Letters To Our Son’s JOURNAL BOOK August 2015 Release Date

Letters to Our Sons JOURNAL companion to the Book Letters to Our Son’s final proof to be completed this week and then will release and be available on Amazon and many other online book stores. www.Lettertooursons.com

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Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.– Gary Smalley

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The Importance of Praying for your Children Daily ~ War Room

What happens when we pray? Prayer is what opens the flood gates. ‪#‎Warroom

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Perseverance—”Lord, teach our sons and daughters perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.” (Heb. 12:1)

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May our Sons walk in Honesty and Integrity—”May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection.” (Ps. 25:21)

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A Father’s Role in Parenting ~ Table Talk Show with Yolanda

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June 25th 6:00 PM CST ~ Table Talk with Yolanda and Special Guest ~ Papa Joe Bradford ~ Scott Chevalier and Marcus Meneese ~ Join us at the Table for a conversation about a father’s role in parenting. These 3 men are also doing great work in the community and you don’t want to miss out on what they will share. ‪#‎fathersday‬‪#‎Dads‬‪#‎Parenting‬‪#‎Fatherhood‬‪#‎Community‬‪#‎Nonprofit‬ To get more information on other show and to purchase the book Visit the Letters to Our Sons

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A Father’s Role in Parenting ~ Table Talk with Yolanda

Table Talk with Yolanda Parenting Family Faith ~ Fathers

June 25th 6:00 PM CST ~ Table Talk with Yolanda and Special Guest ~ Papa Joe Bradford ~ Scott Chevalier and Marcus Meneese ~ Join us at the Table for a conversation about a father’s role in parenting. These 3 men are also doing great work in the community and you don’t want to miss out on what they will share. ‪#‎fathersday‬ ‪#‎Dads‬ ‪#‎Parenting‬ ‪#‎Fatherhood‬ ‪#‎Community‬ ‪#‎Nonprofit‬ VISIT TABLE TALK TO RSVP  The show will air live on Google and YouTube on June 25th. Visit the Letters to Our Sons 

Meet My Special Guests

Papa Joe

Papa Joe Autobiography

Some people would give up, but Papa Joe chose to stand and inspire the world. His is a touching story that can be summed up in four words: a walk of love. He is the founder and director of Elijah’s Heart. In his journey, he has come across people facing extreme poverty and has led him to want to do his part to change this. He is the father of love and is in a journey to ensure people can take the necessary steps to walk their own journey of love. Come hear what he has to say about the father’s role in parenting.

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His amazing story was made into a movie http://elijahsheart.com/whoweare/papajoe/unconditional-the-movie/ and the book about his life was recently released http://elijahsheart.com/whoweare/papajoe/awalkoflove/

Scott Chevalier

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Scott grew up in Southeastern Ohio, graduated with a communications degree in 1988 and has never accepted the “norm”.  His passion today is encouraging young people to follow their dreams and achieve their potential. He is a motivational speaker and founder of the Powerhouse Youth Project, an organization focused on assisting every student to recognize their uniqueness and achieve that potential by discovering the best path in life.

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He currently lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife Valerie and children Zac and Peyton. www.powerhouse.org

Marcus Meneese

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Founder and Executive Director of Stronger than My Father, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization using faith based principles to uplift and empower fatherless youth currently residing in homes without a positive paternal role model.

Slide1Marcus acknowledges that his life experience, growing up in a two-parent home that was rooted in church, is very much a minority opportunity, considering many young kids are growing up without a father, and some not even knowing who their father is.  Marcus currently host a radio segment every Tuesday on 760 am “The Gospel” entitle “Tough Talk Tuesday” where he focuses on issues that’s affecting our young men. Marcus and his lovely wife reside in Nashville, Tennessee and are proud parents of one son. www.strongerthanmyfather.org

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Releasing your child into their destiny ~ College Transition

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  • RELEASING YOUR CHILDREN INTO THEIR DESTINY

    Have you thought about the day you take your child to college? Imagine moving them into their dorm room and coming to that difficult moment of saying goodbye. What parting words will you share that they will take with them through the rest of their lives? In other words, what will you say knowing that they are about to experience a new found freedom and desiring that they will use this freedom responsibly. How about “Live up to your God given purpose!” The strength of character your child possesses will determine how well he or she will navigate through a world filled with temptation, pressure, and different worldviews. It’s never too early or too late to prepare kids for a faith-filled future!

    Many of my friends and I are sending our children off to college this year. A friend of mine mentioned that He may need to start a ministry for parents sending kids off to college. I think that is a great idea. Some of us may need it during transition :).  Even though we are all excited, we will miss them and worry a little. One thing we know for sure is that we have poured into them the word of God and ultimately we will have to trust and know that at the end to the day that is what matters. Now it is time for us to allow them to soar and walk into the purpose and destiny that God has for them. Sometimes that may be different than what we may think it should be. We have spent our life teaching, training and protecting our children; now it’s time to “give them wings.” For many parents, the shift from being the primary influence in a child’s life to releasing them to adulthood isn’t easy. Hopefully we have been preparing them for independence from the start. Now that they are on their own — finding their niche, building a career — you’re no longer their major authority, but friend. By setting healthy boundaries, you can enjoy this new role, while offering the love, guidance and insight only a parent can provide.

    Five Scripture Passages Your Teen Should Take to College

    Going away to college is a major life event. In Christian families, it is also a time to make sure that your teen isn’t going off to college without the support, love and companionship of Christ. So pack up the new colorful comforter, but then don’t forget what may turn out to be the greatest comforter of all, five scripture passages your teen should take to college. – LIMA

    John 14: 1-“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God[a]; trust also in me.

    Matthew 7: 12 -So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

    Mark 6:31-Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

    Luke 9:23-Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

    Luke 8:39-“Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

    There isn’t a child who hasn’t gone out into the brave new world who eventually doesn’t return to the old homestead carrying a bundle of dirty clothes. ~Art Buchwald

    Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ~Les Brown

    What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. ~Eleanor Powell

    Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22.6

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ARE YOU RAISING CHILDREN IN A HOUSE OF JOY?

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Laughter is God’s hand on the shoulder of a troubled world. ~ Bettenell Huntznicker

Many of our homes have turned into an environment of task and to do list. Are you raising children that will want to come back home when they have grown up and left the nest? Home should be a place where they feel the most loved, encouraged and inspired. They should not feel like they have to perform, or gain your approval. When children feel JOY your house should be full of LAUGHTER and fun times as well as structure. What kind of home do you have? Go home and ask your children how they feel about being home. Also ASK your older children who have already left home for college or career.

Questions to ASK?

  1. Does home feel like a safe place or a place of pain and disappointment?
  2. Do we laugh enough? Don’t miss the opportunity to laugh with your children and your spouse.
  3. Do you feel Joy and peace in our home? Life is short and should be full of Joy and laughter.

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We are so consumed with making it, meeting every deadline, wanting our children and spouses to be perfect that we forget to enjoy the time that we have with them when we are home. Make sure JOY and LAUGHTER is still showing up at your house.

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 A good laugh is sunshine in the house. — William Thackeray

If LAUGHTER  has not been around in a while, take a look at this video and be reminded how it brings joy to your heart and sunshine to your home. ~ Yolanda E Shields

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to. John Ed Pearce

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THERE ARE SEVERAL BENEFITS TO PRAYER

PRAYER WORKS

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Reduces Stress

When we lay our troubles at God’s feet, we can feel the weight of the world come off of our shoulders.

John 14:27  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  

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 Offers Us Hope

When we get down in the dumps, prayer gives us hope.  Laying all of our problems at God’s feet opens us up to trusting Him. When we trust God, we have hope that things will turn out fine.  It doesn’t mean that everything Is perfect, but it keeps us focused on what is possible with God.  

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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Can Make You Healthier

There are a number of studies out there that show a link between prayer and emotional and physical health.  Some studies showed a significant decrease in heart disease, emphysema and cirrhosis of the liver for people who attended church once or more a week.  Other studies show worship was linked to lower blood pressure and a strengthening of the immune system.

3 John 1:2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well

with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

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Improves Our Attitude

Humility is a huge part of our faith, and prayer allows us to be humbled daily.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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LIFE LESSONS FROM MOMS ~ Letters To Our Sons

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  1. EAT DINNER TOGETHER
  1. SPEND TIME TALKING AND LAUGHING TOGETHER
  1. GIVE PEOPLE GRACE TO LEARN AND GROW
  1. SPEAK WORDS OF LIFE OVER YOUR CHILDREN
  1. PUT GOD FIRST IN YOUR LIFE

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The main lesson we all must learn is unconditional love, and patience, which includes not only for others but ourselves as well. Yolanda Conley Shields #LessonsFromMoms


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OUR CHILDREN NEED TO HEAR OUR VOICE

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Have you taken time to communicate to your children? This can take place by verbal conversations, letters or spending quality time with them. We have become so consumed with social media and being so busy that we are not making time for our children. We are allowing social media, school activities and the TV to raise our children. Make a change in 2015 and start out with a plan. Write down the things you want to see differently about your communication with your children. Make sure you understand what each child needs and how best to communicate with them. Children are different so its not a cookie cutter approach but based on their individual needs. See below some great tips for mom and dads. Start TODAY! so that 2015 is filled with great conversational memories.

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Communication Tips for Parents – (American Psychological Association)

Be available for your children

  • Notice times when your kids are most likely to talk — for example, at bedtime, before dinner, in the car — and be available.
  • Start the conversation; it lets your kids know you care about what’s happening in their lives.
  • Find time each week for a one-on-one activity with each child, and avoid scheduling other activities during that time.
  • Learn about your children’s interests — for example, favorite music and activities — and show interest in them.
  • Initiate conversations by sharing what you have been thinking about rather than beginning a conversation with a question.

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Let your kids know you’re listening

  • When your children are talking about concerns, stop whatever you are doing and listen.
  • Express interest in what they are saying without being intrusive.
  • Listen to their point of view, even if it’s difficult to hear.
  • Let them complete their point before you respond.
  • Repeat what you heard them say to ensure that you understand them correctly.

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Respond in a way your children will hear

  • Soften strong reactions; kids will tune you out if you appear angry or defensive.
  • Express your opinion without putting down theirs; acknowledge that it’s okay to disagree.
  • Resist arguing about who is right. Instead say, “I know you disagree with me, but this is what I think.”
  • Focus on your child’s feelings rather than your own during your conversation.

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Remember:

  • Ask your children what they may want or need from you in a conversation, such as advice, simply listening, help in dealing with feelings or help solving a problem.
  • Kids learn by imitating. Most often, they will follow your lead in how they deal with anger, solve problems and work through difficult feelings.
  • Talk to your children — don’t lecture, criticize, threaten or say hurtful things.
  • Kids learn from their own choices. As long as the consequences are not dangerous, don’t feel you have to step in.
  • Realize your children may test you by telling you a small part of what is bothering them. Listen carefully to what they say, encourage them to talk and they may share the rest of the story.

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LETTERS TO OUR SONS THE BOOK

Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built. James Dobson

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THE POWER OF PRAYER

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Philippians 4:6-7 ESV – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

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Prayer is not only good for you it works. I am strengthened to keep going as I meditate and focus on prayer, praise and studying the word of God. When I move away from this daily practice I notice a lack of focus and more distraction in my life.

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV – Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

I was meditating this week on the power of Prayer. As I look back over my life I realize the only reason I have made it is my focus on prayer. Prayer is a powerful force.
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Prayer is a direct communication with God. You are just having a conversation nothing fancy or hard. It is very simple, but sometimes we make it seem like it is hard and not doable. Now don’t get me wrong it is powerful and it will change your life and the life of others that you pray for. If you are not sure what to pray just pray the word of God. To get started you can focus on the Lords Prayer first. It covers a lot and has so many parts that you can focus on and study for a couple of weeks.

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Nothing is too trivial … or too big to pray about. Sometimes, we get overwhelmed by a situation and feel like prayer is not enough, but I am here to tell you that prayer is exactly what is needed.

Make a daily appointment on your calendar each day to pray and watch what happens. Make sure to intercede on the behalf of other people and not just focus on yourself. As you pray for other people watch God answer your prayers.

Prayer is where the action is.” John Wesley

“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.”
E.M. Bounds
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“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” Corrie ten Boom

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