A Curriculum for Busy Moms

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Weekend Reads #3

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What Am I Reading?

1. One Reason Why We Lose Our Joy

Joy is a gift to everyone of us in Christ from the Lord (Galatians 5:22-23).  Our joy is lost the moment we take our eyes off of Christ and put them on lesser things.  One of the main reasons we lose our joy is we become discontent and in doing that we forget our God is sovereign and in control of all the circumstances of our lives.

2. 7 Ways To Grow As A Christian When You’re Also A Busy Mom

Though my Christian faith is extremely important to me as a mom, I struggle often to figure out how to set aside substantial time to invest in it. In fact, I kind of chuckle inside when I hear the phrase quiet time. 

3. Teach Kids To Sit Still

Teaching my kids to sit still is the best thing I ever did as a parent, and by sit still I really mean to sit quietly on my lap or beside me with minimal fidgeting.

What I am Watching:

19 Kids And Counting

Shark Tank

Master Chef Junior

What am I Listening To?

Adventures in Odyssey

Jonathan Park

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The Difference Between Trials and Temptations

The difference Between Trials and Temptations

I am currently going through the book of James with a small group of ladies at Church, and we are almost done with the first chapter. We have been learning a lot about trials and temptations. Do you know what the difference is? Is there a difference?

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials” notice how James says when you meet trials. He doesn’t say if, he used the word when. We will go through trials!

God will give us trials in our life to strengthen and deepen our relationship with Him. How are we going to react when we go through a trial? What is your first instinct when you face a trial? It’s so much easier to stomp our feet, call our closest friend, and complain to them how hard life is right now. What should our first instinct be? Definitely not that! Pray! Seek God! Ask for the wisdom to help you make the decisions that you need to make.

Testing of Your Faith Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:2-8 ESV)

1. When we face trials we are supposed to count it all joy

2. The testing of our faith produces steadfastness

3. The steadfastness of our faith during a trial will make us perfect and complete

4. Trials will give us an opportunity to trust God

We HAVE to go through trials. But we don’t have to go through temptations, those are our own doing. The story of Adam and Eve is one example of falling into temptation. After they had fallen into sin… they hid from God! Or David and Bathsheba, they tried to cover up adultery and her pregnancy by killing Bathsheba’s husband. It’s funny that we think we can hid things from God, or that we know how to make things “right” by ourselves. Truth is we don’t.

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. (James 1:13-18 ESV)

1. God does not temp us!

2.We are lured and enticed by our own desires.

3. Sin will bring forth spiritual death

4. God only gives good and perfect gifts

There are consequences to our actions and words. We need to guard our hearts and minds and fill them with the truth of God’s Word. We get used to seeing the bad things around us that it seems to become almost ok, and we don’t even bat an eye at them anymore. Our hearts are connected to our eyes. When we guard our heart we are guarding our eyes.

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

{Psalm 119:11 ESV}