Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sing in the New Year!

The Lord is ever on our side.
Blessings pouring down like rain!
Strength in trouble
Mercy double
Begin this year with Christ again.

For He is Mighty, sing the chorus!
Resurrection power for us!
Gentle Leader
Nothing Sweeter
Than to know His Kingdom glorious!

Happy New Year precious friends!
Leave the past in His fine hands.
Breathe the new day
Live it His way
Sing, "Come Jesus!" Laugh and dance!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

For new parents

Two new poems for new parents...

An acrostic (first letter of every line spells a word):

Do not believe
I can catch reprieve
Again from the fountain of
Elevated for me, please
Re-invent the rain bonnet for
Soggy new parents

and a conversation with my newborn:

My tiny babe
as I gaze upon your face
your breath so new
a work of grace

My soul swells
longing to impart
the Breath of Life
upon your heart

My child
as you wrap me in your infant hands
tender and soft, revealing
the Father's plans

My eyes well
longing to behold
the Prince of Peace
upon your soul

My little one
I'm overcome with love for you
precious gift from
He who is true

My heart aches
longing to inscribe
the Word of Love
upon your life.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Question: children's poetry

Would you read to your child a book of children's poetry, based on the bible? I am writing one and would love feedback on this... thanks!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Teaching Children Self-Control

I have 4 boys... and my second-born is definitely the "strong-willed" type. Sometimes I think that is just a polite way of saying that he's the stinker. He is the sweetest, most loving little darling with cherry-red cheeks and a beautiful dimpled smile.... until he doesn't want to do something. Then the dimples fall off.

It's not just that he says "no" to me, but he pushes, pouts, and you can just see the stream rising from his ears. He is a boy who is sensitive to God and wants to follow him, but when he doesn't get his way, he loses self-control.

So we had a special conversation the other day, about being a puppet vs. being a master. I explained to my babe (he's 6 by the way) that puppets have people who put their hands into their bodies and decide for them how to move, and what to do. The puppets have no mind of their own and so lose control of themselves. He was listening when I told him that satan wants to be in charge of his body and use him like a puppet.

And what is the name of the person who is in control? The Master. I told my little guy that he doesn't have to let satan move his arms and legs and make him talk the wrong way. He, my son, is really the master and can decide for himself what to make his body do. He thought that was really really cool. What 6 year old boy doesn't want to be strong?

So when he is told it's time for bed and he starts to flail his body at me, I ask him, "Are you a puppet or a master? Do you want to do this God's way, or satan's way?" and I see him straighten up and MAKE A CONSCIOUS DECISION about his actions, and I see him follow God.

How awesome is our God, that He gives us control over our actions and thoughts and our enemy? Just thought I'd share, and hope this can be a help to you as well!
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