Elizabeth & Jim George

Bestselling authors dedicated to helping
people live a life after God’s own heart.
They've written over 70 books with more
than 10 million copies sold. For over 30 years,
they've helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s truth and apply it
    to daily situations.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of
    children and teens.

A Mom After God’s Own Heart
A Woman After God’s Own Heart
A Young Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices
A Young Man’s Guide to Making Right Choices: Your Life God’s Way

 

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  • From Jim’s Heart—Arm Your Children with Discernment
  • From Jim’s Heart—Arm Your Children with Discernment
  • From Jim’s Heart—Arm Your Children with Discernment
  • From Jim’s Heart—Arm Your Children with Discernment
  • From Jim’s Heart—Arm Your Children with Discernment
  • From Jim’s Heart—Arm Your Children with Discernment
  • From Jim’s Heart—Arm Your Children with Discernment
  • From Jim’s Heart—Arm Your Children with Discernment
  • From Jim’s Heart—Arm Your Children with Discernment

From Jim’s Heart—Arm Your Children with Discernment

Outside of your home and church, there will be times when your children will be influenced by people who are somewhat beyond your control. Your children will encounter situations and influences that are not godly. This may happen at school, or with neighborhood children, or with others out in the world. You as a parent must provide discernment as much as possible. Who are your children’s friends at school? Where are they spending their time? What are they reading and viewing?

And don’t forget to be training the spiritual sensitivity of your children so they can “distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:14). Your children will grow up, and go off to school or a job. All of these activities are natural and normal. You’re not always going to be there for your children. They will be in situations that require them to make some life decisions on their own. But before that happens, give them wisdom for spiritual discernment. Teach them how to make godly choices on their own. That is the ultimate goal of a godly parent.

Bloom Where You’re Planted

I want you to know, brethren, that the things
which happened to me have actually turned out
for the furtherance of the Gospel, so that it has become
evident to the whole palace guard, and
to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ.

Philippians 1:12-13

Do you complain about your circumstances at times? Wish you lived in a different state or neighborhood or had a different job? Lament decisions you made or mourn trials that resulted in where you stand today? We’ve all done these things at one time or another. But we can follow Paul’s example and choose to bloom where we’re planted. He did—even when he was in prison.

Paul saw—and used—the blessings of his situation. From prison he could serve God as a witness to the Roman guards who watched over him day in and day out. He wrote letters to inspire and teach others. He was an example of boldness and faithfulness to those who feared persecution.

My friend, are you chained to something? Or, to put it another way, what are your divinely appointed circumstances? Are you a wife, a mom, a single woman, a widow, a homemaker, an employee? Consider how your situation is a blessing, and how your circumstances can help you serve Christ and further His cause.

When we choose to bloom where our all-wise God plants us, we will one day be able to declare with Paul, “I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel.”

God, help me accept where I am now and see the blessings and opportunities that are right here. May I embrace what You’re doing in my life so I can share with others the wonders of Your great purposes. Amen.