The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

 The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. [1] Ps 19:1

How can we explain this to our children?

  • The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
  • This represents the space above us, the clouds, the stars, the solar system, and heaven. Everything that surrounds us. All of His creation is to worship and praise Him.
  • When our children were little I would sit out on the dock and we would look at the clouds and find shapes. We would talk about how beautiful our world is and how much God loves us to create all of this for us.
  • The glory of God.
  • The hugeness of the space around us shows us His greatness. The way things are made and the energy they have is amazing. We need to share this and explain as best we can to our children. They need to learn how much God has done for us and the love He has for everything He has created.
  • I have taught small children using a children’s Bible to read the story of creation. Then talk about what they understand and help them to understand more.
  • The skies display his craftsmanship.
  • The beauty of our world and skies show of His love and presence. The way everything is made speaks of His majesty.
  • When you look at a simple leaf you realize it’s not so simple. There is a complexity to the shape, size and the veins that take nourishment through it. Each plant is made with a purpose. Then there are animals and people. I can’t even image what all is involved in the making and working of my body. We are gloriously and wonderfully made.
  • All of creation is to praise and thank God for all He has done. This is the least we can do in thanks for all He has given us.
  • Make sure you share this with your children. Write back and tell me of your discussion on creation. I can’t wait to hear their interpretation of the story.

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 19:1). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Faith Isn’t Enough

We can’t just believe in God in our hearts. We have to live our faith. Sometimes this is difficult. We don’t always recognize a nudge from God to do something for Him.

We have to :

  • Stop
  • Listen
  • Act

Stop: One time I was shopping and I picked a short line to check out. Then I saw that the man ahead of me had food stamps to pay for his groceries. I was tempted to go to another cashier. I felt a strong pull to stay where I was.

Listen: I waited and then the cashier said told him that he didn’t have enough to cover all of his purchases. He told her which ones to remove from the bill until he could cover the cost. She put those items aside. And checked him out.

Act: As she finished I told her to put his things on my bill. He started to walk away and I called him back. I said, “Please take the rest of your things.” He kept thanking me. And then left the store. I paid my bill and went out to the parking lot. He was still walking to his car and thanked me again for helping him.

It was such a moving experience to be able to reach out in God’s love and do a good deed for Him. We can do these things daily if we just listen to His prompting.

Our good deeds can be done anywhere and for anyone. We should especially show our children how to reach out in faith and love to those around us. To teach them to listen to the voice they hear in their heart. Tell them it is the voice of God asking them to do something for Him.

So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. James 2:17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jas 2:17). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Passing On The Faith

Passing on the Faith

  • Living by faith is easier said than done. Teaching faith to our children is even harder.

In Romans 10:9-10

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord

and believe in your heart that God raised him

from the dead, you will be saved.

10 For it is by believing in your heart that you

are made right with God,

and it is by openly declaring your faith

that you are saved.[1]

We are given words of faith to help us understand what we need to do to be saved.

  • Declare that Jesus is Lord in our life
  • Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead 
  • Trust in our heart that we are now right with God
  • Declare our relationship with Jesus
  • Believe that we are saved

 

Declare that Jesus is Lord

      We need to share our relationship with Jesus. Tell the people around us about Jesus, especially our children. Saying that He came to earth to take away our sins. We are to model our life after His. Show the children and others how to reach out in love to others by being a good example. When you speak use kind words. If you have to correct your child use a soft voice and explain why you want them to do something in a certain way. When our girls wanted something form the store and I couldn’t get it I explained that I didn’t have enough money for that today. By being honest and explaining your reason others will be more accepting.

 

Encourage children and friends to read the Bible in several different versions. Also, to read commentaries, that explain the history and words of the passage.

 

Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead

      This can only be done by faith. Our minds find this hard to comprehend. How can you die and come back again? We have to put out trust in the Word of God. Jesus’ death and resurrection are taught in the Bible. Read the story of his resurrection in the different Gospels. Each writer tells the story differently, from his own perspective. You can read their versions in Matthew 28: 1-8, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24: 1-12, and John20:1-13. Share these different versions so that the children can have a better understanding. We all learn differently and by reading the story in a different way we may learn it better.

Believe in our heart that we are now right with God.

      The Bible tells us that Jesus took our sins away. We are now pure and may come before God. This is a very personal belief, which can be tested daily. I have to stop myself from saying something I shouldn’t when a driver cuts me off is one example. Another would be

to reach for a piece of food I don’t need. That’s when I tell the Devil to go away and leave me alone.

On a frustrating day, we can feel God isn’t there or that we are not good enough to come to him in prayer. Tell your children that He has already taken away our sins, past, present, and future. We have to believe and accept that by faith we are a child of God.

Believe That We Are Saved.

we can go to heaven to be with God when we die because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This gift is beyond human comprehension. I know I have felt like I am unworthy many times. When I struggle with this, I pray asking for help. “Please, Father, let me feel your love, warmth and mercy. To know the peace that passes all understanding.”

 

Talk with your children.

Share your ups and downs. In this way, they will understand that it is okay to make mistakes. One day I yelled at one of our daughters. What she had done wasn’t wrong. I apologized and told her I was having a bad day. That it was my fault.

Tell the children that they are already forgiven they just have to accept the gift of forgiveness. Talk with them about their questions as they grow on their faith journey.

Once you’ve read the story of the resurrection talk with your kids about their interpretation. Give me their responses in the blog. I love to hear children tell the story in their words.

[1] The New King James Version. (1982). (Ro 10:8–10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

How Are Our Sins Taken Away?

What can you do to have your sins taken away?

Believe, that God has offered you the gift of forgiveness.

Jesus took all of our sins into His body when He died on the cross. He took them away from us and put them in hell. He took the sins of all people from Adam and Eve to the end of time.

We do continue to sins daily, sometimes minute by minute. It is human nature to sin. Even a newborn baby is sinful. Why? Babies sin because they are completely self-centered. All they care about is their needs. They want food, to be dry, and for us to pay attention to their every whim.

It’s natural for us to want others to care for and about us. We have to make the choice to push sin aside. We have to pray asking God:

  • To forgive our sin
  • Help us to not be self-centered
  • To reach out to help others
  • To help us to share God’s love with everyone around us

It is our responsibility to learn all we can by reading the Bible, and to have fellowship with other believers. If we study the Word with others we can help each other understand how to stay away from sin. As we learn we are guided by God to share His message and bring more people to know and love Him. It is His desire to have everyone join Him in heaven.

God is a loving Father that deeply cares for us. He proved it by taking our sins away. He bore the pain.  His wounds are what healed us.

What can you do to help you children learn about being freed from sin?

  • Tell them that God loves them even more than you
  • Read the Bible to them
  • Tell them how Jesus took their sins away
  • When they do something wrong explain how it is a sin

How can you share with others that our sins are taken away?

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. [1]

 

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (1 Pe 2:24). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.