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Once again today, I want to look at another verse from scripture that relates to the ‘faith of a child’. Today’s verse is from Proverbs 22:6 (TPT):

Dedicate your children to God and point them in the way that they should go, and the values they’ve learned from you will be with them for life.

We sometimes forget that children see and hear everything we do, and that they learn from that. Therefore we must be sure that what say and do is appropriate for our children, and does teach them the values and a of life we want them to follow. After all, as this verse from Proverbs says, what we teach our children is what sticks with them, so make sure what they see and hear is what we want to stick with them!

How many times have you celebrated Easter over the years?

Did you learn anything new this Easter, or did you simply hear about the betrayal of Christ, his crucifixion, and his subsequent resurrection in the same way you’ve heard it for many years?

Have you ever considered that maybe it is not down to how we are told about the events of that first Easter that make it the same old story each year, but maybe it’s down to how receptive we are to hearing about that first Easter, as if each year is the first year we have heard about events on Good Friday all those years ago.

Maybe it’s time to put aside all the things we’ve previously heard about God and about Christ, and listen afresh each time we hear God’s message. If we do that we might find we get a whole new perspective on God and his teaching, as we’ll be hearing his message for ‘the first time’ again!

His goodness

Posted: December 11, 2014 in bible, blogging, children, language, life, music, religion
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The last few days I’ve spoken about God being “good”, but what do we mean when we say “God is good”?

In Psalm 34:8 we read:

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Quite simply, God is the foundation of goodness and of everything good. In other words, God did not obtain it from somewhere else.

By nature we are not necessarily good, just look at children and how by nature just about every one “plays up” to their parents, at least until they truly learn right from wrong. We can have good traits or do good deeds, but that in itself doesn’t make us good because, our goodness comes from God.

That is why we must remember to say thank you to God for His goodness, and for teaching us how to be good.

Following on from my recent posts about how to recommit your life to God, today I’d like to give you some thoughts on what to do now you have recommitted your life to Him.

Colossians 2:6-7 (The Message)

My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.

When we fully commit our life to God, regardless of whether it’s for the first time, the second time, or however many times, our role as a Christian is only just beginning. i.e. Instead of just carrying on living our life as we were, we must take action – Action for God.

God teaches us how to live our life, and how to pass on His teaching to others, so our job as a Christina is just beginning when we give our life, and our all to God. Start working for God today by living as God has instructed us to.

Our world is a world in need of many things, one of which is patience. Unfortunately however, patience is one thing which many of us struggle with, but what is patience?

  • tolerant and even-tempered perseverance
  • the capacity for calmly enduring pain, trying situations, etc.
The worries of our lives, our families, our work, all combine together to make it difficult for us to be patient when life isn’t going well for us.
However God recognises that patience is a quality he wants us all to possess, while recognising that patience can be a difficult quality to possess.

Colossians 3:12-13 (NIV)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Please take a few moments to reflect on how much patience you possess, and whether you are in need of further patience…

Don’t be afraid to ask God for patience, because He does want us to have patience throughout our times of tribulation. When we pray for patience God may in fact send even more troubles our way, but He may also take all our troubles away and send sunshine our way.

How many times have you looked back over your live and realized that the times when you faced your biggest tribulations might have been the toughest times of your life, but they were also the times when you learned the most, both about yourself and your faith. I myself can testify to that!

Please join with me in the following prayer:

Lord, we thank you for the patience you have with me every day, with my humanness and stubbornness. Help me Lord to look to you for patience in times of trouble, jubilant in times of joy, and more consistent in my prayer life. Teach me, Lord, to wait with faith and expectancy, and help me to see my trials as times for growth in grace. In Your holy name, I pray these things. Amen.

Having watched and listened to a lot of coverage of the riots in England in the last few days, I’ve come to the conclusion that many youngsters, and in some cases, their parents, just do not understand the meaning of the word respect.

I’ve heard several interviews where individuals have said they were upset that “the police and politicians don’t respect them”! What was obvious from what these people were saying was that they did not comprehend that respect is something they must earn, not something you should automatically gain.

Here are some definitions of respect that I’ve found in various dictionaries:

  • the condition of being honored
  • an attitude of admiration or esteem
  • a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
  • behavior intended to please your parents
  • a feeling of friendship and esteem
  • courteous regard for people’s feelings
  • regard highly; think much of

How can people expect to be respected if they don’t treat other people, their property’s and their belonging, with respect!

I really don’t want to get into the whole discussion about why the recent riots took place, but I feel I had to mention the lack of respect that has been shown by so many. Many were youngsters who obviously had never been taught how to respect and treat others or their belongings. That really saddened and upset me, as it just seems to show how much the world and the way families and communities interact these days has broken down over the past few years.

Come folks, let’s get back to basics and teach our children right from wrong, respect from disregard…

Many couples try for a long time to try to have children, but are unsuccessful. Others seem to have no difficulty at all at conceiving.

When you find out you’re expecting a child, do you thank God for the privilege He has bestowed on you, or do you simply get caught up in the news?

1 Samuel 1:28 (NIV)

So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he shall be given over to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.

When we have children, one way we can give thanks to God for the child, is to “give the child back to God” – But what does this actually mean? This is usually done in a dedication or christening service:

  • The child is blessed, to represent what Jesus did when children were brought to Him: “he took the children in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them” (Mark 10:13-16)
  • The parents make promises to bring the child up in a Christian way, and to teach the child about God

Give thanks to God for the children. Teach the children about God and show them how to live their life for God.

When we’re young our parents urge us to reach our full potential in life, by studying hard and doing well at school. When we’re young that’s when we are most impressionable, however impressionable can be good and can also be bad – we can be taught about God and His love for us which is good, however we can just as easily get into the company of those who would teach us in unchristian ways.

So how do we ensure our children reach their full potential in Christ? We pray!

Give us grace to raise our children
Whatever the daily crises
Strengthen us to reflect you Lord
No matter what situation arises

Give us wisdom to have an answer
When hard questions come our way
When we feel we don’t have the answers
When we don’t know what to say

Give us your eyes so we can see
The potential they have in you
And see the beauty within their souls
To see them the way you do

Give us hope as a firm foundation
And strength to raise them in love
So they may feel secure in you
And may come to learn to trust

We pray, O God, you’ll help us to
Model ourselves after you
So they may walk in all your ways
And see in us your truth

That was a poem entitled A Child‘s Potential by M.S.Lowndes.

Exercise:

  • to put into use; employ to exercise tact
  • to take exercise or perform exercises; exert one’s muscles, etc., esp in order to keep fit
  • to practise using in order to develop or train to exercise one’s voice
  • to perform or make proper use of to exercise one’s rights
  • to bring to bear; exert to exercise one’s influence
  • mental or other activity or practice, esp in order to develop a skill
  • a set of movements, questions, tasks, etc., designed to train, improve, or test one’s ability in a particular field piano exercises

As you can see from the above definition of the word exercise, we can exercise in different way. We live in a time when there is much obsession about how we look, and as part of that many have an obsession with keeping fit or taking physical exercise.

It’s good for our health to get some exercise however we must be careful not to become obsessed by our physical bodies or in how we look.

Physical exercise is good for our health, but what about mental exercises?

Well it too is good for us – As you may be aware I was recently off work for a few months and I must admit that when I went back to work I found it very difficult to concentrate for very long on my work and I put this entirely down to the lack of use of my mental skills for so long that caused my problems. I’m happy to report, normal service has now been resumed.

Finally what about our faith? Do we need to exercise that in the same way we need to get physical and mental exercise? Of course we do!

How can we claim to have a faith, and be a Christian, if we do not put into practice what God teaches us?

How do we learn from God? We read the bible and we pray.

So to exercise our faith we must put into action God’s teachings, we must read our bible and we must pray.

Make sure you exercise every area of your life, so that your physical, mental powers grow, but also so you grow in faith a love.

Prayer Diary

Posted: June 15, 2010 in pray
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In my blog post Teach Me To Pray I talked about some of the things you can do to help you pray. One of those I mentioned was using a prayer diary.

Do you, or have you ever used a prayer diary?

I started using one just over a year ago. Why? Because I was finding when I was praying I’d focus on those I’d spoken to or heard about most recently instead of praying for all those I knew were in need of prayer. I still spend prayer time praying for specific people or situations however I try to make sure that I try to being all of them to God in prayer, not just a few of them.

So how do I use my prayer diary?

I carry a small Moleskine notebook with me nearly all the time, which when someone or something comes to mind that I need to pray for I add it to my prayer diary. Sometimes I add specific details of why I added them at a particular time, so I can be more specific in my prayers.

I find using a Prayer Diary very useful. I hope I’ve given you an insight into why and how you may want to use a prayer diary yourself, however, at the end of the day, you need to do what helps you with your prayer time, and not just do something because others tell you it works for them.

Enjoy talking with God.