Blog theme: A Lesson a Day Keeps the Devil at Bay

In talking with friends about how we know God is real, I heard many stories conjured up from years before. An event that happened when Jane was 14 that convinced her God cared or a situation that Jon got through 8 years ago that wouldn't have been possible without God's intervention. I know those are big, life-changing lessons, real faith-forming stones, but what about the daily lessons? The little ones that come more from a relationship with God than a coming-to-faith event. I know God talks to me daily, and they are profound mini-lessons on his character or advice for my life. Unfortunately, those pass right through my short-term memory if I don't write them down or verbally express them to another person.
    This blog is in response to this -- an acceptance of the challenge to write down the daily lessons that the Lord is teaching me. May it be a testimony to others of God's "mercies being new every morning" and his presence in and care for everyday life. And to my own benefit, may having my ears open to the lesson God has for me each day keep the devil at bay from trying to convince me that God doesn't care.

I encourage you to take up the challenge too! 

Blessings!

Dawn Thiessen

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Truths a child can understand

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Thursday, December 22, 2011, In : Parenting 
Yesterday the kids and I were watching, "Santa Claus". They had their PJ's on and we were quieting down. My husband told me about an outdoor carol singing by our city's nativity scene put on by some local Christians and suggested we should go. The kids sounded interested but it was too late. "No kids, we're going to stay home and watch Santa..." As the words left my mouth I realized I had to go. I want to teach my kids the true meaning of Christmas and although a bit unconventional this would...
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And God said, "Put thy children to bed!"

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Saturday, November 19, 2011, In : Parenting 
Their finally sleeping, all three of them. It is quiet now, but 20 minutes ago I was almost crying, my kids were whining and coming up with excuses as to why they couldn't fall asleep. As, I headed to there room for the third time I told my husband, "this is the least favorite part of my day". I wish they could just give me a hug and a kiss, say goodnight and go to bed so that I can have the "my time" that I've been waiting for all day. To do my Bible reading, and homework for a Bible study I...
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Still waiting

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, In : Parenting 
I am 6 days overdue now and all I can do is wait. You'd think by the third time you would be able to recognize all the signs but I have been convinced that the baby is coming too many times over the past few weeks. In a way I am glad this is my third full-term pregnancy because if it was my first I would have been in an out of the hospital numerous times. I'm just waiting for that first BIG contraction now. My thoughts also turn to worries as I fear the possibility of something happening to t...
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I <3 Discipline!

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, In : Parenting 

When I do attendance in my classes I prefer to ask a question instead of going down the list for a "here" or a "present". Today I asked about discipline -- specifically spankings. I only had 4 out of my 80-some students who had never recieved a spanking. Some had stories of the infamous 'wooden spoon' breaking on their backsides, but the repetition of that story made me think it was an urban ledgend. I followed up by asking whether they thought it was successful and would spank their own chil...


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Joy of Serving

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : Parenting 

I am not as nice as I thought I was. We had a slumber party at my brother's house a couple of months ago, a way of spending more time with the family over the Christmas holidays. It was a great idea, to be able to put the kids to bed and then be able to stay up and play games. When you have kids you realize that it is virtually impossible to have a lengthy conversation or uninterrupted visit unless they are sleeping. So, this was a great idea.
            My kids were the youngest and the firs...


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A lesson learned from my son

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Thursday, April 28, 2011, In : Parenting 
This past long-weekend I had the opportunity to clean the house and include my kids in some of it. We were cleaning the windows and my son (almost 3) said, "daddy's gonna come home and say 'it's so clean!' He'll be so happy".I hadn't said anything to indicate that we were doing this to make daddy proud and now recalled that my son always thinks that way. Whether he draws a picture or builds a tower out of blocks it's always "for you", never just for fun or for his own benefit. Jesus was right...
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About Me


Wife, mother, teacher, and author -- the glamorous hats I wear. I am also a daughter, sister, aunt and friend and am learning to be a good citizen. To be true to myself and to genuinely love people without an ulterior motive (even if it seems good intentioned).
 

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