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.
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.
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.
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.
Recommended for ages 3-10 years old
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,