Whats your flavor? Tell me what’s your flavor?

Matthew 5:13

King James Version

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

I have heard this scripture many times but never really gave it much thought. It has been ringing in my ears lately.

” Ye are the salt of the earth”

My first thought was INFLUENCE. I use this in relation to food. When you sprinkle/dump ( 🙂 ) salt of your food, it influences the taste of it. It alters the taste of it. It can bring out the best of it!

My second thought was CURE. Salt can drive out/ dry up infections and clean wounds.

My third thought was PRESERVER. It will keep things from going bad, spoiling, helps maintain freshness.

With these thoughts in mind, we are the salt of the earth. We should influence, cure, and preserve. Do we do these things? Do we influence the things around us? Do we alter the atmosphere with our presence alone? Do we preserve our selves and keep others? Do we keep things fresh and pure? Can we drive out demonic infection?

I am sure that we all have some flavor on our lives. The flavor that we should have is salt…What’s your flavor?

 

Can You Stand the Rain

Yesterday my husband and I were talking about the amount of rain we have been receiving. It has been raining for about a week here. We are grateful for it because we just planted grass in our backyard. As we discussed the fresh rain, I began to think about how we pray for rain when we need our harvest to come in. Guess what!!!!! IT’s RAINING!!!!:D 😀 😀 Not just in the natural but in the spirit as well. Get ready for your harvest!!!  Everything that you have planted, EVERY seed you put in the ground is being watered and cultivated for harvest!!  EVERYTHING!!! The good, the AWESOME, the PHENOMINAL!!!!!  THe bad, the ugly, the taboo.

This hit me hard as I was looking out the window at the green fuzz that was starting to develop, then I noticed those awful weeds. NNNNNOOOOO!!!!!!! We don’t want those to grow, only the grass, only the good stuff.

Matthew 13:24-30
New King James Version (NKJV)
24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

You shall reap all that you sew. You may call it Karma, but I call it Scripture!
Galatians 6:7
King James Version
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

It’s raining yall!!! Are you ready to reap your harvest? Are you ready for the grass and the weeds? Are you ready for the wheat and the tare? Can YOU stand the rain?

FFF – Family Time

I thoroughly enjoyed my fast this week. The fast was designed to teach and train our children, to spend time with them being the example. I honestly tried to teach my 3 yr old how to fold clothes (fail), wash dishes (fail) & clean the carpet(fail). I am no promoter of child labor but hey I was trying to create a teaching moment!!!  LOL!!!!  Now what she taught me was all that stuff can wait. Life is more than conquering your “to do” list everyday. Who cares how neat the folded clothes are when we can go outside and play!! 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, it is necessary to maintain a clean and tidy house, but it is also imperative that we show our children how to enjoy life and have fun. So as we played outside, we planted some flowers, wrote letters with chalk, watered the grass, and looked at bugs as we picked up rocks.  She talked to me about school and sharing and things that excited her. It gave me the opportunity to learn how she processes things and correct as needed. Even though I had to stay up late working on my to do list, I found it a small price to pay for the valuable time I spent with her.

Not only was my time spent with her, but my husband as well. Many times our schedules are opposite. You know we turn left to go to dance, and he turns right to go to work. This week we were together. 1 Family, 1 Conversation, 3 People!!!! YAY!!!!! God is so good!!!! 

Its so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. We took a pause and realized it was much needed. Stepping away from the chore list and ESPN did my family a lot of good….How was your experience?

Train, What is that? FFF

1. To condition or discipline

2. To trail behind

(paraphrased from Webster’s dictionary)

When I think of the word Train three images come to mind:

1. A railroad

2. A wedding dress

3. Football Camp

All 3 images have a train in the some form or fashion.  The first is your typical noun, an engine, a car, a caboose…a train.  An engine pulls the cars behind it. A train runs on tracks and a conductor drives it. Basically a train is a line of cars trailing behind one another on the track, in the direction that the track is laid.

A Wedding Dress…you know that long tail that drags behind….um yeah see definition 2.

Then there is the more used verb of train, to teach, discipline, condition.

The Bible says we are to train up a child (Definition 1)…in the way he should go…lead, guide, direct….be the engine, pull your children behind you, lay the track, show them what to do….so when they grow old, they will not depart from it.  They will stay on the track which has been laid. They will build on that foundation!!!

 

Yeah I know I added to the scriptures but that is how God revealed it to me!  We have a two part responsibility here, to condition, discipline, train and to be the example they will follow. 

 

Happy Parenting!!!!

Under Your Wing – FFF

I absolutely adore being a mother!  It is one of the most fulfilling jobs I have ever had. The best part is the unconditional love you receive from your child(ren). I love snuggling with my daughter. Its absolutely wonderful!  Yesterday she snuggled right up under my arm, then it hit me, shes covered under my wings. I am to protect her, lead her, guide her, nurture her. When she needs something, she looks to me!  Did that make your heart race a little?  Mine did!  I knew parenting was an awesome responsibility but I never thought of all the spiritual ramifications. 

Chldren under your wings aren’t needy all the time. Sometimes they are there to push you higher, to cause you to grow, mature, develop. They make you reach for gaols and benchmarks that you never would have looked at had they not been your motivation!  Look at us now, we are fasting for our children, for our future.

Children are alot of work and sacrifice, but they are also some of life’s greatest blessings.

Psalm 127: 3-5

Lo, children are a heritage of Jehovah; And the fruit of the womb is his reward.

4As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, So are the children of youth.

5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: They shall not be put to shame, When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Today, let’s thank God for the blessings of our children!!!  Let’s cover them in love and find some time today to spend with them letting them teach, minister to, and elevate us!!!!

Train up a child….FFF

Do you know your child’s calling? Who has God destined them to be in the world?  Our job as parents is to train them up in the way they should go….right? Well, how can we do that if we don’t know their direction?  This is deeper than just teaching them about and showing them Jesus, but training and raising them to operate in his kingdom. Now I am not saying go play church with them and teach them how to preach….unless that is what God has told you to do.

In all thy getting get and understanding (Prov 4:7), so let me explain.

If you are a swimmer, would you condition at baseball camp? Would a biker condition by putting together a computer network? Does a singer learn to sing practicing the art of Mime? Ok so maybe that is too specific, maybe God hasn’t revealed that much detail to you yet, and that is fine, at least know what kind of turf they should be on. For instance a fish belongs in the water, mammals belong on the land and a bird belongs in the air, not burrowing like a groundhog. Your job is to guide them onto the field that they should play on. When they get there, the coach can tell them what position to play. ( wink) I hope this makes sense because I desperately want us to grasp this. If you aren’t hearing or you are unsure, open your eyes and observe. What comes naturally to them? Are they great at dancing? Do they create their own songs? Are they always telling you a story they have made up? Do they run to see about a friends boo boo? Did they sit down at the drums one day and suddenly start rocking out beats? See it, discover it, and activate it! Its our job to help them discover themselves and unlock that hidden gift and talent with in them. Look at yourself, your calling, and then look at your families callings and skill sets. Remember the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and Levites begat Levites and Benji-mites begat Benji-mites. If your family are skilled with working with their hands….hmmmm. If you come from a long line of business men, hmmmm…..if you are a 5th generation minister…find it not strange that your child ministers in church. Its what they do!! Its who they are!!!  What their linage is!!!  Affirm your children, speak life into them, break curses over them, and set them up for success.

Train up a child in the way he should go….

FFF Week…..hmm I have lost track…Husbands

I love my husband!!!!  I will shout that from the roof top! He is simply amazing!!! Yes, we bump heads from time to time and yes he has some ways that get on my nerves at times, but make no mistake, I love that man!!!!  He is my biggest supporter!  He backs my goals and will help me achieve them if he can! I thank GOD for my husband, flaws and all.

Now, as much love as I have for MR. Morningsongsandbedtimeprayers, one of my hardest battles is SUBMISSION!!!!  Now I know some of us consider it a profane word, I found it degrading. LOL!!! It made me feel like I have to loose all my independence. Like I was less of a person if I gave in. Hilarious right? Right!!! We know as women we can be some serious pieces of work, and our husbands try very hard not to upset us or say anything wrong that would just send us over the edge making any situation worse than it already is. Don’t lie to yourself, some of our husbands want to dwell on the roof top, Amen? Moving on….whether we want to believe it or not, they respect us, they submit to us time and time again. They are forever bowing out saying we are right…even though we usually are right? ( Don’t tell my Mr, but I am wrong sometimes).
Ladies, why can’t we submit to our husbands? Why do we degrade them with our words and our thoughts? Why do we treat them like children? (despite how they act…we thought they were grown enough to marry….I’m just saying). We are to treat everyone the way we want to be treated right? Isn’t that what the word says? No need to put the scripture, you know its the word. The word also says wives are to SUBMIT to their husbands….No need to say anything else.

Let us pray (feel free to keep going. Thats what the… is there for)
Lord, Thank you for giving my husband grace, mercy, and patience to deal with me. Thank you Lord for giving me another chance to get myself right. Continue to strengthen my spouse and help him endure the time it will take for me to transition from my current ways into the ways of you. Through this change Lord, develop our relationship…..