A Tribute to Our Mother

Mothers are the most influential people in the world and every mother desires in her heart to do what is best for her child. These are two tenets from my book entitled Faith Feedings…12 principles to nourish your child’s spiritual development. My sister, Debbie, and I know these things first-hand. On February 1, 2017 our mother entered the fullness of her eternal rest in the Lord. We are grateful for God’s grace in her living and in her parting. On the eve of that day I wrote the following in my journal… 

“This new volume of my life in Christ begins with the ending of our Mother’s life on earth. At 1:40pm surrounded by her family Marjorie L. Leeds passed into the presence of the Lord. The mere fact that I believe this wholeheartedly makes the loss palatable and even joyful. But there is great sorrow in our loss. What a fine design of our Heavenly Father to grant us—Debbie and I—such a wise, strong and stalwart mom. She was fierce in her love and support of family; forgiving in her relationships; tireless in her aid to the needy; ever defensive of the underdog and passionately enthusiastic of her sports teams. 

My time of personal caregiving revealed her heart for God and for her beloved. We have all been infinitely more than we could have been because of her presence in our lives. Her legacy is one of faith, perseverance, and excellence in the details of life. Now she rests from her work. Thank you, Mother, for the dogged pursuit of well being in your family and friends. Your model of dedication to marriage and family lives on in the Lord. 

By His grace and mercy alone, Your Daughters” 

Be encouraged, dear ones, and by all means …continue in the grace of God. Acts 13:43 

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas

 

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As a wife, mother, Grandmother and woman of faith there are 12 things I desire for our children.

I want them …

 

 

1. To live in the presence of God
2. To grow in the likeness of Jesus
3. To find their value and significance in God their Creator
4. To walk in ever-increasing faith
5. To be raised in godly discipline
6. To be surrounded by people who believe in them
7. To know God will fulfill His purpose in their lives
8. To know that God loves them and gave His Son to prove it
9. To trust in the unlimited understanding of God
10. To place their hope in God regardless of their circumstances
11. To earnestly love God and others
12. To reflect godly character and integrity in all they do

These 12 things are the essence of Faith Feedings…12 principles to nourish your child’s spiritual development. Each of these is an extract from the book I have written to cultivate the conscience of the next generation for faith in God. They will frame and establish faith in your home.

These 12 things are also the essence of Christmas. They are Twelve Gifts that only be grasped through the Gift of God’s Son in the form of the Christ-child. This Christmas I pray that God will richly bless your family with a legacy of faith!

I invite you into my passion to change the faith landscape of our homes.  Join in! Let’s stop the bleeding that is draining faith from our families and leading out children further away from God.

Let Justice flow like a river; righteousness like a never failing stream. Amos 5:24

OPP (opportunity for action): Purpose to pray The 12 Things I desire for our Children on a regular basis. Commit them to memory and heart speak them to the Lord when you awaken in the night. Adorn you child’s Growing Robe with these 12 Gifts of Christmas. They are gifts to last a life-time…even into eternity!

Give the gift of Faith this Christmas. Faith Feedings is available to purchase at http://www.amazon.com/Faith-Feedings-Principles-Spiritual-Development/dp/1940269520/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448914097&sr=8-1&keywords=faith+feedings

 Faith Feedings is also available  at http://christianbook.com

Suffer Not the Children

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Matthew 19:13-14

Perhaps, it is the picture emblazoned in my mind of the the toddler immigrant who washed ashore on a Turkish beach. Perhaps, it is the disregard for the value of life on the Oregon college campus. Perhaps, it is the image of the twenty-five Russian children who met their earthly end in the Sinai Desert. Perhaps, it is the thought of nine year old Tyshawn Lee who was murdered by a Chicago gang or the silent six year old, Jeremy Mardis, who was riddled with police bullets while riding shotgun with his dad. Whatever, the PERHAPS, I shout to the Lord, Suffer Not the Children. And what is more, I exhort you to shout with me. Let us rise from our slumber and voice our prayer of outrage. Let us prevail upon God’s grace and mercy. Let us bypass cultural and societal fixes and surpass all humanitarian causes and efforts. The Bible says, Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11). Indeed, let us wholeheartedly seek the Lord on behalf of our young. He is our only Hope! O Sovereign and compassionate God, Suffer Not the Children!

As a wife, mother, grandmother and woman of faith, I recently compiled a list entitled 12 Things I Desire for our Children. These 12 Things…are the essence of Faith Feedings…12 principles to nurture you child’s spiritual development. The process of identifying these 12 things and committing them to writing has brought clarity to my passion for securing the conscience of the next generation for faith in God. They have become my prayer to our Heavenly Father for the sake a heritage of faith in our families.

It is in my heart to compile a new list. It will be called: 12 Concerns Mothers have for their Children. I need your help. What concerns you regarding your children matters to me and it matters to God. So tell me…What concerns cross your mind as you tuck your children into bed or put them on the school bus? What are you thinking as they enter college, the military, or the work force? From what worldly ills do you wish to shield them? What frames your Suffer Not the Children prayer? Regrettably, words like danger, disease, terror, bullying, addiction, eating disorders, trafficking, and immorality are plaguing the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of our families. Would you join me in clarifying our deepest concerns for our children before the Lord so that with one heart and mind we can seek God’s grace and mercy on behalf of the young in our midst. O Faithful and Merciful God—Suffer Not the Children!

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Psalm 138:8 NKJV

OPP (opportunity for action): Share your mother’s heart concerns with me by either responding to this blog with a comment or emailing me privately at deedeecass@gmail.com. Just a word or a phrase is sufficient. Please note that I respect your privacy. In addition, please Forward this blog and Share it with your Facebook friends. Let us deliver our Suffer Not the Children request to God’s throne of grace as a multitude of Mothers and Grandmothers interceding for the children of America and the world. For nothing is impossible with God ( Luke 1:37).

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An “I Do” Do-over

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On this day 48 years ago my husband Paul and I said “I do”. Looks like we made it!

Our long-standing marriage is a testimony to God’s grace and faithfulness. On this day, I especially thank the Lord for my husband—a man of faith, compassion, and honor. Like many others things I reflect upon these days, I look back over the years of our marriage and wish for a “do-over”. This is because I see the value of our love relationship more clearly now than ever before. In my mind, I think that we would have done a few things differently. The truth is, however, that in my heart I know that the Lord has kept our “I Do” vows for us. No do-over needed…just praise and gratitude to the Father of our union as husband and wife.

As a tribute to my husband I share an excerpt from my book, Faith Feedings.

“My own life has been enriched by a husband who honors my faith in God. The value I place on a husband’s faith support is illustrated in a conversation I had many years ago with my children. It was in the early Fall just after the beginning of a new school year. My dear friend had been killed in a car accident during the summer. The smell of cookies in the oven (Slice and Bake ™ variety) set the stage for one of those golden moments. My friend’s son and my daughter were the same age. She expressed her concern for him. “I am sad that he is coming home from school to no mother.” I agreed and assured her that even though his mother was not with him now, he had good memories of their conversations. I knew that my friend had often shared with her son the things she valued. Suddenly, from around my table one of my children blurted out the question of a lifetime. “What would you want us to know if you were not here?” I remember even today the thoughts that flew through my mind. There were many good answers to that question. I could tell them to be faithful to the Lord; to make good moral decisions; to bring glory to God in all they do. And then I spoke to my daughter and son. “The one thing I love most about your father is that he shares my faith. Find a husband or wife who will share your faith as well.” Praise God, they did just that! It is amazing to me that neither my son nor my daughter remembers this specific after-school discussion. But it does not amaze me that God remembered it.” (Faith Feedings12 principles to nurture your child’s spiritual development. p. 33-34. Deep River Books. 2015)

Today is tomorrow’s yesterday. There is no time like the present for an “I do” Do-over!

Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.
OPP (opportunity for action): Pray for the future spouses of your young children (and grandchildren). Pray that the Lord will direct their paths to the one of God’s choosing.
If you have married sons and daughters pray that God would give them a fresh glimpse of the value of their marriage in His eyes today so that on their latter anniversaries there would be no need for an “I do do-over”. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5

Into the Moment

Faith Feedings: 12 Principles to Nurture Your Child's Spiritual Development

As I scroll through the photos stored on my phone I see that they are arranged in moments. Each of these moments represents a slice of my life that I deemed worthy to record in pictures. Reflection of times past reveals that life happens moment by moment. Each of these segments of time are worthy of our gratitude and acknowledgment of God. The truth is, however, that as we scroll through life our Heavenly Father is often left out of the picture.

Faith Feedings…12 principles to nourish your child’s spiritual development was written to bring God Into the Moment in the lives of your children and families. The Back Cover of Faith Feedings says it best:

“We can’t rely on culture, education, technology, or government to build a heritage of faith in our offspring. Faith Feedings is a study of wisdom from the Bible that reveals what is right in God’s eyes, to help you cultivate godliness and integrity in your home. Through twelve Faith Feedings, which progress from ‘milk’ to ‘solid food,’ (Faith Feedings) communicates insight and encouragement for mothers and other close family mentors to be fully engaged in the assimilation of the Word of God into their children’s hearts and home life. This book includes practical and creative activities for integrating Scripture into the everyday lives of children.

(Faith Feedings) is essential reading for mothers, mothers-to-be, and anyone who hopes to mentor a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or any other young person in her sphere of influence. You can cultivate a child’s conscience toward God!”

After reading Faith Feedings a dear Pastor and friend told me that I made one mistake with my book—“You didn’t write it to fathers!”

Are you burdened by what the world is bringing Into the Moment in the lives of our children? Make it your passion in life to see to it that God is not being left out of the picture as far as your next generation is concerned.  Read Faith Feedings.  Gift Faith Feedings.  Donate Faith Feedings. And by all means, Pray that Faith Feedings will have a small part in a faith revival in our land.

“Small numbers make a difference to God. There is nothing small that God is in.”
D.L. Moody, 1837-1899.

After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord or what he had done for Israel (Judges 2:10)  Bring God Into the Moment today! Deem Jesus worthy of your courage and boldness to make Him known to the next generation.

OPP (opportunity for action):   It is my dream to see gatherings of women exploring Faith Feedings in communities across America. To this end, I have written the Faith Feedings Study Guide. This valuable “faith in the next generation” tool has been made available on http://faithfeedings.com.  It can be found on the BOOKS or RESOURCE pages. Fall is quickly approaching. Invite your friends and neighbors to join you in a Biblical parenting experience. It is no small thing to encourage mothers to do for their children what is right in God’s eyes. You are the perfect one to change the faith landscape of your community. As always, I am available as a practical and prayer resource. Bring God Into the Moment on your street!

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