The Bottle

This is a  a bottle.  It  is my water bottle.  Anyone who is around me for long knows that I carry this bottle wherever I go. When I forget and leave it somewhere, I miss it.  Thankfully it is usually left in a place I can retrieve it.

Makes me think…

This is a Bible.  This is my Bible.   Those around me know that this is my Bible.  But I don’t physically carry it with me wherever I go. But, I can carry what I know from this book wherever I go.  When I don’t have it,  I should miss it like I do my water bottle.

I think of Psalm 119:11

“Your word have I hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You”

These are children.  These are my children.

They need to see that I have  hidden Gods word in my heart that I might not sin.

My thoughts, attitudes,  actions,  words, and my countenance all reveal whether I am as devoted to “carrying” my Bible as I am to “carrying” my water bottle.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Prayer Thoughts

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16

A persons character is displayed in the home, where those closest see the every day in and out actions flowing out from the heart and mind. Observation can reveal whether prayer is an integral part of a persons life.  One praying family member in a home can bring sunshine and promote a pleasant atmosphere. The confession of a wrong deed is not easy, unless prayer is a fundamental  part of the individual. True repentance and confession comes from a heart that are accustomed to prayer.

Parents have a responsibility to model a connection with Jesus in their personal prayer time.  Children should see them in prayer, hear them in prayer, and be invited to enter into prayer during  family prayer time.

“Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.

When Jesus was upon the earth, He taught His disciples how to pray. He directed them to present their daily needs before God, and to cast all their care upon Him. And the assurance He gave them that their petitions should be heard, is assurance also to us.

Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence?” SC ch. 11

What A Friend We Have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear;

What a privilege to carry,

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh what peace we often forfeit,

Oh what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged;

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

Can we find a friend so faithful?

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior still our refuge,

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

Do thy friends despise forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.

by Joseph Scriven 1855

 

To Train Our Thoughts

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

Proverbs 22:6

I have known this text for many years.   Recently the conviction has come to my heart of the need to train my thoughts. It is also my duty to train my children on  how to control their thoughts.

Thoughts shape our behavior, our attitudes, and our words. What we think eventually comes out through the mouth or in our actions .This ultimately reveals our character and our eternal destiny is affected. Thought processes begin in our brain. In private. Where no one else can visit.  But God can see. He knows what is there.

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7

This is why it is so very important to guard our thoughts.  To think positive, uplifting thoughts.  To keep our minds pure so the Holy Spirits’  prompting can be heard. It is important to openly discuss this process with our children, and for them to see us conquering our own negative thought tendencies.

Negative thoughts can be very destructive to any relationship, including our most important  relationship with God. Satan would  like to hijack our thoughts and keep the negative thinking cycle going.

Finally brethren whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8

For my family I have developed  some strategies to implement in the battle to capture and retrain our thoughts.

1.Ask for divine help

2.Memorize scripture promises that apply, and recite them periodically.

3.Hold one another accountable

I encourage you to contemplate what you can do for your family to build ‘right thinking’ habits.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself  against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4,5

May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalms 19:14

Words Are Power

Thank you to Marci, an experienced AHE mom, for sharing this devotional with us.

Deuteronomy 6:6,7 says “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children”        

Words are containers of power.

They can be used as a healing balm to a hurting soul, or as a slashing sword to cut  a wounded heart.

It is important that we train our children to listen to the words they say.  We can teach them to think before speaking. However, parents must model the think before speaking process.

Children don’t always listen to their parents, but they do imitate them.”

The Bible says The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”  James 3:5,6

A blogger friend shared an object lesson with her children to stress the importance of words.It is a simple way to help our children understand this concept.

1.Squeeze toothpaste out of the tube…then put it back in.

2.Place a drop of  Tabasco Sauce on your tongue…then quickly get a drink of water!

It is a sobering thought to realize that the words we speak can carry such great power.  Thankfully we are not left to flounder without help. The book of Proverbs is filled with incentives and reasons why gaining control of our tongue is so important.

“The mouth of the righteous is a well of life.” Proverbs 10:11

“The tongue of the wise promotes health” Proverbs 12:18

“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones”

Proverbs 16:24

“The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly” Proverbs 15:2

“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life” Proverbs 15:4

But how do we gain a wholesome, wise, and righteous tongue?

1. Through earnest prayer

“Create in me a clean heart oh God”

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight Oh Lord, My strength and my redeemer”! God knows our need, He hears our cry, and His grace is available.

Ask for perception and awareness of the words that we speak as we begin this building process.

2.Repeat Bible promises out loud.

When you hear yourself speak The Word, this  internalizes what you are saying and it empowers you for necessary change.

Our words affect those around us. We are either building up, or  tearing down those who hear our words. Our children are especially vulnerable as they absorb what they see and hear from adults around them.

May the words that I speak today Heavenly Father, uplift and encourage others.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

Deuteronomy 6:6,7 says “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children”


Words are containers of power.

They can be used as a healing balm to a hurting soul, or as a slashing sword to cut  a wounded heart.

It is important that we train our children to listen to the words they say.  We can teach them to think before speaking. However, parents must model the think before speaking process.

Children don’t always listen to their parents, but they do imitate them.”

The Bible says The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”  James 3:5,6

A blogger friend shared an object lesson with her children to stress the importance of words.It is a simple way to help our children understand this concept.

1.Squeeze toothpaste out of the tube…then put it back in.

2.Place a drop of  Tabasco Sauce on your tongue…then quickly get a drink of water!

It is a sobering thought to realize that the words we speak can carry such great power.  Thankfully we are not left to flounder without help. The book of Proverbs is filled with incentives and reasons why gaining control of our tongue is so important.

“The mouth of the righteous is a well of life.” Proverbs 10:11

“The tongue of the wise promotes health” Proverbs 12:18

“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones”

Proverbs 16:24

“The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly” Proverbs 15:2

“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life” Proverbs 15:4

But how do we gain a wholesome, wise, and righteous tongue?

1. Through earnest prayer

“Create in me a clean heart oh God”

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight Oh Lord, My strength and my redeemer”! God knows our need, He hears our cry, and His grace is available.

Ask for perception and awareness of the words that we speak as we begin this building process.

2.Repeat Bible promises out loud.

When you hear yourself speak The Word, this  internalizes what you are saying and it empowers you for necessary change.

Our words affect those around us. We are either building up, or  tearing down those who hear our words. Our children are especially vulnerable as they absorb what they see and hear from adults around them.

May the words that I speak today Heavenly Father, uplift and encourage others.

In Jesus Name,

Amen