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My New Year's resolution is to be kinder. I was convicted by a Bible study on Micah 6. What Does God Require of You? Sometimes I feel like I'm always the stern boss Mommy. I want my children to remember their mother showing kindness more than discipline.

My Resolution & Top 10 Posts in 2009

My New Year’s resolution is to be kinder. I was convicted by a Bible study on Micah 6. What Does God Require of You? Three things: Be just, kind, and humble. I need to be kinder. I feel like I’m always the stern, mean, boss Mommy barking orders: “Don’t do that.” Put that down.” “Bring that here.” “Do not make me come over there!” Pick that up.” Wipe your feet.” Clean your plate.” “Do your math.” “Did you finish your spelling?” I said brush your teeth not wet your toothbrush.” “You are not allowed to watch that.” “You know better than that.” and 100 times a day I say,  ” Is that being kind to one another? Leave your brother alone.” I want my children to remember their mother showing kindness more than discipline. In the Deathbed Letter from My Great, Great Grandmother said

When I am gone, try and find comfort in Jesus. Never close your eyes to sleep without each reading a verse in the Bible and as my little ones grow up teach them to love the Bible and the church of God. But, amidst all let memory carry them back to a home where the law of kindness reigned, where the mothers reproving eyes was moistened with tears, and the father frowned more in sorrow than in anger.

I want the law of kindness to reign in our home.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. Proverbs 31:26

The word for “law” there is torah, the same word that’s used for “law” in the Bible. The torah of kindness. And the word for “kindness” is a word that’s generally used to mean “mercy.”  It’s translated over 240 times in the Old Testament as checed, and it means “mercy.” But it also is translated “kindness,” and it’s also translated “loving kindness.” My prayer: Father, Let Your checed–loving kindness and mercy –flow through me on my tongue, in my manners to my husband, children and grandchildren. Help me be sympathetic, gentle, friendly, tender-hearted, and generous in all my ways. These were most popular post for for 2009:

  1. Sweet Fruit of Intimacy with God
  2. Jesus Our Jewish Savior Video
  3. The Most Powerful Promise in the Bible
  4. Homeschool Organization: Daily Routine
  5. The Kindle and Places to Download Free Books Online
  6. Biblorexic: Refusing Sufficient Spiritual Nutrition
  7. Living Loved and Dancing with the Trinity: Super audios!
  8. Death is Not Dying
  9. Be Picky About Who You Follow On Twitter
  10. Are You Prepared for Self Control?

Start 2010 off right–Join me in Read the Bible in 90 Days Challenge!

I pray my blog has been an encouragement to some of you this year. Robin

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10 comments

  1. Joining w/you in this prayer to be a kinder person, sister…especially in my home w/those who don’t always see me at my best.:-/

    May we always look to him as our example, remembering that it’s his kindness that leads us to repentance.

    Rom. 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

  2. Hi Robin,

    I love this post! The Lord has been reminding me too that I need to cultivate the law of kindness in my tongue and life. May God bless you as you seek to honour Him.

    Thanks for all your visit and encouragement. I am so glad to meet you and many wonderful friends through blogging. I have added you to the list of my blogging friends whom I like to share the “More Than Conquerors Award” with. You are surely More Than Conquerors as you rely upon our Lord to strengthen you! Please come over and receive it and feel free to pass it on to your friends who also are More Than Conquerors. Take care and Blessed New Year!

    Warm Regards,
    Nancie
    .-= Nancie´s last blog .."More Than Conquerors Award" to share with all of you =-.

  3. I’ve been thinking much along the same lines, but you said this really, really well. It is necessary to discipline my kids, but there is no reason I can’t do it with more kindness. So I, too, will join you in this prayer for myself. 🙂
    .-= { jamie }´s last blog ..Girl with a Pearl Earring =-.

  4. Great goal. I need to do that, too. I termed it “gentle”, rather than kind, but both are the fruits of the Spirit. I just need to work on being more fruity in general. 😉

    How did you get your top 10 posts?
    .-= sprittibee´s last blog ..Saying Goodbye to 2009 =-.

  5. Hey, Heather, I use Most Popular to get my top 10. On the side bar list top 10 for the month. This is top 10 for year. I don’t trust it. Twitter stats through Hoootsuite is much different. Who knows?

  6. Boy, you pack a big punch in one post. There’s so much good here!

    I pray you have a happy, kinder new year, Robin.
    .-= Tami Boesiger´s last blog ..7 Quick Takes (Volume 63)–Happy New Year =-.

  7. Thank you for all you share and do for the Kingdom. Your pursuit of Truth shine through. I wanted to pass on the sunshine award to you.

    http://hearts-in-training.blogspot.com/2010/01/sunshine-award.html
    .-= Loni´s last blog ..Sunshine Award =-.

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