One of my favourite things is getting inside the mind of a child. Here is a sample from the minds of kids at our church including some of their humourous and serious thoughts. Please click on the pdf file for the show!
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Categories : Chat Show, Children's Ministry
Feel helpless? Going through difficulty? Worried?
Have you ever wished you could fly or breathe under water? Well you can’t. So suck it up! ; ) Is that a reason for you to be depressed or angry? Sometimes we feel like we’re the ones with enough reasons to get down, discouraged or disheartened. Really, it’s ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE. You have arms, legs, hands and feet. Meet the man who has none, but lives with a great attitude (click the link above for video).
We can have hope because this life is NOT all there is. Even if we have NOTHING we can be content. We can endure the greatest pains because we know that through faith in Christ, Heaven is coming. Hold fast to the One who is holding on to you.
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
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Categories : Christian Life
Whining, like nothing else, gets under my skin! My family is learning this well. When the whining wells up, my patience is tested and I am tempted to let my anger control my reaction. What can be done about this? Let’s first think about how God deals with our complaining hearts.
I am often amazed at the level of patience God has with us. Billions of people all around the world are constantly whining and complaining. People question the goodness of God when they see so much suffering around the world. I think those people must not have children of their own! If they did, they would quickly justify their own wrath! God has every right to not let even the most “innocent” to live another second. And we cannot accuse Him of wrongdoing because none of us are innocent. Yet His grace, mercy and patience with us abound as evidenced by the fact that we even live another second. In the midst of suffering we can’t always explain it, but we can still recognize that God is compassionate.
(Aside: part of eliminating whining is gratitude towards God, but that’s for another entry.)
Now I only have TWO children (with one on the way)!!! If you’re a parent, I’m sure you’ve considered exiling your kids or maybe even nuking them! However, God’s patience with us provides great motivation for us to be patient with our children. God is patient with billions and He provides the patience we need for the few we influence and lead.
God is patient, but He also trains us. As parents, we have a responsibility to train our children. When the whining wells up, don’t react…train. When your blood begins to boil, acknowledge it and pray for patience and peace in your heart, then simply and calmly train your children on how to deal with the rotten and festering attitude in their own heart.
How can we do that? I’ve adopted a practice that, when implemented well and appropriately, is very efficient in settling down a child and restoring peace to the family. It’s called Taking a Break. I like the way it is described by The National Center for Biblical Parenting:
When you begin to see a bad attitude or hear that manipulative whining voice, have your child take a Break. With young children, as young as two or three years old, have them sit in a particular place, a chair, a carpet square, the hallway, or a bottom step. For older children, you might send them to the parent’s room or to another quiet place.
We believe that the Break is much more helpful than Time Out. The instructions given are simple and clear. “You need to go take a Break. Come back and see me when you’ve calmed down and are ready to talk about this nicely.”
Two differences are important. The child knows that the objective in taking a Break is a changed heart and also the child helps determine the length of time spent in the break place, coming back only when ready for a debriefing.
These two differences between Time Out and the Break change the posture of the parent. With Time Out, the parent is the policeman, keeping the child in the chair until the sentence for misbehavior has been served. With the Break, the parent is eagerly waiting for the child to return so that they can debrief and move forward.
The Break helps parents address heart issues with children and can become a primary discipline technique. It actually comes from the Bible in the teaching about discipline in God’s family, the Church (Matthew 18, 1 Corinthians 5, and 2 Corinthians 2). The idea is basically this: If you can’t abide by the principles that make this family work, then you can’t enjoy the benefits of family life. The two go hand in hand.
This parenting tip was taken from the book, Home Improvement, The Parenting Book You Can Read to Your Kids, by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.
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