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What Are We feeding Our Children?

By Elise Brown

As a young child I was raised in a very loving Christian family who I often times looked at as being to strict. Today as a Christian mother of two young girls, one who is a teenager and the other still in her toddler years, I often find myself asking the question, What Are You feeding Your Children?

Sometimes with work, choir rehearsal J, mime practice, cheer leading, (the list could go on) I will stop at McDonald’s, Wendy’s or grab for them whatever will be quick and easy and stop us from being later than we already are. Now I am working on better meal planning to rectify what goes into their bodies. But the bigger question for me is what am I feeding into their Spirits?

When I was a child I would go to my Grandma teary eyed and ask, “Why was Granddaddy, a Baptist Pastor, so mean?” She would gently reply, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. There was no way for me to understand it then, but as I grew older and had friends who were murdered, and older yet to have friends who would go to prison, I started to think back to all the times that I wanted to do what they were allowed to do but wasn’t. The obscure slowly began to become obvious. I would remember the times that God’s love was fed into my Spirit via scripture and songs and hugs and I now realize that what I was fed then has had a tremendous effect on who I am today and the decisions I have made from childhood to adulthood.

As I grow and mature in my Christian walk I often reflect upon the Blessing and responsibility that God has entrusted me with when I look at my daughters and I don’t want them to feed off of a diet of Spiritual Big Macs and Happy meals. It is easy to give a child the things that they will like, that will make them smile, but in this day and age it is crucial to feed them a Spiritually Well Balanced meal. We as a Christian community need to pray for the children in our community, parent or not. We need to love them the way that God loves us and we need to speak power and love and protection over their lives. It is time for us to stop sitting silently by and watch children throw not only their lives away but their souls and their spirits as well.

Ways that I think we can foster God’s love into their lives and everyday well diet.

* Read the Bible with them and teach them how to use the Bible to deal with daily life both good and bad. Not just reading the old family Bible (nothing wrong with it) but there are several Bibles that are specifically designed to speak to children/teens so that they can relate to what they are hearing.

* Teaching them your favorite childhood church song and why it’s your favorite. I feel this will help them to relate to you. If you can’t think of one “Yes Jesus Loves Me” is always good.

* Teach them the “Lord’s Prayer” and reward them as they learn it.

* Put the radio on a Gospel station or CD when taking them to school. If ever they need to be reminded that they are children of God it is in school when they are alone with their peers.

* Get them a shoe box to decorate and colored index cards and have them write notes to God. (Doesn’t have to be a prayer a simple word or sentence will do)

* For younger children read them Christian based books prior to bed.

* Say Good Night Prayers as a family.

* Involve them in youth activities at Church. This will help them to establish a peer group that has the same values as them. So maybe the peer-pressure will be to do what is right instead of what is wrong.

* Teach them that God is Loving, Kind, Forgiving and full of Grace and Mercy, not just Fire and Brimstone.

Now I have not done all of these, but I am going to start working on them pronto (work in progress). Hope you have something to add. We look forward to reading your post.

Be Blessed!

Marvin Sapp – Never Would Have Made It (Video, Lyrics and mp3 Download)


Never would have made it
Never could have made it without You
I would have lost it all
But now I see how You were there for me

And I can say
Never would have made it
Never could have made it
Without You

I would have lost it all
But I now I see
How You were there for me
And I can say

I’m stronger, I’m wiser
I’m better, much better

When I look back
Over all You brought me through
I can see that You were the One
I held on to

And I never, never would have made it
(Never would have made it)
Oh, I never could have made it
(Never could have made it without You)

Oh, I would have lost it all
Oh, but now I see
How You were there for me

I never
(Never would have made it)
No, I never
(Never could have made it without You)

I would’ve lost my mind
A long time ago
If it had not been for You
I’m

I am stronger
(I am stronger
I am wiser
(I am wiser)

And now I am better
(I am better)
So much better
(Much better)

I made it
Through my storm and my test
Because You were there
To carry me through my mess

I am stronger
(I am stronger
I am wiser
(I am wiser)

I am better
(I am better)
Anybody better
(Much better)

I can stand here and tell You
I made it
Anybody out there
That You made it

I’m stronger
(I’m stronger)
I am wiser
(I’m wiser)

I’m better
(I’m better)
Much better
(Much better)

I made it
(I made it)
I made it
(I made it)

I made it
(I made it)
I made it
(I made it)

Never would have made it
(Never would have made it)
Never could have made
(Never could have made it without You)

I would have lost my mind
I would have gave up
But You were right there
You were right there

I never
(Never would have made it)
Oh, I never
(Never could have made it without You)

Somebody just
Need to testify this tonight
Next to them
Tell them

I am stronger, I am wiser
I am better, much better

When I look back
Over what He brought me through
I realize that I made it
Because I had You to hold on to

Now I am stronger, now I am wiser
I am better, so much better

I’ve made it
Is there anybody in this house other than me
That could declare You made it
Tell Your neighbor

Never would have made it
(Never would have made it)
Tell em never could have made it
(Never could have made it without You)

Oh, I wish I had some help here
I wish I had just two or three people
That would just declare it

Never would have made it
(Never would have made it)
Never could have made it
(Never could have made it without You)

I just, I just love to encourage myself
Sometime I look in the mirror and say

I’m stronger, I’m wiser
I am better, so much better

When I look back over
What He brought me through
I realize that I made it
Because I had You to hold on to

But I never would have made it
I never could have made it without You
Yeah, yeah, yeah, lawdy
Oh, I good God, Almighty

Never would have made it
(Never would have made it)
Never could have made it
(Never could have made it without You)

Sing it one more time
All I need is just one more time
Everybody sing with me

Never would have made it
Oh
Never could have made it without You
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Hezekiah Walker – Faithful Is Our God (Video and Lyrics)

Faithful, faithful, faithful is our God
Faithful, faithful, faithful is our God
Faithful, faithful, faithful is our God
Faithful, faithful, faithful is our God
I’m reaping the harvest God promised me
Take back what the devil stole from me
And I rejoice today, for I shall recover it all
Yes, I rejoice today, for I shall rocover it all

Holy, holy, holy is our God
Holy, holy, holy is our God
Holy, holy, holy is our God
Holy, holy, holy is our God
I’m reaping the harvest God promised me.

Take back what the devil stole from me
And I rejoice today, for I shall recover it all
Yes, I rejoice today, for I shall rocover it all

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is our God
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is our God
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is our God
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is our God
I’m reaipng the harvest God promised me
Take back what the devil stole from me(12x)

And I rejoice today(8x)
For I shall recover it all

Who is a Christian?

By Elise Brown

A Christians journey begins with a willingness to accept God’s unconditional love and to give Him this love in return, The Bible says that “God is a God of Love”(1 John 4:8), He has shown us this in several different ways. However there was no greater gift that he has given us than that of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ lived, worked, bled and died. He was sent here by God “that we might have life and have life more abundantly” (John 14:6). He gave his life for our sins that we might be forgiven in Heaven and be granted eternal life with God the Father.

As Christians we are not expected to be Jesus but instead to live by the example that was placed before us as we follow His life here on earth. To be used as a road map to direct us to the promises that God has made to us.

Even though we are called Christians it is important to realize that God and his love were present before Jesus was born. There was evidence of His ability to perform miracles and His worthiness of our praise long before Jesus was conceived by the Virgin Mary. Just as God was present before Jesus, Christians were present before they were called such. We have been taught to more commonly identify them as disciples, the followers of Christ, as read in Acts 11:26. The disciples followed Christ and learned from Him, wrote His life’s journey down for us to read and tried to learn how to become more Christ like, which means walking in accordance to God’s will and purpose for our lives.

A Christian is a person who has made a conscious decision to allow God to order their footsteps, to walk in the purpose that God has ordained for their lives, to seek out that purpose even when the understanding of the time, place and direction that you may go is not to your full understanding. However we have never been left alone without any guidance or any framework as to how we should conduct ourselves, the book of Matthew, with special attention to Chapter 5 and 6 give Jesus’ instruction on how a Christian should live.

However it is very important that we not only read and apply what the Bible says, but that each and every one of us has a one on one personal relationship including prayer and communing with God. That we are able to talk to Him as a Father and we avail ourselves to His desires for us as his children. This begins with us asking Him to come into our lives and turning our worries and cares and sins over to Him. This is scary for many people because it calls for you to expose your innermost flaws, hurts and wrongdoings and it seems like God in all His magnificence will turn away from you. But He is longing to have you come to Him. “We all fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) no one that seeks eternal life with Him is exempt from this step. The amazing part is that HE wants to forgive you, He already knows what we have done, and the shame comes in not asking Him for forgiveness and to take control so that you become the person He has planned for you to become. (See Romans 10-9)

Once this is done, and sometimes done a few more times, God can begin to reshape your entire life. He will begin to guide you and to reveal to you the plans that he has for our lives: the plan that He had for you all along, as he told Jeremiah “I knew you before you were formed in your Mother’s womb” (Jeremiah 1:5-10).

God is inside of each and every one of us, a Christian should exhibit the things that God is. We should not have to walk around and point out to you that we are saved, it should shine from within us. We should be patient and kind. Giving and forgiving. We should be the light in a dark world, the purpose and love of God should pour from us from the inside out, as Christians we should “draw all men unto Thee” John 12:32.

While the perception of a Christian might leave some to believe that we are all the same we are not. Yes we all believe in the same Holy Trinity and yes we study the same Bible, but we are all uniquely created by God. No two people’s journey is the same. Just as no two snowflakes that fall from the sky are identical, nor do any two stars shine the same in the heavens. No two Christians are the same, which is why we are all so important to HIM. We each have a unique destiny to fulfill a secret that God has whispered into each and every one of our souls that make us His own unique gift. Some of us are warriors and others are caregivers. Some of us are singers and others are prayers. The bottom line is that God has made each of us to his specifications, tailor-made to fulfill His purpose.

What is a Christian a Christian is a person like you and I who has made the choice to have faith in thing unseen, to love our enemies, to press towards a higher mark. A Christian is a person who has decided to answer God’s call and walk in His purpose for their lives with the reward of Salvation.

Who is a Christian? Maybe you are and you just don’t know it yet.

Yolanda Adams – In the Midst of it All (Video, Lyrics and mp3 download)


Download: Yolanda Adams – In the Midst of it All

VERSE 1:
I’ve come through many hard trials,
through temptations on every hand;
though Satan’s tried to stop me
and to place my feet on sinking sand
Through the pain and through all of my sorrows,
through the tears and all of my fears,
the Lord was there to keep me;
for He’s kept me in the midst of it all
……………………………………………..

VERSE 2:
Not because I’ve been so faithful,
not because I’ve always obeyed,
nO it’s not because I trusted Him
to be with me all of the way.
But it’s because He loves me so dearly,
He was there to answer my call,
there always to protect me;
for He’s kept me in the midst of it all.
……………………………………………..

CHOIR SAY VERSE 1 AND 2:

CHORUS:
No, He’s never left me
and He’s never let me fall.
Oh yes, He will protect you,
for He’s kept me in the midst of it all
…………………………………………….

CHOIR SAY VERSE 1:
………………………..

1:
Yes, He’s kept me.
Yes, Jesus kept me.
………………………..

2:
Jesus kept me,
Jesus kept me,
Jesus kept me,
in the midst of it all, yes.
……………………………..

3:
Yes, He did,
yes, He did,
yes, He did,
Jesus did.
…………..

4:
Yes,
yes,
yes,
Jesus did.