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.

Taking a Break

praying-29965_640Hello friends. I’ve been praying for guidance for topics to write for my blog. I have a block and feel God is telling me to take a break. In the meantime, please pray for direction for me. Also, email me ideas at jannwmartin@gmail.com for topics you would like me to research for you.

Some possible topics: Kids activities, Burned out Moms: Ways to Relax, Let Go and Let God of Your Kids

God Bless.

Surprise Pregnancy

Last week I told you of a time when my faith had really been tested. I was facing surgery and was afraid I had cancer. God blessed us and all I had was endometriosis a scaring in the uterus, causing pain and making it difficult to get pregnant.

We felt blessed to have our daughter April. She was about two when all of this was going on. Through other appointments I had and some tests that Jim went through we found out that it was a miracle that we were able to have April. So life went on and we didn’t think about having another baby.

Jim was laid off again from Great Lakes Steel near Detroit, this time he wasn’t sure he was going to be able to go back. He had a license as a mortician, but was able to get better pay at the steel mill so he went to work there. He checked the area for a position at a funeral home but, no one was hiring locally. Through some searching he found a position in Beulah, North Dakota. We sold the house in Redford, Michigan, packed everything up and moved west.

We found an efficiency apartment to rent when we first arrived. It was very tiny, for the two of us, April, now five, and our medium sized dog. All was going smoothly so we began to look for a home. There was a new development going in and we found a lot and model home that we liked. We were talking with the builder at a party on Friday night and made plans to meet with him Monday morning to get things started.

Saturday while Jim was at work he and his boss were having coffee and talking. There is a large Black Foot Indian tribe out there. The boss was complaining about the tribe. Jim said in his usual off hand manor, “Watch it I’m part Black Foot.”

The next day, he was let go. We called the builder and told him we weren’t able to bu
y the house we wanted. In the mail that day we received a letter forwarded from Michigan for an interview for a position in a funeral home back near Detroit. He went for the interview and accepted a new job. We packed up again and moved to Jackson, Michigan. We found an apartment and once all seemed good we bought a home.

My sister came out for a visit and lunch on a Friday. While we were visiting, she looked quizzically at me and asked me if I was pregnant. I told her I was late having my period again, but that wasn’t unusual with having endometriosis. I called the doctor the following Monday morning and the nurse said to come to the office that morning and she would draw blood and run the pregnancy test. So, April and I went to the opregnant-1126635_640ffice. The nurse said to come back in a couple of hours and she would be able to give me the results.

April and I went to Meijer and just walked around killing time. We happened to go by the toy area and I saw a stuffed bunny. Just for fun I bought it. Then we went back to the office for the results. The nurse saw me and came out in the lobby to give me the results. She said, “You’re pregnant.” I began to cry and she rushed April and I into an exam room. “Are you, okay?”

I replied, “I’m just so happy. We have been wanting another child for six years.”

She gave me a hug. And sent us on our way. April and I then went to the funeral home to tell Jim. When we got there he was in a back area and the receptionist said she would call and have him come up front. We saw him coming down the hall, so we walked back to meet him. I handed him the bag from Meijer with the bunny and said it died. He gave me a funny look and opened the bag. Then he smiled and gave me a big hug.

April looked confused. “Why did you say it died?”

I laughed and said, “I was just teasing Daddy.”

She still didn’t understand, and was too young to explain that the old way many years ago to find out if a woman was pregnant was to inject a female bunny with a woman’s urine. There would be a change in the bunny’s ovaries if the woman was pregnant. It was a misconception that was believed that the bunny died if the woman was pregnant.

So God, blessed us with a surprise pregnancy, and another daughter, Nickie. They are seven years apart. We are truly blessed to have two beautiful daughters.

How has God surprised you. Share it on the blog at www.jannwmartin.com or email me at jannwmartin@gmail.com

How Strong is Your Faith?

I found this quote from, C.H. Spurgeon: To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust Him in the dark that is faith.

 

When you feel good, your relationship is going well with your husband and kids, the grandkids are cute and adorable it’s easy to have faith in God. You wake up, have breakfast, and then go do your workout, it’s a great start to the day. Then you begin with the chores and meal planning. You can have days, weeks, even months go by and everything goes smoothly. God is Good, and your faith is strong.

 

Then life hits you smack in the face. One of those moments for me was in the late 1970’s. I had been having a lot of abdomen pain and irregular periods. This had gone on for a couple of years. I had seen the doctor about it, and we were also trying to have a second child, that wasn’t working either. My doctor told me he would have to do exploratory surgery to see if he could help relieve the pain and help me to be able to get pregnant.

At first I was okay with this. Then fear started to encroach on my thoughts and feelings. I was becoming more and more nervous as the surgery date got closer. I talked with my husband, family and friends, but no one was able to ease my frazzled nerves.

Then one day I saw that our pastor was at the backyard neighbors home. I called her and asked her to see if he could come over and talk with me when he was done visiting with her. A while later he was at my front door. I welcomed him in, we sat in the living room and began to talk. I told him about my upcoming surgery and that I was afraid.

He asked me what was making me so nervous. I told him that I was afraid that the doctor would find cancer. My mother had died from cancer only three years earlier when I was pregnant with our first daughter. I was afraid of dying and not be able to raise our beautiful daughter, April.

His response was that that was silly. Just because my mom had cancer, didn’t mean that I would also have it. He took down my surgery date and said he’d pray for me. I still didn’t feel at ease with my upcoming surgery and struggled regularly with my nerves.

The day before I woman-1006100_640 (1)was to go to the hospital I called the church to ask if the pastor could come to the hospital. I was told that he was away on vacation and wouldn’t be able to come. That night unable to concentrate on TV I went up to take a hot bath. That didn’t help either. They laying on my bed I opened my heart to God and cried in agony. Please help me, I can’t do this alone. Instantly I felt a literal heavy weight being lifted off of me. I felt the peace that passes all understanding. I knew that God was with me and would help me through whatever was ahead.

The next morning, I went to the hospital and was happy and joking around with all of the staff. They told me I would have a Band-Aid if all was well. If there was a problem I would have a lot of gauze and tape on my stomach. Then they gave me a shot and I immediately went to sleep. It seemed like only moments later that I was trying to wake up. Everything was fuzzy. I remember asking several times how big my bandage was. Finally, I was awake enough to know that I just had a Band-Aid.

Praise God. I found out that I didn’t have cancer, but endometriosis. It’s scar tissue near and around the ovaries. This was what was causing my pain and inability to become pregnant. I was very relieved with this news. My prayer was then to thank God for being able to have one child. I was able to relax and enjoy the life we had. Then God surprised us with our daughter, Nickie, when April was seven years old.

When I was struggling the most, I forgot to pray and ask God what I should do. My faith was weak; I was trying to do it on my own. When I finally laid down on my bed and cried out to Him, He lifted my anxiety and fear, and gave me His peace. We all need to remember that no matter what our situation He is there to help and guide us.

I found this website with quotes that can help you in your daily walk.  Daily Inspirational Quotes

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