3 Ways We Glorify God On The Car Ride To School

Between elementary school and preschool drop off last year I started to wonder if I could be making better use of my time in the car with the kids. A few months into the school year we began to implement these 3 things on the 15 minute car ride to the elementary school: singing, catechism, and prayer. With all 4 kids in the car it has become the perfect way to start the day for all us.

SING

We love singing together as a family and singing about God to glorify God is the best way to start our drive to school. Here are a few of our favorite albums that I highly recommend:

  • Seeds Family Worship: Seeds has many albums that will help your entire family memorize scripture through song! This is a great resource!
  • Sovereign Grace Music: Another great resource to speak God’s Word into your family via song. We like the albums Walking in the Wise, The Ology, and To Be Like Jesus.
  • Shai Linne: The album Jesus Kid is our current favorite. The song Gotta Know The Books helped our 6 and 4 year old at the time learn all the books of the bible. If you want to introduce your kids to good and sound theology that will be easy for them to remember and understand start here.

CATECHISM

For reference we are using New City Catechism. Today many churches and Christian organizations publish “statements of faith” that outline their beliefs. But in the past it was expected that documents of this nature would be so biblically rich and carefully crafted that they would be memorized and used for Christian growth and training. They were written in the form of questions and answers, and were called catechisms.

Using this question and answer method the catechisms explains clearly what the gospel is, but also lays out the building blocks on which the gospel is based, such as the biblical doctrines of God, of human nature, and of sin. It also helps to address false beliefs of our culture so that believers can reflect the likeness of Christ.

You can download the New City Catechism app on your phone. We love this app because it is free and we also have easy access to the songs that make it super easy to memorize each question/answer. There are 52 questions and every week we do a new question. Our kids enjoy the songs and it is amazing to see how much they are learning. We also have it in book format as well which can be purchased HERE

We usually will review a previous question that the kids have already learned and memorized and also the current question we are working on for the week. I get just as much, if not more, out of learning these alongside my kiddos.

PRAY

About 5 minutes before we arrive at school we start praying for the day. We will pray blessings over our children and their school as well as the staff. We also ask each off our school aged children to pick a friend in their class that we can also pray over. By the end of school year each child in class will have been prayed over by our family multiple times. Our morning car ride concludes with praying that our kids find a way to encourage that person during the day. 

These are super simple and easy ways we have found to place the gospel message in front of our kids. Plus when they are in the car they are strapped in and can’t go anywhere ;). If you have children I hope your family has a blessed, safe, and happy school year.

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Bible Verses for Grief & Prayers to Pray for Those Grieving

Over the weekend Josh and I attended the memorial service of a young man whose parents greatly helped shape our first years of marriage. There aren’t words that can express my sadness and heartbreak for this family.

Life doesn’t make sense sometimes.

I am so thankful for the hope the bible offers when it says one day grief will be completely eliminated. No more death, sin, disease, or pain. All of our suffering will no longer be present.

If you have not acknowledged your need for a savior, repented, and placed your hope and trust in Jesus, then your grief will just be beginning after you die. You will either pay for your sins or Christ will. If you have never come before the Lord who created the heavens and the earth and begged forgiveness today would be a great day to put your trust and hope in the one who takes away sin.

Below I listed several bible verses on grief and prayers to pray for those who are grieving. I hope that these encourage you and offer comfort. For those of you who are praying for someone who is grieving I hope you find these suggestions helpful. If you found this post because you yourself are grieving I am very sorry for your loss.

Bible Verses for Grief

Here are just a handful of bible verses to offer hope and comfort during seasons of grief.

God will give you rest. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Keep the faith. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8

The reason you have nothing to fear. “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

Memorize this for when fear overtakes you. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

God is faithful. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Remember where your strength comes from. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

Express your grief to God. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

God will put death to death. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Prayers to Pray for Those Grieving

I know God wants to hear about and take the hurts we have because he cares for us and over the last week I have found myself praying what I am sharing below.

Pray that the Lord reveals himself. The death of a loved one at anytime is never a welcomed event. Even in death God is working and it might be harder to see his glory so pray that those suffering see God’s hand is still at work. Even in the pain, and even in the heartache.

Pray that God would open hearts to believe the gospel. For anyone who is an unbeliever, pray that God would open their hearts to believe.

Use scripture when you pray. The above verses are perfect to pray for those who are grieving the loss of loved one.

Pray for the family. Pray that those grieving the loss of a loved one will hold on to the hope and truth of God’s word. If a child has passed away ask the Lord to strengthen and unite the parents to himself and each other. For siblings pray for healing and comfort as well as the ability to show and speak love to their parents. Lift up the family unit and pray for extended family as well.

Pray for a community of believers to surround those who are grieving. Community is so important. Pray that there are people who will hug, cry with, and love on those who are grieving. If you aren’t separated by distance be that person for those who are grieving.

Pray for the firsts. As time moves on and as holidays come pray for each first without this loved one present.

When you are at a loss of what to pray read Romans 8:26. “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Romans 8:26

We can rest and take comfort in the fact that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us when our words are few but our tears are heavy.

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Does God Speak To People As Clearly Today As He Did In Biblical Times?

My husband and I are currently facilitating a discipleship class at our church. We have taken this class before almost two years ago. One of the questions in the homework material caused me to we write a super long response and I decided to turn it into a blog post. Does God speak to people as clearly today as he did in biblical times? My answer to this question was basically the same as the first time we took this class but this time I was able to expand on my answer more throughly.

When I look at the Old Testament I see that God only spoke to a select few. The majority of people in scripture weren’t hearing God’s voice or able to be in direct contact with him. He spoke to Adam and Eve in the garden, warned Noah about the flood, called Abraham to be the father of a nation, and gave Moses the Ten Commandments. These are just several of the examples of who God spoke with directly. God reached out first and desired a relationship with his chosen people.

I have personally never had a burning bush experience like Moses did but that doesn’t mean God doesn’t speak to me. The bible is God’s written word and it has convicted me deeply by revealing sin in my heart and calling me to repentance.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

In the Old Testament and up until the death of Jesus the bible explains about the temple and how this huge curtain was hung in order to divide God from the outside world. The curtain separated the Holy of Holies which is were God’s presence resided on earth. Very few people had access to God in the Holy of Holies. God is setting the plot of his story up for the ultimate redemption by showing with the curtain that man is separated from God by sin. Only the high priest was permitted to pass beyond this curtain once each year to enter into God’s presence for all of Israel and make atonement for their sins by offering an unblemished sacrificial lamb.

When Jesus died the need for the curtain was no longer necessary. The curtain being torn signified that now the way into the Holy of Holies was open for all people, for all time, both Jew and Gentile. Sin offerings were no longer needed because Jesus himself was the ultimate sacrifice.

Jesus, being both fully God and fully man, came to communicate with his creation because he desired a relationship with them. Jesus came to call us out of our sin and into his holiness and grace. Jesus is crucified and he becomes the sacrificial lamb and the ultimate high priest. After Jesus ascends into heaven the Holy Spirit comes.

“But the advocate the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all the things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

When I speak and act in ways that I know can only be described as the Holy Spirit working in and through me I hear God speaking clearly.

When I react with kindness instead of hate, I hear God.

When peace instead of worry blankets my spirit, I hear God.

When I love another mothers child like they were my own, I hear God.

Anytime I see the Lord at work in the life of myself or of another believer I hear God clearly speaking to me. Showing me his goodness and revealing how powerful the gospel is to transform lives.

The people in biblical times didn’t have copies of the bibles accumulated in their homes. They were living what would later be written about to encourage and edify others who were to come after them.

Living in the United States and reading about the persecution of my brother and sisters in Christ around the world is horrifying. As is knowing that there are still nations that do not have a printed copy of the gospel in their own language. I realize I am blessed to be able to study the bible freely, to go to church without fear of being persecuted, and to have a copy of the bible in a language I can read. I used to take these things for granted but I don’t anymore.

I have discovered that the best place to hear God speak is through the Bible and by seeking out mature believers to help me clarify my thoughts and opinions and align them with scripture. It is dangerous to base what you think God is saying on one verse instead of in the context of the passage of scripture you are reading and without learning what was happening in the culture and at that time in history.

I am thankful for the bible, my church, and community of believers that God has surrounded me with. God does speak clearly today we only have to seek him.

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