Sunday, August 28, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Roll Call

Roll Call
Biblical Priority #1 - God
by Kim H.

It’s what usually happens right away on the first day of school. Each child’s name is called, each one is accounted for. The teacher does not know them individually. At first, she has a list of names only. Jesus knows your name but does he know you?

A relationship with our Father in Heaven is a steady dependence on his spirit to lead us, even when we are frightened. Asking him to lead, trusting him with the details of our life by laying down our will for his. Surrender all hopes and expectations and watch him take care of all of your life and future. No more forcing things to occur in your timetable by working tirelessly and stressing out. No more controlling your children, husband or schedule. Pray, a lot, all the time without ceasing about everything. Read your bible to know him intimately more and more every day. He will speak to you while you are in his word. Ask him questions and wait on your answer. Example: “Lord, is this your will for me?” Seek his face and be led by his peace. He is in all details of life, watch and see.
Which camp do you fall into?
(Jesus speaking) “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only he does the will of my Father who is in Heaven. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out many demons and perform many miracles?” Then I will look at them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evil-doers!” Matthew 7:21-23

(Moses asking God) “What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people from the face of the earth?” And the Lord said to Moses, I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Exodus 7:16b-17 NIV

Challenge: Yield and or submit to HIS leading.

Harassed Hubbies

Harassed Hubbies
Biblical Priority #2 - Marriage
by Jenn V.

Have you ever noticed how television views husbands as incompetent slackers? I have. I’ve seen countless sitcoms, dramas and reality TV shows that show wives being downright mean and treating husbands like they are just some silly goofball who can’t do anything right. I asked myself, “Am I guilty of that too?” YES! Is that reality? NO! This husband-bashing is so opposite of how God wants us to view our spouses. So many great books talk about this very subject on how as Christian wives we are to view our husbands with dignity and respect and when we do, the whole family reaps rewards!
The Message says: 1 Peter 3:1-4 “The same goes for you wives: Be good wives to your husbands, responsive to their needs. There are husbands who, indifferent as they are to any words about God, will becaptivated by your life of holy beauty. What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition.” Lord, help me reposition my inner disposition!

Challenge: Edify your husband in front of someone this month.

Remember Who You Are

Remember Who You Are
Biblical Priority #3 - Children
by Carri P.

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3 NIV

When our children walk out the door towards their day, take a moment to lovingly look into their eyes and say “remember who you are”. This little phrase can carry so much meaning if we spend some one-on–one time beforehand explaining a few key points to them that Jesus wants us all to know.

1) Loyalty – We represent God’s family as well as our own family. We need to choose both of these families first.
2) Honor – Our behavior should honor God, honor our parents, and honor our teachers.
3) Obedience – We should obey God, our parents and our teachers at all times. Delayed obedience is disobedience.
4) Friendship – Choose your friends wisely and stand by them at all times. Pull your friends up and don’t let them pull you down.
5) Kindness – Always remember to be kind to those around you even when they are not very kind to you.

Challenge: Involve your children in writing a family mission statement.

Morning Madness

Morning Madness
Biblical Priority #4 - Home
by Stephanie H.

“She keeps an eye on everyone in her house-hold, and keeps them all busy and productive”. Proverbs 31:27a The Message

Morning madness? Does this sound familiar? "Mommy! I can't find my . . . !" getting the family out the door in the morning can make any parent want to stay in bed or hide.

I would like to introduce you to: the family launch pad. What is a launch pad? It's a dedicated space for each family member: a single location to contain all the "out-the-door" essentials of life. Setting up a launch pad can be as simple as clearing a shelf in a bookcase and designating the area the family's launch pad.

The launch pad is home to permission slips, lunch boxes, homework, library books and science fair projects. For the household's "big kids", the launch pad holds handbags, car keys, return videos, dry cleaning and the day's ration of slim-fast. One place. One special place to corral items every family member must have to leave the house each morning It isn’t likely that this will totally cure the “morning madness,” but the launch pad can ease the symptoms.

Challenge: Set-up a launch pad in your home.

An Appointment Worth Keeping

An Appointment Worth Keeping
Biblical Priority #5 - Service
by Amy G.

The bell rings on the first day of school…Brrring!!! You marked the date on the calendar, went back to school shopping and fell asleep early in preparation for this day. Attendance is mandatory. Why should our spiritual life be any different? It is for our benefit, not Gods, that we make growing in Christ likeness our top priority. We have to make it a point (make an appointment/ priority) to 1.) continually grow our relationship with God through prayer and meditating on God’s Word, 2.) attend worship services each week, 3.) routinely fellowship with other believers, and 4.) give to the church from every pay check. In Luke 22:46 NLV, Jesus disciples were not being steadfast and were caught with other priorities, and Jesus said to them, “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Their prayers would not keep Christ from the cross, but their prayers were for their own benefit. Likewise, developing these spiritual disciplines are for our benefit. “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:13 NLV

Challenge: Write church events & times on your calendar and keep your appointment!

Love One Another

Love One Another
Biblical Priority #6 - Love One Another
by Suzie M.

New School Year, New Beginnings but for some people it brings back old relationships, old feelings and old habits.

You know what I mean:
the room mom who is a control freak
the PTA member who got the position you wanted
the teacher you did not want your child to get
the soccer mom who drives you insane
or you just want to get back to your same old routine, by yourself or with your friends.

We all have them in our lives, but if we are called to be set apart and love our neighbors, then why do we live our lives this way? We are called to encourage and build one another up, all in love. It’s easy to love those who are like us and those we are comfortable with, but what about those that aren’t like us? Everyone needs to be encouraged, affirmed or ministered to in some way. Who will do it? God has put you right where you are supposed to be. Don’t you want to be set apart, don’t you want your life to be an offering to God? Maybe it’s time for a new you. Mark 2:22 says, “ No one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.”

Challenge: Speak to someone you would not normally speak to, make a new friend. Pray for God to make you new so you can do new things for His Glory.

Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies 

3 mashed bananas (ripe)
1/3 cup apple sauce
2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup raisins (or any other dried fruit you want to add) 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp Splenda, sugar or other sweetener.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl really well. Let this mixture stand for at least 5 minutes to let the oats become good and hydrated. Heap the dough by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes and let cool. A great grab and go breakfast that includes protein as well as fruits and grains. These also freeze well!