Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

So you’ve had them clean their rooms, organize their closets, write thank you letters and read a whole book…what next? It’s too rainy and cold, or too muddy from so much rain to go outside and your youngest angel has just asked you for a timer to see how long it takes the cat to get untied from bed sheets! It’s time to take control and have some organized play! Here is a great article on a variety of fun (and safe) activities for your kids to enjoy. Some things they will need help with but it’s ok, take a break and join them!

https://www.intoxicatedonlife.com/101-things-kids-youre-stuck-inside-cabinfever/

True Love

True Love

As February is a month of love, we would like to explore the three types of love we see throughout the Bible. The three types of love are Eros, Phileo, and Agape.

Eros is the most common love associated with Valentine’s Day. Eros is romantic love that we see in the Song of Solomon.

Phileo is the love you have for a friend; think of brotherly love. This brotherly love was shown in the Bible as we saw Jesus weep for Lazarus.

Agape is described as unconditional love, and the word picture you can use for that is that of a parent and a child. Agape is God’s love for the world as shown in Christ. This is the love Christians should show each other and all people.

The Others

The Others

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:10

My daughter’s friend called her the other day to let her know that a group of kids called their group “goody-two-shoes.” Personally, it was a proud parent moment but then I realized that wasn’t something a 13-year-old wants to be called. Now Arabella is used to that label but her friend was not.  I remember my daughter calling me from a sleepover to pick her up because the other girls were going to watch a movie she knew she wasn’t allowed to watch. Needless to say, Arabella is used to being called goody-two-shoes!  (Side note: I want my children to hang out with non-Christians exactly for these types of situations!)

Whether it happens sooner or later, your children will interact with the rest of the world, and at some point, they will notice they are different from other kids. They don’t watch the same movies, use the same language, or have the same family rules. They will wonder why and we need to be there to explain the reason why Christian live the way they do. This can’t just be told to them….they need to experience it! We can’t hold them back from this world or they will never learn how to live in it.

We don’t like it when our children are called names or made fun of but hold that Mama Bear back! We are to be persecuted and we need to allow that to happen to our children so that know how to stand up for what they believe in because maybe, just maybe that’s what Christ talked about when he said: “Go out into the world.” Guess what…it’s possible for a 10-year-old to make disciples! The Great Commission isn’t just for adults! Our children need to learn how to embrace their “otherness” like this article by the CRU ministry “I Want My Child To Be An Alien” shares so sweetly and eloquently.