Let us not be double-minded with our children

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
A present from my Mom a number of Christmases past.

A present from my Mom a number of Christmases past.

Thought for the day

Let us not me double-minded with our children….

My two cents: I must confess my weakness and double-mindedness about my identity as a child of God. Sometimes I find myself feeling lost and inadequate. I forget about the miracles God has made manifest in my family and community by the power of faith. When I am focused on my personal agenda and achievements in a very small-minded way it feels like another miracle when I reevaluate with the lens of my faith – a gift from God that offers comfort and the knowledge that the victory has already been won. Therefore what is left for me to do is simply honor His will.

Psalm 46: 1-3

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be moved, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

This from Steven Campbell in Making Your Mind Magnificent: Flourishing at Any Age (2010) p.6

We will discover that what we believe about ourselves is far more important than what we do. It is for this reason that all meaningful and lasting growth must start on the inside…with our mind…

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Every day I thank God for intelligent life and my faith – an app for the heart and mind that overcomes my weakness and makes fearless collaboration possible with my God, my Lord and Savior Jesus. This “thought for the day” is an expression of  faith as a practical matter, that has been circulated through the years to a private distribution of family and  friends, many of whom I met in my fieldwork as a journalist focused on family life in the network culture.  I share this “thought for the day” with the hope that the peace of Jesus will be with you now and forever. Amen.

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Joanna Jullien "Parental authority cannot be taken. It can only be lost when we surrender it."  Photo by: Christi Benz

Joanna Jullien “Parental authority cannot be taken. It can only be lost when we surrender it.” Photo by: Christi Benz

Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and speaker on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber powered world. She a mother of two grown sons, the author of The Authority In Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture, produces The Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com, and is the CyberParenting advisor on The Fish 103.9FM. Her new book, A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media is now available for PC and all eReader formats including Kindle, Nook, iPad.

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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna (jullien@surewest.net) and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.

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