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Know your babies personality from these five sleeping positions by Asma Ab Razak

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Know your babies personality from these five sleeping positions

Some said that parents were able to judge their children’s character and personality as early as the age of 3, but did you know that we can actually assess babies’ personality from the way they’re sleeping?

These are five babies’ sleeping position and what it meant to their personality growing up:

1. Sleeping on the chest

Babies sleeping in this position shows that they actually feel that they’re in a safe and happy surrounding. However, this sleeping position is not encouraged as it is not good for their blood circulation and safety reasons. It can also cause blurred vision and cockeye.

Parents are advised to change the babies’ sleeping position if they’re sleeping this way.

2. Sleep with less movement

These babies sleep well all night long with their hands on the chest. They make less movement while sleeping and the blanket stays in place. When they wake up in the morning, the place they’re sleeping still looks neat and clean. Babies with this sleeping position are often good children who listen well to their parents, but they are more likely to be quiet and introvert kids. They feel less safe and easily anxious.

Parents need to pay attention to babies with the sleeping position by training them to be brave and encourage them to interact with the surrounding.

3. Starfish sleeping position

We’ve seen many children sleeping in this position, with both of the hands placed closer to the head and open feet position—just like a starfish. Babies with this sleeping position are often friendly and outgoing. They are active babies and likable by many.

Nothing much that parents need to worry about babies of this position, just develop their character to listen well to their parents.

4. Sleeping with a lot of movement

Babies with this sleeping position move around a lot while sleeping to the point of worrisome for some parents. So these babies will often be watched over while sleeping because parents are worried that if they’re actually cold or had something disturbing their sleep.

But don’t worry because they’re actually growing up becoming cheerful and fun person.

5. Shrimp-style sleeping position

Babies with this sleeping position often curl up while sleeping, making them looked like small shrimp. Most of them like to hold on to something while sleeping or otherwise they’re not having a good sleep. If they have nothing to hold on, they will hold to their own hands or feet. This sleeping position shows that the babies are feeling less safe. They feel that they didn’t receive much love.

So parents need to make sure that they spend more time with their babies if they’re sleeping this way so that they will not feel abandoned growing up and turned introvert.

These are definitely useful for us to understand babies better!

Children Should Be Able to Do These 7 Things on Their Own by the Time They Are 13

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Children Should Be Able to Do These 7 Things on Their Own by the Time They Are 13 Years of Age

 

When you have a baby, your whole world changes. It starts with a lack of sleep, diaper changes, and of course, the most selfless kind of love there is. You want to do everything for this little human—from bathing them to feeding them and even wiping their you know what.

But at some point, all of that stops. Okay, well some of that stops. We at least really hope you’re not wiping their you know what when they’re a teenager!

While that might seem obvious, there are some less-obvious things that some parents have a hard time quitting, even after their child turns 13 (the unofficial beginning of adolescence).

While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to help them out in life, there’s a point where certain basic day-to-day things need to stop. Unless you want them to grow up and not know how to do these things without the help, experts say to get into the habit of stopping them now.

So how do you know what kids should be able to do on their own when they’re a teen? Here are the things you should probably stop doing:

  1. Waking them up

    How often are you gently rubbing your tired teen’s shoulder, asking them to get out of bed and get ready fro school? This may seem harmless, but if they’re in the habit of waking up to the parent-alarm clock instead of a regular one, they’re going to face difficulties later in life when they have to start using one. If they have a phone, they can set their own alarm!

  2. Their laundry

    Speaking of phones, if they can use an iPhone, they can use a washing machine (it might even have less buttons!). If you want to start them small, start them just by folding the clean items and putting them away. That might make them even more eager to learn how to do the whole job.

  3. Cooking

    We’re not advocating to stop bothering with meals altogether, but throwing together breakfast or lunch is something a 13-year-old should be able to do on their own. “Have confidence that they could make a breakfast for themselves, that they could make a lunch, says Julie Lythcott-Haims, the author of How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid For Success.

  4. Talking to teachers for them

    If they’re having an issue in school, it’s natural to want to step in. And while there’s a time and place for that, if it’s some kind of daily issue such as not turning in their homework, your teen needs to tackle it on their own to prepare them for much bigger discussions when they’re an adult.

  5. Coming to the rescue

    We’re talking in terms of when they forget something that they’d be able to survive without. Of course, if they forgot their asthma inhaler, yes, please deliver that to them. But if they forgot their sports uniform or a textbook, you shouldn’t have to drop everything to save them. In fact, they might even learn to not forget these things the less times you come to the rescue!

  6. Cleaning

    You’re not the maid, and while a 13-year-old isn’t expected to clean an entire house, they should certainly be helping out with daily household chores, be it vacuuming or dusting. “It’s a wonderful way to delegate responsibility and keep the household moving forward,” says Stephanie O’Leary, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and author of Parenting in the Real World.

  7. Micromanaging their self-care tasks

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    “By the time your kid is in high school, they really ought to be able to do everything related to their own care, if they had to,” Lythcott-Haims said. This includes making their bed, draining the water after their shower—all those “little” things you catch yourself doing, ask yourself, “Should a 13-year-old know how to do this?” Chances are, if you’re asking, they can.

What seemingly “small” thing are you doing for your teen that maybe you should back off from?

HSV-1: PARENTS BE AWARE!

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A Mother’s Warning.  Ask Those Who Are Admiring Your Newborn Not To Kiss The Child For The Child’s Sake.   HSV-1 virus. It’s the Herpes Simplex Virus most commonly known as the cold sore virus or the “kiss of death” for infants. For adults it’s not a big deal. But for infants with little to no immune system, it’s fatal. When someone who has the virus in their system and kisses an infant it can spread rapidly. You can have the virus and not even know you have it. You don’t have to have an active cold sore to pass it on. You shed the virus in your saliva and when it gets on the baby it goes through the body so fast. It attacks the brain first. It shows up as a type of meningitis. It’s fluid based around the vertebrae and goes straight the the brain. It then spreads to all their organs. It happens so fast that you don’t even know the baby is sick.

Everyone needs to know about this virus and what it does to children and their families! PEOPLE!!!! STOP KISSING BABIES THAT ARE NOT YOURS!!!!! WAS YOUR HANDS WHEN YOU ARE AROUND NEWBORNS!!!!!

Get the word out.  More people, especially families with newborns, need to know about this sickness. This is a serious and dangerous illness. Do your part, stop kissing babies and start washing your hands. These babies don’t deserve it.

The following was taken from a Facebook post of a mother who just lost her newborn daughter to this virus:  I as a mother and wife didn’t deserve it. My husband and children don’t deserve it. And now we will live a whole life time of “what if’s”. I will never see her go to kindergarten, graduate high school or college, my husband will never walk her down the isle on her wedding day, I will never see her be a better mother than me. It’s not fair!! We should have never had to go through this. I love you Emerson Faye. I will carry on your name and your love till eternity. I will never forget you. I will never stop loving you. Fly high beautiful baby.

Keep the children as safe as possible.

9 “Forgotten” Manners Every Parent Should Be Teaching Their Children

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Do you often hear people say that chivalry is dead, and that children have no respect for their elders these days?

While we wouldn’t say that’s completely true, we can admit that somewhere along the way, some basic manners may have fallen by the wayside.

As the decades pass, it feels like manners that were once the norm have become a bit overlooked. Nowadays it’s more like “keep your iPhone off the table” instead of “keep your elbows off the table” (and more than likely, the iPhone remains anyway). You get our drift.

Here are some of the long lost “forgotten” manners that you may want to teach your child from the beginning. You’re sure to raise a civilized human being!

  1. Close your mouth when you chew.

    Can’t you just hear your grandmother preaching this to you as you quickly close your mouth when smacking your cereal? There are few things more gross than watching someone’s food be chewed up in their mouths as they’re eating (or talking for that matter). It might feel natural for the child to chew with their mouth open or not realize they’re doing it, so it’s important to teach them this young so they can get used to it.

  2. Say “excuse me.”

    There are many instances when someone should say “excuse me”—for instance, when someone’s in your line of walking and they don’t see you coming, when you need the attention of an elder right away and they’re in the middle of a conversation, or if you bump into someone accidentally. Saying “excuse me” can help ease any of these situations to ensure you’re being polite.

  3. Hold the door.

    It’s important to teach children not just to hold the door for people, but more importantly, to look to see if someone’s coming and then hold the door if someone’s near. Who doesn’t appreciate when the door is held open for them? Along the same lines, boys should be taught at a young age to open the car door for a lady—it may sound old school, but a woman will always appreciate it.

  4. Don’t talk with your mouth full.

    How many times do your child stuff their mouth with pancakes only to ask for the syrup as they’re chewing? Teach them to wait to speak until all their food has been swallowed. If someone asks them a question while they’re chewing, they can signal to their mouth that they’re chewing, which will tell the person asking the question that they’ll respond when they’re done chomping.

  5. Keep a napkin on your lap.

    Remember when your parents used to tell you to place a napkin in your lap to catch any dropped food? Teach your children the same thing—and to dab their face with it if they happen to get anything on their face. It’s much more polite that wiping their mouth with their shirt sleeve or leaving a dirty napkin on the table.

  6. Elbows off the table.

    As we said earlier, elbows, iPods, toys, whatever it is—they’re not to be on the table when a meal is being served. There’s a time and place for it all, just not at the dinner table!

  7. Ask to be excused from the table.

    As for more table manners, it’s courteous to ask if you can be excused from the table when you’re done. It’s can be a bit disrespectful to leave a table when the meal isn’t complete, especially if someone just spent time cooking the meal you just ate. Chances are, if you asked to be excused, you’ll always get a “yes” verses if you just leave, you’ll be seen as rude.

  8. Take your shoes off when entering a home.

    Even if the homeowner doesn’t ask you to, it’s seen as polite to remove your shoes that might be dirty before trekking through their likely just-washed floors. If you don’t feel comfortable taking off your shoes right away, teach your children to at least always ask if the host would like them to.

  9. Say please and thank you.

    One of the most obvious, yet forgotten manners: Always say “please” when you want something and “thank you” after receiving it. Also feel free to teach your children that you can never say “please” and “thank you” too many times!

What do you think of these long lost manners? Have you forgotten any? Do your children know to do these things? What kinds of manners do you teach your children in the modern world?

 

30 Outfit Mistakes That Will Make You Look Messy

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7 Things Kids Need To Do For Themselves Before They Turn 13

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Before your child blows out their candles, you should really make sure they have a handle on these skills.

Turning 13 is a major milestone. For many kids, it feels like one big step toward adulthood. Of course, teenagers don’t just take on the responsibilities of growing older on their own because they’ve turned a page on a calendar.

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Parents play a big role in guiding their kids by equipping them with the skills they need to take care of themselves and contribute to society.

There are so many opinions out there on how to best raise teens that it can make it difficult for parents to know exactly what their kids need at each stage of their life. For kids who are about to turn 13, independence is likely the goal you both will have in mind.

Here are seven skills your kid needs before they cross over into their life as a teen.

1. Money Matters

By the time their thirteenth birthday approaches, young people should understand some basics about money and how to manage the money they earn. These skills are best taught through modeling and practice.

As their parent, you can model financial responsibility by talking openly with your kids about the decisions you make, from how you earn money to how you spend and save it once you have it.

Of course, hands-on practice is going to provide the most effective learning for middle school–aged children, so letting them earn some cash by providing an allowance or offering extra tasks to them at home is a great way to start teaching them lessons on money management.

At this age, kids need to have a practical understanding that money is not limitless, Anton Simunovic, founder of ThreeJars.com, told Money. To teach this skill, parents should really avoid bailing their kids out when their money runs out, especially since the consequences are pretty low risk at this age.

A 13-year-old should also understand and practice habits like spending and giving. As soon as your kid is able to earn money, they should be expected to save a portion and set aside a portion to practice charitable giving.

2. Scheduling Solutions

Up until this point, there is a good chance you’ve been helping your child get up and out the door for school and extracurricular activities. Before they hit their teenage years, shift this responsibility onto their shoulders.

Kids this age are more than capable of getting out of bed on time and getting ready for school without assistance or reminders. So set them up for success by giving them an alarm and talking through their morning routine once or twice. Then back off and let them figure it out.

Here’s the most important, and most difficult, aspect of teaching young teens to manage their own time—let them experience the consequences of their own actions if they choose not to get up and out the door in the morning.

This might mean they have to face a frustrated teacher or discipline from a coach who expects them to be at practice by a certain time. And that’s okay. Sometimes consequences that come from outside the family leave the most lasting impression.

“There are days [a child] will come racing out with only a few minutes to spare before they have to be out the door,” parenting expert Amy Carney told Red Tricycle. “The snooze button no longer feels luxurious when it’s caused you to miss breakfast.”

3. Courteous Communication

If your new teen wishes to be treated like an adult—and most do—they need to communicate with other adults with respect and clarity. For most parents, teaching respect to teens they perceive as moody and standoffish may feel impossible, but the truth is that teaching respect is best accomplished by modeling respect toward your teen.

Teenagers are wired to demand independence, which means they are less likely to comply with command-based parenting practices, according Carl E. Pickhardt, PhD, writing for Psychology Today. Parents must respect this desire for autonomy if they want their children to move toward independence and learn to communicate like adults.

For some families, this might mean giving space for teens to withhold information or being willing to enter into more discussion about family rules instead of simply expecting obedience without question. When a teen feels their personal boundaries are being honored, they are more likely to give respect back to their parents.

Of course not all teens struggle with respect. For some it is a lack of confidence that keeps them from engaging well with adults. In this case, parents should be careful to intervene if they notice their child is using technology as a tactic for isolating from social situations, Pickhardt wrote.

Instead, make sure your teen understands that you are on their side and want to help them find clubs, sports, or organizations that are a good fit for their personality and interests. It may take time, but social activities your teen enjoys are likely to be the best opportunity for practicing social interactions, according to VeryWell.

4. Body Basics

Those early teen years are full of changes for young people, and these changes are going to require your child to learn new self-care skills. Most teens want to care for themselves but feel intimidated by the task or are too embarrassed to ask their parents for help.

Bridge this sometimes awkward topic and offer to teach your teen what they need to know about taking care of themselves. For both sexes, this will mean keeping themselves clean, dealing with body odor, and safely grooming any newly growing hair.

Female teens may need instruction on buying undergarments for their changing bodies and taking care of themselves during their monthly cycle.

Talking about body-care basics is a great opportunity to further discuss sexuality. Long before your child has reached their teens, they should understand that they are expected to engage respectfully with romantic interests, and they should understand the consequences of engaging in risky sexual behaviors at this age.

5. Housekeeping Habits

Your teen is a member of your household, and it is perfectly acceptable to expect them to do their part around the home. Before the age of 13, your child should know how to do their own laundry, pick up after themselves, and clean the kitchen.

Middle school is also a great time to start teaching them how to cook basic meals for themselves and other members of the familyAlong with cooking meals, teens should be expected to pack their own school lunches or budget to pay for lunch from the money they are given as allowance.

In many cases, parents put off teaching their children housekeeping habits simply because it feels easier to do it for them. In this case, it is essential to ask yourself what your goals for your child really are, says Amy Carney.

If your answer is that you want to raise them to be independent adults, then now is the time to start teaching them those skills. If you don’t, you just might find yourself with a high school senior who is still asking you to do their laundry and pack their lunch.

6. Academic Achievements

Most parents place a high priority on helping their teens reach their full potential, but by micromanaging your teen’s academics, you do more harm than good. Parents should find a balance, encouraging their teen and supporting them without doing their work for them or rescuing them from academic failure, according to U.S. News.

Of course, struggling students may need more help, but your average student should be able to meet deadlines without parent intervention, keep up with homework, and show up to class on time.

If your young teen is struggling with their academics, U.S. News suggests you don’t take over for them, but do have a heart-to-heart involving their counselor or teachers to find out what your child needs for academic success.

7. Navigation Necessities

New teens may not be ready to drive yet, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be familiar with navigating the places they go most frequently.

Whether they’re catching a ride with another parent or walking to and from school, being able get themselves where they need to go will bring them one step closer to independence.

In fact, it isn’t a bad idea to teach your teen how to navigate using a compass, map, or GPS.

According to Idaho State University, these skills are invaluable and have practical applications beyond getting to and from school—such as avoiding getting lost or enjoying the outdoors without fear.

It isn’t uncommon for parents to put off teaching their young teens independence simply because it feels easier to manage their lives. In some cases, parents feel fearful about the consequences their child could experience when they manage their life themselves.

The truth is, the consequences of the mistakes your teen might make now are far less risky than releasing them into adulthood without the skills they need to care for themselves, engage in adult relationships, or manage their time and money.

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QARA — The Investment That Will Outperform Apple Stock

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QARA — The Investment That Will Outperform Apple Stock

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In the late 1800’s and 1900s, there lived a man who had a dream of opening a clothing business. When he started in the business, the business was performing poorly, his health was declining and he experienced a physical collapse. Poverty was no stranger to this man throughout his business career. As he was gradually regaining his health in a rehabilitation center, he heard someone play hymns on the organ and it was there where he bowed down and proclaimed: “Lord, I’m giving my life to You.”

He made a decision to follow the Lord and honor Him in his finances, whether in poverty or wealth. It is said that he regularly gave onto the Lord upwards to 90% of his income. At the end of his life in 1971, he left behind a 1,660-store empire that he built on the foundation of God’s principles, including finances.

You may have walked into one of his many clothing stores on Black Friday or casual occasion. This individual’s name was James Cash Penney, better known as the founder of the J.C. Penney stores.

Giving for Eternity

There are countless stories of people like James Cash Penny, who reap the benefits of practicing generosity. Please note that this is not endorsing the prosperity Gospel. God never promised that you will be wealthy if you give financially, let alone own a multi-billion dollar enterprise. However, the Bible does contain promises to those who give joyfully and generously.

God was not surprised that finances would be one of the most challenging struggles for humankind. This is why the most popular and most mentioned topic in the Bible is money and finances. There are over 2000 verses on money alone.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21

To know what people value in their lives, take a look at the ways they spend their time and money.

Finances can imprison, trap, and steal joy if you allow it. As a result, we function from a state of lack rather than gratitude. We believe that accumulation leads to prosperity, but not always prosperity in the mind and soul. Instead, we fool ourselves into the world’s ways of managing finances. We are taught to save, invest, and accumulate for retirement, which are all great principles of finance, but they do not keep eternity in mind.

Imagine your last day on Planet Earth and you finally meet the King of Kings and Lord of Lords face-to-face. He asks you: “What have you done with what you were given? What have you done in my name?” You respond with “I saved and invested for retirement. I was able to go on nice vacations with my family, raise my kids to graduate college, and enjoyed life after 65.” Again, these are all wonderful pleasures from God but He called us to a higher calling than earthly gains and pleasures.

So, why should we give and what do I get out of this? Here are two promises from God when you give in His name:

1) IT’S NOT ALL YOURS, AND HE WILL GIVE YOU MORE.

“God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for your own needs but plenty left over to give joyfully to others.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8

As a child, I was a huge fanatic for McDonald’s chicken nuggets and my Dad would buy them for me because he loves me. When my dad asked for a chicken nugget, I would selfishly say no because I wanted all of the chicken nuggets to myself. When I would feel guilty for saying no, I begrudgingly allowed him to have one nugget maximum out of six nuggets. Looking back, I honestly admit I was very naive and ungrateful at that time. As a 25-year-old now, I knew my dad could have taken the nuggets away from me. My dad didn’t need my nuggets; he could easily have bought the nuggets with his own money. He could have stopped paying for my nuggets altogether. My dad was the sole source of my chicken nuggets and without him, I would not have enjoyed the pleasures of McDonald’s chicken nuggets as a child.

This seems like a silly illustration but the point is everything we have are gifts from God. Your car is a blessing, your home is a gift, and your money is no exception. God the Father can easily take away your possessions if He willed it. He doesn’t need our money. He just wants us to learn to be unselfish and generous.

According to 2 Corinthians 9:8, God says if we practice generosity, He will give us everything we need and exceedingly more, so we’ll have enough to bless others.

We are stewards, not owners of wealth, and God is looking for people who are willing to be used as a blessing to others.

If you will learn to be generous, God will bless you more than you can imagine!

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2) EARTHLY PLEASURES, HEAVENLY REWARDS

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21

You will not take your career, 401(k), investments, and material possessions with you to heaven. We live on earth for at most 100 years but we spend forever in eternity in heaven. The world’s values teach us to live for today (YOLO) and enjoy the pleasures of life while we still can. God teaches us to invest in Heaven, where you will be spending eternity. When you use your money for good in Jesus’ name, you are investing in Heaven.

When your time is up, God is not going to ask how far you achieved your career or how much money is in your bank account.

He will ask you what you did with the money you have been entrusted with, and the best investment you can make is in the Eternity Fund.

The Bible says that wherever your treasure is, your heart will be there also. If the things on this earth are most important to you, then you are moving farther away from your treasure with each passing day.

If you are investing in God’s funds and using your money to serve God’s purposes, then you are storing up treasure in Heaven and getting closer to your treasure. Practically speaking, using your money for God can look like tithing, buying a homeless man food, or advancing His kingdom. Investing in God’s kingdom is the only guaranteed return on investment, much more than Amazon’s 60,000%+ return.

Questions to Reflect On: How am I using my money for God’s kingdom? Am I being a steward rather than an owner of my money? Is my heart pointed towards eternity or earth?

20 Prayers to Pray throughout a Busy Day

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20 Prayers to Pray throughout a Busy Day

  • Kelly O’Dell StanleyCrosswalk.com Contributing Writer

1. Thank you for this day.

“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV)

Lord, thank you for this day. Thank you that you hold all of our days and know everything that will happen today. Please, go before me today. Give me strength in the midst of weariness and hope in the midst of any frustrations or hurts. I need you Lord, every hour, I need you. I surrender this day to you, trusting in your mercy, strength and grace

2. Be with me.

“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.” (Psalm 118:6)

Lord, be with me. Already I feel consumed with overwhelm as I think about all that is before me today. Feelings of frustration have already started to surface as little annoyances pop up. Lord, I give these to you. Be with me now. Spirit, protect me from myself — my tendency to anger or impatience. Help me see my life through your eyes, Father.

3. You are so good.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34)

Lord, you are so, so good. There is no darkness within you, no meanness, no harshness. You are fully good and fully good to me, even as I know you allow trials to test me. Help me take each trial that comes and see it as an opportunity to faithfully give you glory.

4. Give me strength for this day.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

Lord, give me strength for today. I am tired, mostly tired of battling my sinfulness and the brokenness of this world and all the ways it manifests itself: in heavy traffic, in injuries and insults, in small trials that get under my skin and get my focus off of you. I need strength to handle all of these things with grace. I am incapable apart from you! Give me strength, O Lord I pray!

5. Protect me.

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” (Luke 10:19)

Lord, protect me! Protect me from injury and harm, disease and painful words. Protect me from Satan and his attempts to dispair. Protect me from myself and my tendency to do too much self-reflection. Protect me from my own sin of envy, greed, lust… you name it, I need your protection, Lord! Thank you for always protecting me. You are my shield, you hide me under your wing. Thank you Lord.

6. Thank You for the work that keeps me busy.

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17)

Lord, thank you for my job. Thank you that the work I do is important. I am making order out of chaos. I am doing good and I pray it blesses you. Help me see the goodness of my work. Help me see ways to bless others as I work. Lord, thank you for helping me provide for my family in this way. Help me bless others as you have blessed me. And help me, above all, be a good steward of what you’ve given me.

7. Lord, give me rest.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Lord, I’ll admit it: I am weary. So, so tired. I desperately need rest. But can I be honest? Even when I try to rest, my heart and mind race. But Lord, I know you provide a deeper rest. Your rest goes beyond sleep – it settles my heart, calms my spirit, soothes my soul. Lord, I’m desperate for that rest. Please, give me your rest! I surrender these stressful burdens to you. Take them, help me through them. Lord, help me rest in you.

8. Help me to love.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:9-10)

Lord, help me to love as you love me. Help me love you and love my neighbors. My neighbors include so many — friends, family, coworkers, actual neighbors, my community, my church community. Help me love these people. It’s so easy to love humanity and despise the person in the next house over. Help my love come from you. Help me see others as you see them – beloved.

9. Let me see You.

“You will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 29:12-14)

Open my eyes that I may behold your goodness and unfailing love, O Lord! Give me eyes to see your goodness. I know I can go all day and never acknowledge you. I repent of that now. Forgive me for walking without seeing. I don’t want to be blind. Help me see you.

10. Fill me with joy.

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)

Lord, you are joy! I love that you are a joyful God. I don’t think about that a lot, but you are. Lord, please give me a measure of that joy. Help me see all the blessings of life that deserve my joy and appreciation. Help me even see joy in the trial, as I know you are in it with me, loving and holding me. The trial is hard but your joy is my strength. Thank you, Lord.

11. Show me how to glorify You.

“There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord, Nor are there any works like Yours. All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And they shall glorify Your name. For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God.” (Psalm 86:8-10)

You deserve all glory and honor Lord! Yet I know I don’t always glorify you. My sin is a stain against all that I say I am in you. I am so sorry, forgive me for not giving you glory. Lord, help me see how to best glorify you. I think it might start with always acknowledging you, in all that I do. I want to glorify and enjoy you — help me, Father!

12. Give me a generous heart.

“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)

Lord, though you bless me, I often withhold blessing others. I am sorry – please forgive me. You are so generous toward me — your unending love and immeasurable grace are more than I deserve. Thank you, Lord. Help me see where I can be generous with my time, gifts and money. Help me give joyfully.

13. Erase my worries.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Lord, take these things that worry me. I lay them now at your feet, naming each of them and lifting them into your arms. I know that you can’t erase the situation, but you can take the worry and bear the burden with me. Lord, fill my mind with your truth, replace the worry with truth that you are good, you are with me and that the things that worry me cannot ever separate me from you.

14. Help me.

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.”(Psalm 34:17)

Lord, help me. You know this situation I face. It follows me around all the time– I feel like I can never escape it. Help me! As your child, I ask you Father, step in and help! Give me wisdom that can only come from you. Give me confidence that you are with me. Help me see this with your eyes and to do what is right.

15. Let my words be uplifting.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)

Lord, forgive my tongue and how I sin against you with it. Whether it is gossip, negativity, lies or rude talk — how often I sin with this tiny part of my body! I have to control my tongue or it will control me. Lord, help me develop a habit of uplifting word. I have to replace the negative with the positive. I pray the words of my lips would praise you and that gentleness and kindness would always be on my tongue.

16. Forgive me and help me forgive others.

“If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matthew 6:14)

Lord, I ask first of all for your forgiveness. For my actions, and my thoughts. I know that before I can take the spec out of my neighbor’s eye, I have to take it out of my own eye. Forgive me, Lord! And help me forgive those who have hurt me. I know I can only fully forgive when I know how deeply I am forgiven. Thank you, Lord, that I do not live under condemnation but under grace. Help me give grace as I am given it: fully, completely, unreservedly. 

17. Thank You for being in control.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Lord, give me hope. I can’t find it in anything apart from you. Even as parts of my life feel totally out of control, I know that you hold it all in the palm of your hand. Easily, simply, you hold all things. And I know you will take care of me. I know your plan is good, even if the trials are hard. Help me give control over to you, even if I have to surrender several times a day. Help me give it up to you and keep giving it up to you. Amen.

 

18. Teach me. Guide me. Show me what to do.

“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me.” (Psalm 25:4-5)

Lord, I need your wisdom. I need your instruction. As I read your Word, help me fit the puzzle pieces of this puzzling situation together. Give me guidance. Thank you for giving these things to your children!

19. Purify my mind.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Lord, even if I could go a day without physically sinning — oh how my thoughts would betray me! I can’t go even an hour without sinning against you, particularly with all of my anxious, angry thoughts. Forgive me, Father. Purify me, purify my mind. Take out the bad and refill me with your Word. Fill me with Scripture, let it stay in my mind and linger in my heart. Wash me and I will be made clean, you promise that, Lord — please, cleanse my mind!

Look At The Royal Family: The 1 Toy Prince William And Kate Strictly Forbid Their Kids Play With

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The 1 Toy Prince William And Kate Strictly Forbid Their Kids Play With

WORLD by Cailyn Finkel 8/8/2017

It’s hard to be a parent nowadays. Food and health alerts, dangerous toys and the widespread use of electronics makes it more difficult than ever to know what’s good for your child!

That’s why, when it comes to the use of one type of electronic, the British Royal family doesn’t play around. Even though it’s reported that Prince William and his beautiful wife Kate try to give their children (George and Charlotte) a typical childhood, there’s one item they absolutely forbid in their home!

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A family insider told Us Magazine that both Kate and William know the importance of maintaining normalcy for George and Charlotte in the whirlwind life of royalty.

“While they feel it’s important to make them aware of their backgrounds. it’s also vital for both George and Charlotte to have as much normalcy in their lives as possible.”

That means plenty of time playing with toys, exploring with friends and a consistent limit on the use of electronics like iPads. According to those who are close to the family, iPads are strictly forbidden inside Kensington Palace.

The Royals believe doing so leaves more time to enjoy the great outdoors, spend time with loved ones and learn more about the world around them.

 

Apparently, they aren’t the only celebrities to forbid their children from using this common toy. Jennifer Lopez reportedly only allows her children to use their iPads on Sundays!

Kourtney Kardashian is also a strickler when it comes to iPad time. In an interview with ET Online, Kourtney revealed her usage rules.

“Now that all my kids are over the age of two, I do allow them limited time to play video games and watch television. We have a game room, so I allow 30 minutes of video game time during the week and an hour on the weekends.”

According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, this type of limited use of electronics follows the latest research and guidelines.

The site explains that:

– Children under than age of 18 months should not use electronic screens altogether.

– Children from 18 to 24 months old should only use electronics when consuming educational material, and such material should be consumed with parents.

– Children 2 to 5 years old should only have one hour of “screen time” per day.

– Children age 6 and older should have a strict, enforced limit to the amount of screen time allowed daily.

– There should also be clear “no electronics” areas in the home and parents should ensure that electronics don’t change routines like sleep and exercise.

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