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Ephesians 1: 15-16

Ephesians 1: 15- 16

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

Devotionals

As I read through this verse I found it important to not Paul is grateful that the Ephesians have faith in God and that they love the Lord’s workers. It is important to note that Paul thanks God for them, and is praying for them.

After reading through these verses I feel convicted that it is important that I need to spend time praying for those in my life who love God’s people and for those who are discovering their faith in you. I also feel led to befriend more people who love the Lord and who are serving him.

Dear Lord,

I just pray you would reveal to me who in my life really loves you and loves your people. Help me to see them so that I may surround them with prayer.

In your name I pray,

Amen

 

*** What are some of your takeaways from reading these couple verses? How could you apply what you are seeing/ learning?***

 

Sweet Words and Even Sweeter Hearts During Bedtime Prayers

Each night before bed my husband or myself says bedtime prayers with our girls. It is a sweet time, especially now as their vocabularies are starting to expand. It gives me such insight into what is going on in their hearts and what they found important from their day.

Bedtime Prayers

My oldest likes to pray for daddy every chance she gets. She prays, “Daddy home, please.” (Translated as: Bring Daddy home, please.) “Daddy home now, thank you.” She will also go through and list every family member and friend she can think of and ask for blessings for them and thank God for them. Sometimes she prays for her owies to go bu-bye or perhaps just for sleep. I think one of my favorite requests she has put before God was tonight. She prayed for our friends’ chickens and their garden.

My middle daughter still mostly lets us pray and she repeats what we say. That is until we start asking for blessing for the family. Then she has to name her favorite people off. It usually goes something like this “Mannie, Daddy, Mannie, Nama, Papa, Ama, Mannie, Papa, Nama, Papa, Nama, Mommy, Mannie, Ama, Papa, Nama, Daddy, oh…. ya… Cloa!”

Bedtime prayers are a great way for children, not only my own, to remember their blessings and remember to thank the one from whom all blessings flow. In my experience it is also a great vehicle to enforce the idea that God has them in his arms and he plans on keeping all the monsters away. I mention this because I have used this time to explain that they don’t have to be afraid, because as The Veggie Tales say, “God is bigger than the boogie man.”

 

***What are some of the sweetest things you have heard your little ones say during prayers?***

 
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How I am Teaching My Children to Rise Above

The bible is an excellent tool in teaching children to rise above temptation

Scrolling through my Facebook feed, this morning I noticed a friend was contemplating acting vindictively. I am actually not here to discuss that, while I don’t feel we should act in a vindictive manner, I think we all would agree we have  felt those urges. Some of us have acted upon them, and others  of us know how to rise above those feelings. What struck me really was in the comment section.

Hiding among the encouragement, for my friend, to walk away from the negativity and for her to set healthy boundaries, was the suggestion to simply give into that side of human nature. I don’t disagree it is human nature. What I disagree with is the idea that we should simply give into it if it is natural. There is a whole generation that believes if it is natural then it must be alright to do.

I would argue that emotions are just temporary, no matter how natural that it is that we have them, and our responses should not be based on the temporary. I understand the appeal; there is short-term gratification, some times it is just easier, and other times we know no other way. Instead I believe as a Christian I need to be seeking to live a life that brings me closer to my God. That life does not include room for the negativity.

I also believe that as a parent that it is my responsibility to be teaching my children how to rise above temptation, and that is one of the benefits for me in homeschooling. I can show them how I am living this out in my life everyday.

It is in the little things we build relationships.

It is in the little things we build relationships.

How I am teaching my children to rise above:

1. Drop to their knees

Prayer, prayer, and more prayer. We pray at every meal. We pray at bed time and nap time. They see me pray when I lose my temper, when I am hurting, and any time I am called to.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

2. Open the Good Book

We read bible stories together. We read from Psalms together. (I found at my children’s young age they handle the poetry better, than the long stories found in many of the other books.) We talk about what we read. They see me reading it on my own.  They know this is a book that is a part of our days, and not just decoration for our homes.

“I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” Job 23:12

3. Live transparently

In other words, I let them see me succeed and mess up. When I succeed I seek to show them how to do so humbly and graciously. When I have messed up and fallen short, which is often, I model apologizing, repenting, and simply trying again.

John 13:1-17 Is a beautiful example of Jesus modeling behavior.

4. Praise

When I see them displaying the character traits that I am hoping to instill upon them I praise them for their effort and hard work at it.

In Titus you will see where the Bible talks of encouraging one another in Godly behavior.

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Homeschooling allows my family the opportunity to do this each and everyday throughout the days. I know homeschooling is not the answer for every family, but it is for mine. I can best model this behavior when they see me consistently doing this.

Now if homeschooling is not the answer for you, great. Just don’t forget you can model the behavior you want to see when you spend time together as well. As I have read in multiple posts and heard in multiple venues recently, “More is caught, than taught.”

***What do you think? Is this something you can do? Is this something you are doing? Do you want to do this? Is there something more that you include in teaching your children to rise above?***

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Journey to Enjoying the Wee Morning Hours

My Sunshine Wind Chimes. It would be lovely to drink coffee and sit on the porch and listen to these early in the mornings.

My Sunshine Wind Chimes. It would be lovely to drink coffee and sit on the porch and listen to these early in the mornings.

Recently, I have read a great deal about the benefits and blessing to rising early in the morning. By early I mean starting the day before my kids wake up. I have read that there would be great merit to starting my morning as little as fifteen minutes earlier. In fifteen minutes I could stretch, pray, read a devotional, start coffee, listen to the bible as I start breakfast, or I could just relish an uninterrupted shower.

The fact of the matter is the Bible has a great deal to say on this subject. In Psalm 5:3 the psalmist writes, “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”  Later on in Psalms you read, “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. (Psalm 90:14)” In Mark 1:35 you see even Jesus waking early to spend the time in prayer. My only conclusion from these verses is that this must be a sweet time to spend with the Lord.

I imagine, I would have a better chance at starting my days off on the right foot, if I have enjoyed some quiet moments with my maker. I could share my hopes for the day with him and lay my concerns down at his feet. I could find encouragement in his word. I could enjoy the silence of my home, coupled with the hope of a new day. I might even be able to find an extra dose of patience for the kid’s antics.

Instead, now I am dragging my tush out of bed after the big girls have woke me. Most days this leaves me feeling stuck behind the eight ball, constantly trying to catch up. You could argue well, “Sara, you have a good excuse, at the moment. You have a breastfeeding infant in the house.” While it is true I do, I don’t want to use Madelyn as an excuse. The truth is I am not particularly a morning person. This is going to be a discipline I have to develop.

The only major road block I have, aside from my distaste for early mornings, is the kids. I know I can train myself to wake up 20-30 minutes before them. In fact, I have done this several times in the past. Every time I have accomplished this in the past, though, they turn around and start waking up even earlier then they had been.

So that is where I am at in my journey to enjoying the wee morning hours and starting the day with my family off right. (I think part of that must start with going to bed sooner.)

***Are you an early bird or a night owl? If you are a night owl do you ever feel the pull to join the early birds? If you are a converted night owl, how did you overcome your desire to be up late? And finally, any suggestions on dealing with little girls who like to push their wake up time earlier and earlier?***