The Armor of God: The Belt of Truth

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This is by far my favorite piece of the armor and I think the most important piece. Let me explain. Satan’s main way that he attacks us is through lies.

John 8:44 “…He (the devil) was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

That is how he takes us out. He plants some seed of doubt or disbelief about God or ourselves, and continues with the same lie until it is part of our own beliefs. Today we learn about a piece of armor that will save us from Satan’s main tactic and will help us use the other pieces to their full potential.

The Roman soldier’s belt was one of the most important pieces of armor. It literally held most of the other pieces in place. The breastplate tucked into the belt, keeping it in place. There was a loop on the belt that held the sword, and a place for the shield to rest which helped the soldiers to carry such a heavy piece of armor. If the belt was not put on or was not put on correctly then those other three pieces would not function properly. If these four pieces of armor were not in their proper place, it would cause the soldier to be unable to walk, run or fight in the heat of battle. Everything was dependent on the placement of the belt.

So what is the belt of truth?  The place where we can find ultimate truth is the written Word of God.

Psalm 33:4 NLT “For the Word of The Lord holds true, and we can trust everything that he does.”

Proverbs 30:5 NLT “Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Truth has to be our foundation. If we do not fight our battles standing on truth, then we will fail every time.

Here are scriptures to back up the fact that the belt, the written Word of God, is what allows us to use all the other pieces properly. Continue Reading…


First Things First – Is Your Child in the Lord’s Army?

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War?  What War?

Next week we will begin going through the different parts of the armor of God, but first there are a couple things to get straight.  The fact that Paul writes of the ARMOR of God indicates that we must be in a battle. (If we weren’t, then he probably would have said to put on the “shirt and tie of God” instead.)  But this battle is not one that we can fight on our own.  We have to join an army, God’s army, to help us win the battle.  There are three key facts that a child has to know before they can properly and fully use the armor of God to its full potential.

  1. They need to join the army and ask Jesus into their hearts.
  2. They need to know that God is the leader of the army and we are to follow Him with our whole heart.
  3. The Bible is our training manual that helps us learn about God and make wise decisions. Continue Reading…

Character Card: Contentment versus Complaining

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Today we are giving away the fifth Character Card in the series: Contentment versus Complaining

The other Character Cards are: Continue Reading…


Girls’ Devotionals

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As you have probably have gathered over the course of this last year, I am not a morning person. I try to stay in bed until the last possible moment. Since the snooze and I are best friends, I hardly ever allow enough time in the morning to do my quiet time before the day is off and running. This is something I hope to not pass on to my kids.

This school year the girls decided they wanted a schedule for what they are to do in the morning before school. I have no idea where they would come up with such an idea! 😉 In the schedule, we allowed for time for them to do their own devotional. They have loved that time, and I am excited that they are starting to form a great habit at such a young age. I pray they continue to enjoy this time with the Lord for the rest of their years.

Here are the girl’s current devotionals:

Rebekah (age 6) is going through Sheila Walsh’s “Shine Your Light Devotional.”

Hannah (age 8) is going through Elizabeth George’s “A Girl After God’s Own Heart: A tween Adventure with Jesus.”

I have really liked both of these and I feel they are perfect for where the girls are at. They can understand what they are reading and answer the questions on their own.

I am going through Joyce Meyer’s “The Confident Mom” It is excellent!!!! It isn’t technically a devotional but I am making it into one. It was so good that I could not put it down the first time I read it. I wished she would have written it earlier in my career as a mom, but I will gladly take her insight now. The other thing I love about this book, is that it is chock full of scriptures. There is no better thing to do during this season of life than to put the Word into your heart!

I would love to hear what you are reading as a devotional? Or if you do not like devos what book of the Bible are in studying? What devotionals have you liked for your kids? I know we will need another one for both the girls towards the middle of the school year. I am completely clueless on what is good for a boy, so moms of boys, what did your sons enjoy and learn from?


Faith (and Boldness) Like a Child

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Today I will take a moment to brag about our oldest.  Last year we started the good habit of reading a devotional book on the way to school. This had started the year prior when Hannah was given a devotional at church. She loves to read so we decided it would be a good way to start our morning. Some of us, mainly me, are not morning people, and I found it was good to reset our minds before the kids walked into school.

One day Hannah was reading that day’s devo and we got to talking about going to heaven. They were asking questions about dying versus going to heaven when Jesus came back. We talked about the fact that when you die that one person gets to go to heaven while the rest of us stay here. When Jesus comes back then everyone will go somewhere. If you have asked Jesus in your heart then you get to go to heaven, but if not you will go to hell.

One of the kids made the comment that they hoped Jesus would not come back soon because they haven’t been on earth very long and haven’t learned how to be an adult yet. I understood where they were coming from but I reminded them that actually heaven is so awesome that it would be good to go now and not have to wait. Then I explained that we have no idea when Jesus is coming back so it is so important that we tell everyone about Jesus so that everyone has a chance to accept Him. Continue Reading…


Water Baptism

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Our oldest, Hannah, has recently asked us if she could get baptized. We were very excited to hear that she wanted to take this important step in her walk with the Lord! Before we said she could do it we wanted to sit down and make sure she fully understood what she was doing.  We wanted to make sure that she wasn’t just doing it because several of her friends were, but because she felt like the Lord was leading her to take this step. We want her to be able to remember this milestone and be able to understand its significance.

As parents, it is our job to explain the commands that Jesus gives us in the Bible. Children can ask Jesus to come in their hearts at a very young age. When they do, it is a blessing for them to be able to walk with Jesus for most of their lives.  Instead of having our own children get baptized right after they asked Jesus into their hearts, we have decided to wait until they start asking to be baptized.  When the child starts asking to be baptized that is a good indication that they might be ready to take this next step.

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Character Card: Meekness versus Anger

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Today we are giving away the fourth Character Card in the series. The first Character Card talked about Selflessness. The second was Boldness and the third one was Self-Control.

This Character Card discusses the difference between meekness and anger. We will all face situations that we feel are unjustified and unfair. It is how we handle those situations that allow us to be a good or bad witness to those around us. It is so important to help our kids work through unfair treatment in a godly way. Continue Reading…


Hannah’s Diary of Fun Stuff: Lent

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Today we have a guest blogger: Our oldest daughter, Hannah (age 8). When she informed us that she had decided (without our prompting) to give up her beloved books for Lent, we asked her to write in her journal about her reasons why. I love how simple and sincere child-like faith is! We often make it so complicated, and it really can be this simple. We hope you enjoy her story.

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By Hannah

Title: Is there something that’s hard to give up? Continue Reading…


Character Card: Self-Control vs. Self-Indulgence

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Today we are giving away the third Character Card in the series. The first Character Card talked about Selflessness. The second Character Card talks about Boldness. This one will talk about Self-Control.

It is so important to teach our children at a very young age to have self-control. Remember, to actually change,the kids need to know that God is ready and able to help them learn how to control their self.  It does not come naturally, it has to be taught. Continue Reading…


Purim

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Until we started watching “What’s in the Bible with Buck Denver” I had never heard of Purim. Purim is the Jewish celebration of the story of Esther. Purim means “to cast lots.” It helps the Jews remember the day that Haman cast lots to pick the day the Jews were to be killed.

I love Mordecai’s charge to Esther in Chapter 4 verses 13-14. “Do you think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape? For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:13-14 NIV Continue Reading…


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