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 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 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