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Coach Mom Newsletter - MAR 2013

God Has a Plan for You

“There’s absolutely no one God brings into this life without a plan.”

Charles Stanley

 When I heard Charles Stanley say this the other day, I wondered how many people might be encouraged with this thought. I wondered how many people, when they hear reference to “God’s plan for your life” immediately dismiss themselves as someone who is not one of those types of people, or who is unworthy of God’s time and attention.

The Bible clearly tells us that God has made each one of us, and has a plan.

 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

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, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Psalm 139:13-16

What benefits come with knowing God has a plan for your life?

  • You can live with purpose and hope.

  • You realize you are created for more than yourself.

  • You feel a sense of being needed, knowing you are created to contribute and impact the world.

  • You can let go of the need to control, and instead rest in God’s sovereignty.

  • You can trust God when bad things happen, knowing He can work them for good.

  • You understand you are unique and special to God, and find your identity in Him.

How can we teach our children that God has a plan for their lives?

  • Read them Psalm 139:13-16.

  • As you observe strengths in them, speak it. When you see a commendable quality, mention it. These things often seem common and easy to them because they are gifted. They may not even realize it is a gift unless it is brought to their attention.

  • Pray over them every night. You might not have ever prayed out loud before, but it will strengthen your relationship with your child and bless them if you pray for them. It can be as simple as, “Thank you, Father, for creating Johnny and giving him to me as a son. Thank you for making him a leader, and as he leads may he always honor and glorify you throughout his life.”

  • Set up service opportunities for your child to exercise his/her gifts. My daughter is gifted to work with people with special needs, which we identified when she was in kindergarten. We talk about how the things she does each day impact the lives of fellow students she befriends. We are also looking for an opportunity for her to serve in the special needs ministry at our church.

  • Remind them God can use them from an early age. Teach the stories from the Bible such as David and Goliath, and the boy who gave his lunch that Jesus used to feed 5,000 people. The Bible says, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe” (I Timothy 4:12).

  • Have them take a spiritual gifts inventory to discover the gifts God has place in them to serve the body of Christ.

I try to remind my children regularly that God has great plans for them, and though we have no promise that those plans will be easy, we do have a promise that He will always be with us to help us through whatever we face. This battle to live for God’s purposes and plans is a battle worth fighting.

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.”

Psalm 138:8

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March Giveaway: You Can Do Great Things

The book You Can Do Great Things, by Michele Steinhauser, helps children understand God has created them each uniquely and that they can do great things. To win the book, forward this email newsletter to four friends and email Brenna, with “Great Things” in the subject line.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Cupid Challenge given in February’s newsletter! Keep in mind we can do this more than just on Valentine’s Day. Congrats to Nikki McCutchen and Lisa Copeland, winners of the book Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement.

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Prayers for Brenna and Family

Please pray for Brenna as she travels to Africa this month to adopt orphans J & M. After the adoption is official, they will wait for the issuing of the children’s visas and hope to bring them home by the end of summer.

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It's Rose Pruning Time

For a few pruning tips and reflection on God’s pruning in the life of a believer, go to Brenna’s blog: A Lesson in Pruning.

*Bonus: You won’t believe how Epsom salt can help your garden.

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