Tuesday, May 12, 2009

If there is a God, why do bad things happen?

This is a TOUGH lesson to teach yourself, and even more so a child. We have to understand it first. Why do bad things happen if God is so loving and really exists? The bible gives us some answers, and some are not so easy to swallow:

1. SIN - the whole world is broken. God made it perfect. Sin brought death. Read Genesis to see how this happened. A person only needs to look to themselves to know that sin exists and that no person loves God and their neighbour as they are supposed to.

Why are there starving children in the world? SIN. There is enough food to go around...

Why do tornados destroy and hurricanes kill? SIN. This isn't the garden of Eden. We got kicked out of that because of sin. And its not heaven yet... God is waiting for more people to come to Him before that day comes. HE LOVES US SO MUCH THAT HE PROVIDES A WAY OUT OF THIS MESS.... heaven forever with Jesus. We can choose to believe it. Wow.

2. TESTING - my faith grows when its tested. I change and grow when I am challenged. When everything is good, I get lazy and forget God. God is concerned about our eternity, and helping us to grow, just like we are concerned about our children's growth!

3. PERSECUTION - People exist who hate God, and God's children... and hurt those who try to follow Him. One day God will make this right. Be sure you are on the right side. Jesus suffered for us and we are called to suffer for Him. Everyone who desires to live a godly life will be persecuted... 2 Timothy 3:12

4. DISCIPLINE - When our kids do wrong and need to be turned back for their own good, we discipline them. Same goes for God. And I'm so glad he loves me enough to do this. God disciplines those He loves... Hebrews 12:6

Remember the GOOD stuff about this awful topic:

a) God's hand is on the thermostat, and will protect His children. If He brings you to it, He'll bring you through it.

b) Suffering and bad stuff gives us an opportunity to show God's glory! How we deal with stuff really does matter..

c) When we suffer, we get more like Jesus who suffered, and understand more what He went through for us.

Remember!! 2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

So what do we do? And what do we teach our children to do?
Ephesians 6:13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

We need to talk to our kids daily about their struggles and guide them in the Lord's ways on this... it is a crucial element to our faith. And talking is really the best way to tackle it.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

More Bible Teaching Ideas for Young Children!

Here is a great idea about how to get your little ones fully engaged in learning about the bible! My husband will have them read (or read to them) a bible story, and then give them a few minutes to think about it. In that time, they come up with questions to quiz DAD about. They can even have rewards like stickers to put on the "student" parent if the correct answer is given. My kids LOVE this... and daddy usually ends up covered with car and happy face stickers (LOL). The great part is, that it gets the kids thinking, because they have to know the answer before they can ask a question (sometimes the student helps out with this... that's ok!).

The younger members of the family always join in our bible-time. They may not be ready to participate but it teaches them so much just to be present and see that bible study happens and is important. :-) And they sure do get eager to join in...

Prayers for you,

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Lunch Box Bible Lessons

My kids love to write me notes and draw me pictures. I get so many precious expressions of love and affection that I run out of room to post them on the wall. Children are just so full of open-hearted love, and I have found that they adore receiving notes from mom and dad as well.

When my second son turned 3, I sewed two large pillows for him - one of Bob the Tomato and one of Larry the Cucumber. Boy did he like them! And amazing to me, he was especially enamored of them because I took the time to make them for him. In fact, all of my sons crave affection from us pretty much all of the time. God made them that way!

So I love writing lunch box notes to my kids while they are in school. It is a personal way to connect with them, encourage them and love them while I can't actually be present. A quick note saying I love you, or written with a bible verse I know they need that day... is special to them and expands their heart for me and for God.

Not every day... or it might lose it's "specialness", but I really recommend the lunch box as a way to connect with your little ones today and encourage them in the Lord! Praise God for His love and kindness,


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Wonderful Ages 2-5 Bible/Homeschool Curriculum!

I went through this book with my little ones and they absolutely loved it! It built our relationship, they learned about God and they learned their letters/numbers and bible stories. It is chock full of easy to prepare activities, wonderful fingerplays, arts and crafts and more. I LOVE this book. My kids were 2 and 3 when we started. Highly recommended and given 5 stars... and affordable too! Check out the website and see samples (the samples are what hooked me! A whole week online, to try it out :-).

Oh yeah, so I should share the link! hahaha... here it is:

Little Hands to Heaven (or click on the picture above)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Reinforcing bible stories in a fun way!

A really easy and fun way to reinforce bible truths in our little ones is to read from the bible, and have them act out what they heard. My hubby and I love this. Our kids have fun doing it and it is so effective! They have to:

- identify with the bible person emotionally, spiritually, and physically

- picture the environment and how the times might have been

- try to understand how God interacted and fit into life in that circumstance (and thus learning how He fits into their's)

- understand the event well enough to act it out.

It's so great because it reinforces not only the bible story and how it happened, but also makes it easier for them to download the bible as reality. It encourages them to live, love and laugh with the Word of God. We all need a real relationship with our Creator and not just a book to read. I find it really exciting to see my kids eager to interact with God this way!

The Word tell us to rejoice! And this is so much fun. Hope it can be for you too...

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