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Living your life with the end in sight – Steve Jobs

I decided to write this post after watching the movie on Steve Jobs, reading his last words which I included below and going to a funeral of Jim Sledge.  First the words of Steve Jobs.
“I have come to the pinnacle of success in business.
In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success.
However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed.
At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death.
In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me.
Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth.
It should be something more important:
For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood.
No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.
God has made us one way, we can feel the love in the heart of each of us, and not illusions built by fame or money, like I made in my life, I cannot take them with me.
I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love.
This is the true wealth that will follow you; will accompany you, he will give strength and light to go ahead.
Love can travel thousands of miles and so life has no limits. Move to where you want to go. Strive to reach the goals you want to achieve. Everything is in your heart and in your hands.
What is the world’s most expensive bed? The hospital bed.
You, if you have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you cannot hire someone to take your illness that is killing you.
Material things lost can be found. But one thing you can never find when you lose: life.
Whatever stage of life where we are right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain falls.
Please treasure your family love, love for your spouse, love for your friends…
Treat everyone well and stay friendly with your neighbours.

First a disclaimer, I cannot verify that these were penned by Steve Jobs.  I found sites verifying and denying the words.  I personally did not do any in-depth research since it is not critical to the point of this post.  His final words verified by his sister were:   “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”

Both lead me to the same conclusion:  Life is short.  Life is not about us.  Life is about living for God.  Jesus Christ said he was God’s Son and that no man may come to the Father (God) except through Him. After we have taken our last breath we will stand before God.  When that day happens, and it will happen, how well will you have lived your life?  I don’t mean how good because none of us can stand up to a perfect God.

That is why Jesus came to earth, to die for our sins so that we could live forever with a perfect God.  You have been given an amazing gift but whether you except it, that is up to you.  I get a feeling that most of us will live a life that we regret.  One that was filled with self love and greed.  In 1 Corinthians 13 it says that three things remain: faith, hope and love and that the greatest of these is love.

Life ins’t about accumulating a lot of stuff.  No matter what we have, none of it is going with us.  Jesus calls the man who accumlated so much stuff that he had to build bigger barns in order to hold all of it a fool.  Paul on the other hand when facing his death says I don’t know which is better, to die and be with Christ or to remain so that I can love and uplift God and His people.

That brings me back to Jim Sledge.  I knew Jim but not really well.  I knew he was active in the church and always greeted me, even when he was struggling with Alzheimer’s.  I learned at the funeral that he lived every day like he was going to be standing before the Lord, that the greatest gift he could pass on was to Love God and love each other.  That he loved his family and that in the end he did not regret the way he had lived his life.

We only have one life and it is passing quicker every day.  Don’t waste your life.  God has amazing things that he wants to accomplish through your life.  Give your life to Him and see what amazing things he can accomplish through you.

To learn more visit:  memorycross.com/learn-more. 

Finally trust in God.  None us can predict where life will take us exactly, even those who make detailed plans for their life will find life cannot be totally planned out.  There are just to many unpredicatable pieces, but God knows all the pieces.  He sees the big picture of your life and will guide you if you will only trust in him.

Lastly I wanted to include Steve Job’s address to Stanford in 2005.  There is a lot of wisdom in his words.

 

How to find peace – seek first the kingdom of God

Peace can be an alusive thing in our lives.  When I think of peace the first thing that came to my mind was sitting on a tropical beach with the breeze blowing, reading a good book with no cell phone or distractions and no worries.  How about you?  What is your idea of peace?

Peace on beach

I’ve found that the reality of peace and the accompanying traits: contentment, joy, happiness, love, nothing to worry about and no regrets about the past have little to do with where I am or even my circumstances and more to do with how focused I am on my God.  I’ve also observed that in other people.

The American dream implies peace can be found by becoming successful and earning lots of money.  I’ve never earned a million dollars in one year so maybe I’m below the threshold but from what I’ve seen is that while money can make life more pleasant it cannot give you peace.  The children in the Dominican Republic with little in the way of material goods seem to be as much at peace (and happy) as children in my upper middle class neighborhood.

In Matthew 6:25 – 33 Jesus says a lot about peace, worry and joy.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Personally this verse helps me take the focus off me and put it on God and his kingdom.  What we do and strive for should not be about us and what we want to accomplish but our focus should be on God.  If we do that he promises to transform out lives and we’ll find that peace that may seem so elusive.

One way to do this is to dwell on God’s Word.  Matthew 6;25 – 33 is a good one to start with.  Here are a few more that you might want to check out:

  • John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  • Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Another resource to check out is What does the Bible say about peace?  In order to have peace we need to submit our lives to God and allow him to take over our life and then to fill our thoughts with God’s Word.  If you would like more information about what it means to follow Christ visit peace with God.

 

“A Change of Heart”

“A Change of Heart”
By: Floranilla Rosquita-Aragones

Last January 11, 2015; the day after we celebrated the 2nd birthday of our son Mel Florenz, we discover that God blessed us with another gift of life. My husband and I were overjoyed. We got change_of_heartso ecstatic with the idea of becoming parents for the second time around.  We were hoping that this time it will be a baby girl. Our excitement was heightened when our families and friends knew the news and were excited for us as well.

But as the days passed, my excitement started to fade out. I experienced difficulties with my pregnancy that I never had experienced with our first child. I got physically weak and I got so dizzy most of the time that I just stayed in the bed almost the whole day. I didn’t want to eat because everything smelled foul. My morning sickness was worst. I vomited most of the time. I became frustrated that I couldn’t do the things that I used to do. Being an active person who usually loves to multi-tasks, I started to become frustrated that I can’t follow my daily schedules and tasks-on-hand anymore. My husband got really worried and his worries made me even more frustrated. He prayed for me every night. I also prayed every day, asking God to lift me from these burdens; to change my situation. But days turns to weeks and weeks to months still there’s no changes. It seems God was so far away or He may not be listening to me at all that I started asking Him a lot of “Whys?”

One day, during my personal devotional time, these words hit me straight to my heart: “Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because He is trying to change your heart.” And at that moment I was opened to a realization that maybe, I was in this course of life because there is something that God wanted me to learn. And as I tried to accept the fact that my situation is normal, like any pregnant moms and that this kind of journey is essential for me to fully experience the life of a mother, my frustrations started to wane out and my excitement started to find its light back in my heart.

I believe that in every trial that comes our way, God has a purpose for it. He is our greatest mentor and the ultimate designer of our life. He perfectly designs every lesson that will communicate to our individual hearts. We all seem to have the chance to acquire the same lessons in our life but through different ways and situations.

Maybe God is not allowing the situations in our life to change because He is trying to change the course of our heart. Because those situations are necessary for us to go through in order for God to really work His ways through us.

So, whatever situation you are in right now, may it be difficulties at work, at school, at relationships or you’re in situation like I was in, TRUST GOD. TRUST HIS PLAN. TRUST HIS HEART. And consider this: how can you grow from the situation that you are in?

Let God work on your heart.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

To keep your heart inspired follow our Pinterest boards: Truly Inspiring, Words to Live by, and Scripture Memory Cards.

So, were you in the same situation? How did you allow God to work with you? We would love to hear your experiences.

P.S. Last August 28, 2015, after 38weeks, I gave birth to a baby girl named Mia Eliana; simply means – God answers our prayers in a beautiful way.

Another page to check out is our Facebook page “Jesus and Faith today – leaving behind average” where we share stories, scriptures and thoughts on living the life that Jesus calls you to live.  Not a comfortable life but one where we radically decide to follow Jesus.

Obamacare and Christians

Obamacare and christians

A new ruling to the National Health program has just recently been made making even the nuns who are serving the poor provide access to contraceptives and even abortion-causing drugs. This is currently causing tensions and issues between the government and Christians, including faith-based organizations like “Little Sisters of the Poor,” to name one of dozens that filed against the Obama administration.

THE ISSUE

The issue between the church and state has always existed not only now but also during the early times. The problem is that the new law makes Christian organizations comply in paying for abortion-causing drugs or face IRS penalties. The nuns of the Little Sisters of the Poor feel that the government demands they choose between their care for the elderly poor and their faith, which they cannot do and should not have to.

Why Christian Organizations are Reacting

Christian organizations are reacting over recent rulings to the National Health Program for a several reasons:

  1. Life during conception.

Most Christians strongly believe that there’s life after fertilization. The Bible speaks clearly talks about life before a child is even born. The Bible says in Jeremiah 1:5 that “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” This verse is one of the many verses in the Bible that talks about life even during conception. Most Christians are pro-life and will definitely not support any program that has something to do with aborting a life in progress.

  1. Abortion is killing.

Most Christians believe that when a life inside the womb is aborted it means killing. Killing is a sin, and sin is anything that we do that doesn’t please God. Abortion involves shedding of an innocent blood. Deuteronomy 27:25 says “Cursed is anyone who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” Furthermore, Exodus 20:13 says “You shall not murder.” This law is specifically given by God to us and is part of the 10 commandments and since we believe that there’s life during conception, aborting it means stopping the life inside a mother’s womb and is therefore considered killing. And supporting a law that allows abortion-causing drugs can mean support abortion itself.

  1. Abortion belittles human life.

Human life is very precious to God. In fact, during His 6-day creation in Genesis, he only called his work “very good” after he created man – who was created after His own image and likeness. Human life has a great value in the sight of God that in fact, He instituted the Death Penalty for anyone who takes the life of another (“Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death” – Exodus 21:12).

  1. Abortion brings heartache and regrets.

Many people later regretted at one point that they underwent abortion; some don’t even want to talk about it. In the book, The Christian and Social Issues, by Tom Wallace, a reference is made to a full page Washington Post ad, dated June 13, 1983. A lady who had undergone a saline abortion six months earlier describes the mental torments that she now suffers every day. She speaks of her “…everyday hell of never hearing a baby cry without crying within myself; counting days to see how old the baby would have been; wondering what contributions my baby would have made to our desperate society; and wondering if there will ever be another chance for motherhood.” Abortion can bring regrets for the rest of a mother’s life.

Supporting the recent rulings to Obamacare program is just wrong for all Christian-based organizations. Christians feel like they’re being forced to follow the new law and forget about their conscience and what they believe, otherwise, they will have to face the penalties for not following the new government law.

Even in the past, there has already been a tension between the Church and the state which was why the previous government leaders carefully place their federal laws, making sure they do not violate any Christian beliefs, otherwise, it will cause debates and endless opposing ideas. The new National Health program law though, seem to have currently violated Christian beliefs, which in turn made Christian organizations react and oppose this way.

Conclusion:

Romans chapter 13 verses 1-7 talks about submission to governing authorities. It says:

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong.

Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

However, what would you do when the state laws start opposing what God’s command is? The answer can also be found in the bible. Apostle Peter in Acts 5:29 say, “We must obey God rather than human beings!” This is why it is very much understandable why many Christian organizations oppose the new Obamacare law. They don’t want to be forced to do what they know is clearly wrong for a very long time.

Other articles worth checking out:

Stand firm in the faith

What does it mean to stand firm in the faith and how can we teach children to stand firm in the faith?  In Matthew Jesus says that now all seed that is sown will bare fruit.stand firm in the faith

“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds.  As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them.  Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.  But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died.  Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants.  Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!  Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” – Matthew 13: 4-9 NLT

Why and what can we do to prevent that in our lives and in the lives of our children?

Later on in Matthew Jesus gives explains the parable and also gives us instructions about what we can do to stand firm in the faith.

“Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.  The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.  But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.  The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.  The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” – Matthew 18-23

Each of the seeds that did not take root could have a different outcome.  From a personal standpoint that is telling me that I need to study God’s Word until it sinks in, making it a priority even when I  don’t understand it.  From the church standpoint, who is charged with making disciples we need to encourage seekers and young Christians to get involved in a Bible study put God’s Word into their hearts.

Here are a few things I have found that help me stand firm in the faith:

  • Take walks and listen to the Bible.  I have the Bible app downloaded onto my iPhone.  It has tons of translations and many have the audio version that you can listen to.  Sometimes when I’m walking my mind will start to wonder.  I stop, pray and refocus on God’s Word.  That seems to work for me.
  • Memorize Scripture – I’m not nearly as good at it as I was when I was younger.  I notice it not only in memorizing Scripture but in listening to music also.  Songs that were  popular in the 60s and 70s I know word for word.  Current songs – well it is getting harder.
  • Pray and spend time with God.  The older I get the less I like to waste time, probably because I now have less of it.  Spending time with God improves my attitude and gives me peace and strength to deal with the challenges I’m facing.
  • Slow down and do what is important.  We’ve become a very busy and connected world but so much of the stuff is just that, stuff that will not make any difference if we stop.
  • Listen to sermons by pastors who are passionate about following Jesus.  Before the internet you heard one sermon a week unless you tuned into one of the TV evangelists.  Now millions of sermons are available on iTunes Podcasts or YouTube.  I’ve found a few of my favorite that I listen to on a regular basis, one that I have included below.
  • Keeping it fresh.  It is easy to turn your relationship with Jesus into something that is mechanical and loose the passion.  It is human nature.  It can happen with all relationships.  Remember when you first met your spouse.  You probably wanted to spend every minute with them.  Keeping that spark alive in your marriage, with your children and with God takes work and commitment.

Don’t give up.  Run the race.  Paul said at the end of his life:  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. – 2 Timothy 4:7.

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Online advertising for non-profits

If you are a non-profit you may have noticed that your clients, members and potential donors are all moving online.  If this is making it more difficult to get your message out, we might just have some good news for you and it comes direct from Google.

Google Grants for Non-Profits

Online Advertising for non-profits

Google Grants for Non-Profits is a grant available to 501C corporations in the United States.  Non-profits that are not allowed to participate include:

  • Governmental entities and organizations;
  • Hospitals and health care organizations;
  • Schools, childcare centers, academic institutions, and universities (philanthropic arms of educational organizations are eligible).

If your church or non-profit qualifies they will receive $10,000 a month in free Google Advertising.  For many non-profits that could be a game changer.  Imagine your local paper giving you $10,000 a month in free advertising?  The advertising Google can give you is more targeted and direct which means you’ll reach more customers through Google than through your local paper.

The money needs to be spent on Google’s advertising program called Adwords and cannot be used with any Adwords partners but hey Google is the most visited website in the world and gets a ton of traffic.

To apply or find out more, click this link.  What have you got to loose except a few minutes of your time?  What you have to gain could be a game changer for your organization.

My mind is buzzing thinking about the non-profits I know who could benefit from this.  If you know an organization that would benefit from Google for Non-Profits, send this this link.

We’ve also written about how Facebook Ads can help you reach your community.  Our posts were aimed at reaching people who had just moved into your community and how churches can reach people for Trunk or Treat or Fall events but the principles and actions would be the same for a non-profit who wanted to reach a certain demographic. Online advertising for non-profits needs to be done in order to reach new people.  If your organization qualifies Google for non-profits will help you achieve those goals.

Related articles you might want to check out:

How churches can reach the community for Fall Festivals and Trunk or Treat. (and how a non profit can use Facebook to reach their ideal donor)

How churches can use Facebook to reach people who have moved.

 

 

Helping children become disciples of Christ

There is nothing parents can do that is more important than helping children become disciples of Christ and there are a lot of people who will have a hand in achieving this goal.  Parents are the most influential, especially in the early years along with Sunday School teachers and if your child goes to a Christian school, teachers.

Helping children become disciples of Christ

 

Other influences include:

  • Youth group counselors can play a major role in helping children become disciples of Christ during middle and early high school years
  • Friends.  It may be hard to control who they select as friends but parents can exert an influence which will pay off.  Your kids are more than likely to end up looking like their friends rather than their friends looking like them.
  • Music can have a profound influence on children as they grow up.  Encourage them to listen to music that is positive and uplifting.  Christian music is available in all types of styles now so encourage kids to find a style that they like.
  • God.  Look for opportunities for God to influence kid’s lives.  Only he has the power to make a permanent change in their lives.  God can work in a variety of ways so pray for your child daily and open up your eyes to opportunities.  Mission trips where kids get to see what life is like in other countries can have a profound influence on their life.  Reading their Bible, praying, serving the needy locally and attending a Christian concert can all influence their life.
  • Encourage your children to memorize Scripture.  This is easier to start when they are young but it is still possible even if kids are now teens.  At Memory Cross we have developed a fun way to help children put God’s Word into their heart.  Click this link for more information.

  • Parents.  I know I said it before but the way you live your life and the passion you have for following Jesus, kids will see and respond to that.  Read your Bible every day, pray all the time, and spend time with your kids.  If you are having a hard time reading your Bible install the Bible App on your phone and listen to God’s word on your commute to work or when you are working around the house or working out.  It make a difference, try it.
  • Sunday School teachers – If you teach Sunday School, don’t look at it as a job but a tremendous opportunity to help make disciples.  You have one hour a week to teach them what it means to become a disciple of Christ.  Don’t waste this opportunity.

If you don’t think you can make a difference in a child’s life watch the video.  If you are struggling with kids who have not turned their life over to God and who are living out of control our prayers are with you.  I’ve been there and I know that it is not easy.  Don’t stop praying and exposing them to God influences.  Find people who can support you and pray that God will work in your child’s life.  Ask others to pray for you and your children.

Helping children become disciples of Christ is by far the most important thing we can give to our children so don’t give up.

If you have resources or comments that you’d like to share, please post them in the comment section.

 

To the churches in America – Do you love me? – Jesus

Do you love me?  Jesus

I’ve asked people from other countries to tell what is going on with the Christian church in their country.  Now it is my turn to write about the church in America today.

First let me say this is only my perspective from being in the church (United Methodist only) and talking to friends who represent other denominations.  The words of Jesus in Revelation are what keep coming to my mind:  I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either one or the other!  so because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.  You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing,’  But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. – Revelation 3:15-17.

Have you heard the expression Love is spelled t-i-m-e?  We spend our time on things we think are important:

  • Sleeping – 61.6 hours a weekDo you love me
  • Work – 47 hours on average each week
  • Watching TV – 19.74 hours
  • Household activities – 12.39
  • Leisure – 10.36
  • A complete list can be found here.

A 2013 survey of Americans found the following:

  • 77% of Americans think the nation’s morality is headed downhill.
  • 88% of Americans said they owned a Bible
  • 80% think the Bible is sacred
  • 61% wished they read the Bible more
  • 33% said the decline in morals was the result of people not reading the Bible
  • 57% of people read their Bibles four times a year or less
  • 26% read their Bible 4 or more times a week.

Psalm 46:10 says:  “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

The church in America is lukewarm because God is not an significant influence in our lives.  Our busy pace has pushed God out.  We don’t spend time with Him so do we really love Him?  Our churches are declining because people do not see a difference between the life of a Christian and that of someone who does not claim to follow Jesus and most Christians don’t even share their faith.  (2012 study by LifeWay research)  I can’t remember a sermon I’ve heard that challenged us to read our Bible more or share our faith.  Maybe that is why the United Methodist Church is in decline.

Is there hope for the American church?  God can and does make changes in people’s lives every day.  I pray that church leaders will commit themselves to loving God and spending time with Him, not because they fulfill a duty but because spending time with God is life changing.  For everyone else who calls themselves a follower of Christ I pray that we’ll commit to taking time out of our schedule to spend time with God because a relationship with Him will change everything.

Do you love me?  – Jesus.  Love is spelled T-I-M-E and time with Jesus

In the video below Francis Chan talks about the importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus.

 

6 Scriptural Prayers for Expecting Moms and Dads

By: Floranilla Rosquita-Aragones

You’re expecting! Your Pregnancy Test is positive! You’re Pregnant! And you’re all excited.  Every pregnancy creates excitement for every expecting mom and dad and even the rest of the expecting family. There is always joy packaged in every pregnancy announcements especially for those first time parents.6 scriptural prayers for expecting mom and dads

Everyone is busy with all the baby showers, doctors’ appointments, laboratories schedules, ultrasounds results and buying baby’s essentials that make the pregnancy journey more exciting. But all of these are just focused on the baby’s physical growth and development. Let us remember that the baby inside the womb is progressing more than that. Just as she or he is growing inside you, so their spirit is learning from the Lord.

When I got married and got pregnant with our first child, I remember what my own mom taught me and my younger siblings during our teenage years. She said that when we got married and got pregnant, it is our foremost responsibility to pray over our baby early as it is still growing within our womb.  I have a younger brother and he was also told by our Mom that as a proud father someday, he is not excused from this responsibility as well. He should also take an active part in praying for his child. Prayer, as she said, is part of preparing ourselves for a new little one in our lives. Mom added that, when our precious child makes his or her way into the world, we will do many important things for him or her, but none is so important as prayer.

Now that I am pregnant with our second child, I gathered verses from the bible that speak beautiful promises of God’s truth over my baby and that gives me more assurances for my unborn daughter. I am sharing this to give encouragements for pregnant moms and excited dads out there. You can pray these not only for your unborn baby but also over all your other children for as we know that Scripture prayed over our family has great power. So, whether you are a mother-to-be, a grandmother-to-be, an aunt-to-be, or a happy friend, your prayers make a difference in the tiny life growing inside a womb.

6 scriptural prayers for moms and dads

  1. After all, God is the one who gave life to each of us before we were born (Job 31:15).  Just as our life is a gift from God so is the life of our baby. Let us be thankful first and foremost because God has blessed us with a bundle of joy which means that we are a good steward enough in the eyes of God to be granted by another gift of life.
  2. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love (Ephesians 4:16 ).
  3. Our God sees and watch our baby inside our womb. He listens to his or her heartbeat. He shapes his or her delicate parts and forms them flawlessly.  Let us pray that our baby will continue to grow healthy, strong and full of love.  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).
  4. “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future, declares the Lord” ( Jeremiah 29:11).
  5. Our baby’s life and future was intricately carved and planned by the Master. He or she is set apart to declare the Lord’s plan to the world. Let us pray that our baby will grow into the person that God prepares him or her to be, living with a purpose by the grace and plans of God.  When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8).
  6. Let us pray that in God’s perfect time, the Holy Spirit would convict our baby of his or her sin and will bring him or her awareness of God’s righteousness, thus receiving God as his or her personal Savior, creating a strong friendly relationship with his or her Creator.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 Let us pray that our child will learn to trust God wholeheartedly, leaning on God’s plans and understanding and be humble in all of God’s ways in his or her life leading him or her to wisdom and insights as he or she grows older.

Indeed, apart from being a gift, motherhood or parenthood is a sacred task. God entrusted in our care the nurturing of a child that’s why we need to equip ourselves with prayers to be able for us to fulfill this high calling. Prayers is highly needed for ourselves and also for our unborn child extending it to our little kids even when they grow bigger and even when they grow older.

If you want for more tips on how to raise Godly children or anything about parenting, do check our Pinterest board “Raising Godly Children”. It’s a collection of Tips, Blogs, Articles, Verses, and Quotes on how to raise Godly children inside the family.

Since we are talking about Prayers, we also encourage you to start teaching your kids how to pray. Memory Cross, Inc. has created a fun and creative ways to teach our children how to pray. You can start by introducing to your kids the “Lord’s Prayer”.

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I am so sure that there are still so many verses that I have not included here, so if you have some that you currently use to pray over your unborn baby or your children, please feel free to mention them in the comment box below. Share it to us. Share it to the world. We would love to hear it from you.

Were founding fathers Christian? Thoughts on July 4th

July 4th is coming up and I’ve been thinking about where our country started and where it is now.

In the first inaugural address George Washington had this to say:  “We ought to be no less persuaded that the favorable smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”  Full transcript is available here.

When George Washington was sworn in he not only placed his right hand on the Bible but kissed it.  Afterwards he attended a service at St. Paul’s Church.  Were our founding fathers Christian and was it their aim to set up a Christian nation?  To help answer that question visit this page by James Watkins.  I found more comprehensive pages but this one to me was the most fair.

Some were Christians and some were not but they were passionate about forming a nation that would give each citizen a chance to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  They were not perfect, nor was the country, but they worked together to create the greatest nation that has existed in the world.

Our work is not done.  There is still way to much strife in America.  Despite recent shootings, race relations have improved since I was a child in the 60s and 70s but morals have generally declined, led by the media which seems to always push for more sex and violence.  On the positive side we are no longer tied to what big media has to say.  YouTube and the internet has allowed each of us to publish our own thoughts and watch what we want.

I pray that our leaders work together to move our nation forward, following George Washington’s words: “that our nation regards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”  Instead of tearing our country apart let’s pray for others who do not feel the same as you do.  Pray that we follow God’s law:  “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” – 1 John 4:7

Declaration of independence