Values 


WORTHY THOUGHT: If we don’t pass our values onto all of our children someone else will.

I was thinking back on my last mission’s group trip. 

We visited a children’s orphanage in San Lucas Guatemala. 

The children were so delighted to see us; we played games, did arts and crafts, and shared Bible stories. We wanted all the children to understand and know Jesus is with them and loves each one of them. 


The children may not have their parents today, but I am thankful for the Godly people who do work tirelessly there in the orphanage. They are hard working people with huge hearts, hugs and warm smiles and they allow us to come into their orphanage to minister and love on their children. 


Maybe this will convince you to go visit an orphanage in your area in your country. Maybe even to adopt. Each child is a gift from God.


Bible verses helps us understand what the Bible says about all of our children, the importance of raising and teaching our children.

Remember the Bible tells us not to merely listen to the word of God but to do what it says (James 1:22). Take what you read here, write it down and put it into action!

 I pray that God speaks to you and touches your heart with these Scriptures


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

Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother

Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Psalm 127:3-5 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Father God, 

We thank you for all of our children we know that each and every child is fearfully and wonderfully made by You to do works in Jesus Christ. Amen.

        ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Conceiving Conception

  
Never to hear those words addressed

To me a million times

Never to see their smiles

Beaming up at me

Lovingly wonderfully made in my own image

Never to speak their names

Hear their voice

Soothe their cries

Tell them stories

Answer why

Never to hold them close

Tuck them in

Scold when wrong

Praise encourage and applaud

Never to clutch them to my breast

Nourish them 

Cherish

Then relinquish

Never to sing lullabies

Kiss goodbye

To see my child in my husband’s arms

Rocking him or her

Holding with such care and love

Adoring this miracle that we have created

I weep inside at this mere thought

Deciding that my minds made up

Never say never

I hear a whisper at night

Mama and daddy

Spoken with delight

As I close my eyes and imagine

Conceiving their conception
❤️ Krystal Lynne 

         12.25.95 

May The Force Be With You 



 

Thanks to Amy Tippins for sharing her story with us from Her personal blog

  

 1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Where fear resides God cannot…unless you invite Abba to take away the fear. 

 For the past 2 years I have lived in fear. Fear that I would never be financially stable enough to become a parent. Fear of my business not being successful enough to support my family. I fear that I will run out of the mental bandwidth to handle a business and a child. I fear I will never be chosen by a birth mom. Yes, I have strong fears and sometimes they drive me to tears.

What I can attest to is that when I turn my fear over to God and asked for him to calm my heart, He always seems to come through in a way that is so much greater than I dreamed.

Society beats fear into our subconscious every step of the way in life. Growing up, it was preached to me that “certain types of girl” blessing from God never include “happily ever after” or a family. Guess what, THIS “certain type of girl” who goes against what is accepted as a “good Christian girl” found a love that accepts me in all of my faults and wonderful characteristics. I held out for what I am worthy of. I pushed forward and trusted in God despite my fear.

Fear is darkness. Think of one of the most classic movies, Star Wars, Luke lost his ability to use The Force when he allowed fear to entire his mind. When he feared his father then darkness (and sin) entered his mind and heart. When our hearts and mind fill with fear, then our actions become selfish, divisive and counter-productive to building love in our lives. To be fair, fear is as old as sin….it is the source of all sin. I lost the inability to fight fear at birth and so did you.

Most days, I have to say “This one isn’t under my control”. That scares me, but it is ok because I am not in control of this world. Somehow, when I whisper those words and ask God to fill my heart with faith then he fills my heart with peace. Most importantly, I know he won’t fail me when I invited him into my place of fear.

Fear is limits

God provided my perfect donor, a man who loves me so much that some days I shake my head at my worthiness of him, and God saved my house from going onto the auction block over a year ago. When I took the path of gratitude in my business, he tripled our business in less than 2 weeks. Yep, I think once I learned to say “Oh, I so do not have this handled” and say it with peace in my heart then he handled everything far beyond what I thought was possible.

My Abba (Father) covers my fear with His love, He is bringing my child home, and he has been creating a business that will is covering our financial needs. Yes, I don’t need to live in fear, BUT I am only human. So, He will be patient with me in the meantime and whisper into my ear “I know the plans I have for you”.  ~Amy Tippins