7/29/11

The Wonder of Your Love

Some songs just move me. They just stir in my spirit and I want to worship.  This is one of them.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  ;)

Monkey See Monkey Do



Have you ever heard someone tell their kids, "Don't do that!" and then hear the response, "...but Mom, YOU do it!"?

That is a simple case of "Do what I say, not what I do."

Our influence as parents is so much bigger than what we think.  We may think that Justin Bieber (or some other latest and greatest) has more influence over our kids than we do.  Don't get me wrong, the world has plenty of influence if we let it but, as parents, our influence is heads and tails above.

I'll give you a great example. My husband and I have been fasting for several years now.  Of course, our kids see us do it and hear my husband teach about it in church.  Now that they are old enough to make up their own minds and listen to the Holy Spirit themselves, they are participating in our most recent fast.

Just this week, I got all of my scrapbooking supplies out and started making cards for people.  Double Espresso (12) was watching me and before I knew it, he was digging into my supplies and making cards for his friends.  As a matter of fact, for the last 3 days, he has sat down and made several cards.  All I did is leave the supplies out on the table.

That is a simple case of "Monkey see, monkey do."

Whether it is a good deed, a selfish ambition, laziness, or being disciplined, our children are watching.  They see us do and they eventually repeat it.

You can break that chain (if it's a destructive chain)!  You know the one.  "My grand-mama did it.  My mama did it.  I did it and now my baby girl is doing it!"

"I command all hereditary spirits of lust, rejection, fear, sickness, infirmity, disease, anger, hatred, confusion, failure, and poverty to come out of my life in the name if Jesus.  Through Jesus, my family is blessed!  I break all generational rebellion that would cause me or my children to resist the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51)."

"I am a son/daughter of the blessed (Mark 14:61).
I live in a kingdom of the blessed (Mark 11:10).
My sins are forgiven, and I am blessed (Rom. 4:7)
Lord, You daily load me with benefits (Ps. 68:19)
I am chosen by God, and I am blessed (Ps. 65:4)"

Now, speak and pray those wonderful words, those generational chain breaking words, over your children.  You don't have to live chained to what your parents did!  You can be free from what has been passed down to you!

Your kids will be happy to repeat what you do!  Walking and living in the Spirit are things worth repeating!

KINGDOM BLESSINGS,


Janet

7/28/11

Do you Twitter?





Hey ya'all!  (No, we don't really say that in Chicagoland!)  


Do you Twitter?  I just started my tweetin on Twitter.  Seems as though Blogger's Twitter link up isn't working right now so I thought I'd blog about it.


Follow me on Twitter:  @JanetsAtHOME


Hope to see you there, Tweety!

7/27/11

Fasting ~ Our Story


I wrote about fasting a while ago and told you my story.  I was healed from a disease that I had for 8 years!  It was the worst it had ever been and 2 weeks into the "Daniel Fast" I was healed!

You can read my other fasting posts and my healing story here:  21 Day Daniel Fast

My husband and I have been fasting for a few years now.  I have done the Daniel Fast or something similar about 5 times.  My husband has done the Daniel Fast, one week of no food, and now two weeks with no food, just juice.

Most of our church is fasting right now.  We are doing a 2 week fast for Spiritual growth.  For the first time our boys have decided to fast.  Espresso (almost 15) is fasting TV and video games.  Double Espresso (12 1/2) is fasting junk food, sweets, TV, and video games.

We couldn't be prouder of our boys.  They are going to be Spiritual giants someday!

Stay tuned for the SKINNY on fasting!  

7/25/11

Taking It Easy



Hello bloggy friends!  I hope you are having a blessed summer.  I've been taking it easy and concentrating on being disciplined.  Also, we FINALLY got internet here at the house.  Such a huge blessing!

I've been fasting again.  This has been such an incredible experience!  Most of our church is on some sort of fast and people are growing by leaps and bounds!  Growing Spiritually and shrinking physically, that is!

You all showed a lot of interest the last time I posted on fasting so I think I'll post again and go into more detail.

You never know what God is going to do in your life!

7/11/11

I Can't Say It Enough

God is so good.  I am totally amazed at how He works in our lives.  It is so mind boggling.  I love the WORD so much.  I love the Holy Spirit so much.  I am thankful to Jesus for His sacrifice.

I am also thankful for Godly conversations with people who "get it."

:)  Janet

7/7/11

Living in the Ooops



I was at church recently (the one we visit) and heard a sermon.  The pastor touched on living a disciplined life.  Boy, that struck a nerve.  I like to be organized and not live life with everything up in the air, but there is more I can do.  I have times of laziness.  I have times of being sloppy.  If I've said it once, I've said it twice... "OOps, I meant to do that last week."

I don't like living in the oops.  Oops isn't disciplined.  Ooops is lazy.  When some people hear the words "disciplined life"  they may think that means "rules, structure, and no Holy Spirit."  That's not the case at all.  If it were, the Bible wouldn't tell us that we need to live disciplined!

God has plenty to say about being disciplined and not being lazy.  There are plenty of Proverbs and parables that tell us how to live a disciplined life.  Pick one of them and learn from it!

I want more of what God has for me. I love living "in Him."  I want to show God that I am am serious.  I want to show Him that I can be faithful in "little."

So, what will a more disciplined life look like for me?  Well, I'm a list maker so that's a great place for me to start.  I need reminders!  I am going to use a daily "to do list" to help me accomplish the tasks that easily get swept into "oops."

Not only will the to do list help me remember the extra things that I need to do, but I will be able to look back on me week and see all of the great things I got done.  




How do you live a disciplined life?  Is this something that you are working on or is it something that you need help with?


Here is a PDF on living a disciplined life.

7/5/11

Fat-n-Furious!


I was mindin my own business, going to water my garden.  It was about 9 PM and I just got out of church.  As I rounded the corner of the house, I saw something moving in the dark.  It came running toward me through the weeds.  As it got to the corner, it snorted and growled at me!

Normally, this would have startled me;  I might have started yelling at the demon in Jesus' name and pleading the blood!  But this was no demon and I wasn't startled!  So what was it?  This growling, snarling, fast running creature was a beefy raccoon!  That's right!

It was the funniest thing.  He came around the corner growling at me for turning the sprinkler on him!  That butterball thumped as he ran across the driveway and crashed face first into the six foot gate, but that didn't stop him!  Somehow, he got his chubby behind up that six foot gate and over he went!

Not only did I make him mad, but I think I may have embarrassed him by laughing at him.  I let out a good belly laugh the whole time.  Poor fat fellow!

So I got to thinkin.  Why wasn't I startled?  Why did I find a growling creature running at me in the dark funny? (Hilarious actually!)  I'll tell ya what I think.  I had just spent three hours at church.  This wasn't just any church service.  We praised, rejoiced, called on the power of the Holy Spirit, and just flat kicked the devil OUT!  He is medlin in too many marriages and we aren't gonna take it!  The Holy Spirit had put me at such peace that it was going to take a lot more than a fat-n-furious raccoon to rattle me!

Spend time with God.  He is your peace!








7/1/11

Seven Times

Philippians 4:12
I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

I know how to live in humble means.  In that verse, humble means comes before prosperity.  After living in humble means, I am able to help others live through theirs.  I can offer understanding and advise. I can also offer God's wisdom on becoming the lender and not the borrower, God's wisdom on helping the poor, and God's wisdom on lending and not expecting it to be repaid.

Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

God is moving.  We had to learn from some situations so we can help others through theirs.

It's coming.  It's already on the way.  God can provide, God will provide, and God is doing it!

What is God providing for you?  

Are you having fun yet? Fun in the Son!

So many things to do!  We have tons of choices of how to spend our precious summer.

I get so excited when the sunshine starts to peak out from the winter sky and the air starts to smell like spring.  If you live anywhere in the north, you know what I'm talking about.  I love it when we have that one warm day and we can go take a walk.  My hopes for summer start to rise and then get dashed by a winter-like day.

In my past, I have wasted summers.  I have gone through depressions that kept me inside.  How sad is that?  This has actually happened to me a few times.  Before I knew it, it was winter again and I had hardly spent any time at all outside in the precious sunshine.

This summer has already been different.  Not only have I spent time outside in the SUNshine but I am having fun in the SON!  Having fun with God is a lifestyle.  One way that I have fun in the SON is by believing what He says in His Word.

It's great to believe that Jesus died for you and was raised to life, but your belief should go much deeper than that!  To be honest with you, that is the easy part!  The hard part is to actually believe God for the rest of what He says in the Bible.

It takes faith; lots of faith!

So, what have you been doing this summer to have fun in the SUN and/or fun in the SON?

Here are some highlights of what I've done so far:

  • Grew seeds for my garden
  • Planted my garden
  • Painted our deck
  • Having/had big parties

  • Went to see Creflo Dollar in Chicago
  • Am growing in my prophetic gifting
  • Read through several books of the Bible and dug deeper into the Greek/Hebrew
  • Watch Creflo Dollar with my husband every morning
  • Got more creative in leading worship at church

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