Friday, May 22, 2020

Equip Children to Know Their Real "Super Power"

When the grandparents in your ministry look back at raising their children, they likely have things they wish they knew to do differently. I do. The biggest is I wish I knew how to talk with God then, so I would have been able to help them learn how to talk with God. I know now how much it matters to help the children we love learn to be people who talk with God on their own, people who watch for how God answers and people who remember what He does in their lives. These are some of the most important and essential things for the ones we love to grow to love, know and walk with God.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

God's Grace Requires Us to Show Grace

I read something from UpWords with Max Lucado. He said, "So, how often do you sin, hmm… in an hour?  For the sake of discussion, let’s say ten times an hour.  Ten sins an hour, times sixteen waking hours, times 365 days a year, times the average life span of 74 years.  I’m rounding the total off to 4,300,000 sins per person!  How do you plan to pay God for your 4.3 million sin increments?  You’re swimming in an ocean of debt. But God pardons the zillion sins of selfish humanity.  He forgives sixty million sin-filled days.  He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where He always wanted us to be.  And He did it by the grace of Jesus Christ."

If we are Christians, then we have been the recipients of God's incredible grace, pardon and forgiveness. Do we freely offer this grace, pardon and forgiveness we have received to those who hurt, offend, upset or wound us? Are our lives marked by grace - not only receiving it, but in generously giving it to others? Consider the following -

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Take the First Step to Leave a Legacy of Faith

Prayer is absolutely the first step we are able to take when it comes to leaving a legacy of faith for the children and grandchildren given to the families in your church by God. Consider sharing this post with them to help them learn how to hand down the faith. It is an important and essential thing they are able to do as grandmas (and grandpas/parents, too) to make a real, significant and important difference in the lives of the children they love . . . they are able to - and must - pray for and with them.

Take the Blinders Off!

Okay - today I'm writing about something I care so very much about . . . Children's Ministry. Some of you who read this need to know, what I'm writing doesn't really apply to your Children's Ninistry . . . but before you read a bit further and decide your ministry isn't the ministry about which I'm talking, read the whole post and ask God to remove your "blinders" and help you honestly evaluate to see if there might be at least some of what I say which applies to your ministry.

I don't have horses . . . the one time I rode a horse the entire camp laughed about it all summer long (I was a counselor and they thought it would be nice for the counselors to have an opportunity to ride the horses . . . I just couldn't get my horse to go straight and we kept getting "stuck" in the bushes - it was an experience!) However, even though my personal horse experience is limited - and not highly successful - I do know about "blinders". They are put on some horses to help keep them from being distracted by the things around them. Blinders may be good, but I think in Children's Ministry they also keep us from being effective.

Far too often we don't know what we don't know. We think we know what we are doing and we move forward, but when we look back for results - children and families with changed lives - we see our youth ministries still ended up being a "salvage ministry" because we really missed the mark in our Children's Ministry. So, what are we able to do to keep from "missing the mark"? Consider the following -

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Hand Down the Faith with a Mystery Bag Project - God Knows What the Future Holds

I posted this today on my other blog - Grandmas with Heart, but thought with the children from your churches home from school, you might like to share it with their parents and grandparents. 

We, and the children we love, are living in what is most certainly able to be considered an uncertain time. But, while we do not know what all to expect from day to day, we do know God has good things in store for us and we are able to pray the ones we love will be able to see those, "good things". 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

You have much to offer the ones you love - grandmas and moms matter and what you do matters as well. So, for all the big and all the small ways you show love - thank you!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

Thursday, May 7, 2020

National Day of Prayer - Pray & Help Them Learn to Pray

Today is the National Day of Prayer, so as you pray for the ones you love, our churches, our country and the world, look at just some of what God has to say about prayer . . . 

Monday, May 4, 2020

BOLT At Home VBS Curriculum for Home & Church

BOLT Web banner.jpgI was recently invited to take a look at a new resource to help families and churches with a VBS which is able to be an at-home, virtual VBS. BOLT is the resource and it is available to families to use at home with the children they love and to churches to use with the families in their community.

You will find information about this new VBS at the following link. I was sent the Day Two lesson, so I would be able to take a closer look. I like the following . . . 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Equip Parents & Grandparents to Hand Down the Faith

One thing this Covid-19 Pandemic has shown us with the stay at home orders is parents/ grandparents are the people who have to teach the children they love. This has become the case for school and is the case - has always been the case - when it comes to handing down the faith. It is not the job of the church to be the people who hand down the faith - it is the God-given job of parents and grandparents. It is God's best plan for parents and grandparents to hand down the faith to the children and grandchildren with whom He blesses them. It is the job of the church to equip, encourage and enable parents and grandparents, so they hand down the faith in their homes. We clearly see this now as children are not able to go to church, but while it absolutely has to happen now, it needs to be one of the things which continues far past Covid-19.

So, take the time now to establish a plan where you are equipping and encouraging parents and grandparents to hand down the faith at home - while they are not able to go to church, and then continue it after they are able to return. It is not difficult to provide resources for parents and grandparents to use at home - consider the following . . . 

Monday, April 27, 2020

They Are The Teachers - Chosen By God

Teaching children has become a much more visible "job" for parents - and some grandparents - with the closing of schools due to Covid-19. While teaching children their ABC's is now something which is happening in their homes, teaching them to know the Lord is something which needs to be part of their home life at all times - with their parents and grandparents as their teachers. This is God's best plan for the handing down of the faith from one generation to the next - for grandparents and parents to teach the children they love about the One who loves them the most and how they are able to know, walk and talk with Him. (Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children is an excellent resource to help them teach children ages four - fourteen to talk with God.)