How To Use This One Verse To Help Your Anxious Child

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What can you when your child’s worries seem insurmountable? About once a month, my 6-year-old becomes gripped with the kind of worry that traps his brain in a vice and throws him into a panic. It’s usually about the future. The other night he came downstairs, terrified that someday he was going to go on a vacation and not be able to come home. Another time he spent an hour weeping over the possibility that he and his best friend would no longer be friends. What do you do in the midst of someone else’s overwhelming worry? How can you keep it from attacking your child’s mind? I am not a worrier, so it’s often hard for me to identify with him. I just want to say “well that’s silly. That probably won’t happen!” Let’s just say I learned the hard way that it doesn’t help… During times like this, I … Read More

when you feel unworthy, unlovable, and inadequate

when you feel worthless

At my women’s Bible study this morning we were discussing the lies that the devil uses to keep women in bondage. I’m unworthy. I’m unlovable. I’m inadequate. I’m not good enough. I’m invisible. I’m not enough. As I was pondering this over a random lunch of sprouts and scrambled eggs, I realized that these in themselves are not the lies. I am unworthy. I am unlovable. I am inadequate. I am not good enough. I am invisible. I am not enough. The lie that the devil would have me believe is that in those things, God doesn’t love me. But that’s untrue. Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known … Read More

the secret to losing weight God’s way

Losing weight God's way

Self-discipline. It’s such an adult thing to learn. I’ve been learning it all my life, but I feel that in the past 5 years I have definitely…likely…been getting a better handle on it. I learned how to workout regularly – how to actually get off my rear in the evenings and go to the gym. Every week I am surprised by the fact that I learned how to get all my big cleaning jobs done in one day, even with 3 boys and a husband who is working and studying full-time. This year I re-learned, rather against my will, how to get up at the same time every day so I could get my child to grade 1 before the bell rings. (So far we’ve only been late once!) I even learned how to knit! Well, sort of. I can do one stitch over and over again. But I managed … Read More

how to learn God’s language of trust

learning to trust

Just look at those eyes… Doesn’t he just melt you? This is my youngest son, and he is true joy. At 21 months he plays pranks, makes block towers, and eats oranges and cheese strings like they’re going out of style.  He has the most explosive laughter I’ve ever heard and a smile that makes him a favorite in the church nursery. But he doesn’t talk. I know, I know, it’s really not a problem at his age. I’m honestly not worried. What I am is frustrated. When he wants something, he whines like a puppy and gestures madly at whatever it is he is fixated on. And of course, when I don’t immediately know what it is he wants, he gets irked. And so do I! As I was describing this common toddler phenomenon to a friend the other day, it struck me that there’s a spiritual parallel to this situation. … Read More

When you’re fighting an impossible battle

Impossible battle

Are you fighting something today? Something you weren’t ready for?  The Israelites encountered that too. There’s this wild story in the Bible where the Israelites have been attacked by enemies. They are fresh out of Egypt, so everything they own and everyone they love is in peril. They don’t even know how to fight yet. These are slaves so newly un-slaved they don’t have an army or a general or even their own weapons. But God has a plan. A crazy one. “As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.” (Ex. 17:11) And when Moses can’t stand up anymore, his friends find a rock for him to sit on. And when Moses’s arms are shaking, aching, giving up, utterly exhausted, his friends hold up his hands for him. The Israelites were not ready to fight. Are you … Read More

How to feel rooted instead of frazzled

Rooted instead of frayed

This past month I have felt so frazzled. Like this piece of twisted steel cable, my brain has felt like it’s unravelling, fraying at the ends and coming loose from the important details of life. I completely forgot about some important school things, and several things that I normally do at Christmas didn’t even occur to me this year. When I suddenly realized what I had forgotten, frustration caused yet another strand to pop free from the intricate workings of my mind. I’m a little afraid the whole thing is going to snap, and the pieces that were being held together by the cable will fly around in my brain like shrapnel. Have you ever felt like that? Some would tell me I’m doing too much. But I think the problem has less to do with doing too much, and more to do with being too little.  I finally spent some … Read More

Can we keep our children from walking away from God?

Cultivating authentic faith in the home

I heard a pastor quote an alarming fact that if you are a normal, North American Christian family, at least half of your children will walk away from God.* Maybe temporarily, likely permanently. We’re not talking the family that only prays on Thanksgiving and Christmas, this is about regular church-going Christian families. Which one, or two, of my boys will it be? Which of your children will it be? Let’s do something together – let’s say the names of our children out loud, right now. Full names. Which of those precious souls is going to reject God, in all his holiness and grace? Which of those children is going to choose death over life, darkness over light, lies over truth? I don’t know about you, but that thought make my heart miserable, and my soul rises up in a plea for mercy. You and me, are we going to stand for … Read More

A Playmobil Christmas Card

playmobil Christmas card

Looking for a fun way to engage your little ones in the Christmas story this year? Share this Playmobil version with them! God sent an angel to Mary. The angel said to her: “Do not be afraid. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” Mary asked: “How can this be?” The angel replied: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Mary replied: “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. In those days, Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. … Read More

Christmas Eve Candle Reading

Advent reading, Christmas Eve

Turn off most of the lights in the room. SAY: Tonight we finally get to light all the candles, because tonight is Christmas Eve! Let’s review what each candle means. SAY: First we learned that God’s people were waiting, and waiting, and waiting for a Saviour. Then some prophets came and told them God’s plan for sending a baby to be born in Bethlehem. As you light the first purple candle, SAY together: God’s people waited for the promise to come true. SAY: God sent angels to Mary and Joseph, telling them about the baby that Mary was going to have. The baby named Jesus! As you light the second purple candle, SAY together: God’s promise came true through Jesus. SAY: Some shepherds that had a pretty wild night! They met angels and babies, and told the whole town what they had seen. As you light the pink candle, SAY together: Shepherds visited Jesus: God’s promise … Read More

Advent Reading, Week 4: Magi

Advent reading, week 4

Turn off most of the lights in the room. SAY: Three weeks ago we learned that God’s people were waiting, and waiting, and waiting for a Saviour. Then some prophets came and told them God’s plan for sending a baby to be born in Bethlehem. As you light the first purple candle, SAY together: God’s people waited for the promise to come true. SAY: Last week we learned that God sent angels to Mary and Joseph, telling them about the baby that Mary was going to have. The baby named Jesus! As you light the second purple candle, SAY together: God’s promise came true through Jesus. SAY: Last week we learned about some shepherds that had a pretty wild night! They met angels and babies, and told the whole town what they had seen. As you light the pink candle, SAY together: Shepherds visited Jesus: God’s promise made true. SAY: It wasn’t only people that … Read More