New School Year: SUPPLY Needed

26 08 2015

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The approaching new school year means…excitement or apprehension, depending on your circumstances.

Students entering school for the first time eagerly anticipate going to school “like the big kids.”

Students returning to school with mental illness (MI) may worry about “the big kids” who bully.

School pressures can cause concern to any student. But for someone with MI, it can easily increase anxiety. And threaten mental stability.

That’s why moms raising kids with MI can also experience increased anxiety late in August. As the start of school creeps closer, her thoughts might become more consumed with her child’s stability.

What can she do? Where can she turn? Read the rest of this message I posted on my “Mental Illness, Mom 2 Mom” blog:

http://mentalillnessmom2mom.net/2015/08/26/new-school-year-supply-needed/





Lessons for Life…Thinking with Eternity in Mind

20 06 2015

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Raising a child means preparing them for… How would you finish that statement?

Parents teach toddlers how to walk, talk, and dress. They show their young children how to play sports, do homework, and behave.

We want them to be happy and healthy. To have successful careers. And become responsible citizens.

Most of all, we care about how they interact with others and that they contribute to society. Efforts are made to improve their self-esteem and to build their character.

Should we be doing more? Can we teach children how to think—to develop Christ-like thinking and to have a biblical worldview? Is it ever too early to start teaching a child to have a biblical worldview?

What in the world is a biblical worldview? I recently attended a conference on Biblical Integration hosted by Cairn University. Information shared at that conference helped me create two documents (below). They may be helpful to you as you raise a child to have a biblical worldview.

One document summarizes information on a chart. The other longer document provides more details. It includes specific examples, strategies, and bible verses presented in ‘kid language’ in the Easy-to-Read Version (ERV).

Click on the document(s) that interests you.

  1. Biblical.Worldview.4.kids.chart
  2. Biblical.Worldview.4.parents (detailed information)

Here are two other resources that may help you in your endeavor to disciple you child:

  1. Bible Verses for young children-behavior
  2. Laying the Foundation with music’ (A Powerpoint presentation I created based Robert Fulghum’s book All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten. Bible verses support the concepts contained in the presentation.)




Best Character Ever

19 04 2015

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How did certain guys get named in the Bible? Some earned their spot by having amazing character. Could we use them as examples for our children to follow?

The apostle, Paul, gave us a list in Colossians. Their names may be difficult to pronounce (who would give their kids names like that!!!). But their godly standard of living is achievable. We can surely teach children to copy their character.

  • Tychicus (Colossians 4:7) was a faithful minister and fellow servant.
  • Onesimus (Colossians 4:8-9) was also known for being faithful, in addition to being a dear brother to Paul. Tychicus and Onesimus were both trusted by Paul to carry his message to the believers in Colosse. Because they were faithful.
  • Aristarchus (Colossians 4:10) was a fellow prisoner. He and Justus (both Jews) were fellow workers for God’s kingdom. They both proved to be a comfort to Paul.
  • Epaphras (Colossians 4:12-13) was a servant of Christ. He worked hard for others, always wrestling in prayer for them.
  • Luke (Colossians 4:14), the doctor, was a dear friend to Paul. He was the only one who stood by Paul until the very end (2 Timothy 4:9-11). His devotion stood in stark contrast to Demas who deserted Paul.
  • Nympha (Colossians 4:15) had a home fellowship.
  • Archippus (Colossians 4:17) was busy about doing the work he received from the Lord.

Here’s what we can learn from them and teach to our children. Someone who has the best character ever …

  • Is faithful
  • Can be trusted to carry God’s message to others
  • Is a servant (works for others, helps others)
  • Prays for others
  • Comforts others
  • Is a loyal friend
  • Teaches others about God’s Word (even in the home)
  • Is busy about God’s work

We will not get our names added to the Bible, but God is recording our stories in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Paul wrote his letter to fellow believers in Colosse while in prison. As believers, we’re also prisoners…prisoners for the Lord. In Ephesians, Paul BEGS us to live a godly life. He lays out this challenge:

“So, as a prisoner for the Lord, I beg you to live the way God’s people should live, because he chose you to be his. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept each other with love. You are joined together with peace through the Spirit. Do all you can to continue as you are, letting peace hold you together.”  Ephesians 4:1-3 (ERV)

With God’s help, we’ll show our children how to live for Him.