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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.

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.

 

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.