Friday, February 25, 2011

Instilling Faith or Fear?

"We can't go up against them! They are stronger than we are!". So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: "The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there...Next to them we felt like grasshoppers..."    Numbers 13:31-33

In Numbers 13 and 14 we read the story of Caleb and Joshua, along with the other ten spies, going to explore the land of Canaan.  As they explored the land for 40 days they discovered that the land was fertile and full of good things. There was only one problem - the land was also filled with huge people. The Israelites looked liked grasshoppers compared to these giants!

When they came back to report their findings to Moses, ten of the spies came back with a negative and fearful attitude. As they told the Israelites about the "giants" they would have to conquer in order to possess the land the people also became fearful. Their lack of faith displeased the Lord which caused them to miss out on the promise land God wanted to give them.

Joshua and Caleb had a different perspective on the situation. Their faith was strong. They tried to convince the others that God was big enough to handle this plight, but the fear from the other spies was contagious.

We have the same affect on people. By our words we can instill faith or fear into the hearts of others.  I don't want to be a woman who causes another to doubt the goodness of God or to cause someone to lose faith.  We would be wise to stop and examine our words before we share stories with others.  Before you speak ask yourself a question,  "Are my words full of faith or fear?"  Let's be women who encourage others with our faith!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Habit of Tea Parties

After attending a Mom Heart Conference recently with my precious friend, Lindsay, I was inspired to start having "tea time" with my children (and husband).  We've had tea times before but never consistently.  In fact, it's been a few years since our last one.

So, Sunday after church I decided to start our new habit of having tea parties!  My son, however, did not like the thought of having a girly tea party.  My husband quickly saw the concern on his face and cleverly told him that the men in the family would not call it a tea party but an "eating party" instead.  That made my son more relaxed and willing to participate.  I've never known him yet to pass up a free cookie. :) 

With the table set, a candle lit and soft piano music playing from my CD player, we sat down to enjoy our lunch/tea party.  At first my children were not sure if this was a good idea, but it didn't take them long to see that the purpose of our time was not necessarily to drink tea but rather to connect with each other.

We've had a few more tea times since then and I must admit that I am amazed at the conversations that has flowed from our times together.  Stopping our busyness for a few minutes and gathering around the table for an afternoon snack has not only helped us bond together, but also create special childhood memories for my kids!

Why not plan a "tea party" for your children this week?


“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”  Henry James.