How to Start Your New Year Right

How to Start Your New Year Right

A new year is truly a new season that God brings us. And what we do with that new season is just as important. So, let’s look at how to start your new year right and enter this new season.

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven… Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV

God knows infinitely more than we do; He is Creator and without Him there would be nothing.

He knows the end from the beginning. So to get the heart and mind of God for our lives in the season we’re in, is significant so that we can continue living purposeful, intentional, power-filled, full lives.

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The Lord Has Good Plans For You

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

Here are some promises you can be certain of from God:

  • The Lord makes all things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)
  • What the enemy intends for evil in your life, God meant for good. (Genesis 50:20)
  • We cannot do anything without the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us. (John 15:5)
  • For all the promises of God are yes and amen! (2 Corinthians 1:20)
  • Every good gift and every perfect gift is from God. (James 1:17)
  • We are to fill the earth with His glory by living our lives fully for the Lord, hearing what He says and doing it. (John 17:20-23) 
How To Start The New Year Right + 30-Day Renewing My Mind Bible Scripture Challenge

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Embrace The Season

With the confidence in the Lord concerning His promises, we know that whatever season we’re in, it’s is not meant to last.

Seasons in our lives change constantly. 

Not every season is easy, and not every season is hard. Just as sure as we can be that winter turns to spring, spring to summer, summer to autumn and autumn to winter, what we’re facing is always temporary and meant to change.

And the season you’re in right now is not only about you; it’s about what God wants to do in you, so that He can reach others through you.

God sees so much more than you do about your life and how you’re to impact others through the season you’re going through. So, moving forward in your season, whether it’s easy or not is for your growth, for the glory of God to be seen, and your testimony as a witness of God’s goodness.

Consider embracing the season you’re in. 

By recognizing the season, you choose to change or at the very least know that things are going to change. You choose to move forward in your life by embracing the season.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 NKJV

It’s Time For Transformation

We become like what and whom we surround ourselves with.

Everything around us, including social media, friendships, relationships, media, government, education and those you follow, are all forms of influence.

Whatever or whomever you allow to speak into your life is feeding your mind. So it’s crucial to protect yourself from being influenced, and instead be an influencer for Christ.

So what we need to do is change the way we think.

God’s ways are so much higher than our ways. By having a relationship with Him, it’s about becoming conformed to the image of Christ and our the renewal of our minds is where it starts!

How we do renew our minds?

By digesting, meditating and speaking the Word of God!

Romans 12:2 TPT says,

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.

How to Start Your New Year Right

IDENTIFY, ACKNOWLODGE, CHANGE

A new year brings about a desire to change things in our lives and resolve to create goals and achieve them.

Let’s go through a process of self-examination through identifying what in our lives needs to change, acknowledging that change is needed, and finally, making and seeing the change.

ACTION STEP #1 – IDENTIFY

Examine your life in the areas below and identify how you’re doing. By doing this, you’re empowering yourself to start the new year right!

  • How do you spend your time?
  • Whom do you spend your time with?
  • How are you doing in your health in these areas:
    • Mentally
    • Emotionally
    • Physically
    • Relationally
    • Financially
  • Am I being fully present and engaging mindfully in all that I do?
  • How am I moving from information and inspiration to application and transformation?
  • What new goals do I desire to see in my life?

ACTION STEP #2 – ACKNOWLEDGE

So now that you’ve identified how you’re doing in the areas above, acknowledge what you need to change and that you need to change.

Acknowledgement is important. Without recognizing that these areas need your work and attention, you’re denying yourself God’s empowerment to change these areas.

God’s grace is sufficient for change. But, if we don’t want to change and see that it’s necessary, the enemy would love nothing more than for you to stay the same.

Be honest with yourself this area; it’s important!

ACTION STEP #3 – CHANGE

With the areas you’ve looked at above, fill in these statements.

  • I need to stop spending my time ________________ and start spending my time ________________ .
  • The people that I need to spend less time with are ________________ . The people that I need to be spending more time with are ________________ .
  • For the sake of my:
    • mental health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
    • emotional health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
    • physical health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
    • relational health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
    • financial health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
  • In order to be fully present and engaging mindfully, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
  • I’ve taken in a lot of information and inspiration in these areas ________________ and now I will apply what I’ve learned so that I experience transformation in these areas ________________ .
  • I desire to see these new goals in my life ________________ .

 

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Be Doers, Not Hearers Only

To see the results of the change you are hungry for in your life means you’re acknowledging that you need to change, identifying the steps to change it, and putting in the work which is the most challenging part.

We often lack consistency, dedication, self-discipline and self-control when it comes to putting in the work.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 NKJV

We deceive ourselves and deny ourselves change when we don’t follow through with it. And we have a habit of making ourselves feel bad, wrong and guilty for it.

But God is so much greater than our insufficiencies.

He is faithful when we bring our challenges before Him. He knows that our pursuit is His pursuit, especially when we’re living set apart for Him, and the changes we want to see are positive for our lives and others.

I encourage you to spend devoted time in prayer, fasting and journaling this new year.

God will speak to your heart as you hunger and thirst after Him. And then rest in who God is by trusting in Him.

You can’t control the outcomes, but you can do what you know to do and God does the rest. His grace fills the gaps, because God can do things that you can’t.

Respond to the Word of Truth, allow it to change and transform you, and see what God will do. This is truly how you start the new year right.

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How are you starting the new year right? Let me know in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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It can feel really scary knowing what our children are subject to these days. While there are so many amazing advances in the world we live in, we also know the enemy has more routes than ever to steal, kill and destroy our lives, and that the desires of the flesh are knocking at the door.

If you are looking to help your children:

  • remained rooted and grounded in the One who is Love
  • encountering God personally and knowing Him intimately
  • develop good and Godly character
  • be a good friend
  • experience quality friendships and relationships
  • value purity

…then prayer is your weapon!

Why Should We Pray For Our Children?

You can be sure that the enemy will come to attack your children. You can also be sure that your children will want to give into the cravings of their flesh. BUT, we have a weapon that is MORE POWERFUL than the enemy or sin and that is PRAYER!

You are a soldier going into a battle for your children and when you pray, you are engaging in that spiritual warfare.

Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) says,

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

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Why Is Prayer Important?

Prayer is important to the life of a believer; it’s our way of communicating with our Father, through the Holy Spirit.

What Does Prayer Do?

Prayer effectively helps you to:

  • seek guidance, wisdom and discernment from the Lord
  • hear His will concerning the day
  • petition the Lord based on His promises
  • impact the earth with heaven’s influences
  • stand in the gap for others
  • keeps our heart and mind focused on God

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Prayer Is Our Weapon

The enemy, Satan, is seeking whom he may devour. He’s not a physical being; he’s a spirit. And he’s not just seeking anybody; he’s seeking those who are living for Jesus.

The enemy is not a creator like our Father, but he’s a distorter of what is already created.

For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (TPT)

The way that Satan attacks our children is through every route possible…social media, movies, family, friends, their own thoughts, church family, other kids they don’t know but meet, etc. And not every attack we experience is by route of the enemy; sometimes it’s by our own doing and choices which are out of our sinful, fleshy, carnal nature.

We experience the enemy’s attacks or our own sinful desires in our everyday life and the reason for this is to get us off God’s good plans for our lives. The enemy wants to distort God’ loving nature. And instead of being led by the Spirit, what our flesh wants to do is often more appealing and the easy route.

Our children need our prayers for:

  • knowing God more
  • protection from the evil one
  • seek the kingdom of God first
  • loving God and others
  • hearing God’s voice
  • thinking on the right things
  • the fruit of the spirit
  • purity
  • honoring their parents
  • accepting Jesus as their Lord
  • peace
  • restful sleep
  • God’s plans for them
  • following Jesus
  • character
  • their hearts

30 Bible Scriptures To Pray Over Your Children

  1. Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
  2. Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my paths.
  3. James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
  4. John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
  5. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  6. Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
  7. Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
  8. John 10:4-5 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
  9. Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
  10. Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
  11. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
  12. Ephesians 3:18-19 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
  13. Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children.
  14. Proverbs 3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
  15. Romans 15:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
  16. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
  17. Psalm 91:3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
  18. Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.
  19. Luke 9:23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
  20. Psalm 112:1 Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments.
  21. Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
  22. 1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
  23. Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
  24. 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
  25. John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
  26. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
  27. Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
  28. Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
  29. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
  30. 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

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Let’s warfare for our children’s hearts and their future.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Powerful Christian Easter Poem

Powerful Christian Easter Poem

Powerful Christian Easter Poem

Celebrating Easter is the foundation of what we believe as Christians.

This powerful Christian Easter poem is perfect for kids, youth and adults to recite during a special Easter presentation.

If the poem is too long, you can also remove some lines as it suits you. This poem can also be said in a spoken word format.

Feel free to copy and paste the poem below in a document and share what God has done!

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A powerful Christian Easter poem! Perfect for kids, youth and adults, church service or a special presentation. #Easter #EasterPoem

Restored

In the beginning God created man.
An intimate relationship He wanted to have.

The serpent came with a question, asking Eve,
“Did God say of every tree you shall not eat?”

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food
Eve thought she would be wise and so she chewed.

She gave it to her husband and he did also eat
Then their eyes were opened and they became afraid.

Sin now entered in because of disobedience,
Man was separate from God and lived under the curse.

An offering was needed to cleanse us from our sin,
A curtain was set-up to divide God and man.

Because God is who He says He is, He always had a plan
It was to redeem His people with His one and only Son, a man.

Now it was time for Jesus to come on the scene
By the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary would conceive.

Jesus was a student and dug into the Word
He went to John to be baptized for this is good.

He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
Alighting Him, a voice then said, “This is my beloved Son”.

Then Jesus was led up to the wilderness by the Spirit of God
He fasted forty days and nights and was hungry for food.

The tempter came and tested Him knowing Jesus was the King
So then Jesus used the Word of God for fighting

From that time Jesus preached and showed us the way
He said, seek first the Kingdom of God each and every day.

Now Jesus asking His disciples, Who do men say that I am?
You are the Christ, the Son of God, this did not come by man.

My Father who is in heaven, has revealed this you,
On this rock I’ll build My church, for I am the Truth.

It was time for Jesus to ride in as prophecies told
The disciples brought him a donkey and a colt.

The multitudes began to cry, “Hosanna in the highest!”
The woman poured costly oil on the body of Jesus .

When the Passover feast had come, Jesus said to Judas,
“You’re going to betray Me. For you must do this.”

Jesus was put on trial because He called Himself the King,
This was unacceptable and now the crucifixion.

They divided Jesus’ clothes and casting lots they knew
It must be written on the cross “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS!”

Jesus cried with a loud voice and said, “It is finished!”
The veil then tore, sin was gone and now we’re not separate.

The earth quaked, the rocks split and suddenly they knew,
Truly this was the Son of God and they laid Him in a tomb.

But that wasn’t it, the work just began and three days later,
An angel of the Lord descended from heaven and shared something greater.

“Do not be afraid for I know whom you seek, Jesus is not here,
For He is risen where He once lay and to you, He will appear!”.

Mary stood outside the tomb with fear and weeping.
Then suddenly Jesus appeared asking “Whom are you seeking?”

She thought it to be a gardener, then Jesus said, “Mary!”
He said, Go tell My brethren for I soon am ascending.

The eleven disciples shut the door for fear of the Jews,
Jesus stood in the midst of them and said, “Peace be with you.

As the Father has sent Me, so now I also send you.
Receive the Holy Spirit and forgive as I do.

Now go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
He who believes and is baptized will not be condemned.

And these signs will follow those who believe,
They’ll cast out demons and no harm will come to them if they drink anything deadly.

They’ll speak with new tongues and take up serpents.
Lay hands on the sick and they will recover.

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed,
You have life in Jesus name for now you are saved.

 

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Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away by Kathie Morrissey

Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away by Kathie Morrissey

Having a strong bond with my children while raising them to love God is important. But that alone isn’t enough; it takes work and effort.

There’s no rule book telling us what to do in every situation as parents; we’re often learning right alongside our children as they grow. But, one thing that can help us wade through the waters of parenting potentially avoiding some of the parenting mistakes, is to lean into those who have had already gone through the trenches.

Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away

In the book, Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away, Kathie shares her wisdom in what she’s learned are the common parenting mistakes we make that can lead our kids to rebellion and what we can do to build heart-ties that create a strong relationship with them.

If you're looking to avoid some of the common parenting mistakes that push your child away, this resource will be sure to give you actionable items to help you! #Christianparenting #raisingkids #parenting

One quote (and question) from Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away that stood out among the first pages, was this:

We need to regularly examine whether we are teaching kids to simply appear and act right or are we teaching them to love God and know Him personally?

I eagerly devoured every page.

Kathie leaves you feeling that you’re never too late at the age and stage your kids are at and that you can begin to carry out her actionable strategies right away.

Here is a short-list of what I loved about Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away:

  • Actionable ideas
  • Examples
  • All the nuggets and takeaways I was left with
  • Easy to digest and follow along
  • From a Christian perspective, but not preachy
  • Lots of quotes and resources

As I finished off Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away, I was left with a huge takeaway where I knew God was speaking to me personally.

Always keep in mind that you don’t want to just manage behavior but monitor the heart.

Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away is a quick read. I sat down one morning hungry to digest it and was left ready for more only because it was so impactful. I couldn’t help but write down the golden nuggets within these pages that struck a chord in me.

If you're looking to avoid some of the common parenting mistakes that push your child away, this resource will be sure to give you actionable items to help you! #Christianparenting #raisingkids #parenting

I encourage you to look for Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away as well as Kathie’s many others books, including The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart (check out my review here) Grab the bundle price here and save!

Perhaps it’s Kathie’s amazing ability to communicate or just knowing that she’s had 8 children and homeschooled for 31 years that there is so much wisdom to draw from.

About the Author

Kathie is the owner of The Character Corner, wife of Alan for 40 years, and mother to eight children. She is also a veteran homeschooling mom of 31 years. Not only is she passionate about her family, but she also has a passion to encourage and inspire women in their daily lives as moms, wives, and homeschoolers.

Her goal is to be transparent and honest about the struggles and challenges of parenting and homeschooling, as well as the blessings that come from being faithful to that calling. She loves to share insights from her personal experiences over the years of raising and teaching her children. You will find that she gives many practical, encouraging tips you can use in your own home. Find out more about Kathie here.

Kathie is a speaker and author, as well as a blogger at The Character Corner. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

A sincere thank you to Kathy for blessing me with a copy of this book to review and the opportunity to build strong heart-ties with my children.

If you're looking to avoid some of the common parenting mistakes that push your child away, this resource will be sure to give you actionable items to help you! #Christianparenting #raisingkids #parenting

The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart by Kathie Morrissey

The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart by Kathie Morrissey

As parents, we can so easily think that our kids should just listen to us; we’re the parent’s after all. But, that’s not the case to winning your child’s heart as I’ve so quickly come to learn.

The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart

In the book The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart, Kathie writes and shares in such a way that it creates a safe and honest place where you’re not judged. I’m impacted by her ability to communicate what we all feel and experience. And then I feel such a sense of empowerment when she shares a statement like this:

Authority and rules aren’t the answer to successful parenting. Influence is the key, and that influence comes when we have their hearts.

As parents, we can so easily think that our kids should just listen to us; we’re the parent’s after all. But, that’s not the case. Find out the KEYS and the actionable tips to implement to begin winning your child's heart! #Christianparenting #parenting #raisingkids

As a parent, who hasn’t heard or used the phrase, “Just do what I say!” and expect our children to be obedient and follow thru because “I said so!”

I’m so guilty of this.

I want my children to know that they can come to me with anything, but do they really feel like they can when phrases like this are used?

As parents, we tend to use our authority to motivate and include threatened consequences, when instead, we could warn of the natural consequences such as pride, immorality and disobedience.

This quote leaped off the page from The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart:

The goal of gaining their hearts is not so we can control them, but rather gain the opportunity to pour into their lives, shape their values, and teach them to love God and His Word.

I love good tips that are easy to implement and create lasting change. Kathie shares loving affirmations and tips that you can start to do practically this moment with your children to begin winning their hearts.

In general, here’s a list of what I loved about The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart:

  • Actionable ideas
  • Examples
  • From a Christian perspective, but not preachy
  • All the nuggets and takeaways I was left with
  • Easy to digest and follow along
  • Lots of quotes and resources

Here’s a lasting thought that Kathie shares in her book The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart:

Rules without relationship breed rebellion.


As parents, we can so easily think that our kids should just listen to us; we’re the parent’s after all. But, that’s not the case. Find out the KEYS and the actionable tips to implement to begin winning your child's heart! #Christianparenting #parenting #raisingkids

I read The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart in no time at all. Because you feel like you’re connecting with someone who has so much wisdom to offer and the impact it makes as you dive into these words, you can’t help but keep reading.

If I could give a copy of this book to you, I would! So, instead, feel free to grab The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart and take in all that Kathie shares. You can get the e-book here as a bundle price that includes the book Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away. (Check out my review here)

About the Author

Kathie is the owner of The Character Corner, wife of Alan for 40 years, and mother to eight children. She is also a veteran homeschooling mom of 31 years. Not only is she passionate about her family, but she also has a passion to encourage and inspire women in their daily lives as moms, wives, and homeschoolers. Her goal is to be transparent and honest about the struggles and challenges of parenting and homeschooling, as well as the blessings that come from being faithful to that calling. She loves to share insights from her personal experiences over the years of raising and teaching her children. You will find that she gives many practical, encouraging tips you can use in your own home. Find out more about Kathie here.

Kathie is a speaker and author, as well as a blogger at The Character Corner. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

I’m so appreciative to Kathy for providing me a free copy of this book to review; it has changed my parenting for the better!

As parents, we can so easily think that our kids should just listen to us; we’re the parent’s after all. But, that’s not the case. Find out the KEYS and the actionable tips to implement to begin winning your child's heart! #Christianparenting #parenting #raisingkids

 

Christ-Centered Easter Activities and Crafts For Kids

Christ-Centered Easter Activities and Crafts For Kids

As we approach Easter, the significance and importance of why we celebrate brings reflection and remembrance.  In fact, it can be remembered all year long because it’s really the foundation of what we believe as Christians.

Maybe you’re thinking about different ideas on how to celebrate Easter with your family

Well, thankfully, there are many AMAZING Christ-centered Easter activities and crafts for kids that don’t revolve around bunnies, chicks and emptyness.

These ideas are not only fun, but can even help create more understanding and depth for kids as to why Easter is a significant time for them!

There are many AMAZING Christ-Centered Easter activities and crafts you can do with your kids! #Easter #ChristianEaster #EasterCrafts

Christ-Centered Easter Activities and Crafts for Kids

Activities for Your Easter Celebration from How To Homeschool My Child

Behold the Lamb- Day 6 from Kinetic Kids

Christ-Centered Easter Bible Study for Kids from Wildly Anchored (1)

Easter Celebrations With Children from Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Easter Cross Craft for Kids from 123 Homeschool 4 Me (3)

Easter Cross Sun Catcher Craft from My Joy-Filled Life (7)

Easter Faith Filled Family Activities from Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Easter Holy Week Banner With Bible References from Arrows & Applesauce (6)

Easter Resurrection Day Craft from Life of a Homeschool Mom

Easter Story Writing Cards (Free Printable) from Growing Curious Minds

Easy DIY Easter Tree Study For Kids from A Little R & R

Easy Easter Sunday School Craft from Crafty Classroom

Faith Inspired Easter Fun from Awe Filled Homemaker

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Be sure to grab my FREE 30-Day Easter Scripture Challenge below!

How are you incorporating Christ-Centered Easter activities and crafts for kids this year?

Feel free to share your ideas with me!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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Celebrating A Christ-Centered Easter + FREE 30-Day Easter Scripture Challenge

Celebrating A Christ-Centered Easter + FREE 30-Day Easter Scripture Challenge

A Christ-Centered Easter brings reflection and thankfulness as we set our gaze on what God did to restore us back to Him through Jesus’ shed blood.

There’s no better way to celebrate than to dive into the Word of God!

 

Grab your FREE 30-Day Easter Scripture Challenges below!

Created In the Image of God

When God created Adam and Eve, He did so to extend who He was through His creation, man and woman.

Genesis 1:27-28 says,

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

A Simple Instruction

One of the instructions God gave to Adam is found in Genesis 2:16-17, which says,

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” 

Unfortunately, although this instruction was simple, it wasn’t easy.

The serpent came to Eve questioning what God said. This questioning mixed with Eve’s doubts became the recipe where she had to make a choice within itself. Genesis 3:6 says,

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”

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Sin Is Separation From God

The result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience (sin) would be that they would surely die.

Now based on the length of Adam’s life (930 years), the death that God was referring to wasn’t them ceasing from physical living, but instead, that they would be separated from God.

Adam and Eve now lived under the curse and they could no longer be in communion with God. Sin ultimately separated them from God.

The Veil That Separates

In the Old Testament, the Holy of Holies was a place where only the high priest could enter and only once in the year. A thick veil separated the holy place from the Holy of Holies inside the tent of meeting.

The high priest would then sprinkle the blood of a sacrificed bull and a sacrificed goat on the atonement cover of the ark, to make amends for his and the people’s sins.

The old covenant God made through Moses with the Israelites required animal sacrifices. God lived among his people in the Holy of Holies.

A Perfect Sacrifice

Jesus, who was God’s Son and yet man, was the perfect sacrifice. He was a Lamb, sinless without spot or wrinkle, and would come to save us from our sin.

When Jesus yielded up His spirit, the veil that divided and separated God from man was torn from top to bottom. This significant barrier that was established because of sin was now no longer. Jesus’ blood was shed once for all.

This means remission of sin, an atonement made, where we could be restored to having a personal and intimate relationship with God once again.

Because of Jesus’ blood we are considered redeemed, righteous, sanctified, purified and cleansed from all sin.

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He’s Alive

Jesus not only died for our sin, but arose from death and still lives today! He’s seated at the right hand of the Father.

No longer does God confine himself to the Holy of Holies, separated from His people. When Christ ascended into heaven, every believer of Jesus became a temple of the Holy Spirit, a living dwelling place of God.

To receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit requires repentence and an acknowledgement that Jesus died for your sin, was buried, was resurrected and ascended into heaven. You have been alive together with Him!

 

Acts 2:38-39 says,

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Celebrate a Christ-Centered Easter

Enjoy a Christ-Centered Easter as a family.

Take time to read the Bible scriptures that concern the story of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. 

Below are two 30-Day Christ-Centered Easter Bible Scripture Challenges. Fill yourself with the Word of God as we approach Easter.

If you have children, you could consider a Christ-Centered Easter Bible Study as well.

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What are some ways you and your family celebrate a Christ-Centered Easter?

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Study Easter With Your Kids!

Christ-Centered Easter Bible Study for Kids for Ages 7-11 including activities, prompts, scripture writing and memory work! #BibleStudyForKids #BibleStudiesForKids #Easter

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How To Explain The Importance Of God’s Word To Your Kids

How To Explain The Importance Of God’s Word To Your Kids

As parents, one of THE MOST important things we can teach our children is the value of the Word of God in their lives. In fact, it’s a matter of their destiny!

But, the hardest part about this is how to explain the importance of God’s Word to your kids other than just saying that it’s important.

We Need Help

The Bible is not just a storybook and it’s not just words on a page. The Bible, in fact, breathes life to us.

We need this kind of life to live on this earth.

With all the difficulties and challenges we can encounter in our lifetime, with the fiery darts of the evil one and our own pursuit of the flesh, there’s character and fruit of the Spirit that we need to develop. And it’s not only in our lives as adults and parents, but our kids, too.

If we don’t know the value of the Word of God, we won’t teach it to our kids. And If we don’t teach it to our kids, they won’t have the help they need.

The Holy Spirit is our guide and help. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God is shaping and pruning us more into His image and likeness. He’s helping us see flaws in our character and the things we need to change and work on, all for the better.

And don’t we want our kids to turn to God? He created them, so let’s point them to Him!

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Illustrations Create Interest

Jesus frequently used parables when He spoke to the crowds. These parables were used to help create interest to those who wanted to find the deeper meaning or revelation of what Jesus was talking about.

The same is true for illustrations or object lessons.

An illustration is an example serving to clarify or prove something.

These are powerful to use to help our kids gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word.

Find out more on how to explain the importance of God’s Word to your kids by checking out my guest post over at In All You Do.

REVIEW: Learning About Biblical Feasts Study Guide

REVIEW: Learning About Biblical Feasts Study Guide

We’ve been looking to study Biblical feasts as part of both history and Bible in our homeschool and family. Learning About Biblical Feasts: A Study Guide to the Feasts of the Bible for Children & Families is the perfect resource and easy to implement.

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Why Learning About Biblical Feasts Is Important

We only know a small amount about God. Being that we live in the new covenant now, Holy Spirit gives us revelation, insight and understanding about the nature and character of God. Holy Spirit also reveals the heart of God as we seek Him.

A natural way to gain spiritual understanding is through symbolism. There are lots of symbolic events in the Bible. So to gain more understanding of God, we need to dig deeper.

Although I was raised in a Christian home and became a Christian at an early age, I never really dug into the Jewish feasts. Yet, I’ve always had an interest to learn.

Side note… this is one of the benefits of homeschooling – you learn what you teach your kids!

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Learning About Biblical Feasts Study Guide

Included in the Study Guide:

  • Table of Contents
  • Biblical Feasts Calendar
  • Introduction – Importance of Learning About Jewish Feasts As Christians
  • The Jewish feasts in one year include: 
    • Purim (Feast of Lots)
    • Passover (Pesah or Pesach)
    • Shavuot or Pentecost (Feast of Weeks)
    • Rosh Hashanah (Feast of the Trumpet)
    • Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
    • Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
    • Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication or Feast of Lights)
  • What Does It All Mean?
  • A Prayer
  • Answers
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How The Study Guide Works (And What We Did)

This study guide is for great for children and families; it’s truly and open-and-go.

  • The Biblical Feasts Calendar is a great tool to keep handy to remember the feasts throughout the year. (We have the calendar stored on the inside of our kitchen cabinet as our reminder!)
  • The Introduction is a great way to prepare your heart for why you and your family should take in the history of the Biblical feasts and how you can apply them today. 
  • Each feast is divided up into sections:
    • The History of the Biblical feast – This includes the happenings in the Bible leading up to the feast and the feast itself. It’s really a great summary making it easy to listen to and understand for children. We also incorporated a kids movie (Veggie Tales like this one is good for the littles) so they could watch the story leading up to the feast. You’ll find out fairly quickly that most movies don’t talk about the feasts themselves, which is too bad. This is where you want to make sure you’re picking up the study guide to reinforce the feast and why it was held.
    • How You Can Celebrate Today – I like how it takes the history and applies it to today as we live in the new covenant. This is what my children (and I) were particularly excited about. It also invites you to read the story out of the Bible as a family, which we love!
    • Questions – These are great for recall of history. My kiddos verbally answered, while I wrote their answers on the sheet provided.
    • Notebooking Pages – My children are smaller and are at the stage of drawing and beginning to write, so we just found an appropriate coloring sheet for the feast (such as Purim) and wrote the type of feast on it.
  • What Does It All Mean? – This ties the Old and New Testament together, which is really well done.
  • A Prayer – The prayer of salvation is so important, especially as we discover God’s goodness and His love for us, so this was a pleasant find.
  • Answers – Having answers is great for a quick reference, or if your older children are correcting their work by themselves.
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Learning About Biblical Feasts study guide is a really great resource for the entire family. We highly recommend it!

So, how have you learned about Biblical feasts with your children?

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

How Can I Grow Closer To God?

How Can I Grow Closer To God?

The most important relationship you can cultivate and grow is your relationship with God. But, you might be wondering, “How can I grow closer to God?” 

God created man and placed him in the garden of Eden. He did this all to have a relationship with him.

Isn’t it amazing to know that God, our Heavenly Father, wants to know us and He wants us to know Him?

James 4:8 NKJV says,

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Consider other religions…which god wants a relationship with those who believe in him? None!!

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How can I grow closer to God?

Devotion Shows Value

Firstly, like any relationship you have with your spouse, children, parents or friends, you likely recognize that the relationship itself requires an investment of time and sacrifice.

In a relationship, you’re looking for a safe place where you can build trust and share openly.

The Lord is looking to have a relationship like this with you and you with Him.

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV

Following Jesus and being devoted to Him requires our whole selves. This can be hard to receive. Jesus said it like this in Mark 8:34 NKJV,

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

 

As our Father is Creator and God, he wants our lives to be lived FOR Him sharing in His love while expressing it to others.

Our lives are not our own.

We’re to live a lifestyle of devotion to God following Him. He’s not looking for a timeslot in your schedule and doesn’t want to be considered a timeslot. He wants you and your whole heart at all times.

Create Intentional Time With The Lord

That said, creating a habit of intentional time with the Lord shows how you value Him. It’s necessary to remove distractions and the things that take away our attention from focusing on what He wants to share with us.

For example: when you have two children talking at the same time, it’s impossible to hear and listen to both. So you ask one to remain quiet, while you listen to the other.

God knows us. He knows we can so easily get distracted and have our minds wander or start to think about other things instead of remaining on Him.

Maybe you’re asking… so how can I grow closer to God with the little time I have as a busy mom?

It can be challenging when you’re a busy mom for yet ANOTHER thing and especially when you feel like all you’re doing is sacrificing.

As a mom of babies and little kids, it can be a challenge in that season. You’re exhausted from night time wake-ups, cleaning, cooking, keeping baby happy, all while still having your marriage, friendships, serving, etc.

I’ve been there, I totally understand you!

God is rich in mercy. He knows the season you’re in; it’s not a surprise to Him. In fact, He’s probably more gracious and kind to you than you are to yourself.

So in terms of time, do the best that you can. Give God your best. He knows your heart!

…For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV

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Read the Bible

To know who God is, to get to know His heart and His will to be accomplished on the earth and reading the Bible is the way to know.

And in order to get to know who we are and the power of the Holy Spirit that’s within us, it requires us to get to know who God says we are through His Word.

The Word of God is:

  • Living
  • Powerful
  • Reviving
  • Cleansing
  • Strengthens
  • Hope
  • Light
  • and so much more

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

You might be thinking that to read the Bible is a huge book and certainly overwhelming just to look at. But why not start with some more well-known scriptures found in this 30-day Bible scripture challenge or start at the new testament, like the book of Matthew.

Talk With God

The way we communicate with the Lord is through prayer.

Prayer is a vital part of our relationship with the Lord as we pray for others, ourselves, our families and what God wants accomplished on the earth.

Persistent, effective and fervent prayer makes changes. Prayer is our agreement with Lord concerning His will on this earth, as it is in heaven.

Consider spending intentional time with the Lord using a prayer journal where you can focus on a scripture, write what you’re thankful for, including prayer requests and praise reports.

…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
James 5:16

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Worship Fixes Our Eyes On The Lord

Singing worship songs about the Lord and to the Lord isn’t so much for Him as it is for us and the change that occurs in our heart

Worship is our warfare as we remind ourselves who God is.

We’re constantly bombarded by this world’s way of doing things, which is contrary to God’s way of doing things. Fear, lies, comparison, insecurities, bad reports, destructive relationships, and so much more surrounds us. We can’t help but be impacted by all these things and it affects how we draw near to God.

Ephesians 6:12 NKJV says,

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

It’s imperative to recognize that we have a fight on our hands and it’s not with people, but Satan, who wants to steal kill and destroy your destiny. He knows the impact you’re going to make when you’re spending time with the Lord, and then doing what He’s called you to do.

The Answer?

The answer to your question, “How can I grow closer to God” is simple, but it takes devotion and commitment on your part.

But, as you continue to give yourself to God, you’ll find a closeness and nearess to Him that’s personal, intimate and deep.

What are some habits you’ve instilled to make sure you’re spending time with the Lord to grow closer to Him?

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

How Do We Get Godly Wisdom? + FREE 30-Day Wisdom Scripture Challenge

How Do We Get Godly Wisdom? + FREE 30-Day Wisdom Scripture Challenge

Navigating this life and life’s decisions can be tough as we all face different circumstances. Since not any situation is the same, an unconventional and unnatural wisdom, Godly wisdom, might be just what we need.

What is the wisdom of God?

In the new testment, the greek word for wisdom is sophia (source), which is: supreme intelligence, such as belongs to God.

Another way of describing wisdom (sophia), is insight not naturally obtained. (source)

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Created for relationship

God created us to have a relationship with Him and Him with us.

We’re not meant to live this life on our own, doing our own things, and relying on our own strength. We’re meant to live and abide in the secret place of the Most High having a personal and intimate relationship with the Lord.

Through a personal relationship with the Lord, we get to know His heart, His ways of doing things and His thoughts. The Lord also wants to reveal mysteries to us, but only if we’re seeking Him.

Godly Wisdom is accessible!

The adversary, the devil, is roaring around like a lion seeking whom He may devour. His tactics and devices aren’t unique, but distorted.

He wants us to look at the storms in our lives so that we can be filled with hopeless disengaging from our relationship with the Lord.

The world also has a way of operating and doing things which is fear-based.

So how we do live in this world, but not of this world? We need Godly wisdom; the Spirit of wisdom to help us, guide us and lead us as we make decisions. And it’s accessible!

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Human wisdom vs. God’s wisdom

Human wisdom (natural, conventional wisdom)

Can you honestly say that you know what to do in your life at all times? Is life full of clarity and easy to navigate?

I think we can all agree that it’s not.

So the question is, what do you start to do when you’re in need of advice or help in a situation? Who do you turn to? What do you turn to? 

Do you start turning to friends, family, or co-workers for advice? Do you post a question in a trusted Facebook group or do you do a search in Google or Pinterest?

Often the reason we’re asking people for advice or searching social media platforms is because we have an answer in mind, but we want others to give us validation so that we can move forward.

This type of validation masks itself as receiving wise advice, but it is still just human wisdom. And human wisdom is NOT Godly wisdom. God’s wisdom is unnatural and unconventional.

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Godly wisdom (unnatural, unconventional wisdom)

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
Proverbs 4:7 NKJV

The Word of God is clear that we all need to get wisdom. And not just any wisdom, Godly wisdom.

So then, if Godly wisdom is insight that’s not naturally or conventionally attained, we are in need of God.

We need wisdom beyond our own human understanding where the ways of God interfere with our natural world. They are often ways that make no sense to the human mind.

So dealing with life and life’s affairs requires Godly wisdom.

Who asked God for wisdom in the Bible?

A great example of someone who asked for wisdom in the Bible is Solomon.

The Lord asks Solomon in a dream at night, “Ask! What shall I give you?”. 

Solomon says to the Lord,

“You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
1 Kings 3:6-9 NKJV (Ephasis added)

Solomon recognized that as king he needed Godly wisdom to discern between good and evil. The opposite is then true, that he felt that he wouldn’t be able to discern between good and evil without the Lord’s wisdom.

What the Lord said in response to Solomon is powerful:

The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” 1 Kings 3:10-14 NKJV

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How do we get Godly wisdom?

James 1:5 NKJV says,

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

According the Word of God, getting Godly wisdom is simple:

  1. Recognize that you need the wisdom of God
  2. Ask the Lord for wisdom

Although getting Godly wisdom is simple, it’s not magic.

God knows us better than we know ourselves. He wants our hearts FIRST and FOREMOST.

If you’re in a place of needing Godly wisdom, it’s important to ask God for it, but it’s more important to have a relationship with Him first.

Out of a relationship with Him, we love, trust and surrender our lives to the Lord where He can give us wisdom knowing it won’t be used for selfish gain, but for the glory of the Lord.

Continue to seek the Lord and ask for wisdom. Through prayer, reading the Bible, meditating on the Word, and praise and worship, you’ll get to know God’s heart more and become more intimately acquainted with Him.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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