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Archive for January, 2009

Bible reading:

  • Genesis 19-37

Bible study:

  • John – The God Who Cares and Knows You (The New Inductive Study Series) – week 1
  • Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free – chapter 3

Bible memory:

  • 2 Corinthians 4:1-5

Inspirational reading:

  • Creative Family Times by Allen & Connie Hadidian and Will & Lindy Wilson
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare by Neil T. Anderson and Timothy M. Warner

Devotional reading:

  • On Asking God Why by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Women Who Loved God by Elizabeth George

Fun reading:

  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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What are your goals for this week?

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A Holy Hour of Prayer

“How to Have a Holy Hour of Prayer”

(Each step takes 5 minutes)

1. Praise – Praise God for who and what he is.

2. Waiting – Simply wait upon God meditating on His person.

3. Confession – Removing the greatest roadblock to prayer

4. Word – Study of God’s Word

5. Intercession/supplication – Come boldly into God’s presence on behalf of others.

6. Thanksgiving – Thank God for all his marvelous blessings.

7. Petition – Ask God for personal needs.

8. Singing – Sing Scripture back to God.

9. Meditation – Activate your mind pondering spiritual truths.

10. Listening – Listen for the still small voice of God.

11. Psalms – Pray the Word back to God.

12. Praise – End your time with praise for your fellowship during your “holy hour of prayer.”

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Editor’s note: This was taken from an artical entitled “The Ultimate Mission: “The One Needful Thing'” by Jocelyn Zichterman

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Editors disclaimer:

Four years ago ~ after I was married ~ I was introduced to a website called, “Women at Home University”. It was developed to encourage wives and mothers. I thoroughly enjoyed the website and was saddened when it was shut down. The couple who ran the website were committed to serving the Lord. They lived by a high standard ~ a standard that challenged me daily. Since that time the family has chosen to take a different direction in life. Though saved, they do not have such high standards for their family anymore. This article and any others I post by this author in the future were written before the family left the conservative movement.

In this article it is stated that Charles H. Spurgeon had four sons. Upon research he actually only had two sons – Thomas and Charles.

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THE ULTIMATE MISSION:
“THE ONE NEEDFUL THING”

By Jocelyn Zichterman

As already mentioned on this website, I am a mother of six young children. As most of you can imagine, my life is very busy from day to day meeting the needs of each of my special gifts from God. As I sat today reading a wonderful article on mothering in one of my magazines, I was thoroughly impressed with one thought which inspired the title I chose for this section article: “One Needful Thing.”

Luke 10:41-42 refers to two ladies. One lady’s name was Martha. She was cumbered about with much serving, doing something that was very good as she prepared a meal for Jesus and His disciples. The other lady mentioned is Mary. She was told by Christ that she had chosen the “good part” which was “sitting at Jesus’ feet” and “hearing His Word.” Most of us can relate to Martha in our daily lives much more easily than we can to Mary. We are often so busy serving by educating and ministering to the children, washing the clothes, cleaning the house, etc. Those things are good, but they often cause us to neglect the “one needful thing” of spending time in fellowship with Christ.

This story illustrates the difference between choosing the good, the better, and the very best. There is no better way to serve your husband or your children than to spend time in prayer for them. I have been greatly influenced in my own life by many Godly Christians of the past and several of them were great examples of faithfulness in the “one needful thing.” One was Susannah Wesley (mother of 19 children, 9 of whom lived to maturity). It is said of Susannah that she arose every day 2 hours before the rest of the house to pray for the needs of every one in her family.

Another story tells of the wife of probably the greatest preacher of the nineteenth century, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. At one time during a great revival at which he spoke, he became convicted of not spending enough time with his family, so he decided to return home early. When he arrived at home that evening, he heard a voice coming from the bedroom upstairs. He ascended the stairs and walked to the room of his four sons where he found his dear wife on her knees with the boys all around her. She was praying for each one of them by name and casting them at the Lord’s feet. Charles quietly left the room and said in his heart, “Thank you Lord for such a dear wife. Now I know that I can go on with my ministry, for my home is being carefully tended to.” Charles’s four boys all later became godly preachers. It was not their mother’s clean house, gardening, cooking, or tender nursing that made the difference. It was that she dedicated herself to that which Jesus said was the “good part,” that which would never be taken from her. The most amazing thing about Susannah Spurgeon’s testimony was that she was an invalid for most of her life. God made up the difference for her in spite of her limitations; He can do the same for you and me as well.

Maybe you are like me and you struggle with the “Martha mentality.” You might ask, “How can I possibly be like Mary when I have so much to do?” Follow these practical suggestions:

(1) Set a schedule and stick to it. The old saying is true that “if you aim at nothing you’ll hit it every time.” Setting a schedule helps you keep yourself accountable to “redeem,” or “make the best use of your time.” I often wonder how any mother could even function from day to day by doing whatever, whenever. Chances are that if you have that “whatever, whenever mind-set” about prayer you will never really get around to it. James 5:16 says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much,” and the devil is very aware that prayer can completely revolutionize our homes. You must make it a point to schedule prayer in no matter how many items you have on your to-do list.

(2) Set a higher goal for yourself than you have ever thought possible. Maybe you will want to do as one friend of mine does- tithe your time to God by giving Him the first fruits of your day. Ten percent of your time in a 24-hour period is 2 hours and 23 minutes. You could evaluate your day by asking the question, “What good thing can I skip today to spend more time in doing that which would be best?” Ask God how much time He wants you to spend with Him each day and obey the prompting of His Spirit. Let me remind you again that this decision is a choice between good, better, and best for you.

(3) Make a prayer journal and write out every single thing you desire for each one of your family members. Pray through those lists several times each day. Make your journal very special by adding pictures and cards and quotes. This format makes the time go by so quickly that you will often not even realize you have been on your knees for so long.

“How to Have a Holy Hour of Prayer”

(Each step takes 5 minutes)

1. Praise – Praise God for who and what he is.

2. Waiting – Simply wait upon God meditating on His person.

3. Confession – Removing the greatest roadblock to prayer

4. Word – Study of God’s Word

5. Intercession/supplication – Come boldly into God’s presence on behalf of others.

6. Thanksgiving – Thank God for all his marvelous blessings.

7. Petition – Ask God for personal needs.

8. Singing – Sing Scripture back to God.

9. Meditation – Activate your mind pondering spiritual truths.

10. Listening – Listen for the still small voice of God.

11. Psalms – Pray the Word back to God.

12. Praise – End your time with praise for your fellowship during your “holy hour of prayer.”

Are you ever tempted to complete your service to your family with the secret hope of being seen and appreciated by others? The wonderful thing about being a “hidden woman” of prayer is the joy of knowing that you are doing this “secret” task for one reason alone–the glory of God. This is the one thing you can do as a mother that is completely in secret, something only the Lord will see. Remember that “the greatest mothers in the world today are the mothers who pray.” So go buy a notebook, get creative and get busy. I know I have to remind myself on a regular basis to get back to the “one needful thing.” Let’s work together as mothers and turn the next generation “upside-down” for Christ through the ministry of prayer.

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Sample Schedule

Growing up we never had a schedule. Life was always busy and we ran from one thing to another. When I went away to EXCEL for 8 weeks, I learned to live on a schedule and I LOVED it. Creating a schedule is difficult, and sticking to it is even harder. When my children are born, I create a feeding/sleeping schedule. It is so wonderful to know when they need to eat, and be able to figure out what is wrong a whole lot faster. As they grow up, we often get away from the schedule. I have tried many times to have a schedule and stick to it, but it has never worked. Once again I am going to try. Josiah is now having preschool, and Annalynn needs to have some school too. I have recently taken on 2 new piano students so a new schedule must be made. On top of all of that our home desperately needs to be organized. DECLUTTER! DECLUTTER!! DECLUTTER!!!  Whenever I try to start a schedule inevitably something happens to throw it all off, but I am more determined than ever to run a disciplined household. So here is a sample schedule I’ve put together. This next Monday we will start it and see how it goes. I’m sure there are changes that need to be made, but you can’t start without a plan.

 

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The new year is a time when everyone seems to set goals. I personally am one who LOVES to set goals, but I often fail in completing them. My husband has helped me develop an accountability program. I am using it with my Bright Lights girls and thought you all might enjoy seeing it.

If you are interest in a copy for yourself, please e-mail me: oneneedfulthing@gmail.com

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These verses come from a picture hanging in our home.

I Corinthians 15:31

“I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our LORD, I die daily.”

I Peter 4:1

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;”

Philippians 3:7

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.”

James 1:2-3

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

Romans 8:36

“As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Galatians 5:24

“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”

Romans 8:13

“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”

I Peter 3:14

“But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;”

Romans 6:6

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

Galatians 2:20

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

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The best way to keep accountable is make it public what you are trying to do. So here are my personal spiritual goals for 2009.

Scripture Reading/Bible Studies

  • Read through the Bible chronologically (Bright Lights project)
  • John ~ The God Who Cares and Knows You (Arthur & DeLancy ~ The New Inductive Study Series)
  • 49 Commands of Christ (I would like to get through this also – but I’m not sure if it is possible)

Scripture Memorization

  • Psalm 25
  • Sharing Your Faith verses (our Pastor gave a challenge Sunday to memorize a list of verses he put together. My mother-in-law and I are working on memorizing them together. Though I know most of the verses, it will be a good challenge to quote them all at once. 34 verses total)
  • Psalm 119 (as much as possible)
  • I Die Daily verses ( https://oneneedfulthing.wordpress.com/2009/01/08/i-die-daily-verses/ )

Inspirational Reading (These are NOT in a specific order)

  1. Fellowship of the Burning Heart  (Tozer)
  2. Hints on Child Training (Trumbull)
  3. The Mission of Motherhood (Clarkson)
  4. Birthing God’s Mighty Warriors (Scott)
  5. Child Training Tips (Bradley)
  6. Teach Them Diligently (Priolo)
  7. The Believer’s Daily Renewal (Murray)
  8. Strong-willed Child or Dreamer (Spears & Braund)
  9. Taming the Family Zoo (Brawner)
  10. Becoming A Woman Who Pleases God (Ennis & Tatlock ~ Bible Study)
  11. Women Who Loved God (George ~ Devotional)
  12. Be Still My Soul (Elliot)
  13. Hudson Taylor Vol. 1 (Taylor)
  14. Hudson Taylor Vol. 2 (Taylor)
  15. On Asking God Why (Elliot)
  16. Competent to Counsel (Adams)
  17. Idols of the Heart (Fitzpatrick)
  18. Twelve Extraordinary Woman (MacArthur)
  19. God’s Wisdom for a Woman’s Life (George ~ Bible Study)
  20. Eat Fat Look Thin (Fife)
  21. Coconut Cures (Fife)
  22. Created to be His Help Meet (Pearl ~ Bible Study)
  23. Sink Reflections (Cilley)
  24. Body Clutter (Cilley & Ely)
  25. Loving God With All Your Mind (George ~ Bible Study)
  26. Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free (DeMoss ~ Bible study w/mother-in-law)
  27. Putting on A Gentle & Quiet Spirit (George ~ Bible Study)
  28. A Place of Quiet Rest (DeMoss)
  29. The Fruit of Her Hands
  30. Praise Her In the Gates
  31. Daughters of Sarah
  32. The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds (Bounds)
  33. Instruments in the Redeemers Hands (Tripp)
  34. The Knowledge of the Holy (Tozer)
  35. Desiring God (Piper)
  36. The Pleasures of God (Piper)
  37. Having A Mary Heart in A Martha World
  38. The Best of A.W. Tozer
  39. Spiritual Leadership
  40. Our Jealous God (Gothard)
  41. The Power of Spoken Blessings (Gothard)
  42. The Joy of a Word Filled Family
  43. How to Fulfill 7 Basic Needs (Gothard)
  44. Changed Into His Image (Berg)
  45. Created for His Glory (Berg)
  46. Humility, The Forgotten Virtue
  47. Creative Counterpart
  48. The Politically Incorrect Wife

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