Rivers of Grace
You can be the parent God wants you to be: loving, encouraging, trusting and able to raise up your children in the way they should go, fulfilling their own unique destinies. Parenting was not intended to be a burden, and anyone who tells you differently has bought into a lie. You will learn to enjoy parenting as an exciting, joy-filled, divinely-ordained opportunity, not an wearying responsibility.
Let God's Grace Flow Through You to Your Children!
"God has a vast reservoir of grace that He wants to pour into your life, your home, and your family. And He has provided lots of ways by which that grace can be channeled through you and into the lives of your children. Unfortunately, these rivers of God's grace can become littered with the debris of our own sinful thoughts and actions, as well as the ungodly actions of our ancestors, creating dams that prevent His grace from flowing the way He desires."
In Rivers of Grace you will discover how to release the power and wisdom of God into your children's lives; how to remove generational sins and curses; how to teach them to have a heart after God. You will look at your own relationship to your parents to be sure you are honoring them as you should. You will learn what it means to honor your children, for the Bible says we are to honor ALL people and this includes children. You will learn to watch your mouth, and speak only life over your children. You will not speak negative words which hurt and crush their spirits. You will learn to focus on their God-given strengths, rather than their weaknesses, for it is the strengths which God has placed within them which allow them to ascend to success.
You will learn that your number one ministry during the years you are raising your children is to minister God's life to your children! So you will make them your number one priority without feeling guilty about it! You will learn why it is vital to teach them to hear God's voice for themselves, and how to make wise spiritual decisions by using God's approach to decision making.
Once you read this, I believe you will agree that it should be required reading for all parents, and it will serve as a tool helping them succeed in the most important ministry God has given to them, raising their children up in the Lord! Purchase this and pass it out as birthday and Christmas gifts to all who are raising children. They will love and thank you from the bottom of their hearts!
What Makes Rivers of Grace So Unique?
|Features||How This Helps You|
Emphasizes releasing God's grace into the lives of your children.
Focuses on changing you as a parent and as a person.
Trains you to focus on your children's strengths, rather than their weaknesses.
You see that your children are your number one ministry.
Tools are available to effectively teach
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How to Get the Most Out of This Teaching
The CDs and DVD sessions correspond with the book, Rivers of Grace and LEARN Rivers of Grace notebook. For maximum growth and internalization, we recommend utilizing them all together. One copy of the book per family is fine, and one LEARN notebook for each individual is recommended. The LEARN notebook provides an outline to follow as you listen to the CDs and watch the videos. Also included are application exercises and classroom activities.
Additional Resources Available Which Deepen and Expand This Message!
Rivers of Grace CDs
These are ideal for repetition and review as you drive, work or exercise. Hearing Patti teach this series releases an impartation, revelation and spiritual understanding which, if internalized, will completely transform your life. Patti shares from her own story of raising two children. Every time you review this series the Holy Spirit reveals more to you. Do yourself a favor and listen to them over and over until the revelation is complete. Rushing on to another topic without internalizing this truth does not result in cultivating Christian spirituality.
|Introduction & Godly Heritage||39 min.|
|What Is Your Goal?||66 min.|
|Golden Rule & Respect||31 min.|
|Watch Your Words||15 min.|
|Focus on Strengths||50 min.|
Rivers of Grace DVD
These teaching videos focus on the PowerPoint slides as Mark and Patti teach, giving you the chance to take careful notes and really grasp what is taught. Hearing Patti teach this series releases an impartation, revelation and spiritual understanding which, if internalized, will completely transform your life. Patti shares from her own story of growing in grace by raising two children. Every time you review this series the Holy Spirit reveals more to you. Do yourself a favor and listen to them over and over until the revelation is complete. Rushing on to another topic without internalizing this truth does not result in cultivating Christian spirituality.
LEARN Rivers of Grace notebook
This 20-page Life Enrichment And Review Notebook is designed to go along with the CD/ DVD series and/or PowerPoint presentation. If receiving training in a group, we highly recommend that EVERY member of the group have their own copy. It offers you the following four benefits:
Deepened Learning Through Note-Taking
The opportunity to take notes deepens the learning experience. When you write something with your own hand, it is a much stronger learning experience than simply hearing it. God puts a BIG emphasis on writing as a way of learning. Look at His very first requirement of anyone who became a king in Israel:
“Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel” (Deut. 17:18-20).
Greater Internalization Through Previewing and Reviewing the Key Ideas
The seminar guide/notebook also gives you an opportunity to easily preview and review the teaching. None of us catches everything the first time through and as you review it several times, you will pick up things you did not hear before. More truths will begin to "click" and more lights come on!
This process of repeated review results in greater revelation and greater personal transformation. Jesus urged us to cultivate and give attention to new ideas being sown in our hearts until they bear a crop of 30, 60 or 100 fold (Matt. 13:18-23). So listen, review and focus until God has granted you personal revelation and transformation! Anything short of this causes the seed to be aborted and die. Hearing without doing is a waste, the Bible says (James 2:17).
Application Exercises Allow God to Speak Directly to Your Heart
Application exercises are included in the seminar guide/notebook for class times and for increasing personal revelation at home. Hearing a truth is one thing. Letting God speak to you concerning how to apply it in your life is another. These application exercises will give you the opportunity to seek God and ask Him what He wants to say to you concerning the truth, and how He wants to see it applied in your life. This is exactly what you need to hear and act upon. This is spiritual growth and development. Please review our short article on "How to Cultivate Christian Spirituality."
Interactive Group Activities Cultivate Sharing of Revelations Together
Suggestions for group activities which promote seeking God together and a lively interaction where people are encouraged to share the revelation they are receiving are also included. This helps avoid lecture which can easily become boring. The activities are well designed so people are not just "spouting off" and sharing ignorance but instead are sharing together what God is revealing to them.
4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice - Teen Edition
Turn teens on to hearing God's voice, two-way journaling and receiving divine vision! Keep them from going through teenage rebellion by teaching them how to hear from the Lord personally every single day of their lives. Give them a foundation that will let them accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible!
This book covers not only the four keys to hearing God's voice, but also salvation, the place of the Bible, Spirit-filled living and more. The adult-level 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice message is rewritten with pictures and language which is more appealing to teenagers. Suggested ages: 11 -14. Other book versions of these four keys are available for 4 - 8 year olds and 8 - 11 year olds. Why not train God's children of every age to hear His voice?
Mark Virkler taught his daughter Charity how to recognize God's voice when she was just 8 years of age, and two-way journaling has been an important part of her life ever since. Their son Joshua also learned to hear from God as a child. How rewarding it was to see them alive for Christ, especially through their teen years! And how blessed Mark and Patti are to have both of their children actively involved with them in ministry!
It seems that children can hear God's voice much more easily than adults. Perhaps that is why the Bible tells us we need to become like children if we want to enter the kingdom. This book is ideal for teens to go through with an adult instructor who coaches in each activity and ensures they are truly hearing God's voice and seeing divine visions. It makes an ideal Sunday school quarter, or series of youth group meetings.Jn. 10:27)
Living with Jesus Book 3 – Talking and Listening
This powerful book teaches children ages 4 - 8 the four keys to hearing God's voice and gets them started journaling (drawing pictures if writing is too difficult for them) and seeing vision. It is ideal for parents and children to use together, or for use in a children’s Sunday school class or children’s home group.
Children, Can You Hear Me?
This delightful book illustrates in full-color how God opens the eyes and ears of each child's heart so that they become aware of His constant love and friendship. Speaking in the first person, God assures the reader that He is available to them wherever they go and through every experience. This book brings journaling, seeing with the eyes of your heart, dream interpretation, inner healing, and trusting God in all of life to the youngest child. We cannot recommend it too highly!
Following the children's story, the author has included a chapter for parents, suggesting a variety of spiritual exercises that will nurture child-like faith. Who knows…as you disciple your child in these exercises, you might even find yourself growing stronger in faith!
4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice: Pre-Teen Edition
She teaches at-risk inner city kids how to hear God’s voice and rejoices to see God take head knowledge and turn it into heart revelation through living, two-way relationships with the children. She meets with them at McDonald’s, at picnic tables, her own vehicle and wherever she can.
Gina' ministry was birthed out of the voice and vision of God. You can read her amazing story as well as find many more examples of children’s journaling and pictures here.
Testimonies From Those Who Have Read Rivers of Grace
"I’ve recommended Rivers of Grace to every parent I know, as it is the BEST book on discipling children that I’ve ever read. Thank you!"
"I find such freedom in your book. I wish that I had had more of this type of training when my children were younger. I must tell you that a lot of the child rearing out there, even though it claims to be Spirit-led, is simply sophisticated ways of manipulating behavior. We need more things like what you’ve written here! God bless you."
-- Pam Miller
"After only reading the first two chapters I know my life is being changed. Your book has been the first step God is using. I wanted to let you know right away, that your book is inspiring me. Thank you so much."
-- Jennifer Kamla
"The book was written in such a simple, clear way that any of us could understand the principles and put them into practice.
"Although I am a grandmother and am past raising children I found this book to be an excellent example of a woman who went against the 'normal' stream of society, and did what she felt the Lord wanted her to do for her children. She teaches and encourages through God’s Word and His principles, how to be the Mom (parents) we were called to be. I consider this to be an excellent book for all parents as well as educators."
-- Margaret Fraser
What an awe-inspiring, uplifting and encouraging word of God: Not only the need to raise up children to love, serve and follow God’s leading, but how to accomplish this seemingly impossible task. Has God called you to homeschool your children? Here are words of wisdom, guidance, and understanding to help parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and close friends to understand and support the principles of homeschooling based on God’s word. Read how to(s) for praying and encouraging yourself, your family and your children to live by the Spirit rather than by the law.
This is a book to be read by all Christians who are called to minister and serve in God’s Kingdom, for are we not all children in God’s eyes? Are we not called to be spiritual parents, brothers and sisters? We must all come to God with a child’s faith and grow into His love and grace as a child. What wonderful, easy-to-follow principles that can be applied to our own lives and to all of God’s children, regardless of age or parentage.
-- Alice Mickelson
"It is definitely a book that I would recommend people read, whether single, married, with children or expecting a child. If someone hasn’t heard about the topics discussed in your book, they need to! The book helped to dispel some beliefs I had previously held, and caused me to go to God and ask Him what He thought about those things, which I think the book communicated really well (not a bunch of rules, but relationship!). I thoroughly enjoyed it!"
-- Denise Dunleavey
I have been a public school teacher for many years and have also worked with many church youth programs. In Rivers of Grace, I recognized many principles that will aid in seeing and hearing the voice of God myself and working with youth of all ages to hear God’s voice.
Patti has truly shared God’s word. She shows how each of us is able to move from the rules and law as described in Scripture to God’s grace. It is this grace that really far exceeds the rules and laws we so often rebel against. Patti’s emphasis is on raising children for the Lord and homeschooling. But are we not all children that must learn the same lessons?
I believe that God is busy homeschooling His children every day, teaching and guiding us to listen to His voice and learning to abide in Him. We are all in the process of learning and teaching. May we all continue to have a child-like faith that believes that all is possible, and know that God is indeed the Answer.
I have 5 daughters which vary from ages 15 through 24. There have been many challenges, misguidance, misleading, misunderstanding, generational curses spoken into their lives with negative perspective on my part. With all I was going through with each of my daughters, Rivers of Grace bible study has brought me to a place that I will now raise my children in Grace and not law, law that would condemn them in every step that they would take. Now that grace has been revealed to me, grace now will flow into my daughters and continue into my Generations to come without me stopping up the well of grace from flowing into their lives. To be able to freely and truly forgive my children without feeling to have to make them earn my forgiveness has led me to have such freedom.
To truly grasp that God has entrusted me with all my daughters and to be able to now know and understand how important their conversations, their goals, their decisions are, has changed our relationships as mother and daughters. As I seek God and begin to discover in each of my daughters their gifts and talents and begin to teach them to look to God and how to hear from God has brought a revelation that all these have such value and are important to each of them.
-- Cendy Barajas
A Parent Journals About His Children
Lord, yesterday was a rough day. Two of my children arguing – a lot – knocked the wind out of my sails. It was very discouraging. Thank you for helping me not to blow up like I used to. But I want to do more to encourage them. What do you want to say to me about this?
I am here. I am with you. And you are in me. I brought peace to storms and calmed crying mothers and children when I walked the earth. You can do the same. You were right not to take away phones and iPods. You were right to speak to the good you saw in them. You were right to tell Mary this pain is training to be a world-changer. You were right to encourage Abby for staying above the fray.
When you said to one of them: “You are the common denominator in 5 different conflicts in this home… so look in the mirror” you were not speaking my words. It seemed clever to you at the time, and you felt you scored big points, but I am not about scoring points or winning arguments.
I am about using you to call your children from where they are into all I have created them to be. To all I’ve called them to. You are my main channel of revelation to your children, and if you're telling them they’re troublemakers, which is not my heart for them.
I am calling you and filling you in order to honor them. To celebrate the good without stumbling over the bad, like Bill Johnson says. I am using you to carve the bad away. You are uniquely called and equipped to do this. You can speak life and hope and encouragement to your children, and you have.
Jesus, can you give me any more specifics on how I can help them?
Be filled with joy. Be filled with Me. Carry me into every situation, every expected and unexpected conflict and I will speak and smile and encourage them thru you. That’s how it works! I showed you this years ago (crossing the street in Rocky Mt), and you know it is true.
Your role is to host my presence and ask for the eyes to see them as I see them; the heart to love them as I love them; the words of life to encourage them as if it was me right there. Because it is me, I in you, and you in me, just as I am in the Father and He is in me.
This is the easiest parenting and marriage and relational technique on the market. It requires no books or manuals or role-playing, etc… though much of that is helpful. It does require you to draw near me, and to stay near me.
This was my original intent all along, starting in the Garden. I want to walk with you, and speak with you and love others thru you. I’m not replicating myself in you as the Rule-Giver and Taskmaster, but as a gentle father and redeemer. Redeeming the years the locusts ate and making your family into the joyful, overflowing passionate lovers I designed them to be. It’s happening already. And I’m pleased with you as you continue to facilitate these changes in them. I’m proud of you, son.
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Take It to the Next Level
To ensure that this message transforms your life, we offer you four options. Any of these choices will assist you in internalizing this teaching, helping you to be a doer of the word and not a hearer only (James 1:22) and allowing you to produce a bountiful harvest in your life.
Opportunity 1 – Host a home or church group
This home group in Slovakia shows the excitement of learning to hear God's voice together!
We learn more quickly if we are surrounded by others who are seeking to master the same skill. Pray and ask God who you know who might want to grow in this truth also and open your home to them for 10-12 weekly sessions (or host a small group in your church). We provide several resources to help you present this powerfully and effectively in a group setting, including DVDs and application activities. Experience the joy of cultivating skills together with a group of friends! Discover how to create and post your group…
Opportunity 2 – Hire a Personal Spiritual Trainer to coach you
Coaching or discipling is the method Jesus used to train the twelve disciples.
When you team up with someone ahead of you in an area to mentor you, and you share your questions and steps of growth with them, receiving their counsel in return, you ascend more quickly into mastery in that area. We have trained coaches who have mastered this topic who will commit to working with you for a 90-day period.
- The name of this PST Training Module is: Parenting for Success
- Discover how to hire a PST for $1 a day to coach you in this training experience
- Click here for the steps to sign up for a Personal Spiritual Trainer module
Opportunity 3 – Take this as a college course from home
Earn college credit while being apprenticed to mastery in this area! This topic is available as a course which you can take from your home through the distance learning program offered at Christian Leadership University. You may enroll in this course as a lifelong learner or apply it toward an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Doctoral degree.
- The name of this CLU college course is: COU305 Parenting for Success
- Learn how you can take CLU courses from your home
- Click here for the steps to enroll in the corresponding CLU course
Opportunity 4 – Host a seminar for your community
Transform your church and region by hosting a weekend seminar with an anointed trainer, where an impartation is released by the Holy Spirit into your community. Mark Virkler and others are available to be scheduled.