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 today. YES! Out with all the old hair products, cosmetics and unnecessary beauty supplies that I no longer need.  I am feeling pretty accomplished during this first week of consecration. How about you?

I pray that these posts are supporting your success in your time of consecration. I apologize that the post for 10JAN was delayed. I forgot to hit schedule after updating the post on the blog dashboard. Forgive me.

All five of these ACTION ITEMS are meant to help you keep your focus on the gains in your consecration. Believe me, my commitment to support you through these posts is assisting me as much as it is you.  We are going to make it these 21 days!

Morning Devotion

Read Luke 15:11-32

The story of the prodigal son is one of the most retold parables in the gospels. It is especially useful for an encouragement to parents of wayward children. Yet, this story of a son losing his way and finally realizing his true identity is not just the circumstances of young people. Prodigals are found in a range of ages. Children are praying for prodigal parents just as much as parents are praying for their prodigal children. I recently heard it said, “a child learns his identity from his father.” This is true, in part, because the child takes the father’s last name and our name is what translates us from a creation to a person. The other part of the identity truth lies in the acceptance of your inheritance. Love is our greatest inheritance in the kingdom of Jesus Christ and God our Father. The story of the Prodigal Son is the story of any child, old or young, who recognizes that absolutely nothing can separate you from the love of OUR FATHER.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

RECONCILIATION. According to the children, they define this big word, “reconciliation” as being accepted again in the place you belong.  Don’t you just love that thought? There are such great divides present in the world today. People struggle with belonging. We belong with God. It has been my prayer that my family, my community, and the church will be reconciled to God and each other. 

Recipe for the Fast

Corn Salsa

– frozen bag of kernel golden corn

– 1 can of chickpeas (drained)

– 1 large tomato (diced)                             

 – 1/2 cup of olive salad / Boscoli Brand 

 – 1/2 medium white onion (diced)             

– vegetable seasoning /Perfect Pinch Brand

– 1/2 cup of green onion

– 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic (optional)

– 1 large green pepper (diced)

– 1 large red pepper (diced)

– olive oil (1 tablespoon)                             

– 1 can of black beans (drained)                                    

In a 3 quart pot, simmer corn, black beans, onions, olive oil, and garlic. Once corn is tender but not fully cooked, add all vegetables with the exception of the olive salad. Simmer for 10-15 mins on medium heat. Stir often to distribute seasoning. Remove from heat, add the olive salad and toss all contents. Pour into a Pyrex dish and keep warm for serving. 

Confession

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

I belong to God. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. The prodigal is not my identity. The old is passed away and the new has come. All this is the gift of God who reconciled the world to himself through his son Jesus Christ. I am his child and his heir.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 3-10 years old

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You

I just have to believe that author Nancy Tillman was having a conversation with God when she penned the words to this beautiful board book. The Amazon description says that it is for ages 4-8. The opening lines, “I wanted you more than you ever will know, so I sent love to follow wherever you go”, whisper sweetly to any age group. This book makes bedtime even the more intimate. It makes storytime moving. I can’t see a librarian surrounded by small children at his/her feet reading this without being moved to tears. It is the kind of book that is a gift and a love note in one. Profits from the sale of this book support Kohl’s Cares. The book was gifted to my family and it is one of our favorites.

Bonus Tip: Purchase a small dry erase board or easel ( We got ours from WalMart in the wedding event section) and place in your kitchen for quick reference of the day’s reading and sight words.

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.