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IT’S HERE

I cannot believe it’s here! Book 1 of the 3 Volumes (volumes 2-3 to follow in 2020). God orchestrated this and used AMG Publishers (Steve, Amanda, Ebony, Rick, others) to make it happen. Can’t wait to see how the Lord will use this in the lives of families.
I will have books available at Woodland Park beginning Sunday, November 3. Would make a great Christmas gift for a family. Price is $14.99.
Or you can order through amgpublishers.com, amazon books, Christian Book Distributors or Lifeway. Just search for the title or author.
To God be the Glory!

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SUPER GLUED


1 THESSALONIANS 3:13

“so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.”

That may sound silly – super glued! But I love that stuff. When something needs to be held tight and not move, pull out the super glue. Just make sure you have it set in the right place, because once the glue is applied, it’s not moving.

That’s the meaning behind the word “establish” in today’s verse. God will super glue your heart “without blame in holiness.” Of course, everything God does is eternal. He doesn’t mess around with temporal stuff. So, if He establishes your heart, He intends it to last for eternity.

APPLICATION

How do you apply this verse to yourself and your family? God can only establish your heart if it is yielded to Him. He won’t force you. As bad as you want your children to follow Christ, it is only possible if they surrender to Him. 

Our job as parents is to prepare our children’s hearts to be established by the Lord. That means we are consistently teaching them God’s Word. We know it won’t come back void. We are consistently teaching them to pray, so when the Holy Spirit draws them to surrender, they will know His voice. 

Have you fully, and I mean fully, surrendered your heart to Him? Does He have it all? If you are holding back, He can’t establish you as blameless or in holiness. If we insist of handling part of our heart ourselves, it will not be secure. Allow the Lord today to have it all.  He can handle it. He can secure it.

You are the Maker of my heart, therefore, You are the only one who can establish it. Thank You, Lord, for super glueing my heart today.

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ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR OTHERS?


VERSE OF THE DAY: 1 Thessalonians 1:2

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;”

I love how Paul tells ALL the Thessalonians these words. He was thanking God for all of them. Now, that’s hard for me to believe. Surely, there was at least one person in that church that Paul wasn’t entirely thankful for. I’ve been in a lot of churches, and I can’t think of a one where I was thankful for everyone. There always seems to be one who just causes me trouble.

Then Paul goes on to say he is praying for them. He, Silvanus and Timothy were praying for them. What do you think he was praying? I am sure he was reflecting on all they had done for him and the Lord. Who do you mention in your prayers?

APPLICATION

Teaching our children to pray is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a parent. Hearing them pray for Aunt Susie, Uncle Fred, the mailman and the dog down the street really warms your heart. Making mention of people!  That’s what they are doing.  They are doing the same thing Paul was doing.

Our job is teach them to talk to the Lord about others. They should pray for healing for the sick. They should pray for the salvation of the lost. And they should pray for wisdom for fellow believers to walk with the Lord. Whatever it is, they should pray for others and be thankful for them.

Who are you the most thankful for? Who are you praying for? Be like Paul today and give thanks for all, not just a few. Remember, God has placed each person in your life for a reason. Be thankful!

O God, I confess I am not thankful for everyone in my life. Give me Your love for them. Help me see them as You. Then I can be grateful for them and pray for them.

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READY TO FORGIVE


Best Verse: Psalm 86:5 “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.”

ANYONE

Man, O man.  This verse hit me hard.  I know God is always ready to forgive.  His will is that all men be saved, right?  What hit me hard was this question.  “Am I always ready to forgive?”  The answer is…No!  And that hurts.  Why am I not eager to forgive others?  What part of me won’t allow that?

It’s my old, sinful self.  It’s my flesh.  It’s my ego. It’s my hurt feelings. I could go on and on, but you get the picture.  I don’t forgive because it’s all about me.  Wow! That is NOT godly, and for that I repent.  I need to be more like Him and forgive freely and willingly.

TEACHING MOMENT

Listen closely, mom and dad, grandma and grandpa.  Teach your children and grandchildren to forgive.  Teach them how to forgive.  Teach them why you forgive.  We forgive because He first forgave us.  We must exercise the same kind of mercy He shows us. 

But there is ONLY one way for your children to learn this.  You have to do it first.  Instead of talking about others, forgive them.  When someone hurts you, forgive them.  Let your children know, as much as is appropriate, that you have chosen to forgive that person because of Jesus.  You may want to retaliate or hold that grudge, but because of His love for you and them, you have chosen to forgive.

Who do you need to forgive right now?  I bet there is someone.  I bet there is someone in your life right now whom you are upset with.  Let it go.  Let the Lord Jesus love them through you.  Show them the mercy and grace you have experienced in Jesus.

Father of forgiveness, there is NO WAY I can forgive others.  But I know You can forgive them through me.  Help me today to die to myself and allow You to live and love through me.

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JUST ONE DAY


Best Verse: Psalm 84:10a “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.”

BETTER THAN A THOUSAND ELSEWHERE

Don’t you just love this verse?  Can you imagine standing in the court of God?  Many people fear that.  Not me. Why?  Because I am welcomed.  I am an heir to His kingdom.  He extends His scepter towards me in gesture of acceptance.  I had rather spend seconds with Him than eons without Him.

Being in God’s court means You can see Him rule and reign.  Being in God’s court means You can observe His mercy and grace.  Being in God’s court means You can see the multitudes who are bowing before Him.  Nothing will compare with being in His court.

TEACHING MOMENT

Take your child to court.  Now, I don’t mean to get him straightened out.  Let them observe a court room.  Most kids have never seen that, so this verse doesn’t make sense to them.  If possible, let them meet a judge.  Explain to them what the judge does.  He dispenses justice.  That’s his job. 

Let them walk up to the judge’s bench.  Sitting up there you can see the whole courtroom.  Nothing is hidden from your view.  That’s how it is with God.  He rules from above and can see all eternity.  His rule is just and fair.  He rules equally.  

Where are you in the courtroom?  Are you trembling before our holy judge?  I hope not. I pray you are there just in awe of His presence.  I pray you walk in without trepidation or fear, knowing that Jesus is your defense. The accuser may come, but his arguments against you fall short.  If that isn’t you, make it so today.

Judge of all, I stand before You innocent because of Jesus.  My case has been dismissed.  I praise You for the mercy and grace You extended me.

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SPEAK UP GOD


Best Verse: Psalm 83:1 “O God, do not remain quiet; do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.”

AND DO SOMETHING

How many times have you begged God to speak to you?  Come on, be honest.  I am sure you have had those times in your life when God was quiet, when He was silent. I’ve had those times.  It was like He had turned off His ears and stopped listening to me.  

He hasn’t.  God is at work even when we think He isn’t.  He is always listening.  He is always at work.  We just don’t have our ears tuned to hear Him or our eyes focused to see Him at work. We are so busy screaming at God that we miss Him by a mile.

TEACHING MOMENT

We are all pretty good at teaching our children to pray.  We make the time to get with them at bedtime and pray with them or for them.  But do you teach them to listen?  Listening is a skill that will enable them to hear when God is speaking.  It will also allow them to determine when He is quiet.  If God is quiet, it is for a reason.

I am sure your children understand quietness. They may not be very quiet, but they have probably experienced it.  The next time you are praying with them, take a few minutes and be quiet.  Tell them to not say a word.  Tell them to just listen to all the things around them.  Getting still will allow them to hear – sometimes the unexpected.

When is the last time you were quiet? Sometimes I just sit and listen for God. I bow my head, turn my palms upward and focus on listening.  I want to hear Him when He speaks.  I have to turn off “me” to hear Him.  How about you?

Speak Lord, speak. Let me hear Your voice.  Let me hear Your commands.  I want to follow only You.

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