to pray for and then I write out a prayer based on the verses and prayers from the book and pray it over my children each day. (Sometimes many times a day like for my teen!)
3) Enjoy them! I know it may be hard to raise a teen, but it’s even hard being a teen. Don’t you remember? I do! Pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit on how to handle each situation and read some good books to help understand what your teen is going through. I am reading “For Parents Only” by Shaunti Feldhaun right now. I really recommend it if you want to get inside the head of your teen.
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Remember: this is normal, this is going to pass, but stay diligent and stay the course. It is an awesome responsibility, but remember to enjoy the journey with them as well! God bless!

“Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

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