Category Archives: Child Inspiration

Self-Made Success And Proud Of It!

One day a boy and his dad were building a tree house together. The boy was trying to carry the heavy wooden planks but he kept dropping them.  His dad offered to help and his son replied, “No dad, I got it!” He struggled and struggled until finally asking, “Dad…can you grab a couple of these?”  His dad smiled and helped.  They began working (his dad teaching him how to safely use the saw) and they built a beautiful tree house together! However, the ladder was built too high up on the tree.  The boy jumped as high as he could and yet he couldn’t reach it.  Finally the boy asked…”Dad, can you lift me up?”  The dad replied, “Of course, and while you’re up there how about I add another step to the ladder?”

A couple weeks went by and they were playing at the beach together. The boy was building a sand castle, but with every attempt he made, the castle continued to fall. He tried and tried to do it all by himself but finally had to ask his daddy for help. Dad showed him how to add a little more water and put a little more force behind it and they built the best castle on the beach that day!

Years went by and this determined young man continued to try and do everything without the help of his father.  His dad was always there and willing to help but gave his boy the freedom to try things on his own.  The boy was growing more and more independent as the years went by and with every self-made accomplishment, he grew further and further away from the close relationship he and his dad once had.

The boy grew up to be an owner of a large construction company.  He was very proud of his accomplishments and asked his dad to come visit a building they were in the process of constructing.  As the dad and his son were walking through the construction site, a crane operator accidently released a giant beam from above that came crashing down on top of his son.  He was trapped and the dad was unable to reach him.  Still a determined and stubborn young man, he believed he had enough strength on his own to push the beam off of him.  His dad was standing along the side yelling, “Give me your hand! I can pull you out!”  His son, replied, “I got this dad!”  Yet with every effort the boy made…his dad could hear his son’s breath getting less and less. The dad stood there helpless, panicking and full of fear he cried out, “Son!  Reach out your hand!”  The boy pushed out enough breath to say, “I made it this far without you.”  The dad was now crushed…he dropped to his knees, tears rolling down his face and with one last attempt said, “Son, I can’t help, if you won’t let me!”

Bones could now be heard cracking. Severe pain and immense pressure now leaving the boy almost breathless he flashed back to his dad teaching him how to build a tree house, how to make a sand castle that would stand, and many other moments that actually formed him into the man he was.  His pride now stricken from him, he gained enough strength to reach his hand out from under the beam.  His dad’s eyes opened wide and without hesitation pulled his son out into the safety of his arms!

Matthew 16:25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

Psalm 57:2 I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill His purpose for me.

Our Heavenly Father has created you and molded you for a purpose but He will never force His will upon you, yet He will always be there to help you when you allow Him too!  Don’t ever forget the One who placed your gifts and talents inside of you.

Thanks for reading!  You can email me at angela@shekinah.tv

What’s On The Menu?

Don’t shelter your kids.  If you do, they won’t know what hits them when they go out into the “real world.” They need to experience life. Let them be exposed to what’s out there.  I grew up in church then went crazy in the world, but I came back to church and got on the right path…they’ll be fine.  

As homeschool parents who keep our kids with us as much as humanly possible and tries to preserve their innocence as much as we can WHILE we can.  I hear those things mentioned above and I cringe!  I’m sure most of those words even came out of my OWN MOUTH a few years back. Because this is how our oldest daughter was raised.  Praise God my perspective has changed and praise God she didn’t stray TOO FAR off the path and she is married and serving as a leader with her husband in our church.  Yes, it can work out that way….but she didn’t have to experience the things she did.

Now we’re raising her 2 younger siblings and we’re following some GOOD advice! I heard these two statements that really touched my heart and I’ve been wanting to share them.

“I have 18 years to instill everything I can into my children before they go out on their own. In a world that is trying to corrupt them with lies and temptations, it is OUR JOB to shield them, to hide them in a safe environment and to BE THE FILTER through which they learn things. We’re here to give them roots. Like a seedling in a greenhouse, we’re not keeping them from the inevitable; we’re PREPARING THEM to thrive!”Jentezen Franklin

“I want to establish their appetite BEFORE they are handed the menu.” – Gregg Johnson – founder of J12 ministries.

I absolutely love their perspective on parenting and it’s biblical!

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!Psalm 34:8

Instill truth, purity, love, honesty, patience, joy, kindness and forgiveness through the word of God and your kids will be prepared for anything the world wants to throw at them.  They won’t be caught off guard and have the desire to experience “something new”.  They will be appalled by it and shine a light will be so bright – darkness won’t stand a chance!

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 18:12

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.Psalm 119:105

Lord, help me to raise my children by Your Word giving them the desire to know You themselves and establish their own relationship with You. Holy Spirit show me who my children were created to be! In Jesus’ name, I pray….AMEN!

Are You In A Relationship?

Are you in a relationship and if so…is it a good relationship or a bad one?What makes it good?  What makes it bad?  I’ve not done a poll….but my uneducated guess would be one answer for both.  Communication.  Either the communication is healthy, two sided, and open….resulting in a good relationship, or there is a lack of communication. It’s one sided and closed minded which most likely results in a bad relationship.

This morning as I was working on a very important relationship (the one I have with my Heavenly Father), He showed me something that I pray I never forget. He had me think about our night time devotions with the kids.  I love these moments with them when Daddy reads from the Bible or a devotional book and they consistently interrupt him with their questions, thoughts, or ideas (usually….but not always…pertaining to the subject).

So as I’m pondering on this time, here is what the Lord speaks to my heart, He says, “You know how much you love when your kids get into a deep conversation with you?  How you talk to them about something and they give their ideas on what they think about it?  Even if it’s way off, you love to hear what they have to say – what they’re thinking.  You don’t shut them down if it’s wrong, you gently speak the truth, encouraging them to keep talking.  Or when they do get it right – you give them praise and adoration and you’re so thankful that they’ve been paying attention.  You don’t put the blame on them for not knowing the truth either.  You realize they haven’t either been taught the truth or maybe just haven’t grabbed hold of the revelation of it.  So you hope for more opportunities to have these conversations with them.  That’s what I want.  I want more opportunities to talk with you, to share the truth, to help you to have a greater revelation of My love, Who I am and what I have planned for your life.”

I am so thankful that God WANTS to be in a relationship with ME!  He wants to be in a relationship with YOU too!!  Communication with Him is the key.  Get to know Him.  Yes, He already knows everything about you, but He still desires for You to share what’s in your heart with Him.

I never get tired of hearing my kids say, “I love you” or when they say, “Do you remember when……”. Even if they have reminded me of it a thousand times….they are still reminiscing on good times we had together and want me to know that’s what’s in their heart. God never gets tired of hearing from us either.

And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.1 John 5:14-15

Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. – Ephesians 3:17

 

I Hate Being A Mom

Laundry piled up everywhere, dirty dishes overfilling the sink, Lego blocks poking perfectly in the center of my FOOT, kids fighting over whatever the other kid has….and those are the everyday things. Then there’s the back talking, the pouting when they don’t get their way, the uninterrupted phone conversation I’ve NEVER had….along with the unattended bathroom trip I’ve NEVER experienced. Cleaning the house with the kids home is like brushing my teeth while eating Oreos (ever heard that one?  Every mom can relate!)

Oh and when I get up early to have a little bit of quiet time, make my coffee….pull out my journal or blog….sit down and hear MOMMMMMMM!    (My 2 youngest seriously JUST walked in and said something to me as soon as I typed that…and my older child who is out of the home text me! Lol)

Anyway….where was I?  Oh yes…motherhood.  Did I mention that I’m a stay at home mom who homeschools?  Yeah….so this is ALL day EVERYday!  And in the midst of this chaos…can you believe I have never once said…”I Hate Being A Mom”.  Nope…never….those words have never uttered my lips or even my thoughts.  It was actually hard for me to write that title.

All the reasons one may think they hate about being a mom are some of the reasons why I LOVE Being a Mom.  Here’s why…

If I have laundry piled up….my kids have clothes on their backs!  If I have dirty dishes…my kids have food in their stomachs.  If I’m stepping on painful little plastic indestructible things…my kids have some nicely made toys to play with.  When my kids are fighting, back talking, or pouting…I get to take those opportunities and turn them into life lessons.

I would LOVE to be able to talk on the phone or go to the bathroom by myself…but that could mean my kids aren’t even around…and I wouldn’t want that.  If my house still looks messy even after I’ve cleaned it….at least I know it’s a happy home…a fun home…and a lived in home where my kids get to be kids.  Pressure is off to keep everything perfect.

And that sweet sound in the morning (my kids calling for me from the bedroom or my older daughter calling from her home) would be dearly missed if it went silent for any reason at all.

I’m thankful for being a mom.  I’m blessed to be counted worthy enough to raise my children up along side my husband in the way the Lord desires.  We get to pray for our kids and ask the Lord to show us the plans He has for them and then impart that into their lives. As a mom, I have the opportunity and privilege of directing them in the way they should go and encouraging them that they CAN do all that God has called them to do. I get to let them know that they have ALL that they will ever need because they have Christ in them, the Holy Spirit guiding them, and God who loves them so much He planned it out before they were even born.

I LOVE BEING A MOM!

“Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.”Proverbs 22:6

Thanks for reading! You can email me at angela@shekinah.tv

It’s October 31st….the day of Evil!

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Tonight….as soon as the sun goes down, little “witches” and “ghosts” and “zombies” will be flooding our streets and even showing up on our door steps!  What do we do?  Turn off the lights and pretend we’re not home!  How do we hide from those scary little princesses, superheroes, and Dora the Explorers?

Wait….how about we don’t!  What if we were to let our light shine!
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. – Matthew 5:16

THIS is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24
The Bible doesn’t say that God created everyday EXCEPT October 31st.  So why are Christians dreading this day and calling it the day of evil?  We have allowed the enemy to claim a day as HIS by giving it over to him! I say it’s time to take it back!

My family has always celebrated October 31st by putting our Christmas tree up!  This year, we decided to put it up early so that we can be outside in our front yard blessing all those little goblins that show up!  I’m getting so excited just thinking about it!  Our house will be shining! We will have our Christmas inflatables set up, games for the kids to play, candy, a snow machine and a prayer box!

We will be praying that each kid and parent walks away feeling the love of Jesus!

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” – Matthew 19:14

The Lord is faithful; He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.2 Thessalonians 3:3

LIGHT THE FLAME

match_to_light_the_moment_the_04_hd_pictures_168396This month, I got a little behind on preparing for the Proverbs 31 Lady Bible study.  Thank God I could rely on the Holy Spirit to lead it! So that morning I admitted to God that I had no idea what to talk about (which of course, He knew…because I hadn’t asked Him.)  Soooo, I asked God, “Lord what do You want to say to Your daughters today?”  This is what I believe He said and I wanted to share it with all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and guardians because I believe it is a great word for all of us.  Here goes:

“Get out there and shake the world!  Do it through your kids!  Teach them how to lead – to be leaders not followers.  Light their flame. Be the one who ignites them every morning, inspiring them to get into the word of God. Encouraging them through love, to be on fire for the things I have for them.  Be their example.  How can you pass on a flame if you’re not lit yourself?”

The God began using an example.  He said, “If a friend of yours wanted to know more about your husband, who would they come to?  You!  Why? Because you have a noticeable obvious relationship with him, a close and intimate relationship.  Someone could find out a lot about your husband through you.  They would know that you know what you’re talking about because you live with him.  Is it evident that I live with you?  Do your kids KNOW that they can come to you and find out about ME?  Is the way you live your life a good representation that I am taking care of you?  Do they want what you have?”

Then I heard Hebrews 11:5 and had to go look it up to see what it said.  This is it… “It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to Heaven without dying. “He disappeared because God took him. For before he was taken up he was KNOWN AS A PERSON WHO PLEASED GOD.

You have to ask yourself, are you constantly complaining to your kids about money – or people?  Are you worried all the time about tomorrow?  Are you angry with your kids all the time? Do you look down upon them anytime they mess up? Are you announcing their failures to the world?  Do you think God does that to us?  Do you think God does that to THEM? No.  So why are we?

I would rather my kids know they can come to me when they make a mistake then to be afraid to because they know I will go announce it to everyone.  If our kids can’t trust us with every aspect of their life, they may feel as though they can’t trust God.  So many times, a relationship with our heavenly Father and how we see Him, is based on how our parents treat us.  I’m not saying we are completely responsible for our kids’ relationship with God, but it can definitely start with us.  We need to be a light for the world….but let’s start by lighting up our homes.

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.” – Matthew 5:14-15

IT’S A BOLD FACED LIE!

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Illustrated by my beautiful niece, Kasandra Ford

We have a dog…his name is Sparky.  My husband and I never thought we’d have a dog or any pet for that matter.  However, someone found this cute little ball of fur on the side of the road and posted a picture of him and we all just fell in love.  We did research the best we knew how…GOOGLED IT…and it looked as though this type of dog wouldn’t get too big or shed too much.

Soooo now we have a massive Border Collie/Pyrenees mix that sheds ALL OVER the place AND thinks our 8 year old son is in his pack!  He’s really a pretty good dog except for the fact that when he wants to play, he plays like a pack dog would, so he’s nipping and growling at our son.  Not cool!

Well the other day (just like any other day) he’s trying to “play” with my son and I get really angry and yell “STOP!” then I tap him on the nose and throw him outside.  (He weighs at least 100 pounds now so it was more like I pushed or scooted him outside).  However, at that moment (unlike all the other times), I heard God say to me, “How are you going to love people who KNOW they are doing wrong, when you get so mad at your dog who doesn’t EVEN KNOW that what he is doing is wrong?”  I know that sounds crazy….but it was a huge heart check for me.  Yes, I was trying to protect my child, but there was no compassion, no gentle correction, no training, just wrath and that’s how I was treating people too!

I’ve always known that God has called us to love everyone.  I’ve even “preached” it.  Hate the sin, but love the sinner.  However, I wasn’t really DOING it.  I believe there was a huge lack of compassion there…especially for those who KNEW they were doing wrong.  Before this “revelation”, my conversation with God could have been something like this:

Me: “Really God?  It’s a bold faced lie and I’m just supposed to show them love?”
God: “YES!”
Me: “Okay, but I hope something bad happens so they learn their lesson”.
God:  “Well, I’d like them to learn their lesson WITHOUT something bad happening.”
Me: “But then they would just get away with lying to me”.
God: “You? What do they owe to YOU?”

Yeah….ouch!  If there is a lack of loving others, it stems from pride. I mean, think about it…the fall of man began with pride.  Besides, I’d be fooling myself if I said I had never lied to God or willingly sinned and guess what…He STILL loves me.  He still shows me compassion and favor.  He is humble, gentle and caring.

Oh Father, show me how to love like you do!  Show me how to display love like Jesus did when He walked this earth.   Let my heart overflow with compassion for those being attacked by evil…EVEN THOSE who surround themselves with it intentionally.  Let me look upon each of YOUR created masterpieces with admiration and love, seeing them for who YOU created them to be.  When someone is about to trap themselves in a lie, give me the desire to FREE them instead of catching them.  You never desire for us to fail so that we may learn.  Your plan for us is to succeed WITHOUT disaster.  Thank you Father!  In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” –  1 John 4:7-8

WHAT AM I GOING TO BENEFIT FROM THIS?

benefits-career-life-management-consultingEver find it hard to work for something if you aren’t receiving any of the benefits?  When we go looking for a job, what is the first question we ask?  “What benefits does it come with?”  I believe it’s something we learn as children.  Honestly, I’m even teaching my own children that.  “Do your chores and you will get allowance.” “Finish your dinner and you will get desert.”  Our minds are being trained that if we do something good, we get something for it.

What happened to just doing something good JUST BECAUSE we are supposed to?  Obeying JUST BECAUSE God says we should.

Or….how about this?  Doing what God tells us to so that SOMEONE ELSE can reap the benefits?  Why are we not instilling that concept into our children?   I wonder how it would work if I said, “Eat your dinner and your sister gets to eat desert.” Or “Do you chores and your brother will get paid.”  Doesn’t this seem like a better way to teach our children how to love and serve others unconditionally?

King David understood that.  He had a heart that wanted to please God (at least most of the time).  David honored his word and honored God JUST BECAUSE he loved God.  “One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” David didn’t HAVE to do this.  He chose to and Mephibosheth received the benefits from it.

“I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family.  You and your sons and servants are to farm the land for him to produce food for your master’s household. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, will eat here at my table.”2 Samuel 9:9-10

David fought for God and it didn’t matter if he received the benefits or if someone else did.  In 2 Samuel 23:10 it says, “Once Eleazar and David stood together against the Philistines when the entire Israelite army had fled.  He killed Philistines until his hand was too tired to lift his sword, and the Lord gave him a great victory that day. The rest of the army did not return until it was time to collect the plunder!”  His army left him and Eleazar ALONE to fight this battle and yet David still allowed them to benefit from the victory.

As followers of Christ…this HAS to be our mentality.  We HAVE to grasp this concept.  Do good for the benefits of others NOT for self. That’s what Jesus did.  He laid down his life for US.   Our reason for being here is to fellowship with God and when we grasp the importance of that relationship, we will want to share it with others for THEIR benefit, not ours.

Galatians 2:20 says that we are to die to self.  To me I believe that means we shouldn’t go into this new life we’ve been given asking, “What am I going to benefit from this?” but instead…”Use me God for the benefit of others!”

MY DAD IS BIGGER THAN YOUR DAD!

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As adults, we seem to take on the battles our self.  Why do we do that?  Why don’t we trust that there is someone bigger on our side who can take care of the situation for us?

What was really happening on that playground?  Was it really just about a kid who wanted to punk on you because he was getting punked on by his older brother?  Maybe so…but why?  Because there was a seed planted in him and the bad fruit that was coming forth from that seed…was trying to be planted in you.  A seed of fear, rejection, inferiority, lack of self confidence, etc., which would ultimately remain with you through adulthood.  However, when you stood up to that bully with authority…they had to walk away.

Those same seeds are trying to be planted in you everyday.  The enemy’s little minions are trying to bully you into believing you are fearful, inferior, rejected, lonely, depressed, worthless, etc.  The list goes on. Guess what though….your Father is bigger than their father, Satan, the father of lies.  You have to recognize this, stand up to them and say, “My Dad is bigger than your dad!”

Recognize this in your children’s lives too. The enemy’s plan is to attack while they’re young because there is less of a chance of them believing and living out the plans God has for them.  Pray that God will show you when those attacks come.   Pray about what movies they watch, music they listen to, shows they’re into, friends they’re talking with.  Seeds are being planted ALL THE TIME.  What kind of fruit will you be seeing?

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10

“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”Galatians 3:26

A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.  A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire.  Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”Matthew 7:17-20

WHAT’S CHAPPIN’ YOUR HIDE?

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I heard an epic message this week from my pastor on ANGER.  The best point I took from it was this.  “Anger is a choice.”  So I just had to share it because already, it has made me think before getting angry…especially with my kids.

I’ve had to ask myself…”Do I really want to CHOOSE to be angry over something that spilled?  How many times have I spilled something (and their hands are smaller than mine)?  What good is getting angry going to do anyway?”

With my husband, if he forgets one item on the list of 20 things I give him, do I REALLY want to CHOOSE to be angry with him over that?

Maybe you’re saying, “Well sometimes I have a RIGHT to be angry.” Okay…well think about ALL the things you have done wrong in your lifetime!  Okay…let’s not go back that far.  Just think about things you have done wrong this week! Have you lied, lost your temper, spoken badly about someone?  Used God’s name in vain?  Have you done anything that could cause God to be unhappy with you or even angry?  If we really thought about it, we probably have.  HOWEVER….guess what!?  He’s NOT!  God has already forgiven us for everything we would ever do wrong in our entire lifetime!

Soooo if God isn’t getting angry with US….what RIGHT do we have   to be angry with anyone else?

Anger is a choice….so my advice….choose not to be!  Then forgive and see what a difference that makes in you and everyone around you.

An angry person starts fights, a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sins.” –  Proverbs 29:22 

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.  Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” – Colossians 3:13

THAT’S NOT WHAT I ASKED FOR!

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Have you ever been embarrassed by your child receiving a birthday gift and replying with, “That’s not what I asked for!”  Can you imagine?? How bad would you feel for the person who gave the gift?  What if it was you?

As a parent, I usually try to give my kids more than what they ask for or better than what they ask.  However, they may not always recognize it for what it is.

The Israelites, for example, asked for a King and they received one, King Saul.  However, I guess they were expecting him to be from the greatest tribe of all of them and because he wasn’t, they complained “How can this man save us?” and refused to bring him gifts.

When the people wanted our Messiah to come and He came born to a virgin, son of a carpenter, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger…it wasn’t what they were expecting and they rejected Him.

What might you have asked God for and He gave it to you….but it wasn’t in the package you were expecting?  Did you receive it or have you rejected it?

Maybe you asked God for a promotion and instead you lost that job and had to start at the bottom somewhere else?  Maybe in less time there you would be in a higher, more influential position than you ever could have been before.  Did you receive it or reject it?

Maybe you asked God for a tall, dark, and handsome man to sweep you off your feet and instead He sent you a short, chubby, pale man of God who would treat you with respect and admiration, and would love you unconditionally.  Did you reject him or receive him?

Or maybe you asked for God to make you a mommy and you were totally expecting to become pregnant and instead, He sent you a child who needed you as their mommy.  Did you receive that child?  Or reject them?

God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we expect Him to …but He always answers our prayers….we just have to decide if we will reject it or receive it.

But there were some scoundrels who complained, “How can this man save us?” And they scorned him and refused to bring him gifts” – 1 Samuel 10:27

Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.” – Mark 6:3

YOU GOTTA TASTE THIS!

cookieI was sitting across from a 2 year old little boy and his grandpa the other day.  They were eating and his grandpa said, “Wow, he’s really good…he’s eating all the other stuff and hasn’t even touched his cookie!”  His mom looks over at him and grins.  She says, “That’s only because he hasn’t tasted it yet.”

As soon as she said it, immediately something dropped in my Spirit.  I saw that cookie as the Word of God.  It’s there…it’s RIGHT THERE for any of us to grab a hold of and enjoy.  Yet so many people aren’t experiencing how delightful it is because they just haven’t tasted it yet. They just don’t know.   So his grandpa put it in front of his grandson’s mouth and said, “Here try this, it’s really good!”

As believers, that’s what we need to be doing…we need to be putting the Word of God in front of people and telling them how great it is.  Show them God’s promises and provisions.  Don’t just sling around “Thou shalt not this, thou shalt not that”.    People need to know how GOOD God’s word is or they won’t have any desire to taste it.

I’m pretty sure once he got a hold of that cookie, nothing else on that plate was going to taste quite as good!

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” – Psalms 34:8

NEVER MIND TO CHRISTIANITY

lazyWe were at the library with our kids the other day and my son and I were looking at the “Build A Brain Learning Kits”.  They are bags designed around different subjects, ie: magnets, light, addition, etc. They each include several books on the subject as well as an activity with objects.

We came across the one about Gravity and my son said excitedly, “Ooh gravity!  Let’s get that one!”  So I opened it up to look through the contents and there were a couple different sized rubber balls. (I’m assuming they were to drop and see which ones would fall the fastest.)  Anyway, I said to my son, “Okay, we’ll get it, but you have to make sure Sparky (our dog) doesn’t get a hold of these.”   He simply said, “Never mind then” and moved on to a different bag he had already checked out before.

Later I was thinking about this and I was disappointed in myself for letting him bow out so quickly.  Gravity was something he was obviously interested in, however, when he realized bringing that bag home might cause a little effort on his part, he chose something he was more familiar with.  He took the easy road, and I let him!

I don’t want my son to learn to take the easy way out.  I want him to know that things worth learning about,  worth doing,  worth having…may take some effort and hard work.

Christianity isn’t easy.  Living a life for Christ wholeheartedly takes effort.  Following Jesus and sharing His truth, it takes heart…it takes courage…and it takes dedication…but it’s WORTH IT!  There is no time to say, “never mind to Christianity” and return to the path we’ve already been down.

Needless to say, my son WILL be learning about gravity AND how to defend those balls so they don’t become chew toys!

“Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.”Proverbs 13:4

ALMIGHTY FATHER

worshipI wanted to share this song that came to me as I began singing praises to Jesus, while doing laundry today.  I pray that it encourages you to worship our Almighty Father wherever you are and whatever you’re doing.

I can’t sing, and I can’t write music but here are the lyrics God gave me.

Almighty Father

You poured out Your presence
You poured out Your grace
You poured out Your glory
So we could look upon Your face
You poured out Your mercy
That we never deserved
You’re the Almighty Father….You’re the Almighty Father

You gave us Your Spirit
You gave us Your all
You gave us Your Son
To save us from the fall
You gave us Your Kingdom
So we could all enter in
You’re the Almighty Father….You’re the Almighty Father

And as my Almighty Father
I’m Your beloved child
And as my Almighty Father
I know I make You smile
And as my Almighty Father
I pour out my love…because You first loved me.

You bless me with kindness
Goodness, patience, and peace
You bless me with faith
That brings me to my knees
You bless me with joy
That only You can explain
You’re the Almighty Father…You’re the Almighty Father

And as my Almighty Father
I’m Your beloved child
And as my Almighty Father
I know I make You smile
And as my Almighty Father
I pour out my love…because You first loved me.

“And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty” 2 Corinthians 6:18

“We love each other because He loved us first”1 John 4:19

 

(“Almighty Father” lyrics written by Angela Logan 03/10/15)

HE CHOSE TO FACE HIS WORST FEAR

wolfWe are not supposed to fear, but we constantly make it an option and it’s an option that we choose over and over.

A storm comes along, our boat begins filling up with water and fear tries to jump right in there with it.  We can choose not to allow it in but sometimes we invite it.

Fear is just an obstacle trying to stop us from doing something that God wants us to do.  If we allow fear to win, we lose. If we decide to go against that fear and do what God wants us to, it’s a victory.

I was reading in Ezra this morning and this line stuck out to me.  EVEN THOUGH the people were afraid of the local residents, they rebuilt the altar at its old site. Then they began to sacrifice burnt offerings on the altar to the Lord each morning and evening.” – Ezra 3:3  These people felt as though they had a reason to fear, BUT they didn’t allow it to stop them from doing God’s work.

One Sunday, I asked a young man on our children’s worship team to say the closing prayer.  I knew he had it in him, yet he was so frightened that he turned red and began sweating.  He just couldn’t get himself to do it.  Right after church though, he told me that he regretted not praying because public speaking was his worst fear and he wished he had faced it.  A couple weeks later, I approached him again with the same opportunity.  He stood  there in front of all the children…completely silent… for a good couple minutes with the mic in his hand.  He was extremely nervous, however, this time he didn’t allow fear to win.  He handed the mic back to me and prayed without it.  But even the people in the very back could hear him.  It was short but it was bold and that day…that young man had a victory for God!

I pray that you will choose TODAY that FEAR will not be an option anymore.

ORPHAN…OR ANGEL?

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Have you ever said, “God, let me be a blessing?”  and then two seconds later wonder how God could ever use YOU to bless ANYONE?!  Well, He can.  I want to share with you how God used someone today.

There is a young man that my cousins bring to church twice a week.  He lives in a boys home and has for the past 5 years.  (We’ll call him “Jack” because of an inside joke we have.)  He has no family, no real place to even call home. I’m sure there could have been many occasions (in his circumstance) where he could feel like and even convince himself that God couldn’t use Him.  Hopefully he has never felt that way…maybe he has always known that God could and would use him to be a blessing to someone else.  Either way, today at church I was a witness to God doing just that and it just so happened to be me!

While my husband was preaching, he referenced Jeremiah 29:11, and he mentioned to the congregation that it was my favorite verse.  After service was over, that young man walked by, gave me his bracelet and simply smiled and said, “read it” and walked off.  There they were in bold letters, the words from Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord”.  He was gone and out of sight… like an angel…before I could even thank him.  So Thank you “Jack” for allowing God to use you today to be such a blessing to me.

Each of us has something that God wants to use to bless someone else.  What do you have?  Are you willing to give it away?

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

IT’S A LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP

10734035_10203492016325884_1054892349165389116_nOkay so after ten years of marriage, my husband and I both finally agree to get a puppy for our kids.  This was a total Christmas miracle!  People had been on us for years saying that that our son (who is 7) NEEDS a dog.  We, on the other hand, thought differently and were in total agreement with one another.  All we could think about was how we would hate the clean up, the effort it would take to train, the hair, the smell, the way it would change our lives for the worst!  Still…our hearts had been softened and we gave in to our eldest giving our youngest kids a puppy for Christmas.

When this little guy popped out of that box, we had no idea what we were about to step into! (hehe, no pun attended).  I can honestly say I now know the meaning of “puppy dog eyes”.  He had us at “woof!” There was an instant connection from his heart to ours.  He was a rescue dog, so his loyalty started quickly…but so did the clean up! First thing out of the box, he runs down the hallway and leaves us a big pile of “thank you” on the carpet and oh did it stink!  This was followed by three rounds of pee pee.  Ahhhhh!  THIS is why I didn’t want a dog, this is what I HATE about having a dog!

But then again….that loyalty….that companionship….that desire to be with us and by our side all the time.  That gigantic smile on our son’s face the first time Sparky jumped up on his lap to play with him! That’s the LOVE part. The part I hadn’t considered before.  A dog’s devotion, there’s really nothing like it.  Well….except for our Father’s devotion to us.

Is that why God created dogs?  So that we could daily witness an absolutely devoted heart?  A heart that forgives completely and unconditionally?  A heart that loves us no matter what we say or do?A love that isn’t based on how they feel or how we feel about them? A heart so loyal it knows when we’re upset and just wants to bring us joy again?

God thank you for using this abandoned little puppy to show our family an unconditional love like Yours.

“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. 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.  – Romans 8:38-39

IN DEEP DISTRESS AND BOUND IN CHAINS

bound-with-chains-of-the-spirit-and-of-men11Are you investing in your children’s lives by speaking God’s Word into them?  Are you sharing the love of Christ?  Are you planting seeds that will continue to grow long after you’re gone?

I was reading about the life of Hezekiah and how he lived a life pleasing to God.  His son, Manesseh became a king at 12 years old and he co-reigned with His father til he was 22 when Hezekiah died.

Hezekiah loved God and was faithful to Him but the Bible says that his son did what was evil in the Lord’s sight.   So Manesseh was not only raised by a God fearing man, but served right along side him for 10 years! Yet he didn’t do what was pleasing to God.  Matter of fact, he did the total opposite..murdering many innocent people and leading the people of Judah to do evil as well.  In 2 Kings, it basically ends there with his evils ways.

However…in 2 Chronicles 33 it tells more of his story.  He ends up as a prisoner with a ring through his nose bound in chains and then it says, “But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the LORD his God and sincerely humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. and when he prayed, the Lord listened to him and was moved by his request.  Then Manasseh finally realized that the Lord alone is God!”

Parents, we can’t be certain how long we will have in this life to speak wisdom, truth, and love into the hearts of our children.  But we CAN be mindful of what we are speaking into them NOW and rest assured in knowing, if it’s planted it will remain.

“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”Proverbs 22:6

DO I EVEN WANT MY DAUGHTERS TO BE LIKE ME??

20140814_141305I recently had one of those heart melting moments with my four year old little girl with these words coming out of her mouth, “I have to do what my mommy is doing if I want to be my mommy.”  As with any mommy, I was so touched, blessed and overwhelmed with the fact that my daughter wanted to be ME!  Then those feelings were followed by a great sense of responsibility, along with doubt, insecurity, disbelief and so on.  “Do I even want my daughters to become like ME?  Am I living in such a way that I would be proud to see my daughters turn out the same?  Am I too late?  Have they already picked up on my bad habits, gestures, speech?  Have I ruined them for life???  What have they already seen, heard, experienced that may lead them down the wrong path?  How do I fix this?”

The answer came rather quickly…I don’t have to.  God will take care of that.  All I need to do is make sure my eyes are fixed on Him and that I am walking in His ways from this day forward.  I can’t go back and change anything that has already happened but I can make sure that what I display to my children now is a woman of virtue, integrity, honesty, love and kindness.  A woman who seeks after God with all of her heart making Him the first love of her life, followed by their daddy, and then her children.

I must do what I see my Father doing so that I can be like Jesus to my children…because HE is who I want them to become like.

“So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” – John 5:19