Sunday, December 18, 2016

Gaining Respect

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If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25

In our fast paced, high tech, multi-leveled communication lives, we can sometimes feel overwhelmed when trying to communicate with our tweens and teens. How can we effectively communicate faith and values? How can our walk reflect the Spirit?  How do we lovingly require respect?

Nina Roesner and Debbie Hitchcock, authors of With All Due Respect, present a 40 day plan to help build a relationship with your tweens/teens. Each day is a short section that includes scripture, a story example, and a “What About You?” section that helps us examine our own motives and expectations. I’ve often heard my pastor say, “When you point a finger, there are four fingers pointing back at yourself.” Each section ends with a prayer. We all need that!

It always takes 2 to Tango. With All Due Respect helps us see that to gain respect, we must also model respect. It takes time, patience, and self-control; all the fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:22,23).

Hmmm - if this type of communication works with tweens/teens, I wonder if it might also work with adults. Just a thought.

Next week, I won’t be posting. I’ll be taking time out to celebrate our Lord’s birth with my family. I pray you will do the same.

Merry Christmas!

Hey Kids:
Are you still working on that fruit bowl from last week?

If you worked on the fruit of love, now may be a good time to try joy.
We’re all excited about Christmas, so joy seems like an easy fruit to demonstrate, but in all the excitement it is also easy to lose our joy.

Your parents may need a little more help in keeping the house in order.
Maybe you are needed to watch over a little one while Mom bakes.
Maybe Dad needs help with raking leaves or shoveling snow.
Your parents requirements may not fit into your idea of Christmas joy, but you are needed.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)3 that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-4

God made you a promise if you honor your parents.
Parents, our children need your nurturing love.

and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Colossians 3:23

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