Kim Shawrieh

Welcome to my blog, “Dusting Pockets”! I am honored that you have chosen to tag along! My name is Kim Shawrieh and I am a seasoned mom of four children, (two girls and two boys), ranging from fifteen to twenty-five years of age. I have also had the privilege  and honor of being a preschool teacher and child care director for approximately thirteen years.

The purpose of this blog is to serve as a support for parents/guardians/caregivers who share in the upbringing of children of all ages. It will serve as a confirmation that God’s Word is true and the guidelines that He set forth in His Word are the only ones that will help your child reach their full potential in life! Being Christians, we believe in God and that He is the Master and Creator of the universe. We have the Word of God which consists of commandments, guidelines, examples of every possible scenario in life and how to handle them AND promises that we can claim as heirs to the kingdom of God! He covered it all. All we have to do is avail ourselves by reading, learning and studying the bible to gain wisdom and discernment on how to raise and instruct our children to prepare them for life.

The Family - Odeh, Jamiel, Michael, Kendra, Lenee', Kim

God gave us a mandate to “train up our children in the way they should go and when they are old, they will not depart from it”- Proverbs 22:6. Children need to learn at an early age that good choices bring peace, rewards and blessings! However, bad choices in life, no matter the size, will incur remorse, malcontentment and consequences. It is vitally important that  our children learn to respect authority, accept responsibility for their actions and respect other’s property, space, and time. Out of our desire for them to be blessed and successful in life, we must exercise love, wisdom and diligence. Our children should have confidence, perserverence, integrity and compassion.  Despite what we tell our children to do and how to behave, they are going to mirror what they witness us doing and how we conduct ourselves with others and in different circumstances in life. Thus the saying, “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree”. It’s a spiritual principle that you can not run from no matter how much of a head start you think you  got! I have had my own “home life” pop out of my children at the most inopportune times including children’s church! What do you think?! Yep!! I had to claim it! For goodness sake, I was standing in the very house of the Lord when I was told what my child blurted out with! Now I can laugh a little, remembering the moment that my heart stopped! Trust me when I tell you that it was not funny then!

I am the oldest of six children and grew up on a farm. All the years we were growing up, our parents strived to teach us Godly principles, tried to instill Godly character and taught us be a nurturer of all creation! Our parents were always trying to teach us how to sharpen our power of reasoning and how to discern people and circumstances! One thing that will ring in my ears forever is one of the sayings that my father used. “It’s one thing to blow smoke at a stranger, but, it’s just plain stupid to blow smoke at yourself!” In other words, you may deceive a stranger by telling them something false, but, it’s just plain stupid to lie and to deceive yourself! Parents, the bottom skinny is that we are going to be held accountable for the ways we bring up our children! It’s not an option and we do not get to vote! We are supposed to be instilling Godly character, behavior and attitudes into our children in a firm, loving and consistent manner. We are not going to get by with pulling a “dumb card.” God commanded it and promised that He would bless it! Now all we have to do is step out in faith and obedience and trust him at His word.

You have heard the quote, “it takes a village to raise a child.” It is so true! God said, “let everything be established in the mouth of two or more witnesses.” He put us all here to be supportive to each other. We are all here to encourage and support each other and to be a witness to each other’s lives! When you have surrounded yourself with people whose standards are condusive to the ones you have set forth at home for your children, success will come a lot easier. Your children need to hear those standards being quoted and reinforced by other christian people. It’s not just “an old fashioned way” of living. Everywhere you turn, the world is promoting alternative “lifestyles” and means of  discipline. The plain and simple truth is if those are not based on God’s Word, they will not be successful. They will fail at one point or another AND in the meanwhile, there is no peace to be had! Choose God’s way and enjoy all the blessings that come with having children and raising up a family! God intended for the whole experience to bring you joy, pleasure and honor!  This is the way that God intended for us to live life and cohabitate with others! It’s not up for negotiations!

Odeh and Kim

The purpose of this blog is to give you an opportunity to share in my experiences with children and methods that I have learned to use. These methods have been tried, tested and proven to be successful in pursuing the goal of raising up  children in the fear and admonition of the Lord! This is my passion in life and I desire to be of support and encouragement to any and all who may benefit from my training and experiences in teaching and nurturing children! I am here to testify that it has been a wonderful, successful and memorable experience for our whole family! I desire for you to enjoy all the blessings and pleasures that we have over the past years! God is faithful!