They’re watching 

​Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6 NASB

As parents it’s our responsibility to raise our children in the way they should go. 

Do they see you lying to your friends, co-workers,  or their other parent? Do they see you taking the easy way out? Do they hear you gossip to your friends? Do they see you getting drunk? Do they see you dating person after person? Do they see you having sleep overs without being married? Do they see you texting while driving? 

They’re watching you to train them in the way they should go. 

Do you praise God when things go right, how about when they go wrong? Do you trust in God when times get hard or are you consumed in your emotions? 

Children are sponges. They absorb what they see more than what you say. 

Be on guard when you live as a parent because you’re raising someones spouse, your grandbabies parents. 

Choose to live by example and care more about who they become versus what you want. 

Choose them over you. 

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Written by a 12 year old, but authored by a Living God….

Our whole life is like a land slide. Because god send tests (the land slide) but he plants trees with strong branches and roots (the word) so we can stay safe from the land slide (or from Satan’s control) but when we get doubt, fear, or hate, then a branch breaks off the tree (or we lose the word of God) and the Broken branch will look like a strong one (the devil will trick u In to thinking that he’s the light) then the more bad branches we grab the more the land slide takes us in (or the more the devil controls u) so DON’T BE AFRAID, DOUBTFUL, OR HATEFUL!!! LOVE AND LEARN AND BELIEVE HIS WORD AND IN HIM!!! Btw this came because I just went to the park and played land slide and my brothers were getting too annoying so that’s where all this came from.

These words were written by my 12 year old daughter on 3/9/13 – I post these not to boast of my parenting because my parenting is only a small portion of the amazing young woman she is. These words were inspired by the Holy Spirit; He is VERY much ALIVE and living inside of her. She was baptized on her 10th birthday and each year I am continually blown away what comes out of her mouth when she allows Him to lead.

I have heard repeatedly over the last year that children cannot understand the commitment they’re making when they choose Jesus at a young age. This makes me want to say to these people “RIGHT…because any adult that makes the commitment to Jesus understands perfectly when they are first baptized.”

Listen…Jesus tells us NOT to hinder the children from coming to Him. That we have to become LIKE them to enter the Kingdom. That our Faith needs to be like THEIRS. I am not aware of any time in the Scriptures where He is instructing the children to be more like us.

Another reason some people “hinder” the children from Jesus is because they unable to understand real sin. Again…that is the dumbest thing I’ve heard. Let’s keep them from being baptized into Jesus until they really get some life experiences and know what sin is. Let’s NOT raise them in the Lord, baptizing them when they’re asking, sealing them with the Holy Spirit. No definitely lets wait until Satan get his hands on them first. Let them wrestle with that demon and then decide if they want to make Jesus Lord of their life. (I’m sitting here shaking my and rolling my eyes.)

Parents….let me just say this. If you’re not teaching your children about Jesus, not displaying moments of Holy Spirit miracles, and leaving it up to the church one day a week….I’m afraid to say that YOU are robbing your children of their inheritance. Our children and theirs are the ones who will enjoy the WINE of the Holy Spirit. We have been given the Water that turns into WINE if we would only activate it and allow His presence to LEAD us in every area of our lives.

If we are unable to guide them in accepting the Holy Spirit of God then we have been missing the mark of discipling our children. Perhaps…the reason may be because you are unaware of the commitment that YOU made when being baptized in the Name of Jesus, and you haven’t activated Him either. If this is the case let me tell you that He’s having you read this for a REASON… He’s right there…talk to HIM. Invite Him to be present in your life. You will not be sorry.

But I’m hoping there are other parents who read this and are encouraged to continue to live out their Faith WITH their children. God loves a parent who knows the importance of making sure their children KNOW HIM in ALL areas of their lives. May God Bless you more than you could truly ever imagine!!

God teaches me through my children

I love the way God teaches me through my children.

Tristan and I are going through a plan on www.YouVersion.com titled “The Book of Daniel with kids” it is 22 days long and we are on day 3. Today I yet again had to read through Daniel 1, and to be honest I complained. (Philippians 2:14 do everything without complaining… oops) I’m ready to get into the meat of this book and wanted to move on. Remember the title…My God showed me that I had been missing the meat He had for Tristan and I in chapter 1. The exact “meat” that God had been revealing at a deeper level in my husband and I for the last few weeks. That GOD is in ALL things…GOOD AND BAD.

Tristan and I read the International Children’s Bible (ICB), which I personally recommend for all children (even some adults). (The link above however is the closest they have online which is NCV) Here are a few of the key verses that helped me explain to him, and remind myself, about Gods Sovereignty.

  1. 1:2 – The Lord allowed Nebuchadnezzar to capture Jehoiakim king of Judah.
  2. 1:9 – God made Ashpenaz want to be kind and merciful to Daniel.
  3. 1:12,13- “Daniel said to the guard, “Please give us this test for ten days: Don’t give us anything but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then after the ten days compare us with the other young men who eat the king’s food. See for yourself who looks healthier. Then you judge for yourself how you want to treat us your servants.”
  4. 1:17 – (a)God gave these four men wisdom and the ability to learn. They learned many kind of things people had written and studied. (b)Daniel could also understand all kinds of visions and dreams.

In these first two verse we see God working. God allowed the king to be captured, and I can imagine that the men of Nebuchadnezzar weren’t too gentle when they were capturing him. Yet, what I want to point out is that GOD ALLOWED it to happen. In Romans 8:28 we are told that God works ALL things for GOOD, for those who love God and are called to His purpose. We are ALL called to live out Gods purpose, but not all love God. I mention this because I want anyone who is reading this to understand that there is an expectation that we are all called to when we ask Jesus Christ to be our Lord. The Holy Spirit will strengthen you as you walk in obedience to Gods call on your life, and you will WANT to live out this expectation with a desire that you’ve never had for anything else in your life. (If you’re not experiencing this, then it is possible you have not truly accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Pray about this and reach out to someone who can guide you into this relationship.)

Back on topic, the second verse God gave me a beautiful analogy to give to Tristan to see if He understood where we are. Imagine some one’s heart is dark, yet in the center of it there is a small Light. This small Light is placed there by God. Now imagine the heart of Gods children, it is filled with Light. When we are filled with a room filled with those who have dark hearts, what will happen to the one heart that has a small Light when we live the way God tells us to? Blessed his heart (& mine) he knew the answer. “That Light will grow” All throughout the Old and New Testament we are told that we will have trouble in this life. But in john 16:33 we are given a promise, Jesus has already overcome this world. The end of our life here is already written and given to us. Jesus is the Light of this World, and His Spirit now lives IN US. Therefore, WE are the LIGHT of THIS world. We are to SHINE HIS LIGHT, especially in the darkest of situations. We never know who God has placed a small seed of Light in, just waiting for one of His Children to Be the LIGHT that they were freely given.

The third verse shows us this Light that Daniel displayed. He knew that He was the mouth piece for himself, and these 3 other men of God. He also knew that they were to be trained for 3 years. He respectively asked to be tested for 10 of the 1095 days and if they were not pleased then the 4 men would do as they asked. Daniel knew that God was with them, and His way was best. By doing this Daniel honored God and saved the 3 men as well as the guard and chief officer Ashpenaz.

The last verse has two parts. Because of Daniel’s obedience to Gods ways all four men were given wisdom and the ability to learn the things needed in order to ultimately fulfill Gods purpose for the men of Judah to be captured. In 1:20b it says that Nebuchadnezzar found that these men were 10x’s better than all the fortune-tellers and magicians in his kingdom. These 4 men stood out above all the rest because they had Gods blessings. But it was Daniel who had an extra amount of anointing. He was also able to understand all kinds of dreams and visions. Daniel’s life up to this point is very similar to the life of Joseph. Both men were held in captivity, both men honored God in their actions and both men were given gifts that would advance them in the eyes of their captors.

I want to end this by going back to the men of Judah that were captured. It doesn’t say here in Chapter one how many of these men were captured, but as I turn to Numbers 2:3 it tells me that there were 74,600 in the camp of Judah. Different time, but I’m using this as a reference point. That’s a lot of men, and only 4 of them were chosen to Shine Gods Light in the lives of their enemies.

Friends, the odds may be stacked against you according the standard of the our enemy, the world. BUT….the LIGHT that is IN YOU was placed there so that YOU would influence those around you, whom God placed there. Jesus came so that ALL would be saved, so whether that person seems good or bad, the seed of Light is in them….waiting for someone to Shine so that their Light will grow. God will place us each in situations that will challenge and sometimes terrify us. But I pray that you stand firm in Truth. That the spirit of fear is not from God, therefore has no true power over you or I. Fear is a LIE, the belief of this lie is how this fear was created. We break this lie with TRUTH. Know your fears, and then seek out the TRUTH so break this fear.

 

The World needs to see YOUR LIGHT. God has called you and I to be the Light of the World. This is why Jesus died for us, so that each of us would gain access to the Father….we are called to Shine in the dark. Know that NOTHING happens in this world that God is not aware of. He does not create nor need to use the bad in order to advance His plan. He will however allow it, which means He has already planned the GOOD to come out of it. (see Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Genesis 50:20) Jesus is the Anchor of our souls.

Oh, one last thing…spend time with children…let God teach you through them. They understand more than we think.

~sometimes I just gotta write~

Who is Santa?

Santa Claus?

Learning about where the name “Santa Claus” comes from helps when explaining to your children that there isn’t in fact a big jolly man that comes down a chimney.

Marc Driscoll have an interview a few years back that really comforted me when I felt uneasy ab pretending Santa was real. Paraphrasing his quote.

When we tell our children that Santa,the Easter bunny, and the tooth fairy are real; only to tell them later in life that they aren’t we are building a foundation for them to not believe what we tell them to be true. Now take the Bible, which we as Christians believe to be God Breathed and TRUTH. The stories in this book are actual events, but some of them are downright unbelievable. It takes Faith to believe that they are indeed true. How can we as parents expect them to believe these historical events as truth, when they’re raised to believe something only for us to tell them later it was actually a lie.

Even as I wrote the above I could see the way the enemy uses things that “seem” innocent and fun to discredit us as parents, commanded to teach our children Gods ways.

Also, I want to state this to avoid any debates, if you have not vowed to raise your children in a Bible believing home, then this post doesn’t really apply to you. But if you have, then I hope you consider the foundation of “truths” you are establishing with your children.

~sometimes I just gotta write~