God Wants Us To Live!

God is always there for us. He wants us to live a full and blessed life. We need to ask for help and to listen for His answers. This is not easy for us to comprehend. We can’t see or physically feel Him touch us.

Learning to hear Him takes time and patience. Praying or talking with God is the easy part. Quieting our minds is much more difficult. We desire to hear back immediately, with a clear answer. He will answer us in His time. This can be right away or at a time in the future. His answer maybe yes, no, or later.

Many years ago, I was praying for healing for my mom. She had cancer and it was getting much worse. I was pregnant with our first child and so badly wanted her to live and hold my baby. The last time I talked to her at the hospital I kissed her goodbye and said that I would be back later that evening. As I walked down the hall I cried out to God, “Please take her from her living hell.” Within a couple of hours, she was gone. The answer to my prayer of healing was “No”, His answer was the healing of “Eternal life.”

I didn’t want her to suffer anymore, but I really would have loved to have her live and get to know and love our children and grandchildren.

Do you have a running conversation with God? I wake up in the morning and thank Him for getting me safely though another night, and hope that He had a good night too. Then I ask Him what we are doing today.

If I am planning on working on things involved with my writing, I ask Him what He wants me to tackle first. Then as I work I ask for guidance and the right words to use. In writing my children’s books, many times I have gone back later that day or the next and read what I had written. Frequently I find a portion that I have no idea where those words came from. Only to chuckle and realize it was God who had given me the passage. It’s really fun when that happens.

Teaching yourself, much less your children how to live, listen, and act on God’s words isn’t easy. Practice praying, then being quiet and attentive to His quiet voice. It can be hard to hear. Once you have learned to be better at listening to His Word, share with your children what you have learned. Work with them and help them to pray and listen. Once you have learned this you will be able to “Live,” in His love.

I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live! Ezekiel 18:32 [1] 

 

 

Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Eze 18:32). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

America Strong!

 

For over 400 miles we saw hundreds of electric trucks, tree removal trucks, ambulances, semis with generators and air conditioners and restoration trucks. We were driving home from Ft. Walton Beach, Fl. to the Orlando area. It was just amazing to see all of them heading home after helping the people of Florida recover after Hurricane Irma.

It gave me such a sense of patriotism, love and caring for others. As Americans, we do reach out and help when our neighbors are in need. The sight of so many people that came to help still gives me a sense of pride to be an American.

Thank you to all of those who reached out!

 

 

A Lesson of Love and Nature

This can be a fun and good lesson to do with your children.

Go out in your yard, a park or in the woods. Spread out a blanket and tell them to sit quietly, to watch and listen to the birds. Now talk about what they have seen.

Ask them:

  • Do the birds plant seeds to grow their food?
  • Do the birds weed their garden?
  • Do the birds harvest/pick their food from the garden?
  • Do the birds have a cupboard to put their food?
  • Where do the birds get their food and water?

The fun part might be their answers depending on their age. Now tell them to watch the birds more closely. What are they doing when the land on a tree, plant or the ground? Explain how they get their food from the flowers, trees, and bugs. Also, how they are able to get water from ponds and puddles.

Let’s the first part of today’s verse:

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.

Now talk about how God watches over the birds and provides food and water for them. That they only have to fly about and get their food whenever they are hungry. Or look for a pond or puddle and can have a drink.

Next read:

And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

Explain to your children how much God loves them. God gives us the ability to grow food and make a safe place to live. He gave us Jesus to show us how to live and please God. Also, to take all of our sins away when He died on the cross.

He then gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit to speak to us in our hearts and guide us to do what is best for us and those around us.

Now:

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

This part of the verse is for you and the kids:

Calm your fears and that of the children with the assurance that God will care for you. He knows your needs before you do. If you listen for His guidance and follow His directions, you will be cared for. This doesn’t mean that you won’t have problems or illness, but that He will be with you and comfort you in all circumstances, because of His love for you. If you worry it won’t add a moment to your life, but can cause you to lose a moment because of wasting your time on something you cannot control.

 

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? [1]

 

 

 

 

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mt 6:26–27). Carol Stream,

IL: Tyndale House Publishers.