Heart to Heart: A Life Of Brucks’ Guest Post Series

Welcome to our Heart to Heart Series!

{ If you would like to be apart of our Heart to Heart Series please email Mama Brucks at lifeofbrucks@gmail.com }

Proverbs 13:14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 13-14

This series is all about being filled with words of wisdom from those that have a heart to share with you their life’s journey.

So sit back, relax and enjoy these next few posts with us as we enter into the lives of those who have had a light shone on their paths and are willing to let it shine towards ours!


Today’s Guest Post is from an amazing women of God!

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Deanna Sudom is a mom, friend and fellow blogger over at Shameless Freedom.

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Deanna (middle) with her two daughters

From her Bio: Deanna writes and speaks of God’s mercy and forgiveness through her own rich life lessons. These stories have manifested in the process of her journey with God, herself and others. She ties serious issues such as sexual immorality, shame, divorce, suicide and addictions into a bow of God’s grace. Her heart and mission is to encourage and enlighten others to walk in the freedom and forgiveness of Christ.

Got your coffee? If so, settle in for these wise words!

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“As the rain and the snow come down from earth and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth:  It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10, 11

It is a blessing and an honour to be a guest blogger on my friend site. We love the Brucks! I love reading Mama Brucks’ blog even though my youngest baby is 14; she has incredible advice and ideas on a myriad of things that I can share with all the young mom’s around me. And man can that girl write!

As I was praying about what I could possibly share about parenting, God showed me the verses above.

It occurred to me if there was anything I would share with parents these days is for them to teach their children that God wants to have a personal relationship with them.

He is always for them and never against them and He will never leave them or forsake them when they accept Him in their lives. Teach them to fall in love with His Word because it is alive and active, changing us to become more like Him. Teach them that He invites everyone just as they are. It is not as though he is surprised by what we are like.

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In saying all of this, most important of all is that we know and love Jesus with all that we are. Our children often learn more from our example and not so much from our words. My prayer is that my human efforts will be multiplied with His strength and spirit so that they know the truth and walk in it no matter how old they are. For some perspective, my girls are 25 and married, 23 and had our first grandson 7 months ago (it really is as amazing, fun and incredible as they say, my heart feels like it will burst with joy sometimes) and our son turns 15 next week. So do I have experience, yes. Am I an expert, well some consider an expert someone who knows a little bit more than another, so perhaps. Am I still learning, absolutely!

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Adult children bring a whole new gamut of things to pray and war for, as does a teenage boy!  I am thankful that age and knowing Jesus has mellowed me a bit and taught me how to trust better. God constantly reminds me that He loves them even more than I do. Oh what a sweet relief that is, knowing I have the God of the universe and creator of these very children, to surrender and trust them to.

I grew up with a Mom that suffered from mental illness; she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the last years of her life. I remember a time when I was 15 and Mom had just returned from her first lengthy stay in the hospital. It was one of those pivotal moments in my memory; I even remember we were standing in the laundry room.  I was asking her questions about how she was (apparently that question asking trait was built in to me) and she was saying how she didn’t feel anything. I asked “well don’t you feel love for us?“, and she responded, “I don’t know, I just don’t feel anything”.

I share this not to dishonor my Mom’s memory or to judge her. In hindsight I can say that her intentions were not to wound me but it was her reality at that time.

The truth was Mom did love me and just because she did not ‘feel’ it did not make it any less true. In that moment my teenage brain did not have the capacity to separate that from the hurt of that statement. I am grateful for that memory now because I know it was one of the moments that opened my heart to seek after God. I was shown that people are not infallible, that they will disappoint us and not be able to meet our needs. It was the beginning of my lifelong journey that our feelings are fickle sometimes and we cannot let them change the truths of what we know.

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So as you share God’s truths with your little people, middle people or adult children, be encouraged that His Word does not return empty and that it will accomplish the purposes God has for it. Teach them that you make mistakes and that you are learning all of the time and that no one can ever satisfy or meet our needs as God can

‘It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people.’ Psalm 118:8

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Free Printable Verse: Psalm 118

I believe someone told me at one time that is the middle of the bible, interesting wisdom smack dab in the middle.

Teach them that He is a God of restoration. Even in those moments that we unintentionally wound our children or when others do, God can take what the enemy meant for evil and bring good and healing and restoration from it. It is so healthy for them to know that we are aware of our own capacity to sin. We are not God but sometimes we get more satisfaction than we should in the fact that our kids may think we are.

Believe me, that phase ends hard and fast and it is our responsibility to introduce them to the One, true God. His love for them is beyond measure and they are His after all.

 

Thank you Deanna for filling our hearts with wisdom today!

Head on over to Shameless Freedom for more life lessons from Deanna!

With my heart overflowing,

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Life Of Brucks Heart to Heart Guest Post Series

If  you would like to be apart of our Heart to Heart Series please email Mama Brucks at lifeofbrucks@gmail.com

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30 thoughts on “Heart to Heart: A Life Of Brucks’ Guest Post Series

  1. Very wise advice here Deanna. My husband and I always said to each other when our kids were born, it didn’t matter if they never learned to write or do math, as long as they developed a lasting saving relationship with Jesus Christ, all our dreams would be fulfilled.

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  2. What a beautiful testimony. Hearing those words pierced my heart and made me so sad for that teenage girl. Yet what a testimony of God’s lavish love that He allowed you to have a forgiving heart and to let God’s love for you satisfy your deepest need to feel loved and accepted. What powerful truths you shared for parents as well. It’s important to teach our children to know that God’s love never fails. As much as we love our children, our love is imperfect.

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    1. They are amazingly intuitive and observant aren’t they Jennifer. One thing I have learned over the years is to stop preaching and really listen for their hearts. There are many times I have wasted my breath, thankfully God can redeem those places too.

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  3. You are absolutely right. As Christians, one of our main goals should be to show Jesus love to our children! If we can’t disciple those in our home, it will be nearly impossible to show Jesus to others!

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