by Renee Scott
Normally on Sunday evenings, you will find my daughter and I getting her hair ready for school on Monday. This past week she asked me “Mommy, I wonder how many hairs are on my head”?
What a question!
 
2d7f199c66560b24557af257be4ca7d1Even though I carried my daughter in my womb for nine months, gave birth to her after 15 hours of labor and nursed her for 12 months, I didn’t know the number.  Her Bratz doll was close by so we started trying to count her hair strand by strand. I think we stopped after five strands of hair. We quickly found out that it would be exhausting to try and count each piece of hair. I then turned her question into a teachable moment.
The word of God shares with us that we were knitted together in our mother’s womb and the number of hairs on our head are all numbered and known by Him. He knows when we sit and when we rise. He can even perceive our thoughts from a distance. Before a word is on our tongue, He knows it completely. In those moments when we feel that he must not care about us or our situation, the 139th Psalm assures us that He does know and He cares.
 
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
 
I shared with my daughter that even though we may not know the number of hairs on her head, God knows.  Hold fast to the truth that you are fearfully and wonderfully made! He knows your pain, sees your tears and will come when you call.  Thank God he knows your number!
 
Had a recent teachable moment with your child?  Share with us below.

Renee Scott

 

Renee Scott is co-founder of the popular blog, www.doubleportioninspiration.blogspot.com ,where she shares encouragement and inspiration to men and women all over the world.  She’s been a member of Grace Family Church for four years. She loves to run and recently completed her first half marathon. She is a wife of over 14 years and mother of two children.  

 

A Beautiful Girls Night Out was an amazing night of testimonies and getting connected! Check out the videos below if you missed it! Hope you enjoy it just as much as we did! 

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by Kristin Bonham

I was talking with a group of moms with young children when one of them asked me about parenting.  I think she posed the question, “If you could boil it down to one thing, what would you give as advice for raising kids?”

WOW!  That’s a tough question!  I couldn’t imagine only one piece of advice that would encompass the broad, changing, challenging journey of raising kids!  I paused and I really believe the Holy Spirit reminded me of a common theme God has spoken to me that answers her question and also applies to every one whether they are raising kids or not.

Do Hard Things.

The devil (the thief) is always trying to get us to take the easy way out.  He wants us to over commit, not deal with issues, avoid pain, and get into unhealthy patterns in our relationships.  He wants us to settle for the mediocre, status quo, second best and bare minimum.  And, if he can get us to cave into this in our parenting, even better!

“A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”  John 10:10 MSG

Making the harder, more “painful in the moment” choice in order to have a long term result is more valuable and lasting.  Our flesh craves comfort, ease and instant gratification.  Building a life of faith takes work, time, and pushing through pain. The rich and satisfying life that Jesus makes available to us, a better life than we ever dreamed of, requires doing some hard things.

 

Here’s what Do Hard Things looks like with kids:

  • When your 2 year old is pitching a fit and you’re tempted to give in, don’t.  Even if it means the fit continues.
  • When your kids are having a bad day and you have plans with friends, maybe the hard thing would be to stay home and work on training.
  • Consider how you are communicating with your kids at any age, are you getting down on their level?  Are you putting into terms they understand?  Are you giving the conversation the time it needs?  Are you giving them too much information all at once?
  • When you have set default patterns in your family dynamics, ask God how to be intentional again.
  • When you want to avoid pain for your kids, ask yourself if this is an opportunity for them to grow and consider steering them into the pain while you are available to walk them through it.

 

Here’s what Do Hard Things looks like for me:

  • Have a crucial conversation when it’s necessary.
  • Say “no” when you’re tempted to say “yes” because you feel bad.
  • Follow through with the intentional choices when the pressure is on to give in.
  • Don’t Quit!

 

What does it look like when you do the “hard things”?

 

Kristin Bonham

 

Kristin Bonham is a pastor’s wife and the Women’s Ministry Director at Grace Family Church. She and Chris have been married for 25 years and have three children; Taylor, Abby and Casey.  She loves the beach, New York City and traveling with Chris. She collects books and reads some of them. Her favorite part of the week is Sunday lunch with her family and friends around the table.  

by Dani Catherine

About 2 months ago, a few girls from the office and I started a small group during our lunch break every Thursday. When the study started, I was feeling restless. To be completly honest, a lot of things were going on in my life that had me hitting a wall. So, this small group was just what I needed.

So you know how I said I was restless? Well, the study we were doing was “Restless” by Jennie Allen. How ironic.

A few weeks into the study, as the girls and I started to see how the Lord placed us all together for many reasons, we all started to see growth in ourselves, growth in the areas that we didn’t know we needed to grow in, and growth in our friendship with each other. It was so sweet how the Lord placed these girls in my life and this study at the exact moment I needed it.

I am not here to tell you that the study was amazing and that you need to do this specific study (but really, you should, it’s a life changer!) I am here to tell you that being in a small group with women who you can be vulnerable with, can truly change your life.

You see, when this study started, my whole life had taken a turn. I really had NO idea how I was going to get up everyday and face reality. But WOW, these girls were there to lift me up, encourage me, show me where I needed to change and were completely honest with me. Its sometimes hard to look in the mirror at yourself and see the things you need to take a look at. They challenged me to be the best Dani I could be, despite what I was going through. What started as a journey of 4 girls meeting together for small group, ended with us wanting to seek more of what the Lord has for us, while walking alongside each other.

I encourage you to join a small group, do life with your friends. Be there for one another. People need people.

 

Dani Catherine

 

Dani Catherine works at GFC as the Ministry Assistant to the Beautiful Ministry. Dani loves to bake, scream her head off at hockey games, drink tea, paint, snap photos and spend time with her dog Jeter! 

On Monday, May 12th, the Grace Family Church sanctuary was filled with women for a Beautiful Girls Night Out! Women joined us from all over! Including our Temple Terrace and Citrus Park Campuses! Temple Terrace ladies even took a bus to transport their Beautiful Ladies to Girls Night Out! The night included new connections, a hula hoop and hula contest, joy, laughter, and Gods love!

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Amber Wade, Luly Acosta, Stacie Gavin, and Kacee Martinez spoke a powerful message on being Known, Loved, Celebrated and Served! Kristin Bonham also shared a message on Jesus feeding the 5,000 and the boy who brought his lunch. As women, we sometimes carry a lot on our plates! We worry about outcomes and responsibilities that are not ours. We carry things that Jesus is asking us to give Him! We sometimes don’t just pack our own lunch! Kristin encouraged and challenged women to pack their own lunch and to ask God what their part is and to release the rest to Him!

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If you are looking to connect with other women at Grace Family Church, our Beautiful Summer Groups will start the first week in June. To get more information, email beautiful@gfconline.com.