Celebrate Veterans!

My Three Favorite Veterans

Psalm 106:3     Blessed are those who keep justice,

2 Tim. 2:3     You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Don’t just have a day off without telling your children why.  Teach them about Veteran’s Day.

Are you confused by Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day?  Memorial Day honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to ALL American veterans, but especially honoring living veterans who have served their country.

You can keep the days straight by the fact that Memorial Day is in May and it has to do with the memory of those who died.

Veterans Day was originally Armistice day which was the day during World War I that an agreement to stop fighting was signed – at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 the guns fell silent.

– Lead your children to honor all our Veterans today and to pray for God to bless them and their families for their sacrifices.
– Set an example to your children of always going up to those you see in uniform and thanking them for their service.

Here’s a  site to help you celebrate Veteran’s Day with your children.

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Halloween – Enjoy the Fun; Talk about the Fear

 

I was busy making ghost costumes for my 3 young boys when Betty Rich called and asked what I was doing. I was embarrassed to tell her. She was such a Godly lady, I thought she would surely be disappointed in me for allowing my children to participate in the holiday. However, I still marvel at her wisdom in the comment she made that day, “Sheilah, don’t make your children so different from the world that the world doesn’t want what you have.” I have heeded that advice through the years and applied it in numerous situations. With that in mind, we enjoy the innocent fun at Halloween.

But some things that go on at this time go beyond fun and can cause fear in children. Thus, this is a great opportunity to use the fear to teach scriptures about the power of Jesus. You could start by saying that there are bad spirits in the world, but we don’t have to be afraid of them if we believe in Jesus because of 1 John 4:4 “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won your fight with these false prophets, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.“

Emphasize this is why it is important to stay close to God because He is greater than the bad spirits. In fact, they are afraid of Him and the Bible says that at the name of Jesus they have to run away (Philip. 2:10 “so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,”) He said we can use His name to tell the bad spirits to go away (Mark 3:15 “and he gave them authority to cast out demons.”) Talk to them about the power of using the name ‘Lord Jesus Christ’.

God has given us good spirits called angels to watch over us (Psalm 91:11-12 “For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.”) All of Psalm 91 is about God’s protection – good psalm for us parents to memorize.

Choose at least one scripture to memorize with your children that they can quote when they feel fearful. Two that I always use with children are:
Joshua 1:9 “I command you—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 56:3 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in God.”

Tell them the story of when Jesus used scripture to battle the devil (Luke 4) Emphasize that there is power in the Word (Isaiah 55:11 “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”)

Tell them that God doesn’t want us to be afraid (2 Tim. 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”)

A good book to teach children to use this holiday to celebrate God’s victory over evil spirits is Halloween: Is It for Real? by Harold Myra

Please check out Ministry to Children for great insights and ideas to help use Halloween to emphasize trusting Jesus.

Book Recommendations

It is so encouraging to know there are fiction books for young girls and boys that also teach Christian principles. These two books from B & H Kids Publishers are perfect for ages 8 to 12.

For Girls:

For Boys:

I have a copy of each of these two books that I would like to give away to the first two people that comment on this post.

 

And For Moms – This book is by Tsh Oxenreider, a mother of 3 who has managed to live intentionally and simply as her family travels internationally. Her experiences will inspire you to ‘suck all the marrow out of life’ with your children!

Read my review of each of these books on Amazon.

Leading Your Little One to Have a Giving Heart

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Happy is the generous man.
 Proverbs 22:1 

(With Christmas fast approaching, now is a good time to emphasize the character quality of generosity to get your children thinking about what they would like to give, not just receive.  This lesson is designed to spend a week memorizing the verse and reinforcing it through enthusiastically telling in your own words 5 Bible stories and doing the activities to reinforce the lesson)

Bible Stories:

Acts 5:1-10  Ananias and Sapphira had plenty of money.  They were not generous with it though.  They did not want to give it to help the church.  They even lied about how much money they had.  They should have been generous and willing to give; then they would have been happy.  But God had to punish them for telling a lie and not being generous.

Luke 12:16-21 There was a man who had a lot of money and things.  He had a garden that produced a lot of fruit and vegetables.  But instead of being generous and sharing some with others, he kept them all for himself.  This displeased God so God took the man away so he couldn’t enjoy all his things.  If the man had been generous he would have been happy.  Happy is the generous man, the one who feeds the poor.

Ruth 2:1-13  Ruth and Naomi were poor.  They had no money or food.  But there was a generous man named Boaz who was kind and wanted to share his food with them.  He let Ruth pick from his garden and he gave her water to drink when she was thirsty.  Ruth was very grateful that Boaz was so generous.  Ruth and Boaz later married and had a son.  Boaz was a generous, happy man.

John 6:1-13 Jesus went on a mountain and many people followed him.  The people got hungry and Jesus felt sorry for them.  There was not enough food for everyone and nowhere to get anymore.  There was a little boy there though who had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.  He brought them to Jesus to share with everyone.  Jesus took the bread and fish and gave thanks to God for it.  There was enough to feed all the people and then there were 12 basketfuls of leftovers.  The little boy was happy he had been generous and shared his food.  There was food leftover for him to take home because he shared all he had.

Mark 12:41-44  Jesus was in church one day watching all the people give their money.  Many people came and put in lots of money.  There was one lady who only had 2 pieces of money.  Do you think she gave both pieces of money since  that was all the money she had? She did!  That was all the money she had but she wanted to give it away to help others.  Jesus said that she had given more than all the others who gave because the others had money left when they gave, but this lady didn’t have anything left.  She gave all she had.  She was happy because she was generous.

Prayer: Help us to have a generous spirit

Activities:

  • Make a happy face and put the Bible verse on it.
  • Make a puzzle out of a picture of someone sharing
  • Pray all week with him about who your family should give a special gift to.
  • Let him help make a jar to put on table to collect money for the person God leads yall to give to
  • Pretend the stuffed animals are all poor.  Let child use play money to give to each one
  • Give child a bag of candy and encourage him to enjoy giving to others
  • Make a list of who they will give to at Christmas and think of things they would like to give each one on the list. It’s not too early for yall to start shopping for those on your list!

Songs:  (Just put the Bible verse to the tune of  “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

Happy is the generous man, the generous man, the generous man.
Happy is the generous man.
The one who loves to give.

Here are some other verses on giving to share during the week:

Acts 20:35  It is better to give than receive. (can be put to “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

Luke 6:38   If you give, you will receive. (can be put to “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

2 Cor. 9:7    God loves a cheerful giver. 

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Great Resource from Creator of Veggie Tales – What’s in the Bible ?

I just found a great resource to teach children the Bible.  It is from the creator of Veggie Tales, Phil Vischer.  This is not just random and familiar Bible stories, but it’s the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation.   There are videos, free downloadable coloring pages and activities, and even a whole curriculum for Sunday School and VBS.

I love the fact that it covers the whole Bible so children can get the complete picture of God’s story!

Please check out What’s in the Bible? for a comprehensive and FUN way to teach your children the Bible and even answer some difficult questions about it! Watch this trailer:

And if you are shopping for curriculum for your church, get special discounts here. Watch this trailer: