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By Sharon Jaynes
Key Verse: "And we know that in all things God works for
the good of those who love him who have been called
according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28 NIV).
Have you ever had a shattered dream? If so, you're not
If ever there was a group of people who lost their dream, it
was Jesus' disciples and the women who ministered to and
with them. They had such high expectations that Jesus would
be the next political leader to Israel (Luke 24:20). They
had witnessed his power in feeding 5,000 men plus women and
children with two loaves and five fishes, they felt the
waves beneath their tiny boat subside at his command, they
had watched him breath life into a lifeless child, open the
eyes of a man blind from birth, create new skin from rotting
flesh on the limbs of lepers, and command a lame man to take
up his pallet and walk. They had seen him walk on water,
outwit the Pharisees, and win the lost.
In their narrow scope of hopes for a political leader, they
missed the bigger picture of God's plan for a Savior to free
mankind from the bondage of sin. While Peter realized Jesus'
identity ("You are the Christ."), he did not understand His
destiny. Peter was shocked when Jesus explained that He had
to go to Jerusalem, suffer, be killed and on the third day
rise from the dead. He even took Jesus aside and said,
"Never, Lord. This shall never happen to you!" (Mark 8:33).
This was not part of Peter's dream. Suffering did not fit
into his plan.
"Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me Satan! You
are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the
things of God, but the things of men."
Call me stupid, but don't call me Satan. Yet, that is how
Jesus sees it when we try to block God's plans. He sees us
as an instrument of darkness, an offense, a hindrance and a
snare. It is amazing that one minute Peter could be a
building block and the next a stumbling block. But that's
the trap we all fall into when we have our minds set on the
world instead of on the things of God.
Jesus told His disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he
must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. For
whoever wants to save his life, will lose it, but whoever
lose his life for me will find it" (Matthew 16:24).
Even though Jesus forewarned the disciples of his death and
resurrection, they fled when the soldiers came to arrest
him, and hid when they hung him on a cross to die. When
Jesus was sealed in the tomb, their hopes and dreams were
sealed in the darkness with him.
Every day, I receive emails from women who have had their
dreams shattered. A husband has an affair, becomes addicted
to pornography, abuses the children, or deserts the family.
A child gets caught with drugs, becomes pregnant, or dies in
a car accident. Parents divorce, friends betray, careers
come to an abrupt halt. The list is endless. So what do we
do when our dreams are seemingly destroyed? The answer to
that will shape the rest of our lives.
Does that mean we give up our dreams? I can promise you
this, what ever dreams you have for your life, God's dreams
are greater. The power of the Holy Spirit the disciples
received after Jesus' resurrection and the impact they made
on the world thereafter, was beyond their wildest dreams.
That's what God does with a heart that is wholly yielded to
Him. That's what He does when we give our shattered dreams
to Him. I have learned to stop saying, "Why me?" but instead
start saying "What now?"
If you have experienced a shattered dream, pray that God's
resurrecting power will reveal His greater plan for your
life. He loves to roll away the stones and call forth life
from the dark places.
Dear Lord, there are things about my life that I don't
understand, but I do know this. You are good and You are
kind. I thank you that nothing happens in my life that is a
surprise to You. You have a greater plan than my small
vision can imagine. I pray that You will reveal that larger
plan for my life to me. Help me to pay attention to Your
promptings and obey Your bidding.
Sharon Jaynes is an international conference speaker and author of ten
books including Being a Great Mom-Raising Great Kids, Becoming the
His Dreams, and Becoming a Woman Who Listens to God. For information
Sharon's books or speaking topics, visit
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JUST FOR DADS
Fathers vs. Mothers
you need to work on your math skills a bit, those are some
basic problems you don’t understand.”
My daughter wasn’t overly thrilled with my “words of
encouragement,” and neither was my wife. They joined forces
against my verbal assault, giving me instructions on how to
be more encouraging.
I was just doing my job.
and mothers parent differently. It is a reflection of the
differences between men and women. It is also the source of
a great deal of conflict between parents. Fathers take an
approach with their kids that’s more “blunt,” and that
reflects their concerns with preparing them for the real
world. Mothers take an approach that reflects their concern
with their kids’ feelings, and how they’re doing in the
world of relationships with others.
been said that “Mothers see the world in relation to their
kids, and fathers see their kids in relation to the world.”
Fathers are the parents who want their kids to be ready for
a world that isn’t always kind or fair. Fathers are the ones
who will push their kids to achieve more. They are the ones
who say, “If you don’t work harder, you’ll never make the
team.” This desire to push your child can be harmful if done
to excess, or with too much intensity. But it can also be
the springboard for your kids to soar higher than they could
have on their own.
experience my style of fathering in other ways. I often come
into a room and wrestle with my kids for a short time, only
to disappear a few minutes after my “conquest.” It drives my
wife crazy. To me, it’s the most natural thing in the world.
And, all kids benefit when they’re exposed to both the
sustained, consistent energy of mothers and the explosive
bursts of fathers. When kids are exposed to both styles,
they experience the richness of both of these energies,
which helps them develop their own style.
It is clear that a fathers’
style of parenting is invaluable. These statistics from the
US Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Center
for Disease Control, and the National Principals Association
show just how valuable fathers are:
Children from a fatherless
5 times more likely to
32 times more likely to run
20 times more likely to have
14 times more likely to
9 times more likely to drop
out of school
10 times more likely to
abuse chemical substances
9 times more likely to end
up in a state operated institution
20 times more likely to end
up in prison
Children need their fathers.
They need them to provide their own unique style of
parenting, one that has its own unique value. They need
their fathers to wrestle with, to push them, and to be
unafraid to challenge their kids to be their best.
As my wife and daughter
finished telling me how I could be more encouraging, I
replied that I’d like her to be ready for math the coming
school year, and that I knew she could do it. They both got
that, “he doesn’t get it” look in their eyes, and
simultaneously shook their heads.
Actually, I think I “get it”
Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC, coaches parents by phone to
balance their life and improve their family relationships.
He is an Instructor for the Academy for Coaching Parents
(www.acpi.biz), and the
author of the
"Secrets of Emotionally Intelligent Fathers" Ecourse.
Visit his resources at
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JUST FOR MOMS
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By Laurie Lovejoy Hillard
Need to be
held by your Heavenly Father? This mom-friendly
devotional will help you connect with the One who alone
can bring refreshment and strength for whatever life may
throw at you. Busy moms themselves, authors Laurie
and Sharon know the kinds of struggles moms are facing as
they raise their family. Reflecting their
characteristic honesty and real-life approach, these
uplifting practical devotions will encourage you in the
tiring, challenging, and awesome role of "Mommy".
This book also includes discussion questions suitable for
individual reflection or study among moms.
With seven children between them, these authors speak
from a wealth of experience. They know first hand the
challenges of caring for young children and how important it
is for moms to cultivate a strong relationship with God to
carry them through the challenges of everyday life. Laurie
and Sharon’s transparent and compassionate style will
inspire tired and harried moms, enabling them to find the
spiritual strength they need to enjoy life amid all the
interruptions of being "Mommy."
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One-Dish Wonders: In the Kitchen with Mary & Martha
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