Our personality influences how we approach life and tasks. Understanding your child’s personality may help you know how to best encourage reading and the love of books. Let’s look at the four personality temperaments and how that can relate to reading. You can often relate these types to favorite characters, such as Winnie the Pooh and friends.
One of my favorite Bible verses is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, which reads, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I have turned to this verse for encouragement during difficult situations in my life. It reminds me that God not only wants us to be happy, but to rejoice in all circumstances. When we are under spiritual attack or we feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges, God instructs us to rejoice! This is the perfect example of the great reversal in the economy of God. But how can we rejoice at the same time that we are experiencing feelings of despair? How can we be joyful in difficult times? The answer is through the power and grace of God via prayer! We are to pray without ceasing.
Our actions speak louder than our words. We need to let our children see us praying all the time. When our children see us praying during the difficult situations we encounter in life, they learn that they too can trust in the Lord when bad things happen to them. When they see how our countenance changes after prayer, they realize that God brings us happiness and comfort in times of sadness.
Many wonderful prayer ministries are dedicated to helping Christians strengthen their prayer life. Here are some wonderful online resources:
Prayer Power Ministries: http://www.prayerpowerministries.com
All About Prayer: http://www.allaboutprayer.org
National Day of Prayer (May 4, 2017): http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org
LifeWay Article on “Teaching Children to Pray”: http://www.lifeway.com/Article/Parenting-kids-Teaching-children-to-pray
Prayer is the key to bringing about revival in our homes and country. As the Lord assures us in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” May 4th is the National Day of Prayer. As we commit to working to strengthen our prayer life, let us also all pledge to set aside May 4th to pray for our nation.
According to Barna Research in their 2016 State of the Church study, of all church attendees, “almost half (46%) attend a church of 100 or fewer members. More than one-third (37%) attend a midsize church of over 100, but not larger than 499. One in 11 (9%) attends a church with between 500 and 999 attenders, and slightly fewer (8%) attend a very large church of 1,000 or more attendees.”
I bring that up because sometimes I think those of us who attend small churches feel like our places of worship are somehow lacking, that they don’t measure up to the megachurches. It’s true that the big churches usually have more money enabling them to offer more programs, flashier services, and larger-than-life productions. But is that what really matters?
But his sister doesn’t think it is quite as funny as Zack, and things start to go wrong…
A fun story about friends and forgiveness, based on the tale of the unforgiving servant.
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John the Baptist had an incredible job. He taught people how God wanted them to live. He called people to repent and turn away from their sins. He stood up against hypocrisy. But the overarching, driving purpose of John’s life was to point people to Jesus.
Was John qualified to do this job? Early in his ministry, we see him bold and confident. Later, in jail, we see him discouraged and even doubting. He didn’t have all the answers. But God didn’t call John because of what John knew. God called John because of what He knew-that John was the one He had uniquely designed to do what He wanted him to do. Continue reading