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Day to Day Living: Lessons I’ve learned from my children

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That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that History has to teach ~ Aldous Huxley

Several months ago, I wrote on lessons I’ve learned from my husband.  I also wrote on lessons I’ve learned from my parents.

Day in and day out the six children I’ve been blessed with have seen the best and the worst of their mom! Some of the lessons I learned from my parents and my husband have helped me to be a much better mother to these six blessings. Still, I am human and prone to mistakes! 21.5 years ago I started this journey with a lot of confidence and absolutely zero experience with parenting. I had a lot of great ideas and strong convictions. I also had way too little patience and understanding. I had a vision for our family, but very little practical ideas to make it work. Here are some of the lessons that I’ve learned from my children:

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Day to Day Living: Planting strong seeds of faith in little ones

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When we love God deeply, we want to instill that love in our children. We don't want them to adopt our faith, we want them to build their own faith! We want them to experience God's love and feel His grace and mercy. We want to see them walking in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth! How in the world do we do this? We are mere mortals: we are weak, we stumble and even fall. In spite of the best of intentions, we make the worst of mistakes! Still, God wants us to raise up godly offspring and with Him it is certainly possible! We can only show them the way, if He is leading our way!

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Cultivating a Joy-Filled Heart

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(This is the outline for my ladies’ study at our annual homeschool campout)

Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism than do all the arguments of atheists.~ Dennis Prager

We know our heart matters to God. We hear about a lot of hearts in God’s word – the word heart is mentioned nearly 1,000 times! There are ALL kinds of hearts:, unbelieving, blinded, deceived, haughty, covetous, deceitful, perverse, proud, darkened, defiant, rebellious, hard, bitter, broken, dull, impenitent, willing, clean, steadfast, pure, tender, wise…

What about unhappy hearts? Consider this:

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