As parents, you know how time-consuming and even exhausting
your child’s bedtime can be. If you can offer your child a few minutes of
undivided attention during this time, you may find an incredible opportunity to
connect with your child and with God.
Connect and cuddle:Ask your child about his/her day. Invite
detailed answers by asking open-ended questions such as, “What made you laugh
today” or “Who did you play with at recess today?”If your child is okay with it, lie next to
your child for a minute or two or place your hand on your child’s hand or back.
Listen to music: Softly
playa CD that includes some of your
child’s favorite praise and worship songs or Christian lullabies.
Read together: Choose
a children’s story Bible or devotional book and read it together or look at the
Ask your child if he or she would like to start or end the prayer.Keep it simple.Remember we can talk to God about
anything—even our stuffed animals and our toys!Model praying for your family and others.Also, ask God for forgiveness when you have
done something wrong and thank God for grace. Spend a moment in quiet,
listening for God, too.
Experiment and see what works best for your child.Enjoy bedtime, your child, and God!
This past Sunday our elementary kiddos learned about the story of Jericho ’s walls falling down after the Israelites marched around them for 7 days. Take a look at the “walls of Jericho ” that were built in Bible Theatre!
I babysit a two-year old
little boy each week.Since he was six
months old, I have rocked him to sleep for nap time and sung, “Jesus Loves Me.” He
snuggles his head on my shoulder, puts his arms around my neck and settles in.
A few weeks ago, after lunch,
I said, “Nap time!”He looked at me and
in that precious toddler voice said, “Jesus Loves Me.”He held up his arms, crawled in my lap, and
joined with me as I sang.
That same routine has
continued every week. He holds up his arms, climbs in my lap, puts his head on
my shoulder and sings the song with me.He knows “Jesus Loves Me” in every way.
Now I could remind you to
teach your children the ways and truths of the Christian faith. Or I could just
invite you to hold up your arms, climb into the lap of God, put your head on
His shoulder and let Him remind you how very much He loves you.
About a week ago while in the car, my kids asked me to tell them some jokes. Now, all my life I have been a very bad joke-teller. I can never remember jokes—or if I do, I only remember part of them so they are never funny. My kids know this, and I resisted repeatedly, but they were insistent. So I agreed.
Now the only jokes I could remember were the ones they always tell, and I could only remember two or three of those, but I decided I would give it a shot. I also decided I would say the punch line like it was some huge, big surprise and laugh loudly and obnoxiously at the end of each joke—like each one was the funniest thing anyone had ever heard.
Thinking this would turn them off immediately, I began. But instead of looking at me like I had completely lost my mind, they joined in. They had tears in their eyes they were laughing so hard—and pretty soon, I did, too. We told the same jokes over and over, finishing each one with a huge, annoying laugh. Over and over and over again.
Why am I telling you this? Maybe you need a good laugh. At me. At my family. At yourself. At your family. Better yet, laugh together—laugh with your family—just laugh—over and over and over again!
Christmas is a time for giving, as God gave his son to us. Sometimes we don’t always know how we affect other people when we give, so we would like to share a story of how our kids effected some of our nursing home friends we serve through Silver Links.
This past advent season our kids created Christmas ornaments (see above) during our Birthday Party for Jesus to give to the local nursing home residents. The residents were so excited to get them that a couple of them cried when they read the Christmas story on the ornaments. The joy our KiDS COR kids brought to the residents this Christmas brings to light the spirit of giving. You never know how God will use us even through the simple things.
January 7 & 8 was record breaking weekend in KiDSCOR over 1,500 kiddos came through our doors!! WOW!! The picture below was taken of all the Kindergarten crafts at one of the services. That's a lot of crafts!