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A Spring in your step

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The weather has finally started to feel and look like springtime. The flowers are blooming, rain is falling and temperatures are staying average if not hotter. Around this time of year, many people suddenly get the urge to clean out their homes and free themselves of the year's or multiple years of clutter. Not everyone can hire an organization expert to come into their home and fix everything for them within days, but there are so many ways to do some massive overhaul in a short period of time. Ever buy an item of clothing only to realize later that you had something just like it tucked away in a bin or in hiding because you stashed it somewhere or didn't labeled your storage? You can definitely waste money with a cluttered home. If you don't know what's in your home, you buy more.  When you buy more, you save less. Feeling overwhelmed realizing you might have this problem or something worse? Visit http://organizedhome.com/cut-clutter/declutter-101-where-do-I-start to figure out what to do first. After you've organized a little, how do you keep it up? Well, everything we do in life, we do for reasons known or unknown. It's important to realize why we seem to hang on to things or have a hard time throwing or giving things away. Finding the root of our actions, will help us to determine what we need to do next that is most healthy and beneficial for us. In the end, you want to have room to grow. So, put a spring in your step!

The Confident Learner

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Boosting Confidence

One of the biggest hindrances to a child’s academic success is a lack of confidence. Students who are eager to learn something new are often the same students who are confident about learning, because with confidence, new information becomes less frightening and more of a healthy challenge. Children don’t fear disappointment when they know success is within reach. How does a student become a confident learner? Teachers and parents share the responsibility of strengthening the child’s foundational learning, so that the foundation for new information is set. Questions should be asked: Does the child understand the basics of this information? Do they have a reference or starting point for learning new information? Teachers and parents can also provide reminders of all the wonderful achievements made in the past, no matter how small they may be. An “A” earned in the past, means an “A” possible for the future.

Kick-backs

Using positive reinforcement is not always easy. Sometimes yelling, nail-biting, and other negative behavioral changes in children who are not confident are a certain reality. Depending on the child, exhausting every effort may be the only way. Remember, some children have endured years of negative self-talk, bullying, and household abuses that have created destructive patterns in the brain. Gather a team, family or academic, dedicated to supporting the child with a united front. It’s important that the child hears the same message from every team member… SUCCESS! Some great endings in life, start with an up-hill battle. The Ward Advocacy Team

Seeking Help: A scriptural basis?

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Ward Advocacy, LLC is Christ-Centered. We hope you enjoy this posting from Guest Blogger, Blenda Anderson at BlenCouragesU.com!

Is asking for help biblical? Yes.

Imagine Jesus in his own city healing, calling people to follow Him, teaching and raising the dead. Think about how excited the people in the city must have been about the mighty miracles Jesus had performed! And here He was in RIGHT in the city among them! How many were perhaps thinking YES!!!! Here is my chance to be healed! As Jesus was moving about, two blind men made their way to Jesus and began to follow Him, crying and saying “Son of David, have mercy upon us!  As Jesus went into the house, the men went to Jesus where He asked them if they believed that He was able to do this [heal them]. The reply? Yes, Lord. At that point, Jesus touched their eyes and said, “according to your faith, be it unto you.” And their eyes were opened. (Matthew 9:27-30). In those three Scriptures, two very amazing things happened. One, Jesus gave sight to the two men. And  two, the blind men actually came to Jesus for and asked for help. 

When you think about it...

Everything we do from infancy is rooted in our independent nature. Babies want to hold their own bottles, toddlers want to walk and explore on their own, school-aged youth want to do things by themselves. That mindset continues throughout our teens and adults lives. And while independence can be good in certain instances (with the understanding, of course, that without God, we can do nothing--John 15:5), there are times and situations where we have simply reached our extremities and cannot do anything else to help ourselves. Like the blind men, we need to go to someone and ask for help. Many Christians acknowledge the fact they need help in their walk with Christ, yet when it comes to something like needing food, clothing, assistance with rent/mortgage, an overdue bill, feeling overwhelmed with caregiving and needing a break, or something as simple as rewriting a resume or cover letter, we will not ask for help. Why? For those of us in need? Pride. There is a certain humility that comes with asking someone for assistance and the thought of having to ask can create feelings of tension, fear, worry, angst, anger or sadness even depression. While real, these emotions are rooted in pride that comes from a worldly stance (1 John 2:16), and something God does not intend for saints to practice—especially because of the consequences. The Word warns us pride comes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).  We can avoid these destructions and falls by asking the Lord to help us speak up when needed.

The Flip Side

Now, for those of us in a position to help, what is our initial response to a request for help? Is it, ”I’ll be praying”, while we say, “depart in peace, be warm and filled” … yet we give them not those things which are needful to the body” (James 2:16). Yes, we certainly do need to pray for those in need, but we are also called to assist, if we can, according to the leading of the Lord. Rather than spend all our surplus money, time or resources on that new item or event, we can actually be the answer to someone’s prayer!  Remember that all we have belongs to God and we are to properly steward [manage] over it. Luke 12:42 asks, who then is the faithful and wise steward whom his master will put in charge of the household to give his servants their portion of meat in due season? If Jesus is nudging the stewards of His household to to help someone in need, we should do it.
If you are in need:
  • Remember faith without works is dead (James 2:17).
  • Like the blind men, go to Jesus in faith to seek assistance and trust Him to guide you to the right person or place to get what you need (Like Ward Advocacy, LLC).
  • Once the situation is rectified, seek God and wise counsel on how to live so the circumstance can be avoided in the future, if applicable (Proverbs 3:5-6).
  • Be a blessing to someone else when you can (Proverbs 3:28).
If you can help or point someone in the right direction:
  • Remember we are not to withhold good from the to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it. (Proverbs 3:28).
  • Listen to the individual prayerfully and avoid interjecting thoughts and comments unless the Lord says otherwise (Proverbs 15:28).
  • Respond with love and compassion. If there is a lesson to be taught, ask God for the appropriate time to follow-up with that (Colossians 4:6).
  • Once you assist someone, do it cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7),  quietly (Matthew 6:1-4), and to God’s glory expecting nothing in return. God is a good record-keeper and will reward you appropriately (Colossians 3:17, 3:23-24).
Amen? Amen! I pray this post is a call to action for all of us. Please post a comment and let us know which part of the post spoke to your heart. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! May God continue to bless and keep you! Love, Our guest blogger is Blen from BlenCouragesU.com, where she encourages the people of God to #StayOnTheWall for the Lord. You can catch her weekly podcasts on her site or follow her on Facebook. …for the people had a mind to work (Nehemiah 4:6). #StayOnTheWall   Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Pinterest I Google+ iTunes Stitcher Radio

Positivity of Diversity and Fear

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If this recent election has taught us nothing else, we are definitely a nation of diversity. That diversity can cause us to divide into smaller and smaller sects of people determined to reside within our little piece of the country or it can ignite brotherhood and conversation. After all, we have differences existing within our own immediate family units. Some of us feel more closely bonded to someone who isn't blood-related. Fear often drives people to make positive or negative decisions. This is because fear in itself is a powerful emotion. When we don't understand something like being let go from a job or why a school system refuses to give our at-risk child additional services, we come to a point of decision that is often rooted in fear. How will I survive? How will he make it through? Will I be hired again?stress-magnify Before deciding on what to do, therapists and doctors recommend proceeding with caution and getting a handle on the emotions before responding to those type of situations because they know the health risks and the emotional toll stress can have on the body. According to 2015 report released in March of this year by the American Psychological Association (APA), the impact of discrimination is devastating. Since 2007, the APA commissioned a nationwide study which culminated in this result, "Overall, adults report that stress has a negative impact on their mental and physical health" (2016) with many people feeling as if they are not doing enough to manage their stress. help-pic Fear is a stress motivator, but with the right resources, partners, coaches, etc. we can find a good support network that can help us achieve the best outcome and transition from fear to positive choice making. The positive choice is allowing our diversity to benefit one another in stressful times.  
"Creating Partnerships to Help YOU Succeed!"
 

Using Your Smarts!

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Stay Calm, Take Breaks, Get Organized... these are some of the steps to achieving homework success with ADD/ADHD. Once you setup a routine to handle homework and the heat of a bad temper, it becomes easier. It's important not to make life a race, but you can create friendly competition and set goals to excite your child. Lead a path of excitement about learning and less about expectation because school work is not always a piece of cake. Many parents have forgotten how to do 5th grade math. So, it's okay to take the opportunity to read the directions to homework with your child. These days, it'll make you question, "Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader?"
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