Friday, April 27, 2012
One of my favorite Bible verses is Colossians 3:12 which states, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
The phrase “clothe yourselves” stands out to me as a vivid image of how God wants us to dress—and live. Once in a while, when I remember, I try to imagine the different parts of my outfit as the qualities God wants me to clothe myself with. When I put on my shoes, I think of humility. When I put on pants, I think of patience.
What might happen if we all began thinking this way? What if kindness, compassion and gentleness were as important to us as our tops, jewelry and dresses? What if we put more thought into the way we treated others than the way we look toward others?
As you work on this, encourage your children to do the same. When you pick out clothes for the next day, have fun naming the items “compassion,” kindness,” and “patience.” Ask your kids if they put on their clothes and God’s clothes for the day. Remind them they might need to add a layer of humility or gentleness once in a while.
Use your imagination with this verse. Apply it to your daily living. And have fun!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
I had the joy of visiting my brother in New York City this past weekend. I was reminded once again of the importance of taking care of ourselves as people and as parents so we can then take good care of others.
Of course, the directions on the airplane to “take care of your our oxygen mask before helping your child” is a familiar phrase to those who travel. Though it may seem selfish, in fact, is quite the opposite. We can care most effectively for others when we have been taken care of and others will benefit immensely when we treat ourselves as the valuable, precious creations God designed.
How, in a crazy, busy life do we do that? Here are some ideas—incorporate those that are meaningful to you. Doing something for yourself is better than doing nothing—so start with one and see how life goes.
Exercise, Read, Pray, Laugh, Spend time with friends
Enjoy family, Create, Be in nature, Worship, Play with pets
Paint, Solve puzzles, Drink water, Eat fruits and veggies
Sleep, Dance, Play a sport ,Take a class, Do nothing
These are only a few ways you can take care of you. Discover and add your own! Remember you are a child of God and deserve to be cared for, too! Your children will be blessed as you do.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
We have heard it a million times--family meals are very important gathering times, not only for the (hopefully) decent nutrition the meal provides, but also for the fun and faith-filled conversations that can occur around the table.
Now, as a working mom with three very active kids, having dinner at the table together sounds a whole lot more fun than being the one to make sure we actually have something to eat once we get there! But when I expand my view to sharing family together time before and after the meal also, then many times, I really do enjoy it!
Consider inviting your kids into the kitchen as you prepare. Maybe you could have veggie soup and everyone adds his or her favorite veggie to the pot! English muffin or bagel pizzas are always fun with each person adding his or her favorite toppings. How about layered taco dip or tacos and asking each person to prepare one ingredient? Enjoy a baked potato bar with individuals preparing various items for the top.
Your conversation will begin before the dinner table and you will have some helping hands, too! Remember after dinner, ask each person to put away one or two items. Even a three year old can take his/her plate to the sink or place the bread back in the drawer! Let’s truly make dinner a family event and enjoy it together from beginning to end!
Friday, April 6, 2012
This month, I have the privilege of facilitating a few Building Better Mom’s gatherings around the topic of “Raising Faith-Filled Kids.” One morning this past week, we discussed ways to celebrate holidays, including Easter. Below, you will find some of those ideas! As you read through these, I hope you find one or two you can use to help your family celebrate Easter!
*Enjoy a family nature walk and thank God for all the signs of new life!
*Dye Easter eggs. Talk about how Jesus changes us, just like we are changing the eggs.
*Bake and decorate cut-out cookies in the shape of a cross. Share some with friends.
*Hide an empty Easter egg. When someone finds it, discuss why that is important on Easter!
*Make Resurrection Rolls. (The recipe will be in this week’s worship GPS.)
*If your children are young, enjoy a family Easter parade, complete with musical instruments and streamers. Remember to celebrate Jesus!
The possibilities are endless, so choose one of these and/or create your own celebration of Jesus!
We wish you and your family a very Happy Easter!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Wednesday nights during the school year our 5th graders get together for Wild 1's a 5th grade youth group designed just for them. Check out the recap video from the 2011-2012 school year! Thanks to Mary Haines for putting this together!