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Wouldn’t you like to get some answers to some of society’s most pertinent questions right now? When will the pandemic subside? Will we be back to some of the things we enjoy by the spring? …or better yet the summer? When can we branch out of our homes or invite others over without taking extreme precaution? And what is in store for our country, as our current President faces impeachment, and an incoming President faces possible mayhem on Inauguration Day? Last, but not least, when will the racial and political divides that still persist in the world and in the church be resolved?

All of these circumstances can cause you to be alarmed or want to crawl under a rock and ignore it all. Neither of these choices is the correct answer.

Recognize that you are the first line of defense for what you allow to overwhelm or distract your mind. If you have slacked up on how you are limiting your intake of all the distractions around us... Make a change today. Set new boundaries and stick to them.

It’s essential to guard our hearts, minds, and emotions or they will spew out the things that God hates and leave us with all the miserable side effects. Are you struggling or succumbing to fear, complacency? Are you feeling overwhelmed? It could be, because you are not vigilantly guarding your heart.

If we don’t guard our hearts, how can we live the peaceable life we all love, let alone lead our family? We will be able to navigate all 2021 will throw at us if we pray for God’s wisdom and grace. None of us knows the exact details of the future, but we can focus on what God would have us to do until things change. And even if nothing changes around us, we will have an inner peace that comes from God.

Many of God’s commands are connected to a promise. Isaiah 26:3 promises us that God will keep us in perfect peace if we keep our hearts and mind focused on Him. This verse tells us to focus our hearts and minds on God. This command is not for us to have a moment of silence and inner peace, but a lifetime of hanging all our hearts desires on Him. If we humble ourselves and chose this more excellent way of doing life, God will enable us and we will have peace, no matter what curve balls come whizzing by.

Another way to guard your heart during this first part of the year, is to spend time in prayer and fasting. Expect God to build your confidence in Him and His plans concerning you. Create as many pockets of time as you can to get away and be quiet.

Remember, fasting is not about what you give up, or how long you fast. But rather this is a time that you are exchanging your natural desire for food for God’s presence to renew your heart and your mind.

God transforms the way we see things when we guard our hearts and get alone with Him. This year is your time to reposition yourself for greater strength in every area. Don’t stay in the same spot where 2020 left you, there is soo much more in store for you!

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God wants to speak to you and give you fresh vision for you and your parenting. When the Lord speaks to you concerning your children, will you act on what He says? Will you follow His leading? Now, more than ever, as parents we must be sensitive to hear what God is saying, so we can lead our children with inner peace and strength.

From the day our children are born, there is a countdown until they are no longer in your immediate care. Just take a look through a few of your child’s pictures and you will see how quickly your children are growing right before your eyes. While we have our children in our care, we must remember some of our long term goals. Raising children that love and rely on God, become independent, and are productive citizens in the world, just to name a few. Parenting is not just about intentionality, but sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

When God speaks, lets listen! And when God directs, let's obey! Abide in God's Word fervently and surround yourself with tools that will help you more readily hear. God wants us to make purposeful adjustments, changes, and complete overhauls in this new year, so that our families are positioned for abundant living and blessing.

We can read all the books, receive counseling, and have tons of life lessons to share. But, without going to God for ourselves regularly and acting on what we hear, our parenting will prove to be dramatically less effective.

Every parent is imperfect. But we serve a perfect parent. Our God is a perfect and loving Father.

Whether your raising one child, three, or eight don’t get caught up in only providing the food, shelter, home school or homework help. Although providing for your children's physical needs alone can seem overwhelming, I implore you that your children’s greatest need is their parents going to battle for them on their knees.

This year, we will continue embracing our new normal. But, we must have divine direction with every step that we take. Gear up in your faith and expect God to reveal Himself in a new way.

Honestly address pride and personal inadequacies as a parent every day before God and He will help you! Only God can help us as parents to lead in love and leave a legacy.

Let this be a wake a call to press forward. Our children are a blessing from God. If you are currently having a rough time... know that God can calm the chaos. Continue to seek after God, and He will show up!

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God has brought us through 2020, and I pray your heart is still abounding in the hope that we have in

Jesus. Nothing magically happens at the dawn of a new year, but God wants to continue doing a work in

us as parents and He will continue to direct us in how we nurture and care for our families.

God has given us times and seasons so that we can be aware that time is quickly passing. How did you

do with the time you were given last year? Do you see areas for improvement? Don’t feel guilty, just

begin to pick up where you have left off. Renew lifestyle disciplines that will promote benefits for you

and your family in the long run.

Discipline is defined as an “activity or experience that provides mental or physical training.”

Set your main goals for you, your marriage, and family.

We make our plans and submit them to God, and the LORD determines our steps. – Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)

Our plans are just an outline and our written surrender to utilize the time God has given us wisely. My

family had a family meeting and we wrote out some of our goals. I would encourage you and your

families to do the same. As families, who are living to honor Christ, remember that the ultimate goal of

our plans is to honor God’s desires for us and to share His love and hope with others.

“ But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

– Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

In these uncertain times, we have to daily chose to have our heart set on God’s unchanging hand and

that will allow us to focus on the work that He has destined for each of us to do. God will continue to

work supernaturally in our homes as we stay focused and disciplined in doing what He desires. This life

we have is not our own, we belong to Christ and He alone has the power to equip us with the discipline

needed to stay the chartered course He has destined for us in this new year.

“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the

day of Christ Jesus" 

-Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

We can be confident that God has great plans in store for us and we must reassure our children of this

promise despite anything we see going on around us. Our hope at home is built on our great and mighty God. Lift up your plans of the Lord this year as a family and watch God continue to prosper, bless and direct you and your family!

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