Jan 26, 2012

Thursday SHINE....

Today's reading 1 Samuel 19:  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20samuel%2019&version=MSG

Happy Thursday, SHINE girls! Can you believe we have made it this far in our reading?

I am so proud of each of you! You are SHINEing so bright, girlfriends!

Okay, Lisa Inlow will be guest-blogging again today. Aren't ya excited?

Last week, I didn't have a chance to properly introduce her. So, here goes.

I met Lisa through my precious (twin) friends Mary and Rebekah. Lisa is the sister of Mary and Rebekah's sister-in-law, Leslie.

Got that? Ok, good, I will quiz you later. :)

When I met Lisa, I was fascinated by her. I sat across the table from her at Chili's and listened to her speak and was absolutely blown away by her wisdom and her candor. My walk with the Lord was less than good at that time in my life--so she was just the inspiration that I needed to get me back on track.

Soon after, she and I started having lunch dates at Chili's, and our friendship grew. She has given me such guidance and wisdom through these last couple of years of my life.

Lisa is my own personal mentor. God sent her to me at just the right time.

If you don't have a "Lisa" in your life...I encourage you to pray for the Lord to send you one. Everyone needs a "Lisa" to encourage them in their daily walk with the Lord. Seriously, go pray right now.

Lisa and I discovered that we share the same birthday soon after our friendship started. That's when I KNEW that the Lord had hand-picked her to be in my life. Wow. What a gift.

(our birthdays are January 31--next Tuesday..just in case you were wondering. not a hint or anything, just a little FYI.) wink, wink.

Oh, and she is also one of our SHINE prayer intercessors. Yep, she is. Aren't we blessed?

So, now that you have a little insight on Lisa, read her post and soak up the wisdom from her beautiful heart.

Hide His Words 
by Lisa Inlow

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)  Never stop praying.

Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)  Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. 

I'm going to ask y'all a question I ask myself.  If I don't pray for my kids, daily, who will?

Another thing I ask myself.  If I am not reading God's word to my kids, who is?

So let's break it down in a momma's day.  We have a lot to do.  We look at the clock about 30,000 times because we are thinking about carpool, naps, snacks, lunch, carpool again.  We are busy girls.  Throw in the dryer constantly buzzing...

I will just tell y'all some things I do.  I strive to do one or some of these things daily.  I will admit, I fail, miserably.  But I get back to it and strive.

Breakfast, you have a captive audience.  If you have littles at home, one or all are contained in a seat with a strap, right?!   Get your Bible out, or log onto youversion.com and read the Proverb of the day, (Proverbs has 31 chapters, one for each day of the month) or read your SHINE passage from 1 Samuel.

Can't get through the whole chapter, fine.  Read what you can.  One, 2, 5, 8 verses...doesn't matter.  Just open God's Word and read it to your kids.

A question is often asked to me. "They won't understand, my kids are 18 mos and 3."  I believe God's word is breathing.  Living.  Inhale.  Exhale.  As I like to say, I believe the Father speaks Max and Jenna.  Meaning, I believe he speaks their language.  For real.  We don't think the Almighty's words can speak to the heart of a little one?

Matthew 19:14 (NLT)  But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

Just this morning I read the story of David and Goliath to my son while he ate breakfast.  He is 6 1/2 and don't you know he listened and said "wow" a lot!  We connected over God's Word.  Then in the car I talked to him about David's faith in the Lord.

Let me stop here and say this.  I am not a scholar.  For heaven's sake, I had to drop out of High School and get my GED.  So if you're thinking, "I can't teach my kids the Bible"....just tell them what you get out of the passage you are reading.  Don't over-think!  (oh we all do it!)

Our children don't expect us to have all the answers.  Let the Lord handle that.  Just start reading.  They ask you questions you don't know the answer too?  Tell them you don't know, but that you will try and find the answer.  How to find the answer?  Google it.  I'm totally serious.  Pray, ask the Father to give you wisdom as you teach your (HIS, actually) children the Word of God.

Pray!!  Try to read Psalm 91 each day.  Or quote Psalm 23 or 1 Corinthians 13 as a prayer.  Or simply, talk to the Lord together.

In August 2009 my oldest started pre-school.  So I wrote Psalm 91 out on a piece of paper and would read it on our way to school at red lights.  Stop at the light, pick it up, read, typically finishing up in the carpool line.

One day as I was reading at a light, it turned green and I had to put my paper down.  Y'all ready for this??  He started quoting the next verse!  Barely 4 years old, quoting God's word from memory!  Why?  Because he kept hearing it day after day.

We still quote it, and little sister has joined us.  Don't y'all know I choke up a lot of mornings hearing those voices in my backseat.

All I did was write it on a piece of paper and read it at red lights.  HE did the rest.

What about writing Scriptures on 3X5 cards.  Read them to your kids before bed, at the breakfast table, again while sitting in traffic.  Keep them in your purse or tucked in your visor or console.

We can do this SHINE girls.  We HAVE to do this!!

A quick story before I close this post.  My mother gave her heart to the Lord when she was pregnant with me. An older woman (Titus 2 in action) reached out to my mom. She saw a young woman with 2 daughters and one on the way, in an extremely difficult marriage. A word of wisdom this lady, Mrs. Tannehill, gave my mom was to read the Proverb of the day, daily, aloud to my sisters and me. When my mother responded, "but they won't understand what I'm reading", Mrs. Tannehill wisely replied, "do we teach our children English, or do they learn it because it's all they've ever heard?"


  1. writing Psalm 91 down right now! :)

  2. Lisa -

    Thank you for your post!! I had chills while reading it! I have been reading the daily SHINE readings aloud to my 2 year daughter some mornings...mainly because I have been short on time....BUT after your post, I think I will make that part of our morning routine! :)

    Have a great day!


  3. Anonymous1/26/2012

    Jill is right...if you do not have a Lisa...get one! Even if they sometimes tell you things you do not want to hear!
    Ironically, I got this from my email devotional today and speak of surrounding yourself with Godly friends so that he can speak to you through them!

    Safety in Numbers

    “Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory”
    (Proverbs 11:14, NASB)

    TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

    Are you facing an important decision today? God wants to give you the answer. He wants to direct your steps. Many times, He will speak to us through the people He has placed in our lives. That’s why the Bible says that safety is found in a multitude of advisors.

    God designed us to live in families, communities and congregations. We need to be open to receiving input from the people who are close to us. That doesn’t mean you have to follow everything everyone tells you, but if you’re in a particular situation or relationship, and all the people around you are giving you the same word of caution, it might be God trying to get a message to you. Take that advice and bring it before the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to confirm His perfect plan to your heart. Remember, wisdom comes from God and wise counsel will always be in agreement with God’s Word. He will always confirm the answer when you ask Him.

    Whatever you are facing today, be open to receiving wise counsel. As you do, you will be blessed and protected and walk in confidence down the path the Lord has prepared for you!

    Heavenly Father, thank You for the people You have placed in my life as wise counsel. Help me understand Your truth so that I can make godly choices. Keep me close to You always and lead me in the way everlasting in Jesus’ name. Amen.
    — Joel & Victoria Osteen

    Have a great day girls...
    Love and hugs
    Kim Jaynes

  4. Wowed by this, Lisa! I have loved you since the first time you came to my house for Christmas...you go girl!!! I am persuaded that all the WORD we practiced...read...discussed...when my guys were little is coming and will come forth in victory. Much seed put in...years of not quite looking the part of the saints of God...but I am standing against that giant...that Philistine...that has held them...and I say..."Let them go!!! Today!!! I come in the Name of Jesus!!! I declare them free! The Word slays the enemy!!! No matter what doubts have arisen over and over...the Word...the armor...my feet shod with the gospel...treads the enemy...the serpent...the dragon...Glory!!! Not only does son #3 still know Psalm 1 that he and I quoted every morning as he walked down the hill to the bus...the Blessed Man!!...now 31 and prosperous...now, I have opportunity to be with my grand girls...often compared to many grandmamas and know how blessed I am...3 out of 5 don't attend church except when with me...I take as many as allowed to Awanas on Wed. and we bless every meal...you should hear them in chorus in restaurants...all but the baby sing well. They remind me and their parents..."we haven't said the blessing!" ...and they all pray at night...the simple Now I lay me down to sleep...not just with me or Pop...but they lead their parents...at 2 Lili would say I want to pway...her Mama thought play...then came to me when she realized she was saying pray...the babes will lead them all back!!! Hallelujah!!!! Thanks, again, Lisa!!! You are such an encourager...I pray for you! Be blessed dear precious little sister...I love you!!! <3

  5. Thank you Lisa for being in my life... I knew since the first day I meet you at your small group that God send you to guide me and teaching to love our Lord , and trust in Him special in the hardest time of our life ... I learn so much with you and I teach my littler Chloe to love God and trust in Him with all her heart ....and is so true your kids will pick up on there on understanding the word of God ....thank you again much love

  6. WOW SO powerful! Such a real conviction to me- may I put the Word of God in front of my kids as much as I put English in front of them! Thank you!

  7. Beautifully written and beautifully shared, Lisa! I read the story to Jack and Bodie yesterday and they couldn't believe it was in the Bible. Which, of course, made me wish I had been telling them about David's courage and faith before! :)

    Lisa, like Emeril Lagasse, you have just kicked it up a notch, THANK YOU!! My mother had us recite scripture and read scripture to us constantly, and I certainly need to pass that gift along to my sons. I love the image of them finishing your passages by memory. That just melted my heart! Thank you for this encouragement and road map of how to employ scripture each day.

    Thank you for being godly and precious to me. I sure do love you!!

  8. Kimberlee Blazina1/26/2012

    Thank you so much for this! I have 2 boys (4 & 2 years old) and they go to our preschool at church. Every month they have to learn a new verse - well the 4 year old has to recite it at school. I love this and am learning with him. We also read the children's Bible to them every night. I love that they get excited when it's time to go to bed and they ask for the Bible to be read. Right now it's all they are asking for us to read. I have printed out the scripture you wrote about and will put it in my truck. Thank you for sharing. Also - if yall get a chance go back to earlier this week where we were to write about God having a sense of humor. I added a little funny thing that happened this week to my hubby. Love and prayers to all! Enjoying my Shine journey with you girls!

  9. Lisa,

    After reading the 26th Psalm and the 26th Proverb to Bodie and Jack tonight during our story time, they asked a lot of questions about the text then they said, "Can you read us the story about David and Goliath again?"

    Melt. My. Heart. Jesus, thank you! Thank you, Lisa, for your obedience.

  10. Anonymous1/26/2012

    Lisa, You have completely inspired me tonight! I love everything you do with your children! How precious to hear your little one finishing the scripture you had started! I love it! So much so, that I couldn't wait to get started with them. I have 4 children...20, 17, 11, and 8. The older 2 were not home but at bedtime with the little ones tonight I told them we were starting a new tradition! I explained how the average month has 31 days and we would begin reading a proverb a day with the coordinating day of the month...so we read proverbs 26. I read it slowly and then we discussed them more thoroughly with the help of my study bible which helped explain them better. My 8 year old little girl fell asleep (but to her defense...it was past her bedtime when we began and she had bball practice tonight and was slleeeppy from the get go) but my 11 year old son was so intrigued and we had the best conversation about fools! He was just soaking it all in!

    I had Psalms 91 ready but we didnt' get there tonight since I started a little late. It will be a part of our new tradition as well. So I want to say thank you for giving us a glimpse into your life and allowing me and my children to benefit from that glimpse tremendously.

    You are one amazing Momma and SHINE girl! I want to sit at your feet and have your Godly wisdom poured into me...

    Whew, I am loving this blog and learning and growing daily!

    Much Love, Angela Crowe~

  11. Lisa, Joseph read us Psalm 91 on the way to school yesterday. I made him read it twice to allow it to fully sink in.

    Thank you for your precious heart, dear friend. I love you to pieces.


  12. Well now all of you have encouraged me!! Thank you for your sweet words.

    I often chuckle to myself when the Lord presents opportunities like this to me. B/c if y'all only knew what a mess I really am and the messes I have survived.

    I am so thankful, honored and extremely humbled that HE uses very imperfect people...like me.

    What a blessing to be part of this SHINE community. For real!!

    XOXO SHINE girls!!

  13. Amen! Amen! Amen!!!! Did I say, Amen?!? Love our daily proverb reading! My favorite book in the Bible! Our kids are little sponges...even when we think they're not listening -- they are! Sometimes I have felt totally out of my mind for reading my kids the bible- King james version to be exact... They usually start talking or arguing a few passages into it... And I think they are not paying attention... And definitely are not understanding it... but I will keep instilling it in them! Thank u Lisa!!


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