Day 11 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days – DanielFast#2018

Day 11. The number 11 has special meaning. Last month, my sister and brother- in -law celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary. When she asked her husband what was significant about that number, he said, “Year 11 is great! No matter how you turn the number 11, it’s the same, backward and forward. We’re the same Babe.” I loved that. Today, think of yourself as the number one and God as the number 1 (because HE is) and you’re standing side by side. That is what we strive for in our periods of drawing closer to Him during the consecration. No matter how you turn it, people see Him when they see you.

Morning Devotion

Read Luke 4:1-32

Some years ago, I watched the movie, The Passion of the Christ. The scene where Satan appears to tempt Jesus is still impressionable in my mind. When he stomps his foot on that adder’s head, without a word, Christ is demonstrating his power over the enemy. This is the power that is imputed to us. May we knit our hearts to God in order that we know the fullness of the anointing that He intended for us.

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

 

Today’s Faith Sight Word

THE ANOINTING. “Transformation of our being as a result of time spent with the Lord.” This is my definition of the anointing. It is not the oil. It is not the office or position associated with it. The anointing is the Holy Spirit at work in human beings who devote themselves to connect with God’s power. The anointing is not exclusive to priests, pastors, kings, and teachers. It is apparent in lawyers, painters, missionaries, and secretaries. All you need to receive the anointing is to be present with God.

Recipe for the Fast

Tropical Morning Smoothie

1/2 cup of fresh coconut (from the fruit not flaked)

2 gala apples (diced)

1 can of pineapple tidbits (add the juice)

1/2 cup of mango chunks

2 kiwi (peeled and sliced)

Coconut is so good when it is fresh. However, it is tough to get the “meat” out of the coconut. Here are the instructions for cracking open a coconut from Martha Stewart. You may choose to use the coconut water in the smoothie or save for something else. It is your choice. Place all the ingredients in the blender. (The Ninja is one of our best investments). This recipe makes 2-3 glasses (16 oz).

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

The presence of the Lord is here. Wherever I go, Whatever I touch or Whatever I create, I do it to advance the King of Glory.  He is worthy of the honor and I I proclaim this is the year of the Lord’s favor. I profess my faith to make him known. My works are established and the beauty of the Lord is upon me.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 0-16 years old

What Happens When I Talk to God?

Every parent should have one of the books by Stormie Omartian in your personal library. You are missing out if you don’t. She is the author of The Power of a Praying Parent and The Power of the Praying Series. My children have been given four of her books. I read her book, The Power of a Praying Wife in my early years of marriage. We also own the book, A Little Book of Powerful Prayers.  We are a praying family. Encouraging your children to understand the purpose and power of prayer. This book is great for your family. It also helps them to understand that time spent with the Lord has several benefits.

“I may be just a child, but my prayers have power because I am valuable to God. Even though children are small, their prayers are big in God’s eyes.” – What Happens When I Talk to God, author – Stormie Omartian

Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 10 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days – #DanielFast2018

We have made it to the halfway point of our 21 days of consecration. We started with our church on Sunday, January 7th. Free Chapel with Pastor Jentezen Franklin and many churches around the world started that day also. If you did, then you are actually into your ELEVENTH DAY. Congratulations! I know this consecration has been a blessing to you. Keep seeking!

Today is a special day that I am celebrating. It is my husband’s birthday. He won’t allow me to tell his age. Happy Birthday to the King in our family, Tyrone Dane Bannarbie.

Morning Devotion

Read Luke 7:36-50

One of my favorite songs by Cece Winans is that of the Alabaster Box. Today’s scripture shares an intimate moment when Jesus publicizes the forgiveness of a sinful woman who anoints him with oil from her box of Alabaster. Jesus demonstrates forgiveness many times during his ministry. I especially love that this passage is the prelude to Chapter 8 of the book of Luke which lists several women that were set free and delivered as a result of Jesus’ ministry unto them. It is not a coincidence that the Alabaster story proceeds this. The translucent description of the box is allegorical in the sense that it represents the washing of sin that took place. Once the woman with Alabaster came, other women were made clean also.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

COMFORTER. “Peace that passes all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7). That is the description that comes to mind when I think of the word “comforter”. This is how Cece Winans describes Him in her song, Comforter. (No, I haven’t been listening to her music recently.) Whenever we are feeling the need for comfort, in most cases it is because we are experiencing unrest. That is why Jesus promised that he would send us “another Comforter” (John 14:16) that he would abide with us forever.  Let us rejoice for the times when we were in need of peace and God made the Comforter known to us. He has certainly made me glad for it.

Recipe for the Fast

Root Vegetable Medley

1 butternut squash (peeled and diced)

2 large sweet potatoes

celery (2 stalks)

4 red potatoes

2 carrots *optional

1 large white onion (diced)

minced garlic

olive oil

Italian Herb Seasoning blend

Thyme

I created this recipe about two years ago. When we are not fasting, I add Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning to replace the Italian Herb Seasoning.  I only use herbs and oils for seasoning during a consecration. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. After all of the vegetables are cut, I place them in a large baking dish and drizzle the olive oil on them. I mix/toss with my hands. Then, I season the vegetables with minced garlic, thyme, and the herb blend. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Place the baking dish (10×13, 4 QT Pyrex dish) in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Vegetables should not become mushy and olive oil should create a bit of a sauce in the bottom of the dish. You can use this recipe with any combination of root vegetables. Yellow yam and yuca root are also some of our favorite root vegetables (for boiling).

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

Whenever I am feeling low, I know I have a comforter. The peace He brings just warms my soul. Touch is a constant reminder that love flows through my warm veins. Jesus has touched my life. My iniquity is gone. I will never return to my old ways.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 0-6 years old

The Kissing Hand

This book by author, Audrey Penn, is a New York Times bestseller. I first learned of it when my son Judah started Kindergarten. It is apparently a favorite of preschool teachers and Kindergarteners for the first day of school. But I love it too!

While it is not a story of Bible heroes, it is a story of comfort. Chester Racoon learns a secret to managing life without the physical presence of his mother. The Kissing Hand, although for juveniles, reminds ALL children of God that Jesus sent the Comforter to us as his secret to managing life without his physical presence.

“I know a wonderful secret that will make your nights at school seem as warm and cozy as your days at home.” – The Kissing Hand

Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 8 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

My Sunday was awesome and I pray that yours was also. Today, we celebrate the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During this time, we commemorate his life and his legacy. Dr. King is mostly remembered for his DREAM. I encourage you today to pray for your dreams and accept whatever charge you have been given. In all thy ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path (Proverbs 3:6).

Morning Devotion

Read Genesis 22:1-18

We know the story of Abraham pretty well. He was old when God promised him an heir. His son, Isaac, is called “the son of promise”. In Genesis 22, God instructs him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Abraham obeys. But God saves Isaac and blesses Abraham even the more than the blessing he promised before. This blessing is to the seed of Abraham. If ever you lose your faith, review Romans 4:13. It sums up what God has done through Abraham pretty well.

For the promise that Abraham would be heir of the world was not made to him and his descendants through the Law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

PROMISE. When I was a young girl, my uncle John Hall would always remind me about one Easter when I confronted him about Easter baskets that he had promised me and my sisters. Children never let you forget the promise you make to them. I think God must have a childlike heart because He doesn’t want you to forget the promises that He has made to you.

Recipe for the Fast

Meat-free Collard Greens

bunch of Collard Greens (chopped)

1 large white onion

1 large green pepper

1 clove of garlic

Lipton Onion Soup Mix

Vegetable Broth

Thoroughly clean greens with salt and vinegar water. Rinse well and drain. Add minced garlic to the 3 qt pot with olive oil. Add vegetables and green leaves. Allow greens to make their own water. Add about 2 tablespoons of water and then add 1/2 package of onion mix. Pour in vegetable broth when greens are without water in the pot. Simmer and then remove from heat. Add any other seasoning after greens are cooked.

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

I am heir to the promise that God gave to Abraham. Nations are blessed by my obedience to God’s word. I am an overcomer. I will no longer wait for something to happen for me. I work to pursue my destiny. I live a life of excellence, giving honor to our King.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 6-16 years old

The Dream Giver

This story by the author, Bruce Wilkinson, is for young and old. I recommend purchasing this book in hardcover. It makes a great gift to graduates, friends and ministry leaders. The first portion of the book is written like a juvenile story. The second part of the book is written to help adult readers understand what they are called to do. If you are currently looking for your purpose, discover that there are several promises in your life that God has spoken that will lead you into your promised land.

“Now may you devote yourself to His Dream for you. And may heaven describe you as one of those rare people who live to achieve Great Things for the glory of God.” Bruce Wilkinson

Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 7 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

Hello Productive Heirs!

It is Sunday and if you began your consecration with your family on Sunday of last week (we started midnight the morning of Sunday, 07JAN2018) then we are well on our way to Week 2. YES, YES, YES! Are you feeling good? You should be. Has God answered your petitions during this first week? I am sure HE has opened your eyes and your heart unlike you ever imagined. Our God can blow our minds when we set apart time for HIM.

If you are just joining us, I want to remind you why I am making these post each day.

Over the course of this consecration, I venture to share with you unique ways that my husband and I have involved our children and other family members in consecration. Young and old participate even at the tender age of 2 years old. No family member should be left out of the power ignition that comes from time set apart for the LORD. To consecrate simply means that we can expect God to perform miracles and divine work as a result of our separating ourselves for HIS GLORY.

The 5 ways we observe consecration include:

1). Devotional Readings in the Morning

2). Faith Sight Words – A study of vocabulary that defines our faith

3). Introducing recipes of plant-based ingredients new to my family

4). Corporate Prayer and Confessions of faith

5). Storytime – Sharing books on prayer, testimonies, and heroes in bible days and today.

You can read my initial post on why we consecrate and how I developed these ways to consecrate as a family, here.

So, let us go forward into Warrior Week 2. Shall we? But of course.

Morning Devotion

Read 2 Samuel 6:12-23

This story of King David dancing before the Lord has always been one that stood out among the pages of the scripture for me. David loved to be in the presence of the Lord. And he learned what it meant to reverence the presence of the Lord after “the anger of the Lord burned against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his irreverence.” (2 Samuel 6:7) During this encounter with the bringing of the ark to the tabernacle, David revived his heart from the wrong kind of fear and demonstrated before the people of Israel how to reverence God with praise, worship, and sacrifice. His speech to his wife, Michal, is an example of how we bring honor where honor is due (Romans 13:17). When we humble ourselves, we rightfully place the honor and renown where it belongs.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

GLORY. Careful, today’s word just might stir up a praise in your heart. SMILE. That is the way I feel any time I hear or say the word, “glory”. When I asked my husband how he would describe this word, he replied, “glory is the expression of God revealed in His people and all He has created. We are His Glory.” Expressions make known our thoughts and feelings. The expression of God makes HIM known. HIS GLORY is whatever makes HIM known. 

Recipe for the Fast

Fruit Salad

– 1 cup of raisins

– 1 can of pineapple tidbits              

– gala apples (diced)

– green grapes (cut in halves)

– red grapes (cut in halves)

– kiwi (sliced)

– fresh mint leaves (chopped) *optional                                        

I tend to make several different versions of fruit salad. (I am a salad specialist. Ask any member of my family or church and they will back me up on that one.) This is just one version that is quite refreshing.

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

The presence of the Lord is here. Wherever I go, Whatever I touch or Whatever I create, I do it to advance the King of Glory.  He is worthy of the honor and I give Him the honor. I proclaim this is the year of the Lord’s favor. I profess my faith to make him known. My works are established and the beauty of the Lord is upon me.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 6-16 years old

Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith

My daughter is 11 years of age and Gabrielle Douglas is one of her role models. I purchased the book for my daughter but I actually read it first from cover to cover in one day. It is 224 pages but it reads very easily because it is intended for a young audience. I could really hear her voice on every page. I am a resident of Hampton Roads, Virginia. It was pretty cool to read about places that I have been in her book. 

I chose this book for today’s blog post because it is a story of chasing glory, submitting your will and finding that all glory and honor belongs to God. Gabrielle shares an intimate illustration of her road to the 2012 Olympics in London. Her story helps the young reader understand that every leap of faith costs. The price is humility, pain, and courage. What I like about the book is that it doesn’t glamorize what glory looks like. Gabrielle Douglas gives a first-hand account of the ways in which God’s glory is revealed through His children, this story is a good read for you and your growing leaders. Enjoy.

“Glory – when God shares it with us, there’s only one thing we can do: give it right back to Him.” – Gabrielle Douglas

Bonus Tip: For your list of Faith Sight Words, ask your children to share with you the words in the Bible or that they have heard used in Christian dialogue that they don’t readily understand. These words will help you develop your list of words for discussion in next year’s consecration. (See what I did there? I am already getting you thinking about the future. SMILE)

Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 6 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Ways

Welcome to the weekend! The heading says DAY 6 but you are really into the final day of the week. Great job!

Your commitment to participate in consecration with your family will benefit you, them and those around all of you. I pray that these posts are supporting your success in your time of consecration and bring encouragement to your family.

Morning Devotion

Read 1 Kings 3:5-15

King Solomon was the young successor of King David for the people of Israel. I don’t know about you but I think the story of King Solomon is so relevant to “Growing Up Christian”. In this passage, Solomon acknowledges that he is young and needs wisdom to lead. God answers Solomon with the promise of James 1:5.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

As growing Christians, we need to be able to recognize our shortcomings and bring them before the Lord. That is why fasting and prayer are so great for our character and spiritual development. Solomon reminds us that reputation is nothing without the counsel of the Almighty.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

DISCERNMENT. Every human being has the ability to discern; meaning to distinguish right from wrong. If you know how to determine whether someone has good intentions or not, you are operating in discernment. Everyone is not so easy to figure out and people are crafty. In order to get beyond evil tricks and unapparent deception, we need the power of the discernment.

Recipe for the Fast

Oven roasted russet potato hash

– 3 large potatoes (peeled and diced)

– 2 cloves of garlic and 1 large onion (minced)                 

– your choice of spices (no salt)                                                     

Drizzle the potatoes with a little bit of olive oil, sprinkle on a few spices, and put them in the oven! While the potatoes are cooking, saute the fresh garlic and onion in a skillet on the stove. Saute for 5-10 mins. Bring potatoes out of the oven. They should be crispy. Scrape potatoes into the skillet with the garlic and onions. Mix and serve.

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

I am a soldier in the army of the Lord. God has fashioned my life for armor that fits me. Jesus fights with me. He always wins. I have the victory. I seek justice and walk humbly with God.  I do not walk in fear. When I ask for wisdom and discernment, he grants it liberally. When I stay in His word, my ability to discern grows. It helps me to know what I need to know.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 6-16 years old

The Prince Warriors (Book 1)

In October of 2016, I went down to the bookstore and purchased the first book of the Priscilla Shirer trilogy for my older children (then ages 10 and 7). My daughter, who would watch The NARNIA Chronicles film series on repeat if I allowed her to do it all day, instantly loved the book by Priscilla Shirer. Most people know that this book exposes children to the reality of  “spiritual warfare”. However, when I asked my brilliant daughter what she felt was the theme of the book, she said it was about “discernment”. When I asked her why. She said, “because it takes discernment to know what is behind the doors presented to you in life.” The book illustrates several choices that these young people have to make as they navigate the spirit realm. Jenesis understood this to mean that we all have choices to make in life. You can’t know what is really for you without discernment. Well, there you have it. My daughter has just shared with you the reason you should buy the book.

Bonus Tip: Are you keeping track of which Bible stories relate to the Faith Sight Words I have shared? This might serve you well in future discussions with your children about their faith. There are several stories in the Bible that relate to discernment. Which character would you have chosen? Esther? Hosea? Paul? 

Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 5 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days

It is Friday! The first week of consecration is nearly over. You should give thanks for all you have learned. Our senses are sharpened during times of fasting and prayer. God opens our eyes to several things. Pastor Jentezen Franklin states in his book, The Fasting Edge,

“The anointing that comes through fasting and prayer give you a fresh strength to fight for your family, for your kids, or your marriage, and to win! It gives you the ability to hear God’s heart and pray forth those things that He desires to release in the nations.”

Your commitment to participate in consecration with your family is releasing blessing to the nations within them. During this first week of consecration, we have reviewed God’s plan for salvation, his work of reconciliation and His means of attracting people to His kingdom through the words of your testimony. Those reminders alone are strengthening to your soul.

I pray that these posts are supporting your success in your time of consecration and bring closeness in your family. My children and I have been enjoying our discussions about which books and which sight words to share. It has been rewarding to Tyrone and me to hear what they are learning as a result of this consecration also. Shall we continue? Indeed.

Morning Devotion

Read Matthew 16:13-19

Have you ever had an acquaintance in your life for a long time and felt like after all those years, you still don’t know who they are? Some people can be difficult to figure out. In this brief interaction between Jesus and his disciples, it appears that we have a case of inexplicable identity. Jesus asks his disciples to be character witnesses and no one has the right answer. That is until Peter opens his mouth. Peter tells Jesus who he believes him to be, Son of the Living God. As a result of his speaking out, Jesus blesses him with the keys of the kingdom of God. He becomes one of the pillars of the Christian Church. His time spent with Jesus changes his life and his legacy forever. Before Jesus, he was known as unstable. After Jesus, he began the foundation of the church. Knowing Jesus can make a beautiful change in personal distinction and reputation.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

CHARACTER. We named our older son Judah. I tell him often that whenever someone speaks his name they are praising. “Give them good things to praise about”, I tell him. He knows that his character has to align with his name.  So when I asked him the definition of character, he said, “it is a how people describe you and the way you act.” When he completed 2nd grade his teacher, Ms. Griffith, gifted him with word cloud art using words that his classmates gave her to describe him. On the back of the frame, she wrote, “Remember to look at the words on the front of this frame from time to time and think about how your classmates, friends, and I thought of you when you were in Ms. Griffith’s Second Grade Class.” It is such an empowering gift.

The gift that Judah received from his teacher last year.

Recipe for the Fast

Carrot Raisin Salad

– 4 large carrots (peeled)

– 1 can of diced pineapple                                

– raisins (2-3 tablespoons)                                                                 

Cut carrots in either a food processor or using a grater (but that takes much longer). I have a 1.5 cup food chopper from Magic Chef that works perfectly for this. Clean the food chopper right away because the carrots will stain the plastic. Transfer the carrots to a bowl. Add pineapple and raisins. Mix all the contents and enjoy! If it is too sweet for you, you may wish to add powdered ginger or turmeric to tone down the sweetness.

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

In the day God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. I am the likeness of God. I am his ambassador and represent his character. I am special because I am me. May my witness be that everyone who sees me sees my Heavenly Father.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 3-10 years old

I AM: Bible Stories About THE NAMES OF GOD

I purchased this book for my family. It is great to have resources in your family library that empower your little people in spiritual development. I am currently doing a Bible study on the significance of naming. I enjoy researching information from resources for children because it helps me craft my content for the whole family. The Amazon description says that the book is for ages 4-8. It is structured similarly to a chapter book. My middle schooler, an avid reader, enjoys it too (mostly for the beautiful illustrations). Each story is arranged in sequence with the Bible chapters from Old Testament to New Testament. It would be rather easy to use this book as a study guide for your youth reading the Bible In A Year from beginning to end. I am especially fond of how the author, Diane Storz, uses transitions in the What Happened Next section to ensure your readers don’t miss the context of the biblical names that are featured in the book. She is currently working on a devotional for preschoolers. All of her books make great gifts for the developing Christian leaders in your home.

Bonus Tip: As children are developing their writing and reading skills, parents and educations provide them with sight words to study. Those sight words help learners create sentences, improve their reading and articulation. In much the same way, Faith Sight Words can be used to help your Bible learners improve their understanding of the Christian Faith. I will share 21 words over the course of this consecration but there are several more for use. (In fact, my 21words have not been the same each year). Faith Sight Words are great for initiating discussion. Help your children develop their personal testimony and share the gospel in one word each day.

Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

 

Day 4- Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days

Thus far during this period of consecration, I feel like I am nesting. Fasting is a form of purification for our body naturally. I have also found that when you are spiritually cleansing the body during the consecration, you will find yourself purifying your surroundings. I purged my bathroom vanity …

Day 3 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days

Congratulations, you are halfway through the first week of your consecration!

At this point, you’re realizing that it takes the right mindset during fasting to accomplish the will of God concerning you. I’ll be honest, that is not easy.  The mind seems more difficult to tame than the fork during the consecration. That is precisely why it is important that we invest, sacrifice, and devote our time for sacred submission under the power of the Holy Spirit. 

All five of these ACTION ITEMS are meant to help you keep your focus on the gains in your consecration. I pray that these tidbits are helping you push onward. We are going to make it these 21 days. You’re already 4 days in. Let’s keep going!

Morning Devotion

Read Luke 8:40-56

Jesus was known to the people of his time as a teacher. Teachers attract people that need their instruction but they also attract critique. Throughout the ministry of Jesus, he finds many that need him but he also finds those that wish to analyze and evaluate him. The critique means that the “word has gotten out”. The stories of the “woman with the issue of blood” and the daughter of Jairus in Chapter 8 of the book of Luke demonstrate the great magnetism of Jesus Christ. In the same way that these miracles that Christ performed established his most wanted status, we can share our stories of Christ’s influence in our lives.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

TESTIMONY. According to the children, to share how good God has been in your life is to share your testimony. The type of people you attract denotes the effectiveness of your testimony. Keep sharing your testimony!

Recipe for the Fast

Vegetable Lentil Stew

– cumin powder ( 1 pinch)                                – okra

– turmeric (1 tablespoon)                                  – 1/2 cup of diced onion                     

 – can of tomatoes (drained)                              – 1 cup of lentils

– minced garlic (1 tablespoon)                          – 3 cups of water

– olive oil (3 tablespoons)                                 – sliced carrots (1/2 cup)

– diced celery (1/2 cup)                                    – cubed potato (1/2 cup)

In a 3 quart pot, bring water to a boil. Add lentils. Boil 20 mins. In a skillet, add all vegetables with seasoning herbs. Saute’ until onions are lucid. Add vegetable mixture to lentils in water. Pepper to taste. Serve when lentils are soft but not mushy. 

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

I will testify. I will tell of the goodness of my Lord because I was made to bring glory to Him. I grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 3-6 years old

Peanuts: Be Yourself

This book tells the story of each of the Peanuts characters. It is a character empowerment book that celebrates the individual personalities and interests of the Peanuts gang. While it may not be considered a “Christian Children’s book”, it is certainly an inspiring resource for developing positive self-esteem and encouraging your youth to tell their stories in their own unique voice. This one was a gift to my family and all of my children love it.

Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

 

Day 2 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days

I pray that you are enjoying these posts on FAMILY WAYS TO CONSECRATE FOR 21 DAYS.

All five of these ACTION ITEMS are meant to help you keep your focus on the gains in your consecration.

I am so happy that you decided to join me and my family.

Morning Devotion

Read Joshua 6

Yesterday, we learned that the name Nicodemus means “the people’s victory”. So naturally, the first story in the word of God that comes to my mind about the people’s victory is that of Joshua and the walls of Jericho. (That is my beautiful boy, Joshua, in the header holding the vegetables from our garden.) This story is so inspiring. What happened at Jericho literally teaches us that your praise is your weapon. There is a time to shout and there is a time to be silent but in your silence, work up your praise.Get your praise higher than the wall and it will come tumbling down.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

VICTORY. According to the children, victory is the feeling of a win. You cannot know what you cannot feel. That is key because many people are winning games and achievements but don’t live a life of victory. When you know you have the victory, you rejoice. To rejoice is a choice and that is why the Lord commands us to rejoice so often in his word.

Recipe for the Fast

Lettuce wraps with Black beans and Salsa

4 – large lettuce leaves

1 – can of black beans (drained)

– minced garlic

– prepared Salsa (use your favorite brand)

Mix your black beans, garlic, and salsa in a food processor. Scoop a healthy portion of mixture into the center of the lettuce and roll it up like a burrito. (You can warm the mixture in a saucepan before you distribute to the lettuce if you desire a hot meal.)

Serve the lettuce wraps with corn on the cob and fresh guacamole for a healthy lunch.

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

I am a champion. For the Lord, my God goes with me to fight for me. Jesus, the son of the Living God, has already defeated the grave and my enemies. Though I stumble, I shall not fall. His rod and staff comfort me though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil. I have the victory and I shall shout the victory forever no matter what.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 5-12 years old

Victory on the Walls: A story of Nehemiah

I am always on the hunt for Christian chapter books for my children. My oldest is a sixth grader who loves to read. This book allows the child reader to imagine themselves in the period of the Bible when Nehemiah is commanded to build for the Lord.

Bonus Tip – Our church was canceled yesterday due to snow and the secondary roads are not clear. My awesome pastor, Harold McPherson, ministered the word on Facebook Live from…wait…an empty church. He preached a message with no one in the room. Let me say that again, he PREACHED a message with no one in the room. Have you ever wanted to do that?

Here is your tip, take the confession and minister it to yourself in a room all alone. Preach to yourself like you are preaching to a congregation. You know why? There are people connected to you. When you win, they win. When you win, your family wins. When you win, it is a win for your community. So PREACH TO YOURSELF. Watch your spirit leap from your voice.

Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

 

Day 1 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days

As promised, you are receiving FAMILY WAYS TO CONSECRATE FOR 21 DAYS.

Our family fast started 07JAN2018. So, you are actually receiving congratulations for completing your first day. Yay!!!

The commitment to fast and pray is all consuming. Therefore, it is helpful to have some reinforcing reminders throughout your day when you are participating in a period of consecration. These five ways have helped my family and I recognize that the purpose of fasting and consecration is not meant to focus on what you are not eating. Rather, you should be more concerned about what you’re feeding your heart, mind, and spirit. All five of these ACTION ITEMS are meant to help you keep your focus on the gains in your consecration.

The devotion helps me get started with my day and I usually start my fast with reading the word and prayer. The confession is helpful to keep before me when I am tempted to eat something I shouldn’t. You may want to write it down on a notecard and put it somewhere visible to the whole family. I am only providing one recipe per day. Each of our morning, noon and evening meals are plant-based meals. We generally have corporate prayer with our church at 7 PM EST each evening during the consecration. We end the night with praying with the children at bedtime and reading them a story. I hope you enjoy the different stories we have picked for you. Many of them are in our personal book collection.

Morning Devotion

Read John 3: 1-21

The story of Nicodemus represents to all of us the grace of God. It is by grace that we are born again. It is the grace of God that enables us to believe and understand the will of God concerning all of us. Nicodemus came to understand the price of sin and the power of Jesus to forgive his sin all in one meeting with Jesus. Nicodemus means “the people’s victory.” With Jesus, we win.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

SALVATION. According to the children, salvation is defined as God’s plan to bring us home to heaven through His offering Jesus as a sacrifice who died to forgive our sins. His salvation plan means that he loves us so much that he desires the best for us. We should commit our lives to God and follow the example Jesus Christ gave us. Salvation is free because Jesus paid the price on Calvary. We live saved today and our reward will be to live with God in heaven.

Recipe for the Fast

Breakfast Green Smoothie

2 – kiwi peeled and cut

2 – apples (gala or honey crisp)

1 – a large sprig of fresh mint

–  frozen cubed avocado 

–   diced fresh pineapple

–  large handful of kale greens or spinach

–  quarter size of ginger

Place all contents in your blender and add water to your desired consistency. Pour in a glass and enjoy!

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

I am forgiven. Jesus died that I might live freely. I am free of disease, ill wills, perversion or self-destruction. God gave me his best and he withholds no good thing from me. He has given his children authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt me. I am born again. Child of the Living God. I am for Him and he is for me.

Storytime

The Adventures of Connor the Courageous Cutter: Saving Sarah
This is an eye-opening tale of the Master’s loving way of guiding His children to Him whether we realize it or not. Authors, Scott McBride and Rod Thompson, share the tale of a personified sea vessel’s journey; capturing the message of God’s loving plan of salvation and clearly speaks to the hearts of young and old readers. A book for the growing believer and those who love them.

Bonus Tip – My family and I use the First5 app for our morning devotions. The devotions come straight to your phone as a wake up alarm. My sons and daughter love the devotions. Though my children are young, I very rarely have to explain the wording of the devotions. My 4 year old tends to ask questions. I can generally determine, while I am reading the devotion aloud, which parts of it that I need to explain further. When I come across something that I need to provide more explanation, I generally skip it. I read the devotion to myself before the children awake for school. This helps me review and prepare before I share the devotion with them.

You may choose to use a digital app, journal, online resource or just the reading of the Bible for your devotion. Whatever the case, I can attest to you that making the commitment to start your day off with your children with an inspiring word gives you encouragement to get through your day in the most rewarding of ways.

Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.