Friday, September 22, 2017

Praying Specific Prayers for our Family - Part 1

I’ve talked about prayer before and especially the importance of prayer in our prayer ministry for our families, but I thought I would get specific this week on the importance of what we pray for over our families.  This week I wanted to start with our children and using specificity.  We know that it’s important to pray that as young people they will come to find the Lord as their Savior and likely regularly pray for that to happen. (If you are not, you should!)

But there are lots of other things to pray for as our children mature! 
  • Pray for their health
  • Pray for their friends
  • Pray for their interactions with others
  • Pray for their speech
  • Pray for their choices
  • Pray for their weaknesses
  • Pray for their teachers
  • Pray for their administrators

This is by no means an exhaustive list!  I’m sure you are wondering why I left something was a complete accident promise!

As they are teenagers or young adults our list changes a bit
  • Pray for their safety – especially as they start driving
  • Pray for their jobs
  • Pray for their decisions about college, trade school, military or other future plans.
  • Pray for their spouse
And continue praying all the other things above!

I recently had a conversation with a sweet friend about the difficulties of college roommates and being settled for our girls.  She commented that no one had ever told her that she should be praying ahead of time for the roommate that her girls would have one day in the future and that she now encourages mommas to pray specifically for that.

What about you – can you think of other things to pray for that maybe we forget or miss sometimes? Has your experience taught you this or your study of God’s word enlightened your mind?  
I’d love to hear about it.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Has The Third Strand Been Pulled Out? Part 1

By: Jenifer Metzger

Has your marriage been hard lately? Does if feel like you and your husband are being attacked on every end? Do you wonder if you are going to make it?

When we enter into marriage, there are three parts: you, your husband, and God. As you marry, these three parts become closely braided together. But when marriage gets hard, we have to ask ourselves one very important question; has the third strand been pulled out?

Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12

When we are knit together, all three parts, we are strong, not easily broken. But when that third strand is pulled out, we are weak, open for attack.

A few years back my husband came a little too close to major injury, even death, all because of a weakened rope. He works construction on tall buildings. He takes every precaution he can. But one day his rope became weak, a strand in his rope broke. Had he not caught it, he could have fallen to his death minutes later.

Friends, that third strand, God, is vital, life saving, to your marriage. If your marriage is missing the third strand, it is time to rebraid adding God in.

*Next week we will talk about how to put God back into your braid.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Accepted in the Beloved...

The book of Ephesians opens up with some amazing and profound truths. If you and I could really grasp them and really believe them for ourselves I believe it would revolutionize our relationship with God. 

-We are chosen-Ephesians 1:4
Ephesians 1:4 says that God chose us before the foundations of the world.  That means that before the earth was created He had us in mind. We were the intention of God's heart when He put into motion the great plan of redemption that would require the sacrifice of His Son.

-We are adopted-Ephesians 1:5
At the legal adoption ceremonies for our two oldest grandchildren, the reality of what it meant to be adopted by God was made clear to me.  The judge read a declaration stating the legal date of the adoption, and then decreed that the child, using their new legal name, was now and forever the legal child of the adoptive parents, our daughter and son-in-law.  When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior I believe that in heaven a declaration of our adoption into God's family is made, then all of heaven rejoices!  The amazing thing is that God had no need, lack, or incompleteness that prompted Him to adopt us.  In the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit there was perfect love, perfect fellowship, perfect companionship, prefect unity, perfect relationship.  Need did not drive Him to adopt us, but love did.  God loved us, and chose us to be adopted into His family.

-We are accepted-Ephesians 1:6
Perhaps you've read or heard a sad story of an adoption gone wrong.  A child can be legally adopted but still not be fully accepted into the family.  But God wanted it recorded in His Word that we are not just adopted but fully accepted.  This is an especially powerful and important truth for those who struggle with trying to perform or to earn God's acceptance.  The truth is that the Father loves you every bit as much as He loves His Son, Jesus!  No matter how unworthy you feel of that kind of love, the fact is that Jesus, Who is worthy, covers us with His worth and righteousness when we accept Him.  Thomas Brooks said, "God has made us His favorites...Through the blood of Christ we are lovely and beautiful in God's eyes." Charles Spurgeon explained that accepted means that we are the objects of God's divine satisfaction and divine delight.

All of us have experienced not fitting in, experienced not being accepted, experienced rejection. Sometimes, we don't like or accept ourselves.  To fully know and receive the truth of God's love and acceptance of us is a powerful key to healing of both self rejection and the hurts we receive from others. You are Chosen. Adopted. Accepted. Believe it and receive it!

still following,

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stop Beating Yourself Up


Emily Miller

The whole Bible can be seen as a love letter from God to us, His most precious daughters.

I personally think no other book of the bible can better illustrate this than the Song of Solomon.

Two verses, in particular, stand out to me.

I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine; he browses among the lilies.
-Song of Solomon 6:3

This first verse shows us that our identity is rooted in the Lord and that He delights in us because we do! Because of this, we do not have to be held captive by all the negative thoughts that can filter through your head each and every single moment of the day.

My lover said to me, "Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one!
-Song of Solomon 2:10

The second verse shows us that God deeply desires for us to spend time with Him. First and foremost, this verse teaches us that to develop any true, lasting, relationship with our significant others here on this earth, we must first seek God. Once we have an intimate relationship with God. through which we can discover and begin to love ourselves despite our flaws, we will be able to create lasting relationships here in the world.

Ultimately, the key point to remember is that your identity is found in Christ alone. We belong to Him, and He desires to have an intimate relationship with us so that we may fully understand how we can love ourselves and others despite our shortcomings.



Friday, September 15, 2017

Grace upon Grace

On days when the to-do list seems never ending, the idea of grace feels far from grasp.  But the reality is that grace is just a prayer away.

When we have been short with our children
When we argue with our husband
When we make a mistake on the job
When we can’t keep up with the housework, laundry, cooking, or cleaning
When we have nothing left to keep going,


When we react in anger
When we lie about our spending
When we eat more than we should
When the bad choices, faulty decisions and consequences of our actions just keep piling up,


I’m so thankful that God’s grace is so much greater than my worst days and my worst sins.  Sweet friends before you find yourself at the end of your rope, cling to grace and hold on.

John 1:16-17 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.