Happy New Year! Every year, our family sits down at the family table and we talk and pray about a word and a scripture for the year. We talk about ways we can improve spiritually, how we can be a better son or daughter or a better brother or sister. We talk about ways we can improve our academics, improve our health and what areas we can be a better friend. It's a great opportunity to speak encouragement over your children, compliment areas they improved in previous year and get them excited about all things God has for them in the New Year!
Below you will find two templates for you to download to share with your family. I pray your New Year is full of God's blessings and His love and that you know that nothing is impossible with God!
Happy New Year!
COMING 2020! WHAT IS Book Series for every child who enters the foster care system. Learn what is a Child Welfare Worker and find out their roles as a worker in the foster care system. This will be a free resource for every child in Louisiana. If you are outside of Louisiana and interested in providing this book to the children in your state foster care system, please contact Aimee or Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
COMING 2020! Momma, tell me again how I WAS WORTH THE WAIT!
Darius loveS to hear his parents tell the story about how he was worth the wait! I think he has heard it a thousand times but it never gets old to Darius. Darius was in the foster care system as are over 500,000 children in the USA. The couple who adopted Darius walked through a season of having their faith stretched and made a decision to look to God for their desire to have a child of their own. God is faithful and as Darius' Mom says in the story, "he was worth the wait!"
I am praying God’s 250 great and precious promises in the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation over my spouse, children, and loved ones. Today's promise from God is GOOD THINGS. If you missed the others you can find them here. Join me in praying for your family and other loved ones.
GOOD THINGS: Matthew 7:11 says, "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" As I read this scripture, I get so excited that my Father wants to give me good things; He wants to give you good things; He wants to give our loved ones good things and all He asks of us is to ASK Him. Do you or a loved one need healing? Wouldn't that be a good thing to receive? Do you or your loved one need protection? Wouldn't that be a good thing to receive? Do you need a financial breakthrough, a pay raise, favor with a job opportunity? Wouldn't that be a good thing to receive? Has God laid a dream on your heart but you don't know where to begin or how to accomplish this dream? Wouldn't it be a good thing if God directs your steps and leads you to see this dream come to fruition? Are you single and desire a husband or wife? Wouldn't that be a good thing to receive? do you desire children? Wouldn't that be a good thing to receive? Do you want God to touch the heart of your children? Wouldn't that be a good thing to receive? I can go on and on but you get the picture. What is the good thing you would like to receive for you or your loved ones? JUST ASK. It is His will to give you good things so stop questioning it and feeling guilty for asking.
Father, thank you for Your promise for GOOD THINGS. I need You today and everyday Lord. I want to be intentional of seeking you daily, talking to You daily. I have received so many good things from You in my life. I am thankful for Your handprints in my life and my loved ones lives. I look around and I am overwhelmed with Your love for me. Just as it brings me joy to give my spouse, my children and other loved ones good things, I know it brings You joy to give me good things. Lord, I know You see all and know all what I need already yet Your word says ask You for what I need. I believe this is because You desire fellowship with me, a deeper relationship with me. You desire me to seek You when I am in need and not seek to fulfill this need in others or get the need met from this world. I believe nothing is too small or too big to ask from You. So today, I come to You and ask for __(what is it you or your loved ones needs? Ask Him for all of it)__
Lord, I lay this all before You and thank You in advance for being a good good Father to me and my loved ones. I lift up my hands and declare thankfulness for You and Your desire to want to give me good things. I love You, Lord! Thank You for Your great and precious promises. In Jesus' name Amen.
The year is coming to an end and a new year is right upon us. For me, there is an excitement in the air that a fresh new season is almost here. This time of year, our family sits down at the table for a time of reflection of all the blessings of the year and we all talk about ways we can do life better as a Christian son and daughter. We talk about specific ways we can commit to do better in the following areas: spiritual, family, academics, health, and friends. We each take time to pray for a Word from the Lord and then write our word down on each of our own resolution papers. I encourage the children to look their word up in the bible concordance and read all the different bible scriptures related to their word and decide which one pops out to them. That becomes their scripture for the year and they write it in the scripture space on the resolution paper. They then look at each specific areas to improve and write down specifically what they need to improve or would like to do in that area. They sum it up in a prayer and write that down in the space provided on their resolution paper. When we are done, my husband and I will spend time with each child and talk about their goals for the New Year. We then let them read the prayer at the bottom of their resolution paper and sign their name. The last thing we do is find a spot in their room or bathroom mirror where we tape it up for them to see it throughout the New Year. We are believing for a great New Year 2019! Our prayer is that you and your family will experience the Lord on a deeper level and have your best year yet. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The New Year Resolution template is under the picture below for you to download and print out for you and your family. (See download link below picture.)
Hello and Welcome!
Wife, Mother, Adoption Advocate, Writer, Illustrator
Who am I? Galatians 2:20 does a great job of summing up who I am. My life is His, the One who loves me and gave Himself for me . In return, I want to be all He wants me to be and do all He wants me to do on this side of Heaven.
Recipient of the Angels in Adoption Award 2016. A program of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington D.C.