How To Get Your Kids to Listen To You

Wednesdays in the Word   Ecclesiastes 9:17 “The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.”   Matthew Henry says “What is spoken wisely should be spoken calmly, and then it will be heard in quiet and calmly considered. But passion will lessen the force even of reason, instead of adding any force to it.” Are you baffled at the fact that your children are not listening to you? Research has shown that when a parent raises their voice at a child – a defense mechanism kicks in that helps […]

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Why Me?

Wednesdays in the Word: Ecclesiastes 8I hold my 6 week old baby in the rocking chair. He is restless and crying so I cuddle him in and begin to nurse. He drinks for a moment and then cries. What is wrong – why is he doing this? He latches on again for a couple minutes and then stops to cry…we do this for 45 minutes and now I am sweating, unsure of myself and uneasy with how nursing is going. We stop and I just rock him. He is peaceful. We rock. He sleeps. I go to my computer and […]

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A Good Reputation: Ecclesiastes 7

Wednesday in the Word: Ecclesiastes 7:1 “A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.” When you think of these names what do you think of? Mary Mother of Jesus Britney Mother Theresa Beth Moore Hillary Madonna Angelina I am sure that each name evoked an emotion within you based on their reputation. If your name was in that list would it be a “good name?” Ecclesiastes says that “a good name is better than fine perfume”. When someone is wearing fine perfume and you sit down beside them – […]

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Are You Craving for Somthing More? Ecclesiastes 6

Wednesdays in the Word An elderly woman lays in her bed wrinkled and weary from 83 years of labor, toil, joys and griefs. Her husband sits beside her holding her hand. The hospice nurse is close by and they are waiting…waiting for her to pass onto eternity’s shore. Moments pass…she takes her last breath…like a vapor here today and gone tomorrow, she is gone. Have you ever thought at night as you lie in bed – this is all I take into eternity with me…one day I will pass and be left bare. I have. My husband and I have […]

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Pursue God Not Stuff – Ecclesiastes 5

So I was at Target last night. I didn’t go there to shop, but to find a table to sit at and do my Bible study. As I sat there studying the book of Ecclesiastes I found it ironic that I could hear the non-stop beep beep beep beep sound of things being rang up at the cash register! The writer of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon, was known for his immense amount of wealth and his extravagant palace. In chapter one he sits back and evaluates all he has and says, “Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly Meaningless! Everything is Meaningless!” Beep Beep Beep […]

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Women Friendships – Ecclesiastes 4

Wednesdays in the Word Women Friendships – they can be complicated at times can’t they? We all know how hard friendships are for little girls with the “mean girls”. Then there’s cliques in Jr. High and High School that can be terribly painful. Then we grow into big girls and hopefully by this point we have learned a few things about how to be a good friend and how to avoid the “porcupine” people – the people who seem to poke us all the time. We want to learn to NOT be the porcupine – and how to manage those […]

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Dealing with Change – Ecclesiastes 3

Wednesdays in the Word Change – do you like it? I suppose it matters if it’s a good change or a bad change? Is it a pay raise or a job loss? Is it a new born baby or the death of a loved one? Ecclesiastes 3 describes 28 different seasons of life and one thing is guaranteed – change is absolute! “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and […]

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The Meaning of Wealth, Wisdom and Work – Ecclesiastes 2

Wednesdays In the Word Last week I began my study in the book of Ecclesiastes. If you have never read this short little book, I highly recommend that you read one chapter a day for the next 2 weeks and you will have it complete. It immediately follows the book of Proverbs. In chapter 2 King Solomon continues his search for meaning. He says “I tried cheering myself with wine…I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees…I amassed silver and gold for myself, I […]

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A Meaningful Life – Ecclesiastes 1

Wednesdays in the Word I started the book of Ecclesiastes in my quiet times and on Wednesdays I will share with you what I am learning. So today – we begin in chapter 1. Ecclesiastes is written by the wisest man to ever live – King Solomon. King Solomon was also known for his immense amount of wealth and his extravagant palace. In chapter one he sits back and evaluates all he has and says, “Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly Meaningless! Everything is Meaningless!” Ecclesiastes 1:2-9 says “Everything is meaningless. What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils […]

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