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Trust in the LORD

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7).

me-and-girls.jpgIf I had only one passage of Scripture to share with my children and grandchildren, I believe Proverbs 3:5-7 would rank very close to the top.

Having years of life experiences behind me now at age sixty-one, trusting in the LORD or on my own understanding has definitely been a teeter-totter ride for me.

As with most people, it’s easy for me to trust in the LORD when all is at rest or there’s little to worry about. I’ve learned, however, that this is actually the best time to build up a reserve of trust in the LORD. For we all know that the storms of life often arrive with little or no warning.

Building a reserve of trust in the LORD

  • Set aside a specific time and place to meet with God daily.
  • Read God’s Word daily. Choose a reading plan that works best for you in the varied seasons of life.
  • Spend quality and quantity time simply being in God’s presence without any distractions.
  • Prayer is always a two-way conversation. God desires us to share our hearts openly with him, which is usually the easiest part of prayer. Then, be sure to wait in the quietness of your mind to listen for God’s gentle and loving voice to speak to you.
  • Share your prayer requests with those who love you.
  • Use a journal to write down your thoughts as God speaks to you through his word and through prayer. Record all the significant joy-filled blessings in your life, as well as the difficult circumstances that come your way. Be sure to date these, because as you look back over the years, you will see how God has faithfully been watching over you and caring for your every need. It always amazes me and strengthens my faith to see how God works out His best for me especially when the circumstances seem so overwhelming at the time.
  • Share your testimony of God’s faithfulness in your life with others.
  • “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
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Building a Legacy of Faith ~ Autumn Leaves — Jesus Never Does!

The purpose of this weekly blog entry, titled: Building a Legacy of Faith, is to share practical and biblical ideas with parents/grandparents who are passionate about intentionally passing down their faith in Christ to their children/grandchildren. I would also like to receive other tried and true spiritual formation ideas from parents and grandparents. These may be sent to my email address at: covenantheirs@gmail.com, and from time to time, I will publish some. Please mention in your email, consent to publish (with potential edits) of your submission.

Volume 1, Issue 2 (October 3, 2013)

Building a Legacy of Faith

2 Timothy 1:5

For parents who are passionate about passing down their faith in Christ to their children.

Autumn Leaves — Jesus Never Does!

falling leaves   Summer has come to an end, but thankfully, here in the Mid-West, we are continuing to enjoy picture-perfect warm sunny days. The cooling off at dusk as daylight quickly dwindles, tells me that autumn has arrived. Even though I am more of a summer person, there’s something very captivating about fall. For me, it’s the changing colors of the leaves and bright orange pumpkins arriving on neighbors’ doorsteps, that draws me into the pleasantry of the season. Whether you have toddlers or teens, this is a great time of year to experience God’s amazing creation together as a family. Here are few suggestions:

♦  Take a Sunday afternoon drive into the country. Have everyone point out the “colors of fall” ranging from freshly cut cornstalks to blazing burnt-orange leaves. End up at a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard.

♦  Choose a day that offers a little breeze. Provide small containers for each family member. Find a location (a park, backyard), where there are plenty of trees. And as the breeze blows, chase the falling leaves, catching as many as possible. Award a small prize to the one who catches the most leaves. (Little ones can simply collect leaves from the ground.)

♦  Bake pumpkin pies or cookies and deliver them to someone who could use a sweet treat (a lonely neighbor, your pastor, a friend, a shut-in). Make a leaf-shaped card from construction paper and attach it to the treat.

After experiencing these intentional family fall moments, build in some extra time to discuss the process of dying and new life. Begin by talking about the changing seasons. For instance, summer is a time of vibrancy and life, which then surrenders itself to fall, when leaves on the trees die and fall away and many plants appear to die. Winter arrives and with it the frost and chill seem to halt all growth and life. Following winter, when it seemed as if everything had died away, spring comes forth. New life surrounds us. Daffodils, crocuses, and tulips begin to push through the once-frozen ground. The bare tree branches begin to show signs of new leaves. Talk about the New Life that is found in Jesus alone. Use these Scriptures, along with others to describe our new life in Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Ephesians 2:4-5; Colossians 2:13-14; 1 Peter 3:18; (Romans 3:23 & Romans 6:23); John 12:24; John 14:6

Recommended book for toddlers and preschoolers:  The Pumpkin Patch Parable, by Liz Curtis Higgs

Covenant Heirs 10/03/2013

 

 

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Beauty in the Moment

I recently received a warning from my doctor that my “bad” cholesterol was getting a little high, considering my heart disease. Not wanting to go back on medicine with painful side effects, I made a commitment to begin exercising again.

Lone Tree Typically, I run (well, walk fast) on my treadmill, but this morning I decided to walk fast outside in our neighborhood. Great choice, since I truly enjoy the outdoors in the summer. While making my last turn before heading back, I spotted the “lone tree.” I first noticed this tree while driving to get somewhere in a hurry over the past several months. This day I actually took the time to thoroughly enjoy the beauty in the moment. One dainty tree, set aside by God, for all to observe. A little further along, I noticed several yellow finches fluttering about in a God-made garden of wildflowers. Awesome! And then, arriving at my driveway, a vibrant bloom on a hibiscus plant caught my eye.

Over fifteen years ago, a college professor wisely spoke these words to me. “Be sure not to miss the journey.” At the time, all I could think about was my husband finishing Bible college so we could take our first church as pastor and wife. Thankfully, I heeded the professor’s instruction, then and now. Jeff and I took time to enjoy our journey by exploring the majestic Rocky Mountains while finishing Bible college. And now I find myself experiencing a new journey ofHibiscus transitioning from full-time ministry to the next chapter in our lives.

It is my prayer and hope that my adult children and their families, and other parents and families, will take the time to enjoy the beauty in the moment. Even though there’s a lot of bad “stuff” going on in our world, I am so thankful that our Living God continues to bless us daily with so much beauty!

 

Speaking From Experience from One Parent to Another:  Take the time to enjoy the beauty in the moment with your kids.                                                                                                                                                           +  Don’t overload your kids with too many activities, where you find yourself running from one to the next.
+   Schedule times to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Take bike rides or walks together, pointing out all the beauty God has created. It’s amazing how kids are so delighted when they spot a frog and a mud puddle, both placed in just the right spot–if you know what I mean.
+  Camp out and rediscover the names of the constellations with your kids. Remember the “Big Dipper”?

We are expecting our sixth grandchild in October. This 9-month journey is a reminder to me, of the greatest of God’s creations, the miracle of life. Nothing really compares to this moment, when a mother holds her child for the first time.

Prayer for the Journey:

Dear God, help me to enjoy each moment of every day. Help me not to miss the journey, by being too busy, or too loaded down with temporal concerns or selfish desires. Thank you, Lord, for the beauty in the moment of this new day.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2013 12: 38 pm - in Faith At Home, Family Time, God's Creation

 

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Valentine’s Day 2013

My Valentines! 2013

My Valentines! 2013

“To enjoy the gifts without the giver is idolatry–and this can never satisfy the human heart. Enjoyment without God is just entertainment and it doesn’t satisfy. But enjoyment with God is enrichment and it brings joy and satisfaction.”                         Quote by: Warren Wiersbe

I praise God for all of my grandchildren, and for the joy He has given me through their young lives.

Emy Faith

Emy Faith

I love my Nana!

I love my Nana!

My Sweethearts

My Sweethearts

Jack & Ju Ju

Jack & Ju Ju

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2013 10: 10 am - in Faith At Home, Seasonal Celebrations

 

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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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