Spring is Here – Time to Praise the Lord

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The flowers are springing up,
and the time of singing birds has come,
even the cooing of turtledoves.
Song 2:12 

 In Matthew 6:25-34 , Jesus must have been enjoying spring time as He taught His friends about how much God loves them.  He noticed the birds flying around and said,  “Look at the birds! They aren’t worried about having enough to eat because God feeds them.  In the same way, you shouldn’t worry about what you will eat.  God will feed you too!”  Then Jesus picked up some flowers that were blooming and said, “These flowers don’t have to worry about what they will wear because God has beautifully clothed them.  You don’t need to worry about clothes either for God will make sure you have something to wear.”

I hope your main activity with your children during this season can be outside enjoying nature together. Share with them that the Bible says in Psalm 145:10 that all God’s works shall praise Him.

As yall observe the beauty of God’s creation, join with the flowers, trees, and birds in praising God.  Here’s some songs to sing as you do.

This one is an old recording, but you can get the idea, or better yet, you can make up your own:

 Now the Flowers Are Growing

And another about God’s Beautiful World:

http://youtu.be/AbWgeJOMQ4U

Isaiah 55:12 says the mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! So even if we don’t praise the Lord, creation still will.  Here’s a song about this that was recorded for me and my children by a friend, Patti Bennett:

 The Rocks and Hills Will Cry Out

These next two are from children’s musicals when my children were small.  Yeah, I know they are dated, but give them a listen:

http://youtu.be/W8wFjhWztcw

http://youtu.be/HLsh3lwKv5c

Happy Spring!!!

Enjoy Fall With Your Family

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Daniel 2:21
And He changes the times and the seasons;

Celebrate each season, emphasizing God’s hand in it all.  Autumn is such a fun time to enjoy God’s beautiful world with your children.

Go to a pumpkin farm.

Go for a hike in the woods.

Decorate the house with pumpkins, colorful leaves, etc.

Enjoy sitting around a fire outside on these cooler nights and just relaxing as a family.

Go outside and play in the leaves (then work together as a family to rake up the leaves):
—build a leaf fort
—bury each other in leaves
—walk on the dry leaves and hear them crunch
—see who can find the most perfect, colorful leaf. 

As you enjoy God’s handiwork at this time of year, be sure to lead your children to thank Him for His beautiful world.

And don’t forget to sing!!!

Welcoming a New Baby into the Family

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Henry is loving Violet!

This past week our 2 1/2 year old grandson became a big brother!!!  Jon and Mallory have done a good job preparing Henry for his little sister’s arrival during the months of waiting.   Henry absolutely loves ‘his baby’!!!

It is very important to assure the older child that he is just as special as the baby.   A good Bible verse to use is “I will praise God for I am wonderfully made” – Psalm 139:14.  This link has suggested activities to reinforce how wonderfully made he and the baby are.

I know how tiring those first few days are after having had a baby, but please try to be intentional with time together with the older child.

– read books about new babies
– look at pictures of him as a baby
– let him diaper a teddy bear
– give him special jobs to do
– be lavish with praise and hugs

There are a number of books and videos about a new baby.  Here are some suggestions:

The New Baby by Mercer Mayer

The New Baby by Ruth and Harold Shane (an oldie but goodie)

Big Brother Daniel (DVD)

Big Brother Daniel (book)

The New Baby By Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers has an excellent song about when a new baby comes.

Related Posts:
http://www.trainupthechild.org/2010/09/30/when-a-new-baby-comes-to-your-house/
http://www.trainupthechild.org/2010/10/05/a-brother-is-born-to-help-in-time-of-need/
http://www.trainupthechild.org/2010/10/07/more-of-a-brother-is-born-to-help-in-time-of-need/
http://www.trainupthechild.org/2014/01/09/brothers/