The messages incorporated in the Family Series are things I wish I'd known in the years of my youth.
is teaching his son 3
to remember about the Bible;
Who or what do you serve? Everyone serves someone or something, whether a human king, an organization, work, a hobby, or the God and Creator of the universe. Sometimes it's our husband, wife, children, or ministry. Think about what matters to you more than anything. Then ask God if what matters most to you is in line with His reason for creating you.
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This painting was inspired by
"We stand tallest and strongest on our knees before God." Dr. Charles Stanley
TRUST in the LORD with
ALL your heart; don't depend on your own understanding (or trouble is
sure to follow). Seek His will in ALL you do, and He will show you which path to
take with every decision you make. (Proverbs 3
Mom, Your daughter is a precious gift from Heaven entrusted into your care. You'll never regret raising her up in the ways of the LORD so she may discover her divine purpose (to know God and make Him known). Think about what might be remembered about you when your children/grandchildren are grown. I've had to confess to God (and my daughter) for the many times I've failed as a godly influence. The truth is, none of us have been (or will be) the perfect parent. None of us have it all together, BUT because of God's mercy and grace (when we mess up) He's ready and willing to forgive and restore us. God is generous to use our transparency, so instead of being fearful of condemnation from critical people, I hope you will share what He's redeemed and taught you from your past, as the Spirit leads!
God doesn't call us to holy just because He's holy; He wants us to be holy for the sake of keeping us from suffering consequences of sin. Holy God cannot/will not bless disobedience! So as much as we can, we want to remain righteous. So how does a righteous mother look?
* She's a surrendered instrument for Jesus, dependant upon the Holy Spirit
within her to raise her children up according
to God's agenda instead of her own
This “Princess of the King” is also a "Spiritual Carpenter” who patiently builds temples in the hearts of her children in hopes that Jesus will be invited to live there when they’re grown. Children need consistent quality time (our undivided attention) to teach them what God has taught us. They need memories of our love in action. It is possible to bless the future of our world, if we answer the call to be Christ to those in our sphere of influence. What kind of legacy are you building? What might be carved on your tombstone when you leave this world? I can't imagine a better way to be remembered than “a servant of the LORD” Proverbs31:10-31 If you didn't start well, then start today by surrendering your life and your will to God and He will show you which path to take with every decision you make.
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Children learn from what they see,
not from what they are told. As a reminder
to remain on our knees throughout our lives, “Momma’s
Little Man” represents the Past
the picture over the bed where Mother and her baby are bonding for the
first time. The Present
time is where the little boy is saying his prayers with Mother. Look for
through the window as the young man is on his knee proposing to his
Deuteronomy: 6: 5-7 where Moses’ last instructions were to, “Love
the Lord with all your heart, soul, and might. Teach these commandments
to your children and talk about them when you are at home or out for a
walk; at bedtime and the first thing in the morning.”
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(and Jesus’ name) is in the picture on the wall.
The golden star that she gazes on is also in the palm of the
Angel’s hand in the book, “Angels Watching over Me,” symbolic of
Angel’s watching over her.
The Present time is the sleeping child in her bed.
The Future can be seen through the reflection of the mirror as Dad prays over his sleeping beauty the night before her wedding. He ponders that soon he will be giving her hand in marriage.
The accompanying letter is left open for Dad to sign and give to his daughter of any age. It mentions that each butterfly must shed its cocoon and each bird must try its wing. The bird and the butterfly can be found behind the sleeping child’s head. Click Here to read or copy the letter.
My husband and daughter inspired and modeled for this precious piece when she was nine. Just as most fathers ought to cherish their little girls, Kristi has never lacked for love.
Married couples at any stage can see themselves in this time-line. The couple in the forefront are reminiscing about their long and loving relationship. The bride and groom are looking forward to growing old together. As they think about how God put them together, their past is represented as children with their families (to the left and right). Marriage is like a triangle with the bride and groom at the bottom corners, and God at the top. The closer we draw to God the closer we draw to one another. Choose to be wise, and don't resist righteous submission. If you trust God and embrace His promises, He will bless your obedience.
wives, your ministry is
first to one another; then your children, and then to others.
Ask yourself these very important questions?
What does my temple promote? Do I dress modestly? Do I carry my temple in a way that reflects Christ? Or, do I dress provocatively and seductively? Check out Nancy Leigh DeMoss' series on dressing in a way that brings honor and glory to God: Does God Really Care What I Wear?
As a Follower of Christ, the door to my temple (my heart) should be open for all to see Christ. The temple in this painting is a reminder that our bodies are living temples for Jesus to live in.
The last supper, an image of Jesus, and Jesus’ name are the messages to find in a straight line leading to the cross to represent Christ as the center of all things.
Subtitle: The whole building is joined together and becomes a constantly growing temple of God. You, too, are being built together as a dwelling place for Jesus to live in. (Ephesians 2:21)
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arrangement is surrounded by stages of a baby's life, from birth
to the day he or she marries. The black and white photo on the left
captures the memory of a mother’s love for
her infant. The
is portrayed through the windows as the horse-drawn
carriage carries the bride and groom from the old country church to
begin their new life together, as one. Jesus'
can be found in the bottom of the right window.
The greatest gift to give our mate for the rest of our lives is to KEEP SEX SACRED. Sex is a gift from God; He makes it clear that there is to be no sex outside the marriage relationship. This includes the need to guard your heart from any involvement of sexual sin (pornography, fantasies, and masturbating). God blesses our commitment to obey this command. If you choose to disobey, you're setting yourself up for painful and unavoidable consequences.
If you're just becoming aware of the need to live a pure life, it's not too late. Today is a new day for the rest of your life. Repent to God, and repent to the one you're involved with, and your pure life will begin today. Remaining pure (married or single) is only possible with the strength God provides for every follower of Christ. The more you practice "taking every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5) the stronger you will become in resisting temptation. The moment a tempting thought arises, call on Jesus to help you respond to it. The Holy Spirit will answer via His still small voice from within. He'll bring scripture to mind to help you with your first response, like James 4:7, "Submit (humble) yourself to God. (Then) resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and He will come near to you." James 4:7-10Trust and depend on the working power of the Holy Spirit that guards the thoughts and actions of every willing follower of Christ. When temptations arise (which always begins in our thoughts) recognize the devil's attempt to distract you and cause you to sin.
A helpful tool to carry with you throughout the day is favorite scriptures written on index cards to remind you how to respond when the flesh, or Satan and his buddies come knocking on the door of your heart. Answer those thoughts with God's Word. You'll win this battle every time if you let God fight it for you!
Subtitle: Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) Note: This is a Proverb, not a promise! See my Face Book entry on Sunday, August 19, 2012.
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We'll Never Forget 9-11
If you lost a loved one September 11, 2001, I'm so sorry for your loss. If you find "Raising Faith" to be encouraging and would like a print as a gift to remember him or her, please let me know. I'll be honored to send you a copy.
If you are a volunteer or a family member of one, THANK YOU Sir or Ma'am! May our actions be evident of our gratitude for your service! May we not take for granted the freedom and privileges we have as US citizens. May we remember those affected by 9-11-01, and cover our selfless volunteers and their families in our prayers.
Leigh DeMoss says no matter what’s going on in the world around
you, it’s possible to respond like this, “I
will not fear. Why? Because God is my refuge. He is my strength, and
He is an abundantly available help in time of trouble.”
is the message in the rubble. Jesus’ name
and a broken heart is
painted into the wings of the eagle. The
rubble under the Fire Fighter’s feet is symbolic of rising above
past sorrows while learning from experiences for better tomorrows. One of the Fire Fighters looks to
be Jesus, who is the Christian man reflecting Christ. In
the rubble is a hammer,
a crown of thorns,
and 3 nails. Crosses are atop the structures.
One of the Fire Fighters looks to be Jesus, who is the Christian man reflecting Christ. In the rubble is a hammer, a crown of thorns, and 3 nails. Crosses are atop the structures.
steps as I serve my country and fellow troops.
In Jesus' name, Amen
"The Great Commission" is another visual-aid to acknowledge and encourage our military families. The river displays a reflection of Jesus to remind us to reflect Christ as we serve others. The event on the left is an actual baptism that followed the salvation of troops in Iraq. To the right is a salute to our fallen heroes. Jesus' name can be found in the mortar on the archway.
Ask yourself if you are spiritually painting an everlasting picture of the Lord. “The Great Commission” reminds us that every believer in Christ is called to disciple others. What does a genuine disciple look like? They're a soldier in the Lord's army, dedicated to the bone for "careful" study and application of Scripture. To be "careful" is to be watchful, not fearful, but guarding against mistakes by paying strict and close attention to details. A disciple is a reflection of Christ from a constant growth; a transformation of his or her heart, head and habits.
Remember beloved, to
dress for spiritual success. Be
on guard (prepared) for every battle: Soldier, Stand your ground. Fight this spiritual battle with The
Whole Armor of God. Put on a sturdy belt of truth, the breastplate
of God’s righteousness, and shoes of peace that comes from the
Good News. Use faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed
at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet. And take the sword
of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6: 11-19)
Jesus' last words, "Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you." (Matthew 28:19-20) God equips every believer with supernatural abilities to fulfill the great commission. You don't have to go on a mission trip or have a seminary degree to share the Good News of Christ. Grow where you're planted. Spend time with the Lord in prayer and Bible study each day and ask Him to use you to share the gospel at home, and with others. Let His Will be your compass to find your way.
Are You 100% Sure You’ll Spend Eternity in Heaven? If Not:
from the Bible the Romans Road
to Salvation: Romans
3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10 and John 3:16.
Bible is the greatest love letter of all time. The BIBLE is your Basic
Instructions Before Leaving Earth. It
is God’s Word
written for personal instruction and application.
You don't have to go on a mission trip or have a seminary degree to share
the Gospel. Believers heart, head, and habits are transformed into the
likeness of Christ as they surrender their live daily to the leading of the Holy
Spirit. You are a
Jesus in your little
corner of the world, so be mindful to spiritually paint an
everlasting picture of the love of Christ. Pray about it. Accountability with a
Christian friend will keep you from being deceived by Satan, “the master
of deception”. Now, go and
build a legacy with the potential God sees in you my friend!
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"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD" (Psalm 33:12)
You may contain a wealth of spiritual knowledge but what are you doing with it? Give the following questions some serious thought;
1) Could our economical recession and emotional
depression be a result of our own rejection of God?
Let's challenge one another to MOVE from the deceit of self-satisfaction or a spirit of fear or rejection. Let's see what happens when we readjust our FOCUS by SEEKING, OBEYING and TRUSTING GOD. Let's activate the knowledge of truth that is found in scripture. Let's humble ourselves and confess our sins. Let's submit to God and resist evil (James 4:7): THEN God will forgive us. THEN He will heal our brokenness. He promises to bless our obedience to follow Him. Let's take an inventory in prayer and ask God to reveal any sin that needs to be uprooted. God wants to pardon us. He wants to provide a victorious life. He wants to have the two way line of communication open between Him and us, but because He is a holy God, He can not (and will not) be in the presence of sin. Repent and be restored. "Prove by the way you live (by your fruit) that you have repented of your sins and have turned to God." (Matthew 3:8)
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Scripture tells us that to be absent from the body is to be in the presence of the Lord 2 Corinthians 5 6-10. Once you die, your eternal destiny is forever in place and is based solely on your faith in Christ. No one is resurrected to Glory without faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8. Romans 14: 12 says, "Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God." Christ died for our sins and by faith we receive His payment which eternally seals us in Him.
Eternity in Heaven is a choice made by the individual while they are still alive. Be sure of this truth, friend. There are no second chances to accept the Lord once we die. God has given us this life to make that choice. Therefore; death ends any opportunity to repent. No one can change our destiny for us. If they could, Jesus would have given us instruction on praying for our dead loved ones who might not have made it to heaven on their own, but He did not. He made it very clear that we are responsible for our own choices. "IF you CONFESS with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and BELIEVE in your heart that God raised him from the dead, (THEN) you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9-10, 13)
As you read your bible, ask God if He's who He says He is. He will reveal Himself as His Word promises. While you are still alive, beloved, you must know the truth; If you die rejecting Jesus, your destiny is eternal hell. (John 3:3-8) “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who BELIEVES in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:16-17)
About eternal security in heaven, read Pastor Greg Laurie's son is alive! As a Christian I believe in a literal Heaven and Hell as taught by Jesus. As a follower of Christ, my suffering will end the moment my earthly body dies. The last breath I take on earth will be the first breath I take in heaven. It is my prayer that your loved ones will have no doubt that you are Safe in the Loving Arms of Jesus when you take your last breath.
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