Archives

I Am God’s Child

no comments
I-AM-Gods.Child

 

Ephesians 1:3-5

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Our true identity is not based on what we do but on whose we are. I love how this verse points out that God chose us to be a part of His family BEFORE He made the world!!! More than 6,000 years ago you were put on the list. So you really didn’t have anything to do with making the team! It is just up to us to accept the invitation. Continue reading

I AM Created For Relationship

no comments
CreatedForRelationship

Our first I AM statement that we are going to explore is I AM created for relationship.

We can trace it all back to the garden, when God created us.  The very first thing that God said was ‘not good’ can be found in Genesis 2:18. “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone.’” From the very beginning of time God created a need in man and woman to be in relationship with someone. But God didn’t leave them alone – He walked with them in the garden.  Picture yourself in that setting:  You, your spouse or friend, and God.  Together.  In relationship.  

Our husband, family, friends and kids will fill a valuable part of this inner need, but in the end they will fail to completely fulfill it. This deep longing inside us can only be fully met in a relationship with our heavenly Father.

“But seek first his kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well..” Matthew 6:33

This one verse gives us insight on the secret to being fully satisfied in your relationships. We are to seek God first! Then and only then can we be healthy enough to offer ourselves to others and be full enough to not deplete those who are around us.

Continue reading

Who Am I?

no comments
MIrror

If I know who I am, everything else will fall into place.  

“Who are you?”

Deep down, all of us are searching to figure out the answer to that question.  And there are many ways that we try to answer it.  What is the first question that people generally ask you when you first meet them? Typically it is “What do you do?”  When asked that question, how do you respond? I would venture to say we begin with a list of things that we do. I am a mom, wife, a teacher, a taxi driver, nurse, cook and friend. Or my husband would say he works in a hospital pharmacy, he’s a dad, husband, gardener, and runner among other things. Continue reading

No Matter What

no comments
No-Matter-What

“God is Victorious! He is with you no matter what happens. Keep going, He has your back. I love you! -Hannah”

As I rolled over in bed one morning, I felt something in my bed. It was a notecard. In fact, it was a note left on my pillow the night before from my oldest. As I read it, tears came to my eyes. It was so humbling to read my oldest daughter’s sweet, gentle, yet wise words of advice.

You see, at the beginning of this year I was gifted with a couple months off after I had stopped working. This is a true gift as I have so desired to just spend time in the presence of God and work through different things going on in my life. For the first two and half months of this year our youngest continued to go to preschool, so I had a few hours each of those days to just sit and read my Bible and pray. I have had some conversations with God that were great, but some conversations, well…let’s say they have been hard. Continue reading

Would You Rather?

2 comments
WouldYouRather

I’ve never liked the game “Would You Rather.”  It’s a childhood game that may bring back good memories for many of you, but for me it brings up feelings of fear. For some reason, this type of game always makes me afraid of getting embarrassed.  What if I didn’t know what one of the things is? What if both options were terrible and I couldn’t fathom doing either one, what would I do then?  So, when hanging out with friends I usually tried to avoid this type of game.  

Fast forward 25 years and I am at a children’s ministry leaders meeting and the emcee starts the lunch with an unexpected “Would You Rather” game. WHAT?? Surely there is an age limit to this game, right?! I was pretty much trapped with no place to go.  But much to my relief, this version had an unconventional twist to it. It was “Would You Rather…Bible Edition.” Continue reading

Permission NOT Granted

no comments

Permission is NOT granted!

 

“JACOB!!!!” said one of the other preschoolers as he gave our son a huge hug when we walked into his classroom. As my son was recovering from the welcoming hug, I heard his teacher remind the overly excited friend that he had to ask permission to hug Jacob and shouldn’t just give it to him without being granted permission.

This instruction stayed in my head as I was driving home from dropping Jacob off at school. The teacher was pointing out that we need permission to invade someone else’s space. An interesting yet profound thought. I do not remember the last time someone asked me permission to hug me before initiating that kind of touch. (Not that I mind getting unexpected hugs.) As an adult this idea doesn’t normally cross my mind, but it does when I am observing my children playing with other child. “Honey give your friend a little space. Move over a little.” “Stop wrestling, someone is going to get hurt.” “Do not touch your sister, she does not like that.” These have all been said multiple times in our home. How about yours? Continue reading

Live Loved!

no comments

Live Loved!

These two words have been rolling around in my mind for the last month since I started reading Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. Live Loved. Sounds great, but how in the world to I practically live that command out. There are many times when I don’t feel loved. There are times when interactions with friends or family speak to me that I am not loved. So how do I “Live Loved” when I don’t feel it or experience it?

On the other hand, what would my life look like if I did choose to “live loved?” What if I lived loved, full of God’s unconditional love for me? Knowing I am accepted and deeply loved by my Father God today. How would my life be different? Continue reading

Dream Big

no comments
dream_big

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to teach about Abraham at chapel for our church’s school.  Abraham had a dream. He wanted to be a father. In Abraham’s mind this was a BIG dream. You see Abraham was old and in the natural eye, way beyond the ideal age for beginning fatherhood. It was an important dream to Abraham, one that he had had for many years. But to God it was a small and limited dream.  God had plans for something much bigger!

One day Abraham talked to God pretty plainly about his unfulfilled dream. In Genesis 15:2-3 it says, “But Abram replied, ‘O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.” Continue reading

Back to School Blessing

no comments
PrayerApp

Another summer has flown by, and school has started again.  As you settle into your routine, it is a great opportunity to reestablish faith in God as the center of your daily lives.  Despite the busy-ness, we can be grounded if we are purposeful.

In this printable we have a Back to School Blessing that you can speak over your kids, some Back to School Scriptures that may speak life into the challenges and opportunities that come from a new school year, and a Daily School Prayer that your family can use every day as they get ready for school or drive to school.  Prayer is powerful, and it is even more powerful when you model a God-centered life for your kids.

Enjoy!

Printable: | PDF_Picture  Back to School Blessing |

 

Here are a couple more posts about back to school.

School Time Is Here

First Day of School Prayer

Learn more about OPL’s take on parenting by clicking on the Family – Parenting menu.  And don’t forget to follow us by email by putting your email address in the Subscribe box on the right.  One step and you’re finished!

Label Change

no comments
LabelChange

Have you ever done something that earned you a nickname? Maybe something you did that wasn’t so smart?  Or maybe there is a nickname from your High School years that has stuck with you? For Halloween one year my daughters dressed up in their Little House on the Prairie costumes. When a friend saw them at our church’s Trunks of Treat they decided to call Rebekah “Half Pint,” which was the nickname that Laura in the book was called. Now every time he sees her he greets her with, “Hello Half Pint!” Because of that one Halloween, she now has a label.

Do you feel like you have been labeled by one single act? Or maybe it was by two or three incidences but that is not how you want to be remembered. But it seems like the harder you try to shake that label the stickier it gets.  Oftentimes we find ourselves labeled, and whether we earned it or not, we want to shake that label off so that we can wear a new name. Have you been there? I know I have. I want my actions and words to truly display what is in my heart, but sometimes it is so hard to overcome others thoughts and opinions towards you. Continue reading