Beyond the Fasting – Follow Up

I am having a great morning. I pray that you are also. Are you still thinking about how to follow your consecration? I am. Today, I got an idea.

As navigator on a U.S. naval warship, one of my responsibilities after every completed drill, evolution, inspection or port visit was to write the “after-action report”. It is basically a summary of the event. Some version of a similar document is used in schools, service organizations, nonprofits, and government. The report serves several purposes. It is beneficial for recording the event as well as sharing observations. As you can imagine, the summary is extremely valuable and there are several components that make it so. One value is that it is a collaborative effort. Although I was responsible for starting and compiling the information gathered, the content was provided by other department heads on my ship and me. Once I gathered all of their input, I presented my draft to the Commanding Officer. He made his edits and then added his own observations. Once the report was approved by the Commanding Officer, it was published. (You see, I have been writing and publishing for a while now). The published after-action report is most used for the lessons learned within the document.

I remember after I submitted my first couple of reports to my Commanding Officer, he pulled me aside to give me some helpful feedback. He said, “NAV, the after action report is not just to rehash the series of steps in the evolution. These observations will empower other Commanding Officers to make informed decisions about similar operations that they will be involved with in the future.” That nugget of wisdom has helped me throughout my writing journey. I challenge myself to write content with an inspiring angle. Lessons Learned and For Action Items are my specialty.

This morning as I prayed, I was reminded of the after-action reports that I have written over the years. Whether I served as a board member or volunteer for the Vacation Bible School, I have used that concept of empowering others to make informed decisions many times by sharing my past observations. It is a valuable practice. You can incorporate the idea of after-action reporting into just about anything. That includes fasting.

As I stated yesterday, I know there are some things that God said to you during the consecration. You don’t want to forget them. You also don’t want to negate doing the assignments He gave to you. Better yet, you want to improve for the next time you decide to commit to a period of fasting and prayer. That being said, you want to draft a consecration after-action resolution.

I used resolution, rather than report, because this summary requires that you make a decision to ACT.

Here are some important items you want to include in your resolution.

       The date/range of days of your fasting period

       The specific goals/mission/challenges you had for your fasting period

       Any people that may have participated with you 

       Your lessons learned

       State your action items – things you were urged to do during the fast

       Plan for the next period of fasting and prayer.

End it with a resolution for what you commit to doing as a result of what you learned during this fasting period. It helps to put it in the form of a confession. You may even decide to use scripture references to help you remember it and cement it.

This resolution is great for your family members to get involved because you can gain the different perspective from them as to what they learned during the consecration and what they want to focus on for the next time you decide to do it together.

Later this week, I plan to share my resolution.

Feel free to share with me any ideas you may add to your after-action resolution in the comments below. We learn from each other.

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

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Beyond the Fasting – Your Family Is Consecrated for Work

Congratulations!

You completed 21 Days of fasting and prayer. I’m sure you feel great spiritually, physically and naturally. You are now two days away from the completion of consecration. Complacency tries to creep in. You start grasping for the high you felt on Sunday. I’m there with you.

This morning, I nearly ran to worship God at 4 AM because I desperately don’t want to lose what I gained during these past three weeks. In my fellowship and devotion, I asked the Lord “What Now”? I didn’t hear an answer. My thoughts turned to preparing my children for school. Yep, right in the middle of praying. It happens. I still had clothes to iron, breakfast to make and of course to wake them up. That’s when the reminder of “morning assignments” came back to me. See I thought for a moment that I had drifted off during my devotion. But I realized there is a lesson here.

My children ride the bus to and from school each day. I feed them breakfast at home. They often arrive at school well before their first period begins. Because they have no need to go to breakfast, they go on to class. The teacher always has prepared a morning assignment for the students who have arrived earlier than the school start time.  They are accustomed to this preparation and therefore do not wait for the teacher to instruct them when they get to class. They look to the front of the classroom and there are instructions written on the board.

God is such a wonderful teacher. He is always preparing us. When I arrive at my prayer room in the morning, He is always ready for me even when sometimes I struggle to get my head together to hear from Him. I may have begun thinking about my tasks for the day but He was answering my question. Simply put. He was saying, “Do The Assignment.”

I am, without a doubt, confident that you cannot come away from time in the Lord’s presence without work to do. 

In Pastor Jentezen’s Franklin’s book, The Fasting Edge, he writes of a vision God birthed in his heart called Life Speakers ministry. Pastor Jentezen shares of all the different events that took place after he stepped out with the vision. When I read it, it was like checking off all these great victories for God as a result of his following the vision.  That is how it is and will be when you step out with what God commissioned you to do during this consecration.

I trust that God’s purpose for your fasting and prayer goes beyond your own borders and needs. You may have been praying for specific things and I believe you saw changes in those things as a result of your sacrifice. But don’t stop there. It is not over. There are some actions items on your check off list and you need to start on them TODAY.

Last night, when my husband and I gathered the children together to pray, the oldest responded, “I thought this was just during the fast?” It was impressed on us to increase our gathering for prayer time weekly. Before the fast, we prayed as a family, one night per week. We have now increased that to three nights. We will fellowship with our church family on Wednesday nights when possible(pending school assignments). The Lord inspired us to keep our family prayer practice going because of the development of our children during the consecration. Our 4-year-old has stopped playing during prayer and actually looking forward to his turn to pray. These are the wins your assignments will produce.

I believe God gave you some assignments as well.

I believe God gave your family some assignments.

He also gave you work to do that will influence and prosper those around you. God is community minded. He works in His people to advance HIS KINGDOM, not ours. Remember, great families inherit work.

Don’t make the teacher come over to your desk and remind you to get busy with your assignment. You know what you were asked to do. Your assignment is for you. No one else can do it for you. Look to the front and get busy.

Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below. Share with me how I can be in prayer with you about the work you have been commissioned to do.

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

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

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

We made it.

21 Days.

Completed (at midnight tonight).

I recommend that if you have not done so, sit down and take an inventory of your life right now.

What has changed since you started this consecration?

What are most proud of?

How blessed are you?

You want to record it because you want to keep this view. Don’t let anyone steal it from you. God has moved on your behalf in these 21 days you don’t want to forget it. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.

This is a short post today. We have come this far by faith. So, we end this consecration in FAITH.

Morning Devotion

Read Mark 11:22-24

These are the words of the Lord. Jesus knows what he is talking about. When Jesus gives you instructions how to do something, believe that he is coaching you into the winning zone. He commanded us to have faith in God. Enough said.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

FAITH.  I recently read an Instagram post that provided a definition of Faith:

“FAITH IS NOT KNOWING THAT GOD CAN DO IT, FAITH IS TO BELIEVE THAT HE WILL.”

This definition is somewhat challenging because it brings up the age-old debate of knowledge versus belief. 

I am not here to debate but I would like to give you an example that I think is helpful.

We all have a history. Yes? Whenever I share a story about my life, I am providing you with facts but you have no way of knowing whether I am sharing the truth just from reading this post. However, if I share a story with you and I add a video clip with the story and you now witness the fact, you are a witness to truth. This is how I identify the difference between knowledge and belief. Knowledge is my second- hand relationship with the truth. Belief is my first-hand relationship with the truth.

Faith is relational. 

Recipe for the Fast

Keep your victory

1 large dose of prayer

1 cup of worship

sprinkles of confession throughout the day

1 piece of humble pie

1 slice of peace

a gallon of living water

Eat as much as your soul desires. Let your cup run over. Thirst no more!

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 20 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

It has been my pleasure to bring these last few weeks of messages to you. I truly have seen a shift as a result of this consecration and I pray the same is your testimony. Please don’t let the devotion, confession and time with your family suspend after these 21 days. Your family needs the FIRE and we receive it the closer we get to our Heavenly Father.

Morning Devotion

Read 1 Corinthians 3:9-23

We are familiar with the question from this passage that asks, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” I have read it several times in the past. But it wasn’t until last night when I was searching for a passage that depicted the passion of the believer needs to be HOT, that I connected this well-known verse to FIRE. Therefore, I encourage you, when you read the question again, ask yourself, “Know ye not that you are the flame of God, and that the Spirit of Fire dwelleth in you?”

Today’s Faith Sight Word

FERVENT. Long before Priscilla Shirer released her book bearing this title, I wrote about learning about the meaning of the word for the first time. It was February 2013. I was reading James 5 in devotion that morning. I remember I asked myself, “do you know what fervent means?” Well, I didn’t. After I learned the meaning, I wrote the note, “GOD LIKES IT HOT.” Well…He is the ALL Consuming Fire. That day in February, I came to understand that when we stay in His presence, drawn closer to Him, in communication with our Lord, we too become the FIRE. So, we need the Fire of God to light our flames. May you take your torch today and then light the flame in someone else.

Recipe for the Fast

Almond Butter Snack

1 Skinny POP popcorn cake (Sea Salt)

1 Tablespoon of Almond Butter (organic)

1 banana (sliced)

2 strawberries (sliced)

chopped dates *optional

Spread butter on your popcorn cake. Arrange the strawberries slices as a layer on top of the butter and then add the banana slices as a layer on top of the strawberries. Top with a sprinkle of dates (if you like). If you love peanut butter sandwiches with banana, this will make your tummy smile. I don’t make this into a sandwich but you could very well add another popcorn cake on top and smash everything together. Good luck trying to keep it from making a mess when you take a bite though.

Confession

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

Consuming Fire you are burning the stubble in my life. I am a doer of His word. I work. I obey the word of truth. My work shall be made manifest. It shall be revealed by fire. I am a willing steward of the mysteries of God.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 4-16 years old

Brown Girl Dreaming  by Jacqueline Woodson

My daughter and I have been reading this book together for our storytime about once a week. (I try to give her some time without her brothers). I learned of this book through the campaign led by Marley Diaz for 1000 Black Girl Books. I am so glad that I stumbled upon the information about Marley. Her resource guide to books with minority characters led me to Jacqueline Woodson.

I chose this book to accompany the topic today because Woodson’s books are passionate. I just love the way she writes. Her stories of family and her heritage convey warmth and heartfelt emotion. I have featured her book, This Is The Rope, during this consecration as well. Today’s book demonstrates what it means to be fervent because her story of writing at an early age demonstrates what it means to work your foundation and have it tried by fire.

For my educator friends out there, I also want to recommend Fires of the Mind. This book shares teen voices about motivation and mastery. You are probably familiar with Kathleen Cushman if you are an educator of children.

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 19 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

Almost there. Almost there. Just a few more days (including today).

I hope as you grow closer to the 21st day of this period of the #DanielFast, you have learned the importance of family engagement during the consecration. Consecration is strengthened when it is in the company of fellow believers. I have shared with you ways to involve your family.  I pray that these ideas have helped you. Now that your children are exposed to consecration, fasting, and prayer from an early age, they are familiar with what to do as they get older. If they ever need to set aside a time of fasting and prayer to themselves, they will have the strength to do it without the company of other believers. In that case, they learn to lean on Jesus.

Morning Devotion

Read James 1: 2-16

We have referenced the book of James in a previous post. There is a central theme in James regarding the fruit or profit of the believer’s faith. This passage begins the book of James and it starts out as a warning about what faith will attract. Your faith attracts temptation. Let me say that again, YOUR FAITH ATTRACTS TEMPTATION. You can’t miss that James points out that the twelve are scattered abroad. James means to encourage the believer that though temptation is present (Romans 7:21-25), we should do the work of righteousness. The work of righteousness leads to the crown of life.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

TEMPTATION.  I won’t attempt to define this word in my own words. Temptation comes in so many different forms, I would fail to define it succinctly. The word tends to have a negative connotation. But all desire is not bad. There is a way to ensure that your temptations remain pure and acceptable.

Delight yourself in the Lordand he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4

Since desires and/or temptation begin in the heart, it is important that your relationship with Christ is strengthened. You can survive the trying of your faith when you cling to the Creator. What you love, you will cling to.

Recipe for the Fast

Strawberry, Kiwi and Raspberry Treat

1 cup of strawberries

3 kiwi (peeled and sliced)

1/2 cup of raspberries

1/2 gala apple

Add all ingredients in the blender with ice cubes. Scoop out into a bowl or cup. Enjoy!

Confession

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

My faith is made perfect in my weakness. Though I stumble, I will not fail. Not one temptation is a match for my Savior. He won the victory for me. It is already done! My heart’s desire is to reflect God’s end goal for my life. Heaven is my destiny.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 6-16 years old

Keisha Cane and Her Very Sweet Tooth by Ashley and April Foxx

Since we are talking about temptation. I should mention my worst temptation…SWEETS.  This is a cute story about a young, mischievous, late night cookie grabber. This story pinpoints some of the difficulties in having a temptation. Your temptation may lead you down a road that you may or may not ever have gone had you just leaned on Jesus. Resist temptation! Or rather keep your hands out of the cookie jar (I could just be talking to myself but that is okay.)

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 18 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

I am always amazed when we get near the end of a consecration. There are only a few days remaining. Can you believe it? I applaud your commitment to fasting and prayer. I also applaud your intention to involve your family in the consecration. I know these 21 days have influenced so many areas of your life for the better.

In the beginning of the consecration, 21 days seem to be such a long time. But when I look back over the two weeks prior to this one, I feel like it went pretty quickly. I’m also thankful for these posts because it has helped me to record my progress. Now, I am reflecting on what I have learned about myself and what the Lord has done so that I don’t forget after this weekend is over.  I recommend that you do the same.  Write what the Lord has done for you during this time of consecration. Post a sign somewhere in your home so that you don’t forget what happened. Our memory of where we have been helps to prepare us for what is to come. Wisdom is when we use what we know to guide the way we go.

Morning Devotion

Read John 10:22-42

This is a lengthy read. I have included most of this passage primarily for context. Jesus is talking about the truth of the scripture here. Several important facts are mentioned: 1) Jesus reveals his identity as the son of God. 2) Jesus identifies our identity as His Disciples when we believe and follow Him. 3) Jesus emphasizes the importance of knowing the truth 4) Many people are converted to believers in Him . John 10 is more widely known for the parable of the Good Shepherd. Yet, the defining moment in this whole chapter happens in this passage presented today. The purpose of the Good Shepherd is to lead the sheep to believe and live according to His words/commandments. This idea forms the message of scripture: instructions for life in order to fulfill our destiny.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

SCRIPTURE. If I were to add the word “Holy” before today’s word of the day, then you might know that I am referring to the Bible. I intentionally did not add “Holy” because scripture is not limited to our Bible. Merriam Webster defines scripture as a body of writings considered sacred or authoritative. The definition of the word implies that it is the writing and wording of belief. That being said, scripture is still being written. Whatever words you hold sacred and believe inspires you to do what is good and acceptable and perfect in accordance with the will of God, that is scripture.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV

Recipe for the Fast

Avacado, Chickpea and Bell Pepper Salad

3-4 avocado (peeled and mashed – makes 1 cup of avocado)

1/2 lime

1/2 lemon

1 clove of garlic (minced)

1/2 white onion (diced)

1 can of chickpeas (drained and mashed)

1/2 green peppers

1/2 red peppers

guacamole seasoning

fresh green onions (cut into small pieces)

fresh cilantro (finely chopped)

Mash avocado and chickpeas in a small bowl. Place white onion, lemon, lime, garlic, bell peppers, and cilantro in the blender with 2 tablespoons of water. Combine avocado mixture with vegetable mixture until smooth consistency. Add guacamole seasoning. Fold in chopped green onions. Chill for 30 mins and Serve alongside french fried potatoes or baked potatato. Enjoy!

This is my version of a recipe that I picked up online. It is used as an alternative to Chicken Salad or Tuna Salad for vegans. However, I find that it is good with a side of fries or chili beans or both. You can dip the potato fries into the mixture instead of chips. You could also dip carrots or cut peppers in the mixture. My children mix their avocado salad into their chili. Not my taste but they like it. SMILE

Confession

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

I’m finding myself in the midst of You. Beyond the music, beyond the noise. All that I need is to be with You and in the quiet hear Your voice. To be still and know That you’re in this place. Please let me stay and rest in your holiness. Word of God speak. – lyrics toWord of God Speak”Mercy Me

Storytime

Recommended for ages 0-16 years old

Zip My Lip: Scripture for Kid’s 2 to 92     Dr. Phil Mayers

During the post on yesterday regarding confession, I mentioned how repetition and rhyme help develop our language. This cute book by Dr. Mayers further demonstrates how repetition phrase and rhyme help us to memorize scripture. This is a cute book. Children, young and old, can benefit from its creative ways to recall the scripture verse and its location in the Bible. We all could use more ways to successfully imprint the words of scripture in our hearts.

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.

Mrs. Q.

Day 16 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

It’s Monday of our last week of consecration.

I was having a discussion with an older woman at church on Sunday and she told me that her medical diagnosis prevented her from participating in the consecration thus far. I shared with her some of our practices as a family. She thanked me for my guidance. As I have said before, No family member should be left out of the power ignition that comes from time set apart for the LORD. It is not about the natural food intake. It is about the spiritual food intake. We just help ourselves a bit more when we starve the flesh. SMILE

These devotions, Faith Sight Words, recipes, confession statements and suggested books to read / check-out /purchase for your family during the consecration are intended to help us focus less on the separation from those meaty dishes and more emphasis on hearing the Lord’s voice and His wishes…for YOU. I pray these posts have been a blessing to you.

Morning Devotion

Read Colossians 3:14-17

For today’s passage, I searched the Word of God for a message that demonstrates how we change as a result of our relationships with God and each other. It is a shorter reading than some of the past ones that I have used for this consecration. These four verses describe the merger of love, wisdom, and worship in the believer. When love, wisdom, and worship come together, the atmosphere changes and everyone in it will be affected. God is love. His Love imparts Wisdom. His Wisdom draws us to Worship Him in Love. That is what makes the world go around.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

WORSHIP.  When I think of what worship means, it reminds me of a post I saw recently on Twitter.

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” — E.L. Doctorow

If I were to apply that same idea to the definition of worship then I suspect many people would agree with me that worship is experiencing a sensational moment between you and God. Worship is not the fact that you are singing with heaven but the feeling that you’re touching heaven. We actually don’t have to open our mouths to worship because our lips don’t create that sensation I speak of. It is the heart. One of my favorite songs is “The Heart of Worship”.  It testifies to the action that takes place when we really get to the meaning of worship…it is all about Jesus.

Recipe for the Fast

Steamed Brussel Sprouts

1 1/2 cup of Brussel sprouts (feeds a family of 5)

1/2 white onion

2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes

2 tablespoons olive oil

fresh thyme* optional

Cut each sprout into halves. Put olive oil in the cast iron skillet or non-stick aluminum skillet. ‘Add chopped onions. Continue to stir/flip sprouts (like you would if they were in a wok) while they are cooking until the outside leaves carmelize. Cover and allow to steam on low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add sun-dried tomatoes and herb seasoning for extra flavor if so desired. Sprouts are great with a side of quinoa. Our meal last night consisted of sprouts, quinoa and squash medley of yellow squash, onions and butternut squash.

Confession

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

I long to bring something that’s of worth that will bless your heart. A song is not what you have required. You search much deeper within through the way things appear. You’re looking into my heart. I am coming back to the heart of worship.
– abbreviated lyrics from the song, The Heart of Worship

Storytime

Recommended for ages 6-10 years old

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing  by Sally Lloyd Jones

I chose this book because it was written with the purpose to help young people develop their devotional time with the Lord. In the introduction to this book, Timothy Keller reminds us that our children need more opportunities to exercise their faith than they do to hear more stories of faith. I recommend this book for families to assist parents in leading their children to their own lifestyle of worship. Yes, young people need to develop a lifestyle of worship. They need it now more than ever.

Prepare Their 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 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 13 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

Hello!

Do you remember the song, “When You’ve Been Blessed” by Patti Labelle? The first words of the song, she says “Pass it on”. She then goes on to sing about the world we live in and how important it is for us to be a blessing to others.

We all are His children sharing gifts from above…When you’ve been blessed feels like heaven. – Patti Labelle

During this consecration, we are participating in a #DanielFast for the purpose of drawing closer to the Lord. Make no mistake that as you develop spiritually, your relationships are being affected as well. Your loved ones are being impacted. Your relationship with food is being improved. Your relationship with time is being challenged. Your relationship with money is being critiqued. It is all good though. It is my hope that these posts help you to realize the benefits of consecration within a community; your community, your family. As a result of these posts, I truly have been blessed by your engagement and encouragement to continue sharing these bits of wisdom. So, will you do as Ms. Patti Labelle instructs us to do?

When you’ve been blessed, Pass it on. Pass it on.

Morning Devotion

Read Matthew 13:18-52

This passage of scripture is sometimes referred to as “seven great parables.” I think of the classroom when I read these parables from Jesus. It is as if he was providing enough examples of the description of heaven to reach every person assembled. That is what a good teacher does. They don’t just teach one or two or fifteen, they adjust their instruction to the best of their ability to reach the class. This instruction on heaven is so important that Jesus wanted to make sure no one misses it. No wonder they called him Teacher. Don’t you just love Jesus? He certainly loves you.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

HEAVEN. To a child, thoughts of heaven are filled with wonder. When you ask them about heaven, you are likely to receive several different answers. But here is a definition I love, “the place where All God’s Children belong.” We should be as little children. Thoughts of heaven should feel us with excitement. Mature believers need to teach those developing in their faith to be heavenly minded. This is our destiny.

Recipe for the Fast

Tomato-Basil Quinoa

1/2 cup of quinoa (feeds a family of 4-5)

1 cup of vegetable broth

2 tablespoons of California Sun Dry Julienne Cut Sun-Dried Tomatoes

half green pepper (diced small)

minced garlic

2 sprigs of fresh basil (chopped finely)

Add vegetable broth and minced garlic to saucepan and heat to boiling. Once boiling, add quinoa and cover.  Once quinoa is prepared to the desired density, fluff in the green peppers and sun-dried tomatoes. Garnish with basil sprinkled over the top. Enjoy!

Confession

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

I am on my way to heaven. Heaven is my goal and where I wish to be. I will live my days, actively engaged in storing my treasures above. I am in this world but not of this world. The world will know to whom I belong by the love I show.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 0-6 years old

What is Heaven Like? Beverly Lewis and Pamela Querin (Illustrator)

Again, I have to give a shout out to friends who have helped me prepare these 21- days of family activities and tips. Thank you, Lakita Epps and family, for providing me with this book suggestion today.

At some point, every child gets curious about heaven. This usually happens when parents have to explain that a loved one has died and “gone to heaven”.  Author, Beverly Lewis, wrote this book to help parents when that time comes. We want our children to develop an idea of heaven not based on cartoonists images but on the vivid descriptions in the word of God. Therefore, mature adults need to get excited about heaven. If you really know what to expect, you would be.

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.