Daily Faith Life
Matthew 5:31-33 NIV
- I really can't control tomorrow-it is always an unknown. Only God knows the future.
- God made me and designed me. He knows the things I need in life.
- God loves me and since He alone knows the future, I can trust Him with mine
- This issue is about idols. Who or what is really my God?
- sustain us,
- keep us,
- feed us,
- nourish us,
- provide for us,
- guide us,
- hold us up.
- weighs us down
- worries us
- fret us
- comes at us all day long with anxiety.
- Our part --We cast our burdens on Him
- His part --He sustains or keeps us
Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.
1 Chronicles 14:11
...Then David said, God hath broken in upon mine enemies by mine hand like the breaking forth of waters:...
About three years ago, the Lord gave me these scriptures to pray specifically over my community and the City of Pensacola. While walking the streets of downtown and praying these scriptures, I have imagined a flood of the Spirit and Glory of God pouring through the streets and into the homes of people all over the area.
After the rain and flooding we experienced on April 30, I asked God if I should stop praying this way (partly in jest, but just checking in to be sure!) I believe He told me that this flood was a visual of what He so much wants to do here. God wants to move here in Pensacola. The huge amounts of rain, the speed with which it fell, and the way the accumulating, rushing water swept away everything in its path, is minor compared to what He is ready and willing to do in this city.
God's desire is to bring a flood of His glory all throughout this city, not just within the walls of buildings, but in the streets and flowing from there into the homes and lives of people.
- God wants us to ask for it,
- He wants us to believe for it, and
- He wants us to work for it. Notice that David said the breakthrough was "by mine hand."
There has been much seed planted here-Bob and I have personally planted seed here for the last 40 years-but the harvest has been stunted and sparse for the most part. Even the Brownsville revival left the city itself mostly unchanged.
But the seed of God's word is incorruptible seed-it does not decay or go bad-and it is sent to accomplish God's plan.
Let us set ourselves to believe God for the harvest. It is, after all, His harvest. God is the one who sends the rain and He is the one who gives the harvest. Jeremiah tells us that God keeps in reserve for us the appointed harvest. Let us put our confession in agreement with His and boldly declare
Now is the time! The time for harvest!
It is harvest time in Pensacola!
Jeremiah 5:24 AMP
...Let us now reverently fear and worship the Lord our God, Who gives rain, both the autumn and the spring rain in its season, Who reserves and keeps for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
There was TWO things I read in all the books I checked out, heard it through all my homeschool acquaintances, and saw it on all the websites I looked up. TWO very important things you need to remember when you make the decision to homeschool.
1. The first year is ALWAYS the hardest.
2. Don't try to be like everyone else.
After my first year of homeschooling all four of my kids I felt like a complete failure. I did not complete a full curriculum. I ended up changing our curriculum multiple times. We even got to a point where the kids and I just kept clashing heads and would end up fighting each other all day instead of getting anything done. We are on our 2nd full year of homeschooling. We stuck with one curriculum up to last week. ( I am extremely proud of this ) We all got up in the mornings did our work and accomplished a lot, but we finally hit a brick wall. The kids were not learning anything and I was struggling to get out of bed in the mornings.
All of this leads me to the second point. I was feeling burned out. I was going online and looking at all the blogs of the other homeschool moms with their cool schoolrooms and their cool crafts and how all their lessons seem to just go together. I just didn't understand. I spent a lot of money on the accredited curriculum and I didn't have all that stuff.
2. Don't try to be like everyone else.
As I lay in bed praying to God please help me figure this out, it came to me. I have been telling other homeschool friends these two very important points and here I am not following my own advice. I need to stop worrying about what all those other moms have and do what is best for my kids and me. ALL KIDS LEARN DIFFERENTLY!!!! This is one big reason a lot of us homeschool. We can teach our children the way we know is best for them.
What do we do when we don't know what to do?
- Know that God, your heavenly Father loves you. (Jn 16:13)
- Know that your heavenly Father knows the things you need before you even ask. (Matt 6:32)
- Know that your heavenly Father hears you when you pray. (I Jn 5:14))
- Know that, if you are born again, the Holy Spirit lives inside of you and will guide you into all truth. (Jn 16:27)
- We pray and ask the Lord for the wisdom we need.
- We stay aware of that inner voice within which is the Holy Spirit
- We go about our day and believe that the doors open before us are indeed the very leading of the Lord.
- When we pray and believe on purpose, it becomes God's responsibility to keep us out of the wrong paths, and we have to trust that, even if we make a mistake or misstep, God is able and willing to cause it all to work out for our benefit.
- Faith, or turning it over to God, or casting all the care upon Him, all of these phrases make no sense to the natural man. He only believes in and trusts that which he can see. How can we trust something we cannot see? Faith involves a letting go. There is that moment when we admit we cannot control the situation and we choose to let God have the entire thing. When we do that, we free God to work in our behalf, and He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or even imagine. Eph 3:20
If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who "worry their prayers" are like wind-whipped waves. Don't think you're going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.
What do you do when you have stepped on in faith and you're faced with an impossible situation?
When you have stretched your faith until you are at the endpoint? When you have nowhere else to go?
It is certainly not the time to quit or give up!
Here you are, out on a limb without a ladder, walking on the water in the middle of a storm, or, as in my case, looking at a dessert chocked full of walnuts when you have a history of allergic reaction.
Why not just get up and walk away, refuse the dessert?
I was halfway around the world in a third world country with my husband and two children, ages nine and thirteen.
Because, we had come to share something of the love of Jesus and I would not insult my hostess be refusing to eat what she served and very probably had made herself.
I knew that if I had an allergic reaction, there were no medical facilities available to me. Whatever happened would have to run its course. We had come this far by acting on what we believed to be the word of God to us. It had not been easy to close our business, sell our home, move all our belongings into storage, and uproot ourselves and our children in this way; but we were here in this place, in this woman's home and I was faced with a choice.
It really was no choice at all. I would not refuse the dessert-handmade and authentic baklava-so I said a short prayer and dove into the syrupy sweet pastry. It was wonderful and was my first taste of this delectable dessert. We had occasions after this to enjoy it many times. It is so much better fresh like this than most of the baklava we can get here.
What was my prayer? Now, I believe it was the mercy of God that the Holy Spirit rose up within me to pray just the right prayer. I know so little in myself, but Jesus said the Spirit would teach us all things. (Jn 16:13) I am continually grateful for the presence of the comforter, the Holy Spirit, in my life.
Let's look at this prayer in three parts.
- "Well, Lord," I said. "I'm either going to get delivered"
When we know that Jesus suffered and died for our complete salvation, then we can resist fear and rest in His abundant provision in any area.
It's a little like the three Hebrew children in the book of Daniel when they faced the anger of the king and the super-hot fire of the furnace. They made their declaration of God's ability to deliver them in chapter 3, verse 17 without hesitation or fear.
2."or I'm coming home."
In verse 18 of chapter 3 of Daniel, the three make another, rather astounding declaration. They state the even if God does not deliver them from the fiery furnace, they still will not bow or submit to the king's command to worship the king's golden statue. They refused to allow the fear of what might happen to stop them from doing what they know in their heart to be right.
What about us? How many times do we allow the fear of what might happen or what others might think to control us? Fear is the enemy's number one weapon to control and limit us and the number one fear is the fear of death.
Jesus came and suffered in the flesh to destroy the devil, the one who formerly had the power of death and free us from the bondage of the fear of death.(Hebrews 2: 13-14) In Revelation, Jesus told the Apostle John that He, Christ, now holds the keys of death and of hell. (Rev 1:18)
We also know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. (2 Cor 5:8)
The threat of death is really no threat at all. The redemption of our bodies when we see the Lord and live with Him forever, is what we wait for, what the scripture says we are groaning for and what it calls our blessed hope.
In James 4:7, the Bible tells us to resist the devil and he will flee. I think it is time for us to do a whole lot more resisting.
3. " Either way is OK with me."
I meant it and thought no more about it. There was no fear.
To finish the story in Daniel, chapter 3, the king was so angry that he ordered the fire to be stoked to seven times hotter before he had the three men thrown into the furnace. The fire was so hot, it killed the guards who did the tossing, but God protected His servants and they walked around in the fire with no ill effects until the king called to them to come out. What a story!
My story is no so dramatic. In fact, no one even knew what was going on, just Jesus and me, but the results were similar.There never was the slightest hint of an allergic reaction and I now enjoy all kinds of nuts with no ill effect.
It's time to put a stop to allowing the devil to control us by fear. Jesus conquered him and made a public spectacle of him. Let's remind him of that when he comes to tell us we cannot do something. It's time to RESIST the devil and all of his ideas and threats and watch him SCAT!
If the just live by faith, what does that mean to me?
If it means I live every moment of every day extending my faith toward the Father by making the conscious choice to trust His goodness and love toward me, what does that leave for me to do?
Can it really mean that I am to step back in my mind and heart and allow the Spirit of God to lead the way?
Just how does one do that? Over the past several months, I have been trying to learn that very thing and I see that;
- My inner attention must be and rest upon Him, God my Father. There is no room for self-consciousness. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith Heb 12:2 Jesus is the one in whom we first placed our trust when we were born again, He is the same one we must trust in order to walk out this life. It is about Him-Christ in me the hope of glory. Col 1;27
So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ-that's where the action is. See things from his perspective. Colossians 3:1-2 The Message
- By asking for and seeking to hear His voice in every situation, I have no chance to advance my own ideas or agenda.
- Therefore, my own efforts are useless; I can only do those things the Father tells me to do.
Jesus said that he could do nothing himself. He acted only
as the Father directed. Jesus also said
the flesh -those self- efforts we can be so proud of- accomplish nothing It is
the spirit, He said, that gives life. Jn
12:49;Jn 6:63; Jn 15;5;Jn 8;28; Jn 14:10 I don't really like this not in myself. I like to know the boundaries,
just tell me what you want me to do and I'll get right on it. The problem is, I
know that no matter how much I mean to do it, I very likely will not be able to
carry it out perfectly. So, l go back to point #1 What does this mean practically? We moved recently. Anyone who has moved knows the
overwhelming feeling of all those boxes and the pressure to get everything in
its place ASAP. I don't like to leave things but there were other obligations,
then the holidays, then a trip or two, and I still had boxes in the corners. I
looked around and did not know where I was going to put things. It was a
temptation to give in to being overwhelmed and get panicky, but I choose to cast
the care of it onto the Lord. I did my best to rest in Him and He truly helped by
showing me where to put things and when to attack those boxes. One time, I was
going to toss two boxes of things I didn't think I needed, but I felt impressed
to just put the boxes back in the corner and wait for another time. There came
a time when I knew just where to put those items. I'm glad I didn't get rid of
them. Living by faith means more than just trusting God to help me
unpack, but it is a start. Anytime I feel pressure about anything-what to
prepare for dinner-how to do something-how to fit that into my already full
schedule-I ask Him to help me remember to turn my attention onto Him, ask Him
to show me and deliberately rest, or trust Him to take care of it. It has been
amazing the ways He has come through. Recently, I needed to fix something in
the accounting program to prepare for tax season. I didn't know where the
problem was but I asked Him and cast the care of it onto Him. Later, while
doing something else, I knew just what to do. I did it and it worked. Does He care about the mundane everyday things in our lives?
The Bible tells us to cast all our care upon Him because He cares about us in 1Peter
5:7. Do you know that Jesus tells us the Father loves us as much as He loves
Jesus? See for yourself in John 17:23. Is it possible to live every minute of every day consciously
acknowledging Him and resting in His provision. I intend to find out. Join me
in the adventure and share your experiences here. Blessings Kay
Jesus said that he could do nothing himself. He acted only as the Father directed. Jesus also said the flesh -those self- efforts we can be so proud of- accomplish nothing It is the spirit, He said, that gives life. Jn 12:49;Jn 6:63; Jn 15;5;Jn 8;28; Jn 14:10
I don't really like this not in myself. I like to know the boundaries, just tell me what you want me to do and I'll get right on it. The problem is, I know that no matter how much I mean to do it, I very likely will not be able to carry it out perfectly. So, l go back to point #1
What does this mean practically?
We moved recently. Anyone who has moved knows the overwhelming feeling of all those boxes and the pressure to get everything in its place ASAP. I don't like to leave things but there were other obligations, then the holidays, then a trip or two, and I still had boxes in the corners. I looked around and did not know where I was going to put things. It was a temptation to give in to being overwhelmed and get panicky, but I choose to cast the care of it onto the Lord. I did my best to rest in Him and He truly helped by showing me where to put things and when to attack those boxes. One time, I was going to toss two boxes of things I didn't think I needed, but I felt impressed to just put the boxes back in the corner and wait for another time. There came a time when I knew just where to put those items. I'm glad I didn't get rid of them.
Living by faith means more than just trusting God to help me unpack, but it is a start. Anytime I feel pressure about anything-what to prepare for dinner-how to do something-how to fit that into my already full schedule-I ask Him to help me remember to turn my attention onto Him, ask Him to show me and deliberately rest, or trust Him to take care of it. It has been amazing the ways He has come through. Recently, I needed to fix something in the accounting program to prepare for tax season. I didn't know where the problem was but I asked Him and cast the care of it onto Him. Later, while doing something else, I knew just what to do. I did it and it worked.
Does He care about the mundane everyday things in our lives? The Bible tells us to cast all our care upon Him because He cares about us in 1Peter 5:7. Do you know that Jesus tells us the Father loves us as much as He loves Jesus? See for yourself in John 17:23.
Is it possible to live every minute of every day consciously acknowledging Him and resting in His provision. I intend to find out. Join me in the adventure and share your experiences here.
In the past week I have a friend who has suffered loss in many ways. I want to share with everyone something that I feel very strongly about.God will not give us something we can not handle. It may not be easy, but it will NOT be impossible to get through as long as we put him first. We need to remember to get on our knees and rely on Him to get us through whatever we are battling.
Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
One of the things that I find that help me when I am going through tough times is I like to turn on the radio and jam out. Remember though it is important as to what you listen to. I make sure that either in my house or vehicle there is always praise and worship playing. You will be amazed at what JUST listening to it can do. There is one song in particular that I love and it is I Will Praise You in this Storm by Casting Crowns. It has a very strong message especially for those going through tough times.
Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Also, be careful of what you speak. Now days it is so easy to get caught up in saying things and not realizing what we really are saying. For example: All my kids are sick I guess I am next. Instead say We should be saying Thank you God for healing my kids and thank God for keeping me well because we are all healed by His stripes. Now days we have Facebook, Twitter, and all these web related avenues to let the WHOLE world know what is going on in our lives. As a Christian this is an HUGE opportunity to show people God is in control all the time. Show it by the words that we type and put on all of our web pages.
Things that we have to go through in life can be scary and one of my youngest daughters favorite verses that she says every night before she goes to bed is:
Psalm 56:3-4 When I am afraid I will trust in you. In God whose word I praise in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
We can say this verse anytime we are afraid or scared or unsure of what will happen next. Remember to trust in Him always!!!
This past week, I was tired and looking at something I didn't think I had the strength to finish. I closed my eyes and prayed in the spirit (tongues) for a few minutes. Suddenly, a thought came to me I had not considered before that moment. I knew it was the Lord telling me how to handle the situation. I did not have to do it that way, it was a suggestion from the Lord and it would take a bit of faith to follow through. I thought about how completely faithful our Heavenly Father is and I stretched my faith and did it His way. I turned out beautifully.
- Why do we hesitate to take advantage of this wonderful gift to us, the church?
- Why do allow ourselves to become so involved in the daily grind that we fail to take the time to allow our spirit to commune with Him in this way.
- Abandon his stand of faith, thinking he is getting nowhere, and
- To speak with his mouth death words, replacing those words of faith and life with words of fear and defeat.
From the first day of creation, God has been planning and preparing for a family. His great desire is to walk with, talk with, and share with His people.
- God prepared an extravagant garden in which to place His man. Everything was ready and it was "very good." Gen 1:31
- God came in the cool evening to walk and talk with Adam. Gen 3:8
- When Adam committed treason, God began talking and planning a way to restore fellowship. Gen 3:15; Rom 5:17-19
- God's final plan-He never changes-is to live with His man Rev 22:5
- God says to anyone who will come to Him or call upon Him or seek for Him WILL find Him.
- God is not hiding Himself, He desires to be found by us. He wants to be a God to us, to provide everything for us, everything good so that our lives will be like "those of heaven on earth." Deut 11:21
- Accept God's provision for restored fellowship and live as part of God's own family-a son or daughter of the Almighty with full rights and privileges. or
- Reject God's provision and continue the futile effort of meeting our own needs without God, living in fear, lack and sickness, and spending eternity suffering the judgement deserved for the treason of man-unnecessarily because that judgement has already been made.
Yesterday I took the kids to the Microsoft Store for a free computer class. They offer 5 different classes that run 5 weeks each. The kids are learning how to run Microsoft Office. They all made power points. With the power points they made up stories. The stories they made up could one of two ways. It was very cute and the kids did very well.
So we are trying this new system that I have made up. I was feeling very overwhelmed teaching four different grade levels in one day. So now I am doing it in style.
Every morning when the kids wake up they have a clipboard with their agenda sheet waiting for them on it. It reminds them of their morning chores and it has their goals of what I want to see them accomplish in school that day. Plus there is a reading log on each of their clipboards.
Everyday we have 4 centers. Math, Reading, Spelling, and ?. The ? crate will hold something different everyday. Last week I had one of the girls bake a cake for her ? crate. Today they are going to finish putting together their AWANA’s Grand Prix cars. It is not always a craft sometimes I have them write letters or make up a story.
So far it has worked very well. The kids love waking up and knowing what is going to happen that day. Their attitudes also have improved tremendously.Happy Homeschooling
Today is the beginning of our week. When my husband is off we don't homeschool. So those are our weekends. His days off vary so that is why today Thursday is our Monday.
I know this is a little late, but a lot has been going on in my household. It is a new year and it is time to get back into the swing of things. First I am really going to start trying harder to blog. I am HORRIBLE at everyday routines and sticking to them. I am more than dteremined to try. Also with the economy lately finances have been really tight. So I am trying all kinds of homemade items trying to cut corners.
- Our Daily Routine
- Homemade Laundry Soap (does it really work)
- How to teach reading (or what has worked for me)