4 items tagged "Legacy"

  • Be the spiritual thermostat

    “Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows.” -Mark Batterson

    One of the greatest gifts you can give your children, or grandchildren, is to show them what it means to love Jesus with your own life. Be a living example of a life shaped and anchored in prayer. There is a laundry list of reasons why we may not take prayer seriously, or only go to prayer during those ASAP moments. We need a fresh love again for prayer! How about as parents, we lift the bar on prayer in our homes, and teach our children what it means to call upon the name of the Lord, no matter what our circumstances? If we want our children to follow Jesus as adults, then let’s make it a priority for ourselves to follow and love Jesus with authenticity and passion.

    You are the spiritual thermostat in your home. Let’s keep it hot by persevering in prayer!

    How have you been shaping your children and grandchildren’s destinies?

  • Grandparents Matter

    Grandparents, you’ve done it! Your kids are adults! They have their own careers, and they are starting their own families. The many years of relentlessly leading and guiding your kids are paying off, and it may appear your job is done. It’s tempting to celebrate; to kick back and enjoy this new season of your life. Well, you definitely deserve some much needed rest…but don’t celebrate too early. You’re not done yet.

    Research shows that the #1 influencer in a child’s spiritual life is their parents. No surprise there. The runner up though, at #2, is a close family member, specifically grandparents. This makes sense, and is supported in scripture. Check out Deuteronomy 4:9. “Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.”

    As grandparents, you have a tremendous opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of not only your kids, but of your precious grandbabies! Don’t celebrate too early. Make sure your kids and grandkids love Jesus more than anything. Once that happens, celebrate away!

    Looking to make an intentional impact on your grandkids? Click herefor some great resources and encouragement.

  • Praying with your children

    No matter how old your children are, it’s never too late to begin praying with them. Here are a few
    ideas to help you get started.


    Newspaper prayer: Have each family member take a portion of the newspaper and circle items that he
    or she feels need to be prayer for. Then ask family members to pray for the things they circled.


    Sentence Prayer: You can help your children pray aloud by giving them a sentence to complete, such as:


    “Lord, I thank you for…”
    “Lord, forgive me for…”
    “Lord, help my friend…”
    “Lord, help me to let go…”


    Highs and Lows: Ask your children what their “highs” were from the day, and then ask them about their
    “lows” from the day. Share your highs and lows as well, and than pray about them together.


    Prayer Journal: Share your prayer requests with the other members of your family, and then record
    them in a prayer journal. One person can pray for all the requests you’ve listed for the day. The next
    time you pray together, look over the requests you listed previously, and update any changes and
    answers. This is a good way to see how God has been active in your prayer lives.


    Remember that prayer is just a conversation with God. Let your children hear you talking with God
    about your day, your concerns, and your joys, and then ask them to do the same.


    Adapted from Faith Begins at Home by Mark Holmen

  • What do great_________do?

    I came across this article (click) about leadership and have enjoyed going through the tips listed.  The writer starts by asking this question, "What do great leaders do that other leaders (average and, well, poor) don't?  The writer points out 21 different priniciples/disciplines that will strengthen your influence, I encourage you to check it out.  For this post we're going to take a different spin on a few of these principles and reask the question to focus on our personal and home lifes. It's so easy to get caught up in the grind of just doing life, bouncing from one "important" thing to another. The pressure to succeed in work and life seems relentless and before you know it the things we claim that we value are often the first to be neglected.  By being an average (fill in the blank), can we really expect to leave a legacy worth following?

    Here is our new question, "What do great fathers (mothers, husbands, wives, adults, teens, etc.) do that others don't? 

    1. Work on your character

    Be a better person in private than you are in public.  Your public "face" will eventually wear off and reveal what's really going on.  No matter how polished you think you are, character flaws will always sink the ship.  You want to win your spouse's and children's heart?  Be your best where it matters (home) the most.

     

    2. Refuse to make excuses

    You can make excuses, or you can make progress, but you can't make both.  If something is off in your life, address the issue and start moving forward again.  Don't point your finger, unless you're in front of a mirror. 

     

    3. See the opportunity, not the obstacle

    Some people only see the negative and obstacles, this is evident on how we handle our stress and "cows" (crisis of the week).  Great (fill in the blank) won't allow their circumstances to control their behaviors.  While others give up, those who are trying to be great will work through the problem until they find the opportunity. 

     

    4. Schedule their priorities

    What on your calendar is receiving your best energy? Before we begin rationalizing our crazy schedules, we also need to realize that everything else is receiving your "leftovers".  What is it that you really value? Does your priorities filter through these values?  If they're not, then you may be starving the very thing you need the most. 

     

    5. Leave people better than you found them

    Everyone leaves a wake.  The choices were making, the things we say, even our body language is leaving an impression on others.  Poor (fill in the blank) will sometimes leave a trail of disappointment and pain. But those that are striving to be great leave a legacy, because they leave people better than they were when they found them.   When was the last time you were concerned with making someone else's world better?  Even the smallest pebble leaves a wake, so does our smallest encounters with others.

     

    Your character is always on display.  Character is one of the most important things that you have.  How are you investing in yours?  What else would you add to this list?

     

    Go Deeper:

    Romans 5:3-5

    Galatians 5:22-23

    1 Timothy 4:12

    Matt. 12:35

     

     

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