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  • “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” (Psalm 127:1 KJV)

    God used visions and dreams in the Bible to reveal His plan, to further His plan, to put His people in places of influence, and to provide information that was unavailable elsewhere. In fact, the Book of Acts tells us that the Holy Spirit induces dreams.  Acts 2:17-18 describes entire households who prophesy, see visions and dream.

    Our families were designed to dream! Taking time to evaluate, plan and develop a vision for our family will help us prioritize so we can design our home with purpose.

    What do we want to be focused on right now as a family? What do we want to do in the future? What legacy do we want to continue and leave behind?

    The Bible is filled with principles like these that provide us with a blueprint for designing our dream home:

    • Designed to Surrender.

      God is the Master Architect of the family. In our homes, Jesus Christ must not only be present, but He must be preeminent. We want our children to understand that God is the greatest reality of life, not just in church on Sunday, but that we value His presence and His purpose every day, in every way (Deuteronomy 6:5).

    As a family, explore ways to invest the talent and treasure God has entrusted to you – volunteering; going on a missions trip; sponsoring a project; or developing your skills to honor God.
    • Designed to Support.

      God commands us to build our homes on Godly character and sound doctrine (Proverbs 4:1–2, Deuteronomy 6:4-9)The Bible instructs parents concerning children that we are to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Spiritual nurturing maintains the environment where our children learn to understand the ways and the Word of God. This is how “the Lord builds the house.”

    What special qualities or talents do you see in your children that you want to nurture? Are there some character traits you would like to see your children develop or strengthen?  What needs do you see in your children’s behavior, faith, or education that you can help cultivate?
    • Designed to Serve.

      Families were designed to represent Jesus Christ. The Bible says, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 KJV).

    When God gives us a dream for our family, it will always be connected to His master plan – the building of His family “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9 AMP). God will not give us a self-serving dream separate from what He wants to do in the world. His plan is to use our family for His dream!

    Does your family have a vision that will affect the present AND the eternal? Are you teaching your children that they have a God-ordained destiny (Jeremiah 29:11)? Are you adding fuel to their dreams or snuffing them out (Genesis 37:10)?

    Ask God to give you His vision for your family so that you can be part of the most important dream of all.  Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3 KJV). This is our ultimate dream home “whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10)!

    Reposted with permission from Reflections.

    “And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God:……..Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest;…………..He shall build an house for my name.” I Chronicles 22:7-10

    David felt he had been greatly blessed by God, and he desired to build a great building wherein the ark of God would dwell and where God could meet with His people. He started gathering materials suitable for such an undertaking. But God spoke to him and told him that he was not the one to do this, but that his son, Solomon, would sit on the throne after him and that he would build the temple that David visualized.

    I was reading this the other morning, and felt the Lord gave me a message which was special. I remember when the Lord called me to give my life completely to Him. I remember the service at Harvey Camp when a missionary challenged us young people to step forward to the altar, signifying that we were giving our life to the Lord, willing to go wherever He wanted and to do what He would have us do. At that time, I had a desire to be a missionary, but later was made aware that the Mission field was the world and there were other ways to serve God besides going to another country.

    God saw my desire, but in His great wisdom and love, He showed me that He had other plans for me. Although I did not realize it at the time, I now know that He was sending a wonderful man in my direction, who would become my husband. Although He was not in the ministry, He loved God and always stood behind me in my ministry through the years. God gave us three great children and it was our privilege and responsibility to raise them to know the Lord.

    At the present time, two of our children are in full-time ministry, and I rejoice as I see them fulfilling the call of God on their lives and being a blessing not only here in our country, but in different places in the world. I may not have fulfilled my dream to go to a foreign country, but by being faithful in my mission field (our home) my children are accomplishing great things for the Lord.

    David did not live to see the beautiful temple that Solomon built, but he did everything he could to prepare the materials for it before he died. So, the temple was a tribute to him as well as to his son. Someone has said that one of the most important ministries a mother can have is to raise a child who loves and serves God.

    I am sharing this today, because I feel there may be a lot of mothers out there, who feel they are not really doing anything special for the work of the Lord. BUT that child you are raising may be the one who will bring revival to a town, a city, or to a nation. Just remember, God has a perfect plan for you and for your children. Be faithful in the mission field God has given you and one day you will see your work rewarded.

    Prayer: Lord Jesus, we know that the whole world is a mission field, and that you have a place for each of us to labour. Help us to be faithful in the place you have positioned us.

    Devotion by Anne Johnston

    “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.” Psalm 51:10-13

    I have not flown very much, but when I have been on a plane, one interesting thing I noticed was the instruction in the safety pamphlets. In case of an emergency, oxygen masks would pop out and parents were told to put their own mask on first and then help their children. At first that sounded strange to me, because most of us would want to ensure our children’s safety before our own. But, then I realized that putting your own mask on first, would keep you calm and give you the strength and ability to look after the children.

    In this Psalm, David repented and sought the Lord to forgive him and to restore unto him the joy of salvation. As the king of Israel, he was in a place of prominence and if he were going to be an example to those he ruled over, he had to set the standard. Unless he had his own spirit right with God, he could not teach others the way of the Lord.

    How important it is for those of us who know the Lord, to make sure that we keep in constant communion with the Lord, and that we manifest joy in our relationship with Him, so that those we encounter, will see that living for the Lord is the best way to live. If we want to teach others the way of the Lord, we must keep our lives pure, and filled with the joy of the Lord. Our relationship with the Lord, is reflected in the joy and peace we manifest to others.

    Prayer: Lord, thank you for your precious blood, that daily cleanses us from sin. Help us to have a right spirit and to be filled with the joy of salvation, so that others will want to know you.

    Devotion by Anne Johnston