Posts Tagged "thinking"

Encouraging Growth: Parenting Tips from Joseph

»Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Encouraging Growth: Parenting Tips from Joseph

Do you desire to really get to the heart of good parenting? Do you want to simplify your ideas and distill them down to one concept? Do you want to clarify your thinking around this issue? Blessings are an integral part of Friday evenings in Judaism, which include every member of the family, who gather to celebrate the weekly feast that ushers in the Sabbath.  Traditionally, the blessing for sons comes from the text in Genesis 48:20: He blessed them that day (referring to Jacob), saying, “By you Israel will pronounce blessing, saying, ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh!'” Raising these two children in Egypt was their father, Joseph, who was hand-selected by the Pharaoh to be the viceroy of his country even though Joseph was not an...

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Developing Character with Ruth

»Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in character development | 0 comments

Developing Character with Ruth

What do you spend your time thinking about? Where does your mind wander? What are the predominant emotions that flavor your days? The Bible is replete with stories of individuals who changed their destiny because they changed their thinking. Developing character with Ruth, we see how she was encouraged by Naomi, her mother-in-law, to return to her mother’s house after the death of her husband, but refused and stuck with Naomi instead: But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following after you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from...

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Character Development with Mary

»Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in character development | 0 comments

Character Development with Mary

What is your value to God? What is the significance of your role in the universe? Do you think that what you desire is not okay because it seems so selfish? He designed us to do good works, which He created for us to do specifically. In fulfilling our desires, we do what God created us to do. (see Ephesians 2:10) Character development is about understanding how your relationship with God fits in the grand scheme of God’s plan.  Scripture reveals many individuals who found their place in history; I think Mary’s story best epitomizes this idea. In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to...

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