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Easy Pumpkin Prayer Craft for Kids

Easy Pumpkin Prayer Craft for Kids

I wish I had pictures of the kids making these to go along with the Pumpkin Prayer! They had more fun than I expected.

This month has been all about taking Halloween and turning our focus towards God.  Yesterday the kids sat in a circle while they listened to the Pumpkin Prayer and watched as the Jack-O-Lantern was carved.  I cheated. Before getting with the kids, I had already cut the top off and cleaned out the inside leaving just enough to pull out for that part of the prayer.  If I had thought about it, I would have roasted the seeds and let the kids eat them while listening and watching.  I cut the eyes as we talked about “opening our eyes” to see God’s love and cut the mouth as we talked about “sharing” God’s word.  You get the idea.  And at the end, I placed a flashing LED light inside for the kids to see our lights shining for God in all we say and do!

Then it was their turn.  No, I was not too comfortable with the idea of handing a bunch of elementary kids sharp objects… so I passed out miniature pumpkins and these awesome acrylic paint markers so the kids could draw their Jack-O-Lanterns to take home with the Pumpkin Prayer.  (And down the road they can use the markers to make prayer rocks or story stones.)  Then I emailed the Pumpkin Prayer to the parents suggesting that as a family they carve pumpkins as they go through the prayer.  We will see how many give it a shot!

 

10 Intentional Minutes a Day with Tween’s

10 Intentional Minutes a Day with Tween’s

Do you have parents reaching out to you for ideas? Are they looking for ways to raise their children with God included regularly?  I remember as a young parent, I sure was! I wanted my kids to grow into fine young Christians, but was not quite sure how.

I was recently given a book called, “Around the Word in 60 Seconds,” a tween devotional book.  My kids have grown, but man I could have used this!  There are 52 weeks of stories about things tween’s deal with in life. Each week you will find a scripture followed by a short story that a tween can relate to.  There’s even an action item and prayer.  Then, each day of the week there is another verse and a question to think over helping kids think about how God’s word applies to them instead of them feeling like they are not ready for God.

I am providing a link if you are interested, but honestly, there are many options out there.  Parents just need to dedicate 10 minutes a day with their kids to talk about God in their lives.  Just 10 intentional minutes a day will go a long way.  And let’s be honest, in this culture, we need to arm our children with the Armor of God more than ever before.

 

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God’s Timing Takes Too Long

God’s Timing Takes Too Long

Why is it that God’s timing seems to be so different from ours?  We have such grandiose ideas and if God would just bless them now,  then I could do great things for Him.  As I pondered this thought, I turned to the scriptures for answers.  I must admit I was not thrilled at the answer, but I was comforted.

God loved Abram.  He was a good man, but he and his wife could not have children.  And we all know that in that culture, this was highly frowned upon.  No children, yet God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, the father of many, and promised him he would have so many descendants they could not be counted.  They would be as many as the stars, yet God had not even given them a single child to date.  Instead of trusting God to keep his promise, they took matters into their own hands.  How often do we try to do this too?  And problems came from that calamity of errors; however, God worked through it and eventually blessed Abraham and Sarah with a son, Isaac.  This led to a long line of descendants making him the father of many. If we stick with God’s plan, things will be simpler, but God is bigger than our faults and can bring about good in spite of ourselves.  Just remember, the path may be bumpier.

Later in scripture we read about the Israelites.  They disobeyed God so He allowed them to become slaves in Egypt for 400 years.  Wow!  That’s a long time. But God promised them he would rescue them and eventually, He did.  He sent Moses to present the 10 plagues until Pharaoh let God’s people go.  They crossed the Red Sea and were free.  Of course, they complained.  What God provided at that point was not good enough in their opinion.  They were impatient.  We know the story; God was not finished yet.  They suffered some consequences but God gave them beautiful land, land flowing with milk and honey.  We need to be patient and trust God’s plan for our lives.

Now let’s take a look at Joseph.  He was living the good life!  He parents were in love and Joseph was his father’s favorite son.  Then one day his jealous brothers sold him into slavery.  What an amazing attitude Joseph had though.  He trusted God and God took excellent care of him.  The Pharaoh trusted him with everything!  Then because of someone else’s lie, Joseph ended up in prison.  From there, Joseph still appears to have had a good attitude, trusting God.  It took years, but God worked him back into a position above all but the Pharaoh.  Joseph went through some very troubling times, unfair times.  He did not say, “It’s just not fair,” and quit.  No, he simply continued to trust God’s plan.  We are God’s hands and feet on earth and need to allow God to work through us for His purpose.

I could go on and on with examples of God providing for His people… in His time.  I have so many things I want to accomplish for His church; so many children I want to reach with His word.  I will continue to pray for speedy results, but I find it comforting knowing that God has a plan and will bless His ministry the way He chooses in His time.  I just need to be ready when He calls.  I need to be prepared to be His hands and His feet.  Remember, the hands and feet are not the brains.  Let’s let God do His job and work through us.

If you enjoyed this article, you may enjoy reading “Is Children’s Ministry THAT Important?”


Good Reads!  Learn more about this generation:

Meet Generation Z: Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World

Gen Z: The Culture, Beliefs and Motivations Shaping the Next Generation by Barna Group