Do I Have To Give A Valentine To Everybody?

“Do I have to give a valentine to everybody?”

If you have kids, you’ve probably been asked this question.  After all, why do they have to make a card for the kid that picks on them everyday in the cafeteria?

As parents, you and I know that this rule is in place so that no one feels left out. While I am sure that you will explain this to your child, why don’t we make an effort to take it one step further?  Let’s teach our kids what God says about love.  It will give some new meaning to this Valentine’s Day.

In The Message (a paraphrase of the Bible) it says,

1 John 4:7-10 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.

Tell your kids that the best way to SHARE God’s love with others is to SHOW God’s love to others.

 


Rise Above #CrashTheChatterbox Coming This Weekend to @eKidz

There are a lot of voices influencing our kids, from parents and teachers to friends and bullies. It can be easy for them to allow the voices of others to invade their inner monologue, but what happens when the words they let in are ones of discouragement and negativity? More importantly, what if those voices are planting seeds of doubt and insecurity in our kids?

This weekend in eKidz, we are going to teach your kids how to rise above and start winning the war of words inside their heads by learning to hear God’s voice above all others. By affirming God’s truths about our identity in Him, we will show them how to fight back against all the negative chatter.

We want your kids to rise above with a confidence in Christ. We want your kids to become chatterboxers.

Check out the trailer for this series!

Anticipating your kids’ excitement after watching the Rise Above trailer, we wanted to make the series graphics and the memory verse available for you to download. Take advantage of these resources and help build their excitement as we head into this important series.

 

Join us in eKidz this weekend as we kickoff Rise Above!


The Future Is A Phantom by @hollyfurtick

I have been reading through Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  Wow, what a great book.  A few days ago I read this, “The future is a phantom, seeking to spook you.”

Isn’t it funny how we can be scared of something that hasn’t even happened yet? Sarah Young then said the next day, “Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas you are meant to go through them only when they actually occur.” This is so good.  Sometimes, my worries cause me to experience a difficulty that will never even happen.

Worry and fear have the power to truly make a mountain out of a mole hill.

Now, should I think through a current situation that needs to be fixed?  Of course. But should I let my imagination run wild with what ifs?  Never.  The enemy wants to spook me with thoughts that will never even come to pass.  He seeks to distract me from my present by causing me to worry about my future.

Read more at http://hollyfurtick.com/the-future-is-a-phantom/


New Lunchbox Notes from @eKidzatHome

 

eKidz At Home wants to help you use every opportunity to speak truth into your child’s life. Below you will find downloadable lunchbox notes for your Quest or Motion aged child. As a church, we are currently in a series called Sticks & Stones. It’s all about the life of David. As a parent, you can use this printable resource to continue the teaching at home throughout the week.

In Quest this weekend, your child will be learning about showing KINDNESS to others.

In Motion, your child will be learning about the importance of OBEDIENCE, even in the small things.

 

eKidzAtHome MOTION Lunch Box Notes

eKidzAtHome QUEST Lunch Box Notes