Peace is Holding Jesus’ Hand

For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
Isaiah 41:13

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When my third son was 2 years old, he always required my hand to hold on to when we rode in the car and as he went to sleep. He would be peaceful as long as he was holding at least one finger. He trusted me to keep him safe in the car or in the dark.

My son taught me a lesson – I should be so needful of God’s presence in my life as my son was of my presence and touch. I believe God gives us our children to train them in the way they should go, but He also gives us them to train us too. We need to find peace in holding Jesus hand just like our children find peace in holding on to us because they trust us.

Proverbs 3:5 tells us to trust in the Lord and Mark 10:15 says we must trust God as a little child trusts. The word ‘trust’ means ‘careless’. When you hear the word ‘careless’, we normally think about irresponsible behavior. But it also has a positive meaning. It means ‘to care less’.

My husband recently gave an excellent illustration concerning this—

When our kids were little, I would tell them that we were going on vacation. They would get giddy with excitement. Never once did they say, ‘how we going to pay for this?’; ‘where we going to stay?’; ‘is our car road worthy?’; ‘where are we going to eat?’; etc. etc. etc.

You see…our kids were ‘care less’. They didn’t think about any of that because they knew that their daddy was the ‘daddy of the details’. Oh, I was planning all of that. I was busy as a little bee working out all the plans. But not my kids! They were ‘care less’!!

We can live ‘care less’ too. We can’t stop the wars, civil unrest, or the storms, but we have been given the power to have peace within in the midst of this tumultuous world by holding onto Jesus, the Prince of Peace, through it all. But how do we do that? How do we take His peace? Here are some suggestions:

Talk to God about everything. Prayer is a way to stay connected to God. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  1 Peter 5:7 tells us, “ Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Stay in God’s Word. Psalm 119:165 says,There is lasting peace for those who love God’s teachings.” Search the scriptures and claim God’s promises of peace such as:
Psalm 29:11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
Ps 85:8  I will listen to what God the LORD says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants. . .
Psalm 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Listen to peaceful music. 1 Samuel 16:23 tells of how David brought a peaceful spirit to King Saul when he played music for him. Zephaniah 3:17 says God rejoices over us with singing– now that is a peaceful thought!!!! – Just think of God singing over you as you sing over your peaceful, sleeping baby.

Let’s make our children aware, that as they hold on to our hand, we are holding on to Jesus hand and trusting our Heavenly Father, the ‘Daddy of the details’. Then they will grow to trust God as they have trusted us. We can pray with them, read and memorize the Word together, and fill our homes with peaceful music. We and our children together can have God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, and it will keep our hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

 

One of my favorite children’s songs about peace from when my children were young:

 

 

Do your children know why we celebrate Columbus Day?

And then he told them, “Go into all the world
and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. 

Mark 16:15

History:

‘In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue!’  But why did he set sail?

“Christopher Columbus had a belief that God intended him to sail the Atlantic Ocean in order to spread Christianity. He said his prayers several times daily. Columbus wrote what he called a Book of Prophecies, which is a compilation of passages Columbus selected from the Bible which he believed were pertinent to his mission of discovery.  Columbus’s own writings prove that he believed that God revealed His plan for the world in the Bible, the infallible Word of God. Columbus believed that he was obeying the mission God staked out for his life when he set sail west across the Atlantic Ocean.”  Phyllis Schlafly Radio Script, October 14, 2002

Washington Irving writes of Christopher Columbus: “ Whenever he made any great discovery, he celebrated it by solemn thanks to God. The voice of prayer and melody of praise rose from his ships when they first beheld the New World, and his first action on landing was to prostrate himself upon the earth and return thanksgivings.”

Teach your children that each Columbus Day, we celebrate the life of a brave explorer who loved Jesus and obeyed the Bible’s command to spread the gospel.  He landed in the Americas on October 12, 1492. It was first celebrated in 1866.   October 12th was made a federal holiday in 1934.  Since 1970 it has been celebrated yearly on the 2nd Monday of October.

The results of Columbus sailing the ocean blue was the discovery that the Earth was indeed round and also the settlement of new lands.  This resulted in the further spreading of the Good News which led eventually to our hearing the Gospel of Jesus.

Activities:

  • Trace his journey on a globe from Spain to San Salvador Island:

Labor Day

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Let’s always teach our children the reason for the holiday being celebrated – that it is not just a day out of school or a time for a picnic. There is a story behind each one.

Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women (whether they get paid for their work or not). It has been celebrated as a national holiday since 1894. Read the history of this holiday here so you will be equipped to tell your children what the day is about as you go about your celebration.

Use some of these suggestions to emphasize the importance of work to your children:

  1. Read the story of Nehemiah in your Bible or read and listen to it here. Then tell it in your own words or try to find it in a children’s Bible and read it to your children. The walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed and Nehemiah led the people to rebuild them. They had a mind to work. (So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height,for the people had a mind to work. Nehemiah. 4:6)
  2. Build a wall together out of pillows and talk about having a mind to work and working together.
  3. Think of ways your children can ‘work’. Find suggestions here for age appropriate chores.
  4. Memorize as a family Col. 3:23 ‘And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,’ Talk about doing your best at whatever you do and doing it cheerfully.
  5. Thank God for the work that Dad does and the work that Mom does.
  6. Play charades acting out different jobs.
  7. Lead your children (by example) to appreciate those who have a mind to work. Say ‘thank you’ to those yall encounter doing their work – waitress, teacher, trash collector, doctor, policeman, etc. Especially notice those who are doing their work heartily!
  8. Don’t forget to appreciate those who work to support your family.  One stay-at-home mom wrote a poem and made a card with her 4 1/2 month old to show appreciation for her husband diligently working to provide for them. FullSizeRender

 

Celebrating Our Freedom

In the midst of all the fun, fireworks, and food, let’s all take time as families to pray for our country.

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While we may not agree with everything happening in our country right now, we still need to celebrate with our children the fact God has allowed us to live in a free country and that many brave soldiers have fought physical and spiritual battles to ensure we have freedom.

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Remember on Memorial Day

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 Let’s not forget what this long weekend is about.  Many have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.  God made a decree many years ago that we set up memorials to help our children know about the things that happened in the past:

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We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future, your children will ask, “What do these stones mean to you?”  Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s covenant went across.” These stones will stand as a permanent memorial among the people of Israel.”

Memorial Day originally began in 1868 as a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who died in the Civil War. In more recent years our government passed a resolution that Memorial Day be observed on the last Monday of May as an occasion to remember and honor the men and women who died in all wars.

During this Memorial Day weekend be sure to talk to your children about the reason for the holiday.  Here are some suggestions:

As children, our boys loved to pretend to be soldiers, dressing in full camouflage.  When they got older they made this short film to illustrate one of their father’s sermons: