Archives for February 2013

Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week 6

 

“…Draw them near you, keep them close…”

 

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On this day that we have set aside to pray for our children, we bring them to You knowing that You love them much more than we could ever love them.  We know You have wonderful plans for their lives; that You desire for them to know You.

 

We pray that Your will be done, Your kingdom come into their lives.  We ask You to daily draw our children to Your side.  Reveal Yourself to them in very real ways.

When they are tempted with sin, may Your presence cause them to choose Your fellowship and not that of the world. 

Put Your eternal arms around them and help them to remember whose child they are.

We are assured through the words of the psalmist, “But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.” (Psalm 73:28)  Our prayer for our children is that they too, will find refuge in Your presence.

“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to me.”

Matthew 19:14.

”I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

 

We Will Love This Child

DSCN0052My daughter, Heidi and I co-wrote a book on the subject of hospitality entitled, Entertaining Angels.  In preparation for the  writing of this project, we conducted surveys of women from all across the country.  The questionnaires were meant to explore attitudes about extending hospitality within, as well as outside the home.

 

We asked this question:  What would your response be if you were asked to give a baby shower for a girl who is pregnant and not married?” 

  Here are some of the responses:

  • I would say yes.  It is a great way to show God’s love to someone who really needs it.
  • I would consider this a great opportunity to minister to this young girl and her family.  The Bible says the world will know we are Christ’s disciples, not because we are right all the time, but because we have such extravagant love for one another.
  • I was that unmarried and pregnant teenager.  I remember members of my extended family as well as my church family giving me a baby shower.  But more than the helpful gifts, they showered me with love and forgiveness.  No one had to tell me that I had messed up.  I knew it.  But the love shown me was the greatest gift of all.

 

Along with the above responses there were also different attitudes expressed like this one…

  • We had a young girl at our church who “got in trouble.”  The ladies in the congregation talked about what we should do.  We decided instead of a baby shower, we would have a simple dinner with family and close friends.  We didn’t send out invitations, and we didn’t use a registry.  We just bought some things we thought she might need.  The gifts were sent home with her, and she opened them by herself.  We were hesitant to create too much of a party mood that might encourage wrong behavior in other young girls in our church.  We tried to create a balance of helping the girl without rewarding her bad behavior.

 

Honestly, the above response broke my heart.  In my mind’s eye I could see the young girl opening each gift as she sat all alone in her bedroom. I contrasted the response of this group of church ladies with the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32.   [Keep in mind, had the prodigal son been a prodigal daughter she more than likely would have come back to the father’s house pregnant.]

“But while he (the wayward child) was still a long way off, his father saw him and filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.  The son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”

  “But the Father said to his servants, ‘Quick!  Bring the best robe and put it on him.  Put a ring on his finger and scandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it.  Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’  So they began to celebrate.’”

Some dear friends of ours were faced with the disappointment of becoming grandparents before they became in-laws.   The father was devastated that his daughter was pregnant and not married.  Gratefully, they allowed mercy to win over judgment.  Steve wrote the song, “We Will Love This Child” to affirm the choice the parents made to love and forgive.  Not surprisingly, this sweet child has become the crowning glory to her grandma and grandpa.

Perhaps you are facing a similar situation at this very hour.  I hope the lyric to the song posted above will be an encouragement to you.  When we get to heaven, I don’t believe we will ever hear the heavenly Father say to us, “I think you were too quick to forgive.  You showed that person too much mercy.  You loved too much.”  No, when we choose to forgive, show mercy and offer love, it is the thumbprint of God on our lives.  We can never go wrong when we do what we see the Father doing.

Annie Chapman

 

We Will Love This Child

We will love this child, my child, that grows inside of you

Love is how God smiles, so love is what we’ll do

A dream come true too early still can be a dream come true

We will love this child, my child, the little one in you

 

This was not my plan for you, or me

But plans were made to change sometimes, if they have to be

This child will lead you on a journey to a different place in time

But love will go there with you, and you will find, yes, you will find that

 

We will love this child, my child that grows inside of you

Love is how God smiles, but love is what we do

A dream come true too early, still can be a dream come true

We will love this child, my child, the little one in you

 

Words and Music:  Steve Chapman/Times & Seasons Music/BMI

Available on the CD, “Love Was Spoken”

 

 

 

 

Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week 5

 

“…Above all else, Lord, save their souls…”

 

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Oh! Lord God, I know there is not


…a greater need that my children have than for their souls to know the saving grace
that is in Your Son, Christ Jesus.

 

Oh! Lord God, I know there is not

….a greater gift than what Jesus has provided on the cross for them.

Oh! Lord God, there is not

….a greater desire in my life than for my children to experience the fullness of a life given to You.

 

Father in Heaven, may they fully embrace the truth that it is only in your Son Jesus  that they will find hope for redemption. May they call on Him while He may be found.

Thank you for Your great mercy, O God, on our children!

 

“And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21

Real Moments of Truth…New Book from Don Hicks

My good friend, Don Hicks, is not only my Indiana hunting buddy, he’s now a fellow author! I’m excited to announce to all sportsmen and women who love good reading that Don has released his first book titled…

Cover photo: Charles Alsheimer

Cover photo: Charles Alsheimer

 

“Real Moments of Truth…Stories From A Hunter’s Heart”

I was privileged to assist Don with the editing process and I can assure you that the stories included in this new book are filled with unforgettable adventure as well as life-changing spiritual insight. Don has a true heart of compassion for the hunter that is revealed on every page.

I encourage you to go to Don’s website and check out “Real Moments of Truth” and order a copy. Not only will you get a great book, Don also includes a free CD with each copy containing 7 of my songs for the hunter.

Click here to go to www.realmomentsoftruth.com

Below is a video we did one day while sitting in a Double Bull blind during deer season. I’m asking Don some questions about his book. Enjoy the information… and make sure you stay through the outtake. You’ll find out why I enjoy being around this delightful man…

 

Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week 4

“Father, hear our cry…”

In our hearts, Oh God, we have come to a sense of urgency about the spiritual needs of our children.  You alone know the number of their days.  In this hour, while the walls of time still stand around us, we lift our voices to You, that You might give ear to these things we ask on their behalf.

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Heavenly Father, through Your written Word You have supplied us the knowledge of how You want us to live.  We pray our children will follow those instructions.  Dear Lord, please grant them the divine motivation to do what is pleasing in your sight.  Give our children the desire to submit to Your transformation for Your name’s sake.

 

In the name of Jesus

Amen

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my groaning.  Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, for to Thee do I pray.

Psalm 5:1

“Two Fathers Cry”

You see a girl smiling on the cover of that magazine

But I see a father crying and his head is bowed in shame

God sees her heart, you see her skin

And her daddy sees the shape her life is in

Two fathers cry

One of them in heaven and one of them on earth

But both of them seeking her new birth before she dies

Two fathers cry

 

You see a boy laughing while he’s taking in another hit

But I see a father crying at the very thought of it

God sees his heart, you see his cash

His daddy sees his boy, knows he’s gonna crash

Two fathers cry

One of them in heaven and one of them on earth

But both of them seeking his new birth before he dies

 

Two fathers cry

One of them in heaven one of them on earth

But both of them seeking your new birth before you die

Two fathers cry

 

(Steve Chapman / Times & Seasons Music/BMI   -Available only as a download)

Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week 2

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“In the name of Your Son…”

Father in Heaven, thank You for providing us access to Your throne through Christ Your Son and it’s in His name that we pray…

Please reveal Yourself to our children in a special way today. Let them somehow see the work of Your hands so their faith will increase.

Lord, You said You will grant the desires of our hearts and the longing we have as parents is that our children’s greatest desire will be to know and follow You. Grant them courage to do so even in the face of all the enticements this world offers.

In the name of Your Son, we ask these things.

Amen

Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week 3

We bring our children to Your throne…”

Heavenly Father, we come to You… not praying about our children, but for them.  There is no need for us to tell You about what they are doing, about where they are going or about the decisions they are making.  None of these things are WP e cover copyhidden from You.  But, instead Father, we pray that our children will feel Your presence, hear Your voice and seek Your face.  We pray that You will bring godly people into their lives that will remind them of Your unfailing, unconditional love and reinforce the divine purpose You have for them.  Please defeat the enemy of their souls, show these children mercy and draw them back into Your arms.

In the name of Your Son, we ask these things.

Amen

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord;

The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,

So are the children of one’s youth.”

Psalm 127:3-4

 

 

I Pray For My Kids

I never knew I could pray that hard till the first time I heard that little cry

So helpless in my arms I thought of this old world that’s when I realized

There’d be swing sets, swinging bats, car keys and driving too fast

Little things and even bigger things to pray about

 

They need hope, they need peace, they need God’s amazing grace

They need love that will not fail, heaven’s light shining on their face

They need everything that I could never give, and that’s why

I pray for my kids

 

I never dreamed I could pray so long till the night when the fever wouldn’t break, it was 2 a.m.

I fought back the worried tears didn’t know what else to do but to go to Him

Yeah, I work hard, I do my best, I give them everything,  I never rest

Still there’s some things I know I can’t give

 

Cho…

 

With everything that life can bring sometimes I wonder how

I can find a quiet moment, but I can bow my head right now

Cho…

 

Nathan Chapman/Steve Chapman  (Pain in the Art Music-Sony/ATV) Available on the CD, “Finish Well”