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I have always been sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that My husband and I were the key to heaven for my children, even though some who have wayward children may disagree. The most galvanizing moment in my life as a young mother was when an elder's wife argued with me about the possibilities of success in raising my children to see heaven. This led me on a frantic Bible journey which convinced me even further that it is possible to obtain what I desired.


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3 Assurances That you CAN Raise Your Children to see Heaven

I have always been sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that My husband and I were the key to heaven for my children, even though some who have wayward children may disagree.  The most galvanizing moment in my life as a young mother was when an elder’s wife argued with me about the possibilities of success in raising my children to see heaven.  I guess she thought I was arrogant when I expressed my belief that Jesus centered parenting produces Jesus lovers.  She boldly told me it was impossible to be so sure, that some, even after good parenting will turn away and be lost.

No.

Unacceptable.

This led me on a frantic Bible journey which convinced me even further that it is possible to obtain what I desired.  But it’s hard y’all.  This task of raising children is thwarted at every hand by the devil and His minions.  And let me say this, even though your child dallies in a certain sin for a season doesn’t mean they are lost forever.  I believe they will always return to the fold.  Look at the last part of this scripture:  Bring up a child by teaching him the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn away from it. Proverbs 22:6 NLT

But, I didn’t want my children to waste their lives away from God and then come back to Him when they were older.  My goal was to have strong, steadfast, faithful children so they could in turn raise strong, steadfast, faithful children.  Our strategy was to parent with this goal in mind.  So if you are having doubts about your ability to save your own children, be encouraged with these thoughts from scripture.

I have always been sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that My husband and I were the key to heaven for my children, even though some who have wayward children may disagree. The most galvanizing moment in my life as a young mother was when an elder's wife argued with me about the possibilities of success in raising my children to see heaven. This led me on a frantic Bible journey which convinced me even further that it is possible to obtain what I desired.

1.  Children are Good Soil

Matthew 13:3-8

But, good soil has to be cultivated, fertilized, watered, nurtured.  If the soil is not cared for, or left on its own then it becomes dry and hard.  If the rocks are not plucked out carefully, then roots will not take hold.  If not diligent, then thorns will pop up.  A parent must constantly working the soil of the child.  But happily, this good soil will produce an abundant crop.  This is a promise.

 

I have always been sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that My husband and I were the key to heaven for my children, even though some who have wayward children may disagree. The most galvanizing moment in my life as a young mother was when an elder's wife argued with me about the possibilities of success in raising my children to see heaven. This led me on a frantic Bible journey which convinced me even further that it is possible to obtain what I desired.

Message from a teenage boy to his mother after an argument.

2.  It’s God’s Will

Ephesians 1:11

Your children are predestined to become believers.  They were entrusted to YOU.   For an analogy…our family loves the Houston Astros team  My children were destined to love this team too.  Why?  We wear the shirts, we gather around the radio or television, we discuss stats in the car and around the table, we travel to Houston for a live experience,  we whoop, we holler, and we sing.  So now, even though my son lives in California, he is not ashamed to put on his Astros hat when the Angels are playing Houston.  He proudly roots for his team even though he is surrounded by the enemy.   He has been TRAINED.

God has put these children in your family so you can train them for His team.  It’s inevitable.  It’s His will.

3.  You have Power.  POWER.

Ephesians 3:14-21

This immense love of God can only be understood through the Holy Spirit.  He strengthens you, He dwells in your hearts, and He can do more that you can you can ask or imagine.   So partner up and ask Him.  You are not alone for one second.

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Spiritual disciplines will clothe you with depth, suitable clothes for the wedding banquet. Find out what these disciplines are, and battle the enemy as he tries to steal your time from you.


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Why Spiritual Pajamas are not a Good Idea for the Wedding Banquet

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Spiritual disciplines will clothe you with depth, suitable clothes for the wedding banquet. Find out what these disciplines are, and battle the enemy as he tries to steal your time from you.

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Time is of the essence to me.  The enemy is a robber, a thief of time.   Because there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day, and that “time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future,” as the Steve Miller band sings so prophetically, I have chosen the word URGENCY to define my year.  Urgency to be dressed in spiritual depth,  suitable clothes for the wedding banquet.  It boils down to this equation:  days left on earth+spiritual depth desired=URGENCY.

Look y’all, church buildings are filled with people like me doing their best spiritual impressions…glancing occasionally beyond the surface…content with their spiritual pajamas…never time to go diving into spiritual disciplines…the word later climbing up on center stage and demanding an audience.

So now is later.

I have defined my own set of spiritual disciplines, and encourage you to create your own list.  This begins a blog series that I hope you will find useful for your own battle for time.  These include:  love, prayer and meditation, reading and memorizing scripture, private praise, fasting, and resting.

Spiritual disciplines will clothe you with depth, suitable clothes for the wedding banquet. Find out what these disciplines are, and battle the enemy as he tries to steal your time from you.

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My anchor scripture that will guide each discipline will be Luke 10:27.  Every urgency, both internally and externally, will be directed away from self and toward fulfilling this scripture.

….“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27 NLV

Dealing with my selfish self causes my urgency to be sluggish, and my love for Him to become unfocused.  Spiritual depth for the Bride of Christ is what I am after, and it starts with love for my Father.  Loving him with all.

All.

All your heart.

All your soul.

All your strength.

All your mind.

If I am honest with myself and if you are too,  what that means is that there is no room for empty longing in my heart…no vacancy in my soul…no strength training with feathers…and  the eyes constantly protecting the mind from the fake.  Then and only then can I serve my neighbor the way the rest of the passage suggests  as myself…a self filled to the brim with Yahweh.

Spiritual disciplines will clothe you with depth, suitable clothes for the wedding banquet. Find out what these disciplines are, and battle the enemy as he tries to steal your time from you.

More in the Spiritual Disciplines Series you might like:

 

Do you sometimes forget you have no power over the weaknesses in the one you love? It's time to capture every rebellious thought about your spouse and focus on the battle in prayer.

I want to show you how I found a space to pray in my small house after watching The War Room. See how I created a space on the back of a door and sign up for free printables of the prayer banner, labels, and prayer cards that I use in my time with God.

It is important to know that Jesus is not a genie ready to deliver hearts and rainbows just because I rubbed the lamp. Look y'all, if you are like me, and I'm betting you are, you spend most of your time in prayer presenting your requests. Here are some ideas to make your prayer time into more of a partnership...more of a love fest...more of an expression of trust.So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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+  Closeup of my daughter-in-law’s wedding dress,

++  A beautiful church window found on a Hawaiian excursion.

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Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.


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Good Book: SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright

Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.

Who he was, what he did, why it matters

The more I understand scripture, the more the Holy Spirit sends me to the Jews… to the Old Testament…to the history behind it all.  How else can I truly understand the sacrifice Jesus made until I understand the sacrificial system he lived under at the time.

I am corresponding with a very kind atheist who lets me share scripture with her.  The gospel message is not just a literal death on a cross.  I can’t say,  “Jesus died for your sins”…that just doesn’t make sense to someone from another country who is struggling to understand this Jesus person.  “How exactly does God dying save people?”  she might wonder.  We are very proficient in telling His  story, but not so well in conveying the symbolism behind it all.  We are guilty of dumbing it down for our children too.   Basically we tell them, “Just trust me, He died and rose.”  Then they grow up reciting, but not really understanding the immense beauty and richness of what exactly God did for His chosen people.     Maybe it’s time you delve into the history and prophesy of the Jews and develop a complete picture of the  Messiah.  If you are ready to be schooled by a professor of the New Testament and Early Christianity, then this is the book for you.

This book is full of imagery and metaphorical pictures, not just from scriptures, but from Wright too by using the analogy of a storm throughout the book.    We meet the Roman and Jewish people through the eyes of the culture of the time.  Wondered what happened in between the books of Malachi and Matthew?  We are introduced to the men who “could have been” the Messiah, but only disappointed in the end:  Judah Maccabee, Simon the Star, Herod the Great, and Simon bar-Giora.  We discover fascinating meanings behind what Jesus said and did, hidden to those of us who have been skimming the surface of scriptures, staying safely within the confines of the New Testament.   Wright uses the seven themes of the Exodus:  tyrant, leader, divine victory, sacrifice, vocation, divine presence, and promised inheritance to compare with the coming, the life, death and reign of the King of the Jews.  Finally Professor Wright discusses the enthroned Jesus and how he works with the church today through the Spirit.

I won’t kid you y’all, this is not an easy book to read, but SO worth your time and energy.  Here is how Tom Wright organizes his book:

Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.

 

I am including a quote from Professor Wright on heaven and earth.

“They (heaven and earth) are not merely contagious, like two next-door houses.  Heaven permeates earth.  If Jesus is now in ‘heaven’, he is present to every place on earth.  Had he remained on earth, he wouldn’t have been present anywhere except the one place where he was.  The ascension enables him to be present everywhere.

Tom Wright also writes under the name of N.T. Wright.  There are many videos of his discussions on YouTube.   Get your boots on y’all, he goes deep!

 

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There are many situations that we find ourselves in when the conflicting emotions of thankfulness and guilt push their way into our heart. Look y'all, guilt is the wrong emotion to have in situations like this.


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If I am so Thankful, Then Why do I Feel so Guilty?

There are many situations that we find ourselves in when the conflicting emotions of thankfulness and guilt push their way into our heart. Look y'all, guilt is the wrong emotion to have in situations like this.

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Someone I love went into the military right after high school.  He was strong, agile, and emotionally fit for basic training.  One night while he was on guard duty, a fellow soldier passed by him on the way to the restroom, but never came back out.  He hung himself.  So my loved one, the new recruit, barely wet behind the ears,  had to recover the body as part of his guard duty job.  What emotions might a person be thinking as he performed this grim task?  There are many situations that we find ourselves in when the conflicting emotions of thankfulness and guilt push their way into our heart.

Thankful for the pregnancy, guilt over the friend who can’t conceive.

Thankful for health, guilt over the one with cancer.

Thankful for wealth, guilt over those in poverty.

Thankful for a great marriage, guilt over the one suffering with divorce

Thankful for the awesome job, guilt over the one out of work.

Thankful for coming out of the military in one piece, guilt over the dead and injured.

Look y’all,  guilt is the wrong emotion to have in situations like this. Real guilt comes from sin.  If you are a Christian, all guilt has been paid at the cross.   This misplaced guilt comes from pride.  PRIDE.  From somehow thinking that your blessings in the face of such suffering is wrong, a mistake, maybe even sinful.  Essentially it is a feeling of mistrust in your Creator.

This is trust…

 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.  For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.  Romans 8:18-19

So how can you be thankful for your blessings and not feel guilty?    Put God back on the throne and bow your knee to His will.  Trust that we are all on a different path with Jesus and that each is individualized, made perfect for that particular person, a path that may include suffering.   Stop comparing.  Change that guilt to compassion, mercy, and love for others.  Serve them, wash their feet.  And then throw your head back with great joy and be thankful for every gift He has given you.

There are many situations that we find ourselves in when the conflicting emotions of thankfulness and guilt push their way into our heart. Look y'all, guilt is the wrong emotion to have in situations like this.

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What you are really longing for is Heaven y’all.  The place where all tears are washed away.  Where there will no longer be any curse,  Where we will all have new perfect bodies.  Where we will see the face of God.   (see Revelation 21)

There are many situations that we find ourselves in when the conflicting emotions of thankfulness and guilt push their way into our heart. Look y'all, guilt is the wrong emotion to have in situations like this.

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Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.


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Eating the Lamb of God, In Heaven Part 3

Eating the Lamb of God Series

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.

 

And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.  Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”  Matthew 26:27-29

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.

 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.  And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” Luke 22:14-16

I love these scriptures because they give us a glimpse of Heaven, the Father’s Kingdom.  One tidbit  Jesus gives us here about Heaven  is that we will eat and drink.  I don’t know if that thrills you like it does me y’all…but sign me up for heavenly food!  The afterlife is not described as ghostly beings floating around in clouds playing harps.  If that is your idea of heaven, then do I have some good news for you!  Heaven is described as a new earth, inhabited by people in new bodies…bodies that can eat.  (Read Scriptures about the new earth here, and new bodies here)

But the best part of this passage is that we will drink the cup of His sacrifice with the Lord in His Kingdom.  All those times here on earth that we have “remembered” the Lamb while we drank His figurative blood will come to a glorious conclusion on the Day of the Lord.  Did you notice that in the Matthew passage, Jesus did not put His lips to the cup, He did not drink.  He is saving that moment for when He is with all of us.  It is described in Revelation as the wedding feast.   He is the groom.  We, the church, are the bride.

 Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder:

“Praise the Lord!
    For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
  Let us be glad and rejoice,
    and let us give honor to him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
    and his bride has prepared herself.
  She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”
    For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. Revelation 19:6-8

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.So use your imagination with me for a minute y’all….you have gathered together with all the believers after the separation of the sheep and the goats.  The King now has invited you into His kingdom, by saying, “Well done good and faithful servant.”  You are ushered into an immense hall, with tables ladened with a wedding feast, beautifully lit by the glory of God.    You find a seat among the joyful throng and every eye is on the groom.  He stands before you, before us all, and lifts His cup…ready to finally drink a toast to His bride.  And in all His majesty,  He looks You in the face, the Holy Spirit stirring in your body, and repeats what He said to His disciples so many years ago, “This is my blood, which confirmed the covenant between God and his people. It was poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.”  Did you feel the vibration  of His majestic voice when He spoke those words?    And now He invites you to drink.  Do you taste the wine slide down your throat as you join your groom in the beginning of life together in His Kingdom?   I hope your imagination is working overtime because anything you can possibly imagine is nothing compared to the real thing.  Excited shivers for everyone!  Let the wedding banquet begin.

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You might be interested in Part 1 and Part 2 of the Eating the Lamb of God series.  Click below.

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all and see how I approached a curious Muslim visitor about communion.It's not weird to think outside of the box...no really! Making communion part of your family experience can become a beautiful tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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