3 Lessons We Can Learn From Cain’s Story

A few nights ago, we were having family devotions and we read about Cain and Abel. As much as I was hesitant to talk about a brother killing his brother to my 4 year old and 3 year old, it’s the Bible and there is always something to glean from it. There is always a lesson to learn.

Here’s a short thought from our family devotional book:

“Even though God punished Cain for his sin, God also protected him.” 

As we concluded our devotion, I was touched by how much God STILL loved Cain in spite of the sin he committed. How could a loving and perfect God love someone like Cain, who, out of jealousy, murdered his brother?

But then, the Lord reminded me how He loves me in spite of my shortcomings and many failures. They may not “seem” as bad (in my eyes) compared to murder, but sin is sin. And with God, there is no difference between a “little” sin and a “big” sin.

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

In the story of Cain and Abel giving an offering to God, I think we focus on the fact that Abel’s offering was better. But what made it better was not how much Abel offered but the attitude in how he did it. He offered unto God an offering out of a pure heart and a desire to give his best.

“The difference between Cain and Abel didn’t have much to do with what offering they brought. God was more concerned with their hearts. Abel’s heart was focused on giving his best to God while Cain’s heart was focused on being the best before God.”  – Sarah M. Wells

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INTERCESSION

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Prayer is so often the tool that we as Christians forget to use. In fact, it’s a powerful tool and one that Satan would hate for us to use.

As Corrine Ten Boom quoted, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” 

I hope that you will be encouraged as you read this guest post by Lauren on how we can help pray for one another. She shares how we can simply do so and you and I can begin today! 

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PASSION

TODAY’s Guest Post is from a college friend of mine. Although I didn’t know much about her then nor was I close to her, I watched her;  I watched how PASSIONATE she was about the things she did. And she came to mind when I wanted a post about the Monthly Word Focus of “Passion.”

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RECOGNITION

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We all have been at a point in our life when we’ve wanted to be recognized. Too often, I hear stories about people giving up or throwing in the towel. And a lot of those times, it was because they weren’t recognized or someone didn’t appreciate their work or effort.

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My husband surprised our family with…

Every year, my family takes a week off of work to just get away from the routine and mundane things of life. It’s very necessary to just recover from all the demands of work and refresh to get ready for the year ahead of us. This year we had the privilege of going to a resort in Palm Desert. A very special and sweet lady from our church gave us 3 days and 2 nights to stay at this resort and it was simple, yet memorable.

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7 Necessities for Baby

I am almost back to my regular sleeping schedule now that my third daughter is officially three months.

I have been really hesitant about doing a post of what I recommend for baby since there are probably a million other blogs (more popular than mines) that you can check out.

But as someone who doesn’t have all the money in the world, I do my best to find affordable, yet good quality products. And that is why Amazon.com is my go-to. (Can I get an “Amen?!?”)

When we had our first child in 2014, of course we desired to give her the best but now that we’re on our third child, sometimes the “best” according to everyone else’s eyes isn’t necessarily the most affordable. I mean, why pay for a diaper bag that is over $100 when you can buy a similar one for $30-40? Please don’t get me wrong… we have nothing against name-brand items. In fact, our children have a good amount of things that are name-brands but they were either found at a thrift store, bought on clearance/sale or given by friends.

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Satisfaction in Your Season of Life

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Spring is here and many are already getting their children’s Easter Baskets ready. I’ll be honest, we haven’t done Easter baskets for our kids but the more I think about it, I figured that this would be a great opportunity for me to share the Gospel with my girls. They may still seem young but I am praying that we can plant these seeds at a young age and see those seeds come to fruition.

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For the month of March, I wanted to focus on one word – SATISFACTION. It’s easy to be satisfied when everything is going well – our health, our finances, our relationships, our jobs, etc. But all of us go through different seasons of life. I may be having the most wonderful season while someone else is going through the most difficult season.  I may be on the mountaintop while another is in the valley. Realizing this truth makes me want to be more considerate and thoughtful of other people.

One can be so joyful on the outside but deep down, they are struggling. Today, I want to talk about having satisfaction in THE SEASON THAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN.

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