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The importance of Christian parenting

August 18, 2011 1 comment

Concerned by the recent riots in the United Kingdom, lawlessness seems rife and a lack of respect for society appears rampant amongst young people today.
I deleted a Facebook contact because I could not stand his vulgar language on his status. Shameful thing was he is a 16 year old relative of mine but every other word was a swear word and it made me cringe. I was even more saddened to hear that his father (who unfortunately is separated from the boy’s mother) has no control over this young man. I believe that you can see good parenting through children’s attitudes and behaviour.

I’m not the perfect parent but I pray daily that God will teach me how to be a good mother. Whilst on holiday with my family, my seven year old son has been leading us in prayer before we go out. We tell him daily how blessed he is to have gone on holiday as many are not as fortunate as him to have been given the same opportunities he has experienced in his young life. We remind him that God is our provider, that God gave his mum and dad their jobs, the food on his table, the clothes on his back, the money to buy his toys with. My two year old daughter has been copying his prayers and at meal times is the first one to remind the rest of the family to pray and give thanks for the food.

I’m so thankful to my mother who is an exemplary Christian teacher to my children. We were driving to Disney World and she led a family discussion about the ten commandments. She did it in a fun way for the kids to understand and my son raised questions which my husband and I were able to answer.

Teaching children about God is a lifestyle and should not be ‘cloak and dagger’. I am always reminded by the bible verse Proverbs 22:6 ‘Train a child in the way that they should go so that when they are old, they will not turn away from it’. There’s too much going on in the world today to not be concerned as to what happens with your child. I heard somewhere that if you don’t discipline a child by the time they are seven, it’s going to be struggle to instil discipline thereafter.

week 10 – Kids learning about God

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

I finally tackled John 3:16. I was oooing and ahrrring about it but finally got the courage to talk about it with my 6yo son, Sam.
John 3:16 is a core verse in Christianity. Without God giving His only Son Jesus, we would have no salvation or redemption and so it was or is a vital ingredient in forming Sam’s Christian faith. As the verse is quite long, we stayed learning it for almost 3 weeks.

The first week, he copied the verse into his notebook and stuck the memory card on the mirror. I then helped him recite it but found the most important aspect of reciting the verse was Sam being able to understand what it meant. I therefore spent time telling Sam why Jesus died for us. He had many questions like ‘Why did God allow Jesus to die?’ ‘Why do we have to believe in Jesus?’ and ‘what is eternal life?’ Once he understood the meaning of the verse, it became revelation to him (his light bulb moment as we like to put it) and he could recite it better. Today I wrote the verse on a piece of paper and cut it up into small groups which he then had to put together (a bit like a puzzle).

He had fun doing this! The one thing that I have learnt about my time sharing to Sam about God is appreciating the time we have together. Though my 1yo lingers in the background doing her own thing, Sam appreciates the attention that I give him during these short intervals and these moments of bonding I wouldn’t miss for the world.

Holy Spirit got me out of trouble

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment

The meeting was definitely heated. I could see that the family were not happy and rightly so. I could hear my spirit within me talking in tongues yet I was just thinking ‘How on earth am I gonna get out of this one?’

My job has many different dimensions from dealing and managing staff to dealing with customers and making sure that everything ticks along whilst keeping harmony and balance within the work place.
I’ve learnt to totally rely on the Holy Spirit and each morning devote myself in prayer to ensure that every decision, action and thought that I make through the day is not only wise but favourable.

The woman opposite me was angry, tearful, hurt and honestly I could see her pain. I thank God that he gave me choice words. Words of comfort, words of encouragement, words of hope, words of wisdom and by Gods grace he granted me favour with her. I manage to alleviate her concerns and anxieties. There is no way on earth that I could have come up with what I did by myself and I just want to give God the glory for bringing me out of a very tricky situation.

Prayer is worth it. I know it and I’ve seen it work in every area of my life. Depend on God today to bring you out of any tricky situation you may find yourself in.

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Week 4- Teaching my child about God

October 23, 2010 2 comments

For a minute I thought I was beginning to loose the momentum of sharing and teaching Sam about the Christian faith but it’s important as parents that we stick to some kind of routine with children so they know what to expect from us. I had been taking Sam to tennis lessons which he really enjoyed and for one reason or another I missed a lesson and then another and then one more. Sam then got used to not going and then decided he didnt want to go anymore.
Due to this experience I am persuaded to keep the momentum with teaching Sam about God.
This week Sam is learning about the value of prayer. Matt 21:22 ‘if you believe, you will get anything in prayer’.

I proposed that when Sam has learnt 10 memory verses, I will give him a token of money so he can save up to buy something that he wants. This ways he is also learning about the value of money and what it means to save up for something that he really wants rather than for me or his dad to buy it for him.

Sam was also very intrigued about the story of Lot and his wife running from Sodom and Gomorrah and the consequences of not listening and obeying Gods word.

Week 3- Ministering to Kids

October 15, 2010 Leave a comment

I was in two minds of the memory verse that I wanted to teach Sam this week. My first choice was John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him will not perish but will have eternal life”. The second was Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth”.

I chose the latter as I thought the first choice, no matter how much I thought he needed to know it was too much for his little mind.

He absolutely loved learning Genesis 1:1 and did word colouring and drew me a beautiful picture of God’s creation.

We also reached a lovely milestone as Sam has become very good with reading. I helped him find his 3 memory verses in the Bible. Sam has learnt at school how the contents of a book work. He went to the contents of the Bible and searched for each of the memory verses Luke 2:11, Col 3:20 and Genesis 1:1 and was able to see how they integrated into the Bible. He was absolutely fascinated searching for the books, the big numbers and then the little numbers after.

Every evening, Sam has been praying since a very young age and if his little sister is still up (she’ll be two in March) she will agree by saying something that sounds like ‘Amen’.

Remember children follow what their parents do. A praying parent will reap prayerful children.

Week 2 – Ministering to kids

October 15, 2010 Leave a comment

I have to say a huge sorry to my readers who have been keeping up with this diary for not writing sooner. I got told off today for not keeping it up 😦

Last week my 6 year old- Sam, and I focused on Col.3:20 which says “ Children obey your parents in all things for this pleases the Lord”. I typed the memory verse out which he then cut into a card and blue taked it to the bathroom mirror. He loved doing this task and everytime he brushed his teeth, he would read and recite the verse.

For practicality, when Sam didn’t listen to what I asked him to do, I would ask him “what is the memory verse this week?”. I would look at him and I could see his mind starting to work and he would tell me.

I would then ask him if by not listening to me, was he pleasing the Lord to which he would reply ‘No’ followed by a very sombre ‘sorry’.

I find relating learning to everyday life reinforces the teaching and what’s even more thrilling is seeing how real Jesus is to my little one.

Week 1- Day 3 Ministering to kids

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Well its day 3 of the 1st week and my 6 year old has mastered Luke 2:11. Each day since Monday after school homework he has been enthusiastic to learn more about Jesus and remind me that we are going to do it together. It’s a beautiful feeling for him to ask me than for me to put pressure on him to learn about God.

Still focusing on Luke 2:11, yesterday the verse’s words were all muddled up so he had fun guessing what the words were whilst looking at the verse to make sure that it was correct. Today I sat with him at the computer while he put the verse’s picture puzzle together.

To ensure learning took place I asked him two questions

1. What was the name of the city where the Saviour was born?

2. Who was born in the city of David?

He got both answers right and was able to recite the verse.

For bed time story this evening, I read to him the ‘crossing of the Red Sea’ from ‘The Biggest Bible Storybook’ to which he had many, many questions. He ended with a prayer saying ‘Thank you God for opening the Red Sea’.

I am so blessed.

Demons are real

March 19, 2010 3 comments

I can never forget my first encounter with a demon when I was just 16 years old.  I was a new believer in Christ and didn’t really know about the demonic world.  All  I knew at the time was how much I wanted to serve the Lord and tell everybody about the wonderful love of Jesus Christ.

I can remember that it was an extremely hot and sticky night so I kicked off the blankets and whilst I was doing that I turned to look at my clock which was on my beside table.  It said 2:30am.  (The witching hour is between 12 midnight and 3am but I did not understand what relevance this had at the time I had my experience).  When I turned my head back on my pillow so my eyes were looking up at the ceiling, I could feel a presence in my bedroom and when I looked at the bottom of my bed I saw a black figure standing at the foot of my bed calling my name.  The figure was completely black.  It did not take the shape of a human.  I can only describe that it appeared to look like a shadow or a figure in a black cape, with what I would call a tail where feet or legs should have been.  It did not appear to need the floor for support as it was as though it was in the air.  The figure also had piercing red eyes that looked straight at me and as it called my name, I remember sitting up on my bed.  However, something made me look down to where I was suppose to be laying down and I saw myself still laying on the bed.  I can only assume that my spirit or soul had come out of my body into a sitting position.  It was at this point that I knew something was terribly wrong.  I did not feel scared at the time and the only thing I recollected as being able to get me out of that experience was to say the name of Jesus.  When I tried to speak, it wasn’t my voice that was speaking .  However,  the more I repeated ‘In Jesus’ name’, I could begin to distinguish my voice coming through.  I must have said Jesus name several times before the figure vanished.

I have had a further two demonic experiences.  My last experience was when my husband and I visited Sarasota in 2000.  We were both asleep and I had felt a hand on top of my face pushing my face down into the pillow.  In my mind, I had thought that it was my husband who had just put his hand over my face but when I reached out my hand to touch him he was facing away from me.  His back was facing me and it was at this point that I started to panic.  I knew  it was a demonic spirit that was trying to oppress me and it took me a few attempts to say the name of Jesus out loud.  It was as though I was hyperventilating and I could not say the name of Jesus.  In my mind I was repeating the name of Jesus over and over again but for some reason or another, His name would not reach my mouth.  After some time of wrestling with this unclean spirit, I finally manage to say the name of Jesus out loud and it was at this point that it left me.  I had learnt that whilst the Lord can read our thoughts and mind, the devil and his demons are not able to hence it is important that whenever we rebuke the devil, we say it out loud.

The bible teaches us in Eph 6:12 that we fight against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  New Testament writers firmly believed in demons and John in Rev 9:20 speaks of a future time where men will worship devils and even now many pagan people today are ardent spirit worshippers.

Jesus gave us the authority in Luke 10:19 to overcome all powers of darkness.

I have also had experience with the Ouija board whereby my college friends had asked the spirit of the glass a question.  They had asked if it had  a message for anyone. It had spelt out my name and they did not want me to have contact with them.  When my friends had asked why, it had clearly spelt out  that I was a child of God.  This made it clear to me that we as followers of Christ have authority to overcome all powers of darkness (Luke 10:19).  Friends do not dabble with any type of occult practice.  When we allow this to happen we allow doors to be opened in our lives for the enemy to infiltrate.  We must be careful therefore not to rejoice that the spirits know us or are subject to us but we rejoice because our names are written in Heaven (Luke 10:20).


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A true eye witness account of Heaven

March 14, 2010 Leave a comment

This testimony is of an amazing interview with Rev. Oden Hetrick who visited Heaven many times.  It unveils amazing details of Heaven: The Holy City, The tree of Life, The River of Life, mansions, chambers, The Throne of God, The Sea of glass, companionship & intimacy and so many things that we can only imagine but yet are so tangible in the spirit realm.

God has truly blessed His own children with the release of this video.  I really, really hope All here get a chance to watch and enjoy it all the way through as it is a little more than an hour.

This rich description of God’s Heavenly city matches scripture as well.  Beautiful heavenly insight enhancing our anticipation for Him and His joy for us.

After many years of longing for Heaven and much prayer, Oden Hetrick had a ‘visit’ from 3 angels who took him to Heaven, via Christ’s instructions.  Oden Hetrick has visited heaven more than 80 times.

For those of you who are a little bit sceptical re: “No eye has seen, no ear has heared…” 1Cor 2:9, I assure you that all of Rev Hetrick’s testimony is based on the living word of God and my prayer is that the Holy Spirit, who counsels and guides will minister to you the very revelation of Heaven as God has prepared it for us.

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FAMOUS FAILURES (original blog came from http://trousey.com/?s=)

March 13, 2010 Leave a comment

(I like this blog so much I had to reblog it.  Credit goes to http://trousey.com/?s= )

So many times we let our fears stand in the way of our dreams.
We loose focus on the things God has promised us because we’re too focused on our problems.
At some point we have to realize that we’re not perfect and never will be but it’s ok.
God just wants us to have faith, give everything we have to answering his call and walk with him while doing so.
Everyone has their struggles, faults and a past.
But thankfully God uses ordinary, messed up and uneducated people who will walk with him to change history (Acts 4:13)

-Noah was a drunk
-Abraham was too old
-Isaac was a daydreamer
-Jacob was a liar
-Leah was ugly
-Joseph was abused
-Moses had a stuttering problem
-Gideon was afraid
-Samson was a womanizer
-Rahab was a prostitute
-Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
-David had an affair and was a Murderer
-Elijah was suicidal
-Isaiah preached naked
-Jonah ran from God
-Naomi was a widow
-Job went bankrupt
-Peter denied Christ
-The Disciples fell asleep while praying
-Martha worried about everything
-The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
-Zaccheus was too small
-Paul was too religious
-Timothy had an ulcer
-Lazarus was dead!!!!!

…No more excuses now. God CAN use you to your full potential. Realize that you are fearfully and wonderfully made! Go after Christ today with everything you have and start living your life the way he’s called you to do it…WITH OUT FEAR!

Romans 8:28-30

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