If Jesus Gives Me Healing, Why Do I Need a Doctor?

Healing comes through many avenues

It can manifest in the form of doctors with western medicine, all natural herbs and remedies, lifestyle changes, or a pure miracle of God. No matter the way, I believe that all healing comes through God.

I will declare every day of my life that Jesus took my sickness and death in His body, and nailed it to the cross right along side my sin. I receive my healing because of what He did at Calvary. “By His stripes, I am healed.”

But, you know, I’ve never really had to put that part of my faith to the test until now.

God has a specific design and plan for each avenue of His healing power. Doctors do serve a unique purpose in His design and most certainly have their place in our healing progress, without becoming a hindrance to our faith.

Enter, Chronic Disease

Recently, one of our kids was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a rare autoimmune disorder. Since the diagnosis, we have been slammed with test after test to help determine the right treatment plan. We’ve found ourselves watching for the smallest symptoms, questioning past medical problems, learning a whole new vocabulary, and researching the best treatment plans.

We’ve prayed for healing and the right direction to take. We praised God that His timing was perfect, since He had just planted us right in between two of the best hospitals in the nation. He led us to a neurologist who I put my full trust in. But then, as the weeks passed by, I found myself feeling somewhat like I had betrayed God by putting our kiddo through all of these tests, and not simply waiting for a miraculous healing to manifest.

After a particularly challenging day last week, I found myself asking God if I was walking in doubt and unbelief? I cried out to Him with questions like, “I know you said he has already been healed, so why am I still taking him to the doctor? Scheduling these tests and juggling our schedules to get him to them is overwhelming, when will it end? Do I really need to have him on this medicine every single day? Why is he still having these symptoms if he is healed? Is he getting worse, or am I going crazy? How long will all of this last? Am I denying your truth by trying to seek his healing in the world?”

Those questions really troubled my heart. Maybe you’ve been there too?

God has a specific design and plan for each avenue of His healing power. Doctors do serve a unique purpose in His design and most certainly have their place in our healing progress, without becoming a hindrance to our faith.

BUT GOD!!!

 God came through for me, like He always does in His time. He reached right down from Heaven to comfort me in my time of trouble. Instead of letting me get all wrapped up in worry and fear, He brought the story of the 10 lepers that Jesus healed to my mind.

“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him – and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Here’s what I took away

  • The men seek Jesus first for healing.

    • I need to seek Jesus first for all of our healing needs, too.
  • Jesus sends them to the priests.

    • The priests during that time were very similar to our doctors today since the priests were the ones who had the power to declare someone “clean” or healed. Proof that sometimes Jesus does in fact use doctors as an avenue for declaring our healing to the world.
  • The men obey, and THEN their healing manifests.

    • I need to listen for what God is specifically speaking to our situation, and obey. If He says to see the doctor, then I will go. If He says to stay, then I will stay, trusting in Him all the way, no matter how long it takes.
  • The man who returned praised God loudly.

    • When he came back shouting praises to the Lord, you better believe the crowd witnessed that moment and it brought glory to God! I too will praise the Lord during the entire journey, which will in turn bring glory to God. And anytime I bring glory to God, I will trust that He uses that moment to reveal Himself to someone who desperately needs Him, like maybe a doctor, or someone following our journey!
  • Jesus healed all 10 men, but only says to ONE that his faith has made him well.

    • Isn’t that just like God? He has compassion on all people, whether they realize it or not. God heals them all by way of the priests regardless of how big, small, or even non-existent their faith is. But to the one, He says YOU’VE been healed because of your faith in me! Gosh, don’t you think that if we live out our faith like that, then when our judgement day comes, we’ll get to hear God say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”? I sure hope so!
    • And what if its possible that the other 9 were healed by default simply because they were fortunate enough to be in the presence of someone whose faith was activated? I am so blessed knowing that people around me are touched by the hand of God simply because I walk by faith.

The moral of the story

God does in fact use doctors as a way to bring healing. The Scripture didn’t say how long it took for the healing to manifest, but it does say that the men had to obey before that happened and go show themselves to the priests. Then it makes a perfect case for the idea that God used the priests to bring glory to Himself, and point people back to Christ. God can and will use our doctors for the same beautiful purposes!

Blessings and love,

Tiffany

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God has a specific design and plan for each avenue of His healing power. Doctors do serve a unique purpose in His design and most certainly have their place in our healing progress, without becoming a hindrance to our faith.

Tips for Directing Your Little Ones During Homeschool Hours

Homeschooling definitely isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done! It’s hard enough trying to teach multiple grade levels, but throwing a few toddlers in the mix can make things downright crazy. Directing the little ones while trying to still be productive has probably been one of my biggest challenges over the years.

Each new season of homeschool brings a different dynamic and its own unique challenge. This year’s challenge for us: three kids in school, two that aren’t yet school age, and before the year is up we will add another little one to the mix.

Admit that you need help

We all need help! Its not a bad thing either, because its the best thing for us! The first thing I do when entering into any situation is admit my need for God. Directing little ones in what they should do is no different! Take a quick look at this passage from 2 Corinthians.

“…I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”                                                                                                                                                  2 Corinthians 7-10

I’m not saying my toddlers are a messenger of Satan, but man oh man, of all the times in my life when I feel weak, parenting toddlers tops the charts! This Scripture is my lifeline because it reminds me not to even try to carry that difficulty on my own shoulders. Its a hope filled life giving verse that reminds me that we will all do better when I admit my weakness and let Christ carry us. Praise God that when we are weak, He is strong!Directing little ones is a challenge in every homeschool, especially when they are energetic. But with thoughtful planning your days can go much smoother.

How I plan our day

So, to keep things moving forward for us, I plan our school day in sessions to break it up. I do it mostly for the little ones, since they have such short attention spans. It helps keep their attention focused, but it has also shown to be beneficial for everyone else.

We start our day with breakfast and clean up time, then get ready for the day. We have our first big work session from 9-11 in the morning, followed by group PE time, a break, and then lunch. After another quick clean up, we put the littles down for their naps and get started on our second big session for the day, from 1-3.

Our youngest naps during both sessions, and our 3 year old usually naps during the afternoon session. (We didn’t just luck into that nap schedule by the way. It was very purposeful, and took a lot of discipline on my part to accomplish.) Doing school while the littles sleep is a HUGE help.Directing little ones is a challenge in every homeschool, especially when they are energetic. But with thoughtful planning your days can go much smoother.

How directing little ones during the wake time hours looks for us

  • It’s really helpful for us to break up our big sessions into smaller ones, with lots of singing, stories, and memorization that they can participate in.
  • Each kid, even the little ones, have their own backpack filled with crayons and construction paper that they can use whenever they please.
  • I keep lots of books in the schoolroom for them to quietly look at, and for us to read together when I have a few minutes of downtime from working with the other kids.
  • Every morning, when we come downstairs to begin school, the little ones get to pick one special toy to bring downstairs. (For the rest of the day, toys are only allowed upstairs.)
  • I keep a locked cabinet in the school room full of toddler friendly puzzles, games, and busy bags that I can easily grab when I need to.
  • And when all of the above fails, I don’t let myself feel guilty about turning on a kid friendly show in the next room! (Luckily, that hasn’t had to happen very often.)Directing little ones is a challenge in every homeschool, especially when they are energetic. But with thoughtful planning your days can go much smoother.

How will directing little ones help your homeschool days?

I hope you are getting lots of good ideas to help direct the liveliness of your youngsters. What are some new things you will do to help keep the peace in your house? Do you have anything to add that has worked well for your family?

Remember to keep lots of engaging things close by, be patient, and flexible. Then your little ones will enjoy school time, and best of all, so will you.

Blessings and love,
Tiffany
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How to Reach a Breakthrough with a Tattle Tale

Confession from a former tattle tale

For my entire life, I have been labeled as the “tattle tale”.  When I was a kid I was always in trouble for it.  As an adolescent I lost friends because of it.  And now as a parent, I have struggled with how to handle my own tattle tale child.

On this lifelong tattle tale journey, I have made an important discovery.  Tattling is not an obedience problem, it’s a heart condition.  One that is actually really simple to address.  But before we get to that, let’s explore what’s going on in the minds of those “tattle tale” kids.Are you worn out dealing with a tattle tale? There is hope! Tattling is a heart condition that you can find the root of and eliminate once and for all.

Kids think tattling is helping to right a wrong

When children tattle, they aren’t always trying to be vicious and hurt others; sometimes, they genuinely think they are being helpful.  When kids see something wrong, they have a desire to make it right.  They want to bring that which is hidden in the dark into the light.  

Be encouraged parents!  That desire to reveal the wrongs in the world is a good thing!  It just needs to be channeled in a way that benefits instead of harms.

Kids tattle when they feel they are being treated unfairly

Is there one person in particular that seems to be your child’s target for tattling?  Maybe your child is feeling jealous or sees this person as a threat.  When kids don’t get the attention they crave, in the way they crave it, they lash out with inappropriate behaviors, like tattling.

You may need to re-evaluate or take an honest look and see if this child really is being treated unfairly.  Do they have too much responsibility?  Maybe your other children don’t have enough responsibility?  Is your child getting enough quality time with mom and dad?  Do they need a little more praise for their job well done?

Check out The 5 Love Languages of Children for a great resource on giving the kids the attention they crave, in the way the crave it.  You won’t be disappointed!

 

Kids tattle to get back at someone who hurt them

I know, I said kids don’t always tattle to be  vicious.  But many times, they do.  Sometimes, they get their little feelings hurt by someone else for one reason or another.  And the best way they know to handle that kind of situation is to “get them back” by getting them in trouble.

It’s a kid size version of “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”…  You hurt me, and I’ll hurt you back.

Kids have a hard time understanding justice, so sometimes they take it upon themselves to exact punishment when they feel they have been wronged.

The root of the tattling problem

Contrary to popular belief that tattling is a natural right of passage for kids to learn about justice, I truly believe that it stems from a dangerous cultural attitude that vengeance is something that belongs to us.

We see it every single day in this world.  Adults “getting back”  at those who “did them wrong”.

People lashing out at others over social media…

TV shows about payback and revenge (aren’t those the names of real shows??)…

Lawsuits of every shape and kind…

Road rage…

Irritability…

Impatience…

Just last week I was in the grocery store and the line I was in  was moving ever so slowly.  The family in front of me had a lot of stuff, and a lot of coupons.  And it was obvious that the cashier was very new, and very confused.

There was also a lady in line behind me who made no secret that she was tired of waiting.  After several rude (and very loud) huffs and puffs, she finally grumbled “isn’t there another checker here today?”

Another employee overheard her and went to open up another lane.  Then, the lady told me to come on with her and go first, while making a huge scene about the cashier who was taking too long to check people out.  She was SO BLATANTLY RUDE about being made to wait.

I calmly and quietly said, “no thank you, I’m okay.”  To which she again, huffed and puffed and acted seriously annoyed.  Anyway, the lady checked out in the other lane and I waited for a while longer until it was finally my turn.

When I got up to the counter and asked the cashier how her day was going, she looked up at me with tears in her eyes and said it was not one of her best.

My heart ached for her, it physically hurt as I tried to choke back my own tears.  How could someone be so self-righteous not to even notice they were hurting another human being?  (Or worse, notice and not care!)  After talking for a bit, I learned that it was in fact only her 4th day on the job and her first time working as a cashier.  (I tried to encourage her with a friendly smile and a few reassuring words that we all have bad days and she was doing great.  I can only hope it brightened her day a little.)

I left that store with an aching in my chest at how someone could be so blatantly rude to another, simply because they were a little inconvenienced.

This is what I’m talking about though, it’s our own twisted form of justice that has infiltrated our way of life.

I’m sure that the lady in line behind me was tired of waiting.  I was tired of waiting too.  Maybe she had plans, maybe she was in a hurry?  I understand, I had a husband and four kids waiting in the car on a hot Oklahoma day; they were tired and hungry (can you say grouchy?), oh yeah, and it was Father’s Day.  Standing in line at the grocery store for just a handful of things wasn’t really top on my list of things to do that day either.

BUT that didn’t give me the right to “get back” at the slow cashier by being rude, and it didn’t give any one else that right either.

The only difference between me and the lady behind me that day, was that I acted a little “weird”  by patiently waiting, and she acted perfectly “normal” by expressing her disapproval.

It’s a Heart Condition People!

One that is taking over our culture!  What makes us think its okay to treat people like this?  This is certainly not what the Bible teaches us!  Actually, the Bible says just the opposite…

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Philippians 2:3-4

A quick word of caution…  even though my example was about strangers treating each other badly, there may be a bigger problem lurking in our own homes!  I will be the first to admit that I often treat strangers better than those in my own family.  

The ones closest to us also tend to be the ones who can hurt us the most (intentionally or not), so we should be using EXTRA caution in the way we respond in sticky situations.  Maybe next time you feel the urge to “get even” with your spouse for hurting your feelings, pray for them instead;  because when we as adults are acting in such a vengeful way, how can we possibly expect our kids not too?

Kids are little copy-cats!  They watch everything we do, and then they mimic it!

If we act entitled, they will too.  If we act self-righteous, they will too.  If we act vengeful, they will too!

And this my friends, is the root of the tattle tale problem.  Kids are learning from us that they have the right to take it upon themselves to fix whatever perceived injustice they find.

The true root of this problem is a selfish heart, one that wants to seek out its own vengeance.

The simple fix

To heal a heart condition, the answer needs to come from the Bible.

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil by doing good.”

Romans 12:17-21

Vengeance is NOT something that belongs to us.  It belongs to God alone. 

Can you imagine what the world would be like it we really lived according to this verse?  Do not repay evil with evil… live at peace with everyone…  do not take revenge…

Here are my 4 simple steps to fixing the tattle tale problem:

  • First, understand that vengeance doesn’t belong to us.  We have to fix our own heart conditions before we can help our kids fix theirs.
  • Teach them to walk in love and teach them to share the Truth in love.
  • Teach them the difference between “tattling” and alerting an adult to danger.
  • Do not teach them to accept everything they hear; instead, teach them to weigh everything against God’s truth, and then correct from a loving heart, not a vengeful one.

It’s really that simple

When my daughter starts to tattle now, first, I ask her if someone is in danger?  If not, then I ask her if she is showing love?  Finally, I ask her if she can think of a way to gently correct the situation in love?

It takes a lot of guidance and constant reminding, but anything worth doing takes work, right?

Kids are smart, and naturally like to solve problems.  Teach them how to lead in love and they will be a blessing to all those around them.

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“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 7:12

Blessings and love,

Tiffany

Dad is Sure to be Happy When You Surprise Him With This

Hi yall!

This is totally different from the posts you would normally find here, but in light of Father’s Day only a few days away, I wanted to offer yall a fun Father’s Day printable.

Have some fun this Father's Day! Remind dad why he's so important while pointing your kids back to Christ with this exciting and fun scavenger hunt.
photo provided by freepik.com/Sarah Brucker

Get ready for a fun Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt, because who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt??

Father's Day, scavenger hunt

The idea is easy, just print out the Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt PDF, cut out the clues, hide them, then let dad loose!

My suggestions:

In case you’ve never done a scavenger hunt, its pretty simple.  

When hiding your clues, keep them in order, so you don’t get confused.

The words in white will tell you where to hide the next clue.

Give the first card to dad to begin his treasure hunt.  Maybe put it on a tray as you serve him breakfast in bed?

clue #1 – hide it on the calendar when your first child was born

clue #2 – hide it in his favorite chair

clue #3 – hide it near a map or a globe

clue #4 – hide it on a cross

clue #5 – hide it somewhere in the kitchen

clue #6 – hide it in the first aid kit

clue #7 – hide it the cookie jar

clue #8 – hide it near the tv

clue #9 – hide it under the table

clue #10 – hide it under the couch

The last clue should lead to his gift.

**These cards are designed to let dad know how important he is to your family.**

**The bonus to your family is that each clue allows you to point your children back to Jesus**

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Print out your Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt PDF now!

I hope you all enjoy this Father’s Day and make it a special day for the dad’s in your life to remember

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”

Psalm 127:3-5

Blessings and love,

Tiffany

Why You Need to Disciple the Millennial Generation

college booksToday, I met a young girl on fire for God and excited about life.

We were serving together at church and she was just bubbling over with joy for the crowd of people being Baptized.  Her enthusiasm was certainly contagious.

After talking with her for a while, I discovered she is in her third year at the local university and hoping to receive an internship position at our church over the summer.  She told me that she knew she was still young, but that she just felt such a strong call to ministry.  I stood in awe of this young girl, in the midst of what I would deem as one of the most confusing and helpless times of a person’s life, she already has a clear vision of God’s calling on her life and she has plans to run after it!

I began to think back to my own college experience, a time before I ever knew Jesus.

College for me was all about self-fulfillment and self-discovery.  My problem was, no matter what I did, I never found my fulfillment and never discovered me.  College students really do have life thrown at them from every possible direction.  Anything and everything is readily available to these vulnerable young adults eager to feel established in a grown up world.

 

Having the world at your doorstep isn’t really as great as it may seem when you don’t have a clear vision of your future.  When you’ve got a hundred different decisions to make every day, but no reasoning behind why you make them, then how do you really know why you do the things you do?  “Try this, don’t try that, do this, don’t do that, go here, stay away from there, say this, do that, wear these, read this, buy that, apply for this, date him, don’t date her, take this class, work for that company, live here, drive this,” and the list goes on and on.  It’s no wonder college can be such a confusing time.

I made countless decisions during my college years that had no rhyme or reason, and in the end, added no value to the life God wanted me to pursue.  I  wonder if my experience was really that much different from those of most other people?  But wouldn’t it be great if there were more young people like the friend I made today who have trusted their lives and their futures to God?  What would the world be like if we, as believers, spent more time equipping these young go-getters, eager to live life, to go out into the world and experience the abundant life that God has promised them?  How many more lives would be impacted and how much farther could God’s kingdom reach if we spent time helping these young people get on the right track right from the start?

Lives could be impacted in amazing ways if we just step up and take the time to disciple these young adults.  By sharing some life lessons and helping them understand how  to find and pursue God’s vision for their lives at a young age we could create such a huge movement for God’s kingdom.  Let’s equip this generation to do big things for God!

Check out the e&e blog for some great resources to help this generation step into their calling.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.  They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright, He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him.”  Psalm 92: 12-15.

Blessings and love,

Tiffany