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Show Initiative - Live life with your kids - Issue 063
July 18, 2008
Hi there! ....

This week:

This week has been another full week – full of opportunity to live life together, and full of learning opportunity. The main focus of this week was Get Some Fun, an outreach kids club, run by combined churches in our town. We had between 20-30 kids there each of the 4 days. Daniel was the only one of our family within the age range though the rest of our family helped out in some way. I think each one of us was stretched – in a good way this week, though Joshua’s story tops it all – he was asked to make up a formula bottle and feed a baby – way outside of his experience! LOL. He had a big chuckle at himself as he realized the scope of learning for him this week was going to be huge! Being involved in such a project gave the children great opportunity to work along side adults and learn from them as they showed Jesus’ face to the community.

Live life with your kids!

Character Notes for Mums

Show Initiative

Recognising and doing what needs to be done
before I am asked.

~Character First

There is an element where we need to recognize our sphere of responsibility before we pick up on tasks, projects and ideas, thinking we are showing initiative. If it is not in our sphere often we over step the mark, get involved in things we shouldn’t be, running out of puff before we can be involved in the things we should be.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me and I will listen to you.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
I will be found by you,” declares the Lord

Jeremiah 29:11-14a

If we seek God, and His plan for us, we will find Him! It is His promise to us.

So the first step, in developing initiative in our lives, is to know God’s plans for us, to know our sphere of responsibilities and to be content with that!

For me, my spheres of responsibility are:

Relationship with God
Business and Ministry

Just writing them out makes me realize how often my priorities are out of whack! I encourage you to write down your fields of responsibility, and prioritise them if you can.

To show initiative is all about

  • doing things without being told to - being a leader, being inventive, being involved
  • doing it now – not procrastinating, or leaving it to others
  • seeing problems, thinking solutions, and being a part of the going forward process

If we glance back over our own spheres of responsibility we can see that the times these have got out of balance in our life is because we have stood up, and shown initiative in a sphere – that in hindsight was not a priority, not in keeping with God’s plan for either our own life, or that of our family. Isn’t this the challenge!

To be honest, if we were truly focused on God’s plans for our life, we would have plenty enough challenges, adventure, excitement, just dealing with the spheres He has for us. If we can focus on these things we will find an abundance of opportunity to

  • consider problems,
  • think solutions
  • and be apart of the change ... In essence our lives would be full of opportunity to show initiative!

The so called “problems” or challenges in your home is going to differ from those in my home and therefore the solutions we, as creative, inventive and wise women come up with will be different. But we must start with knowing what God wants us to work on.

What are the plans that God has for you – and Him?

  • Are you spending time with Him daily?
  • Do you seek his plans for your day, and trust Him with the other things?
He ultimately wants a relationship with you – a living, growing, day by day relationship.

What are the plans that God has for your marriage – what are the areas He wants you to improve?

  • Communication, are you on the same page?
  • Spending time relaxing together
Can you find a way to work on these things, regardless of the difficulties and barriers you may have concerning these things?

What are the plans that God has for your children?

  • Do they love Him? And know His Word?
  • Can they defend their faith?
  • Is there a uniqueness, a gift that needs encouraging and building?
Do your daily plans line up with His plans?

Our thoughts, plans, actions need to be focused on the things eternal, the things that are on God’s heart, the things that are in keeping with God’s plans for us.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.

Matt 6:19-21

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Living life with her kids in Australia!

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