Hi Awesome Parents!
Salt and light, they don't have a lot in common. One thing they do have
in common is this...it is obvious if they are missing. I am a popcorn
fanatic, I love it! I prefer it with some salt (not as much as some
folks though). Boy, I can tell right away if it doesn't have any salt. I
won't eat that. If I go to the movies, I bring my own salt, just in
case. And light? Have you ever been in a cavern when they tuned the
lights out? Wow! That is dark. there are no stars to provide a little
light. It seems your eyes will never adjust to that darkness. Of course
they don't really give your eyes time to adjust before turning the
lights back on.
In our lesson this week the kids will learn that THEY are like salt and
light. Jesus asks His followers to be salt and light so the people who
don't know Him will see something different and attractive in those who
do. Our salty flavor has to be strong enough that folks notice it, but
not so strong that they are repulsed by it. Our light needs to shine
even when things are going poorly because that's when folks will be
looking. Actually, we need to reflect Jesus' light. In John 8:12 and 9:5
Jesus tells us He is the light. There can be no better light than Jesus.
Our lesson comes from Matthew 5: 13-16. Our point is to help them
understand that we help others see Jesus. Please read these verses with
the little ones. If you have time this week let them try something that
is normally salty without salt. Show them what happens when you put a
basket over a light in a dark room. Help them understand how important
they are and what would happen if none of did what we were supposed to
do to attract others to Jesus.
As I write this our internet is down. I'm waiting till ACS opens so I can report my problem. When I called yesterday evening the recording told me to look up their web site to report a problem with my internet connection...DAH! I am hoping to remember to save this in drafts and send it at a later time. Praise God that my connection with Him never breaks and He is never off duty. Oh, my connection may be a bit static-filled because of my sin, but it will never be His fault and He will always hear when I call out to Him.
Our lesson this week focuses on Jesus being our friend. It troubles me to think of Him as my buddy, He is King, He is God, He is my Savior! At the same time I know He would love to walk with me in my neighbor's field. He would love to sit across the table and help me study and prepare for our lesson. I love the verse in the song As The Deer, "You're my Friend and You are my bother even though You are a king."
Our story is about the first men to follow Jesus; Andrew, John (most likely), and Peter. How quick Andrew realized who Jesus was!
Please read John 1:35-42 as a family and begin talking about this. I like verse 36. John (the Baptist) knew his responsibility. He kept pointing people to Jesus, even his own followers, so they would follow Jesus.
I pray you have a wonderful week. It is so good to see single digit temps again.
Don't forget the attached activities!
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!
We take turns writing when God gives us an idea. The author will be noted.