God First Then Chores

How does your day begin? Is it a mad dash to get the kids ready for school? Are you trying to get dinner in the crockpot before leaving for work? Do you start the laundry as soon as you get up? Do have a list of chores as long as your arm?

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions take a deep breath, grab a cup of coffee, find a place to relax, and look at your schedule. How can you make things easier?

 

 

Before I get out of bed I thank God for keeping me safe through the night. Then I read Daily Guideposts. It’s a devotional book with a Bible verse, a message, and a prayer. Once I’ve read it I write out the Bible verse in my journal, if it’s a verse I feel moved to comment on. If not, I write  out a prayer asking God for direction for my day, or helping someone I love.

Next, while the coffee is brewing, my husband and I each read the next chapter we are on in the Bible. We read a chapter Monday through Friday. Sometimes it prompts discussion, others just food for thought.

Now I am ready to look at what’s ahead for the day. By starting the day with God, it always goes easier.

 

Believe me it hasn’t always been this way. I too used to be frazzled and rushing around trying to get the kids ready and out the door. I would rush off to work wondering what I would make for dinner. Were there dance classes, or a church meeting that night. Could I possibly have an infrequent night to be home.

 

It took me many years to get things figured out. I would like to help you slow down and enjoy each day as it comes.

If you have to get up a little earlier to give yourself some time, and time with God, do it. It’s worth every second. It doesn’t need to be an hour. Even fifteen minutes will help you focus. Put God first then ask Him to give you direction for your day. His plans are always the best.

Let me know how I can pray for you to get a better focus on your life. I would love to chat, drop me a note.

Teach Respect Don’t Spare The Rod

If we spare the rod with our children we are not being good parents. We need to discipline, but not abuse, our children. This will teach them right from wrong. A very important lesson for them to learn early. It will make them better and stronger adults.

Teaching them how to respect those around them includes their friends as well as adults. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect.

I remember as a young girl in middle school visiting with a friend. I was complaining about my parents being so strict. They weren’t going to let me go to a party because they didn’t know the parents of the child having the party. My friend told me that she wished her parents cared enough to tell her no sometimes. That as long as she wasn’t in trouble they hardly seemed to care what she did. This gave me a new insight on why my parents made the rules for me. They loved me and wanted to make sure I would be safe.

When our children came along I did my best to be involved with their friends and to meet their parents. There were times I felt that I had to say no to something, but I always gave them a reason. One of those times was when our oldest asked for a new pair of tennis shoes just like her friends were getting. We went shopping and she showed me the shoes she wanted. I told her they were too expensive and took her to a different rack. She reluctantly chose a pair, but really didn’t want her friends to see them saying, “They’re ugly compared to the ones the other girls have.”

I responded, “Just wear them tomorrow and see what they say.”

When she came home from school the next day she was all smiles. “The girls thought my shoes were really cute, and wanted a pair like mine. Thanks, Mom, you were right.”

A hard lesson to learn, but she learned that you don’t have to always have what everyone else has.

What rules or lessons do you have for your children to help them grow up to be responsible and respectful adults?

Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them. Proverbs 13:24

How Do You Teach Children Forgiveness?

1 John 1:8–9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.[1]

 

 

Forgiveness is such an amazing  gift from God. It is also hard to accept this for ourselves and even harder to teach a child how to forgive.

Let’s start with verse eight we have to accept that we are sinful by nature. We are born into sin. A newborn baby sins because they only think of themselves and their needs. It will take a few years to learn to think of others needs and not just theirs. They will need to experience right and wrong so they can make knowledgeable choices. Then it is possible to teach a child how to forgive.

 

In verse nine we begin to teach children forgiveness by telling them that they need to ask God to forgive them for something that they did wrong.

I learned that lesson when I was about five. The neighbors bush had pretty white flowers that would make into a beautiful brides bouquet for my pretend wedding. It all went well until Mom asked me where I got the flowers. Then she asked if had gone to Mrs. Adcock and to see if I could pick them. Finding out that I hadn’t she walked me over to apologize for picking the flowers.

This is where we can begin to teach children forgiveness. At times they will hurt someone or take something that doesn’t belong to them; it’s natural for these things to happen. Your next step is to teach them to go to the person that they hurt or took one of their things and to apologize to them. Later, when you are alone with your child, talk to them about why they need to ask for forgiveness.

You can also bring up a time when they were hurt or had something taken from them. Ask them how they felt when they were hurt or their toy was taken away. This incident can now be used as teaching a child how to forgive. Have then tell you how they felt when the other child asked for forgiveness. Explain that their friend would also feel better when they were asked to forgive your child for something that had happened.

 

Now, you can tell your child that God will forgive them for the things that they have done wrong too. They should now say a prayer and ask God to forgive them and that they are sorry for doing something that they shouldn’t have done.

What are your experiences in teaching a child how to forgive?

[1] The New King James Version. (1982). (1 Jn 1:8–9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

 

The Word of God

The Word of God is the most important thing we can teach our children. We need to show them how that Word is part of every aspect of our daily lives.

When I get up in the morning the first thing I do is to say a prayer of thanks for bringing me through the night, and ask what God wants me to do today. Saying a prayer over each meal is also important in thanking God for the nourishment of the food to be eaten. As I meet the challenges through the day I ask for guidance. Then before I go to sleep I say the Lord’s Prayer and lift up each member of my family and others that are on my prayer list.

It’s important to lift our daily concerns and joys to God. If we pray without ceasing we will always be in God’s presence. This is something we should share with our children and grandchildren. They need to learn about God, and what he has done for us. They need to know of his great love for all of his people.

Gather your children and pray with them first thing in the morning. Let them add things that they are concerned, or excited about. Encourage them to pray during the day if they are struggling or excited about something. Remind them to pray when they eat their meals away from home.

At the dinner table let each of them add something of their day to the prayer. Use the meal time to talk with them and help them with any difficulties. Then at bedtime pray with each child and encourage them to thank God for watching over them through the day. Remind them that God is interested in everything that happens to them every minute of every day.

What other ways can you share God with your children?

 

Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Dt 11:19). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

 The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. [1] Ps 19:1

How can we explain this to our children?

  • The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
  • This represents the space above us, the clouds, the stars, the solar system, and heaven. Everything that surrounds us. All of His creation is to worship and praise Him.
  • When our children were little I would sit out on the dock and we would look at the clouds and find shapes. We would talk about how beautiful our world is and how much God loves us to create all of this for us.
  • The glory of God.
  • The hugeness of the space around us shows us His greatness. The way things are made and the energy they have is amazing. We need to share this and explain as best we can to our children. They need to learn how much God has done for us and the love He has for everything He has created.
  • I have taught small children using a children’s Bible to read the story of creation. Then talk about what they understand and help them to understand more.
  • The skies display his craftsmanship.
  • The beauty of our world and skies show of His love and presence. The way everything is made speaks of His majesty.
  • When you look at a simple leaf you realize it’s not so simple. There is a complexity to the shape, size and the veins that take nourishment through it. Each plant is made with a purpose. Then there are animals and people. I can’t even image what all is involved in the making and working of my body. We are gloriously and wonderfully made.
  • All of creation is to praise and thank God for all He has done. This is the least we can do in thanks for all He has given us.
  • Make sure you share this with your children. Write back and tell me of your discussion on creation. I can’t wait to hear their interpretation of the story.

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 19:1). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

How Are Our Sins Taken Away?

What can you do to have your sins taken away?

Believe, that God has offered you the gift of forgiveness.

Jesus took all of our sins into His body when He died on the cross. He took them away from us and put them in hell. He took the sins of all people from Adam and Eve to the end of time.

We do continue to sins daily, sometimes minute by minute. It is human nature to sin. Even a newborn baby is sinful. Why? Babies sin because they are completely self-centered. All they care about is their needs. They want food, to be dry, and for us to pay attention to their every whim.

It’s natural for us to want others to care for and about us. We have to make the choice to push sin aside. We have to pray asking God:

  • To forgive our sin
  • Help us to not be self-centered
  • To reach out to help others
  • To help us to share God’s love with everyone around us

It is our responsibility to learn all we can by reading the Bible, and to have fellowship with other believers. If we study the Word with others we can help each other understand how to stay away from sin. As we learn we are guided by God to share His message and bring more people to know and love Him. It is His desire to have everyone join Him in heaven.

God is a loving Father that deeply cares for us. He proved it by taking our sins away. He bore the pain.  His wounds are what healed us.

What can you do to help you children learn about being freed from sin?

  • Tell them that God loves them even more than you
  • Read the Bible to them
  • Tell them how Jesus took their sins away
  • When they do something wrong explain how it is a sin

How can you share with others that our sins are taken away?

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. [1]

 

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (1 Pe 2:24). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Nothing Can Separate Us From God!

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.[1] Rom. 8:38–39

 

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.

This is hard to imagine. We are sinful by nature. Even when we don’t mean to do things wrong we do. Our thoughts get us in trouble frequently.

 

                                                                             Neither death nor life,

Whether we are try to live the best life we can, or have died. Neither can separate us from the love of God.

 

Neither angels nor demons,

There are angels around us to help us, sometimes we don’t understand what they are trying to do for us. There are also demons that try to get us to get us to turn from God and His plans for us. Both could separate us from God, but He will not turn from us.

 

Neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow,

Separation can come from fear and worry. Being afraid or worrying will not help in the least bit. It only succeeds in causing us problems. Turn your fear and worry over to God.

 

—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

If you turn your life over to God, and accept His love you will not be separated from Him.

 

No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This gift of love and no worry of separation from God is so amazing. Our minds find this hard to believe. We daily think and do things wrong, it’s just our human nature. We can’t help it. That’s why we have received the gift of the Holy Spirit to intercede for us and close the gap of separation. The Holy Spirit takes our words and actions and filter them before they reach God, because we cannot go before Him in our sinful nature.

What makes you be afraid or worry? Have you felt pulled by demons? Share at the bottom of the blog your thoughts.

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ro 8:38–39). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

The Church

You claim to be rich and successful and to have everything you need. But you don’t know how bad off you are. You are pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. Re 3:17

 

In this verse Jesus is talking about the church. Many churches claim to be rich and to have everything that they need. They reach out to the community and do good things. Unfortunately they don’t always see what is happening within their own church community.

 

I have experienced being afraid with an upcoming back surgery a few years ago. I spoke to one of the pastors. He was to follow up and call my husband to see how I was after the surgery. Neither of us ever heard from him at all.

 

I wonder how many people have fallen through the cracks, especially in big churches. In the very large churches you literally can attend worship, leave, and no one will know you were there. If you don’t want to be noticed I guess this is okay. If you are looking for a place of worship, support, and a place to spiritually connect you need to find a church where you feel at home. It can be a mega church if you connect with some smaller groups. Some smaller churches are friendlier and more in tune with their parishioners.

 

No matter the size of the church it needs to focus on Jesus. They need to focus on the people, their needs physically, emotionally and spiritually. Jesus is trying to tell those He is talking to not be blinded by things, but to focus on the true meaning of being a church. The church is the people and their needs, not a building, the decorations, and the appearance of being holy. I pray that you can find a church that you feel is like family for you.

 

 

The Holy Bible: The Contemporary English Version. (1995). (Re 3:17). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

The Way. The Truth. The Life

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

The Way

  • To save our life we need to follow Jesus
  • He is the example of caring for others
  • He gave us directions to reach out and share His love

The Truth

  • He told the people that He was sent by God
  • He used the Torah to teach the words of the prophecy
  • He accepted the death on the cross to take away all of the sins of the world

The Life

  • With His death on the cross we can have eternal life
  • We will go to heaven with new healthy body

Most important we will be in the presence of God to worship and adore Him, if we accept what Jesus came to offer us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 14:6). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.