Episode #10 Practical Ways To Transform Your Family

Homes & Families Centered on the Word of God & Prayer
The show that Rachel recommended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_ZBqea3bSg
Matthew 22:37-40
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
If we are going to have the Word of God at the center of our homes, the first and greatest commandment must be lived out in our own hearts
What does it really look like to love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength?
• We set our entire hearts – all our desires, feelings & emotions on Jesus. We set our
every thought on Him and His Ways. Our entire beings are seeking after Him
What does it really look like to love others as we love ourselves?
• Jesus says that we are to love others as He loves them
• Ephesians 2:6 says we are seated in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus – so we
pause, take in the reality that spiritually speaking we are seated in heavenly reams inside of Jesus and we ask Jesus to give us His eyes and His heart over our situations
We have to be rooted and established with Jesus as our First Love FIRST before we can pass this down to our children or the next generations
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
 Next we are COMMANDED to continually impress / communicate the first and greatest commandment in our marriages, to our children, in our homes – through action and word
• Reading the Word together
• Memorizing Scripture
• Praying God’s Word over home, marriage and family • Walking it out together (Rom 12:2 renewing minds)
Safety (create an environment where kids can tell you anything – not showing shock early on when they tell you things when they are young)
Time (be intentional with one on one time with them – providing time to let them open up and talk – early on we set aside time to lay with them at bedtime after praying and just listen, now it looks like coffee dates, pulling the little kids aside in our room to ask how we can pray or how they are doing with specific things we know they’ve been struggling with)
• BELIEVING God’s Word over them – no matter what our eyes see
• DECLARING the Word over them until we see it come to pass
• Ask the Lord for HIS Words and speak that only, believe that only!
Isaiah 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Recently we were praying for one of our children with a hard heart – we prayed Ezekiel 36: 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of
flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
God is faithful and HE WILL accomplish His Word as we persevere in believing and praying it!

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