With my preteens (4th and 5th grade kids), I went off script. I realized these kids had grown up in church with knowing all the words but not usually getting the meaning behind them. So dig deep and find out if they really get it or just the lingo. So I took the tiny word “joy” and did a search and we explored that word in the old teatament, in worship of Psalms, in wisdom of Proverbs, in the Holy Spirit and the new testament. And the kids had fun and learned so much! And now when people throw out the “joy” word, they gets its true meaning and that is priceless. To see actual joy in preteens is something very precious!😄 Don’t be afraid to go off script with preteens. They love it.❤
To reap the spiritual and emotional benefits of increased intimacy with Jesus, fast and pray.
I am fasting and praying once a week now because time is precious and greater intimacy with Jesus is just that amazing.
We as Christians really need to make that a habit. It is a beautiful sacrifice to Jesus as you pray and He feels like He is in the same room as you pray on an empty stomach, dependent on Him for energy and prayer.
I cannot tell you properly how special prayer time is with Jesus as you fast. You really need to find out for yourself. And with so much going on in the world, sooner is better.
Praise God! May His name be praised in all the earth! ❤❤❤
Well, our grandson is 2 months old now and we haven’t seen him since he was born. And we have been missing them and our granddaughter.
So today we get a call that Steve’s daughter needs a sitter for him. She is in school now but the baby needs looking after. So amazing!
We get to care for our grandson two days a week. We have to do a bit of rearranging but we are super excited! God is so good!❤
In this health quest, I determined to say yes when they again needed a coach for 2nd and 3rd grade homeschool PE. There was a need and I decided to step in but requested a co-coach that can fill in if we need to be elsewhere. And it was granted… Perfect!
And after coaching my very big class, I am not tired but revitalized. I love coaching. And the sheer energy and excitement of these kids is energetic and helping them be healthier and learn different sports just makes my day.
And we start every day with prayer, so they are getting the “God made us to be healthy” connection. And that is one of my favorite new thoughts.
God made us to be healthy. Health is a choice. We were not made to be a lump, to be waited on, to do nothing but be entertained. All that is garbage. We were made to be healthy, to serve, to help, to love on people. And my kids remind me of that and so become the teachers. Beautiful!❤
So, I cut down on a few things this homeschool year. However, we will be doing Fall Baseball. So here we go, starting tomorrow with practice Tuesday and Friday nights. “Woo hoo!”, she says sarcastically.
Since my daughter did not want to play baseball this season, she and I will be working on tennis at the same time. And that will be great. And all bets are off what will be done once games start. They are short of coaches, so I may coach. We will hit that wall when we run into it.
So we are about to be a bit busier, however we cut out 4-H and a lot of other small things we used to do that took lots of time and I will only assistant coach PE instead of doing everything. That will free us up for mornings we need off to wrestle an alligator or something. You never know what will happen in a day and we must be available to help.
Despite the starting-tomorrow-busier-schedule, I find joy now in doing these little things with my children. I find that doing little things for them blesses and honors God. I find to be true that God wishes us to love on people with the same energy and generosity that He does. It makes Him happy. And making Him happy makes me very happy. So here we go…😄❤
(I get nothing for promoting this book. I did not write the book and do not know the author except through reafing this book. In fact, I blog for my passion and love of God, truth and the art of writing and not money.)
I am promoting this book because it is a fantastic story with the greatest encouragement I know of through its thrilling story. I am reading it to my daughter right now, not having read it for several years, and again was drawn in to its power and sweetness. And it is making my daughter much more passionate about reading. Thought I would pass it on. ❤
This was a gift sent to me from a good friend and sister and fellow mother. What a great reminder that we are never alone on our journey. We have the Lord and each other. Always remember and cherish and nurture that.❤