God Bumps

During Christmastime, we often talk about Immanuel, God with us. God is with you as you go through your regular, ordinary days. Evidence of God’s glory and power are all around. The Easy-to-Read version of Psalm 19:1-2 says, “The heavens tell about the glory of God. The skies announce what his hands have made. Each new day tells more of the story, and each night reveals more and more about God’s power.” God’s power and glory are all around you!
I’ve started using the term “God bump” to describe moments in the day when I recognize God’s presence, glory, and power in my life. Think about a typical day for your family. How often do your kids encounter God bumps in a single day? I believe God bumps should happen both naturally throughout the day and diligently, through planned effort. One simple way you can plan a God bump for your family is through the Minute With God devotion. Each day, at a set time, spend a minute or two reading God’s Word, talking about it, and praying as a family.
You can download the December Minute with God Devotion here. Then, stick it on your fridge, fold it up and put it in your sun visor in your car, put it near your dining table or coffee table, or leave it in your bathroom to do during bath time. Put it somewhere your family gathers each day at a certain time, and spend time bumping into God and His Word together. I can’t wait to hear what God does in and through your family as you commit one minute a day to seeking Him together.
Worried your kids are too young for a devotional like this, or the song devotion above? God is working in the chaos of rallying your kids together for those minutes of focused attention on Him. Your kids may not seem like they are paying attention, but I encourage you to be consistent–your kids notice your family habits, and your family habits communicate family values. God does miraculous transformation through our habits of faith. I hope your family will work to build habits of faith this season.

How Are You Coping?

I went down a Google-rabbit-hole this week, searching how our bodies respond to stress. It is amazing! God made our bodies to be able to handle stress internally, but how you are coping with the stress of this year externally? I believe one way the Enemy has been spreading darkness in our world this year is by leading Christ-followers to escape their emotions and feelings of stress by numbing out—by selling us the lie that we just need to get by. When we believe this lie, we adopt habits of complacency. Our coping strategies will either help form us into Christlikeness (Gal. 4:19) or deform us, away from Christlikeness.

In his book, For The Love Of God, D.A. Carson writes, “People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”

How are you coping with the uncomfortable emotions and stress of this year? Your children are watching you and are learning from you. “Today is the proving ground of what [you] believe and of whom [you] worship.” (Tish Harrison Warren, Liturgy of the Ordinary) As the apostle Peter reminded the early churches, “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3)

God made us with the hormones we need to handle stress internally and is ready to daily give us the grace we need to handle the stress of life externally. When your emotions hit a peak, to whom or what do to turn?  

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There’s A Hum In Your House

Hey, families! We are 8 months into this strange season. Your days have been filled with screens, tantrums, laughter, boredom, and family bonding. You have been juggling so much during this time! In some ways, this quarantine season has gone by quickly (Can you believe it already November?), but I know there are some days, weeks, and months that have felt like years. 
A parent has an average of 936 weeks between a child’s birth and graduation from high school. We have spent the last 34 of those weeks doing church, life, school, and work differently. As you prepare for the holidays, my prayer is that your family will re-evaluate your daily rhythms. How do your daily rhythms reflect your beliefs of who God is? What do they reveal about what you truly value? Every household has a hum. What has been the hum of your home over the last 34 weeks?