What is it to be ‘blessed’?
According to Psalm 1 the ‘Blessed Man or Woman’ is like a tree:
- Planted by the rivers of water
- Productive in that he or she brings forth fruit in its season
- Perennial in that his or her leaf does not wither
- Prosperous in whatever he or she does
The ‘Blessed Man or Woman’ tends to stand out because:
- Their character is deeper
- Their ideas are fresher
- Their spirit is softer
- Their courage greater
- Their leadership is better
- Their concerns are wider
- Their compassion is more genuine
- Their convictions are more concrete
And there is more:
- They are joyful in spite of difficult circumstances
- They show wisdom far beyond their years
- They think out of the box and are full of surprises
- They have ideas and actions that can be trusted
How can this be so? What makes all of this possible?
- Because they have a spiritual root system that goes down to streams of living water!
- From where does your ‘root system’ draw its life?
- Have you been too busy with ‘busyness’?
- Do you know that ‘busyness’ can be closely tied to ‘worldliness’?
- Have you been caught up with society’s agenda and you’ve neglected being with God?
- Is it possible that you have allowed your quality time with the Lord to be diminished?
Thoughts to consider:
- Any way you cut it, a key ingredient to prospering is –time. Not left-over time, not throw-away time, but quality time!
- Quality time for meditation! Quality time for intimate communion! Unhurried, uninterrupted quality time with the Lord!
- Blessed times by the ‘rivers of water’ that flow from the Head Waters Himself!
Here is just a quick update on the Discover and Empower Series. The last month has been EXTREMELY difficult. I have personally been stretched further than I could possibly imagine as I have attempted to create this course. It seemed as if whatever topic I chose to share write about, empowering kindness for example-brought out the exact opposite in my own children-meanness and selfishness. We have gone into overdrive here, in the Schober home, focused on teaching kindness and respect. Although we have had many victories along the way, there seems to be many more battles that need to be won.
My biggest challenge is teaching what I am still learning myself. I know about the tools, resources and insights I have gained along the way-and yet I still sat in a heap of tears today after disciplining one of my children. I know we wrestle not against flesh and blood…and yet it seems to be the flesh and blood people I live with that can bring out the worst in me. Today I experienced deep sorrow and pain over a situation with one of my strong ‘little ones.’ And 2 hours later was video production time!!
For awhile I was tempted to reschedule…but instead, chose to keep my commitment. My perspective of Discovering and Empowering A Child was covered today with humility-as I am still battling some of the very issues I have had victories over in the past. The tools of Discovery help. Empowering a child is life changing. However, it is God’s presence and wisdom-at any given time-that is the only guarantee. I have done my best. I have devoted my life to caring for and teaching my children. I have spent years studying my children, finding tools and resources of discovering and empowering, and still have days that are overshadowed with doubt or concern.
In my Pursuit of Peace I have come to the place where I go to bed at night and contemplate my day and my actions as a wife and mother. I am at peace with God. Although I make mistakes at times, I believe God is pleased with the attention and focus I have placed on my children. I love the good days. Its so easy to write and share during the good times, when you feel as if you could shout your message from a mountaintop. Today, I have chosen to write, share and create the video for Discover and Empower A Child from a place of quiet, deeper understanding-that without God’s help-everything else is just ‘words’ and is meaningless.
My prayer is that through all that I do God will get the credit He deserves. It is only through God that I can do anything good at all.
Every single child is FULL of potential. Parents have an incredible opportunity to tap into their own child’s heart. Speaking Life into a child causes an unstoppable ripple effect of empowerment when combined with the power of the Word of God. I CAN DO ALL THINGS…
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After nearly two years of silence, I’m preparing to launch a new series, “Discover and Empower.” This video gives a glimpse of the past two years, and how you can join the adventure. Come join me on Facebook.
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3 weeks ago…
I pulled out of the driveway heading toward a Classical Conversation Information Meeting when my phone rang. My friend Debra started the conversation off by saying, “Everything is ok, I’m not calling to alarm you, but Kristin (my ten year old who was with her) was complaining of shortness of breath and had an elevated heart rate.” Debra continued, “We just watched the first 15 minutes of Captain America and Kristin started to really feel bad so we left the movie theater and I have her laying down in my car.”
Well my plans changed in an instant. Lately, I continue to be reminded that ‘though a man plans his course, the Lord determines his steps’. I went and picked up my daughter and began to assess the situation.
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June 9, 2014
Jennifer shares with Pastor Schober’s Sunday School class at GT Austin about her book, Pursuing Peace.
A refreshing new “blueprint for motherhood” based on the wisdom of Scripture combined with the expertise of a psychologist and mother of three.
No mother has experienced the joys of parenting without also feeling the nagging doubt that she is inadequate for the task of raising her children. With every imperfection and every small failure, guilt is her accuser.
Dr. Slattery argues that this guilt is the natural product of a mother’s God-given influence over her children-a blessed reminder of her stewardship. While this is a tremendous responsibility, God would not let mothers face it alone. Using the wisdom of the Bible and her own experience as a psychologist and mother, Slattery shows how this guilt can be turned to positive parenting.
Mothers are shown how to create a personal “blueprint for motherhood.” This is both a broad understanding of their own personal approaches and beliefs and a daily action plan for dealing with common obstacles-from being too busy, to saying the wrong thing, to helping children through the inevitable rough patches in their lives.
Parenting is a school for spiritual formation—and our children are our teachers. The journey of caring for, rearing, training, and loving our children will profoundly alter us forever. Sacred Parenting is unlike any other parenting book you have ever read. This is not a “how-to” book that teaches you ways to discipline your kids or help them achieve their full potential. Instead of discussing how parents can change their kids, Sacred Parenting turns the tables and demonstrates how God uses our kids to change us. You’ve read all the method books. Now take a step back and receive some much-needed inspiration. You’ll be encouraged by stories that tell how other parents handled the challenges and difficulties of being a parent—and how their children transformed their relationship with God. Sacred Parenting affirms the spiritual value of being a parent, showing you the holy potential of the parent-child relationship.