My two cents

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Thought for the day

Crepe Myrtle flowering outside my front door.

Crepe Myrtle flowering outside my front door.

I started preparing “the thought for the day” over seven years ago in response to the challenges of parenting cyber-powered kids who had more capacity to conceal harmful and risky relationships and activities, and to the other local and global events, such as terrorism and economic change (too big to fail financial housing bubble), that inspire fear and anxiety in  the hearts and minds of parents and children alike.  During this time individuals in my family experienced health issues, unemployment, and we witnessed my Dad’s s suffering and eventual death in November of 2011 – attributed to Alzheimer’s at 77 years young.

As a daughter, wife and mother I found myself prostrate, confessing to God that I could do nothing without Him. My faith, as imperfect as it is, saved me so that I could be a much needed resource for my husband, parents, and my sons.  And it was by faith that the power of our family life has been strengthened throughout all of the trials and suffering, with blessings for which we could not know to ask.

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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2 Corinthians 4: 7-8

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

This from Max Lucado in Facing Your Giants (2006) p.130

 When you love the unloving, you get a glimpse of what God does for  you. When you keep the porch light on for the prodigal child, when you do what is right even though you have been done wrong, when you love the weak and the sick, you do what God does every single moment. Covenant-keeping enrolls you in the post graduate school of God’s love.

My two cents:  I have found that the romantic notion of love is like the commercialism of Christmas. On the surface it looks so fulfilling, but when we pin all of our hope in it, this notion of love is easily undone by the winds and waves of our journey in this world. The characterization of love that makes the most sense to me is 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 that describes God’s love as a commitment that forebears and endures all things.

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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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