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Jul
21

Everything You Need To Know About Prayer Can Be Learned From A Kid

Kids will say some of the most interesting things.  Sometimes it makes you cringe, sometimes it makes you want to laugh and sometimes you are just left speechless.  But, when it comes to prayer, I am often in awe of what children will say to God.

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I have the awesome privilege of working with children – at home, of course, and at church.  Some of the most amazing experiences I have in these roles come when I pray with children.

Kids may say the darnedest things at the worst possible moments; but, I have also heard them say some of the most

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Jul
6

I Didn’t Know Raising Children Meant Training Parrots

Before I had children, I had grand ideas of what I would teach my children, how they would respond, and the blissful life that we would have together.  However, there are three things that I forgot to take into account.

First, I don’t know everything that my kids need to know and that I need to teach them.  Second, I know (e.g. say and do) way too many things that I don’t want my kids to know (e.g. say and do).  And third, I didn’t know raising children meant training parrots! I didn’t know that they would repeat everything I say and do.

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Raising Parrots

It all starts out simply enough.  In fact, it is usually really cute (is ‘cute’ okay for a guy to say?).  Think about a baby mimicking a smile or a toddler repeating a funny sound, word or phrase. read more

Jun
14

God Is Wild About You – VBS Weekend Celebration

What better way to end an incredible week of Vacation Bible School than to celebrate with the whole church!  Our church took the opportunity this weekend to remember, celebrate and share the experiences of what God has done through VBS.

[This is part of the Why We Cannot Wait For Summer Series. Have you seen the other posts yet?]

Worship - God Is Listening

 

Experience The Event Through Video

Want to experience a little bit of the whole week in under four minutes?  Check out the following video: read more

Jun
12

God Is Wild About You – VBS Day 5

A wild and exciting previous four days brings us to the fifth and final day of Vacation Bible School.  It has been an amazing, incredible, life-changing week – for the kids and for the teens and for the adults!

[This is part of the Why We Cannot Wait For Summer Series.  Have you seen the other posts yet?  Click here to see the list of posts for other days of Vacation Bible School!]

Day 5 Slide

Today is a bittersweet day.  The day represents the culmination of months of effort and anticipation.  It has been a great week and it has been a long week.  It has been an adrenaline rush.  Everyone is tired and yet energized.  There is some relief that we are drawing to a close; but, I would do it all again next week, and the week after, in a heartbeat!

 

Wild Bible Adventure Clues

We like to have fun – even when introducing the Bible Story.  Each day we had a clue that would give us a hint of what the Bible Story would be for the day.  The only problem read more

Jun
10

God Is Wild About You – VBS Day 4

The biggest event of the year, Vacation Bible School, changes lives!  Definitely, it is Day 4 of VBS!

The fourth day of VBS has been completely centered upon the message of Jesus and the relationship he wants to have with each one of us.  Was the day impactful?  Absolutely.

[This is part of the Why We Cannot Wait For Summer Series.  Have you seen the other posts yet?  Click here to see the list of posts for other days of Vacation Bible School!]

Talking To God Changes Things

We have definitely learned that prayer is a powerful tool that God has given us to use.  In fact, we have a phrase that we use often with the kids: Talking To God Changes Things.  This helps us to remember that prayer is simply a conversation with God and that it has the power to change what happens.

Prayer Changes Things

 

Impactful Worship

The worship all week has been incredible and today saw the impact become even greater…children worshipping, not because it is what everyone else is doing, but because they want to connect with the One True God! read more

Jun
9

God Is Wild About You – VBS Day 3

Hundreds of kids everywhere you look.  People dressed up in costumes telling stories from the Bible.  Leaders on stage doing silly things just to get the attention of kids.  And special guests conquering amazing feats.  It can only mean one thing… Day 3 of Vacation Bible School!!

[This is part of the Why We Cannot Wait For Summer Series.  Have you seen the other posts yet?  Click here to see the list of posts for other days of Vacation Bible School!]

Giant Panda Cookies

We had several friends bless us this morning with cookies of all types.  A definite God Sighting for us.  This picture shows a couple of those cookies – although, I think I would call them more of a work of art (not to be left as art…they sure were yummy)!

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Smelly Dark Places

Not necessarily where I would choose to go for fun.  However, it was the ultimate destination read more

Jun
8

God Is Wild About You – VBS Day 2

Day 2 of our wild adventures in Vacation Bible School!!!  I love being a part of a bigger story than my own small story.  This week is definitely shaping up to be a God-sized story and I am excited and honored to be a part of it.

[This is part of the Why We Cannot Wait For Summer Series.  Have you seen the other posts yet?  Click here to see the list of posts for other days of Vacation Bible School!]

As I mentioned yesterday, we love to worship.  We use simple, yet meaningful, intentional and fun motions in our worship.  Here are some of our passionate worship leaders leading the way as we got started this morning.

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Kung Fu Masters

One aspect of this big event, that we always find to be a lot of fun, is the opportunity to read more

Jun
7

God Is Wild About You – VBS Day 1

Today was the first day of the biggest event of the year! At least the biggest event of the year for our Children’s Ministry. Today we began the amazing adventure known as Vacation Bible School!

[This is part of the Why We Cannot Wait For Summer Series.  Have you seen the other posts yet?  Click here to see the list of posts for other days of Vacation Bible School!]

Of course, Vacation Bible School for our church is not your everyday VBS.  And this was definitely a day of leaving the ordinary behind. For starters, check out our tech crew:

PandaTechCrew

As you might have guessed, our theme this year has something to do with pandas.  Specifically, our theme is PandaMania…Where God Is Wild About You!  And, today was an incredible kick-off for a wild week.  Here are a few must-see highlights from the day (more to come over the next few days). read more

Mar
31

Why I Told My Children to Stop Saying “Sorry”

You are too loud. Sorry. You spilled your grape juice on the carpet in the room you were not supposed to have drinks in. Sorry. You hurt your brother when you hit him. Sorry. You took that without permission. Sorry. You broke the window. Sorry. You lied to me. Sorry.

Sorry on Australia Day-sky writingphoto © 2010 butupa | more info (via: Wylio)

The list could go on and on. You probably have similar stories. Your child does something wrong, makes a mistake, either by accident or intention, and then simply says “sorry” to atone for the problem.

That’s the right thing to do, isn’t it?  Yes; but, no. read more

Mar
3

The Power Of A Praying Kid

The Power of a Praying KidWe know that praying is important.  We want our kids to experience life-changing prayer.  But how to we teach our kids to pray – especially when we feel a bit lacking in our own prayer life?

The Power of a Praying Kid by Stormie Omartian is a book written for kids and provides a foundation for helping kids address some tough areas of life.  An introduction, written for parents, sets the stage telling us that a child’s prayers are just as powerful as an adults because it is all God’s power.  Kids just need to know that God is real, will listen, and will answer our prayers.  The author also reminds us of Jesus’ heart for children and states that “you never know when you might need a prayer as powerful, pure, and faith-filled as a child’s.”

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