Do you have the map?

It is normal for us to want to have control of our lives. The problem is, we don’t see or know the future. All we can do is make what we believe is the best choice for our family and ourselves, and hope and pray for the best outcome.

There is a better way, however. God knows our future. According to Jeremiah 29:11 God tells us, “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

The best way I have found to explain to kids, and even adults, about how God knows what is best for us, is to compare His plans for us to Him having a “map” of our lives. Now, I know God doesn’t need a map. But I love the picture it makes in my head of many different plans and goals, and ways to get there.

If you love Jesus Christ, and trust Him as Lord, think of Him holding a map of your life. He knows where you are, and where He wants you to go, as well as the best way to get there. He sees both the beginning and end of your life, as well as everything in-between. When we set goals and plan without God, it is a little like driving at night with the headlights off an an unfamiliar road. Very difficult! But when you give over control of your life to Him, He will take you the best way to get there, and chances are you will be less frustrated, and get to your destination sooner.

Let go, and let God…drive!

Proverbs 3:5-6, 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.

Romans 8:28, And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Matthew 19:26b, …With God all things are possible.

Can you picture this?

Picture this: Mom and two kids in a car waiting to pick up their sibling from school. The kids are bored with waiting, and are constantly squabbling and doing things they shouldn’t be. Mom is on her smart phone, head down, and never lifts her head or even her eyes. Mom is constantly yelling and threatening the kids with punishment. This goes on for about 25 minutes. Sound ridiculous? I observed this while waiting to pick up my granddaughter at school. And, I have seen the same thing several times, in different settings, with parents and kids.

When did electronics become more important than our kids?

I love having discussions with my grandbabies. They love talking to me (for the most part). When they know we really care about what is going on in their world, they tend to be more comfortable opening up to us.

I am all about being able to talk to my kids, and I know most parents/grandparents want the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with their children. Yes, I know there are times when the electronics have to be taken care of, with texts sent, etc., and I have been as guilty as anyone else looking at my phone when I could have been talking to the kids. But I try to remind myself that they come first, not my smartphone.

Our electronics are definitely a blessing, but Satan also loves them, and works to use them against us and our families, if he can. Don’t let him.

There is a time and a place for everything. When you are “trapped” with your kids in a car, use at least some of the time to talk to them. Use the time wisely. They will only be kids for a few short years, then they will be gone.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

Deuteronomy 11:19, Teach them (God’s word) to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Proverbs 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 

Colossians 3:20, Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

How many ways are there to get to Heaven?

Do all roads lead to Heaven? In today’s world, with political correctness being the norm, it is said that as long as you are spiritual, or have some sort of faith, you are fine. Does that mean Jesus was wrong? Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father (goes to Heaven), except through Me.

Our kids get the politically correct information about being a good person all the time. Just ask their teachers. And a lot of their parents. If Jesus said He was the only way to Heaven, was He lying? Was He just another crazy cult leader? Or was He telling the truth? Ask your kids what they believe.

Jesus said, Unless you are born again, you cannot enter into the kingdom of Heaven.  Was He being a hater, racist, separatist, isolationist, or politically incorrect? Or was He right?

In our world today, many, many kids are growing up with little to no beliefs about Heaven. Most kids don’t go to church regularly. Their parents also have no particular beliefs about Heaven, or think it’s an issue they will deal with “when the time comes.” I believe that this is one very big reason kids go into their schools and shoot their peers. A child with no faith can be a child with no hope.

It is time that as a Christian parent, we make certain that our kids are firm in their beliefs, and can share that faith. Satan is on the prowl, and in today’s world our Christian kids are prone to do the same hateful things that non-Christian kids do, in terms of gossiping, backbiting against their peers, and living as though they didn’t know anything about Christ.

Christian kids should have a faith that is unshakable, because Jesus died and rose again to make it so. Do your kids have an unshakable faith? Do YOU? According to the web article: “Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity”, most Christian kids (63%) don’t believe Jesus is the son of the one true God.  http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/are-young-people-really-leaving-christianity/

Please don’t leave your kids’ faith to chance. Don’t expect them to figure it out for themselves, because they won’t.

John 14:6, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 3:3, Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

Is your child the “1 in 5”?

I pray your child is not the 1 in 5, but according to the news report this week, one in five kids in the U.S. is at risk of attempting suicide. What is going on here?! Why are our kids feeling so hopeless that they see no future for themselves, and see death as an acceptable alternative?

I know this is controversial, but I believe one of the biggest contributors to our kids’ hopelessness is that they are growing up today in a world without Jesus Christ; without hope; without any sense of purpose.

It has been proven through several studies that kids in Christian homes have a more stable view of life, and a sense of self-purpose. They are more ready to handle the tough events they encounter, and tend to be more grounded.

Is your child/grandchild one of these? As a Christian parent, are you consistently working on building up your child’s faith? If not, your child is one of those at risk, because they don’t see the point of being Christian.

PLEASE share this with your kids: Christianity is more than a belief, it is a relationship with Jesus Christ Himself, who loves you and died for you so you would be able to be in Heaven with Him. Not only to be in Heaven, but to live with you today, and help you get through the tough times in life.

Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.

Romans 5:8, But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 14:6, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 11:25, Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”

John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

 

 

God did WHAT?

Unless they are in church or a Christian atmosphere, many Christians don’t know how to respond when they hear someone start talking about how God is working intimately in their life. I know, because I was one of those who felt awkward when a Christian would share an experience they had with Christ, in a secular atmosphere. Especially if we were in a group of people who were not Christians.

However, unless you decide to make Christ an intimate part of your everyday life, you are just living on the fringes of Christianity. And you and your family really are missing a lot of God’s blessings. What IS God doing in your everyday life? If you are tempted to say “nothing,” something is wrong with your relationship to Him.

Jesus loves us like crazy, and He really does want to “bless our socks off.” Don’t be afraid to tell people what God is doing in your life. Tell your kids/grandkids especially. They don’t just need to hear that God is real, they need to see Him working in your life.

Start a prayer journal with your kids, and record how God answers those prayers. It will amaze your kids, and probably you, as well.

TIME SPENT WITH CHRIST, IS TIME WELL SPENT.

Acts 1:8, But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Mark 16:15, And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Romans 1:16, For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

I Peter 3:15, But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.

Do you need encouragement?

I know I could use some encouragement right now. The road to a loved one’s death can be very short, or very, very long. My dad is on the slow road. This is good, because he has been able to get things in order, and it won’t take any of the family off-guard. On the other hand, it is frustrating, because we can see him getting weaker, struggling more, and losing his ability to do things for himself.

I thought that I would just like to write out some Bible verses that are encouraging, no matter what is going on in you and your family’s lives.

Matthew 11:28-30, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

I Peter 5:7, Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.

Psalm 105:4, Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Psalm 18:3, It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

2 Corinthians 12:9, But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.

Isaiah 40:31, But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.

Philippians 4:6-7, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Nehemiah 8:10, Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Isaiah 41:10, So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 145:18, The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Are you royalty?

With a royal wedding coming up in England, it dawned on me that we, as Christian parents/grandparents, need to share our “royal” heritage with our children. Kids go through so much as they grow up, and a lot of what they deal with has to do with how they feel about themselves. They need to know how important they are to both you, their parents, and also, God.

The Bible states that we are “children of God” (Galatians 3:26), and also that Jesus is “Lord of lords and King of kings” (Revelation 17:14), and we are brothers and sisters of Christ, (Matthew 12:50). This means that not only are we special, but we are royalty. We are ” God’s kids” and children (and siblings) of the King!

This does not mean our kids should think they are better than others, or put other kids down, but instead for them to realize that they are important to Jesus and a part of His royal family. And we are never less than that.

If you want to share more information with your kids about being a part of God’s family, there is a great article by John Rinehart called “What God Thinks About You” from Sept. 24, 2015 on the website, http://www.desiringgod.org

Galatians 3:26, So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith…

Revelation 17:14, They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings…

Matthew 12:50, For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.