Shed Your Old Wineskins!

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Holding on to habits and patterns that no longer serve us keep us bounded to the ordinary. The enemy wants our feet to be cemented in a holding place so that we can’t move forward and do God’s work. Breaking bad habits is difficult because to some degree it’s comfortable to do what you always did even when the results are less than favorable. So much of the discouragement and that unsettled feeling of not living our authentic life originates from the patterns we adopt. We’re unsettled because we’re not pursuing God’s plan for our life. Going against God’s grain leaves us frustrated and feeling like we’re missing something. Internally and spiritually you know there’s something else you should be doing, but you’re habits stop you. This is one of the ways the enemy distracts you from God’s plan. He wants you believe that you can’t change. That you are who you are, and there is nothing you can do about it! These habits are in your DNA. How many times have you heard people say or maybe even yourself, “I can’t help it, that’s just who I am.” That my friend is an excuse that you’ve been conditioned to believe but that good news is you can change your CONDITION!

Be intentional about choosing something different. Adopt habits that honor who you are in God, choose the patterns that take you to the next level God has for your life! When you choose to break the strongholds in your life that are holding you back from God’s best, you will be unstoppable! Unstoppable not in your power, but in God’s power and strength, so that ultimately you can glorify the Lord!

Maybe some of your habits originate from a belief pattern  you had before you knew Christ. You are a new creature in God! Step fully into your identity! No longer do you have to hold onto an old way of life  that doesn’t reflect who you are as a daughter of the King! You can’t expect to do new things when you’re grabbing onto old ways. Scripture tells us you can’t pour wine into old wineskins because it will break and the wine will spill out. What are you trying to pour into your life that doesn’t seem to stick? Are you frustrated because you have a vision, something new that you want to pursue, that’s put on your heart by God, but it keeps falling through? It’s time to change your wineskin!

Think about the habits you need to release. You know what they are, because they haunt you. Every day, every moment, and every year that you are not walking fully in your purpose is because of a choice that you can change.  What have you gained by holding onto unhealthy and unwise habits? The answer is nothing! If anything you lose something every day, the community around you loses something, your family looses something because they are not getting the woman God designed you to be!

Bad habits are like friends who don’t have your best interest at heart. It’s difficult because you’ve grown accustomed to the toxic relationship by making excuses, by refusing to see the hard and ugly truth because you want so badly to hold on, to believe that it’s not that bad. But, it is and it dishonors who you are and soon you become okay with that and you accept the unacceptable. Knowing when to quit is freeing and allows you to stand in your truth and in God’s truth for you.  Stop cheating yourself and others out of God’s extraordinary vision for your life and start living your best life by releasing what doesn’t serve you any longer!

 

Guest Post! Creative, Expressive Fun: Educational Activities Kids Can Enjoy Indoors

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Written By: Jenny Wise

Most parents have been through one of those days where the rain just never lets up and the kids, frustrated and trapped inside for hours, never give up causing trouble. At times like that, it’s difficult to tell who’s more anxious for a couple hours of sunshine and clear skies, the kids or Mom and Dad. It’s a person of true vision and foresight who keeps a few ideas in store for fun and educational indoor activities when they’re out of other options and the kids won’t stop fighting over the gaming controls.

At a time like that, it takes real creativity and inspiration to come up with a Plan B when Monopoly, Pictionary and Boggle just aren’t doing the job. There are always plenty of YouTube exercise videos or play-along music lessons, many of which are specifically designed for children. But sometimes, kids need to have their creative impulse tweaked a little with activities that draw on their ingenuity and inspire them to create something really unique.

Fun with math!

Yes, kids can have fun with math applications, so long as you make them relatable to everyday situations – HomeAdvisor’s lesson plans collection has lots of great examples. For just $4.99, download the app Time, Money & Fractions On-Track. This software program guides kids through fun, interactive audio/visual exercises that teach them things they’d normally roll their eyes at in school. Funny animal noises, lots of color and animation help keep them engaged. For exactly $1, have them give Math Evolve a try, another fun and educational interactive game. If you’re into activities that are free of charge, visit the National Association for the Education of Young Children websites for a wide selection of math games.

Vivid colors – make your own

Kids may love to color and draw, but the same old crayons and colored pens do tend to lose their luster after a while. Ask your children if they’d be interested in a little artwork if they got to make their own colors this time. That’s right, create their very own colors, as bright and vivid as they care to make them. It’s fun and doesn’t take long. With a few ordinary household items, including white vinegar, light corn syrup, cornstarch, baking soda, and gel food coloring, your kids can create the brightest water colors imaginable. With some paper and a few brushes, you’ve got the makings of a genuine home art studio. Not only can you make them as vivid as you like, it’s even cheaper than going out and buying art supplies or stocking up on crayons or pens that will get used once or twice before they’re forgotten. It’s a creative and educational rainy day activity that the kids may want to turn into an everyday happening.

Illuminated stories

This is another easy, fun and inexpensive way to get the kids’ creative juices going and get them to collaborate. All you need are a few empty glass jars (pickle, sauerkraut, beets or anything that comes in a wide glass container will work) and kids willing to write and illustrate a story on a white piece of paper. Insert a small candle into the jar and light it, then glue the paper on the side and watch the stories light up … literally.

Fun with marbles

Have you ever wondered why you’ve been hanging onto all those marbles your kids haven’t played with in years? Not only are they a hazard to household foot traffic, they’re a choking risk for the family pet. But don’t chuck them in the wastecan quite yet. Instead, grab the paint, a few pieces of white paper, and a baking sheet or paint-rolling pan. Lay paper in the pan, douse the marbles in different colors of paint, and turn them loose in the pan, moving it around so each marble leaves a nice long trail behind it. You’ll end up with a piece of avantgarde artwork that defies classification – maybe a cross between Warhol and Pollock – and is suitable for framing!

Time for science

If they need a break from all that artistic self-expression, why not dip into the world of science with the “Magic Milk” experiment, which produces globs of color? You’ll need food coloring, liquid dish soap, cotton swabs, whole milk and a couple of small bowls. Pour a little milk in a shallow dish, add a few drops of food coloring to the milk, apply a cotton swab to the mixture and listen to the oohs and aahs as the colors explode.

It’s amazing how much fun can be had with a couple clicks of the mouse or a few simple household items you normally wouldn’t give a second thought to. The best part about do-it-yourself indoor fun (other than keeping frustrated kids occupied) is that your children can exhibit their work proudly on the fridge or on their bedroom walls.

Courtesy of Pixabay.com.

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Do Your Choices Produce a Harvest or a Famine? Girl’s Workshop PDF Download!

It’s been a long time! I’m so sorry! Life has been so busy. New job, kid’s stuff, house stuff, life stuff…oy! This past weekend I had the privilege to host a Girls Workshop at our Ladies’ Inspirational Day! What a whirlwind and rollercoaster of emotion! But God’s grace is sufficient! The whole day was a blessing!

Well, except when I had a mini breakdown because I started having that stinking about how I wasn’t prepared, and how could I encourage young girls when I’m a hot mess right now! But, thanks to my sweet sisters who God just poured his grace through to shower on me with their love, I was blessed and was able to give the message God had placed on my heart! Even messes our blessings, sometimes our biggest blessings because we see God’s hand at work!

I wanted to share the study guide I gave the girls, “Do Your Choices Produce a Harvest or a Famine?” with you all!  I’m thinking about turning into a Bible Study or a more developed e-book. I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Operation Finale Opens Today! Check Out the Trailer!

The riveting movie, Operation Finale, will keep you on the edge of your seat! Starring Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley and Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac, the film captures the brilliantly executed mission to capture Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief architects of the Holocaust. Fifteen years after the end of World War II, a top-secret team of Israeli agents travels to Argentina where Eichmann is hiding with his family under an alias Ricardo Klement and execute an extremely dangerous abduction. Peter Malkin is forced to engage Eichmann in an intense and gripping game of cat-and-mouse with life-and-death stakes.

Check out the trailer and grab some popcorn for this intense thriller you won’t want to miss!

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In Theaters Today!