Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Watercolored Rhythms

It has been that season, once again, when I take a step back
to evaluate my life, our homeschool, and how I spend my time.
... Often, a difficult season as I examine myself...
but a fruitful and necessary one, as well.

 There have been so many changes in our lives
these past couple of years, especially, 
and I am still learning how to reconcile 
the different aspects of our journey...

As I was researching various topics,
I came across an interesting idea that I was glad to try...
a little added fun, creativity, serenity and beauty 
to my plan-making process...

... watercoloring...

A schedule... routine... 
order of the rhythms of our days ...
needed to be planned...

and what a delightful way to do so!

idea borrowed from here
left to right: yearly calendar; weekly rhythms, and daily

~ Christina

"Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time."
Colossians 4:5 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

For This Child I Prayed

"...Pour out your heart like water Before the face of יהוה. 
Lift your hands toward Him For the life of your young children...
- Lamentations 2:19 

Being a mother is a joy, a blessing, and a great responsibility.
Teaching, training, nurturing, and loving them are joyful responsibilities...
but the vital importance of praying for our children cannot be forgotten.
We can spend our time, efforts, energies, and lives
teaching and training (which we ought to do),
but without prayer, it is in vain.
We can fill our children's minds and lives with Yah's Word and principles,
but only HE can change their hearts.
Intercessory prayer is vital for us and our children.

I recently re-visited a 'prayer plan'
that I've had tucked away for quite some time and am sharing it here.
It is, by no means, an all inclusive list.
There are many things we can and should be praying,
but this could be a helpful place to begin, continue, or add...
tweaking for your individual children.

It is a privilege, a blessing, to pray over our children...
to speak and pray His word and promises over them...
to bless them in such a way

Things to Pray for Our Children 

1. That they will seek and know Yeshua early in life
(Psalm 63:1; 2 Timothy 3:15)

2. That they will fear (stand in awe) of YHVH and serve Him
(Deuteronomy 6:13; 10:12; 13:4)

3. That they will love YHVH and hate evil.
(Psalm 97:10; 34:14; 37:27-28)

4. That they will delight in His Torah and learn His ways
(Psalm 119:70, 71, 35, 16)

5. That they will accept responsibility for their wrong doings
and seek forgiveness and cleansing.
(Psalm 51:1-4,9,10; 32:5; 38:18)

6. That they will have quick, repentant hearts
(Psalm 51:1-3; 38:18)

7. That they will be teachable & able to take correction
(Isaiah 54:13; Proverbs 13:1; Jeremiah 42:3)

8. That they will be protected from the evil one in each area of their lives:
spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, & physically
(John 17:15; 1 Thess.5:22-23; Matthew 6:13)

9. That they will have a responsible attitude and excellent spirit
 in all their ways & relationships
(Daniel 6:3; 5:12)

10. That their lives will bear the fruit of the Ruach {Spirit}
(Galatians 5:22,23; Ephesians 5:9)

11. That they will live by the Spirit and not gratify their flesh
(Galatians 5:16, 25; Romans 6:12)

12. That they will honor their parents so all will go well with them
(Ephesians 6:1-3; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16)

13. That they will respect those in authority over them
(Rom.13:1; Ex.20:12; 1 Thess.5:12-13; Eph.6:1-3,5-7)

14. That they will desire and have the right kind of friends
and be protected from the wrong friends and those who would corrupt them
(Proverbs 10,11,19)

15. That they will be kept from the wrong mate and saved for the right one
(2 Corinthians 6:14-17; Deuteronomy 7:2-3)

16. That they, as well as those they marry, will be kept pure until marriage
(1 Corinthians.6:18-20, 1 Thessalonians 4:4)

17. That they will learn to totally submit to Elohim
and actively resist the evil one in all circumstances
(James 4:7; Ephesians 4:27, 6:11; 1 Peter 5:9)

18. That they will trust in YHVH for direction in their lives
(Proverbs 3:5,6; Psalm 37:5)

19. That they will be wholly committed and set-apart to YHVH
(Romans 12:1-2; 6:13; Micah 6:8)

20. That they will be hedged by YHVH
so that they cannot find their way to wrong people
or wrong places and that the wrong people cannot find their way to them.
(Hosea 2:6, Psalm 91:4; 125:2; Zechariah 2:5)

May Abba hear and answer our prayers.
May He bless the future generations.

~ Christina

"I have no greater joy than to hear of my children walking in truth."
3 John 1:4 

(I did not compose this list nor  recall where I found it. My apologies for not being able to give credit where due.
*alterations made by me)