Baby Praises The Lord in The Car
This baby is so precious. I think he’s doing more than acting cute. I believe he is praising God in a way that has been modeled for him by his parents.
Matthew 21:16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,
This was a reminder and illustration that spiritual parental influence is critical.
Where do you think this little fellow learned to act like this?
Do you believe a little boy can do more than just mimic worship actions, but actually worship?
Do you believe parents play a vital role in leading children in worship?
I enjoy Mark Lowery so much! Laughter is good medicine. Hope you'll laugh as much as I did at his video "Mama Had Enough".
I enjoy Mark Lowery so much! Laughter is good medicine. Hope you'll laugh as much as I did!
You could use this blog for personal inspiration or use it as an illustration in your class. While it may not seem spiritual to address thoughts, generic it is biblical. God's plan includes multi-dimentional wholeness, remedy body, thumb mind and spirit. What we think effects our body and our spirit. Get your kids off to a great start by giving them a filter to process all their thoughts. Is this thought pleasing to God?
I was running late, which I do more often than I should. I had to load the car, feed the dog, put my shoes on (Yes, I was barefooted which makes this story even worse.), and then I would be ready to go. I was in a hurry to get gone, so I left the front door open as I loaded the car. I didn’t know that someone’s pet was on the loose or I never would have left it open. As I lowered my heavy box into the back of the trunk, the little dog scampered over to check me out, barking and wagging his tail. The frisky visitor frightened a skink lizard in the flowerbed. The skink both frightened and intrigued my visitor, so the chase was on, with the skink running and the dog chasing. Any other day I would have enjoyed watching the pursuit, but I was in a hurry—no time to stop.
Then suddenly this chase took an unexpected turn—inside my house they went. The skink was running for his life and the dog was chasing because that’s what dogs do. I followed the dog, as he ran through the house barking wildly at the skink. My dog on the back porch was really upset; he was going mad out there. He seemed to be saying, “What’s that dog doing in my house? You don’t let me in there!” Any other day it would have been hilarious, but not as late as I was. I wasn’t laughing. I was too out of breathe chasing the dog, chasing the skink, running for his life to laugh. It was the perfect plot for a Dr. Seus book. It took me a few minutes to get the dog out, but where was the skink? I searched everywhere, but the fat, purple monster alluded me. I grabbed another box and shut the door behind me, that’s right, now that the skink was inside my house. I loaded the box in the car, came back inside and looked for the skink again. No luck so I loaded the next box.I searched every room in the house again. I carefully looked for the skink, carefully because I didn’t want that thing to jump on me. Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done with it if I had found it. I couldn’t leave it in the house, but I had to leave it. Wayne would just have to find it when he got home from work! Sorry baby, it comes with being married to a woman like me…didn’t you know “Skink Chasing” was one of the requirements on your marriage license?
I will pray for my kids!
Christian parents know there are some four letter words that are inappropriate to use. I not going to rant and rave about the proliferation of inappropriate four letter words. But I am advocating the removal of a good four letter word that has made its way unto the official "Do Not Use List".
While this word hasn't been bleeped off TV, viagra 100mg even though some people feel it should be, it has taken quite a pounding lately. In spite of all the controversy over this word, some people continue to use it. But not as frequently as you might think. Its used mostly in times of terrible disasters. Even then it's only a small group of people that do so and usually they are Christians. But even they talk about using the word more than they actually use.
This little four letter word must be taken off the "Do Not Use List." It's a powerful word. A life changing word. But it's not a magic word. It's not a bad word. But it is a a hard word. It's tied to surrender. But this word will change your children. Now that’s a bold claim! Hoping won’t do it. Screaming, begging, bribing may make temporary changes; but, if you will do this four lettered word they will change.
I'm sure you've already solved the mystery, my simple little four lettered word is....let me spell it for you...p-r-a-y. So simple a child can do. So profound that it connects us with God that created the universe and all we see. We must pray. In the face of storms that pelt us with adversity and pain, we must pray. In times when our kids are great and then when they give us great pain, we must pray.
Honestly, I realize parenting is a huge job. Sometimes our kids make us laugh and sometimes they make us want to scream. As a matter of fact, in spite of our best efforts, sometimes we do scream. It is emotionally draining and fulfilling all at the same time. Parenting is labor intensive and often overwhelming. Still it is the most important thing you will ever do. We make sure they do their homework, eat dinner before they eat dessert, take their vitamins and wear their shoes when they go outside on a cold day. We want them to grow up to be healthy, wealthy and wise—so we do all the things that we think will make that happen.
But let me ask you a very important question, do you pray for them? There’s that four lettered word that is missing from too many homes because it has been put on the "Do Not Use List". I’m not talking about the quick, emergency prayers when they’re fighting or sick. But do you make investment prayers into their lives that shape their destiny and attitudes? But I know you realize the power of prayer, but have you put prayer on your "When I Get Time List." That list renders the same result as the "Do Not Use List"-absolutely nothing.
Scripture is succicient, it warns us that we don’t have things, because we don’t ask for them. James 4:2 NIV The best hopes and intentions will not produce what prayer will. If you want your children to be kind, pray and plant seeds into their lives to grow kindness. I’m going to blog about planting the Word in our children’s heart in March, so I won’t go there today. But let’s look at the prayer part. What are you praying over your children? What do you say when you pray for them? What things should we cover in our prayers for our children? These are some prayer priorities that I have for my children.
- That they will love God passionately.
- That they will receive the love of God and all the benefits His love involves.
- That they will follow God in obedience and fulfill God’s purpose for their life.
- That they will be examples of believers in word, in conversation, in love and in truth.
- That all their needs would be met abundantly, so they can give and serve and love.
So how do I say when I pray? I find a verse in Scripture and pray that verse. I find a verse that explodes in my spirit and then I pray that verse for them. I insert their name in the verse and turn the verse into a prayer that echoes my heart using scripture as a pattern. I don't pray the verse word for word, but I use it as a prayer pattern.
One of my favorite scriptures to pray
Father, I thank you for my children. They are precious gifts. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give ______ the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that they will know You better. I pray that the eyes of their heart may be enlightened so that they may know the hope to which he has called them, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength. which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. I pray that they will live up to your calling. I pray that they will fulfill the purpose that you placed them on this earth to fill. Ephesians 1:16-19 NIV
I've posted a long list of prayers that I pray, not necessarily all at one time, but as I feel the need to pray them. You can also download a pdf to print your copy and put in your prayer notebook or Bible to use as a pattern for prayer.
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