What do your kids love about Christmas? Mine love decorating the Christmas tree (my husband’s least favorite part), making, icing, and eating Christmas cookies, and spending time with their cousins… Christmas is fun and full of exciting activities, but with so much to look forward to, if we are not careful, it can become easy to loose sight of the main reason for Christmas.
Working in preschool ministry, I get an interesting perspective of Santa at Christmas time. Leading worship, it is my goal to encourage the preschoolers to get more excited about Jesus than anything else in their life. When I ask the preschoolers what they are excited about at Christmas time, this is what I often hear…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… a time we can bring God so much glory by enjoying the love story between Him and us. A story we want to share with our kids over and over every Christmas because it’s the greatest love story ever told- that the God of the universe would want to come down from Heaven and be with us!
Every year as Christmas creeps closer and closer, I am filled with anticipation for the joy of the season, but also anxiety sets in as I wonder if I will be able to get everything done in time. From preparing kids for Christmas plays, to hosting and attending parties, to determining the perfect gifts for each family member… it’s a crazy time of year!
One day when we were taking a neighbor boy home from school, my kids and I were talking about verses they were memorizing for homework. The preteen boy riding with us couldn’t understand why he needed to memorize Bible verses at school; after all he could just look them up on the Bible app on his phone, right? I knew this boy was a thinker, so I tried to explain to him why memorizing scripture is so important, and I hope it made him think. Many youth and adults feel the same way today.
One of my favorite activities during the summer months is reading chapter books with my kids. I enjoy snuggling on the couch as we read the next chapter and discuss what we can learn from it. There are some great, classic books out there, but lately I have been searching for some good Christian chapter books with a message of faith. We know a few, and I reviewed one of them below, but I asked some friends (and some of their kids) to tell me their favorites and why they liked them.
One of the most profound gifts that we can give our children is to teach them to pray. It is such an honor that the God of the entire universe wants to have a RELATIONSHIP with us. And this relationship can only happen through prayer, communing with God… I believe one of the best ways we can encourage our children to have a relationship with Jesus is to teach them to pray. And the best way to teach them to pray is to pray with our children.
Mindy Hite is a first-time author and close friend of mine who is writing an amazing fictional series that will encourage our teens in their true identity and inspire them to be beacons of light in a hurting and broken world. Mindy’s first book is now out to the public, and I had the privilege of asking Mindy some questions about her book. Here are some great truths to discuss with your teen(s) when reading this book together.
One of the things I enjoy most is picking out the perfect gift. I want the gift to leave a lasting impression on both mom and baby, whether practical or sentimental. Gifts that plant seeds of faith and teach little ones how special they are to God are by far some of the most precious treasures they will ever receive. Here are a few gift ideas to make an eternal impact the next time you are looking for just the right gift for a baby shower.
What do you want your children to look like when they are grown? Do you desire for them to be focused on success, materialism, and entertainment? Or do you want them to be living in communion with God and raising your grandchildren to live for the Lord as well?