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.

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

Hello Productive Heirs!

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

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

Morning Devotion

Read Luke 11:1-13

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

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

Today’s Faith Sight Word

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

Recipe for the Fast

Refreshing Green Fruit Salad

1 cup of honeydew melon (diced)

1 cup of green grapes (halved)

2 kiwi (peeled and sliced)

2 sprigs of fresh mint (chopped finely)

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

Confession

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

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

Storytime

Recommended for ages 0-6 years old

I Prayed for You

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

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

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

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

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 11 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days – DanielFast#2018

Day 11. The number 11 has special meaning. Last month, my sister and brother- in -law celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary. When she asked her husband what was significant about that number, he said, “Year 11 is great! No matter how you turn the number 11, it’s the same, backward and forward. We’re the same Babe.” I loved that. Today, think of yourself as the number one and God as the number 1 (because HE is) and you’re standing side by side. That is what we strive for in our periods of drawing closer to Him during the consecration. No matter how you turn it, people see Him when they see you.

Morning Devotion

Read Luke 4:1-32

Some years ago, I watched the movie, The Passion of the Christ. The scene where Satan appears to tempt Jesus is still impressionable in my mind. When he stomps his foot on that adder’s head, without a word, Christ is demonstrating his power over the enemy. This is the power that is imputed to us. May we knit our hearts to God in order that we know the fullness of the anointing that He intended for us.

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

 

Today’s Faith Sight Word

THE ANOINTING. “Transformation of our being as a result of time spent with the Lord.” This is my definition of the anointing. It is not the oil. It is not the office or position associated with it. The anointing is the Holy Spirit at work in human beings who devote themselves to connect with God’s power. The anointing is not exclusive to priests, pastors, kings, and teachers. It is apparent in lawyers, painters, missionaries, and secretaries. All you need to receive the anointing is to be present with God.

Recipe for the Fast

Tropical Morning Smoothie

1/2 cup of fresh coconut (from the fruit not flaked)

2 gala apples (diced)

1 can of pineapple tidbits (add the juice)

1/2 cup of mango chunks

2 kiwi (peeled and sliced)

Coconut is so good when it is fresh. However, it is tough to get the “meat” out of the coconut. Here are the instructions for cracking open a coconut from Martha Stewart. You may choose to use the coconut water in the smoothie or save for something else. It is your choice. Place all the ingredients in the blender. (The Ninja is one of our best investments). This recipe makes 2-3 glasses (16 oz).

Confession

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

The presence of the Lord is here. Wherever I go, Whatever I touch or Whatever I create, I do it to advance the King of Glory.  He is worthy of the honor and I I proclaim this is the year of the Lord’s favor. I profess my faith to make him known. My works are established and the beauty of the Lord is upon me.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 0-16 years old

What Happens When I Talk to God?

Every parent should have one of the books by Stormie Omartian in your personal library. You are missing out if you don’t. She is the author of The Power of a Praying Parent and The Power of the Praying Series. My children have been given four of her books. I read her book, The Power of a Praying Wife in my early years of marriage. We also own the book, A Little Book of Powerful Prayers.  We are a praying family. Encouraging your children to understand the purpose and power of prayer. This book is great for your family. It also helps them to understand that time spent with the Lord has several benefits.

“I may be just a child, but my prayers have power because I am valuable to God. Even though children are small, their prayers are big in God’s eyes.” – What Happens When I Talk to God, author – Stormie Omartian

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

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

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 10 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days – #DanielFast2018

We have made it to the halfway point of our 21 days of consecration. We started with our church on Sunday, January 7th. Free Chapel with Pastor Jentezen Franklin and many churches around the world started that day also. If you did, then you are actually into your ELEVENTH DAY. Congratulations! I know this consecration has been a blessing to you. Keep seeking!

Today is a special day that I am celebrating. It is my husband’s birthday. He won’t allow me to tell his age. Happy Birthday to the King in our family, Tyrone Dane Bannarbie.

Morning Devotion

Read Luke 7:36-50

One of my favorite songs by Cece Winans is that of the Alabaster Box. Today’s scripture shares an intimate moment when Jesus publicizes the forgiveness of a sinful woman who anoints him with oil from her box of Alabaster. Jesus demonstrates forgiveness many times during his ministry. I especially love that this passage is the prelude to Chapter 8 of the book of Luke which lists several women that were set free and delivered as a result of Jesus’ ministry unto them. It is not a coincidence that the Alabaster story proceeds this. The translucent description of the box is allegorical in the sense that it represents the washing of sin that took place. Once the woman with Alabaster came, other women were made clean also.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

COMFORTER. “Peace that passes all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7). That is the description that comes to mind when I think of the word “comforter”. This is how Cece Winans describes Him in her song, Comforter. (No, I haven’t been listening to her music recently.) Whenever we are feeling the need for comfort, in most cases it is because we are experiencing unrest. That is why Jesus promised that he would send us “another Comforter” (John 14:16) that he would abide with us forever.  Let us rejoice for the times when we were in need of peace and God made the Comforter known to us. He has certainly made me glad for it.

Recipe for the Fast

Root Vegetable Medley

1 butternut squash (peeled and diced)

2 large sweet potatoes

celery (2 stalks)

4 red potatoes

2 carrots *optional

1 large white onion (diced)

minced garlic

olive oil

Italian Herb Seasoning blend

Thyme

I created this recipe about two years ago. When we are not fasting, I add Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning to replace the Italian Herb Seasoning.  I only use herbs and oils for seasoning during a consecration. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. After all of the vegetables are cut, I place them in a large baking dish and drizzle the olive oil on them. I mix/toss with my hands. Then, I season the vegetables with minced garlic, thyme, and the herb blend. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Place the baking dish (10×13, 4 QT Pyrex dish) in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Vegetables should not become mushy and olive oil should create a bit of a sauce in the bottom of the dish. You can use this recipe with any combination of root vegetables. Yellow yam and yuca root are also some of our favorite root vegetables (for boiling).

Confession

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

Whenever I am feeling low, I know I have a comforter. The peace He brings just warms my soul. Touch is a constant reminder that love flows through my warm veins. Jesus has touched my life. My iniquity is gone. I will never return to my old ways.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 0-6 years old

The Kissing Hand

This book by author, Audrey Penn, is a New York Times bestseller. I first learned of it when my son Judah started Kindergarten. It is apparently a favorite of preschool teachers and Kindergarteners for the first day of school. But I love it too!

While it is not a story of Bible heroes, it is a story of comfort. Chester Racoon learns a secret to managing life without the physical presence of his mother. The Kissing Hand, although for juveniles, reminds ALL children of God that Jesus sent the Comforter to us as his secret to managing life without his physical presence.

“I know a wonderful secret that will make your nights at school seem as warm and cozy as your days at home.” – The Kissing Hand

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

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

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 7 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

Hello Productive Heirs!

It is Sunday and if you began your consecration with your family on Sunday of last week (we started midnight the morning of Sunday, 07JAN2018) then we are well on our way to Week 2. YES, YES, YES! Are you feeling good? You should be. Has God answered your petitions during this first week? I am sure HE has opened your eyes and your heart unlike you ever imagined. Our God can blow our minds when we set apart time for HIM.

If you are just joining us, I want to remind you why I am making these post each day.

Over the course of this consecration, I venture to share with you unique ways that my husband and I have involved our children and other family members in consecration. Young and old participate even at the tender age of 2 years old. No family member should be left out of the power ignition that comes from time set apart for the LORD. To consecrate simply means that we can expect God to perform miracles and divine work as a result of our separating ourselves for HIS GLORY.

The 5 ways we observe consecration include:

1). Devotional Readings in the Morning

2). Faith Sight Words – A study of vocabulary that defines our faith

3). Introducing recipes of plant-based ingredients new to my family

4). Corporate Prayer and Confessions of faith

5). Storytime – Sharing books on prayer, testimonies, and heroes in bible days and today.

You can read my initial post on why we consecrate and how I developed these ways to consecrate as a family, here.

So, let us go forward into Warrior Week 2. Shall we? But of course.

Morning Devotion

Read 2 Samuel 6:12-23

This story of King David dancing before the Lord has always been one that stood out among the pages of the scripture for me. David loved to be in the presence of the Lord. And he learned what it meant to reverence the presence of the Lord after “the anger of the Lord burned against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his irreverence.” (2 Samuel 6:7) During this encounter with the bringing of the ark to the tabernacle, David revived his heart from the wrong kind of fear and demonstrated before the people of Israel how to reverence God with praise, worship, and sacrifice. His speech to his wife, Michal, is an example of how we bring honor where honor is due (Romans 13:17). When we humble ourselves, we rightfully place the honor and renown where it belongs.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

GLORY. Careful, today’s word just might stir up a praise in your heart. SMILE. That is the way I feel any time I hear or say the word, “glory”. When I asked my husband how he would describe this word, he replied, “glory is the expression of God revealed in His people and all He has created. We are His Glory.” Expressions make known our thoughts and feelings. The expression of God makes HIM known. HIS GLORY is whatever makes HIM known. 

Recipe for the Fast

Fruit Salad

– 1 cup of raisins

– 1 can of pineapple tidbits              

– gala apples (diced)

– green grapes (cut in halves)

– red grapes (cut in halves)

– kiwi (sliced)

– fresh mint leaves (chopped) *optional                                        

I tend to make several different versions of fruit salad. (I am a salad specialist. Ask any member of my family or church and they will back me up on that one.) This is just one version that is quite refreshing.

Confession

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

The presence of the Lord is here. Wherever I go, Whatever I touch or Whatever I create, I do it to advance the King of Glory.  He is worthy of the honor and I give Him the honor. I proclaim this is the year of the Lord’s favor. I profess my faith to make him known. My works are established and the beauty of the Lord is upon me.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 6-16 years old

Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith

My daughter is 11 years of age and Gabrielle Douglas is one of her role models. I purchased the book for my daughter but I actually read it first from cover to cover in one day. It is 224 pages but it reads very easily because it is intended for a young audience. I could really hear her voice on every page. I am a resident of Hampton Roads, Virginia. It was pretty cool to read about places that I have been in her book. 

I chose this book for today’s blog post because it is a story of chasing glory, submitting your will and finding that all glory and honor belongs to God. Gabrielle shares an intimate illustration of her road to the 2012 Olympics in London. Her story helps the young reader understand that every leap of faith costs. The price is humility, pain, and courage. What I like about the book is that it doesn’t glamorize what glory looks like. Gabrielle Douglas gives a first-hand account of the ways in which God’s glory is revealed through His children, this story is a good read for you and your growing leaders. Enjoy.

“Glory – when God shares it with us, there’s only one thing we can do: give it right back to Him.” – Gabrielle Douglas

Bonus Tip: For your list of Faith Sight Words, ask your children to share with you the words in the Bible or that they have heard used in Christian dialogue that they don’t readily understand. These words will help you develop your list of words for discussion in next year’s consecration. (See what I did there? I am already getting you thinking about the future. SMILE)

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

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

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 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 …