Jul 21

Leading Little Ones To Love God’s Word

In a recent series at church, our pastor taught on the greatest gift we can bestow upon our children…”The Blessing.”  He spoke on ways to work through things we may or may have not received from our parents and how to bless our own children.  Simple really, but sometimes the words may not come as easily as they should.  What our children really need to hear is that we LOVE them and that we are PROUD of them.  No. matter. what.  And even more importantly, they need to know the love of the one true God.  They need to know about the relationship our God longs to have with each and every one of us.  God’s Word can be misunderstood as a book of rules, but it’s real message is RELATIONSHIP.

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”Dueteronomy 6:7

 

 Teaching our children should be part of our everyday life, not just during church or family devotions.  While family devotion time is an excellent idea, if we are not living what we are teaching, we will just push our children away from God instead of drawing them nearer.  Teaching them as we walk in the way will keep it fresh and natural instead of forced and uncomfortable.

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I love what our pastor said about this, “You know what’s so special about sitting, walking and lying down?  NOTHING!!” Just being a godly example to our children can have the biggest impact on them!

Incorporate it into your daily life, make it fun, be the example of love and relationship.

This knowledge has caused us to relax more in our family devotion time.  We have mixed it up more, by reading from the Bible one day, a picture book another day or watching JellyTelly Videos, etc.  Just making it fun!!

These are some of our favorite books and resources that we have been using as we “walk by the way.”

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~Blessings, Kelly

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Jun 29

Hialeah VBS Missions Trip

We just wrapped up an exciting and fun week of Vacation Bible School at our Church!  This year’s theme was “Agency D3, ” Discover, Decide, Defend who Jesus really is!  I loved hearing my boys discuss their daily “mission” on the way home from church.  Each day they would have a question about Jesus to research, such as “Is Jesus really God’s Son?” or “Did Jesus really die?”  I love the passion, excitement and joy on all the kids faces.  I worked the registration table and then floated around filling in for helpers…with my littlest munchkin tagging along.  His favorite job was passing out snacks!

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Recently,  we were presented with an opportunity to bring this same VBS experience to a church plant in one of the most unreached population areas in the country.  We have prayerfully decided that it would be a great local missions trip experience for our family.  So, two of my sons and I are looking forward to a trip to Hialeah, Florida in August!  While we are gone, my middle son will be spending the week with his Grandma and Papa being thoroughly spoiled!

Hialeah is a city about 20 minutes outside of Miami.  Three South Florida counties—Miami, Broward and Palm Lake—comprise one of the most challenging missions fields in the United States with an estimated population of 10 million persons—a figure that includes undocumented persons—who represented more than 175 nationalities and speak in dozens of languages.

We’ll have the chance to minister directly to kids – bringing the gospel to them in a fun, interactive way.  And it is an amazing opportunity for training our children in how to serve and gives them experience as missionaries – without leaving their state!

We will be staying in bunk-house style mission housing and working at the church.  It has not yet been decided if VBS will be in the morning or evening, but during non-VBS hours we will help with clean-up, painting and general bettering of the church grounds and other random jobs.

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We would love if you would remember us in prayer while we are on this trip!

Prayer requests:

~ Safety in travels and in our time with the children/families

~Wisdom to teach and encourage the children about God’s love for them

~Unity among our group of volunteer families

~Strength and energy for a busy week

~And most of all that God would be glorified in all that we do!

Make sure to follow us on Facebook so you can see pictures and updates throughout the week!  We are so excited to see all that God has planned and can’t wait to be a part of it all!  We can’t do it without your help, thank you so much!

Blessings! ~Kelly

 

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Feb 20

A Calm Place For Our Kids

Oh, the beauty of a precious pregnant belly!  It is such an exciting time, just imagining and wondering what this tiny little person will be like.  The miracle of how two tiny pieces of two people can become another person, I shall never understand it.  Simply amazing!

A Calm Place For Our Kids

Growing in the cozy warmth of his (or her) mother’s womb, everything that baby needs is provided in that perfect environment.

But after that baby is born and as he grows, there is wealth of overwhelming stimulations daily in his face.  Gone is that quiet cozy environment and it is replaced by what can be a very scary place!

My first child came into this world eager to explore and learn and loved every new thing.  He was so flexible, listened well and we took him everywhere and traveled often.  Parenting was a breeze! When I saw kids in a store or restaurant throwing a tantrum or whining or being disobedient, I (shame on me) thought something was wrong with the parents.  I thought to myself all they have to do is….

I was apparently a very naive parent…I thought I had all the answers.  And so…then I had my SECOND child and my eyes were WIDE opened.  Boy, did I have a lot to apologize for to those parents I had judged!  …….

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Feb 08

Parent/Child Notebooks

When I had one child, It seemed that I had more time to be patient and listen.  It was easier to connect with that child because there was no one else vying for my attention.  Now that I have three children, I find it more difficult to connect with each of them personally throughout the day.  I feel like my oldest child, especially, gets pushed aside while I deal with the busy-ness of my three and five-year old boys who have a passionate love/hate relationship with one another.  The best of friends, the worst of enemies!  I am currently in the referee stage of life with them.  If everyone survives until bed time, then we call that a successful day! :-)

Meanwhile, my nine-year old has dreams, cares and inventions that he wants to share, but I am often unable to give him the full attention he needs.  I always say, “Just a minute”…but a quiet minute hardly ever arrives in our home.  Three boys…need I say more?

Parent/ Child Notebooks

So this month in our MOPS group someone had the great idea to put together parent/child notebooks for each child.  Parent/child notebooks where anything goes and it’s just between that child and the parent.  It is a place to ask questions, share thoughts throughout the day, make up a joke…anything!  And then it gets passed back and forth between child and parent daily.

When I presented this idea to my nine-year old, he was as excited as I was!  What a great way to make a connection and give him the attention he needs.  As my younger boys get older I think I will do the same with them.  These will be such an awesome memory to look back on in years to come, as well.

We are passing our notebooks back and forth by hiding it under each other’s pillows.  It’s a fun thing to find there at the end of the day.  You could also come up with some sort of mailbox or other delivery system, keep it fun!

If you are not sure what to write about, I love these conversation starters!  They cover a wide variety of subjects and I am sure you will both find out new information about one another.

Conversation Starters from imom.com

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

Blessings to you and your family! ~Kelly

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Jan 25

A Beautiful Mess

The theme for MOPS this year is “A Beautiful Mess.”  Sound appropriate?  Any of you dealing with messes in your own life?  If you’re not in one now…well, it’s coming.  As moms it is so difficult not to look at other moms and be tricked into thinking that THEY have the perfect life.  Beautiful home, well-behaved children, strong marriage.  We are so quick to compare our worst to their best.  God doesn’t compare his children to one another…he compares them to HIMSELF, to the example that Jesus set for us.  So by that standard, we are all a pretty serious MESS!

A Beautiful Mess ~Mops.org

One of the most encouraging things for me as a mom is hearing the successes and difficulties of other moms in their parenting journey.  I have been so blessed by hearing the stories of other moms in my MOPS group.  This week was especially exciting for me as our speaker was Susan Merrill the director of IMOM.

A Beautiful Mess, Susan Merril at MOPS

I have been using  IMOM printables for years!  I post them on my fridge, my bathroom mirror, all over the house as they are helpful reminders and encouragement through tough daily parenting moments.  The conversation starters are some of my favorite tools.  Great for those awkward moments when you are at a loss for words and for developing a deeper relationship with your children.

Susan has an incredible story!  Her adoption story, especially, hit me so hard with the realization of how God puts events together in such amazing ways that it clearly could ONLY be His doing!  He’s pretty awesome like that :-)

I picked up Susan’s book, “The Passionate Mom” after she spoke  and I am excited to dive into it!

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I encourage to you check out any of these resources, I know you will be blessed!  ~ Kelly

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