Raising Kids with godly Character & Sitting Among Friends #89



Sending my kids off to school is tough not just because I will miss them desperately but because I want them to be prepared.

It hard to know how they will react or act when situations arise and I have to trust that what I am teaching them at home will stick when they are away.

Beyond trusting my own teaching, I have to trust God to take care of them and trust that He will do things with His goodness in His heart. I have to show and teach them godly character so they can bring that into their world and into their classrooms.

As I was praying for my kiddos tonight, for their new school year, God really poured into my heart, Trust me, they're mine, too.

He sure knows how to deliver assurance to this mother’s heart. 

And so I do. I trust. I believe. I believe that what God does is out of His love for us and out of His goodness.  I believe that He loves my babies more than I do. I believe that He can take care of them like no other. And now I find my rest in Him.

I have been entrusted with these little sweethearts to share this love of Jesus that I have.  I want them to go off into their school year with a godly character so they can look different from the world.

As my son and I were talking tonight about showing fruit in our lives, the evidence of the Holy Spirit, he wondered why this was important.

I told him it’s like we're a tree filled with the spirit. We talked about trees, one with fruit and one without. The spirit feeds us and produces godly traits or fruit in our lives.

If we were a tree without fruit, we look like every other tree. But once the fruit comes on, other people may want some. They’ll want to know why our tree looks different and where the fruit comes from and we can point them to the Spirit.

Showing fruit is a way people see Jesus in us. There are other Christian characters that we also can show.

This week we are going to look at 7 characters to prepare our kids for godly living and next week 7 more. I hope they are helpful for you to teach to your children or maybe even ones that you can work on. Heaven knows we can all use some work!

Courage – Going off to school (or sending our kids off) takes a lot of courage and for some, it takes a whole lot more.

1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on the alert. Stand firm in the faith. Be men of courage. Be strong. (BSB)

I love the ESV version. It says. Stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Mighty warriors we would be.

Compassion – The world certainly doesn’t push too much compassion. It is more of a me world and everyone just gets to live here with us. Teaching kids to think of others and love others is so important.
If we were a tree without fruit, we look like every other tree. But once the fruit comes on, other people may want some. They’ll want to know why our tree looks different and where the fruit comes from and we can point them to the Spirit.  Showing fruit is a way people see Jesus in us.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

Humility – Sometimes I think this word gets a bad rap. As if showing any humility means you let people walk all over you. You are meek and weak. But to come to the Lord we have to come with humility knowing that all we have is from Him. The amazing part is expressed in James.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. (BLB)

He will lift us up, dear friends!

Integrity – This is a big deal to me. I think so much character rests in honesty. Because if you don’t have integrity, how are you truly any of these other characters?

May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, LORD, is in you. Psalm 25:21 (NIV)

Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. Psalm 41:12 (NIV)

Obedience - Teaching kids obedience can be an uphill climb. My kids like to think that there will be free to do whatever they please as adults. Why that could be somewhat true, we all have to be obedient to someone. Our bosses, the government, and most importantly to God.

 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good. Titus 3:1 (NIV)  

Sincerity – Doesn’t it seem you can spot a fake person a mile away. Someone who wants you to think they are sincere but it is clear they don’t care. With Christ, we can truly love people the way they deserved to be loved so let’s do it with a sincere heart.  

You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart. 1 Peter 1:22 (NLT)

Holiness – Living a holy life means that we are set apart. In Christ, we are being made holy. It is supposed to look different from the rest of the world. Not in a way that puts them down and is without love but to point to Christ.

 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)

I would love to hear how you teach your kids Christian Character. How do you fit it into teaching them? Do you work it in when life comes up or do you teach them in advance or a combination?

Personal Reflections:

Who has been the most influential in teaching you godly character in your life?

How has that affected how you teach your own kids?

Are there any on this list which you would like to do better at teaching your kids?

Are there any that you need to lay before Christ today so He can change you to be more like Him?

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Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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You all are amazing writers who share Family and Faith, DIY's, Recipes, Photos, Giveaways, Homeschooling and more. Many of you have amazing journeys of faith and I praise the Lord we are able to connect here!


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Adventure and Sitting Among Friends #88



I don’t usually write posts like this but the kiddos are about to go back to school, so I want to make this writing brief. I wanted to share some of the adventures that we have had this summer.

Adventure means an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity even charting into unknown territory, according to the Smart Lookup on my computer.  

I love adventure. In fact, when I moved to Hawaii, I had a job and two suitcases and an adventure ahead of me.

I couldn’t do that with kids, especially the hazardous part. Now it’s pack waters, snacks, extra clothes, the works. Have a bit of a plan.

I love exploring places we have never been. But what’s, even more, fun is doing that with kids. They have a fresh perspective on life.

Even if I have done it before, it can be a whole new experience seeing it through the eyes of a child.

At the end of last school year, my son wrote a report on our home state. So, this summer we have been exploring the places around us. It has been really fun! And one of the best parts is so many of them have been free or very inexpensive.


Family time is so important. I grew up in a family of six and family time was greatly treasured. Spending time with family is a great way for kids to get life-long bonds. 

Below are a couple of collages of my family on those family adventures. I am excited for you to get a peek into our summer. So, come on, and join us on our adventures.

I don't have tons of pictures because I am always too busy with whatever we are doing that the camera is a total last minute, "Ooh, I should have taken a picture today!" 




This was completely unexpected driving to find an old country store. We discovered a huge lake completely covered in lily pads. God is such an awesome artist. Look at those beautiful flowers! 
We have had tons of fun with family. We went swimming and fishing at the lake. Then swimming some more. We also went creek stomping and hiking through a local park (that's a big hill we hiked down to the creek). Cousins are so much fun!

We also had a ton of fun exploring local parks, going to a baseball game, trekking through local museums, and visiting new towns. What fun! 


Thanks for looking joining us here! 
To read other posts about back to school and kids, check out these favorites.









Personal Reflections:

What did you do to make family memories this summer?

Can you believe fall is creeping right up on us? What is your favorite thing about fall?

Do you like having unplanned or planned family fun days?

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We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek God daily.


Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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10 Verses to Start Back to School Like A Champ and Sitting Among Friends #87

10 Verses to get Back to School like a Champ! How to Help your kids overcome adversities with God's Word!

Back to school can be so exciting for kids. They get to see friends they have missed all summer. They get all those new school supplies and who doesn’t love school supplies.

I was always drawn to new pens and paper. Who remembers trapper keepers? Those were the best. Like your own office that you could carry with you.

For some kids, however, it is a time of high anxiety. There are lots of unknowns in a new school year. I used to teach middle school and I always remember the kids coming in so unsure of that next stage in life.

How were they ever going to get those locker combinations done and get to class on time?

Who were their friends going to be and were they going to be in any classes together?

10 Verses to get Back to School like a Champ! How to Help your kids overcome adversities with God's Word!
So many uncertainties. This is an awesome opportunity to arm your kids with God’s Word. We know that God is constant and in Him, they can find great refuge. 

They are about to go into some uncharted territory and it would be great if they knew God was on their side.

Hopefully, we have done our part as parents but navigation those outside influences can be so overwhelming. This is a great way to have those conversations about turning to God when mom and dad are not around.

Today we are going to look at 10 issues (I know there are more) that our kids are facing and arm them with 10 verses to help them stand strong in God’s Word. This year they will go back to school like a champ!

You are Never Alone

Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you." Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)

Give Away Your Worries

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

Conquer Fears

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

Flee from Temptation – Fight the Good Fight

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11 (NIV)

Overcome Peer Pressure

Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)

10 Verses to get Back to School like a Champ! How to Help your kids overcome adversities with God's Word!
Or If We Fail

Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? Romans 8:35 (NLT)

Do Not Be Discouraged

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NLT)

Resist Insecurity

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28 (NIV)

Do Not Be Troubled

"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid.  John 14:27 (NIV)

Choose True Friends


A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. Proverbs 17:17 (NLT)

Personal Reflections
What was your favorite back-to-school supply?

Help us add to the list. What verses do you arm your kiddos with?

What adversity did you face the most as a child?

Thanks for stopping today. Don't forget to join us for the conversation below.




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Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek God daily.


Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

We're doing life together so come and join in the conversations. You can join this group by clicking HERE! While you are there feel free to invite some friends along for the journey. We would love to have them!

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You all are amazing writers who share Family and Faith, DIY's, Recipes, Photos, Giveaways, Homeschooling and more. Many of you have amazing journeys of faith and I praise the Lord we are able to connect here!


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Verses to Calm an Anxious Heart & Sitting Among Friends #86

School is just around the corner and for me, that means an increase in anxiety. I have to admit. I love having my kids at home and them going back to school makes me a little, okay a lot, extra anxious.

Today had to be the worse day. I am talking reckless tears and a headache to boot.

Your reasons for being anxious or worrying may not be the same as mine. There are many other reasons that cause us to feel trapped in the anxieties of this world. Parenting, Marriage, Jobs, Money, Family Relationships, Debts, Illness, and you may wonder where the list ends.

But we have hope. We have a God that is in the business of conquering our fears and anxieties.

New stages or seasons in life involve change. Change is inevitable, even though it brings with it a certain amount of fear or anxiety we can embrace these days with hope.

I don’t know about you but I really need these assurances right now and I know they can only come from God’s Word. We are going to look to God to bring us go through these transitions with hope, courage, and strength.

Do Not Worry

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns--and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan? Matthew 6:25-27 (BSB)

He already knows your needs

"So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Matthew 6:31-32 (NLT)

In Everything Pray

Rest, O My Soul, In God Alone  My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God, my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:5-8 (NASB)Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Rest, O My Soul, In God Alone

My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God, my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:5-8 (NASB)

Take Heart! He has overcome the World!

I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!" John 16:33 (BSB)

My dear friends, we know there will troubles in this world. We can curl up on the couch with them or we can curl into God’s Holy Word with them. A stronghold where in His arm we can find comfort.

In God’s Word, we are told not to worry time and time again. We are told to pray and give our petitions and thanksgivings to God because there we will be given peace.

We are encouraged that God is our mighty fortress where we can come and find rest and still our anxious hearts before Him.   

God is a conqueror! He has overcome this world that we live and fret in. In knowing that we can be courageous and march on through our days with Him marking our path and leading the way.

Thank you for joining me today. If you were encouraged by these words. Please share them with a friend. We don’t always know the hurt others are facing but we can the One who does and the One who can bring hope.
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I am glad you are here. I would love for you to join us at Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.

Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek God daily.


Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

We're doing life together so come and join in the conversations. You can join this group by clicking HERE! While you are there feel free to invite some friends along for the journey. We would love to have them!

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WOW! Thank you all for coming and for the 61 Amazing posts from last week. This party has been wonderful thanks to you, friends, who link-up with us and those who stop by and read posts. Thank you!

You all are amazing writers who share Family and Faith, DIY's, Recipes, Photos, Giveaways, Homeschooling and more. Many of you have amazing journeys of faith and I praise the Lord we are able to connect here!


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Be Still

Be Still
Be Still My Friends! You can rest assure that God is in Control.

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Hope In Him Alone!

Hope In Him Alone!
Thank You, Lord, for deciding who I am!

Seek Him First! Today's Bible Reading

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

I hope that you, too, know the saving grace of an amazing God.
If you have questions about how to know more you can email me at youresewtrendy@gmail.com

2 Timothy 1:7

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