Personal Blog by Rhonda Crowdis Hardisty

Archive for August, 2013

5 Minutes from the Heart: Worship

worship-700x273(1)Every week a group of people join together in connection with www.lisajobaker.com to write for just 5 minutes on a common topic, straight from the heart, no editing, no pre-writing and re-writing. Today’s topic is worship. So, here goes:

Start: 7:42 AM

Just last week I read in my morning devotional about how parenting should be treated as an act of worship. That got me to thinking about how teaching should also be performed as an act of worship.

So I pledge to teach every day of this school year as an act or worship. To give everything I have to the children with whom I am working in a way that is holy and acceptable to God.

The Bible says this is my reasonable service to Him.

I am not to be conformed to teaching the way others teach: gossiping about my students in the teacher’s lounge, wishing I had different kids in my classroom, praying that June come quickly when it’s not even September.

Rather I should be transformed by renewing my way of thinking and performing His perfect will for my life and for these children: praying over them daily, believing that God will provide for our every need, having faith that they will learn what I am trying to teach them.

I want to be an example to my students and my co-workers of what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

Stop: 7:47 AM

http://bible.com/114/ROM12.1.NKJV I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
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https://ourcrowdedheart.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/5-minutes-from-the-heart-beyond/

Scarred Heart

I have spent the last few months dealing with a wound that did not want to heal correctly. A portion of a scar from surgery last summer reopened due to an infection and had not healed in a normal manner. In addition to the outer scar opening, the infection created an inner pocket that was not closing. In order to correct this, the medical team tried several different strategies including the use of a wound vacuum to draw out the fluid that seemed to keep healing from taking place. In an unusual turn of events the wound vacuum was removed for a 24 hour period, and even though the purpose of the vac is to create negative pressure and close the wound, we actually had more significant progress in healing without it. So, thankfully I no longer had to wear it and the pocket began to close. I have been told that when the healing is complete the scar will have no additional signs that it ever reopened and caused the additional stress and pain.

Scars are healed wounds both on our physical bodies, and in other areas of our lives. They are the evidence of a past hurt. Once they have healed the physical pain is typically gone, but we will always have stories to tell and memories attached to the symbol left behind.

God often uses wounds to teach us lessons or slow us down. I believe that the extra months I spent healing my wound was making me take a break I would not have otherwise allowed myself. This was time that I needed to heal internal wounds I will never even see.

In our lives we collect scars that tell the story of where we have been. Some of these scars have molded us into who we are today. Physical scars allow us to help others make better choices such as not running on wet surfaces or paying better attention when our bodies are telling us to slow down. Other scars are on our heart. These scars tell our story as well. They symbolize the pain of a lost love, a lost child, a mistaken path or even an unexpected detour. Everyone’s scars are in different places and for different reasons. They are not meant to be hidden. They are to be shared. They are part of your legacy; they make you who you are. They are an important part of your story. Someone somewhere needs to hear your story because they need someone with your particular scars to teach them how to make it through to the other side of their current situation.

Who could benefit from the scars on your heart? Maybe it’s someone you do not even know. Your story, full of all of your scars and imperfections, is important. You should take the time to tell it.

Parenting from the Heart: Choices

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As a parent I have spent 20+ years teaching my children to make the right choices, often having to make hard choices for them. I will never forget when one of them began to run with the wrong crowd after having been rejected by a group they thought were their friends. It was heart breaking for her and I both. As a Senior in High School, she was still at an age where I needed to step in before things went too far awry. So, I took her car away for three months and began to pray like I had never prayed before. I am so thankful for the work God has done in her life since that day.

Today, my girls are all adults in their twenties. They still have hard choices to face on a daily basis; some more difficult than others. As a parent, I still find myself wanting to take those choices off their hands and make then myself. However, I have seen the consequences of parents continuing to do for their children into adulthood and it’s not a good result.

Our children will always be our children, but they will not always be kids. They rely on us to teach them how to become productive adults who make a positive contribution to society. That is our job; not making them comfortable, making them productive!

Part of making them productive is teaching them to obey the voice of the Lord. Teach them how to hear it for themselves, not to rely on you to interpret God’s word for them. God wants our children to inherit His kingdom on their own. We cannot hand it to them, and by trying to we might actually cause them to miss it all together.

Teach your children to make their own choices, suffer their own consequences, and hear the voice of the Lord so clearly that they can discern His will for themselves. When they leave High school as adults, realize that phase of your parenting is over. From that point forward you are a sounding board in their lives, not a decision maker. Trust God to be their decision maker.

http://bible.us/114/DEU30.20.NKJV that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
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