We hope our summer podcast series will give wind to the sails of your heart this summer as you take some time to refresh your own life. Let us know what you think. We start out with faith as the center post of our plan for giving our children gifts that will take them through the rest of their lives with the grace and strength of God accompanying them every day.
Summer is time to sow seeds and water them so that they will grow.
"Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness."
I have always loved fields of wildflowers. Seems to me when I see fields and fields of the beauty, (and blue is my favorite color), I almost feel like it is evidence of the invisible hands of God still planting flowers in His gardens to remind us that He is still creating and perpetuating life, even when we are not aware.
When looking at a tiny seed, it is impossible to see what will bloom from this minute speck of nothing, -the color it will produce, the bloom or fruit, or how large the plant will be. There is vast potential locked within, that under the right circumstances--planted in good soil, watered and covered in sunshine, a miracle will happen. The seed transforms into something more than itself--it gives birth to a plant that blooms and brings beauty, life, color and a fruit--and this is a miracle-almost something out of nothing.
And so, God calls us to sow--to sow broadly, generously, diligently.
Sometimes the seeds that He requires us to sow, do not obviously promise anything--yet, we are asked to believe in the potential--the latent miracles inside of these small life-seeds.
We are to sow with a view to righteousness--not seeing or knowing totally the vast potential of what is in our hands. But ours is to be faithful to sow, by faith, the seeds of promise given to us--
to cast the seed of promise into the soil of life, generously, diligently, faithfully--
May this be a summer when you sow seeds of faith and then watch it grow to fruition over your years of watering and protecting the seeds you have planted in the heart of your children.
"A spiritual life isn't a list of rules to keep, it is living in the spirit of the living God." -sally Clarkson
In this episode, Sally and Kristen encourage moms to introduce their children not just to the truths of God, but to His reality in their lives, by showing them the ways that God has entered into their family story personally. They share how the life you create in your home can communicate the reality of God everyday, and inspire a wonder and imagination for God's kingdom in their hearts.
Here's a printable to help your family memorize this week's Bible verse This would be a great verse for memorizing with your children. Print it out and review it every day:
And don't miss this summer special--You can also print our June calendar by clicking here to download! June Lifegiving Calendar
Have you ever wondered how to begin the habit of a personal quiet time? Its wonderful to want to invest in the truths of God's word and to simply spend time with Him, but often , its difficult to begin because we think there are certain expectations involved and a list of tasks to complete. So, today, we also asked our friend Kat Lee to share with us. Kat is passionate about helping moms develop a morning routine that begins with Jesus. She's sharing her own story and ideas for devotions for herself and for her kids and we know you are going to love getting to know her today!
Also--winners from the webinar last week! $5 Starbucks gift card: Leesa McLelland and Sarah Swanson; Our 24 Family Ways: Danielle Wiseman and Amy McGarr! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information to receive your gifts. Thanks so much!