Dear Fantastic Parents,
Sunday is our last children's church before Christmas. We will have families worshiping together on December 22.
This is such a wonderful time of year for me, but there are many stressors and concerns as well. Why can't there be world-wide peace so we can all just enjoy family? Why do we torture ourselves with so many things we HAVE to do or get done before the holiday? But it's just like God to use all these things to give us our wonderful memories of times with family, of times He came through to help us with things we could not handle or do on our own.
That's why He sent Jesus...we couldn't save ourselves.
Our lesson comes from the Christmas story we know best, Luke 2:1-20. As you read this with your family, look for things you haven't noticed before. It seems God is always showing me something different. Of course when you get my age it's easy to forget so something that strikes you as new this year could be the same thing that seemed new last year.
Our Bible point this week is 'Jesus was born to be our Savior.'
May God bless you all in an amazing way this week!
As we approach the holiday season, I am always reminded and amazed at how consumer driven our culture is. Before Halloween is even done the big box stores are putting out Christmas stuff. Thanksgiving seems to be an afterthought. I tell people that it is hard to celebrate being thankful and then convince people to go out that night or very early the next morning to buy all this stuff that we think we need because it is a good deal. (my own personal view of why the box stores do not celebrate thanksgiving). I am not trying to discourage anyone from black Friday shopping! I find myself looking through the adds at stuff that I think I need or would like and it distracts me from truly being thankful. We just need to remember that being thankful is not just one day a year for Christians. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says this, “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray constantly, 18 give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I find that it is hard to teach my children in this consumer driven culture to do as this passage commands. To give thanks in all things, the good, the bad, the pain, the sorrow, the trials, as well as the joys, and the blessings. This is what sets us apart as followers of Christ. What is the good and bad in your life that you are thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving,
All your children did very well Sunday. I'm hoping they showed you the
bookmark they brought home. They can use the side with the artwork to
tell you the story of the fiery furnace. You should encourage them to do
that and see how well they do. The other side has three commitments on
it. I don't know how the other teachers did this in their class...I had
the youngest children. I gave each one an opportunity to make a
commitment. I read each choice to them and asked which they would like
to do. They all chose at least 1. Please find out which they did and
encourage them to try to keep their commitment. If the bookmark has been
misplaced, here are the choices:
1. Practice memorizing this lesson's verse: Do not be afraid, for I am
with you. (Isaiah 43:5a). We will be using this same verse next Sunday.
2. Practice Stop and Think prayer three times this week. Close your
eyes, breathe. Stop and think about what you want to talk to God about.
Then talk to God about what is on your mind.
3. Answer the question: What are some ways that I can remind others that
God is with them? Write out two ways you could do this throughout the week.
Thank you so much!
How many of you have heard or taken the class the 5 love languages? I have gone through it several times. I have to admit that words of affirmation are at the bottom of my list. This is not something I am proud of and it has been a constant struggle. I keep being reminded that our children need affirmation. Specifically, they need to know that we love them and are proud of them. “There is the story that the husband said to his wife; “I told you when I married you that I loved you, and I told you that if it ever changed I would let you know.” This does not make our spouse or our children feel loved and valued. I am challenging myself to at least once a day look into each child’s eyes and tell them that I love them and am proud of them. No matter how they act, what they say, or do, that we love them and are proud of them. God’s love and pride in us is not based on what we do or do not do. It is based upon His eternal character.
Jeremiah 31:3 “The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.” –This was directly to Israel, but I believe that it applies to us as well. God loves us with an everlasting love!
Remember to Shine His Love!
P.S. –Tell them why you are proud of them list their strengths and qualities that make them special and unique!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Messiah,
I hope that your week has been going well. I wanted to thank you again for making last Sunday’s worship service special. Our prayer was that you would be able to see an aspect of worshipping God that we as Western Christians rarely see. We remembered God’s faithfulness to us, His sustenance, and providence. This week builds on the idea of God’s Word being a part of our lives. It is called Simchat Torah and means Rejoicing with the Torah. It is a joyful feast and for centuries it was a time of thanking God for His Word and reminding each other how precious it truly is. My hope is that this Sunday we will come away with an even better appreciation and love for God’s Word and the Word that became flesh.
See you soon.
Hi wonderful parents!
God never ceases to amaze me! And the crazy thing is that over the last couple of decades I have taught these lessons over and over. I could easily look at the lesson 3 years ago and copy it, but God teaches me something fresh every year (or lets me forget what He taught me earlier so I can be amazed again 😊.
Last week we learned about the wisdom God gave Solomon. This week we are finding out that Solomon did not always use that wisdom. In fact, in the first 2 verses we learn that Solomon had many wives (1000 if you include the concubines... all mentioned in verse 3). And what's worse, they were from nations God told the Israelites not to mingle with because they would do exactly what they did to Solomon... turn him away from the Lord toward idols.
God tells Solomon He is going to rip the kingdom away from him... but keep reading... in spite of the horrible things Solomon has done... for the sake of David He will leave a portion of the kingdom in the hands of a descendant.
I can not read this and not think of what God has done for me, for the sake of His Son, Jesus. He has forgiven every sin I will have committed until the day I am home with Him.
All I can say is WOW!
Please read these verses with your family and discuss them with your children. I am available by text, email, or phone call to help with any questions you have.
We take turns writing when God gives us an idea. The author will be noted.