Author Archives: Pastor Mark

Prayer for our Kids Day 24 – A Servants Heart

“God, please help my children develop a servant’s heart, that they may serve wholeheartedly, ‘as to the Lord, and not to men’” (Ephesians 6:7).

servant's heartI had a really hard time understanding this verse as a kid. Working for Father and not for myself was a hard concept for me. As I’ve grown in my relationship with Him it has become easier. The same goes for having a servant’s heart. It can be hard as a kid to think of others and put their needs in front of our own. We are born sinners into a sinful world. It is not natural to do things with a servant’s attitude putting others before ourselves.

Every once in a while though I’ve come across a kid who is others minded. It is so refreshing to see. Thankfully we don’t have to try and control our kid’s behaviors. We serve an amazing God who wants us to submit to Him and give our children to Him in prayer. It is most important for us to let go of the control and allow Father to work in us and in our kids. All we have to do is give our lives up to Him.

Our kids can have a servant’s heart. If we pray for them, release control of our lives and theirs, Father will work through us and in them. A servant’s heart is an attitude that comes from Him, so why not stop trying to be something on our own and allow Him, the creator of a servant’s heart, to be that in us.

Guest Post- Rachel Theobald

Prayer for our Kids Day 23 – Faith

“I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them” (Luke 17:5-6; Hebrews 11:1-40).

faithI feel kind of lost for words right now after reading Hebrews 11. There are so many amazing stories covered in one chapter.  Of all the verses, thirty-nine really stands out, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.” There are so many individuals listed in this chapter, it’s crazy to think that none of them saw Father’s whole plan come to pass. Yet, they had faith that His promises to them would be fulfilled.

It’s interesting to look through each person mentioned in Hebrews 11 and think about how different things would be if they had not had faith in Father’s plan. It makes me realize the importance of having faith myself.

God has amazing things in store, not only for our lives, but in the lives of those around us. It’s easy to get discouraged when we do not see the results, but so much more important to have faith that Father is working in amazing ways.

I believe we are raising a generation of world changers, our kids have to be led by example though. They are blessed by Father and destined to do great things. My prayer is for me to have faith first and then for my children to see that and learn from it.

Prayer for our Kids Day 21 – Contentment

“Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, ‘through Him who gives them strength’” (Philippians 4:12-13).

contentmentContentment is definitely not something that our country is generally familiar with. On the contrary, we are surrounded by advertisements trying to get us to buy a newer version of what we already have. Being content with our life or belongings is not popular to say the least.

This verse from Philippians adds so much power to this prayer because being content is hard to do, but being thankful and appreciate for what Father has blessed us with is possible through His strength.

I want my kids to always desire to push themselves to be better, but I want them to be thankful for all that they have. We are a tremendously blessed nation and I want them to see that.

A popular saying right now is, “first world problems”, meaning we complain about things that people in third world countries don’t even know exist. Let’s be thankful for all the wonderful things Father has blessed us with and prayerfully encourage our kids to do the same.

Guest Post- Rachel Theobald

B90X – “How to Interest Young People in the Bible”

In googling a list of who was young in the Bible, this article popped up.  BibleAt first glance, when reading the preamble, the thought occurred to me, “Wow, Ms. Beard has really nailed the condition of our contemporary culture.”   Then when reading further into the article, it occurred to me that the language and vocabulary did not fit our culture.

In perusing the site just a bit further, it was discovered that the article was written in January 1917!  Maybe things do not change as much as we think they do.

The article is just at 96 years old.  Frederica Beard postulates that one of reasons young people do not read is because they see the Bible as mere precepts and not as story.  In reading through the Bible in 90 Days, gobbling up so much material at a time, the idea that the Bible is story sure resonates.

* The Bible was not intended to be a sound bite.
* The Bible is not a selection of verses used out of context in a verbal battle.
*The Bible  is not a sleep aid.
*The Bible is not a list of moral code.

The Bible is varied literary genre about Father’s interaction with humans.  That interaction belongs in story.  It belongs in humanizing the Bible.  It is a real book– about real people– dealing with real life issues, problems, and challenges.

If you have the time to read the article, it is worth both the time and the fun.  You will engage a writer from a divergent east coast perspective, yet more familiar than might be presumed.

Prayer for our Kids Day 21 – Responsibility

“Grant that my children may learn responsibility, ‘for each one should carry his own load’” (Galatians 6:5).

responsibilityResponsibility is so important for our kids to learn, especially in this day and age where our society tends to place blame on anyone and everyone except for themselves. I read once in a parenting book about how they stressed to their kids that if you do not pick up after yourself that you are leaving your mess as a burden to someone else. They elaborated much more on it than this, but it stuck with me. It’s easy as parents to want to do things for our kids, we can do it better or faster and then we don’t have to listen to them whine about it. And although we, as their parents, might be okay with these behaviors, it’s important to remember that we were establishing their foundation that they will carry into the rest of their lives. We are then teaching them that it is okay to burden their teacher, friend, or eventually spouse with their irresponsibility.

Personally, I want to remind myself that, even if it’s harder on me and harder in that moment, that it’s more important for them to learn responsibility now and be able to bless others rather than burden them.

Guest Post- Rachel Theobald