Encouragment, Family, Prayer, Overcoming

Be a warrior on your child’s behalf, fight for them!

God hears your prayers and he has not stopped working in the heart of your (prodical) wayward child. Be a warrior on your child’s behalf. You are working with the strength of Jesus within you. Pour in the truth of God’s word with love. As a praying parent, your job is not fighting with them, it’s fighting for them! In Jesus name, you are given provision and authority under heaven to go after your child and snatch them from the grips of the enemy. They are loved by you and have freedom in the name of Jesus who is love and our redeeming savior!

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” Psalms 127:3-5

“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.” Micah 7:18

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. Ephesians 5

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”  Luke 15:17-20 

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10

Encouragment, Family, Overcoming, Prayer

Whatever your battle there is this certainty, it will end in defeat, but which type of defeat will you choose?

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Whatever your battle there is this certainty it will end in defeat, but which type of defeat will you choose?

Defeat can be placed into two categories:

  • Defeat or the act of being defeated by something which has power over a person or object

  • The act of Defeat or defeating something or someone, which in turn shows conquering, victory or power over such things


The bible teaches that we are overcomers, victorious in defeat through the name of Jesus. This victory is a victory of belief, obedience, and dependence on Him; without whom we as Christians can do nothing to defeat sin and the evil that comes against us. It is in the keeping of His instruction, through daily obedience and speaking of who Christ is to the opposition, that we walk out our testimony of power over defeat.   


What comes against us as opposition can defeat us if we let it. 

  • Defeat is not always defeating of the flesh, it is hard fought within the spirit, yet through Christ, we have the power to make it obedient to victory.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every claim that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 

  • Be aware of what you are defeating.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 

  • We can cause our own defeat through sin.

Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8


How do we claim defeat over opposition?

  • Call on the name of Jesus, who has been given all authority under heaven.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18                       

  • No matter the battle you face, know The Lord empowers you to be an overcomer.

Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25

Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. 1 John 5:4-5

Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1

  • Through the cross, it is done, now share this and your testimony of overcoming victory and defeat.

And they have conquered him (the enemy) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony… Revelation 12:11

  • Stay humble in your defeat

But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10


“Do not walk in life as a defeated person, instead walk in Christ defeating everything that life throws at you!” ~Christina Calk~

Encouragment, Family, Prayer

Prayer and Action

Prayer and Action

In light of the recent shootings in Texas and other cities in the USA, families are mourning, saddened, angry and even left bewildered by such senseless violence.

We live in a country that was founded on the principle that we are a united nation, “The home of the brave and the land of the free.” Yet as we move through each day we are seeing that our freedom is being encroached upon by one evil act after another.

As a nation, we are no longer able to gather together to express freedom of speech without hate dividing the stance for justice. Many in our society often try to protest peacefully, so that voices are heard sharing beliefs in a calm manner, yet all too often victims of senseless crimes are drowned out by hate speech or violent actions. Even showing support of law enforcement is dangerous because of irrational thoughts or actions that only create more division and chaos.

As parents how do we explain to our children that there is hope for a brighter future ahead for their generation in all we face in our nation?

First and foremost we must teach them that a Godless society will ALWAYS open wide the gates of hell for the enemy to take hold of minds and hearts which in turn leads to chaos, disorder, immorality, and death.

The word of God clearly states this “If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their land and I will hear their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

The Lord is saying the Christians must unite in prayer, seek wisdom from the Lord before reacting in any manner that would cause harm to others.  We must humble ourselves in order to rise above the irresponsible thinking of mobs and lone wolves who are driven by hate. The Lord does heal and restore, however, we must seek him and humbly turn from sinful behaviors.

As we parent our children throughout each day we can find teachable moments and use them to instill value and honor as a family belief system. Parent’s, there is a great calling upon your life, as a Christian, to raise up a child that knows the value of another human life, God’s creation.

Though your family will be faced with days that are trying, difficult and huge losses in their lives, their only hope is to seek God in everything they do, so that their own reactions to the world’s tragedies will be laced with love, but also so that their hearts can be strengthened by the Lord.

Children will need to be equipped with the word of God, your support, and a healthy mindset, so that they are prepared to move boldly through the world, with the understanding that the evil outside their doors should not keep them from leaving their homes and living their lives.

Parents we should are preparing our kids to continue building the dreams of seeking great education, preparing to be a productive citizen with strong moral beliefs, and even stronger pride in protecting the freedoms of their future families, that is the right and fundamental of every American family, but we have to stand united.

We should never answer evil with evil, but instead, answer Evil with the strength that only comes from the right hand of the Lord. Teach your children to value other human lives, yet to fight for their beliefs and rights. Doing this takes action.

Parents I call out to you asking you to not stay home in response to evil but step out to be a light in your community. Show your children that there is action to be taken, even in the midst of turmoil and crisis that will bring healing and unity.

Teach your children that their values and opinions matter, and how they can be proactive in a peaceful manner.

Step out in faith and show support by serving others who serve you. A simple act of writing a letter or card or even taking cookies to local law-enforcement, first responders, fire departments, hospitals and of course church leaders, to just say a quick thank you is hugely impactful.

Let others know that you are praying for them. If the moment arises where you can actually hold a hand or pat a back as you pray out loud and over someone, may serve as a beautiful moment to teach your children the prayer is powerful and it changes lives.

Involve yourself in your children’s schools. Ask how you can mentor fatherless children or children who are in crisis situations. There are numerous agencies that need volunteers to mentor young boys and girls who are growing up in a world where they believe that violence is the way they respond when challenged with tough events in life.

Pray often for your children, but also with your children. Start community prayer groups, and find ways to minister through acts of service. These are simple ways to communicate leadership and unity.

If America is going to be a great nation filled with leaders, that are Godly men and women, who make strong moral choices and live lives of value, we must start with our nation’s children.

I am praying for each of you, asking that God strengthen you, asking for him to will heal the hearts of those who are in morning, asking him to quench anger and replace it with hearts and minds that choose to be world changers, peacemakers, and right-doers.

May the Lord be with you and keep you safe and strengthen you through these trying days, in Jesus precious name I pray Amen.

-Christina Calk-

Encouragment, Family, Teachable Moments

Battles Youth Face

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In today’s world, EVERY single youth is involved in a battle each and every single day! Yes every day, they face challenges on some level that is just as overwhelming to their young lives as an actual war.

What do they battle?
Some battle with their own family, they face the battle of poverty, even homelessness, they battle bullying, they battle drugs, they battle abuse (mental, physical and sexual) often by someone they once trusted. Their battle even lies within their own thoughts, their self-esteem, their overloaded schedules, they battle with their peers, they battle with fear and mistrust, they battle against lies, they battle their beliefs or even battle over popularity or social labels. they battle media, they battle grades, they battle with feeling lonely, they battle divorce or separation of family members, they battle with identity, they battle illness, they battle with depression, they battle with a lack of direction or boundaries, they battle conflicting messages of race or culture, they face battles over faith, their belief system and religion or lack of, and sadly they can even battle with suicidal thoughts or have lost someone who gave up their battle to suicide.

Whatever the battle may be labeled, it is so important to know that the battle is real and the cost can be great.

These young hearts often believe there is no hope beyond the battle.

When a youth encounters a “battle,” they feel overwhelmed and lost, so they often turn to people or things that only worsen the effects of battle. The destruction that ensues is not only damaging to their thoughts but can hinder any real chance of emotional or spiritual growth, which in turn leads them to hopelessness.
As parents, caretakers or mentors we have to take a stand with them and against the things they battle. Often when a youth is going through a battle they can be distant, angry, disrespectful and frankly hard to love, but they need you to stick with them. They cannot manage this battle alone. Let them know that they are loved and that you are there for them, especially when things are difficult. Share a trial that you have overcome and how you are stronger for facing that battle.

Pray for them and pray with them so that they can see where (or to whom) you turn to when you face your own battles, God.

Share scripture with the struggling youth. Through God’s word, they will hear that God loves them and that His word offers strength even in the midst of the most difficult battles.

Shinning the light of truth (God’s word) on a darkened and war-torn heart is exactly what the youth of today need the most. Hearing Gods word may be a difficult concept for an embattled youth to believe or even accept as something that will help them. Be encouraged that your part is to share Gods word and show them the love that Christ has shown you. Your efforts may not produce instant results, but the seed of hope is planted in their young minds.

Scriptures for facing battles:

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. “Philippians 4:13

“For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” Deuteronomy 20:4

“The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.” Psalms 34:17

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.” Luke 10:19

The Lords words to the people facing battles in Judah and Jerusalem in 2 Chronicles 20:17,
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.”

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

Encouragment, Family, Prayer

Get Up. Get Prayed Up. Advance.

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Ever find yourself seemingly stuck in an endless funk? You feel as if you are held in a period of time where life seems to have dealt you a series of gloomy circumstances, in which your feet seem stuck in the drudgery of daily obligations.

The sound of your heart pangs instead of beating, your vision is clouded with the obscurity of worry and anxiety. The days appear to blur together and you simply feel that life is just too much to handle! So you sit down… and you stay there… You stay in a funk, stay tired, stay immobile, stay gloomy, stay unfocused, stay, worried, anxious and overwhelmed.

Time to get Steady: You are not obligated to remain in this season! You have a choice, to stay or choose to get up. Getting up means also mean looking forward. It is important that you remain to look forward, while moving forward.  If you are looking behind you, you will stumble.

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because they trust in You (Lord).” – Isaiah 26:3

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze is straight before you.” Proverbs 4:25

Psalm 57:7 “My heart, God, is steadfast… ” This writer goes on to say that he will sing and even make music! His praise offers hope even in the midst of trial.

2 Thessalonians 3:5 “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”

Get Ready: Focus on what is good. The best way to squash the two “Negative Nelly sound entrance ramps to your brain,” your ears, is to control what comes out of the exit ramp, your mouth!© Get ready to center your thoughts on what is going well, even if it is only ONE small thing. Now get ready for this, good news, given the world, a HUGE gift of perfect goodness, Jesus. Focus on Him.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” – Philippians 4:6-8

Get Up: Jesus gives strength when there is none. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Ask Him to give you a renewed hope to push past the dark days and move in the right direction with His guidance. Then get up knowing He is with you.

Get Prayed Up: Sometimes in your funk, things may seem so gloomy, you just may not know how to pray, so just start talking to God, just talk to him. He is always ready to listen to whatever you have to say, yes He even wants to hear your cries of pain, sadness, guilt or even disappointment! He loves you, He attends to the cries of your heart as well as the praises of your heart. Prayer is part a beautiful ongoing relationship with the Lord, that grows as you continue to spend time with Him.

Romans 8:26-28 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Time for Advance: As you steady your feet, get up, and get prayed up, you’re ready for advance, to begin doing good works within your life and within the lives of others. Doing good works is also a work of self-discipline. You may not always feel like doing good things, yet the more you do things that are good the Lord equips and prepares you in advance to do good works! Wow, how amazing is that!

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

Advance the kingdom in your home! What does that mean? Love your family like Jesus loves you! Find opportunities to do good things for your family. Forgive others quickly. Create a happy environment wherever you are. Bring a spirit of unity where there is division, just as Jesus did. Boldly show love even on days where love is the hardest emotion to show, that’s advancement!

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

 

Steady

Ready

Get Up

Get Prayed Up

Advance

Encouragment, Prayer, Teachable Moments

When God Reveals Himself Through Dreams, Visions and Unexpected Things

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When God Reveals Himself, well let’s just say it’s not always how one would expect.

Three summers ago I was feeling disconnected from God. I would not say that I was in disbelief that he was real. I wasn’t even questioning my own faith, salvation, or even grappling with believing the truth that he loves me, I suppose I just felt that he was distant. The cause of this disconnect could have been caused by many things: lack of reading his word, stress, fatigue, or illness. You name it, I’m sure I allowed it to affect my relationship and connection with God.

I did not like feeling detached from him and longed to draw closer in my relationship with God. In fact, I was growing quite depressed through this season. I began to pray daily for God to reveal his presence to me. Yet weeks went by and the feeling of depression deepened. One morning I woke up with a strange memory of something I saw in a brief dream. I saw a heavy-set woman, with brown skin, black hair in medium length braids, who was lying in front of a maroon car. The troubling part of this memory was that I also recalled this person had blood on her face and forehead. I said a short prayer, something like, “God help that person,” I then went about my day not giving it a second thought.

That afternoon, my husband called me and said he would be late coming home because he was pulled over at an accident. He then said that he didn’t think the person was going to survive and was praying for this young person.

I was cooking dinner and said a brief prayer for what he was witnessing and for the person involved in the accident. When my husband arrived home I went outside to greet him. He said, “That guy didn’t make it,” I immediately felt a sense of sadness for what my husband had witnessed and for the family who lost a loved one.

Something prompted me to ask my husband for more details about the accident. I asked if the car was reddish maroon in color. He said yes. My heart began to pound within my chest. I then said to him, “This is going to sound strange and I’m not trying to freak you out, but did this person have black hair, chubby cheeks, braided black hair, and blood on their face? He said, “Yes, why, did they already have someone reporting it on the news?” I said no, and began to tell him about what I saw in my vision (dream) earlier in the day . (Although I was a bit confused because I thought I saw a young woman in my dream.) My husband replied very calmly with one word , “huh?” I believe he was left speechless by what I had shared.

I was shaken up quite a bit, so I walked back into the house and sat on my bed and began to immediately cry. I felt such grief for someone I didn’t know, then immediately felt an overwhelming guilt for not praying for this person’s salvation after seeing this in my vision, even not fully understanding it was a prophetic dream of something yet to happen that very day.

After a few minutes of not being able to stop the tears from flowing and calm my racing heart, I then called my friend Julie and shared with her what had happened. She reminded me that the guilt I was feeling did not come from God and for some reason he chose to show me this vision to bring him glory. She even went on to say that she thought it was “cool” that God showed me this. (I did not think it was cool AT ALL.) Then she prayed for me. I was thankful for her and also comforted by her intentions to console me, but throughout the night I experienced emotions of fear, confusion, and even anger that God allowed me to see this. I could not shake the image from my thoughts. I felt such a heavy burden for not praying for an opportunity for him to receive salvation earlier in the day that I couldn’t even sleep!

The next day I saw a news story on the television about the accident. They broadcasted a picture of the person who died and I almost fell to my knees. It was the person I saw in my dream. This young man was beautiful, his hair was in braids and he had sweet chubby cheeks. I guess the details I had remembered in my dream were so brief that I failed to notice the person’s gender.

The reporter went on to state that the deceased victim was an 18-year-old high school student who was the son of a local pastor. The young man had been highly involved in his church’s music ministry. They interviewed friends who knew him and said he loved the Lord greatly, was extremely gifted, and loved others well.

My heart was once again overwhelmed, but this time I wasn’t overwhelmed in fear, but thankfulness, for knowing that he was with the Lord. I knew that not only had the Lord shown me that this boy was His, but he also showed me that he would use this young man’s life and death for purposes far beyond his or his family’s understanding.

It’s been 3 years since this prophetic dream and revelation occurred and it feels as if it just happened yesterday. I am grateful that the Lord continues to reveal his presence and grace in my own faith each day as I seek him in continual prayer.

To know that God was revealing himself by the witness of how this young man lived was heart touching. I am not a perfect example of how a person should live, I am a Christian but know I fail God daily. I was reminded through this brief prophetic dream that the Lord does use our lives to impact others. I will push forward through each day with the thought that each action, each thought, every decision that I make has a kingdom impact. I never want to leave this earth leaving someone wondering, “Did she know the Lord,” instead, leaving others with no doubt exclaiming  that, ” Wow this Lady knew and loved The Lord!”  I feel humbled that God also showed me that he works and reveals himself in many ways. I look forward to the honor of seeing how He will reveal Himself to me. Even though God may not reveal himself to you in the same way, he will reveal himself to you if you seek Him.

When God Reveals Himself Is It The Same For Everyone?

Not at all. Many people ask, “How does God reveal Himself,” or “how do I know if I am actually hearing from God?” It is important to first understand who God is so that you can better understand how God reveals himself. These things are true about God:

God is the creator— “He (God) created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them “human.” (Genesis 5:2). “It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.” (Jeremiah 10:12)

God has unlimited knowledge— “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit,” (Psalm 147:5).
God has ultimate authority— “Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure” (Isaiah 46:9-10)
God has absolute power (Ephesians 1:19)
Throughout scripture God exists as One, but is revealed as three “persons”:

God the Father
God the Son (Jesus)
God the Holy Spirit (“advocate, advisor-helper”)
“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1), “Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” (1 Corinthians 8:6), “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7).

God reveals himself to us through grace found in Jesus.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (1 John 1:9).
If we walk in the light . . . the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7).

If we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us. (2 Timothy 2:12).
If we draw near to God, he will draw near to us. (James 4:8).
God reveals himself to us primarily through scripture.

God is revealed to individuals through active interaction with God’s word, reading and studying the scripture. Scripture, which was written thousands of years ago reveals God’s plan for humankind, and is God’s guidebook on how we should live. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 shows that God has revealed His will to us primarily through His Word. It says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The writings in the word of God are God inspired or “God breathed;” He purposely moved the prophets and scribes to write the words down. So it was not by their own initiative, but God instructed them and it became his communication to us.

God reveals himself through people and their life stories.

Throughout time there has been the unfolding story of how God relates to people and how people relate to God. God has never left us without a witness. He instructed those who he had revealed himself to, such as prophets, judges, and disciples, to write down what he said. Some of God’s revelation was revealed through dreams or visions.

For those that seek him, God is still active today so they can have a relationship with him. God may communicate through dreams or visions even today, but we need to carefully check any such guidance we receive with Scripture and godly counsel to be sure it is from the Lord. It is important to know that anything, which contradicts Scripture, is not from God. Our minds and even Satan are capable of producing great deception in such subjective areas.

How do you know it’s God?

As a Christian our decisions, words, as well as our character, should never contradict the Bible. For example if you have a thought or hear a voice saying, “Jesus didn’t die for you,” there’s about a 0% chance that it’s from God.
True revelation or inspiration comes from God. Trust that after seeking him in prayer about the matter that God will reveal whether it’s an idea or word from him. Usually there is confirmation through scripture, conversation with another Christian, or events that line up with the prophesy that God is revealing to you. It is my prayer that as God reveals to you who he is, his love for you and his plans for you that on the days you feel distant to God you will continue seeking him every day. Not only will he reveal himself to you he will bring about his provision in how he will use this revelation to grow you for his glory.
-Christina Calk-