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This is a note to each of my readers saying...

THANKS!

Thanks for not being like the masses of online users who simply read "fluff stuff" online that tickles their flesh.

Thanks for caring so much about your families that you dig into tough issues.

Thanks for standing firm for Jesus in a culture that is growing increasingly hostile about biblical values.

Thanks for loving truth so much you are willing to seek it out....even when it involves sacrifice of comfort.

Please know I am praying for you today.

YOU ARE SPECIAL.....
    To Your Heavenly Father and to me!

Sincerely,

Lisa

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I saw an advertising post online this morning that said...

How to DOUBLE Your Freelance Projects.

It was just a random ad pop up from a marketing site ....but the phrase struck in my mind.

Everyone is interested in DOUBLING their effectiveness. Right?

So I got to thinking. How would I DOUBLE my effectiveness today as a parent?? Could that be done????

My conclusion was ... YES!
And the good news is I already know how to do it!! (And if you thought just a moment, I bet you do too.)

Here are my 3 Keys. Read them. Try them....and then let's see if I am right.

1. Start my day with prayer....

Specific prayer about specific needs… And also general prayer that puts me a posture to listen to God all day long.

2.  Prioritize my job....

It is so easy to just do the "maintenance" work of parenting day in and day out, without ever getting to the MOST important thing of the job.

We already know what we need to do. It might be a strategic hug or a conversation. Whatever it is, do the highest priority thing FIRST today.

3.  Smile. Laugh. Enjoy your family....

This is a very simple principle that often escapes us as we are working so hard to parent our kids. The joy of the Lord is our STRENGTH. (Nehemiah 8:10)

If we want greater effectiveness, we need greater strength. The God kind of strength!

Pretty simple. But you can change your whole home atmosphere almost immediately when you tap into JOY as a parent!

So those are my 3. What do you think?

Do they work????

 

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When I read the title of the recent article How To Raise a Self-Righteous, Selfish Christian Kid, my stomach did a flip flop. Yuck! That is exactly the descriptive words I have wanted to avoid becoming attached to my Christian Kids.... so I wisely took a peak to see what it said.

This paragraph stood out to me:

A continual reliance on external motivators enhances a person's selfishness as it exchanges a little gratification for a desired behavior. Children raised in homes where external motivation dominated the leadership strategy ask different questions about life such as, "Are you going to pay me for this?" Not only does behavior modification encourage selfishness, but it also removes the moral motivations necessary for healthy and mature decision-making. Kids then tend to ask the question, "What's in it for me?" instead of "What's the right thing to do?"

What do you think about the authors' conclusions? Do external motivators like....

Reward charts
Allowance systems
And
Monetary incentives

Work????

Can these things become crutches that interfere with our kids' development instead of enhance it?

My personal observation says yes!  I have noticed that my best designed reward systems over the years seem to have often backfired on me just like the authors described.

It seems to me that this issue of whether to reward behavior is not a total either/or question. I am not ready to cancel all encouragement for right behaviors. But the authors' point is well taken. If our kids are addicted to external motivation, they will never grow to be the mature Christian women and men that will lead the church into the future.

So this week I am praying about this issue as I ask The Lord for WISDOM and BALANCE.

Care to join me?

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This is big. In fact it is one of the most ambitious projects I have ever attempted. And I am looking to your help!!!

After the huge interest in the article I wrote titled An Open Letter To my Fellow Homeschool Parents, I knew we were called to do more to protect kids and families. So we have been working very hard to put together a nationwide event.

We have secured extremely qualified experts.

Put together a line up of powerful topics.

And are now passing the word to everyone we know.

WILL YOU HELP US GET THE WORD OUT TO YOUR CONTACTS BY SHARING THIS PUBLICITY?  (Friends, family, coop groups, churches.....)

If we will educate ourselves......and upgrade our policies.....we can keep our kids safe!

Make your plans to join us for the live interviews. And for the ones you can't make, make your plans to check out the archives on our site later.

Schedule for the week: http://frontlinefamilies.org/home/sexual-abuse-prevention-week-for-homeschoolers

Here is a link to Kalyn and Lisa's  interview on The Herman Show:
http://youtu.be/fNHgt_Mf-_E?list=PLvh66C3m2Ft_t5nsCU706Rros9aB3aHUg

Call or email me if you have questions about the event or special ideas about spreading the word about the event. lisa@frontlinefamilies.org.       800 213 9899

Thanks!

Lisa

Is it the “End Times?”

Lisa Cherry —  September 7, 2014 — 1 Comment

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Last week Franklin Graham said what surely many of us our thinking.

As I read the news, I can't help but wonder if we are in the last hours before our Lord Jesus Christ returns to rescue His church and God pours out His wrath on the world for the rejection of His Son. I don't know if we have hours, days, months, or years—but as Christians, God calls us to take the truth of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

So is it the end of the age? Whose theory and interpretation should we believe?

Honestly, I do not have the definitive answer to those questions, but I do know this:

We are seeing increased darkness
We are seeing increased falling away from biblical Christianity

and

We are seeing increased lawlessness!

So whether it is the end or just a very very dangerous season...IT IS TIME TO MAKE OUR WISE RESPONSES AS FAMILIES!

That is why this week Doug and I are releasing a new initiative called Project 7000. We believe we must do more RIGHT NOW to prepare and equip the Remnant of The Lord.

(Maybe you saw something about it last week. We are explaining it in a series of email and video communications.)

For the last year we have had many many ask us...

HOW DO I PREPARE MY FAMILY TO MAKE IT WITH THE INCREASED PERSECUTION AND DARKNESS?

Project 7000 is our best response. It is born on the wings of prayer and we are taking the Lord's call to this assignment very very seriously.

WE MUST PREPARE OURSELVES WISELY NOW WHILE WE EASILY CAN!

Here is the link to our new site that explains how we will accomplish the 3 things we heard from our readers that they needed now for their families:

1.    Defend-Your-Faith Worldview Training
2.   Strengthen-Your-Family-Relationship Building
3.   Develop-Your-Team Role Models

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Will you prayerfully consider joining with us? Doug and I will be pouring our hearts into our kids' lives in order to build our family's ark...and then we will share with you and your family every step of the way as well! We will begin our online sign up on Tuesday @ 8am eastern and then close this opening group of participants on Thursday @ 11:00 pm est.

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Together we can be like what God told Elijah that was reiterated in Romans 11:

One of the "7,000" that have not bowed a knee to Baal!

Will you be a part of The Remnant?

In His Service,
Lisa

PS. Doug will be traveling to Washington DC on Thursday, September 11 to launch this PROJECT 7000 off with prayer at our nation's capital.  We will send you the schedule of how you can follow him on his journey.