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 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 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.

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 4- Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days

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

Day 1 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days

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

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

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

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

Morning Devotion

Read John 3: 1-21

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

Today’s Faith Sight Word

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

Recipe for the Fast

Breakfast Green Smoothie

2 – kiwi peeled and cut

2 – apples (gala or honey crisp)

1 – a large sprig of fresh mint

–  frozen cubed avocado 

–   diced fresh pineapple

–  large handful of kale greens or spinach

–  quarter size of ginger

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

Confession

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

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

Storytime

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

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

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

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

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

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

An epiphany on the way home

Christmas celebrations are done although decorations are not yet stowed away (yeah that’s me). The New Year’s dinner of black-eyed peas and collard greens is well digested by now. Students return to school indicating the end of winter break (oh but there is snow on the ground in VA) and we settle into the reality that the holiday observance is over. But wait there’s more!

The season of ADVENT is commonly associated with the Christian church during the month of December. Its focus is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, known as the First Advent.  Advent prayer season, beginning late November through December 24th is marked by humble devotion and commitment, prayers of submission, prayers of deliverance, prayers for the lost and it is characterized by a theme of promise.  During Advent, believers are called to spiritual reflection, moments of anticipation and an attitude of expectation.  Many churches partake in the fasting, prayer, and reflection that is commonly identified with the ADVENT season.

There is another observance of the Christian calendar that is not so widely publicized but follows ADVENT. It is referred to as EPIPHANY. In the story of the birth of Jesus, the arrival of the three wise men is believed to have happened days after his birth. The journey of the wise men to Bethlehem, though undetailed in history, notably took some time. That period is represented in the Christian calendar as twelve days following Jesus’ birth. WAIT…. that is TODAY, January 6!

The familiar version of the story of the wise men is that they inquired of King Herod to find Jesus. When he heard of their quest, he asked them to return to him and report when Jesus was found. But when the wise men accomplished their task, they did not return the report to King Herod. What happens to the wise men afterward is unknown but we are told they returned home. They set out to find someone that they had only heard of.  They find him, gave him their gifts and then returned home enlightened to a world of new possibilities because they KNOW THE KING. It was an illuminating discovery. I would imagine that if we had a book from either of the wise men today, we might rightfully title it, AN EPIPHANY ON THE WAY HOME. Their journey was not to merely have heard of but to KNOW JESUS and they came to him with the intention of serving him with treasure.

Photo credit: Free Bible Images and www.LumoProject.com

Can you imagine the change in their lives? I can. I suspect we all can. Think of yourself as the wise men or maybe even the little drummer boy.

I have no gift to bring

Pa rum pum pum-pum

That’s fit to give our King

Pa rum pum pum-pum

Rum pum pum-pum

Rum pum pum-pum

Shall I play for you

Pa rum pum pum-pum

On my drum

We are all gifted with treasures. Some of us, like the little drummer boy, know that we have them, have used them but didn’t know its real purpose until our moment of EPIPHANY.  Some of us, like the wise men, have the gift and are reserving it in search of PURPOSE.

Our journey on this earth is PURPOSE. We are endowed with treasures to make the world aware of the greatness of our KING. NEWS FLASH!!! Stop searching for PURPOSE. Realize now that the Epiphany has taken place and you are WISE MEN (gender inclusive). Walk in purpose on the way home (heaven).

I challenge you today to ACT on the promise in this season of EPIPHANY.

THESE ARE YOUR ACTION ITEMS FOR YOUR EPIPHANY OBSERVANCE.

Write down your gifts. (If you don’t know, ask your friends and family to share what you do best.)

Write a confession that commits those gifts to God. Reciting Matthew 5:16 is a good start.

Ask God to give you goals for the new year that share your gifts with the world.

Start the year with fasting and prayer.

Set your intentions for 2018 for your personal development, wellness, spiritual development, and journey attainments (things you desire to accomplish in 3-5 years).  

Then quiet yourself. Seek the will of our Father regarding these vision points.

I will be participating with my church in our annual 21-day Daniel fast beginning tonight at midnight. (Find out more via Pastor Jentezen Franklin’s resources). Every year this is a blessing to me and my family. I will be sharing ways you can involve your family in the discipline of consecration here on the blog from 7JAN – 28JAN. No matter how young or old they are, every family member is able to participate during the time of fasting.

I would love if some of you would share what you discovered after you complete your exercise.
I encourage you to think on this season as the fulfillment of the promise. Accomplish the work that God has commissioned for you.  “To whom much is given, much is required”.  

HAPPY EPIPHANY!!!!!

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