♫ Let’s Start at the Very Beginning; A Very Good Place to Start ♫

I have posted this information before, however, I wanted to post again for all the moms-to-be. I apologize for the length, but it is a whole chapter from my book, How Shall We Order the Child.  It talks about beginning in the womb to train up the child. Judges 13 is the account of Samson’s parents’ inquiry as to how to order their child when given the news they were to become parents.  The information was very helpful to me when I was pregnant with each of our 4 children.  You can never begin too early to establish a firm foundation for your children :-)

Baby Bear 3


Set Apart From the Womb

Judges 13:7, 12-14

“But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son;and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing:for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.”

“And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass.  How shall we order the child,and how shall we do unto him?  And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah,of all that I said unto the woman let her beware. She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine,neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that command her let her observe.”

Manoah wanted God’s will concerning his child so he enquired of God as to how to order the child.  Possibly this father-to-be was looking for instructions on how to care for the child or how to disciple him after he was born which is usually what concerns an expectant parent.  But God’s plan was to begin right then and the child was not even conceived yet.  God wanted the child to be a Nazarite from the womb which meant he wanted Samson set apart for him from the beginning.  The instructions given concerned what went into the mother’s body.  This referred to not only physical food and drink but also spiritual nourishment for we are not just physical beings.

I Corinthians 6:20 says that we have a spirit and body. What a mother to be eats during pregnancy feeds the child physically.  It is necessary for the baby’s normal, healthy physical development.  In the same way, what the mother takes into her spirit feeds the baby’s spirit.  Andrew Murray, in his book, How to Raise Your Children for Christ, points out “in that holy time of mystery, when mother and child are still one, and influences from a mother’s spirit pass into the child, God says that the mother is to obey all that He commands.”(Judges 13:14)  God wants the mother obeying His Word and thus feeding the child’s spirit with scripture.

A majority of children are conceived and brought into the world and never have their spirit nourished and developed.  If the child’s spirit is not nourished, he has no desire for God because it is pointed out all through the Bible that God deals with man’s spirit.

John 4:24 “God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

 Romans 8:16 “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”

God wants the spirit of man to be predominate but the world spends time making mighty bodies instead of mighty spirits.  Paul prays Ephesians 3:16:”That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man:”

God did not want Samson’s mother to allow any unclean thing into her body.  It is important to abstain from any harmful or unclean thing during pregnancy such as drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, etc. which have been proven to harm the baby physically.  It is just as important to keep out unclean thoughts, words, attitudes, and actions which will harm the baby’s spirit.     The way to keep your attitudes, thoughts, and actions clean is by meditating on the Word of God.

Psalm 119: “The Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against You.”

Psalm 119:15 “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.”

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!

According to this verse, meditation on God will keep the mother free from worry and stress which has been proven to affect the baby.   Not only should the mother just meditate on God’s Word but time should be spent by both parents praying scripture into the baby’s life.

Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth.  It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please,  And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Send the word into the baby’s life through prayer.  Before our children were born, one of the prayers I prayed for them was from I Peter 3:4 for him to have a “meek and quiet spirit”.  At our firstborn’s first doctor visit the doctor remarked at what a quiet baby he was.  There is power in praying the Word!

Psychologists say there is no question that the unborn baby can hear.  His physical ears operate at least four months before he is born.  His spiritual ears operate from the very start.  The baby needs to hear the Word from the womb and be surrounded by the name of Jesus because of the importance of that name.

Philip. 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,  and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The father’s role is essential in the baby’ spiritual development.  Notice that Manoah was the one who inquired as to how to order the child, not his wife.  He recognized his responsibility for the child.  Notice how his words with the angel, “Let thy words come to pass” showed his surrender to God to have His will done.  The fact that he asked God how to raise the child showed his dependence on God.    Manoah was given the responsibility of seeing that the woman obeyed God’s Words thus making him the spiritual leader for his family, even for the child in the womb.

There are references all through the Bible of God’s dealings in the womb.  Psalm 139:13-16 describes God’s prenatal care in forming our bodies:

Psalm 139:13-16 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.   Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Isaiah 49:1:”The Lord has called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.”

Psalm 71:6   By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.

Jeremiah 1:5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.”

The forerunner of Jesus, John the Baptist, was filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb according to Luke 1:15:”For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.”

Throughout scripture those who were great men of God began as such in the womb. However, scripture points that wickedness begins in the womb also.

Psalm 58:3 “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.”

Psalm 51:5 David said,”Behold, I was shaped in iniquity: and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

We are all born with a sinful nature which begins in the womb.  This nature has to be brought under God’s control.  God wants this begun before our children are born.

God had a special plan for Samson.  He was to be set apart for God’s service beginning in the womb.  God never changes.  He still wants children for Himself from their very beginning.  God’s will is that every person can say as David said in Psalm 22:10: “I was cast upon You from the womb.  You are my God from my mother’s womb.”

Suggested Prenatal Study:

It is interesting that there are 9 Fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 and there are 9 months of pregnancy.  Take one Fruit each month of pregnancy to study, pray, and meditate on.

Listed below are my notes from studying and meditating on the Fruit of the Spirit when I was pregnant.

1. Love – giving to others’ basic needs without having as my motive any personal reward

John 17:26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

2. Joy – the exultation of my inward being that results from genuine harmony with God and others

John 17:13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

3. Peace – harmony with God, others, and self

Philip. 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

4. Longsuffering – patience, endurance, inward strength to withstand stress

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

5. Gentleness – expressing personal care appropriate to another’s emotional need

Titus 3:2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 

6. Goodness – righteousness, loving-kindness

Romans 11:22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.

7. Faith – visualizing what God intends to do in a given situation and acting in harmony with it

Mark 11:22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.

8. Meekness – controlled, humble, yielding my personal rights and expectations to God

1 Peter 3:4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a meek and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

9. Temperance – self control, mastering one’s desires and passions, instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s Spirit

1 Cor. 9:27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

 

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Christ is Risen!!

IT’S SUNDAY MORNING!

“Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!”
Up from the grave He arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
and He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!”


I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me—that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said.

1 Cor. 15:3-4

Rejoice for this validates everything that Jesus did and said! It also grants us a confirmed hope! We who are alive in Christ will one day be reunited with those who are asleep in Christ!

The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God’s wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:17

Make Easter a family time of worshiping together and thinking about the risen Lord:

  • Start the morning with Resurrection Rolls and notice they are empty on the inside like the tomb!
  • Watch the sunrise and think on that first Easter sunrise when The Son rose!!
  • Read the Easter story together from Matthew 27-28, Mark 15 – 16, or Luke 23-24.
  • Sing praises together.  Hooray is one song that children really love about the empty tomb.  It is from Every Song a Bible Story from Maranatha Music.

Happy Easter from my family to yours!

Day Seven of Keeping Christ in Easter

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.
Matthew 28:6


Read about what was happening on Day Seven of Passion Week. It was a dark day for Jesus’ disciples – they thought He was in the tomb, but they could not imagine what He was actually up to during their darkest moments!!

Emphasize all day that when things look dark in our lives, God is busy at work, taking care of the things that concern us, even though we can’t see it.


Make an empty tomb with just a paper plate cut in half.  Color back side of one half of the plate brown. Color the top side of the other black which will be the inside of the tomb.  Cut a stone out of the brown side.  Staple the two sides together.  You can crumple a piece of brown paper for the stone.

Get complete instructions here to make an Easter Garden.

Tell the Easter Story with this Easter Cookie recipe. This is complete instructions with scriptures to share as you make the cookies.   When done, the cookies are empty just like the tomb.

Day Six of Keeping Christ in Easter

picture from Read and Share Bible

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me—that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.  He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said.
1 Cor. 15:3-4

Day Six of Passion Week is the day that Jesus was put on the cross.  It is  the most crucial focal point in history. Think with your children about the agony He went through  – betrayal, arrest, false accusations, abandonment, beatings, harassment, and finally being nailed to a cross. –  all this for someone else’s sins.   It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming is a video that depicts some of what was happening.

Resurrection Eggs is a wonderful teaching aid for helping your children visualize what Jesus was going through.  Each egg contains a different symbol such as 3 coins, leather strip, crown of thorns, 3 nails, etc.   It comes with a booklet telling the story related to each symbol and can be purchased at most Christian book stores.  Click here or here for excellent instructions on making your own!

Save your colored egg shells to make a cross like the one in this picture.  Cut a cross out of cardboard; cover it in glue; then sprinkle the crushed egg shells on it.  Share with your children as you are making this that just as these egg shells are broken to make a beautiful picture, Jesus’ body was broken for us us to make our lives beautiful and free from the punishment for sin.

Day Five of Keeping Christ in Easter

“If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”
Mark 9:35

Read about the full day Jesus had as His impending death was fast approaching on Day Five of Passion Week.

During His Last Supper that evening, His disciples were arguing about who would have the greatest positions.  He settled the argument by washing their feet and demonstrating that the greatest among them truly was the Servant of all.  (We might use this the next time there’s an argument over who gets to sit where, etc.  Say, ‘the one with the servant attitude will have the favor’)

Read the story from a children’s Bible.  If you don’t have one yet, I recommend several here. This picture is taken from My Awesome God Bible Storybook .

Act out the story.

Follow Jesus’ example. Wash each other’s feet.  All day long talk about and look for ways to serve one another.

Color Eggs. Tell your children you are serving them by boiling the eggs for them to color.  Then as you color them, talk about why eggs are colored at Easter time.

  • Eggs represent new life which can remind us of the new life Christ Jesus gives us by what He did on the Cross for us.   Share this scripture: When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! – 2 Cor. 5:17 (Living)
  • The colored eggs remind us of how beautiful our world is as the earth comes back to life again with colorful flowers, new leaves, and green grass in the Spring as all creation seems to rejoice that Jesus is alive (Matt. 28:6)! Share these scripture:
    Jesus makes all things new.
    Revelation 21:5
    God gives us all things to enjoy. 1 Tim. 6:17
    All Your works shall praise You, O Lord . . . Psalm 145:10