Thanksgiving

Psalm 95 (NKJV)
A Call to Worship and Obedience

1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;

 

Teaching your children to be thankful:
At a young age teach them to pray before meals
Also teach them to say a bedtime prayer
If they tell you about someone that was hurt or sick, stop what you are doing and say a prayer together for that person

 

Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
3 For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
5 The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

 

Teach children to see the beauty in the world:
Pray together thanking God for a sunny day or a beautiful rainbow
Show the kids the mountains and the water and tell them that God made all of it

 

 

7 For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you will hear His voice:
8 “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
9 When your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they saw My work.
10 For forty years I was grieved with that generation,
And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts,
And they do not know My ways.’
11 So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”

 

When there are trials:
Pray with the children when they are sick, asking God to make them feel better
Pray with them asking for God to help them to do well in school
Pray for fun and safety when playing a sport
Teach your children to take everything to God in prayer. From the big things such as a serious illness, death, (even of a pet) help in school, forgiveness for doing something they shouldn’t have done.

How do you teach your children to be thankful?

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Thank you my shepherd for providing the things I need
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
Thank you for helping me to stop and rest
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
Thank You for the calm waters still the trouble in my soul
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Please let Your path be clear so I can see and follow it
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
Thank You for showing me that You will help  me stand up to evil
For You are with me;
I know You are always there, I only need to hold out my hand
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
They give me a sense of peace and love
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
Your preparation makes me strong, and my enemies see I don’t fear them
You anoint my head with oil;
Your anointing shows me I am moving in the right direction
My cup runs over.
Your blessings are so much more than I can hold. I will share them with others
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
I know I am Yours, and if I follow You, I will have peace
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.1
I will someday be in Your heavenly home

 

The 23rd Psalm is so rich in love, peace and imagery. On a difficult day you can pray this Psalm. You can stop at each phrase and imagine you are enveloped in God’s love in each setting. Even if when you are facing difficult times He will always be there with you.

This past July I was really tested. Jim, my husband, had gone to the hospital for a routine CT scan. He had a pulled muscle in his side and the doctor wanted to make sure it wasn’t torn. The regular scan went well. Then the tech injected him with the dye for the contrast scan. Jim felt warmth going up through his body and a strong urge to sneeze. The scan was done and when he got up he felt light headed. Then he could feel himself swelling, in his throat, eyes and nose. Soon he was fighting to breath. He passed out, and a nurse saw him waver, caught him and assisted him to the floor. Through his fog he heard “man down,” he opened his eyes and looked to see what they were talking about. Then, seeing the ceiling, realized it was him. He told me his first thought was “it’s a good thing I didn’t die, Jann would be pissed.” I have always told him that I get to go first. He would do much better going on without me than I would without him.

I was home doing some cleaning and realized he had been gone much longer than expected. I texted him and waited about 10 minutes. I hadn’t heard back so I called the hospital and was connected with radiology. They proceeded to tell me that he was in the ER, but wouldn’t give me any information. Later, I found out it was because of the Hippa law.

I rushed over to the hospital, praying all the way there. I was strangely calm and felt peace. God told me everything was going to be okay. When I finally was able to go into the ER and to Jim’s bedside the first thing I said was “What did you do now?” He smiled, still breathing with difficulty, and said that he had had a sever reaction to the contrast dye. The doctor told me Jim had anaphylactic shock, and almost died. I kissed him and said a quick prayer thanking God for not taking Jim away from me.

He stayed in the hospital for several tests to make sure there were no problems from the dye, and then returned home the next day. I can’t thank God enough for letting me keep my wonderful husband.

Have you faced something that was very difficult and felt God’s love holding you tight? Write me back and share your experience.

1 The New King James Version. (1982). (Ps 23:1–6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

PRAISE GOD!!!

Last week was quite a week. On Monday I sent a query letter to DEB HAGGERTY at ELK LAKE PUBLISHING. She responded and sent me the material I needed to fill out for the proposal. Tuesday I sent all of that to her. Then Wednesday, Deb offered me a contract. She called and answered some of my questions. Then I received the contract on Friday. I sent the signed contract and other paper work to her Saturday.

So, PRAISE GOD!!!!! I now have a publisher, contract and a new agent, SHAWN KUHN of the SUZY Q AGENCY. This is all so amazing. I still can’t quite take it all in.

The contract is for the first three books in “Bible Characters Through the Ages Story #1 Adam in the Garden, Story #2 Meeting Eve, and Story #3 Watching David and Goliath” These are all working titles. The editor can make new suggestions for the titles.

Here is a little information about the series:

“Bible Characters Through the Ages”

Two time traveling children want to meet the historical figures of the Bible starting with Adam, but in the past they lose their time travel machine. Can they find their way back home before time has changed? Then, can they return to meet another historical figure of the Bible? Read “Bible Characters Through the Ages” the series to share their adventures.

I first learned about writing groups and conferences when we moved to Florida 6 years ago. I have been working and learning so much about this new career of mine. Who would have thought that God would have me writing for kids at the age of 65? Surely not me, but I am blessed to be able to do this.

He also has me doing workshops for the Florida League of Christian Schools conference. My workshop is on helping children become better writers. It’s a fun event and I meet a lot of great teachers, principals, and administrator’s.

Have you ever thought about writing? Please do it. How can I help and encourage you?

How Would You Like to be Sold?

That’s exactly what happened to Joseph. He was one of Jacob’s sons. His brothers always thought he was the favored son; Jacob even made Joseph a tunic of many colors, much finer than what the others had. Joseph didn’t help matters much. He would have dreams and tell his brothers about them. They were always about him being greater than his brothers.

  • Do you have siblings? Did you feel your parents favored on of you over the other?
  • Help your children to all feel equal love and attention from you
    • They each have different gifts
    • Use those gifts to increase their self-image
    • Let them use their gifts to help others.

All but Joseph were in Dothan feeding the flock. Jacob asked Joseph to see how his brothers were doing. They saw Joseph from far off and while talking, they decided to kill him. They were tired of hearing how great he was. The brothers would kill him and tell their father that a wild animal had killed Joseph. Reuben had second thoughts and said they should just throw Joseph in a pit and leave him to die.

While they were eating they saw a caravan coming their way. Judah told them, that they should sell Joseph to the Ishmaelites and make some money. They received twenty shekels of silver, and Joseph was taken to Egypt, and sold to Potiphar. Potiphar was one of Pharaohs officers and the captain of the guard.

Joseph worked hard and found favor with God. Potiphar saw how God helped Joseph. He was prosperous in all of his endeavors. Seeing all of this Potiphar made Joseph the overseer of his house and all that he had.

  • Joseph went from his brothers planning to kill him to overseeing Potiphar’s estate.
    • Look for ways to give each child responsibility
    • Older children can oversee dishes and some of the cleaning
    • Younger children can carry their dishes to the kitchen counter
    • They can all help keep their rooms picked up

travel-945309_640Then Potiphar’s wife tried to take Joseph to bed, but he refused. She got mad and told her husband that Joseph had tried to rape her. He was sent to jail. While there he did everything he was told, and eventually oversaw the prisoners.

The Pharaoh’s chief butler and the chief baker had been put in jail with Joseph. One night they each had a dream. The next day Joseph interpreted them. The butler was released after serving his time, but the baker was hung. Then two years later Pharaoh had a dream and no one could interpret it for him. The butler remembered Joseph interpreting his dream. He went to the Pharaoh and told him about Joseph.

Joseph was summoned, and he interpreted the dream. Pharaoh was so pleased, that he made Joseph the overseer of his household. Then it came to pass that there was a famine. Joseph’s brothers came to get help and food in Egypt. Joseph saw them, but they didn’t recognize him. In the end the family was reunited.

  • When you talk with the kids in the morning, ask them about their dreams
    • Ask them if the dreams make them feel good or bad
    • Help them to see if there is a meaning to their dream
  • Do you dream very much? Do you remember them?