Archives for February 2014

Be Strong

When my oldest, Isaiah, was between the ages of 3 and 5, he would have severe nightmares from time to time. He would scream and cry out in his sleep. When my husband and I would go to him, he would begin to describe his dreams, which were filled with very scary images and situations for such a young child. I would wonder, “Why is he having these dreams.” We were very careful to not let him watch inappropriate shows on TV and there was nothing in our day to day life that was scary. I began to wonder if the enemy was attacking his dreams. This thought caused the “Mama Bear” to rise up in me. If the enemy was going to try to torment him in the night, I would use the nights to contend for his peace. When the bad dreams would come, I would lay on the floor in his room and I would stay awake interceding for him and it became a place of privilege as I considered what God would want to do in my son’s life. The devil would regret that he tried to mess with him. I would be strong and take a stand.

The bible tells us that we have an enemy who is scheming against us. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to be “alert.” We don’t need to be afraid because Satan is defeated and we are to take our stand in God’s mighty power. As parents, we have God-given authority and responsibility to stand against the enemy and release blessing over our kids. As we start praying the armor over our kids, we will with start here: Be strong.

Ephesians 6:10-13: 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Prayer points:

1)      Acknowledge God’s mighty power and authority over all things seen and unseen.

2)      Ask Him to help keep you be alert like a “watchman in the tower” over your family.

3)      Purposing to set aside fear, pray strong, faith-filled declarations over your kids.

4)      Praise God for His goodness and His plans for your kids.

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Prayer

God you are mighty in power. There is no one like you. Help me to be alert and watchful, remembering that we battle not against flesh and blood. Before my child/children were yet formed you knew all their days. Thank you for the purposes and plans you have for them. I resist the devil and his schemes. He has no place of authority here; all authority in heaven and earth has been given to your son Jesus. Lord I pray today that my family would be strong. Be at work in my kid/kids hearts, minds and character that they would grow in strength. Help me to raise them on “the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2) Lord may they be like trees planted by the stream of your love with deep roots able to weather lives storms and bear good fruit. Lord I put my trust in you. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Night Boat to Freedom

Author:  Margot Theis Raven
Illustrator:  E. B. Lewis

What color is freedom tonight?

UnknownAs a young girl, Granny Judith was tempted onto a slave ship with a piece of pretty red cloth.  Now she’s become a master of dying and weaving cloth into beautiful quilts from squares of “freedom colors.”   These are colors that are worn by slaves who have been smuggled across the river from Kentucky to the free state of Ohio.   Because Granny Judith is unable to physically row the needy slaves to freedom, she enlists the help of twelve-year-old Christmas John.   To reassure him as he knows there are patrollers with whips and bloodhounds searching for run-away slaves, Granny Judith says, “What scares the head is best done with the heart.”

After each dangerous journey, Granny Judith is waiting for Christmas John to tell her what color the newly freed slave was wearing on their “Night Boat to Freedom.”  It is those colors that she then puts into her quilt.

Late one night she hands Christmas John a fine new shirt she’s woven and dyed.  “It’s your freedom color” – she smiled – ” ’cause tonight you’ve got to row yourself to safety.”

What will Christmas John do?
Will he leave Granny Judith and make his way to freedom?
Will he be caught trying to escape?

 This book  was inspired by true accounts in the WPA’s Slave Narrative Collection.  Night Boat to Freedom is like Granny Judith’s quilt: patches of truth stitched together by voices alive with history.

1. How would you describe the relationship between Granny Judith and Christmas John?

2. What does the phrase, “What color is freedom tonight?” mean?

3. What could have resulted if Christmas John hadn’t had ground-up Indian turnip pouches late one night?

Mary Byrne Kline
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A Conversation with Larry Taylor

46916eb-1We all have great intentions when it comes to raising our children. We want them to succeed, and above all to surrender their lives to the Lordship of Christ. As a father of four boys and a 25-year veteran of school administration, I understand these goals. I also understand the busyness of daily life—how days merge into weeks as hurried lifestyles spin out of control, leaving us wondering how our toddlers became teenagers. This book introduces you to a simple, biblically-based plan for raising servant leaders for Christ. Whether your child is 18 months or 18 years old, this book will guide you through the process of preparation for the “race” that awaits him in this world.

We will walk through specific and practical things you can do to build a family plan. Being deliberate and focusing on creating depth in your child’s faith is the first step to preparing him or her to run with the horses—“If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, how will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?” (Jeremiah 12:5).

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Poems & Songs

This month our theme is Freedom Songs.   Here are some words put to a familiar tune you can share with your little one(s).   For older children, consider creating a poem from a section of Dr. King’s inspiring speech, “I Have a Dream”.  (See directions below.)

tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Freedom, Freedom let it ring
“Let it ring”, together we sing.

Let us live in harmony
Peace and love for you and me.

Freedom freedom let it ring
“Let it ring”, together we sing.

Martin Luther King’s SPEECH

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The following activity comes from Kenn Nesbit’s site:  Poetry4Kids.com  

ACTIVITY:  FIND THE POEM

Dr. King uses poetic language throughout his speeches.  Try reading through one or more of his most famous ones, and pull out one section that really sound like a poem to you.  Arrange it on paper in a poetic format.  You do this in several ways:

  • Start each line with the same phrase (repetition, as in Activity One)
  • Make the poem take a shape.  For example:

A poem
that is all
about a mountain
may get taller in the middle
and then shorter on
the ends so that
it takes on the
mountain’s
shape.

  • End lines with rhyming, or close to rhyming, words.
  • Separate stanzas to emphasize certain words or emotions.

Here is an example of finding a poem in one of Dr. King’s speeches.  This excerpt is from “The Birth of a New Nation.”  I have rearranged it to show emphasis and rhyme.

Promised Land

There is a great day ahead.
The future is on its side.

It’s going now through the wilderness,
but the Promised Land is ahead.

Be sure to create a space for created poems to be shared because words take on their greatest strength when spoken aloud.

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