Happy New Year!!!

 

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Rev. 21:5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” 

2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

As always, it is important to explain to your children what we are celebrating:

  • Have each family member draw pictures of things they remember about this last year.  Thank God for those things – the good and the not so good.
  • Emphasize the fact that no matter what happened last year, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to begin new things like being a better listener, being quick to obey, learning something new, making a new friend, exploring a new place, etc.  
  • Make a list together of things you would like to accomplish in 2018.  Make this your family’s prayer list for the year.  
  • Illustrate these and put them in a prayer box to pull out during prayer time.
  • Use the scriptures above to point out that Jesus gives us hope for new things in the new year.
  • Check out the following links for activities to celebrate New Year’s.

Free Coloring Pages:

http://ministry-to-children.com/new-years-coloring-page-let-your-light-shine/

http://www.childrens-ministry-deals.com/collections/free-stuff/products/new-years-coloring-page

Games:

Free download  http://ministry-to-children.com/new-years-eve-party-activities-and-games/

Free download  http://www.childrens-ministry-deals.com/collections/free-stuff/products/10-new-years-minute-to-win-it-games

 

Here’s a poem that has been my heart cry for over 30 years.  It is a good one to memorize and pray intentionally on a regular basis in the new year:

Lord Jesus, make yourself to me

 a living, bright reality

More present to faith’s vision keen

Than any outward object seen

More dear, more intimately nigh

Than even my sweetest earthly tie

by Charlotte Elliott

Happy New Year

. . . “Behold, I make all things new.” . . .
Rev. 21:5

Memorize this verse today and tell your children that Jesus gives us a new year full of new experiences and new opportunities.

Spend time talking about the new things yall could do this year – visit a new place, help a new person, make a new friend, read a new book, start a new habit, learn a new craft, memorize a new scripture each week. Write a few things down and encourage your children to illustrate them.  Keep on the fridge all year as a reminder to carry out these new experiences.

Thank God for the past year and ask Him for help to do new things for Him this year.

May your 2012 be filled with fun with family and fellowship with God.


Happy New Year

As we think of resolutions and goals for the new year, remember to consider what you want to build into your children this year.

Some suggestions are:

thoughtfulness
forgiveness
brotherly love
initiative
mind to work
orderliness
kind speech
redeem the time (use time wisely)
generosity
contentment
gratefulness
obedience

How about focusing on a different quality each month.  Use the word often with a simple meaning.  Point out the trait  in movies you watch or books you read together.  Each month think of activities to reinforce the quality you are emphasizing.  Find a Bible verse that speaks of the trait and memorize it together.  Be creative in making a copy of the verse to put on the fridge.

May you have a year of redeeming the time you have with your children.  Have fun together as you concentrate on consistently and creatively building character into their lives.

Ephes. 5:16 (KJV)
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephes. 5:16 (NIV)
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.