Experiencing God
at Home
Greetings! I am excited to start this new adventure with everyone. I am excited to see what God is going to do in your life as
well as what He is going to teach me. I am excited to get to know you on a personal and spiritual level. I am going to be
attempting to take the study Experiencing God and help you to apply it to your family. I am going through a study Experiencing
God at Home and I will be making connections for you to the study we are doing as a church.
Week one- Know Gods will; He is always at work
“Scripture indicates that God is constantly working to accomplish His redemptive purposes in our world. He declared
through the prophet Isaiah: ‘I am God and there is no other one like Me. I declare the end from the beginning, and I will do My
will… Yes, I have spoken so I will also bring it about. I have planned it; I will also do it.’ Isa. 46 9-11. Whether you are aware of
it or not, God is continually working around you to accomplish His will”
This week is going to be more self-reflective than the other weeks. Parents are tasked to minister to their children, but
you need to pray about who you want them to be and WHY you want them to be that. Think about: How has your family
shaped your faith? What are “Rules” in your family? Were you able to talk to your parents about deep issues and personal
conflicts or spiritual matters? If not why? And my favorite question… Are YOU being intentional with your kids? The bible
clearly tells us that as parents it is our job to teach our children about God. Pastor Jason doesn’t stand up on Sunday and make
up his sermon as he goes. He plans, he prays, he researches, seeks help, he prepares. We as parents need to do the exact same
thing for our kids.
? First draw a simple family tree, Mich and I drew one together but you could have every member in the house draw their
own, and talk about relationships- talk about differences in you see. Someone may say a relationship is strained where
the you may not perceive it that way. This is a great chance to talk to our kids about sibling relationships. You can talk
about how your relationship is with your parents, (Or in-laws!) let your kids bringing relationships up! DON’T be afraid
to talk to them about broken relationships. Then talk about what you want for your children, AND ask them what they
? Create a Faith family tree. This tree includes people that have gone before you in faith. We made our tree and thanked
God for the people in our lives that have lifted us up in prayer. We also left space for our Children. My faith family tree is
a little lop sided. Mich, my husband, his side of the tree is so much more full of life. We were able to trace his faith family
back three generations, both parents and both parents parents! My side was my parents, my grandpa, and a dearly
loved youth minister. I honestly thought- no wonder Mich is so capable of hearing God and I am not. I was discouraged
but this gave us an open door to talk about the differences we had growing up and what we wanted to do with our boys.
I may not have had as many people on my side but I had a person that had grafted me into their family. They prayed for
me like I was their own child. This person, Ronnie left a legacy in my life. I pray my boys to have a person that will leave
a legacy in their life!
? When your children look at your faith family tree what do you want them to see? Mich and I actually drew ours and we
were careful to leave room for a few extra people. We left space for kids that will eventually come into our family and
for our children’s spouses. I realized that my family, particularly my father-in- law had probably spent hours praying for
me. When my boys look at our tree I want them to know we are praying for more than just them, more than to be good
kids, to stay out of trouble.