This week I am encouraging you in the area of renewing our mind Our soul (which is our mind, will and emotions). Hi this is Dorette with your dailyeword. Our mind needs to be renewed day by day by making our thoughts obedient to Christ. Our body needs to be brought into obedience to do God’s will by daily making choices to do what is right. Both our soul and our body are controlled by thoughts which turn to actions. So this week, we’re talking getting our thoughts to line up with God’s thoughts. Right thoughts lead to right words, and right words change your actions, which can change your life. Here’s your dailyeword!
Mental fitness, or getting our thoughts to line up with the Spirit of God, can seem like a challenge. Renewing our mind is a daily thing. Each day we choose what we put into our bodies for food, sometimes it is good and sometimes it is way bad! What happens over the long haul in our body is that what goes in does affect not only our appearance, but our health. Because we don’t see our thought life, it seems like it is easier to let things slide. We can be thinking thoughts that are very contrary to what God thinks about us, and can do it day upon day, week upon week, year upon year without realizing that damage is taking place. But damage is happening. So stop the damage today and make a change.
Thoughts can lead to imaginations and strongholds as it talks about in II Corinthians 10:4-6. Thoughts are much easier to deal with than strongholds. So nip wrong thoughts in the bud. Don’t let them hang around even for a minute. Take control of your thought life by capturing the wrong thought and replacing it with a God thought. Let me show you how it works. I’m make it really general so you can put whatever you might be struggling with in the blank to make it personal. When you start thinking this way:
I will never overcome my habit of ______________
Every time I’ve tried before and I have failed
It’s impossible, I don’t have enough will power
I will never break through this barrier to success
My life will always be this way, I’ll always be defeated
Turn those thoughts around immediately, and begin filling your mind with these “God” thoughts:
I am well able to overcome the habit of __________
This time, I have the strength of God on my side
Nothing is impossible with God, He gives me strength
Jesus broke down every wall, I will break through this wall.
My life will be forever changed, I’m more than a conqueror
As you begin to say what God says about you, strength and power will be released into your life, because of the power there is in lining your thoughts up with God’s thoughts. It will affect how you speak, and then how you live! That’s encouraging!
Everything living has Expression. Expression gives us a glimpse into the essence of what something is. Me, you, dogs, horses, cows, sheep, cats, pigs, etc…have expression. Humans and animals both have expression. Expression shows on he outside what the animal or person may be thinking or feeling. Are they angry, elated, depressed, happy, excited, defeated, joyful, or joyless?
You can tell a lot about your children, your friends, or your mate by their expression. When someone is training a horse, he/she can tell by the horse’s expression how the animal is responding. If its ears are back and they are swishing their tail and turning back to look at the one in the saddle, then we know that something is bothering the horse. You can see the horse’s Expression.
Faith is living when it has Expression. James said in 2:20, “faith without works or expression is dead”. Faith is spiritual, but must have natural expression to effect our lives in a practical way.
James goes on to say in 2:17-18 that “faith cannot be alone, but needs expression to give it life.”
James goes on to say that he has evidence of his faith by seeing it active. What kind of expression are you seeing from your faith? Is it at work in your life? Are you finding ways to serve others? Are you using it in your church, in your community, in your family? As you put your faith into action by serving God, you bring Him glory, and you get to see your faith expressed in your world. As you love and serve others, you are giving your faith expression and seeing your faith to work!
If you read the book of James, you will notice that James is trying to see some evidence that faith is working. In the book of Acts, when the Holy Spirit was poured out, there was some evidence that something significant had happened. The promise of the Father was left for believers on the earth, and there was evidence. People were speaking in tongues. We see the connection when receiving anything from God. We live by faith, there should be some evidence that faith is working. Hence, the statement in James, that faith without works is dead. Works by itself is dead. We can’t work our way into heaven, or into God’s favor or grace or blessing. They are a total gift. Just like faith that we receive. Once we are in the faith, there should be some evidence that faith is working by the “fire of God” is on the inside. So if you liken your body to a house, if there is a fire in the fireplace, there should be smoke coming from the chimney. How would you rate your own life? Is there evidence in you that your faith is working? Is there some smoke in your fireplace? Let’s having living faith, alive and active, accomplishing great things for the kingdom of God. Let’s see people saved, and set free from anything that hold them bound. That’s what faith is designed for!
Faith is the building block of Christianity. The Bible tells us that all things are possible if we believe, and when we put our faith and trust in God we can see see circumstances change in our world. Hi, this is Dorette Schaal with your dailyeword.
What do you have your faith out toward? We know that faith pleases God, because without it is impossible to please God Let’s be God pleaser and develop our faith. Here is your daily eword.
WHY is a question that is often asked when bad things happen to good people. Or when circumstances turn out differently than we expect. We live in a fallen world, and our earth has a curse on it, but still we often ask what’s us, why did this happen. As believers, we have to move away from the whys an the what’s up to the stance that “I WILL TRUST”. Something has to happen to make that paradigm shift – the one thing that is the most basic of building blocks of the Christian life…..the concept of FAITH. We are saved by faith, live by faith and walk by faith. Faith affects every part of our Christian life. We need to understand and have a grasp on the concept of faith, because FAITH IS WHAT PLEASES GOD!
Hebrews 11:6 says, “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
For the believer who truly wants to please God, we should take these words to heart. It we want to make God our number one priority, we make our faith walk a number one priority. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, so hearing God’s Word becomes priority number one. God is looking for faith in you. When you read all of Hebrews chapter 11, you see the hall of fame of faith. Men and women who were challenged on every side, who not only survived, but thrived because of active, dynamic faith! God is looking for faith in you. Let’s be Faith People, because that’s what pleases God.
There is nothing more wonderful in life than being a parent. The first time you see your newborn baby, it takes your breath away. And those sweet innocent baby grows up way too fast. There are joys and sorrows associated with raising children, and hopefully the joys have far outweighed the sorrows for you parents. I do know that there are a lot of hurting parents in my world who have children that have either turned their back on God, have walked away from the faith or family , or are struggling in many areas, some with drugs, some with alcohol, and some with their identity. Some have made terrible life choices and some are even serving time for crimes committed. As I finish this week of parenting topics, I want to encourage you parents never to give up on your children. We keep using our faith as parents. When we have mountains of issues to deal with, we continue to speak to those mountains. We activate our faith with our mouth, because faith is voice activated. We believe that children will come to their senses, and come home to God.
This is my prayer for you:
Father in the name of Jesus, I lift up parents who are (reading this) hearing my voice. I believe the promises in your Word that we a parents can raise a generation of kids that know You and love You. We pray that the children of the parents (reading this) listening will open their hearts to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit speak individually to them. When theses parents feel like failures, I pray that you remind them that you love their children more than they ever could. We depend on You for strength, might and the ability to keep holding tightly onto the promises in Your Word. We call those things which be not as though they were, and believe that Your Word has been sent into their kids lives and it will not return void. We believe that evil strongholds and influences would loose their power over our children. I pray encouragement and blessing around these parents and we believe the lost will be found, the prodigal will come home, and freedom will come to their children who have been held captive by the enemy, in Jesus Name, AMEN.
After talking about natural things all week, we will delve into spiritual parenting ideas. One of the most powerful things that we can do for our children, involves prayer. The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous person (mom or dad) makes great power available, effective in its working (James 5:16b).
My three easy points are:
1) Pray for your child,
2) pray with your child, and
3) teach your child to pray, (by doing points one and two).
We need to be praying the Word over our kids everyday! They don’t have to sow wild oats, or have a rebellious season. They can grow up loving God, loving you, loving their siblings and making right choices. The three main things I have prayed for my kids comes right out of John chapter 10.
1) That my kids will know the voice of God (vs 4).
2) That they won’t follow a stranger (vs 5).
3) That they will make decisions to follow God based on listening to His voice. (vs 27).
There are lots of voices out there. It is imperative that our kids know how to discern God’s voice from any other voice. Most of all, we want our kids to be good decision makers, and making the choice to follow God in everything is where it all starts.
So my encouraging word to you is….pray for your kids. If you don’t have natural kids, there is someone who needs you to pray for them, so do a spiritual adoption! Parents, make it your goal to be your kid’s life long prayer partners. Let them hear you pray for them, and teach them how to pray, by both show and tell, so that they can be people of prayer, who know how to touch heaven, to change things on earth. It is possible!
How on earth did your kids turn out to be so very different from one another? It may
have to do with where they sit in the family tree. Birth order can influence your
kid’s personality and behavior more than we know. We have found that a great tool for raising Godly kids is in understanding birth order. Dr. Kevin Leman and other respected psychologists have written extensively on this subject, and there are amazing truths which can help parents better understand children. The amount of children in a family, if there are step siblings involved, or half siblings, or if kids are an only child all can change things up a bit, but the basic principles often hold true, even in blended families. Another variable is how many years there are between children in the birth order.
The oldest generally are the take charge leader type. They are not always outspoken about it, but they often are strong willed and determined and definitely conscientious.
Middle kids are usually peacemakers and mediators. They tend more often to be people pleasers.
Youngest children very often think the world revolves around them, and often become the entertainer, or the life of the party.
There is great insight in Dr. Leman’s books, and also great charts available on the internet to see how you can better understand your kids when it comes to birth order. It is well worth your time to do some of your own research. Because we want to be the best parents we can be, I encourage you to use all of the resources you have available to stretch and grow. As parents we don’t get a dress rehearsal, this is the real thing. Let’s do our best!
I use the acronym QWARP to remind me of each of the 5 different love languages Gary Chapman introduced in his book “ The Five Love Languages”, and the many spinoffs for couples, for kids, etc.
Q stands for Quality Time. Kids who have quality time as their love languages just enjoy being with you, with eye to eye contact.
W stands for words of affirmation, and kids with this love language need to hear you say that you love them and approve of them.
A stands for acts of service, and kids with this love language, enjoy you doing projects together, and will often be under your feet while you are working.
R stands for receiving of gifts. These kids love getting presents, and a prize box for rewards will really be a hit, but they also love giving gifts, and take pride in selecting special gifts.
P stands for physical touch. These are the touchy feely kids who will be found sitting on your lap, playing with your hair and holding your hand.
When you know what your child’s love language is, you will better understand why they do what they do, and even which discipline works best for each child. So to all you parents out there, you can be a better parent as you learn about your child’s love language. It is an exceptional tool that has been so beneficial for my husband and I as we parent
Understanding personality types is a key to understanding your child– There are many personality type tests, but the one I like the best is the one with the lion, the beaver, the otter, and the golden retriever, developed by Gary Smalley and John Trent. The Lion is often a first born, who is the strong leader type. They get things done, have vision for the future, and can tend to be pushy if they get out of balance. The beaver is the worker bee, who sees a need and gets it done. The otter is the life of the party. They are the social ones, who love having lots of people around them. The golden retriever is the loyal faithful friend, who is always there when you need them. Who would think that 4 personality types would pretty much sum up everyone you know? It really is great for looking at your kids personalities, because you can picture the animal, and instead of getting frustrated that your kid loves to have friends over all the time, or won’t ever be serious, you see an otter, playing in the water and enjoying life. With our kids, it also helped me to recognize that my beaver was given most of the jobs, because she never complained and just did them, while the otter couldn’t find time to do chores, and lions would just like to delegate it to someone else. So whatever animal your children represent, they can be their best self if you recognize the animal attributes that their personality represents.
Do you know what motivates you? The motivational gifts are listed in Romans 12, verses 6-9. What is wonderful about this scripture is that it demonstrates God’s finger print on every life on the face of the earth. Here is how it reads in the Message Bible.
6 let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; 7 if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; 8 if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face. 9 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.
This scripture includes great advice for parents. Every person has different motivational gifts. Our motivation can be to lead/give guidance, teach/preach, to help, to guide/administrate, to give, to show mercy, or to encourage. What is so great is that you can see where your child fits, and then you understand them better. It also works with spouses, friends and your own siblings. When we know our motivation gift, we can relate to each other on a higher level. What a great parenting tip, that really works for a lifetime!