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.

 

Teacher’s Conferences

South Carolina Association of Christian Schools Convention

I attended the SCACS  http://christianeducation.org/ Convention last week. I met some wonderful people. I was able to teach two classes, “Helping Children Become Better Writers,” and “Do You Want To Be A Published Author?” Both classes were fun and the students were full of questions and suggestions for the other teachers.

I have a whole new group of friends to interact with and help the children become better writers. I’m always looking for new ideas to share on getting children excited about writing their stories.

Many of the teachers will be working with me through email to help them learn more about where to look for help in their writing as well. It was exciting to hear what they have already started to write. I pray that they will find the connections to gain agents and publishers.

Teaching something you have experience in is fun, a chance to meet new people, and an opportunity for you to learn more in your field. As you do research to prepare for your class quite often you come across something new, this helps you and the class when you share.

I have taught at the Florida League of Christian Schools https://www.lcs.education for four years and this was a wonderful opportunity for me at the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools Convention. I would love to go to other states and share these classes and hopefully more in the future. Do you have a conference where I can meet you?

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!

 

 

Faith Isn’t Enough

We can’t just believe in God in our hearts. We have to live our faith. Sometimes this is difficult. We don’t always recognize a nudge from God to do something for Him.

We have to :

  • Stop
  • Listen
  • Act

Stop: One time I was shopping and I picked a short line to check out. Then I saw that the man ahead of me had food stamps to pay for his groceries. I was tempted to go to another cashier. I felt a strong pull to stay where I was.

Listen: I waited and then the cashier said told him that he didn’t have enough to cover all of his purchases. He told her which ones to remove from the bill until he could cover the cost. She put those items aside. And checked him out.

Act: As she finished I told her to put his things on my bill. He started to walk away and I called him back. I said, “Please take the rest of your things.” He kept thanking me. And then left the store. I paid my bill and went out to the parking lot. He was still walking to his car and thanked me again for helping him.

It was such a moving experience to be able to reach out in God’s love and do a good deed for Him. We can do these things daily if we just listen to His prompting.

Our good deeds can be done anywhere and for anyone. We should especially show our children how to reach out in faith and love to those around us. To teach them to listen to the voice they hear in their heart. Tell them it is the voice of God asking them to do something for Him.

So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. James 2:17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jas 2:17). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Passing On The Faith

Passing on the Faith

  • Living by faith is easier said than done. Teaching faith to our children is even harder.

In Romans 10:9-10

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord

and believe in your heart that God raised him

from the dead, you will be saved.

10 For it is by believing in your heart that you

are made right with God,

and it is by openly declaring your faith

that you are saved.[1]

We are given words of faith to help us understand what we need to do to be saved.

  • Declare that Jesus is Lord in our life
  • Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead 
  • Trust in our heart that we are now right with God
  • Declare our relationship with Jesus
  • Believe that we are saved

 

Declare that Jesus is Lord

      We need to share our relationship with Jesus. Tell the people around us about Jesus, especially our children. Saying that He came to earth to take away our sins. We are to model our life after His. Show the children and others how to reach out in love to others by being a good example. When you speak use kind words. If you have to correct your child use a soft voice and explain why you want them to do something in a certain way. When our girls wanted something form the store and I couldn’t get it I explained that I didn’t have enough money for that today. By being honest and explaining your reason others will be more accepting.

 

Encourage children and friends to read the Bible in several different versions. Also, to read commentaries, that explain the history and words of the passage.

 

Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead

      This can only be done by faith. Our minds find this hard to comprehend. How can you die and come back again? We have to put out trust in the Word of God. Jesus’ death and resurrection are taught in the Bible. Read the story of his resurrection in the different Gospels. Each writer tells the story differently, from his own perspective. You can read their versions in Matthew 28: 1-8, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24: 1-12, and John20:1-13. Share these different versions so that the children can have a better understanding. We all learn differently and by reading the story in a different way we may learn it better.

Believe in our heart that we are now right with God.

      The Bible tells us that Jesus took our sins away. We are now pure and may come before God. This is a very personal belief, which can be tested daily. I have to stop myself from saying something I shouldn’t when a driver cuts me off is one example. Another would be

to reach for a piece of food I don’t need. That’s when I tell the Devil to go away and leave me alone.

On a frustrating day, we can feel God isn’t there or that we are not good enough to come to him in prayer. Tell your children that He has already taken away our sins, past, present, and future. We have to believe and accept that by faith we are a child of God.

Believe That We Are Saved.

we can go to heaven to be with God when we die because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This gift is beyond human comprehension. I know I have felt like I am unworthy many times. When I struggle with this, I pray asking for help. “Please, Father, let me feel your love, warmth and mercy. To know the peace that passes all understanding.”

 

Talk with your children.

Share your ups and downs. In this way, they will understand that it is okay to make mistakes. One day I yelled at one of our daughters. What she had done wasn’t wrong. I apologized and told her I was having a bad day. That it was my fault.

Tell the children that they are already forgiven they just have to accept the gift of forgiveness. Talk with them about their questions as they grow on their faith journey.

Once you’ve read the story of the resurrection talk with your kids about their interpretation. Give me their responses in the blog. I love to hear children tell the story in their words.

[1] The New King James Version. (1982). (Ro 10:8–10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Follow What is Good

Follow what is good.

Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God. 3 John 11

Finding good examples is not always easy. There are temptations all around us.

  • Money – to buy things we don’t need
    • electronic toys
    • expensive cars
    • homes bigger than we need
  • Food
    • sweets
    • fatty foods
    • larger servings
  • Entertainment
    • movies
    • books
    • concerts

The above can be good or bad depending how many we buy, how much we buy, and what the content of the entertainment is. Teaching children how to follow what is good is important. Teaching by example is the best.

  • Money – to buy things
    • electronics are fine as long as we don’t buy beyond our means
    • cars are necessary, but we don’t need to buy something just for status
    • we also need homes to live in, something that is modest and fits our needs
  • Food
    • sweets are good, but in moderation
    • choose foods that are lower in fat and higher in nutrition
    • restaurants frequently give servings that are way to big, make it a practice to take half home
  • Entertainment
    • make sure content of movies, books, and concerts are age appropriate.
    • try to find entertainment that will teach the message of the Bible

Follow what is good for your children as well as for yourself. Remember when you follow what is good you are leading by example. Parents are the best teacher there is. We all want what is best for our children. We can find help in reading the Bible, going to church and having our family involved in helping those around us.

Those who follow the wrong path will not know God. Let’s work together to help raise children that Follow What is Good! What ideas or questions do you have?

 

Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (3 Jn 11). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

At God’s Right Hand

We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God’s throne! Heb 12:2

 

I can’t even imagine the pain He must have suffered for us. I have read and heard how horrible the agony would have been. I shudder and feel terrible for my part in His pain.

This is a part of the scripture that we all must read and understand.

He was born as the Son of God to come to

  • preach
  • make disciples
  • heal
  • then die for our sins.

God came to us as the Son to be able to free us from sin so that we could come before Him free of evil. 

Before Jesus ascended to heaven He gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to all people. With this gift, we are able to communicate with Him any time we want to. We are to bring everything to Him in prayer. Even the littlest thing as to what route to take while driving. He sincerely means He always wants an open line of communication.

This is something we are to teach our children as they grow. They need to know that Jesus came to bring us the gift of eternal life. Teach them that a prayer can be as simple as Help! That God is always there to help and comfort them. He needs them to learn to trust Him and talk to Him all of the time.

Read them stories from a children’s Bible and then talk with them about the message that God wants them to understand.

How can I help you teach the children to rely on God?

Guided By The Spirit

If you are guided by the Spirit, you won’t obey your selfish desires. Gal 5:16

 

Have you felt the guiding hand of the Holy Spirit? Have you felt the peace that passes all understanding?

It is so amazing when you witness the answers of God.

In 1996, I was called to go back to school to study and become an AiM, Associate in Ministry. It’s a commissioned position in a church. It can be in any numbers of area of service within the congregation.

  • Education
  • Worship
  • Children
  • Teens
  • Seniors
  • Finances
  • Music

My first reply was I can’t do that. I have a job and a family to take care of. When am I going to have time to go back to school. After much thought and prayer I gave in and let God guide me to sign up at Trinity Lutheran Seminary for my first class.

As I was going through the theology classes I learned so much more about the church and my relationship with God. I felt the Spirit guiding me as I went through the program. Then when I walked down the aisle at the beginning of the service when I was commissioned the tears rolled down my checks. I felt God’s love and approval for what I had done.

Help your children to learn to pray then listen for an answer from God. He will always guide you on the right path.

When have you felt God guide you to something you didn’t think you could do?

 

 

The Holy Bible: The Contemporary English Version. (1995). (Ga 5:16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

God Beside Me

Have you felt God’s beside you? 

I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. (Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 16:8). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.)

About a year ago my husband, Jim, had to go for a routine MRI. Having work to do at home. I kissed him goodbye and went started my housework. I was working along and saw the clock and realized he’d been gone about an hour. It seemed a little long, but thought maybe they were real busy. I waited about forty more minutes and still no Jim. I texted him to see if he had decided to go to the store. No response. Then called a few minutes later. No answer.

The devil began to try and get to me. making me think of all kinds of bad things.

I took a deep breath, asked God to let Jim be okay and called the hospital ex-ray department. The woman that answered said that they had taken Jim to the ER. She wouldn’t tell me anything more than that. I cried out to God, “I need You beside me, please.”

I changed clothes quickly and tried to stay calm as I drove to the hospital. I was praying all of the way there. Thanking God that it wasn’t very far. Once I parked the car I sat still for a moment and asked God to stay beside me and hold me close. Making my way to the ER entrance was a struggle. My legs just didn’t want to keep moving. I finally made it to the desk and asked where I could find Jim.

As I walked to the Critical care ER I was shaking. “God, hold me closer.” I finally saw Jim lying in a bed to my left. He looked fairly good. When I got to him I said, “What did you do?”

He and the nurse laughed. Then Jim told me that he had severe anaphylactic shock from the contrast dye for the second MRI. He passed out, and a nurse happened to see him going down. She got to him in time to ease him to the floor, saving him from further trauma. They ran all kinds of tests to make sure there had been no further damage from the dye and let him go home the next day.

That was one of the hardest days of my life. I was so grateful that God had been beside me the whole time to comfort me.

Times like these can be very difficult on you and your child? Thirty years ago, when my dad died, we had to tell our girls. It was hard to tell them, but it was necessary. When it was time to go to the funeral home for the first time we assured them that God would be beside them to comfort them.

 

Have you had something happen where you needed God beside you? Have you had to explain something difficult to your child?  Share your story or situation in the comment box below.