Does the Cross Break You?

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

Thank you notes are common in our society. It’s seen as bad etiquette if we don’t send them. Thank you notes even have their very own guidelines that we are all supposed to follow. We send thank you notes for a kind gesture, birthday gifts or even after a job interview.

What if someone saved your life? Would you send them a thank you note? How would you repay them? Or saved your kids life? How could you ever repay that person? I am sure you would spend your whole life doing kind things for this person to show your appreciation. This person would probably be invited to every event in your life. You would give them gifts even if they refused. Every time you thought of this person you would be filled with gratitude. You would probably rave to everyone one you knew about this person telling anyone that would listen how great they were

What if that person said that all you had to do to repay them was to hang out with them once a week and during the week to talk to them, even tell them YOUR problems. That all they wanted was to get to know you. Most of us would probably be confused and feel uncomfortable going to someone who did so much for us with our little day to day issues. But how could you say no? What lengths would you go to, to show your appreciation?

Why then is it so hard for us to show our appreciation to Jesus?

We have no problem going to Him when times are hard. Yet we make excuses when it comes to carving our specific time for God. My husband would ask me why I hadn’t read my bible and I would immediately get defensive. How am I supposed to make time? I have a child who wants my constant attention, I work full time, I am pregnant., I am tired, I have to cook etc. I was even offended and jealous of him. I would think. ‘Oh must be nice you get to spend time with God, but Elijah won’t give me a moment alone”

Now I have two kids one being a newborn and I have been intentional about spending time with God. How silly my excuses were. How foolish I was. I wasn’t broken by the cross. All God was asking is that I spend time with Him and I was telling Him, eh not today, I am busy. Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day. You know when I get time God, because life is SOOOO hard. Yah I know you helped me when I was broken but hey you’ll be there tomorrow right?!

So easily I pushed Him aside. So easily I forgot the weight of the cross.

We always feel like we owe people things. We owe them our time, we owe them our energy. People who honestly have done nothing more than enjoy our company. We often feel guilty if we break plans with friends for dinner. But when it comes to spending 10 minutes with God we blow him off with no regard, no guilt.

This Easter I urge you to take a look at your life. If the cross is really that important to us how can we show that in our everyday walk. What changes can be made to make time for God. We spend so much time thinking of the perfect gift to repay people with and we should have that same thought when it comes to repaying Christ.

I know I am unworthy, I know that there is nothing that I can truly do to repay Him that’s why it breaks me.

I googled proper guidelines for thank you notes and it’s funny to me how we can use this to show our praise to God either in prayer or in our daily walk.

  1. Greeting: Waking up each day acknowling God calling Him by name. The bible is full of different ways to call out to God by name. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. Pslam 9:2
  1. Express your Thanks: Thank Him for everything He has done for you either in word or action No one is like you, LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Jeremiah 10:6
  2. Add specific details: Talk to him about your life, offer up prayer requests, Tell Him exactly why you are thankful. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14
  1. Look ahead: Usually in a thank you note we say something along the lines of “ I hope to see you soon” or “Let’s get lunch. Make plans with God. Abide in His word. Ask him how you can repay Him. Let God guide you. I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel. Psalm 32:8
  1. Restate your thanks: Continually give Him praise. Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15

6 .End with your regards: In the name of Jesus. Daily let everything you do show His grace and Love and end your prayers in Jesus name. We are lucky to have the power of Jesus and our life should show that.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13-14

 

 

                                 Happy Easter!!!!!!!

                         He is not here, HE HAS RISEN. Just as he said he would..

                       Matthew 28:6

 

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIJAH// HAVING A SERVANTS HEART

One of the things I try to instill into Elijah is the importance of having a servant’s heart. In a world of so many things being thrown at us constantly it’s sometimes hard for us let alone children to stop and think of others.

Elijah just turned 5 and I felt it was a great opportunity to take our actions to the next level. For his birthday party we asked in lieu of gifts for Elijah to bring an unwrapped gift for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

I have mentioned to people in the past that I have wanted to do this and it was always met with opposition. People said things like “ You can’t force people to give,” or “but I want to give him something.” I have even heard things like “Why would you force that on a child?” Trust me we are not depriving our child. If anything we are giving him something much more than material things.

I don’t know about your kids but Elijah literally plays with the same 5 things over and over. Also I don’t think many realize how much more impactful this will be on him in the long run. This is a HUGE gift to give Elijah, something that will not be fleeting or thrown away one day. He will remember the importance of giving and that is something you can’t put a value on. Even science is on the side of giving. Pleasure chemicals are released from our brain when we give! We all know how great it feels when we give why not share that with our kids!

It’s amazing when you do the right thing how things line up. One of my friends Jasmine came to me at Elijah’s party and told me that her son had spent a lot of time in the hospital last year and that picking out a toy to play with made things a lot better for him. I had no idea about this before she told me. Whether we got 1 toy or 10 toys it really drove home that we had made the right decision for our family.

 

                                Here are some other ways you can teach your little one about servant hood and giving.

Get one Give one: Who doesn’t love to get rid of things. We started off with this in our household. Whenever Elijah would get a new gift or toy he would have to pick something to donate. Trust me it wasn’t easy at first but now it is so easy and sometimes he just wants to get rid of things he doesn’t use on his own when we clean his room.

Find a cause that your kid likes. If your kid is into the outdoors maybe take him or her somewhere where they can plant trees or help out. If they love animals taking them to the local animal shelter is also a great option. Have a kid that loves to make things have them make cards to cheer up the elderly. Focusing on what your child interests makes it fun after all giving should always be fun and come from the heart!

Having open conversation & be an example. Kids are normally selfish beings and that’s totally normal! From the moment they are born their needs are met without them having to do much asking. It’s completely up to us as parents to have conversations about the world around us. Kids are also very sensitive so obviously tailor the conversation to what you feel your child can handle. Sometimes when I give to a homeless person Elijah gets confused and asks “ But why did you give him your soup? You wanted that soup?” I have explained to him that there are a lot of people that don’t have some of the things we have, then he understood. You can start the conversation first about doing things for others around the house to show love, and then take it a step further about reaching out to people outside of the home.

Ask for donations for their birthday. We choose the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for our donations because I felt it fit our family the best. A lot of charities and or hospitals have wishlists via Amazon or on their personal websites.  Elijah was born with a congenital heart defect but has never spent any time in the hospital, and with February being heart month it just made sense. Another great charity is Communi Gift where you get a birthday buddy with a birthday wish list. Your birthday guests can buy gifts for your birthday buddy.

Overall Elijah had a great birthday! My big boy is 5!!! He had a blast with friends and family at THE COOP and of course he got a couple of gifts from family members. Here are some more pics from Elijah’s birthday 

 

 

What are some ways you instill giving with your family? Drop us a line below!

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms                                                                                                    1 Peter 4:10

 

 

 

Little Riser

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to our blog.  I’m Jennifer and this is my Little Riser Elijah. I’ve always had a love of writing and motherhood has been the best experience so it only felt natural to document it. I promise to be honest with you and with myself as we navigate this together.

Little Riser came to me because of my greatest muse Elijah. I want nothing more than to instill in my child than to RISE in love, RISE in confidence, RISE in patience and so much more.

Rising is an intentional act. You don’t just roll out of bed you RISE with purpose. We all know that children definitely seem to rise with purpose. Whether that purpose is to destroy our homes and everything in sight or to show us the kind of love that makes us question life depends on the day or even the second.

One of the best parts of motherhood is that Elijah gave me the passion to RISE. Nothing has changed me as much as motherhood has in the past five years.  I don’t claim to be a mothering expert and many times I feel like I fail. There for me in lies the beauty each day I can RISE and do better and be better.

I am so very excited that YOU are here and I hope you enjoy every second!  So thank you for stopping by and please RISE…. and possibly fall a few times with us just so we all can RISE again together.

Jennifer