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7 Sep

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How to Pray: When there is too much to pray for

8 Dec

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“I hope I am doing this right” – the heart cry of every parent.

We all want our kids to have the best life possible. We want them to have good friends, stay out of trouble, be healthy, find a loving spouse, be successful, have character/integrity…. and the list goes on.

With the future so unknown and with so much that we could fear  – we all find ourselves on our knees frequently just praying “God help me”.

We frantically try to pray for everything we might ever need to pray for our children.

Our prayers might go something like this…

Oh Lord…

  • May my kid know his/her worth.. May they know they are loved.
  • Protect my kid from danger and from situations that would cause them harm..
  • Godly friends and good influences in school, good teachers, good grades…
  • Help my kid have a relationship with You and desire to live right.
  • My kid’s future spouse and future kids…bless them
  • Help my kid be influential and leader for his/her generation.
  • Strengthen my kid to make good decisions….
  • …. Oh, Lord…. just help!

All of these prayers are good, and beneficial, and necessary, and I pray all these same prayers too… but I have found comfort in one prayer that I pray for my kids everyday… and this prayer seems to cover most all the other prayers…

Lord, may my kids know You, know Your voice, and obey Your voice.”

I can not possibly pray for every situation my child may encounter – but if my child knows God, knows His voice, and obeys His voice… I can trust that God will gently lead and guide my child through all the seasons of life.

John 10:14,27

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me …. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

This scripture/prayer is such a great promise to stand on for our kids.

This scripture promises Christians that:

  1. God knows our kids
  2. Our kids know God
  3. Our kids hear/listen to God’s voice
  4. Our kids obey/follow God’s voice.

All the other specific prayers great and necessary. However, I have found peace exerting most of my prayer energy on a daily basis to this simple prayer: “Lord, may my kids know You, know Your voice, and obey Your voice.”

Speak it: God, I believe that Your Word says that as Christians we know You, know Your voice, and follow Your voice. Lord, I pray and believe that from a very young age all of my children will know you, know your voice, and obey your voice. In Jesus Name, Amen.

He [promises] to protect

12 Aug

God promises divine protection for you and your family. This divine protection is something I have been meditating on lately. As I study God’s Word, I am reminded that Psalm 91 is loaded with protection promises! As a parent it is easy to become concerned about your children… or even your spouse. If you ever find yourself in fear about your children or your spouses’ protection, I encourage you to hangout in Psalm 91 until your faith in God’s protection is greater than your fear!

Check out Psalm 91 and speak the promises it declares about your family!

Psalm 91:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

Speak it:

  • Our family abides under the shadow of the Almighty (vs.1)
  • God delivers my family from dangerous traps and snares (vs. 3)
  • Under His wings we take refuge (vs. 4)
  • No danger or harm shall come near my family (vs. 7)
  • No evil shall come near my family. No plague (sickness or evil) shall come near my home (vs. 10)
  • God’s angels are appointed to guard my family and lift us from danger (vs. 11)

Lord, thank-you for your protection. I believe what Your Word says – that my family is safe and no evil shall come near us. I love you and I rest in knowing that You promise to protect.

5 things last spoken?

24 Jul

 

5 Last Things Spoken

What are the last 5 things that you have said out loud to your child or about your child?

Sometimes when emotions are high and patience is thin, we can say things about our children that we don’t mean to say….

“Oh, you little rascal!”

“You bad girl”

“You are so naughty!”

“Oh, my little runny nosed boy”

“You little devil”

“He just never listens to me”

“Oh, she’s just a flirt”

“He’s a cranky boy”

“She is shy”

“Seems like he is always sick”….

Our words as parents have more power than we think. Our kids hear the words that we say about them and  they begin to form their identity based on our words. Our words help shape our children and their future.

Good rule of thumb:Never say anything about your children that you would not want to come to pass. Our words can become self-fulfilling prophecies if we are not careful.

Proverbs 18:21 says it best:

“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.”

As parents we have the choice everyday to surround our children with words of life or words of death. Words that build-up or words that tear-down.

Our words are more powerful than we recognize.

If you do not know where to start start, here are some good phrases to have in your back pocket…

“You are so smart”

“You are such a good boy”

“Wow, you are a great helper”

“You are funny, you make mommy laugh”

“You are beautiful… you are handsome…”

and for when they misbehave…. “That is not the (child’s name), I know…”

As parents, we need to be reminded: “if we don’t have anything nice to say…. Don’t say anything at all”

Lord, help me speak only words of life about my children. Lord I believe my children are favored, blessed, healthy, strong, spiritually keen, etc. Help me to speak, the same things that you speak about my children.

Candy-spoken

15 Jul

 

Words …. simple words.

sweet as honey.

or

harsh like daggers.

I want to be a sweet-worded person. Especially with those closest to me… my husband. my kids. my family. my friends. Candy-spoken and refreshing to the soul. The Bible says that sweet words can bring healing to the bones and encouragement to our souls.

There is nothing like receiving a genuine, heart-felt compliment from a loved one…. you feel all cuddly and warm on the inside… and as the Bible says … sweet words actually carry healing power for those spoken to.

Proverbs 16:24

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. 


Lord, help me be a person that leaves people feeling better about themselves, with warmth in their heart and strength in their bones… especially my spouse and kids. May my words be a foundation of life for them.


why faith confessions?

25 Jun

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

Proverbs 18:21 NLT

Some might ask, “What is the big deal about faith confessions? Why be so overly concerned about the words that are coming out of our mouth?” Others might think it is a bunch of positive think/positive say humbo-jumbo.

Here is some food for thought: Optimism is great – but it is not faith. Positive thinking and speaking is great – but it is not faith. Saying and doing the right things is great – but it is not faith….. Faith is trusting solely and entirely in God and God alone. Faith is believing that God is who He said He is, that He did what He said He did, and that He still does what He promises to do.

Faith Confessions are NOT conjuring up enough positive self-talk to somehow in your own strength make something happen. Faith confessions ARE simply believing with all your heart that God’s Word is true and then speaking that truth over your life.

The Bible has a lot to say about believing and speaking. Is seems like things are established when we both believe and speak (or verbally confess) God’s Word.

Check our Romans 10:9 …

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord AND believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. NLT

We see from Romans 10:9 to be saved we must not only believe, but also confess. There seems to be some kind of establishing power in us confessing verbally with our mouth what we believe.

Then, check out Proverbs 18:21 …

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. NKJV

It is clear to see in Proverbs 18:21 that our words create either death or life in our life (and in the life of our children). The second half of the scripture talks about how our words create “fruit” – both positive and negative – and we eat the “fruit” that our words produce.

And again, check out Hebrews 11:1,3 …

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see… By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. NLT

We learn in Hebrews 11 that faith is not based on what we see (we do not make faith confessions based on what we see). We also learn in Hebrews 11 that the world was created by God’s Word… His command … His confession.

Lastly, everything comes together in Mark 11:23, where we see Jesus teaching the disciples on their authority and how when they have faith in Him, their words can carry the same power that His do.

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. NKJV

Right before Jesus said these words He cursed a fig tree and it withered up and died. The disciples were surprised that by His words the tree died. Therefore, Jesus takes some time to explain to the disciples the power of their words. He is showing them that when they have faith in God, their words have the same commanding power to create.

WOW! The Bible is clear that faith and words have power. The universe was created at God’s command and God says that our personal universe is created largely by our words… or confessions.

Mark 11:23 – you will have whatsoever you say

If you say that your kid is a “Snotty-nosed, stubborn, terrible-two-year old stinker” … well, the Bible says you will have whatever you say! But if we line our words up with what God says about our kids…. they are a “blessed, healthy, obedient, joyful, gift from God!”

SPEAK IT!: Lord, forgive me for where I have not spoken the best things over my life or my children’s lives. Today, I agree with you verbally that they are blessed, healthy, obedient, and joyful. Their spirit is keen to Your voice, their soul is at rest, and they are a gift. Their futures are bright and they will fulfill everything that you created them to do!

New FREE Video Book!

18 Jun

“God Speaks About You!” is now in a free video book format!

Now your children can enjoy “God Speaks About You!” anytime they want! Your family can access this new video format now on YouTube. Spread the word, and let people know about this new great format! Children love video books (or ebook/ibooks) on your phone, tablet, or computer… just another great way to get the word out.

SPEAK IT!: My kids know and follow God’s voice

4 Jun

My Favorite faith confession as a mom: “my children know and follow the voice of the Holy Spirit.” The Bible promises that God will never leave or forsake us and that we know His voice! The Holy Spirit is with our kids everywhere they go, AND the Holy Spirit knows more about our kids that we know! The Holy Spirit is the best teacher our kids can have – let’s agree with the Word that their Spirit is keen to His voice!

5 times in John 10 Jesus says that we know and follow His voice. I think God wants to make sure we get this message! We HEAR and FOLLOW Him!:

vs. 3 the sheep hear his voice / vs. 4 the sheep follow him, for they know his voice / vs.14 I know My sheep, and am known by My own / vs. 16 they will hear my voice / vs. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

There are a lot of prayers and faith confessions we can speak about our children, but this one covers a whole lot of bases! If our kids know and obey God’s voice: they choose the right friends, go the right direction, are quick to repent, are quick to get back on the right path, marry the right person, know and follow their calling…. and the list goes on!

SPEAK IT!: My kids’ spirit is keen… they know and obey God’s voice. God’s voice is the most familiar voice they know. They follow God’s voice and the voice of a stranger they will not follow. 

SPEAK IT!: We always have more than enough

21 May

There are diapers, daycare, baby food, toys, clothes, babysitters, and the list goes on! It ain’t cheap to raise a kid! And when it seems that money is “tight”, it is good to remember that God promises that those who trust in Him will have more than enough!

What has your confession been about your family’s finances lately?

Do you believe that God will provide more than enough for your family, and are your words lining up with that belief?

I know in my own life it is easy to let my words just be reactionary to a current situation, instead of having my words being intentionally in line with the truth of what God’s Word says. Sometimes it is easy to say things like, “Wow, we are really tight this month”, “I don’t know how it is going to work financially”, or even “We never have enough” or “I don’t see how our financial situation can get any better”. However, God’s Word have much better things to say about our finances.

The first half of Psalm 37 talks about the benefits of those who trust in the Lord. Listed in this chapter are many promises about needs being met.

Those who trust the in the Lord….

vs.1 “live safely in the land and prosper” vs,4 “He will give you your hearts desire” vs. 9,11 “will possess the land and live in peace and prosperity” vs. 17 “the Lord takes care of the godly” vs. 19 “even in famine they will have more than enough” vs. 23 ” He delights in every detail of their lives” vs. 25 “never abandoned and children are never begging for bread”

So today, do you trust the Lord to always provide more than enough for your family, even in famine? And are your words lining up that belief?

SPEAK IT! My family always has more than enough! God is causing our family to live in peace and prosperity. God delights in every detail of my life, of my spouse’s life, and our kids lives. God always meets all of our needs and our kids are never in lack, or begging for bread. The financial future of our family is bright, prosperous, and blessed!

SPEAK IT!: My children will influence and lead

14 May

What have you confessed about your children’s future lately?

The other day I drove by the local middle school, that my daughter will one day attend, and I had the thought ,”Oh, no… the middle school years, man those are going to be hard years for Ella…”. But as soon as I had that thought, I recognized that it was not what I wanted to confess about her middle school years, so I took it captive, and adjusted my confession.

To counter the negative thought, I boldly said (while driving in my car), “Ella’s middle school years are going to be so blessed. She is going to be a confident, influential young girl who lives for the Lord and makes the gospel attractive to her friends.” Of course I understand that there are different seasons we all go through in life and many times the middle school season is a little awkward. However, I believe that God desires that our children be confident, influential, and strong in their faith even during somewhat awkward transitional seasons.

As parents we need to understand the power of our words and make sure that our words line up with the Word of God. Deuteronomy 28 talks about how God promises that we will lead and not follow, and I believe that that promises applies to our children too.

Let’s start confessing the right things over our children’s futures. Our words really do have power, so let’s make sure we speak what God speaks!

SPEAK IT!: My children will lead and not follow. The will be influential for Christ in their generation. During all the seasons and transitional times of of their life: elementary, middle, high school, college, and beyond – they will remain confident in who they are in Christ and have influence in their peer group. Thank-you for this promise, Lord. I believe it will come to pass!

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