“My room” is located on the third floor of my house. It is the place where I do my morning devotions, draw design plans, sew, and write. It is furnished with a cozy chair for reading, a desk, a drafting table, and a futon for guests. All of this sits on a soft white shag rug. It may seem like a ridiculous choice considering I have three little ones. However, this room is not used in like the other rooms in my home. It is not completely off limits to the kids, but we do have some rules, such as no shoes or food allowed. In any other room in the house, these things are okay, just not in “my room.” I consider it my special place, and if all possible, I'd like to keep my rug as beautiful as the day I brought it home.
Just like my rug is set apart from the rest of my home and off limit to little ones, my life is set apart for God or consecrated.
We consecrate ourselves to God by yielding to His will and submitting what we are dealing with to Him in prayer. It may be difficult to give up control, but God delivers on His promises, those found in the Bible or spoken to our hearts. It may be the salvation of a loved one, wisdom on a renovation, peace in the midst of many responsibilities, or strength at the end of a long day. Nothing is too big or too small for God to concern Himself with.
Dear Lord, I give You my home, my marriage, my family, and my work. I surrender every aspect of my life, spirit, soul, body, heart, and mind totally to You today. Please show me any areas where I have not given You control. Forgive me for holding back in the area of _____________________...
For You and Your Child
Create a lava lamp with your child. You'll need: Water, a clear plastic bottle, vegetable oil, food coloring, and Alka-Seltzer (or other tablets that fizz). Using a funnel, pour water into the bottle until it is around one quarter full. Add vegetable oil until the bottle is nearly full. Wait until the oil and water have separated. Squeeze in about a dozen drops of food coloring. Watch as the food coloring falls through the oil and mixes with the water. Just like the water and the oil separate, we can set apart our lives to God. Explain to your child how we can do that through prayer and making wise choices. At the end of your time together, turn your bottle into a lava lamp by adding 5-6 small pieces of the Alka-Seltzer to the mix and watch the colors move around.
This post is Day 22 of the series 31 Days of Teaching my Kids About Prayer.