Day 15 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

We are down to one week remaining in the consecration. How proud of yourself are you right now?

My pastor, Harold V. McPherson, sends out an agenda each Saturday before the beginning of each week of the consecration. It helps the believers focus our prayers and get us on one accord. I want to share a few of those items with you this morning. We will be praying along the same lines together.

PRAY FOR A FRESH DETERMINATION TO DO GOD’S WILL AT ALL COST

PRAY THAT WE PERSONALLY EXPERIENCE AN INCREASE IN REAL MIRACLES, SIGNS, AND WONDERS

PRAY THAT WE HEAR GOD LIKE NEVER BEFORE

PRAY THAT GOD USES US BEING HOT TOWARDS GOD TO LEAD OTHERS TO CHRIST

In my reading these areas of focus for our prayers, I realized that there is one thing we all need more of for these things to take place. We need to know the truth revealed to us in the Word of God. And by knowing it, I mean we need to live it as it is revealed to us.

Morning Devotion

Read 1 Peter 1:7-25 

I highly recommend reading this passage in the Amplified Bible. These words from Peter become clearer to the reader when it is amplified. This passage emphasizes that the result of obedience to the truth of His word is the administration of grace to us that ordains us for kingdom work. But the key ingredient here is “knowing the truth”. This knowledge is revealed to us through the person of the Holy Spirit.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

REVELATION. We are not talking about the book of Revelation. We are not merely talking about the knowledge of God or of His Son Jesus Christ. Here, I am referring to the application of knowledge (which is wisdom) that comes as a result of our spirit bearing witness with the study and understanding of God’s Word. This is how you know the truth. You must study.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”   2 Timothy 2:15

Recipe for the Fast

Strawberry and Banana Oatmeal

1/2 cup of Steel Oats

a handful of fresh strawberries

1 banana

chopped dates

chopped walnuts or pecans *optional

In a blender container (we use our Ninja), add the dry oats, strawberries and banana with alkaline water. Blend until liquidity. Add water as needed for desired density. Heat the stove to medium heat and add the mixture to a 2 qt saucepan. Cook the oatmeal as directed on the oatmeal package. Remove from heat. Add oats to your bowl and sprinkle with dates and stir. Top with nuts if desired.

Confession

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

The word of God is a lamp unto my feet and light on my life’s pathway. I am a doer of His word. I apply what I know to my life and the result is manifested in the earth. I obey the word of truth. I know the truth and it is evident in my works.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 0-6 years old

Just in Case You Ever Wonder  by Max Lucado

This book is about the love of God shown through the love of parents for their children. I chose this book for today’s post because it is crucial for us to accept the love of God in order for us to receive His truth and to obey it. If you think of little children, they seem to understand and obey their parents much more easily when they feel loved. When they don’t, they rebel. I pray as you read this book to your little ones, you will remember that you too are a child of God and that it is important for you to never doubt or wonder how much he loves you. Your faith determines our level of revelation.

Prepare Your Minds For Truth

Feel free to tell us about your experiences during the consecration in the comments below.

If you haven’t shared these posts with your friends and family, I encourage you to pass on the blessing. Thank you.

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

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 14 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

Here is a message of hope today. I pray that it meets you exactly where it needs to.

Don’t lose hope. 

Morning Devotion

Read Romans 8:18-25

There is so much in this scripture passage. It is a scripture to shape your mindset and refocus your intentions and motivations. If you have been having a pity potty for far too long, this is the scripture you speak over yourself to get you going again. This is a call to action and it is done in a beautiful way. I get a picture of all the things around me looking at me with eyes wide open. When I read this scripture, I see trees, clouds, birds and animals at attention, in expectation of my unleashing the gifts God has stored up inside of me.  I gained this visual description some years ago when a young man I know preached a message from this scripture. He never said anything about my surroundings but as he spoke, this is what I saw and the picture hasn’t left me since. I pray as you read this passage, your surroundings will alert you to the reality that we are alive and anxiously anticipating your next move. What you have hoped for is what someone else is waiting for.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

HOPE. Simply stated, I believe hope is the ability to look forward. I don’t just mean gazing in the frontal direction. I mean to actually act like you are living for tomorrow because your view of tomorrow is something to live for. That is hope to me. I think the scripture above vividly gives us a description of what hope is and how creation itself is alive with hope. 

Recipe for the Fast

Nutty Snack

1 can of Chick Peas (drained)

1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup of sunflower kernels

carrots (chopped in small pieces)*

fresh basil (finely chopped)*

*These ingredients are optional.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Blot chickpeas with a paper towel to dry them. In a bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil, and season to taste. I do not use salt or garlic salt during the consecration. However, this is how I season them otherwise.You can use black pepper, cayenne pepper, turmeric and/or  lemon juice as a substitute. Spread on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy. Watch carefully the last few minutes to avoid burning. Place the chickpeas in a bowl. Add carrots. Garnish with basil sprinkled over the top. Enjoy!

Confession

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

My hope is built on nothing less. Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

words from the Hymn “My Hope is built on nothing less”

Storytime

Recommended for ages 0-16 years old

Selavi, That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope by Youme Landowne

I dedicate today’s story to Ruth, Donald, their little ones and to Christy, Benzy and their four angels. This is a story about life in Haiti and these are my friends who know this life well. And if you have friends from Haiti, this is to yours too!

Today’s scripture reminds us that despite the suffering we experience in your life, you still have gifts to distribute. The world is still waiting, the Bible says it longs and groans in expectation of the manifestation of the sons of God. That is us. This book tells about the community that answered their call and the community that responded to their voices. The children in this story are orphans, abandoned and homeless. But they still had hope. Through their hope, they overcome.

The word Selavi means “that is life”. Yet, I believe that after you read this book, you will realize that it doesn’t mean that you just shrug your shoulders and survive. Selavi means that you hope for a future you cannot see and live. Hope and live!

The family of Selavi is now made up of all people who live with hope and take action to help each other. –  Youme Landowne

Feel free to tell us about your experiences during the consecration in the comments below.

If you haven’t shared these posts with your friends and family, I encourage you to pass on the blessing. Thank you.

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

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 12 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

Hello Productive Heirs!

It is a chilly day here as the snow has laid a white blanket all over town.

I want you to know you are a blessed people. I pray that these devotions, recipes, stories, confessions and Faith Sight Words have been encouraging you through the consecration. The consecration is beneficial to our hearts, mind and spiritual development. Seeking God bears fruit in the form of wellness, new ideas, innovation, new energy, increase, and cleansing. I have experienced all of this in the last 12 days. I pray the same is true for you. Receive it today!

Morning Devotion

Read Luke 11:1-13

Have you ever watched a parent, leader or teacher do something that caused you to admire them for it? You may have thought, “I wish I knew how to do that.” This is the picture in my head when I read the scripture passage for today. I can just imagine the disciples looking on Jesus’ face as he spoke words to Our Father in prayer. They wanted that too. And so they said, “Teach us how to pray.” The disciples probably listened to Jesus praying so many times before. In Luke 10, we read about the seventy missionaries who return to Jesus in joy; giving testimony of the things they have done in his name. Jesus shares the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. We also read of sisters, Mary and Martha, who learn a lesson that it is needful to incline your ears to Jesus’ words. In that same passage, he charges the disciples with authority and responsibility to ” love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” All these preludes Luke 11 which opens to a scene of Jesus praying. In that moment, I believe the disciples understood that if they were to fulfill the will for them spoken in Luke 10, they had a need for what Jesus had…accessibility to Our Almighty Father as sons and daughters. By teaching them the Lord’s prayer, Jesus showed them that they have access to the Father every time they pray.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Luke 11: 9-10)

Today’s Faith Sight Word

INVOCATION. If you have attended a formal ceremony recently, you have seen this word on the program. My children asked me the definition of the word when we were attending an MLK Celebration this week. That is how we came to discuss it. Simply put, “invocation” is just another word for prayer. The significance of this word is the emphasis on calling an authority to act. When we pray, we should do so with confidence knowing that we are speaking to the highest authority, Our Almighty God.

Recipe for the Fast

Refreshing Green Fruit Salad

1 cup of honeydew melon (diced)

1 cup of green grapes (halved)

2 kiwi (peeled and sliced)

2 sprigs of fresh mint (chopped finely)

Place all cut pieces of fruit in a bowl. Toss in a large bowl. Chill for 20 mins (if so desired). Enjoy!

Confession

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

I will hold fast to my confession. I know the power of prayer. I do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with me. Jesus is my high priest and he has won the victory. Therefore, I draw near to the throne of grace with confidence. I thank God that we are emboldened by prayer. His authority enables God’s children to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. When I seek Him I find Him and when I find Him, I find all I need.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 0-6 years old

I Prayed for You

My friends, Lakita Epps and her three girls, recommended this book to me. It is a book about prayer but it is also a book about milestones. The mother bear explains to her young cub the ways she acknowledges significant moments in his life while offering a prayer. It is a board book intended for preschool and kindergarten ages. It is quite a joy for all of us.

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

If you haven’t shared these posts with your friends and family, I encourage you to pass on the blessing. Thank you.

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

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

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 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 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.

 

Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 days – 5 Ideas for Young and Old

Each January, our church, Covenant Community Church in Suffolk, VA sets aside a period of 21 days to fast and seek the Lord regarding plans and spiritual development for the new year. We refer to this period as “consecration” which is to mean that it is a time that we invest, sacrifice and devote our time for sacred submission under the power of the Holy Spirit. In order to see our spirit strengthened, we starve our flesh of the so-called pleasantries of decadent sweets, meats, starches, and dairy. We only consume a plant-based diet similar to that described in the story of the prophet Daniel in the scriptures from the book of Daniel, chapters 1 and 10. Your fast may also include abstaining from distracting entertainment. This annual observance has been a part of our family for a very long time. We have been refining the practice over the years.Productive HeirsContinue reading

Great Families Inherit Work

It is another day and another laundry list of to-dos.

You wake up every single day and the list just gets longer. If I can be honest, I admit that at times I get upset when I start to think about how much there is to do each day. Recently though, I had a real “come to Jesus moment.” All my murmuring and complaining about work landed inside the ears of the wrong persons…my children. My daughter actually said that she didn’t desire to do the work that I do because “that is all Mommy does and she is always mad.” Wow, that really hurt. I realized that I was not being a good example of what it means “to work unto the Lord.” As a result, I could be shaping my heirs to desire little or no labor at all. Such desires will ruin their inheritance. Working is a part of their inheritance.

If you think of inheritance as only spiritual, financial, material, or physical then you are missing a very important aspect of the process of posterity. Endowments, good health, heirlooms, and integrity will certainly pass on to the next generation. Yet, you also need to know that the work involved to receive and preserve these items is also carried forward.  The children of families that desire for these benefits to continue will receive the mantle of MORE WORK. Think about the patriarchs of the Bible and the prominent families in your culture. King David. President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Princess Diana, and Rev. Billy Graham. Look at their offspring today. What are they doing? Working. Continue reading