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The Word is “Kind”

As a friend and I conversed a couple weeks ago, she challenged me to choose a word to study  for the year. By study, she did not merely mean the definition(s) of a word, but explore how it does/can/should impact my life. To be honest, at first I didn’t really consider this task, however, as a particular word kept showing up in my reading I began to reconsider.

One morning my devotional reading centered on Ephesians 4:32.

  “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Then, I overheard a mother telling her child to be kind. I was also reading a biography where the author was emphasizing 1 Corinthians 13:4a.

 “Love is patient and kind”

She shared the hard truth that often we are not patient and do not show kindness to our children and spouse. The question, “If I truly love my family, is it evident through my kindness towards them?” began to haunt me. It hit me like a slap in the face, when I responded in a not-so-kind way to Hubby. That’s what it took for me to submit to the word challenge, and the word is “KIND”.

To begin my study, I looked up the definition and made a quick Bible search. Kind is a willingness to do good or give pleasure, a sympathetic attitude towards others, having a good or benevolent nature or disposition,considerate, helpful. Kind is a popular word in the Bible. Some of the many verses I looked up are Psalm 41:1, 145:17, Proverbs 3:3, 11:17, 16:24, 31:26, Romans 2:4, 12:8, 12:10, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 1:7, 1:8, Colossians 3:12, 1 Timothy 5:10, 2 Timothy 2:24, 2 Peter 1:7

As I’ve continued to think about the study of “KIND”, I’m realizing what a challenge it will be. You see, I don’t want to merely recognize kindness, but I want my life and love to be overflowing with kindness. For this to happen, I need to study, memorize, and remember God’s words on kindness. I also, need to boldly ask God to reveal the unkindness I harbor, and then repent and ask God to transform the unkindness to kindness.

Have you ever selected a word for the year? If not, would you like to take this challenge? Your word doesn’t have to be the same as mine; maybe God has a different word for you to discover. However, if you’d like to join me with my selected word, the word is “KIND”.


Parenting: Challenging and Rewarding

Parenting is quite possibly the most challenging AND most rewarding job one can have.  Hubby and I have four grown children.  The fourth was born when the first was 5 years old.  That led to having four teenagers for 1 1/2 years.  We were/are not perfect parents, and we did not have perfect children.  We were like many of you – raising and teaching the best we knew how.

For the past several weeks, Hubby and I have had the privilege to lead a study called “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Tedd Tripp. This study has been encouraging and humbling as well.  Some of the information has come 20+ years too late for us. However, we have been able to share from our experiences with the young parents in this class.

The focus of the study is learning how to speak to the heart of your child. Helping your children make right choices from their heart rather than making those choices simply to avoid discipline. The things your child does and says flows from the heart.

“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” Luke 6:45 NLT

The parents’ goal should not be a well-behaved child, but one that embraces the gospel and continually grows in relationship with Jesus Christ.

We are concluding our study by making a family bible with Mindy Dunn’s Child Training Bible kit. Don’t be misled, this is not to preach at the kids when they have done something wrong.  It is a tool to help the family learn what God has to say about many topics.  Too many times as a mom, I couldn’t immediately recall Bible verses to go along with those teachable moments.  Dunn’s kit is color coded for different topics, making it very user friendly.  The kit even includes conversation starters for each topic. This can be a great tool for family Bible study.  How I wish I would have had this when my children were growing up! I highly recommend the Child Training Bible kit, you can view and order here: www.childtrainingbible.com

We have had some great discussions in our class.  Would you like to learn how to shepherd your child’s heart? If you are in the Meade, KS or surrounding area, I would be more than happy to lead another class.  Just let me know if you are interested.

Dear God, In Psalms you tell us that children are a gift and reward from you. Thank you for such a precious gift – a child. Give wisdom and patience to each parent reading this blog.  May they seek you and your Word daily as they raise their children. Amen