Godly Leaders Are Not Formed Through Screen Time

We get wrapped up in the temporary – the shiny, fleeting things of this world. The computer calls us to dig deeper into news stories, compare our lives to others’ fancy, edited photos and gain more traction than our followers on these instant gratification social sharing sites.

Meanwhile, our children sit in the background (with their impressionable minds) and observe our digital obsessions. We are normalizing this behavior in front of them. We are sending silent messages noting that it’s alright to spend hours staring into a screen. Yes, at times technology can be used as a tool to help – but it can also be used as a tool to suck time and energy away from our families.

Let’s rise above this fixation parents!

It is written in Deuteronomy 6:6-7:

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

This verse should serve as a springboard to all Christian parents. May we launch our households into a new era (for such a time as this!) – one in which we impress the brilliant truths of the LORD upon our children’s hearts and minds.

Technology (while not always sinister) is weakening our family units. Kids and teens age 8 to 18 spend an average of more than seven hours a day looking at screens. That is unacceptable! We, as the parents, need to set the examples. We need to take the strong step and enforce rules in the household (though it is not easy) to limit screen time. Our children will benefit from this endeavor.

Let’s teach our children that beauty is found in the here and now. It’s painted in the leaves falling in the backyard. It’s etched in the smile lines on kind faces. It’s displayed in the connection found in the spoken word.

Let’s take the time to teach our children the truths of their Savior. These truths will serve as their bedrock and guiding light. May these bright promises be emblazoned in the memory banks of their minds.

Let’s set down the phones and talk to our children and teach them the difference between right and wrong. Share with them the beatitudes, powerful Bible stories of old and the fruits of the Spirit.

We are raising the leaders of tomorrow. Godly leaders are not formed through screen time with the wisdom of this world. They are birthed through our prayers, righteous instruction, devotion, and quality time.

Press on in Honesty and Holiness

Let’s make it a practice to come to the Father in honesty and humility acknowledging that apart from him we can do nothing.Last night my three-year-old threw spaghetti across the room and when asked if he threw his dinner — he lied. He looked in my face and said, “no.”

Of course I saw his sauce slinging action and the messy red noodle sprawled out across the ottoman. But, somehow in his mind he thought he could get away with it.

Obviously we took the time to explain to him the difference between lying and telling the truth. Even though it is exhausting a lot of the times, it is so important for parents to take the time and explain these truths to their children.

This spaghetti incident made me ponder the question — how often do we present falsehoods to our Heavenly Father, hoping to get away with it?

We know full well — that our Maker sees us; yet we choose to cling on to that sin nature. We hide like Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden after they sinned – our postures noting “nothing to see here.” However, God knows – he sees our hearts and it grieves him when we decide to blanket ourselves in dishonesty.

No one is perfect. I mess up time and time again; and it’s beautiful that our Maker still loves us despite our failures. He loved us enough to die on the cross for us and the sin we carry. He loves us as we are; however, he calls us to live holy and pleasing lives.

Let’s make it a practice to come to the Father in honesty and humility acknowledging that apart from him we can do nothing. May we digest the truth – the only good in me is Jesus!

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  – Galatians 2:20

Our Heavenly Father loves us with an everlasting love. He will always embrace us and petition us to press on in his honesty and holiness.

Hallelujah in the Waiting

We will walk forward in faith fully trusting your divine direction. You lead your people into abundance.You are the God that moves mountains. You are the King that reigns in gentleness but also authority. We look to you when times appear bleak. We look to you when we feel like we are waiting for answers.

We avert our gaze from the things of this world and focus on the glory that shines from your face. Looking at you sets our minds at ease. You are our banner that flows forcibly in the wind. When we want to surrender, your strength sustains us.

Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God! – Psalm 68:35

Move in mighty ways, Dear Lord. May we see your hands extended in these days – showering your children with love, blessings, and power.

We will walk forward in faith fully trusting in your divine direction. You lead your people into abundance. May we sing to you and lift our voices loud with utmost affection. You are the God who still moves and preforms miracles.

We see you in the clouds, God. We wait for your direction and shout “hallelujah” in the waiting – for you are always good.

You are Invited: Free Motherhood Webinar|Learning How to Pray for our Children (Tues, May 19th)

FB Promo_KimberlyYou are invited to a FREE motherhood webinar on Tuesday, May 19th at 2PM EST!

I will be talking to Chimene Shipley Dupler — the Founder and CEO of Passion4Moms, a ministry that equips mothers to impact the next generation of World Changers with grit and grace.

We will discuss the importance of praying for our children, and talk about my new book “Crowned in Promise: 100 Prayers for Your Children.” 

Topic: Motherhood – “Learning How to Pray for our Children”

Description: Moms – You are Leaders. You are World Changers. You are the impact of the future!

You must register for the event via the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/3015892174823/WN_qTqW-QisQ8KZt2uTxs7_sQ?fbclid=IwAR2_1vQiPLor2GgOo43KZkiFiYY4QkiUkVezxRBJYmRXsz9JBDyJDCKlrE4

Please join us!

Awaiting Big Things with Expectation

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.You are the God who does big things! Often, it’s difficult for my feeble mind to grasp the greatness of what you have promised in your Word. However, your Word tells us that you reward those who earnestly seek you (Hebrews 11:6).

So we seek you, Father.

We look up to the heavens and cry out, “Heal our land.” We gaze into the vastness of the oceans you formed and petition you to move and work within our lives. We fall face down and cry out to you.

We thank you endlessly for you pledge – that you are the one who began the good work within us and you will be faithful to complete this perfect work (Philippians 1:6).

Carry out your work within our lives!

You move like a great and mighty lion. You are majestic! May our hearts tremble when you step forward and fight on our behalf. You are the fearless King who charges into the bloody battlefield for his people. Hallelujah!

Please move, God, in great and mighty ways. Show us your gory. Display that beautiful glory to the generations behind and before us.

We will sing of this unfathomable glory forevermore.

May we never lose sight that you are the great Miracle Worker and nothing is impossible for you. May we see the wonders of your hands come to fruition before our very own eyes — for such a time as this! May we proclaim your healing power from the mountain tops of joy and from our valleys of despair.

You are Way maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper,

Light in the darkness, My God, that is who You are.

– Way Maker lyrics ©

We wait for your big things with glorious expectation and anticipation. We trust that you are going to bring them to pass. We open our hands and beseech you to pour your spirit out into our hearts.

Fill us with your translucent light.

May we walk with purpose and trust that you will hold fast and true to your powerful, living words. They are active! Praise be to God.

You are moving.

Embrace Grace Mother’s Day Giveaway + “Crowned in Promise: 100 Prayers for Your Children” Included!

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Embrace Grace, Inc. is doing a “Mother’s Day Giveaway” on their Instagram account and “Crowned in Promise: 100 Prayers for Your Children” is one of the great items listed! 👑

Here is the link to their Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_7s3PalznC/ 

*On Instagram:

Tag a MOM that inspires you below and get entered to win a sweet Mother’s Day present for you or to gift to your mama friend!⁠
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*Giveaway is from May 8th, 2020-May 11th, 2020 closing at 12 am. CST*⁠
*One winner will be tagged in Embrace Grace IG stories May 12th!*

CBN’s “The Prayer Link” features “Crowned in Promise” Book

This morning the Christian Broadcasting Network program, “The Prayer Link” featured “Crowned in Promise: 100 Prayers for Your Children.” We discussed the inspiration behind the book and the desperate need for parents to crown their children (young and old) in prayer daily!

They also featured a cute photo of my kiddos!

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For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  – Isaiah 55:10-12 (KJV)

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Available on Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, etc

Order “Crowned in Promise: 100 Prayers for Your Children” on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Books a Million, etc. TODAY!

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My first book, “Crowned in Promise: 100 Prayers for Your Children” was released this week! It has been truly encouraging getting photos from those who have purchased the book. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting this ‘passion project.’ How awesome that so many parents have these prayers right now in their hands to claim over their little ones! Glory to God!

“Crowned in Promise” is a prayer resource book for parents – each page contains a themed prayer with applicable Scripture verses interwoven into each unique supplication. David Limbaugh, Cal Thomas, Rebecca St. James and Esther Fleece Allen have written endorsements for the book.

“I’m so grateful to have a resource like Crowned in Promise to guide my prayers for my children. This book is a gift to parents everywhere who desperately want to approach God’s throne of grace on behalf of our children. It is an honor to pray for our children! And if we don’t pray for them, who will?”  — Esther Fleece Allen, bestselling author of “No More Faking Fine” and “Your New Name”

“Most Christians find it difficult to offer original prayers. Even the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. In Crowned in Promise, Kimberly Willingham Hubbard shows how to pray some of the most important prayers of all—for our children. It is a fresh and needed resource or all parents.” — Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist

“As a mother of two dear little girls, I know life as a parent is BUSY. In the hectic rush of keeping our kids fed, clothed, and well-loved, we must prioritize covering our children in prayer. Wonderful tools like this prayer book, Crowned in Promise, help us profoundly in this great endeavor!”  — Rebecca St. James, Christian artist and author

“I’m honored to recommend Crowned in Promise by Kimberly Willingham Hubbard. This will be one of the most valuable resources you’ll find as you endeavor to raise your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. There is nothing more powerful or effective in loving your kids to maturity than God’s Word and prayer. Reading and praying these one hundred promises from God over your children—and continuing to do so once they are adults—will enrich your family life and draw you all to intimacy with the Father. Perhaps even more important, it will raise them up in the imperative practice of habitual and ceaseless prayer.” — David Limbaugh, lawyer, nationally syndicated columnist, and New York Times bestselling author of “Jesus is Risen”

The book has also received glowing reviews on Twitter from Dan Bongino, Shannon Bream, Todd Starnes, David Limbaugh – and more!

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If you have children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc. this book is for you.

If you feel led, I would appreciate any positive reviews on Amazon, kind words on social media and/or sharing this book with anyone you think would enjoy it!

Thank you!

Do Not Lose Heart – The God Who Made The World Sees You

Dear One,

Remember as Children of the Light we are not to live in fear “for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV). It’s easy to fret when we see stories on the news regarding pandemic and plague. We see footage of panic and apprehension. The mention of disease can cripple one’s faith and allow doubt to grab hold of one’s heart. The unknown is scary. It can shake our cores. It will rattle our understanding.

But do not lose heart – the God who made this world sees you. He knows your struggle. He can read your forlorn soul, and he hears your prayers. Now is not the time to sit back and wallow in fear. It is the time for God’s faithful to fall on our knees in prayer. As William Cowper so eloquently wrote,

“When we don’t pray, we quit the fight. Prayer keeps the Christian’s armor bright. And Satan trembles when he sees. The weakest saint upon his knees.”

We may feel uneasy about what is happening around the world, and it’s prudent to take precaution to protect your family and your loved ones. However, we mustn’t shrink back in fear. The God who made the flowers, seas and stars has us in the palms of his Mighty Hands.

The God who closed the lions’ mouths when Daniel was thrown into that dark, dangerous den – is standing right beside us. The God who danced with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the furnace is holding us up with his mighty right hand. The God who led the Israelites out of the dusty desert is guiding us to safety.

May we beseech the Lord on our knees not out of fear; but, with blessed assurance knowing that he is the one “who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). He is the one who can heal our land and work magnificent wonders with his great power.

Let us collectively cry out,

“Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure (Psalm 147: 4,5). His power is limitless and his mercy infinite.

May we take time today to drown out the noise on the news, because it will terrify. We must focus our thoughts on God’s rich promises and fall our knees before he who sits on the eternal throne. He is the one who breathes life into bones to create a vast army.

Let’s remember this world is not our home. We are just visitors. We are here to spread the light and love of the one who made us. As Jesus said,

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”