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Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.  Proverbs 22:6

The Encouragement: Do not seek to be perfect, seek instead to work at love in excellence…but only through the grace of God. Parenting: It requires sacrificial love, commitment, consideration, planning, and the desire to give endless amounts of time, patience, understanding, seeking wisdom to impart wisdom … and yes many prayers. It’s not designer clothes, or the latest over priced sneakers, or the latest electronic gadgets, or expensive gestures that put us into financial ruin … It’s all about protection, safety, care and listening, spending quantitative – qualitative time … showing: truth, respect, honor through love toward our children. It’s living the talk …not just talking the talk. It’s correction without breaking spirits… Sound counsel without reckless words. Loving in the most excellent ways.

So often, I witness the breaking of spirits in children, while I am out and about… This is coming from a mother that raised two children one of them,an extremely active child.  I can tell you losing your cool is not good.  Breaking your child’s esteem is greatly at risk.  If your child doesn’t do well running errands with you then don’t bring him/her.  Work it in during your work week… before work, during lunch or after work before pick-up.  Make your free time about family time, after all in the blink of an eye they are off to college and onto their own lives.  If you are a single parent, try doing Wal-Mart on line grocery ordering,  a $50.00 minimum then pick it up later.  Check out your local markets see if they offer that service.  There services that are doing this for a minimal fee.  Do as much of on-line business as possible, technology is a great asset we can do on line banking, bill payments, shop for supplies for the house, school and work.  We can even keep up with the kids academics – You  don’t need to be hit with a last minute project and scramble around to help them complete it.  We can view the class syllabus on line; set your smart phones up for strategies and plan with you children.  The best plan I love is assigning chores; my kids were excellent at this because they were competitive.  Their competitiveness not only got the house cleaned and laundry done, they made sure it stayed that way.  I miss those days.  - The most important order of keeping life in order is getting rest … do your best to get you and everyone to bed early.  Nothing more stressful than working with no sleep.  The body needs to rest, repair and rejuvenate.  Do pray consistently daily find a time that works best for you. – Pray in you alone time; the kids nap time and pray as a family, it keeps good communication flowing between you and God and God and the children.  This is what I call faith in action…  Be blessed and rest in his presence.

Fathers,[Parents] do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Eph. 6:4

Read Ephesians 6

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,

In Christ Love,

Jennifer Pettiford



Love One Another Deeply
God’s Word: Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincerelove for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22

Encouragement Shared:
We are called to love one another deeply… from the heart.
The attributes of love are defined in God’s word. God’s definition is clear. It is only through the power of Christ in you, the word of God written on the tablet of our hearts, along with the “Holy Spirit” leading guiding, prompting us that we can love in this way. How we love one another displays our trust in God’s word through our spiritual maturity of our faith. The Bible states: without faith it impossible to please the Him. Hebrews 11:6
We are commanded to- love one another deeply… Love is an action not an emotion. Emotion leads us to commotion and destruction. It is through our love we are recognized as Christians. The truth is we cannot profess we are Christians and not display love … If we are professing Christ as our savior, we must follow the command to love one another deeply.

God’s Definition of Love: As written in the Book of 1 Corinthians 13:
Love is…Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive [Protects], loyal, hopeful, and trusting.
Love never fails! 1Corinthians 13:4-8 (CEV) Contemporary English Versions
An Acronym for Love ~

Love one another…John 15:12
Obey the truth… 1Peter 1:22
Virtue …add to your faith virtue… 2Peter 1:5
Encourage one another daily… Hebrews 3:13

How The World Loves:
We love because He loved us first … We can only demonstrate this love through God’s loving grace in us.
I share these things to sharpen our swords and to encourage us because of the deceitfulness of sin that plagues us every day. In the world’s definition there is nothing definitive about love. Love is based on false deceptions; preconceptions of following as the world would say: Follow your heart! Follow my heart, according to the word of God my heart is wicked and deceitful [Jeremiah 17:9] …
We fall in love, we fall out of love. We fall out of love, perhaps we have been wronged. Even worse perhaps an individual we once loved no longer lives up to our standard of undefined definition of what we perceive love to be. More than likely the answer is the latter… Where does that leave our relationships within marriage; parent child relationships; friendships? Perhaps it is a circumstance of an non-forgiving heart due to brokenness or critical prideful expectations put on others, often leading to bitterness leaving us in a disgrace from God. That ultimately separates us from God and from any kind of healthy relationships. Love covers a multitude of sins [wrongs]. 1 Peter 4:8

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford


God’s Word on Love:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not havelove, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy andw can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. … 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Encouragement Shared: Without the love of the Father we can do no good thing. Yes, Beloved this is a tough word. As Christians we are recognized by our love toward one another. It is love that compels us to do the right things in faith and in acts of obedience. Through our faith and willingness to be obedient we can triumph the power of the God in us through his faith, hope and love poured out in us.

Birthday Love:
Yesterday was my Birthday… and this year was quite special just as all the other years I have celebrated. It has been a month long celebration through love and creating new memories. Two weeks ago, my son Jon and his family came to visit from North Carolina… My parents came down from New York … My Brother and Sister in Law joined us from West Palm Beach, Florida where they live. Even my ex-husband and his lovely wife came with my son.
It started out as a visit to meet my daughter’s 6 month old baby boy JC. But quickly it tuned into a family reunion, a fun time for everyone. Having my all of my grand-children here was the best. It really wasn’t anything formal; we did activities, saw some sights, hung out at the pool and went to the beach and ate a lot. The most special part is that I even got to be with my Mother, just her and I for an afternoon just talking, laughing and reminiscing. Now, that is the; Birthday Love; Family … Nothing, better than family time. I treasure it, because most of my family lives in New York … My son in the Carolinas … that leaves just my daughter and I to celebrate usually just the two of us, and now there is three of us with her infant son JC. Those special times serve as a reminder that love is the most excellent gift we have to offer one another.

Love Deeply:
It is not always simplified, because after all there are differences, which can lead to conflict. I have learned through my journey of faith to this point, that nothing is more important than just love and acceptance. Disagreements can be done in love and most certainly in respect. The Bible states; …Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22 Beloved it by our love we can inspire others through love and good deeds [Hebrews 10:24] …that is love in action.

The Word for Thought:
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 1 John 3:11

I am thankful for God’s love in my life, and the blessings of family and good friends he uses to bless me through love and good deeds.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford