The enemy is shrewd and is always looking for ways to devour our children. His goal is to have them live contrary to their God given purpose and to ultimately destroy them. We must not be passive. As parents we have been given the great task of speaking life over our children, reminding them that they were called before they were born. It is imperative that we let our children know God has a purpose for their life and encourage them to live accordingly. Below I created a quick worksheet highlighting the call of Samson in Judges Chapter 13. Take some time to read the passage and answer the reflection questions below.
Reflection Questions for Judges Chapter 13
God gave specific guidelines for Samson before He was even born. Why did God give these specific guidelines? In other words what was Samson’s purpose?
Even though Samson’s mother was not called to be the deliverer for Israel, she also had to be careful about what she consumed as she carried Samson. Are you aware that what you consume (spiritually) can affect the call of God on your child?
What are some things (spiritually speaking) that you need to remove from your diet, to help foster the call of God on your child’s life?
Sometimes we may need more clarity on the call of God on our child’s life, it is ok to ask. What does Samson’s father do in Judges 13: 8? What does He ask for?
What does James 1:5 tell us to do?
Has the Lord given you any insights concerning the call on your child’s life? Please list them below.
Have you been asking God for wisdom on how to help develop the call/purpose for your child’s life? What are some practical things you can do to help develop that call?
Yesterday I wrote about having an identity crisis. However as I connect more with God I am beyond delighted to learn that not only is my identity in Him; but I am also learning that I was called before I was born. Yes that is right, there was a call on my life before I was even born! I was created for a specific purpose. The same is true for you. Below is a quick worksheet I created to remind you of this truth. Take some time to fill this out and reflect on the assigned scriptures. Are you living in the reality that you were called before you were born? Are you pursuing the purpose God has for your life?
5 “I __________ you before I ________ you in your _________ ________.Before you were ________ I set you ________and _________ you as my prophet to the nations.”
I also love how the amplified bible states it.
Jeremiah 1:5Amplified Bible
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument],And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own];I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
On the lines below, please write this verse in your own words? What stands out the most to you about this verse?
Have you really stopped to consider this verse; meditating on what this means for your life?
Do you live your life knowing that God had a plan for you before you were even born? Do you believe this?
Are you in constant communication with the one who created you? Do you seek Him for how to live out the call on your life, or do you follow your own agenda or what others think you should be? Answer honestly and give examples.
What have been some of the biggest hindrances (feeling inadequate, people’s negative opinions, doubt, ungodly relationships, lack of pursuit, finances, etc.?) to you pursuing the call of God on your life? Have you prayed about these hindrances or have you lived in defeat?
What are some practical things you can start to do to fulfill the call of God on your life? For example I know that I was called to encourage others through my writing so I try to be faithful to posting on my blog.
I want to encourage you to really consider the words that are coming out of our mouth when speaking to your children. It is easy to become careless with our words. However, a big part of parenting is blessing (affirming) our children. Speaking the word of God over them is the best affirmation. As I speak the word over them, it shapes their identity and they recognize who they are in Christ. Blessing my children with the word of God also combats the schemes of the enemy and cancels every curse.
Below is a brief worksheet that I created to get the process started to encourage you to speak life (blessings) over your children. Take some time to fill out this worksheet and reflect on the suggested verses. Pray and ask the Lord to help you prioritize spending time with in prayer and the study of His word so that He can fill your mouth with what to say as you parent. Be sure to visit this link for suggestions on scripture that you can speak/pray over your children.
BLESSING OUR CHILDREN BY SPEAKING THE WORD OF GOD OVER THEM
Scripture tells us that _________and ___________ are in the _________of the _________(Proverbs 18:21).
Whose words should you speak over your children?
John 6:63 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Can we speak life (the word of God) over our children? Can we decree blessings over them if we don’t know the word?
Briefly write down your game plan for studying God’s word starting this week. Consider the following questions as you create your plan.
Let’s get personal
On a normal day, what are some of the things you say to your children (when you are angry with them, when their behavior displeases you, when they interrupt you)?
What are your biggest areas of struggle as a parent? In what ways have your children challenged you?
What are some specific scriptures you can speak over your children to combat these issues?
Don’t forget to visit this site to get ideas on scriptures you can pray over your children. Be blessed!
It is already February and some of us made a New Year’s resolution to have a closer walk with God. I am checking in on you to see how that’s going? Are you still making the study of God’s word and prayer a priority; or has life crept in and distracted you? It’s easy to lose steam. If this is the case, ask yourself what are your biggest distractions? Is it an ungodly relationship, excessive time on the internet/television, your own negative attitude, or just wallowing in unforgiveness and condemnation? Take time to commit these distractions to prayer and also pray for grace to respond in obedience to the Lord’s response. Perhaps you are struggling with time management, the desire is there but you just can’t seem to find the time. Yep, you guessed it…pray and ask the Lord to show you how to make time for Him. You may be available but you just don’t know how to structure your time with the Lord, have you considered starting a prayer/bible study journal. I want to encourage you to keep going, and if you have fallen off the bandwagon, get back on. Be deliberate about your pursuit of God, your life depends on it.
If you have children include them in the process. Below I have a few videos from my YouTube channel to encourage you in this area. Please leave me a comment and let me know how you are doing in your pursuit of God. What are some things that helps you to remain focused?
God used Psalm 27 to minister to me during one of the darkest moments of my life. At just a few days old, our fifth born child Isaiah was facing a lot of complications and initially the Dr.’s were at a lost, they did not know what was going on. His health began to rapidly decline. Isaiah means God is my salvation. When we initially chose this name for Isaiah, we had no clue what was in store for us. We did not realize that the only thing that was going to get us through was the reality that God was our salvation (not just delivering us from our sins but delivering us from every obstacle that came our way). He proved Himself to be our light during this dark time. You can read more about Isaiah’s story here.
In the meantime, our Pastor preached a great message yesterday focusing on Psalm 27:1-6. The title of his message was “One Thing.” He encouraged us to ask for nothing else in prayer except the presence of the Lord (Psalm 27:4) for the next 21 days. I wanted to get my children involved in the process and I wanted to review and memorize Psalm 27: 1-6 with them. With that said, I have created a brief “study” to use with my children at home for these verses. My plan is to introduce one verse each week (highlighted in blue), discuss it (questions in red), and move on once they have the verse memorized. The questions in red are just a starting point. I am sure as we discuss the Lord will give more insight to share with the children so that they can “own” the verse. Memorizing God’s word is not just for young children but also for adults so this is why I am sharing this brief study with you. I recommend printing this out and having it on hand to have a quick devotion by yourself or with your children every day for the rest of January and for all of February. Feel free to add on more questions as the Lord leads. Leave a comment and let me know if you will take part. Be blessed!
Psalm 27: 1-6
1 aThe Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid? (Memorize January 19-21)
Questions to ask
-What does it mean for the Lord to be your light and your salvation?
-What is the purpose of light?
-What does salvation mean?
-Do you have to be afraid of anything?
1b The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble? (Memorize January 22-24)
Questions to ask
-What is the purpose of a fortress?
-Google search a picture of a fortress for the children to better understand?
-What kind of dangers do we face?
-What reasons does our enemies present to make us tremble?
-Do you have to be afraid?
2 When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall. (Memorize January 25-31)
Questions to ask:
-When I read this verse, how does this make me feel about bullies? Do I have to fear them?
What makes a person evil? Does an evil person always have a mean look on her face? How can we know if a person is evil?
Why will they stumble and fall when they attack me?
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident. (Memorize February 1-6th)
Questions to ask:
What are some of the armies that surround me, what are some of the overwhelming circumstances that I face?
What kind of attacks do I face as a follower of Christ?
How can I remain confident even when I am being attacked? What or who makes this possible?
4 The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.( Memorize February 7th-13th)
Questions to ask:
What is the ONE THING that we should seek the most?
What does seeking the presence of the Lord “look” like?
What does it mean to delight in the Lord’s perfection and meditating in his temple?
Stop and take note of what you think about the most. Is it on the goodness of the Lord? Is in His perfections?
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock. (Memorize February 14th-20th)
Questions to ask:
-The world is in a crisis. Do I have to be afraid when we are discussing all the troubles that are around us?
-What hope do I have?
-If I am a Christian, does this mean that I will never go through troubles?
-What is this verse really saying?
6 Then I will hold my head high
above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing and praising the Lord with music. (Memorize February 21st-27th)
Questions to ask:
-Is praising God my daily habit?
-Should my praise be quiet? How does this verse say we should praise God?
It is undeniable that desperation leads to actions that often produces results. When my children want ice cream or any sweet treat for that matter; they are willing to do things that does not come naturally for most of them…clean! It is indeed a sight for sore eyes to see the six of them mobilize to get the job down, even Faith gets in the mix. My children’s desperation for something sweet gives self-motivation a whole new meaning!
The question that I have to ask myself and I ask the same of you, what are you most desperate for? Is it Jesus? Desperate people will do whatever it takes to get their desired result (JESUS)
Am I as desperate as Zacchaeus, abandoning tradition, cultural norms, and my sins and run to see Jesus?
Am I as desperate as the woman with the issue of blood, pressing through obstacles to meet Jesus?
Because the evidence is there, desperation yields results…
Salvation came to Zacchaeus’ house, a sinner. Bartimaeus the blind beggar received his sight and followed Jesus. Jairus’ DEAD daughter was brought back to life. The woman who constantly bled for 12 years was INSTANTLY healed.
I want to always have a heightened sense of desperation for God and the action to prove it.
I am desperate for more of His fire
For His presence
He promised that if I search for Him with my whole heart, I will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). Whole heart…desperate heart.
Are you desperate?