Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!
I won't have an opportunity to send a reminder this week so I'm going to do it now.
Our chapter this week is about Faithfulness. I'm sure you can think of many examples of faithfulness to help your children understand the meaning. Mom and Dad do so many things faithfully because they love their children...earn wages to pay for food, heat, electricity, on fun things; prepare meals so the children are nourished, keep promises as much as they can and the list goes on and on.
Be sure to read this chapter (#28) with your children. Talk about the stories and have fun!
God bless you!
Greetings Wonderful Parents!
Goodness and Kindness...2 fruits of the Spirit...2 fruits that should be evident in our lives as we live like people truly grateful for what God has done for us. And these are 2 fruit I'm sure your children understand. They know what goodness is and they know what kindness is. Naturally there are times when these fruit don't shine. We need to work harder during those times.
Jesus taught us to be kind and good not only to those who are friends, but to those we don't know well. If we are only good and kind to those who are friends there is a real danger we are doing it for what we can get back...not what we can give. We invite them to dinner and then expect them to invite us. That is something we might need to help the children and young people understand.
Have a most wonderful weekend!
See you in church Sunday,
Thank you for being patient with me! I'm sorry it's Friday already and I'm just now getting this reminder out.
The topic this week is...Patience.
I think this may be another tough topic for the young ones to understand. You KNOW your children aren't always patient. Are we there yet? How many more sleeps until...? And it's usually more than just wanting to know, they want it now. We are the same way. The new iPhone is out, gotta get it. I ordered it yesterday, why isn't it here yet? Oh yeah...you are running late for an appointment and EVERYBODY is in your way.
Our little kids book has two stories. The Old Testament story is about David, already anointed to be the next king, patiently waiting for God's timing and not taking (justified?) action against King Saul who wants him dead. The New Testament story is about the crippled man waiting by the pool at Bethesda for healing, yet unable to get into the water. These are both good examples of being patient. David exercises good patience as he waits on God's timing. We don't have much information on the crippled man's patience. If he was like me, he had good days and bad days.
As you read these stories to your children help them understand what it means to be patient, to wait calmly for something to happen. Share examples of good patience and bad patience that you have noticed in your life and then try to get them to talk about good and bad examples in their life. YOU have the opportunity to make this lesson so real to them.
God wants us to be patient and He sends the Holy Spirit to help us. When we are patient we are living the way God wants us to live. What do you do to restore patience when you are obviously struggling with it? Sarah Young in Jesus Calling frequently tells us to call out to Jesus. Just whisper His name. Jesus... That has a way of helping us get focused on the right things.
God bless you for teaching your young ones to follow Him...Jesus.
Hi Parents of Awesome Kids!
Our lesson this week comes from chapter 23 of our Believe book. The lesson is about Peace.
This peace is similar to the peace you might experience walking through a garden on a beautiful, sunny, summer day (when you were able to turn off all your worries). But it is much more than that. It's a peace you can have in the middle of chaos. It's a peace you can have when everything around you is falling apart. It's a peace you can have when you have cancer or a similar illness. This is the peace that is gifted to believers by the Lord Himself through the Holy Spirit. It's knowing God has your back even during the toughest of times and having Faith that He will take care of you.
Read this chapter with your children and discuss what it means to have peace. Ask them what scares them and remind them that like you, God is there too help them through the times they are scared.
God bless you and you help your children love God more and more...
Sometimes we under estimate what our kids can do. Children are some of the best witnesses God has on earth. They are unafraid to tell a friend about Jesus or about the great time they had in church.
If the shepherds could tell everyone about the baby Jesus, and the Samaritan Woman could tell the village about Jesus, so can kids (and you). They had no training and though they may have been familiar with some of the Old Testament Scriptures, they knew very little about Jesus and nothing about what He would accomplish on the cross. They (we) just need to point the way.
May God bless you as you read and share as a family Believe chapter 20.
Our Believe chapter this week (#19) is about giving our resources to God. A more accurate description would be giving our resources BACK to God. You see, God has given us everything we have. Oh, you might say you worked hard to get something, but remember who gave you a fit body, energy, and the job you have. So what do you have that you can give back? money? a skill? labor?
We've been talking lately about a number of things God would like from us. Remember to focus on FOCUS. Focus on what God wants. Let Him decide how much of your money (or anything else) you should give back. Let Him decide if any percentage should be based on gross pay or net pay. Let Him decide if the majority should go to DBC or a missionary. His Word has plenty of advice about money.
But remember there is one thing God wants more than your money, your time, your talent. HE WANTS YOUR HEART.
Please read this week's lesson and help your little ones with it as well.
God bless you all!
We take turns writing when God gives us an idea. The author will be noted.