A Family Foundation

The foundation of a home impacts the entire family in every facet of their lives.  

In the Christian home the bible instructs us, in Deuteronomy 6, that the foundation should be based off of “the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:” (vs. 1).

In a nutshell the commandments, statues and judgments were put in place to teach the children of Israel to […] love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (vs. 5), that they shall be in thine heart:” (vs. 6) forever.  

Now when something is kept in our hearts, how do we treat it?  If its something positive, we treasure it so much that we always think about it.  Not only do we think about it constantly, we love to tell everyone that we come into contact with about it.  “We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen;” (John 3:11)  Almost like we become the best spokesperson or advertisement for this thing that we love, cherish and desire so much.

Well, God is longing for us to have that same love and desire that we have for temporal earthly things for heavenly things.  He desires that we will love Him so much, that we will always speak about those things we know will please Him.  He yearns that we not only speak about them, but that will apply them to our daily lives, and not just on the Sabbath.  By being a daily witness, we won’t be able to help but to teach them diligently unto [our] children, and shalt talk of them when [we] sittest in thine house, and when [we] walkest by the way, and when [we] liest down, and when [we] risest up.” (vs. 7).

He desires us to “bind [the commandments and statutes] for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.” (vs. 8)  That we will allow God to be a leading force in how we conduct ourselves in our work (using our hands), and what we set before our eyes.  “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:” (Psalm 101:3) 

Lastly, God wants us to write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” ( vs. 9).  So that when people come into your sphere of influence, they will not have to question where you stand; the evidence of your conviction will be ever present before anyone ever steps foot into your realm.  Truth of the matter is, God wants us to not only be a contagious Christians outside the home, but first and foremost be one inside the home.  Our children need to see an example of an infectious Christian in us, first, so that they themselves can model and be one inside and outside the home as well.

God needs for all His followers to be able to have the same testimony that He had for Abraham:  “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” – Genesis 18:19

Good needs for His God fearing families to say “if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; […] but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15

God needs for His professing families to understand their foundation and that “[e]xcept the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it […]” – Psalm 127:1

God wants us to lay our family foundation on Him as parents, and then to teach our children how to obtain that same foundation not only by precept but by our example.  So that in the end, when He returns He will be able to say “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” – Matthew 25:21

God Bless,

Family Blueprint

based on Adventist Home “The Home Beautiful”

Do I even need Christ? Whats the point?

Of course my answer to that title question is a resounding YES!!!!

Have you ever had a time in life when you felt really low?  Nothing was going right in your world.  It seemed like all your friends had somehow vanished into thin air.  Everyone was on your case.  Your health seemed to be poor or declining.  People may have been picking on you at school or work.  It seemed like even your family wasn’t on your same page.  Your financial situation was looking real bleak.  Your living situation was chaotic.  You think you may have done so much wickedness that no one will want or love you, and so on…

I know I am not the only one who has ever felt that way to one or more of the above.  According to a 2012 compiled survey/study of visiting 17 countries the World Health Organization stated that at least 1 in 20 persons had, at minimum, one episode of depression in the previous year.  The 2015 statistic from the  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention stated an American dies every 12.95 minutes from suicide.  According to a 2012 statistic from the World Health Organization over 800,000 persons commit suicide globally each year.  That’s on average 1 person every 40 seconds WORLD WIDE.  After looking at those statistics I know for a fact I am not the only person who has ever felt down in the dumps at some point in time.

Well, why do people ever feel this way?  Why are there so many people in this world who feel like this, and result to such serious measures?  What in the world is going on?  What is the answer to this dying and depressed world?

The answer is JESUS.  I know the skeptic and critic will say “that is the craziest or dumbest thing they have ever heard”.  They also may ask “How can Jesus solve anyone’s problems?”  However, my question to them would be “have you ever, sincerely, wholeheartedly tried Jesus as the answer?”  I have, and that’s why I can honestly say it was the best prescription for the problem.

At one point in my life, I had hit a moment in which I thought “if I just ran away would anyone even notice?”  The thing is, its obvious that 1.  that thought wasn’t from God and 2.  neither was it from my own mind.  You see “your adversary the devil, [is] as a roaring lion, [who] walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”  – 1 Peter 5:8…  He, the devil, literally has nothing better to do than to make our lives miserable and attempt to break us by planting seeds of discouragement and doubt in our minds.  He wants us to be so broken that we turn away from the source of all joy and strength which is God [Habakkuk 3:18].  “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I [Jesus] am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10  While the devil is on a rampage with everyone’s life to tear us apart, God had sent His son Jesus to offer us something that no one in this world could ever give, His life.

You see, “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  – Romans 5:8.  While we were down in the dumps God through His infinite love sent His son to die for us.  God sent His son so that when we felt friendless we could have a “friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”-Proverbs 18:24.  God sent His son so that He could be “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1.  God sent Jesus to this world to bridge the gap between heaven and humanity, and because Jesus loved us so much He was willing to sacrifice all.  Jesus sacrificed all, just in hope that we would love Him in return. He came and gave His life for us, paying our penalty of death, just in hope that we would be willing to accept His free pardon.

What does God ask for us in return, after all that He gave and sacrificed for us?  “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31.  All He asks from us, is to love Him with ever fiber of our being.  Then to love our neighbors as we want to be loved, and in doing so, we will want and desire everyone to know and hear about Christ’s matchless love.  We will be such contagious Christians, that we can’t help but to desire everyone around us to experience what He has done for us in our lives.  Not only by telling/preaching to those in our sphere, but by our lives we can show what He can do for them in theirs.

God Bless,

The Family Blueprint

Follow the Leader

Fathers and mothers need to understand their responsibility. The world is full of snares for the feet of the young. Multitudes are attracted by a life of selfish and sensual pleasure. They cannot discern the hidden dangers or the fearful ending of the path that seems to them the way of happiness. Through the indulgence of appetite and passion, their energies are wasted, and millions are ruined for this world and for the world to come. Parents should remember that their children must encounter these temptations. Even before the birth of the child, the preparation should begin that will enable it to fight successfully the battle against evil. [2] – {CG 21.2}

This quote really hit home for me in the sense that all parents need to wake up to their responsibility in actually parenting their children. I think so many times we get caught up being busy around our kids that we forget they need guidance through life. I know as a stay at home mom, I get very busy with lessons, book work, cooking, cleaning, laundry and so on that sometimes I forget I need to be more “present” for my children. Yes we do all sit around the table for every meal, and for the most part no electronics are allowed, but even then sometimes my mind is racing on “what do I need to do next?”. A good friend of mine said recently “Shanae, as a mom don’t you think you spend more time around your children than with your children? It’s something to think about isn’t it?” It was and IS still something that I think about and am praying by God’s grace to change. There are so many distractions and temptations the devil has ready for not only me but my children. If I am not actively present in my child’s life to help guide them between right and wrong, how will they know? If sin for us as adults looks so appealing, how do we as parents think it can/will affect our children?  No matter how small their temptations may be at the moment, small stepping stones lead to a larger slippery slope.

We must be diligent stewards first in our own lives, overcoming temptation, so that we can rightly train our children, not only by words but by our example to overcome their temptations. If we as mother and father cannot control our tempers or appetite, how are our children supposed to learn self-control in those areas? Seems like hypocrisy doesn’t it? Hypocrisy is one of the main things that turns any and everyone off of Christianity especially children who can see right through us. An amazing quote I read said “Train up a child in the way he should go, but make sure you are going that way yourself…”

Lets all pray by faith we can lay hold on the promises to not only train our children properly, but set the example we wish for them to follow.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6