Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday 'Fess Up

This week's 'Fess Up has to do with the events over the past week or so that have forever changed our country. My confession is that, while some events angered me and others broke my heart for the needless act that took place, I held my tongue. That might not seem like much of a confession for some of you, but for me, I'm usually up for a good, hearty debate! 

But that wasn't what was needed in any of the cases of the week. What was needed was a battle in the spiritual realm, spiritual warfare. This week, I prayed more than I opened mouth and touted others for how wrong their views were. This week, I lifted up those who were lost, hurting, looking for something to complete them. This week, I opened the door for the Lord to act on His Word. This week, I prayed and didn't argue or debate those who had differing views than mine. I gave it to God. All my frustration, disappointment, sorrow, and grief I lay at His feet. 

God is in control, and no matter what the situation, He works all things together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose! Nothing that has happened or will happen has taken Him by surprise. Have faith that He who began a good work in you will see it to completion, no matter what is going on around you, in your state, the nation or the world.

Have a blessed Independence Day, my American readers!!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Homeschool Hump Day Encouragement

Many homeschoolers implement Bible time into their daily school routines. For those of us with older children, we have several options. We can have the child read a Proverb a day (there ARE 31 so it covers a full month!), we can point them to the topics of the message at church on Sunday or they can read a teen devotional. But for those with younger children who are not yet readers or are early readers what can we do?

The answer is surprisingly simple: We read a children's Bible together! You can even download a Bible App for Kids ( and read on a level the children will understand. Don't worry if the stories don't include all the details. This, like any educational process, is a stepping stone to build on later while  bringing the realness of God to your kids.

In Deuteronomy 6:6-7 we find the foundation for teaching our children about God and the Bible:

If you aren't sure how to begin homeschooling, start with Bible time. Putting the Word in the hearts of our children is an invaluable education they will only learn from you at this point in their lives. And by starting your day reading the Scripture, you set the tone for the rest of your day! What a great example that is to our children!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Am I Living in God's Will?

I watched a movie recently by Messianic Jewish pastor Jonathan Cahn. In this video, he talks about the Shemitah, the release. I won't get too much into the movie, but definitely encourage you to see it if you can or read the book, The Mystery of the Shemitah by Jonathan Cahn.

Anyway, in the video, Cahn talks about the next Shemitah and the fact that THIS Shemitah is also a Jubilee according to the Jewish calendar. I realized then, that I do not fully grasp the significance of this coming year! Jubilee is the time that all debts are cancelled. In the Shemitah, the Israelites were commanded to sow, reap, harvest and sell for six years. But in the seventh year, they were to do nothing! It was a time to let the land rest and for one full year, they were not to plant or harvest anything and if they did, it would bring judgement. Shemitah also means the fall or collapse, the result of God's judgement. But God says in His Word:

He will take care of us! The things that are happening in the United States and world today are not things that have caught God off guard. He knows the beginning from the end. He did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and sound mind. 

Now is the time to focus on living the life He planned for each one of us. Are there things in our lives we're doing that are against His Will? The Word says the things of Earth will shake off, but the things of God will remain.

So while things events of the past several weeks may be disturbing or cause you to be angry, know that the Lord is, and always has been, in control. He is our refuge and our shield; a strong tower to run to in times of need.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday 'Fess Up

Last Sunday, a man visited our church for the first time. He was overwhelmed by the presence of the anointing there and at the end of service commented that the teaching was powerful. It was then that I realized how comfortable I had become with being at church in the presence of the Lord, but not feeling the passion I once had.

I asked the Lord to forgive me for allowing that flame that was ignited many years ago when I was a new Christian to die down. The fire wasn't out completely, but it wasn't as big and bright as it had once been. His mercies are new every morning, though! So I prayed that He would reignite the passion for pursuing Him again.

The Lord meets us right where we are, too. Just like the father of the Prodigal Son, all He wants is for us to come running back to Him. If you feel as though you've become comfortable with the Lord and the fire has died down, ask Him to refresh that in you, to renew the passion He put in you when you first became a Believer!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Homeschool Hump Day Encouragement

As a homeschooler, one of the things you are probably wondering is how you can know for sure what your children are retaining once you teach them a new skill or cover a new topic. Testing can be intimidating to some children, so how can we find out where our children are in their learning? This is where the teacher becomes the student...literally.

Once you have been working on a skill or topic for a few weeks, turn the tables on your child. Ask him or her to teach you what they have been working on. This allows them the freedom to explain things, show through demonstration, and correct you as you display what you have "learned."

Take a walk around the neighborhood or to a local park and talk about what lives there and how your children know that. Allow your child to tell younger siblings how things work. Putting the freedom to explain things in their own words will give your children confidence, give you confirmation of what they know, and provide an opportunity to correct misinformation.

Enjoy the summer learning opportunities! Never stop learning!!


Monday, June 22, 2015

Praying Through to Your Dreams and Goals

We've talked about how to create a vision board and, as it says in Habukkuk 2:2, keep the vision in front of you. But it is so much more than just keeping that dream and goal where you can see it every day. It takes faith to see that dream become a reality, and it takes fervent, effectual prayers, too.

When we pray for our dreams and goals, we have to first understand why we have those dreams within us. If you look back on your life, you will begin to see patterns. You might realize that you've always been writing because you enjoy it or you understand how mechanical things work and build things even since you were a child or that you have been playing a musical instrument of some kind for as long as you can remember. Those are talents God gave you and there are dreams that go with those talents, too.

When you pray through your dreams to see them come to fruition, you are operating your faith in conjunction with God's will for your life. His favor can increase you in your dreams and goals more than you could ever hope, think, or imagine! He wants you to succeed and achieve those things He put inside you. You were created for a purpose!

Today, if you're wondering what that purpose is, pray and ask the Father to reveal it to you. If you're lacking dreams and goals and vision, ask Him to give you new dreams. If you don't know what direction to go or where to start, pray and ask Him to reveal that to you. After all, He is the revealer of secret things (Daniel 2:47, NKJV).


Monday, June 15, 2015

When Your Spirit is Stirred

I've often read in the Bible of how a person's spirit was stirred or agitated or filled with joy. Until recently, I thought I had experienced that myself. But then I the Lord showed me I hadn't quite listened as I perhaps should have. It's important to also seek discernment when you begin feeling agitated in your spirit. Sometimes it's the Lord speaking to you and convicting you. Sometimes, it's His way of getting you to listen and act!

My husband had an doctor's appointment for his knee. It was an old injury, but started flaring up again. We entered the office and I immediately began to feel a stirring. It wasn't all that different than just feeling strange in a new surrounding. But the longer I stayed in that office, the more agitated I became! I immediately knew it was the prompting of the Spirit. I told my husband that I didn't feel right about being in that office and that I was going to sit out in our truck. Unfortunately, the feeling didn't subside when I went outside. In fact, it grew more intense.

My hands began to shake, and I felt as though I needed to leave the area and pray. I went back in only to give my husband his truck keys and walked to a local fast food restaurant. There, I opened the Bible app on my phone and began to read. Galatians says that what we sow, we also reap. But those who sow to the Spirit will reap everlasting life. It was a comfort to me because in that moment when I was feeling so agitated, I knew that my spirit was responding to God.

The Lord is speaking to us, especially in situations that we should steer clear of. Sometimes we get a thought in our minds that says, "Get out of there!" Sometimes it is an agitation within. Are you listening? Are you ready and willing to obediently act on the prompting of the Spirit or the voice of the Father? Don't hesitate and don't be afraid. Remember, He didn't give us spirits of fear but of power and love and of sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).