How To Use This One Verse To Help Your Anxious Child

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What can you when your child’s worries seem insurmountable? About once a month, my 6-year-old becomes gripped with the kind of worry that traps his brain in a vice and throws him into a panic. It’s usually about the future. The other night he came downstairs, terrified that someday he was going to go on a vacation and not be able to come home. Another time he spent an hour weeping over the possibility that he and his best friend would no longer be friends. What do you do in the midst of someone else’s overwhelming worry? How can you keep it from attacking your child’s mind? I am not a worrier, so it’s often hard for me to identify with him. I just want to say “well that’s silly. That probably won’t happen!” Let’s just say I learned the hard way that it doesn’t help… During times like this, I … Read More

when you feel unworthy, unlovable, and inadequate

when you feel worthless

At my women’s Bible study this morning we were discussing the lies that the devil uses to keep women in bondage. I’m unworthy. I’m unlovable. I’m inadequate. I’m not good enough. I’m invisible. I’m not enough. As I was pondering this over a random lunch of sprouts and scrambled eggs, I realized that these in themselves are not the lies. I am unworthy. I am unlovable. I am inadequate. I am not good enough. I am invisible. I am not enough. The lie that the devil would have me believe is that in those things, God doesn’t love me. But that’s untrue. Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known … Read More

When you’re fighting an impossible battle

Impossible battle

Are you fighting something today? Something you weren’t ready for?  The Israelites encountered that too. There’s this wild story in the Bible where the Israelites have been attacked by enemies. They are fresh out of Egypt, so everything they own and everyone they love is in peril. They don’t even know how to fight yet. These are slaves so newly un-slaved they don’t have an army or a general or even their own weapons. But God has a plan. A crazy one. “As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.” (Ex. 17:11) And when Moses can’t stand up anymore, his friends find a rock for him to sit on. And when Moses’s arms are shaking, aching, giving up, utterly exhausted, his friends hold up his hands for him. The Israelites were not ready to fight. Are you … Read More

How to feel rooted instead of frazzled

Rooted instead of frayed

This past month I have felt so frazzled. Like this piece of twisted steel cable, my brain has felt like it’s unravelling, fraying at the ends and coming loose from the important details of life. I completely forgot about some important school things, and several things that I normally do at Christmas didn’t even occur to me this year. When I suddenly realized what I had forgotten, frustration caused yet another strand to pop free from the intricate workings of my mind. I’m a little afraid the whole thing is going to snap, and the pieces that were being held together by the cable will fly around in my brain like shrapnel. Have you ever felt like that? Some would tell me I’m doing too much. But I think the problem has less to do with doing too much, and more to do with being too little.  I finally spent some … Read More

Can we keep our children from walking away from God?

Cultivating authentic faith in the home

I heard a pastor quote an alarming fact that if you are a normal, North American Christian family, at least half of your children will walk away from God.* Maybe temporarily, likely permanently. We’re not talking the family that only prays on Thanksgiving and Christmas, this is about regular church-going Christian families. Which one, or two, of my boys will it be? Which of your children will it be? Let’s do something together – let’s say the names of our children out loud, right now. Full names. Which of those precious souls is going to reject God, in all his holiness and grace? Which of those children is going to choose death over life, darkness over light, lies over truth? I don’t know about you, but that thought make my heart miserable, and my soul rises up in a plea for mercy. You and me, are we going to stand for … Read More

Christmas Eve Candle Reading

Advent reading, Christmas Eve

Turn off most of the lights in the room. SAY: Tonight we finally get to light all the candles, because tonight is Christmas Eve! Let’s review what each candle means. SAY: First we learned that God’s people were waiting, and waiting, and waiting for a Saviour. Then some prophets came and told them God’s plan for sending a baby to be born in Bethlehem. As you light the first purple candle, SAY together: God’s people waited for the promise to come true. SAY: God sent angels to Mary and Joseph, telling them about the baby that Mary was going to have. The baby named Jesus! As you light the second purple candle, SAY together: God’s promise came true through Jesus. SAY: Some shepherds that had a pretty wild night! They met angels and babies, and told the whole town what they had seen. As you light the pink candle, SAY together: Shepherds visited Jesus: God’s promise … Read More

Advent Reading, Week 4: Magi

Advent reading, week 4

Turn off most of the lights in the room. SAY: Three weeks ago we learned that God’s people were waiting, and waiting, and waiting for a Saviour. Then some prophets came and told them God’s plan for sending a baby to be born in Bethlehem. As you light the first purple candle, SAY together: God’s people waited for the promise to come true. SAY: Last week we learned that God sent angels to Mary and Joseph, telling them about the baby that Mary was going to have. The baby named Jesus! As you light the second purple candle, SAY together: God’s promise came true through Jesus. SAY: Last week we learned about some shepherds that had a pretty wild night! They met angels and babies, and told the whole town what they had seen. As you light the pink candle, SAY together: Shepherds visited Jesus: God’s promise made true. SAY: It wasn’t only people that … Read More

Advent Reading, Week 3: Shepherds

Advent reading week 3

Turn off most of the lights in the room. SAY: Two weeks ago we learned that God’s people were waiting, and waiting, and waiting for a Saviour. Then some prophets came and told them God’s plan for sending a baby to be born in Bethlehem. As you light the first purple candle, say together: God’s people waited for the promise to come true. SAY: Last week we learned that God sent angels to Mary and Joseph, telling them about the baby that Mary was going to have. The baby named Jesus! As you light the second purple candle, SAY together: God’s promise came true through Jesus. “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good … Read More

Advent Candle Reading, Week 2: Angels

Advent reading, week 2

Turn off most of the lights in the room.SAY: Last week we learned that God’s people were waiting, and waiting, and waiting for a Saviour. Then some prophets came and told them about God’s promise to send a baby that would be born in Bethlehem. As you light one of the purple candles, SAY together: God’s people waited for the promise to come true. SAY: Finally, it was time for the promise to come true. God was ready to send the baby Saviour into the world, but he wanted to make sure the baby was going to have the right mother! He chose Mary. “God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a [young woman] pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The [young woman’s] name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” “Mary … Read More

Kicking out the ingratitude attitude this Christmas

I find kids (mine included!) to become very “getting” focused this time of year. How can we, as parents, help them move from an ingratitude attitude to an attitude of gratitude? Is it just me, or do kids get a little bit whiney this time of year? As they start dreaming about the toys they want for Christmas, making lists, eating treats every day, having parties in class, I think they (and their parents, *cough cough*) find it easy to get caught up in the gifts aspect of Christmas. Maybe they start to feel a bit entitled. Or a bit deprived. Or a bit of both. Either way, that is not something I care to live with for 1/12 of my year x 3 kids for the rest of my life. No, thank you! Here’s a few ways I’ve discovered to help kick ungratefulness to the curb. 1. Can the … Read More