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Greatest Passion

 Loudest Roar

Passion (from the Latin verb patere meaning to suffer) is a term applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion, compelling enthusiasm or desire for anything. (Wikipedia)

1 often capitalized : the sufferings of Jesus between the night of the Last Supper and his death 2 a plural : the emotions in general b : strong feeling or emotion 3 a : great affection : LOVE b : a strong liking c : an object of desire or deep interest (Merriam-Webster Student Dictionary)

People have a great passion for many things. Just to name a few:

Football – On September 29, 2014, the Kansas City Chiefs fans reclaimed the record for loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium. Chiefs’ fans made enough noise to register a 142.2 dbA reading at Arrowhead Stadium while playing against the New England Patriots.

Vacations & Fitness – (Online Advertisement) Take Your Passion For Fitness on Luxury Adventure Vacations With Reebok Fitness Vacations by Austin Adventures – Two leading brands in the active lifestyle and fitness worlds are teaming up to offer Reebok Fitness Vacations by Austin Adventures. This partnership seems to offer a series of vacations that promote fitness as a way of life. Now you can combine two passions at the same time!

Food – (Quote from chef blogger): “I have a passion for preparing and serving great food. I have a goal of getting a great meal on the table every evening in around 45 minutes.”

Attempting to trick Jesus, a religious “expert” posed the following question.

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:36-38).

I believe this is the greatest passion.

There’s no room to be lukewarm as a Christian. In fact, being lukewarm makes God nauseous.

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth”  (Revelation 3:14-16).

From the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus promises the following:

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”(Matthew 5:6).

My life passion (mission):  To intentionally pass down my faith in Christ to my children and grandchildren.  2 Timothy 1:5

So, what’s your greatest passion?

In 2015, why not cultivate a great passion for loving God, in your children and grandchildren.

Challenge for 2015:                               Chiefs%20loud_2

  • Break the record for loving God.

  • Pray fervently and often.

  • Give up a favorite beverage (Starbuck’s, soda, etc.) for a month, and set aside this money for a work and witness trip or other service project.

  • Skip the family vacation one year (or more), and instead, spend this allotted time and money towards serving at a local or global mission.

  • Rather than wasting endless hours on social media / T.V., etc., use this time for personal and family Bible study.

  • Purposefully reach out to your neighbors with kindness and the love of Christ.

  • Intentionally share your faith in Christ with unsaved friends, relatives, coworkers, etc.

  • Use your gifts and talents at your local church. Serve together as a family when applicable.

Have a Happy and Fulfilling New Year….

by living a life of passion for Christ.  

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Life is but a Vapor

“You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life?

It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

 “Ella Volunteer Homeless ShelterIt certainly adds weight to the scripture’s characterization, life is like a vapor.” This is the response I received  from a friend after notifying him of a mutual friend’s tragic death. It made me pause, then reflect upon my life. Have I been wasting much precious time with things that don’t really matter? Yes, I’ll be honest, I have spent way too many moments with worry, over thinking, harboring ill-thoughts toward others, spending money I don’t have on things I don’t need (or at times, even like), trying to figure out the end results, and so on.

Our most recent losses:

  • A friend, who was a loving father, grandfather, and faithful Christian.

  • Our friend’s son who died from cancer this past year. At the same time, she made the difficult decision to place her husband* into a nursing home.

    * Charlie, a dear man, who led many souls to Jesus, including my husband. Charlie selflessly visited the lonely and forgotten at nursing care facilities and homes for the disabled. Now, as his life draws near, he is the one in need of love and care. His dear wife Marilyn provides this for him, during her daily and tiring visits.

These most recent losses fill me with deep sorrow and thoughtfulness, as I ponder my own impending death; when God chooses to take me to my “forever” home.

Our oldest daughter and her husband recently moved into their new home, which took nearly a year to build. Jennifer recently told me that she didn’t mind all the extra effort and resources they poured into their new house, because it will be their “forever” home. I like that!  We, who call ourselves Christians, should have the same outlook, as we plan and co-labor with Christ, building the Kingdom of God, our forever home.

I recommit my life to wholly living for Christ and His Church. Help me, God, to prioritize my life according to Your will and purpose in my life.

TRAINING CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO EMBRACE LIFE WITH A SENSE OF GRATITUDE, THANKFULNESS, AND AS FAITHFUL STEWARDS, MAY BE CHALLENGING TO MOST AMERICAN CHRISTIANS.

Let’s not only prepare our children for academic excellence, playing sports, and securing a good-paying job, but let’s help them realize their life’s purpose:  To use their gifts and talents for the glory of God.  

I recently spent a day volunteering at a homeless shelter with our oldest granddaughter. It was a very rewarding experience. My prayer is to have more of these kinds of opportunities with all my grandchildren…to serve others in the name of Jesus.

It’s important to teach our children (age-appropriate) about death. I’ll never forget when our now 10-year-old granddaughter began asking me this question, “How does Jesus take people to heaven when they die?” After trying to explain, Ella profoundly stated, “I know, Jesus carries people to heaven with balloons.” Since then, when a loved one passes away, we release balloons. When Jesus takes me home to heaven, I hope to have a large bouquet of rainbow-colored balloons released on a warm summer day.

Similarly, our 5-year-old grandson recently said goodbye to one of his pet ducks that was born with a birth defect. Jack named him Donald and was quite attached to this little white-feathered creation. Jack is beginning to realize there is a time to be born and a time to die. His parents took this opportunity to explain death and eternity to Jack. They also had a burial for Donald and placed a little wooden cross on his grave.

Having experienced the death of both of my parents by age 7, I fully understand the importance of talking to children about death, and eternal life. 

I came across this article from Scripture Union: Talking with your children about Death… Issues to think about.

Based on and adapted from: Children and Grieving (SU) J Goodall 1995

http://www.scriptureunion.org.uk/Families/Parents/Talkingabout/Death/1200.id

Celebration Ideas for Grandparents Day, Sept. 7.

http://www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com/2014/07/celebration-ideas-for-grandparents-day-sept-7/

 

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How could I sin…

just hours after hearing a beautiful message of holiness, on Pentecost Sunday?

Initially, I tried to ignore the soft, yet undeniable promptings of the Holy Spirit. “Be truthful. Don’t lie! Be an example to your family.”

 A little more bait dangled before me. “It’s not that big a deal. After all, you are hard-pressed to make this work out.”

Six hours later, my mind flashed back to the day before. I spent a leisurely afternoon walking around a community festival with my husband. Returning to our car, I observed a young couple walking on the sidewalk, along with their two small children. Within minutes, the little boy veered off the sidewalk and began to take a short-cut through a clearly marked “No Trespassing” grassy area.  Immediately, the mother gently redirected her son’s steps back onto the sidewalk. Their conversation went something like this.

No Trespassing“Johnny, didn’t you see the No Trespassing sign?” He shrugged his shoulders and answered, “Yes, mom, but no one was looking.” Without skipping a beat, the mom then said, “So, this makes it okay to do something we know to be wrong, just because we don’t think we will be caught?” Her son quickly replied, “No, mom, we shouldn’t.”

 The Holy Spirit had been preparing me for a simple test of heart purity through this timely faith talk between a mother and son. God is faithful and will always provide a way out when we are tempted to sin. (1 Corinthians 10:13)  The choice is ours (mine).

The following quote from Dr. Woodie J. Stevens (Global Director for Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International, Church of the Nazarene), also crept into my mind.

“Don’t lie. Don’t steal. Don’t murder. Be true to your mate. It’s the only way to a civilized society.”*

This Thursday, I will begin leading a women’s neighborhood Bible study, titled Becoming a Woman of Excellence. Yes, God has been preparing my heart.

In preparation for our Bible study, I came across some of the following thoughts from an additional resource.

Resource from: Mark # 11: The Pursuit of Excellence from the series: Marks of Maturity: Biblical Characteristics of a Christian Leader, by author J. Hampton Keathley, III.

The pursuit of excellence is the matter of the heart, of the inner person. By itself, the heart is not a safe haven. It needs guarding or protection from invasion by the world  system around us and from the sinful nature that dwells within us.

The biblical view of the pursuit of excellence refers to pursuing and doing the best we can with the gifts and abilities God gives, giving our best to the glory of God.

 “ May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6).

“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:12).

Praise be to God, for the infilling and renewing power of His Holy Spirit, who cleanses us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9)

I thank God for His grace, which truly leads to confession of sin, and repentance.

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 Faith at Home Lessons: 

  • The young mother clearly demonstrated the importance of living out Deuteronomy 6 – to teach her children God’s truth while walking along the roadside of life.

  • The Holy Spirit helps us recognize our own weaknesses, which can lead to sin.

  • Christ, through His power, will help us resist the desires of the flesh; and He instructs us to flee from the Evil One.

  • Guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus is a daily commitment.

I believe that being transparent with our children/grandchildren as they begin to formulate their own spiritual beliefs will help our kids develop a viable realistic faith. Let them know that you struggle with temptations from time to time, and on occasion, sin. Yes, it’s okay to use the word sin! (It seems to me that some church leaders have gotten away from using the word sin, and have replaced it with words like mistake, error in judgment, or wrong choice.)

Teach children the biblical truths about: sin and the sinful nature, repentance that leads to forgiveness, and teach our children who the Holy Spirit is and the work He does in a believer’s yielded heart (the sanctifying and cleansing power of the Holy Spirit).

I am thankful for the Church of the Nazarene, for upholding the doctrine of entire sanctification (heart holiness, Christian love, or whatever you choose to call living a life that pleases God).

 Resource Recommendations (From Nazarene Publishing House)

 The Young Believer’s Discipleship Series (WordAction Publishing)

http://www.nph.com/nphweb/html/waol/series.jsp?series=Young%20Believer’s%20Discipleship%20Series

Raising Kids To Extraordinary Faith – by Debbie Salter Goodwin

http://www.nph.com/nphweb/html/nph/search.jsp?q=Raising+Kids+To+Extraordinary+faith

*Pursuing the Mission – Booklet written by Dr. Woodie J. Stevens

http://www.nph.com/nphweb/html/nph/search.jsp?q=Pursuing+the+Mission

 

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Grandchild of the Month

Grandkids Christmas 2013My husband, Jeff, recently decided he wants to be more intentional about spending time with our six grandchildren, who range in age 2 months to 10 years. Here’s what he’s come up with. I think it’s pretty cool!

Each month of the year will be designated as Grandchild of the Month. Jeff will begin with our oldest granddaughter, Ella, designating January as her special month, and will go right down the list to our youngest grandchild, Jocelyn. And since there are 12 months and we only have 6 grandchildren, each grandchild will be allotted 2 special months per year. Who knows…we may need to add another month or two in the future. Ha!

Here’s what Jeff has envisioned it looking like…and says he will tweak it along the way.

First, Pappy (as he is referred to by our grandkids), will print up a certificate for each grandchild, and it will read something like this: Grandchild of the Month (of January), their name, along with a special thought and or Scripture for each child, signed by Pappy. He will then mail the certificate to the grandchild, announcing their special month.

Pappy plans to do special things with and for each of our grandchildren throughout their designated month(s). This will be based on their age and interests, along with his age and interests. For instance, we have a grandchild who likes art, so they may visit an art museum together. And another grandchild is all about playing outdoors and wildlife, so they may have a camp-out together or visit the new dinosaur museum. Jeff is an avid golfer, so he will no doubt take each of them golfing (the little ones to a “putt-putt course” to begin with).

He also plans to send them notes of affirmation and encouragement, take them to their favorite restaurants; and along their monthly journeys, openly share His faith in Christ, and love for God with them.

I believe the best part of the Grandchild of the Month will be the love shared between grandpa (Pappy) and each grandchild.

This obviously can be implemented between parents and their children.  “Child of the Month”

“Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
    and parents are the pride of their children” (Proverbs 17:6).

We are very proud of the family God has blessed us with.

Happy and Joyful New Year to our Friends & Family!

Fletcher Family Christmas 2013 closeup

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2013 12: 11 pm - in Building a Legacy of Faith, Grandparenting

 

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Building a Legacy of Faith ~ A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

It is unclear (at least to me), who first coined the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” however, this is what comes to my mind while writing this journal entry.

In The Wilderness

In The Wilderness

Seven years ago my husband received a gift, of sorts, enabling him to purchase a beautiful canvas reproduction of In the Wilderness painting, by artist Ron DiCianni.

The large framed painting of Jesus hangs on the hallway wall leading to an upstairs bedroom and office. The “picture” of Jesus can actually be seen from our front entryway, but it draws the most attention when I carry my grandchildren upstairs for their naps.

Each time I walk up the steps holding one of my grandchildren, I stop and point to Jesus and say something like, “Jesus loves you and He is always watching over you.”

Our two and half year-old grandson, Max, recently exclaimed to me and to his cousins: “Jesus is here!” as he joyfully ran around our house pointing to the picture of Jesus.

Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words…and so much more, when it depicts the love and truth of Christ.

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.[a] And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” Deuteronomy 6:4-9

I believe it is very beneficial for Christian parents/grandparents to display images (décor items) in their homes, symbolizimg their faith in Christ. In doing so, it opens the door to share one’s faith with children, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors.

Parent Challenge:  Purchase a picture of Jesus and hang it in your child’s room or in another visible location in your home. There are so many nice ones to choose from. Visit your local Christian bookstore, or shop online. For more paintings/prints from Ron DiCianni, go to this website: http://www.rondicianni.com/

Faith Forward: Talk with your children about what Jesus may have looked like (as a child, a teen, and a young adult). I’ve always thought it interesting that most of the pictures we see of Jesus are very similar. Maybe this was God’s plan, to help us connect with Jesus on a human level. Watch the following film about the life of Jesus, as told through the eyes of children.  http://jesusfilmmedia.org/video/1_529-cl-0-0/english/the-story-of-jesus-for-children (Resource from The Jesus Film Project)

Ideas from Others:  (Thanksgiving — “Our Thankful Tree”)

I love the idea of cultivating praise and thanksgiving with our children. One month before Thanksgiving, which is about now, we began to decorate our “thankful tree.” With our young children, we roamed the woods until we found a good sized evergreen limb we called our thankful tree. Each day, the children would think of 1 thing they were thankful for. I or they would write it down on a leaf…leaf design cut out on colored construction paper. I’d punch a hole through it, pull a piece of yarn through the hole and hang it. By Thanksgiving the tree was full of thankful leaves. We’d take turns reading our leaves on Thanksgiving Day.  (Submitted by Pam Enderby) To meet my friend and author, please visit Pam’s blog site at: http://www.pamenderby.blogspot.com

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2013 8: 25 am - in Building a Legacy of Faith, Grandparenting, Seasonal Celebrations

 

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Family Legacy Day Radio Broadcast

I would like to invite you to the podcast of November 25, 2012, when I was interviewed on the Not on my Watch radio program hosted by Cavin Harper, Executive Director of Christian Grandparenting Network. Cavin interviewed me about my passion to leave a legacy of faith in Christ to the next generation. The program aired on KRDO Radio, Colorado Springs, CO. The podcast is available at www.christiangrandparenting.net/podcast, date: November 25, 2012.  Click on to Listen to Broadcast, and then title of broadcast, Family Legacy Day.

Not On My Watch is a radio program for grandparents, about grandparents and by grandparents. Not on My Watch is a call for radical grandparenting in turbulent times.

I would also like to invite you to visit the Covenant Heirs blog site at www.covenantheirs.org, where parents, grandparents, and ministry leaders may receive and share ideas for building a legacy of faith in Christ in the home and at church.

If you find the podcast beneficial, share it with a friend. If you want additional information about Covenant Heirs Ministry, please email me at covenantheirs@gmail.com

To learn more about the Family Legacy Day simply click-on Family Legacy Day at the top right of this blog site.

Thanks for listening, and remember to be intentional in sharing your faith in Jesus with someone you love today.

Charmé

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 1: 31 pm - in Faith At Home, Grandparenting

 

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Grandparent’s Day Lunch With Ella

School Lunch With Ella

This is the third year we have attended Ella’s elementary school for Grandparent’s Day lunch. It’s always a blessing to join Ella (3rd grade) for lunch, along with many other grandparents who make this a high priority as well. The school is very welcoming to family members and we are thankful for the opportunity to share in the life experiences of our granddaughter. Ella always puts in her favorite order–this year a pepperoni sub sandwich. We are proud of Ella for sharing her faith in Jesus with her friends and family. Last year, she shared the Gospel with two of her school friends, and during our lunch time, Ella bowed her head to pray. Many grandparents are not only spending time with their grandchildren, but are also living a life of faith in Jesus along side of their grandchildren.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2012 1: 28 pm - in Grandparenting

 

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