Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Scriptures for Focusing on

Yesterday, I was with our Mom's In Touch prayer group and Julie from Herding Grasshoppers did the prayer focus on purity. WOW! When I used to think of purity I always thought of the sexual and physical dress aspects. She pointed out how our children would be saved much heartache if they could filter their lives, actions, and attitudes through Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."

After a powerful prayer time yesterday where we prayed that scripture over each and every one of our children, I decided that I needed it printed out and PLASTERED around my house. I am putting one on the fridge and in the bathroom. I should put one on the steering wheel to remind me when I am driving! ;o)

I also added a couple more scriptures to this page -

Ephesians 6:12 - 18
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. 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 saints.

Romans 12:14
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Romans 12:17 - 19
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

I am hoping the ones from Romans will help with a bit of sibling rivalry that is going on (and also for my driving frame of mind!) SHEESH! I didn't realize I had so many things to work on too!! It's like God is chuckling when I find scriptures to share with the boys about behavior and attitude and He says, "Really???? I think you should look at those and learn to apply them to your life too!!!" Boy, do I still have a LONG way to go! But THANK YOU, JESUS that you could look on me in all my impurity and still love me enough to die on the cross and rise again - conquering death for me ONCE and FOR ALL!


Nancy said...

When my kids were young, one verse I loved was Isaiah 40:11
"He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young."

Nan Keltie said...

I appreciate your sharing scripture and then being honest about your growth, too. So many times, as a mommy, the character lessons I wanted to instill in our children needed to be in my life, first. God reminded me of that!

In looking back on those years and the wonderful memories we have - our three are grown and gone now - I realize I probably learned a lot more than they did. Raising children tends to grow the parents, doesn't it?
So glad to find your blog!

Nan Keltie

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oooo, Mel-beth, I"m flattered :0)

Good verses, all of them - especially the "sibling rivalry verses." I add in the one from Psalms, "How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity."

I hope you're somehow managing to have a good time, away from all the rain you're used to ;-)


Mel-Beth said...

Nancy, Thanks for sharing that verse!

Mel-Beth said...

Nan, Thanks for sharing that you also learned lessons when you were trying to teach your kiddos, too. I am so glad you joined me here!

Julie, I am going to add the one from Psalms too! I am all about unity between brothers!