Friday, 12 September 2014
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
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God wants us to talk to Him, to involve Him in all that is going on in our lives.
And that really is the basis of prayer. To know that when we pray we are talking to someone who loves us and is interested in us, and our concerns, and who delights to bless, who has a heart attitude towards us of kindness and grace.
The short answer is that God listens! He enjoys our company. He likes us to talk with Him. He says, ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I will tell you great and unsearchable things that you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3
You get the picture that if you don’t call to Him in prayer, you won’t see the great and mighty things. Prayer is important. We can come boldly because of Jesus, enter right into His throne room and seek His wisdom.
It seems built into us to pray. Even people who don’t know God, when they get into a tight spot, they seem to pray.
Hebrews 4:16 tells us to approach the throne of grace with confidence, knowing that there we will find love and mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.
Matthew 7:11. “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father give good things to those who ask Him”.
It is a fact – prayer works! I was interested to read a study a few years ago in Time magazine about a survey undertaken in American hospitals by doctors who conducted tests on the results of prayer. They had patients with similar problems divided into two groups, without either group knowing which was which, and one group was prayed for and one group was not. And the doctors were amazed to discover that the ones prayed for recovered much more quickly and with less negative after effects of the surgery, than those who were not prayed for.
Isn’t it interesting that in the world of science the amazing power of prayer is being investigated? And why not? It is powerful stuff.
We need to really believe that. I remember one time I was leading a Bible study on the subject of prayer, and I had carefully prepared all my notes, but as I was about to leave for the meeting, I couldn’t find them. So I frantically turned the house upside down, searching everywhere for those notes. And then I remembered what it was I was looking for. So I stopped searching and prayed for God to reveal where those notes where and within a few minutes I had them in my hand. Prayer does work.
That is the truth. But sometimes the reality is not so simple. Even though prayer is a natural response that God has built into us, sometimes prayer has been a real puzzle to me, and there are lots of facets to it that can make us want to avoid it more than we feel we should.
So why should we pray? If God is God and in charge of everything, why should we bother to ask Him to change His plans for us? Again it comes back to developing that relationship with God. Prayer is our way of communicating with Him. And He wants us to do it.
1 Timothy 2:1. I urge you then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone.
Answers to prayer can take a long time or they can be instant. In my first year of high school I really wanted to go to the social, and Mum said, “I would love you to go, Robyn, but I just don’t have money for the dress.” And I knew that but I still wanted to go to the dance. Mum told me to get the Bible and we would see what God said. I went out and got the big family Bible and I put it down on the ironing board and it fell open and the first thing I looked at was Matthew 6:25-34. “Why do you worry, saying what shall we wear? Consider the lilies of the valley, they toil not, nor do they spin, yet not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these, so why do you worry about your clothes?”
Mum and I were amazed. That very day the postman put a card in the letterbox to say we had a parcel at the post office and I jumped on my bike and treddled down to the post office. There was a big parcel waiting there for me and I brought it home to Mum who opened it up. There was this beautiful blue dress, straps over the shoulders, lace underskirt, fitted me perfectly.
The note that came with the dress said that this lady in England had the dress made for her daughter to wear on the ship as they travelled to Australia, but on the ship the daughter ate too much and got fat and couldn’t fit into the dress. So when they arrived in Australia this lady enquired if there was anybody who would like this dress, and a friend of Mum’s knew that she had four daughters and sent it to us, and it arrived the very day we prayed, and I went to the social feeling very beautiful.
That was an instant answer and we all love those, but I have found the majority of answers aren’t instant.
This here represents Revelation 5:8 where it talks about in heaven there are golden bowls, full of incense and the incense is the prayers of the saints. At the end of the age, the angels are going to tip those bowls out. Now I don’t really understand what this means but I’ve been pondering on it and maybe those prayers are the ones that store up when we’re not getting an answer but we worship and praise and thank and trust God. It all comes back to our heart to heart relationship, do we trust Him?
Psalm 50:14. Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High and call upon Me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you, and you will honour Me.
Psalm 50:23. He who sacrifices thank offerings honours Me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:7-8. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.
We need to pray out of faith, not fear. Matthew 6:6. “But when you pray, go into your room and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place, and your Father, who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
I know when David and Lee were first getting their driver’s licences, sometimes it would be late at night and he wasn’t home. I would be begging God to keep him safe but I’ve learnt to ask myself whether I am praying out of fear or faith.
A great way to pray is with Scriptures and declare them over situations.
I had an arthritic toe and it was very painful to walk around particularly doing the grocery shopping and I would declare over my toe: ‘The Sovereign Lord has made my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.’ 2 Sam 22:34
Now it doesn’t trouble me anymore.
Another way we can pray is with the power of blessing. To bless someone is to speak God’s purpose and intention into their lives. Jesus told us to even bless our enemies. Instead of complaining about a situation we can bless the person causing the trouble to become peaceful if they are angry, joyful if they are sad, etc.
Thursday, 4 September 2014
I hope this helps you to look at your child’s play time differently, especially on those days where they are just begging you to come play too, and you can’t see forest through the trees or the floor through the toys.
The picture that I have above is ‘The Railway Station School’ a playtime that I am now developing into a story. The railway station came from the toy library but I later bought it at one of their sales.
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Well, these books were ones that were read-alouds when I was in primary school. I can't remember which homeschool curriculum they were part of, perhaps LEM, but I do remember them being read aloud to us, and they are certainly ones that I will read to Erin and any future children I have.
They were faith building, old fashioned and intriguing, and I still remember many, many books that Mum read aloud to us. In fact most of the history that I actually *remember* is not from the history books, though Mystery of History was a brilliant curriculum and I have kept the timelines that I made whilst using that, but from the many historical fiction books Mum read to us.
Would you mind homeschooling Mamas if I suggested something to you?
Please read aloud to your children, in the car, at home, around lunch, before bed, whatever, but if you are going to do it in a sit down session like we did (start the morning with Scripture memory, Bible reading, perhaps a game, History reading and then a read aloud on the loungeroom floor) please let your kids do stuff while they listen. Like fiddle with lego, colour in, illustrate a journal, bead, knit, glue, sew, or even the ironing or folding. It's so much easier to listen when you're hands are engaged. Contrary to what you might think it helps keeps the brain engaged on the book. I'm so glad Mum let us fiddle. I was still fiddling when I was 16 and these are some of the pages in a journal I illustrated while she read to us:
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Friday, 22 August 2014
I had listened to this teaching done by various members of the team fourteen times during my two trips to Papua New Guinea, and about four times at various training and teaching days in Australia. Yet, every time it was given, I received a fresh revelation. Now, I was preparing to go back to
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