Just like an architect can visualize exactly what he wants to build, the Holy Spirit works the same way in us. Look at what the Scripture says:
“but just as it is written,
‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him’”.
(1 Corinthians 2:9)
After receiving this promise in the beginning of the year, I began to pray asking God to open my eyes to see His visions. The Bible teaches us about a man named Abraham. A man who apparently had success in every area of his life. He had a beautiful wife, he was a businessman, had influence in people of high society, and on top of all that, the BIble says he was a friend of God. Despite this, Abraham still had a limit in his life: he couldn’t have children. There was a moment where he thought that just wasn’t for him. But God, in His mercy, motivated him to not give up...
By: Leonardo Chaves
“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.”
I read this verse many times when I was younger, but could barely understand it. I thought that children were just something good, and since I was one of them I felt very pleased. I thought, "Cool! I'm a blessing to my parents!"
Now that I am the father of three young children, I have begun to understand what the Lord wants to teach us through this passage.
Why does God compare children to arrows? Well, I can tell you, it seems that sometimes my children are unable to stay still. They run around the house without stopping, and sometimes I have to make an effort to avoid running into them and keep someone from getting hurt. In that way, they are a lot like arrows!
But, besides that, I believe God wanted to teach me much more through this comparison. That is what I want to share with you today.
I understood that children are like arrows because...
By: Luisa Del Río
I have the great blessing of being the mother of María Alejandra, a beautiful and talented 14 year old. A few months ago, our conversations became all about the gifts she wants for her 15th birthday, a very unforgettable day for young girls!
Along with my husband, we want this day to be special for her. She wants a trip, a party, a phone; she wants it all. But we have decided to give her gifts that will leave a special mark in her heart.
It is of utmost importance for a daughter to be completely assured that no one loves her more or can protect her more than her dad, of course, other than God.
If she knows this, she won’t allow any man to hurt her. And when the time comes, the one who wants to take his place in her heart must meet a very high standard: the measure of her father’s love.
Sadly, many girls allow themselves to be mistreated in their...
… Because you fought the greatest battles and obtained the victory
I will never forget your attitude as we faced the greatest trial as a family; May 25, 1997, the day my dad was shot five times, and you were shot once. Although you were immediately released from the hospital, I remember seeing you as a warrior during the nights that followed. You rose up in prayer to fight for your husband and your family’s future. Your faith...
The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. (Proverbs 29:15)
We live in a very busy culture. In previous generations, the father was the one who usually worked and the mom would stay at home and take care of the children. Nowadays, in most cases, both parents work full time.
This has caused this generation to cry out for something: ATTENTION. A lot of times their cry is expressed by misbehaving, throwing a tantrum or hiding behind TV shows, iPhones, social media or video games. What’s the result? Shame and dishonor for the parents.
Nevertheless, we should be thankful with God for the instruction book that teaches us how to raise kids that will bring honor, joy and reward to our home. The Word teaches us that the father’s responsibility is to provide, and the mother’s is to nourish. With Chloe, my two month old baby, my priority is literally to nourish and feed her. It is my daily...
By: Rich Harding
Daughter, one month ago you arrived in our home.
God spoke to me about your birth and told me you would arrive in the Spring; and so it happened: you arrived on March 8th, 2018. With your dad, we prayed a lot for the name we would give you. At the beginning of the year, God told us that it would be a year of flourishing, that’s why we decided to name you Chloe, which means to flourish. We believe that your arrival to our home represents a new time for us. Just like when God’s ark was in Obed-Edom’s house and everything he did was blessed, your arrival represents a new time, where heaven came to our home and we see it reflected in you.
We Love You
Daughter, we love you with all our hearts.
Daughter, we are determined to guide you according to God’s word.
There’s nothing but gratitude to God in our hearts for giving us the opportunity to take care of you. To guide you on the right path which is Jesus, who...
“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands” (Proverbs 14:1).
There is a very big privilege God gave exclusively to man; the power of communicating through words. Words reflect what is in our heart, and as we use them, they paint a picture in our soul. With our words, we can create a beautiful painting or a completely atrocious display, there is no mid-point. Proverbs 18:21 says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit”. The contrast is very noticeable: life or death. Our words have the power to bring comfort and healing, or destruction and cause wounds. Everything that comes out from our mouth produces hope or despair, blessing or curse.
God gave my husband, Rich, and I three beautiful children. Every day I have the choice to edify and bring out the best in them, or discourage them and bring bitterness to their lives. I have determined to always choose the...
Nathan means gift from God.
And honestly, that’s exactly how I feel every time I have the opportunity to hug, feed and spend time with my baby! A quality many people highlight in my son is his tenderness and the peace he carries.
People have asked me if he is always so calm and happy, to which I always answer, “as long as he’s eaten, slept, and played a little, everything goes well!” Although I am no expert in parenting, I have understood that children need routine. They like to know what is going to happen next and enjoy repetition.
Today, I’d like to share what a regular day looks like for me with my one year old baby. Not every day is the same, but it’s just to give you an idea, especially to those who are expecting their first child! :D
A day in the life of Nathan
7:00 am: He wakes up very happy waiting for mom or dad to walk into his room.
7:30 am: He eats breakfast with his brother Noah, eggs are his favorite!
I love to see all of the practical and simple advice you can find in the Word of God. Manoah was Samson’s father, and a man who sought God for guidance to parent. He received very practical advice directly from God that we can implement in our own homes. This was God’s answer to Manoah’s prayer:
“The angel of the Lord answered, “Your wife must do all that I have told her. She must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, nor drink any wine or other fermented drink nor eat anything unclean. She must do everything I have commanded her.” (Judges 13:13-14 NIV)
We can learn three things from this Scripture:
1.You and me first
Before an airplane takes off, the instruction they give to parents in case of an emergency is: Put your oxygen mask on first, and then help your children put theirs on. Many times, we think we need to put our children’s masks on them first, and then put on our own....
By: P. Rich Harding
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.“
There is so much in this last section of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (actually Ephesians I think is my favourite of Paul’s letters). However, this verse always stands out to me every time I read it. “Father’s don’t provoke your children.” In my experience this is nearly always the other way around, I have two boys, my eldest Noah is 4 and really knows how to provoke his dad!
But the Bible doesn’t say, kids don’t provoke your parents, but honor them. So what then? Do we really provoke our kids, and if so in what way?
“Do we really provoke our Kids?”
Yes, is the short answer. It doesn’t matter how old they are, we can provoke our kids to anger with the way we treat them. Here are two ways I...