If you haven't had a chance to watch the video, I have it posted at the bottom. You will want to watch it to the end. There are some great comments & tips. This week Courtney has laid out three steps for us to follow:
1. When we yell, use unkind words and speak out of anger, we are sinning. We need to recognize our sin and repent. Don't get caught in guilt and regret. Accept God's grace, forgiveness and love! Dust yourself off and keep on movin'!
2. Do not remain isolated in your struggle. This is exactly where the enemy wants us, alone! It is the perfect place for him to attack. None of us can make these changes by ourselves. We need a support group. It may be a prayer partner, Titus 2 mentor, Bible study group or even this blog community. It is my desire that all who read here will know that BBM is a safe place to share, grow and learn. Please know that you are loved and your comments are safe here!
|Quote from Women Living Well.org|
3. As new character traites begin to bloom, the old nature will wither away. Just as a tree takes months to grow new leaves in the spring, growing new habits of grace will not happen overnight. It will take time. Some of you may have learned your how to yell, lecture & degrade because it is what happened to you. Breaking the cycle isn't easy; but, it is possible. In Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Praise the Lord!! This gives us all hope!
This week Courtney gives us an assignement. Here is what she said on WLW, "Our Assignment for the week: I encourage you this week to smile more, hug more, SLOW DOWN, listen, take a deep breath. When you feel like screaming – whisper. Pray pray and then pray some more. Take time to write out, meditate and memorize the 2 verses above (below), as you pursue gentleness."
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22-23
These are a couple extra things I learned:
*Recognize our children's gifts and talents. Inspire them to use those abilities to the glory of God. Imagine with them how God can use them in a mighty way. This will build excitment with you and them as to what special plans God has just for them!
*Being a successful parent is when you have children who love God and desire to serve Him with all their heart. It's not about grades or professions (although that is important). It pales in comparision to a heart 100% sold out to Christ!
At times, the task of The Gentleness Challenge (or any life change for that matter) can seem overwhelming and daughting. Take heart!
"Now may the God of peace...equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." Hebrews 13:20-21