Kids of the King

My life as a kid of the King


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Ecclesiastes Three

To everything there is a season,

A time for every purpose under heaven:

 A time to be born, And a time to die;

A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;  

A time to kill, And a time to heal;

A time to break down, And a time to build up;

 A time to weep, And a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, And a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;  

A time to gain, And a time to lose;

A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 

 A time to tear, And a time to sew;

A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;  

A time to love, And a time to hate;

A time of war, And a time of peace

I wonder what 2014 will be a time for.

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Enough already!

Negativity

Slander and Gossip

Hatred and Anger

Offence

ENOUGH ALREADY!

I am so tired of the constant baloney of negativity that I am forced to put up with. That I am forced to hear and see on a daily basis. It is exhausting. I can only imagine how tired these people must be who are putting it out there. You know exactly the type I am talking about. They are only happy when tearing someone else apart, always taking offence and then taking it out on others, taking and never giving, spewing hateful and untruthful words to whoever will listen no matter what the cost, oh and most importantly they are NEVER wrong!

I feel like screaming ENOUGH ALREADY!

SO….. LETS FIGHT BACK!

Every time you hear a negative word – Speak life at it TIMES 2!

Every time you hear or read something that is tearing someone down – Write or say something that you love and appreciate about someone TIMES 2!!

Let’s fight the good fight – Let’s spread LOVE and PEACE and POSITIVITY everywhere we go! Light and dark cannot exist together! SO Lets PUSH IT OUT!! BE the LIGHT!!!

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Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing – 1 Thessalonians 5:11


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Break Every Chain…

There is power in the name of Jesus…. To break every chain, break every chain BREAK EVERY CHAIN!

This morning in church we sang this song. While we were singing, the Lord showed me something. As we sang – I saw a person with their arms raised and they were bound by chains – with all his strength he pulled them apart and the chains broke apart. But he still had the shackles on his arms. The Lord showed me a different picture. It was that same man but when the chains broke – they broke at the arms, so the chains fell completely off. Then He told me this. When the Power of Jesus comes to break the chains off of us, they are broken off at the source, they are completely gone. He doesn’t leave the reminders around our arms and legs. He doesn’t leave the chains hanging causing us to stumble and fall. Whatever chains you are bound by – whether they are chains of addiction, anxiety, sadness, past, selfishness, sickness, lust….. Whatever chains that are holding you prisoner – The very NAME of Jesus has the power to break them off. So call out to the one who loves you, the one who has power, the one who was wounded for us. Call out to Jesus and leave those chains in a rusted heap behind you as you begin to walk humbly with your God.

CHAINS


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Influence

I was on facebook this morning *GASP SHOCKING I KNOW* and I looked at my friends list. There are well over 500 people listed there. And I know pretty much all of the personally – with the exception of under a dozen.

Then I was thinking about how many people over the years that I have met and encountered in some way that are NOT on my friends list. There are quite a lot!  This would include people from your school experience of 12 plus years, people you’ve worked with, family friends, people at the park, people in the shops you frequent, people on vacations you’ve gone on, people you’ve given directions to… and more and more and more!!! The list goes one. So if you EVER think that you have no circle of influence. No one that you can encourage, bless, and show the light and love of Jesus to.

YOU ARE SOOOO MISTAKEN!

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He is the same.

He is the same. today. yesterday. forever.

He does not change. ever.

He is still the same God who made a covenant with Abram. He is still the God who gave barren women and hope and future and a child. He is the God who delivered a people from slavery, who supplied all their needs and took them to a land of promise. He is the same God who closed the mouths of lions. He is the same God who filled the widows bowls with oil. He is the same God who protects, provides, listens, encourages, creates and holds us as we read about in the bible. Most importantly He is still the same God who LOVED us so much that He gave His only Begotten son, so we could believe in Him and not die, but have eternal life.

This week in church I was reminded of these things. That even though I change, He has not and will not. He is still the God I cried out to in my times of trouble, He is still the God I thanked in times of happiness. He is still the God who gave me promises, a future and hope. No matter what I do or where I go, He will be there to love me, just as He has since the beginning of time.

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Now replace the word Love with the word Jesus. He is all these things.


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Here comes a RANT!

I finally have my new computer back! I had it for 3 months… the hard drive died. NOT COOL. It gets sent back to Samsung and A MONTH later I have a working computer in my hands. Except……. it is not the same as it was. There are all sorts of things missing. Urg. Back to Future Shop I go!

ANYWAYS! I am not here to rant about my computer. I am going to rant about lego. My sweet, imaginative, creative four year old LOVES to build. So we bought him some “Big Boy” lego (the real lego that is small). The first thing that I noticed when looking at the lego aisles, is that it all comes in sets. Pretty cool EXCEPT what was once the ultimate imagination toy is now something that robs you of your creativity by telling you what to make with it and how to do it! My little guy was in tears because he couldn’t follow the instructions to create the picture that he was supposed to make with the lego. It took me quite a while to convince him that he could make whatever he wanted.

My advice. Buy the lego, throw out the box and the instructions BEFORE you give it to your child. Let them decide what to make, let them use their imagination to create boats, and cars, and castles, and pirate palaces!lego1


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Dance like David danced!

Dancing-WomanThis week I have been prepping for my “Mighty Mights” Sunday school class this weekend. They are 2-4 years old and cuter than anything. This weekend I am teaching about King David. My teaching partner and I have felt the need to back to those old awesome “bible stories” because where else do you learn them but Sunday school??? WELL instead of teaching some classic bible story (nothing wrong with it!) I felt the desire to teach them about the worshiping heart of David.

I will not even try to hide how much I like King David…. its a bit embarrassing actually. So I was super excited to do a bit or research about him. One of my favorite accounts in the old testament is when they brought the ark of the covenant onto the city while King David lead them in a unbridled joy filled dance of celebration, praise and worship. Every time I read it, something inside of me dances too!

So I came across an interesting article (http://www.mbseminary.edu/files/download/guenther3.pdf?file_id=12815193) about that account. The author does talk about 2 other people in this story but I wanted to share a bit about David that really stuck out to me:

“And then there is David. His story holds the centre of this narrative. Why did David dance? He

danced before the Ark, reckless and joyful and dare I say it, naked (or at least almost naked).

What accounts for such a dramatic difference? David knew something about God to which

Uzzah was blind and deaf.

I think it is because David lived dangerously all his life–with lions and bears, taunting giants and

a psychologically unstable, murderous king, constantly running from or fighting marauding

Philistines, etc. He was always running, hiding, praying, loving. David was never in a position to

take care of God; he was always in a position of being taken care of by God. So, David had

learned to live openly, recklessly and exultantly before God. David knew God was not a sheep

to be tended and trimmed; God was Saviour and Commander. David lived life on the edge, and

on this edge he knew he needed God.

Notice too that David is not very careful or proper with God. He completely loses his temper

with God when he sees the death of Uzzah. He is outrageously furious! But what David did not

see was the years that had led up to Uzzah’s death. All David saw was the interruption of his

parade and national party, which rather suddenly turned into a funeral procession. So he goes

home sulking and pouting. David’s anger didn’t get him killed. Why? Because he was as alive to

God in his anger as he had been earlier in his praise. He didn’t like what had happened, but at

least he treated God as God. I imagine Uzzah as being far too well mannered to get angry with God.

After Uzzah’s death David goes home to Jerusalem; he has time to think. And his anger turns to

fear. The parallel passage in Chronicles gives us some behind-the-scenes information. He did

some homework, and together with the Levites discovered the proper way of handling the Ark,

and he admits his mistake. Three months later he is back, this time with his entire musical

ensemble–harps, lyres, tambourines, cymbals, and more. This time they are going to bring the

Ark home to Jerusalem right.

This time David leads the way–no more Uzzah. Imagine the risk and the courage–the last person

who led the way was struck dead! By now, everyone in the country would have heard the story.

What do you think the people would have thought of David if he had simply appointed someone

else to lead the way? David puts himself at risk.

How does he lead? He danced–dancing here I believe is a metaphor for worship. And he danced

with a kind of reckless abandon, without consideration for public propriety. He was on the edge

of mystery, of glory. So, he danced.

Now when we go about our daily work responsibly and steadily, we walk. Walking is our normal

way of moving. But when we are beside ourselves with love, when we have been shaken out of a

preoccupation with ourselves, we dance. This is why David danced.

If David had simply been carrying out his religious duties or conducting a political ceremony, he

would have walked in solemn procession before the Ark and led it into Jerusalem with dignity.

But this wasn’t a duty. And the presentation of himself as the picture-perfect example of dignity

was not his objective. He wasn’t taking care of God, insuring that God would be properly

honoured in his own life. He was worshipping, responding to the living God. In this sense, we

need dancing lessons from King David. When is the last time you stepped out in courage and

took a risk for God? What decisions in your life reflect your sense of dependence on God?”

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