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.
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.
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
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
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