Teaching Our Children Self-Respect God’s Way – Take #2


We’ve been under the weather at our house – nothing serious, just the lay on the couch and feel like doing nothing kind of sick. So today I’m pulling a favorite from the past to repost again. And not just because we have been sick but because it is a really important lesson. So enjoy. 


God is big on kids.  


Latisha at asklatisha.com shared this post as the most clicked on for the week. Thanks Latisha for a great Blog Hop and for the mention !!!!!!

Psalm 127:3 (NIV) – Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

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The Bible tells us what God says about our worth and our value in His eyes.

“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day.”   

Psalm 136:13 (Message Bible)

Therefore, our worth is not really our “self-worth” at all; rather, it is worth given to us by God. We are of inestimable value to Him because of the price He paid to make us worthy—the death of His Son on the cross.

self esteem

A buzzword that burst on the scene about 40 years ago was “Self-Esteem.” I can remember attending lots of self-esteem convos during my 21 years in the school system. Teachers, parenting experts & even churches placed a priority on a child’s view of themselves. Yet studies show that people, even with all the emphasis on affirmation and praise for our kids, are more depressed and anxious than ever before and have lower self-esteem.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines self-esteem as: a feeling of having respect for yourself and your abilities. But as Christians, we believe self-esteem is found in God, not our own works, which fall short, but in His grace.

Only in His grace can we do what He has called us to do. I want my children to learn to see themselves through God’s eyes and not through the lens of the world with its unrealistic and ungodly expectations.

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Give Away Winners !!!!

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What a wonderful time I had with the Mary and Martha’s House – Home Sweet Home Shop give away !!!! It opened the shop with a bang !!! I appreciate everyone who signed up and all the sweet comments. I sooo appreciate making new blogger friends. My husband and I love to have company into our home and I’ve enjoyed having you visit. You all are so important to me and encourage me everyday. I love to visit your blogs and always appreciate when you stop by my blog and hang out. And today I want to announce our winners.

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quilt WB 450 x 532Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage  won the beautiful Rachel Patchwork Quilt. I hope the soft warm quilt will give her comfort and warmth in her home. Stop over at her blog and you will be encouraged !!! She has wonderful recipes – I love her Apple Butter City Style. Her thrifty tips will give you some great new ideas to save $ – they sure helped me. She has ideas for homeschooling and homemaking too. And this girl loves Christmas. She has post after post to share her joyful Christmas spirit. You will be uplifted for sure.  


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And the Inspirational Soup Mug & Coaster set is going out to Mary. The prayer on the mug is meant for a special friend and I pray that it lifts her up each day. Her blog Mary-Special Prayer Mug WBandering Creatively is filled with family, inspiring poems (see Fall Brilliance) and musings. Her beautiful pictures are breathtaking. Her Dahlia photo is awesome. Be sure to give her a visit too and you will like what you find at her web site. 






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The Day of Rest

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By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work. Genesis 2:2 Message Bible.

During our trip in the car to run errands, I added to my grocery list, returned text messages, and scrolled through Facebook. In the midst of my frenzy, a photo on my phone of our ocean sunset taken last spring from our hotel room on the beach stopped me in my tracks. I could almost feel the soft evening breeze and hear the blue water roaring to shore.

My shoulders relaxed and my mind rested for just a moment before we arrived at our destination, and then we were off again. Though tired, we headed to the grocery store, post office and garage for an oil change. The picture of the beach faded to the back of my mind and I reminded myself that I needed to take a Sabbath — a time of rest.

Does taking time off  sound foreign to you? I struggle with it, too. That’s because we have lost the rhythm of life, which includes times of rest. As a result, we are tired, overworked, disorganized, confused and sleep-deprived.


With bills to pay, yard work to do, laundry, meals needing to be handled, and blog post deadlines to meet, it’s difficult to give ourselves permission to slow down. Celebrating the work we’ve done seems like a waste of time. But God said to rest and celebrate. He even modeled it for us.

We are given an example of the Sabbath in Genesis 2:3: “Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” The word “blessed” means praise, salute, kneel or bless oneself. The Lord gave Himself permission to rest and to celebrate the work He had done on the other six days of the week.









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Home Sweet Home Shop Give Away !!!

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Your home should become a light that illuminates the entire street and community — The Rebbe

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The home has always been the center of the family. 

There are three key elements in building a peaceful home life: the relationships between family members, the atmosphere of the home itself, and the way the home is run.

When a family shares principles and values, they grow together. The home becomes a foundation for the family’s shared sense of purpose while providing a springboard for each member to pursue his or her own goals. In such homes, families stay up late talking heart-to-heart about what’s on their minds. Children crowd around grandparents to hear stories. Teenagers debate meaningful issues with each other and with their parents. The whole family gets together — and not just on holidays — for evenings of songs, games, and reminiscing. The home becomes alive, a source of energy and hope, of urgency and love. It is not the tranquility of a home that makes it peaceful; it is the life within.

The ultimate beauty in a home is its emotional and spiritual warmth. There are many ways to beautify your home, to invite God into your home. One of these ways is to have warm and cozy furnishings that surround you with peace, joy and love. 

That is the mission of the Home Sweet Home Shop – to add these elements to your surroundings. Each piece is chosen to reflex that goal. 

So take a look and shop today for unique and many one of a kind items to beautify your home !!!!!

Today we want to announce a Home Sweet Home Give Away !!!!

The giveaway will run from 9/18/15 @ 12 am Pacific Time to 9/30/15 @ 12 am Pacific Time and is open to US Residents only 18 years or older. You must provide a valid email address.

The winner will be announced the week of Oct 4th –  so good luck! 


****See the rest of the Give Away rules at the bottom of this post. 

Now that all the legal “stuff” is done let’s get on to the good part !!


Prizes for our Home Sweet Home Shop include……

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One special person will receive this beautiful Rachel Patchwork Quilt -This soft cotton/poly blend quilt features wonderful floral patterns in deep rich colors and is reversible to a cocoa brown. It will be just the thing for snuggling under this winter with a cup of hot chocolate. It measures a generous 50″ x 60″ and is machine washable on gentle. This comfy quilt will add a warm country touch to your home. And it could be yours – enter today !!!


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Another special person will get an Inspirational Soup Mug & Coaster set. Use yourself for special hearty winter soup or fill with dry soup mix and a caring card and give it to a friend who needs some encouragement. The sentiment reads –  “A Special Prayer for You”

  • “Simple, pleasant moments, joy the whole day through, rich, abundant graces…this is my prayer for you.”
  • “Be glad in the Lord and rejoice–Psalm 32:11”    

It measures a generous 16 oz. It’s made of stoneware and is dishwasher safe. Receive a blessing or be a blessing – enter today !!!!


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