Encourage: Giving Strength to Our Kids

Daily Truth: “But command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him.”  Deuteronomy 3:28

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Who doesn’t need someone to come along side them every once in a while and encourage them in the work that they are doing?

We all do.  But what does “encourage” mean?

Encourage is defined as “giving support, confidence, or hope to someone.”

Ok. So here’s a scenario.

It has been one of those “no” days.  A day in which the kids were having trouble obeying.  You know what I mean – a no “encourage” day.

Then you hear the kiddos say, “Let’s play mommy”.

Fearful of how that will transpire, based off of my performance thus far, a “stop” is quickly put to that game.

Now let’s take another scenario.

Moses has just been told he won’t be able to go into the Promise Land because he didn’t follow God’s directions explicitly (that could be a whole other topic – but I digress).

So, God tells Moses to go up to Mount Pisgah and look all around.  Everything Moses sees will be inherited by the Israelites under Joshua’s leadership.  Then God says to go and encourage Joshua and to strengthen him. (Deuteronomy 3:27-29)

I would say Moses had had a pretty rough day up to that point.  All those years leading the Israelites, listening to their complaining about EVERYTHING, having to deal with their disobedience, and putting up with all their whining and griping and because Moses got angry and struck a rock, God told him he wouldn’t be able to go into the Promised Land.

Yep.  That makes for a pretty rough day.

Then God basically says to Moses, “Get out of yourself and encourage this young man, who you have been training in My ways, to have the strength to lead My people into the Promised Land.  After all, it is a little scary and overwhelming and you know it”.

So, how can we as mom’s encourage our little guys who we have been training in His ways, even when we don’t always feel like it.

Here are some ideas.  Not all are original to me.

1.  Have a “yes” day.  Everything a child asks that day, say “yes”.

“Can we have ice cream for breakfast?”

“Yes.”

“Can I watch a movie?”

“Yes.”

The key to this (I am told – I am a little nervous about trying this one) is not to tell the kids it’s a “yes” day.  Let me know how it works out for you.

2.  Mail them cards.

When my eldest went to camp last summer, I wrote her a card for everyday she was gone, labeled them, and put them in her suitcase.  I was so proud of myself. After all, how many other mothers would do that?

She thanked me for the cards when she got back but asked, “Do you think next year you could mail them to me at camp instead?”  (A verse about “pride goeth before a fall” comes to mind.)

3. Slip cards into their backpacks.

Hallmark has a selection of cards just to encourage your kids.  They aren’t hard to find or make them yourself.

4.  Put notes in their lunchboxes.

photo 3 (4)My kids LOVE this and they keep them for a long time.

The neat thing about these is that they don’t have to be elaborate.  If you are like me, creative words and pithy sayings don’t come readily to me.  So, I get a little help.

Life Way Christian Book Store had a notepad of the Snoopy characters with words to encourage.  Just rip one out and stick it in their lunchboxes.

Hallmark had a book called “If You Love ’em, Bug ’em”.  These are in the shape of a ladybug with fun bug sayings like, “It really bugs me we can’t be together – have a great day.”

(P.S. got some similar notes for my hubs – but they’re a little more…. ummm …..flirtatious).

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5.  Stick a fun surprise in their lunchbox.

(My kids are so going to love their “Encourage”  chocolate bar surprise tomorrow.)

6.  Of course nothing beats hugs and words like, “I’m proud of you kiddo.”

My dad used to always say that.  Those would be the words I would need to encourage me and give me strength to finish my task.

So go out and be mom’s that encourage their kids.  After all, life can be a little overwhelming – even for a 4 year old!

Until next week,

Rebekah

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Labor Day: The Fruits of Our Labor

Daily Truth:  “You shall eat the fruit(s) of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.” Psalm 128:2

 

Fruits of Our LaborWe planted two apple trees in our backyard when our children were young.  The Red Delicious apple tree did not do very well but the Golden Delicious apple tree has provided fruit for twenty years.  Our children are now in their early twenties and we are still enjoying the fruit from this tree.

When our children were young they would help pick apples from our trees.  We would all then wash and peel them with our corer and peeler.

Applesauce, apple pies, apple crisp, apple butter and even dehydrated apples were made in those late summer days. Bees would be attracted to the screen outside the kitchen window as the aroma of cooking apples would waft out the window.

Growing apples or picking fruit from an orchard and then helping to cook the fruit brings Psalm 128:2 to life.  Children realize that the labor or work from their hands brings blessings as they enjoy the fruit of their labor.

Teachable moments are around us each day.  Use God’s World and daily life experiences to teach God’s Word.

Take Psalm 128:2 to the next level for your child by discussing how dad and mom labor for the family.  What “fruits” do they provide for the family?  With older children guide the conversation away from the literal “fruit” to abstract “fruit”.  Discuss what jobs they could do around the home to bless one another.

And now back to the literal “fruit” for recipes to cook with your children and make for your family.

Apple Recipes

Apple Pie

7 cups sliced apples

1 cup sugar

3 T. flour

1 t. (plus) cinnamon

½ t. nutmeg

1 ½ T. vinegar

Mix all ingredients in bowl before putting in pie crust.  Taste to see if it needs more sugar as some apples are very tart.  Put into pie crust and dot with butter before placing the top pie crust.  Seal and crimp the pie crusts together.  To glaze top crust mix some sugar with a little milk and spread over crust before adding the vent cuts.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Apple Butter

5 pints of chunky applesauce

½ cup red hots

4 cups sugar

¼ t. cloves

½ cup cider vinegar

Cook on low in Crock Pot for 12 to 14 hours or until thickened as desired.  Cool and place in freezer containers or may be canned at this point.

Enjoy the “fruits” of your labor.

Until the next “Truth” sharing moment.

Cathy Jo Johnson

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From Fear to Faith: “Fear Not” Scriptures

Daily Truth: “Fear not, for I am with thee”.  Isaiah 41:10

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One of my family’s favorite “fear not” passage is Psalm 56.

Last Wednesday night, our Pastor shared a portion of this chapter with us in church.  My hubs and I reminded our oldest about this “fear not” passage that night at home.

Thursday was the big test of faith vs. fear for our oldest.  She would have to board the bus to go to a game.  In tears, she told us she absolutely didn’t want to do it.

So, we promptly brought her to this “fear not” passage.

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” Psalms 56:3

(This song goes great to “The Wheels on the Bus”.  An easy way for little guys to learn this verse.)

When we fear something, what do we often do?

Cry.

Mmmmm – God knew that too.

“Put my tears into Your bottle;  Are they not in Your book?”  Psalms 56:8

Our tears are so important to God that He collects them and puts them in a bottle.

Then the Psalmist repeats himself.

“In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalms 56:11

We like to rephrase the last part.

“What can___________do to me?”

Fill in the blank with your child’s fear (or yours for that matter).

Storms. People. Buses.  Darkness.  (All real fears of my children).

You get the idea.

Here are a few more of our favorite “fear not” verses.

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power.”  II Timothy 1:7

God doesn’t want us to fear, so He gives us the power to face our fear.

Fear not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;”  Isaiah 41:10

“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13

Once again a repeat.  However, don’t miss the beautiful picture here.  God holds our hand while we face our fears.

My youngest did that the other day.  He hates anything doctor which if you know my family you will appreciate the irony of that fear. So, I was prepared that the dentist would be a humdinger of a visit.  When the hygienist called my little man’s name. he looked at me, stretched his hand toward me,  and said, “Can you hold my hand?” You know what- he didn’t let go until he was out of that chair.

That’s what God does with us when we have to face our fears.  We look at Him with tears in our eyes, and ask Him, “Abba, Father, will you hold my hand?”  He doesn’t let go.

“Only be thou strong and very courageousJoshua 1:7

“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?”  Psalms 118:6

Psalms 23 is not only a good reminder of God’s provision, but also of His protection.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”  Psalms 23:1

Can we not also say. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not fear.”

There are so many verses that deal with fear. These are just a few of our favorites.

So, what was the result of the bus?  Well, when we asked her how it went – “It was great mom.  I only wish you could have let me ride it home instead of having to go home with you.”

Sigh – I can’t win!

Until next week,

Rebekah

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Make This Year’s School Shoes Last a Lifetime

Daily Truth: Shoes “and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” Ephesians 6:15

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Baby steps then toddler steps and before you know it your child is grown.  Each stage of growth means new shoes.

New shoes are almost always part of the items purchased for a new school year.  This year while buying school supplies, clothing and shoes make it a special time and also go out to lunch after shopping.

Bring up the verse from Ephesians 6 about shoes. Discuss how shoes are important to protect feet.  Discuss how different shoes are needed for various sports, gym class, and school. The correct type of shoe helps us to do our best.

In Ephesians 6:15 there are several words that may need explaination to the child.  The word “shod” means to bind on.  I grew up with horses so when I think of  the word “shod” I think of nailing on a horse’s shoe.  So “bind” would mean to tightly fasten to your feet. The word “preparation” means to be prepared.  The word “gospel” means the good news of Jesus Christ.  The word “peace” means the salvation we have through Jesus Christ. Sure there are other kinds of peace but true peace is only found in Jesus.

Help your child remember each day when he or she puts on those new shoes to also put on the shoes of peace from God’s Word.

The special shoes that God  teaches us about in Ephesians 6 are just a part of the entire armor of God.  To learn more about all of the armor of God read Ephesians 6:10-20.

God is so good to teach us His Word through things such as shoes in our every day life.   Take advantage of “teachable moments” and bring God’s Word alive to your child.

Until the next “Truth” telling moment,

Cathy Jo Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

A Season and a Time: It’s Time for School!

Daily Truth: “To everything there is a season,  A time for every purpose under heaven:”  Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

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Well, It’s that time and season of year again.  Another season of my little family’s life is approaching.

Yes, it’s that time again – school starts tomorrow.

Unlike the Staple’s commercial,  in which the father is merrily wheeling the shopping cart up and down the aisle while throwing school supplies into his cart and the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays in the background – I don’t view this time of the year as “the most wonderful time of the year”.  In fact, I am more like the kids following their dad around – head hung low.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I love the school we send our kids too.  Their teachers are fantastic. I know that they are being taught well both academically and spiritually.

It’s just that I love everything about summer!

I love the carefree of the summer days.  I love the lack of a time schedule.  But most of all I love spending all that time with my kids.

Once again I must make a confession.  There were a few moments when I wondered if I would be able to make it through the summer.  After all, one can only take so much fighting especially in the car.  But overall, I love spending time with my kids.

Honestly, this has been a very full last week of summer.  How much can one cram into 7 days.

– Two visits to the state fair

– A trip to the pool

– A trip to a local museum park

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– A trip to a favorite local restaurant

– A trip to another favorite local dine

– Trip to the Lego store

– Camp out at the house

– And then finish up with a 6th grade backyard back to school bash

And the list goes on.

So, here we are again.  That time of year.  Like I said, it’s another season in our lives.

My oldest is finishing up elementary school.  Thus the time for starting things like sports practices has come.   Now, mom will be attending as many games as possible with the siblings in tote wearing the school colors.

Now the time for all three of the siblings to be in school has come.  My two middle ones will be sharing teachers and classroom.  (Praying for those teachers!)  The youngest starts his school time in preschool – part time.  I’m not quite ready to let him go full time yet.

So, four back packs are ready to go.  Two lunches packed.  Three uniforms and one first day of school outfit pressed and ready to go.

Tomorrow, I will be one of those mom’s shedding tears as I see my kids off to school and realize that we are entering another passage of time.

Then I will join some other moms for breakfast, talk, laugh, and count my precious 3 1/2 hours until I have to get my two youngest from school.

I wonder how much I can get done in that short amount of time?

Until next Monday,

Rebekah

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Thy Son, Thy Only Son: Dedicated to God

Daily Truth:  “Take thy son, thy only son Isaac, whom thou lovest…and offer him.”  Genesis 22:2

Dedicated in Life and in Death.

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This weekend my church family dedicated four lives to God.

We dedicated the life of – a sweet wife and mother – to the Lord. She was dedicated to God in life and now in death.

We dedicated the lives of a sweet couple and their daughter to the Lord. They were dedicated to God in life and now in death.

The word used over and over during their service was “dedicated” – dedicated to God, their son, their family, each other.

When a tragedy like this strikes, you are faced with so many questions.  “Why?”  “What if..?”  “How come?”

When tragedy like this strikes you are also brought face to face with a choice – How am I going to allow God to use this in my life?

The passing of these four have brought this question to the front of my mind.  The one phrase that seems to come before me often is “Thy son, thy only son”. (Genesis 22:1-18)

On Tuesday morning, I opened my email and there was a devotional dealing with having our children dedicated to God.

Coincidence?  No.  Providence.

Our Pastor spoke briefly to the church family Wednesday night.  He told us how he turned to his wife this week and asked, “If God had said to you that your son, daughter-in-law, and your granddaughter would be taken home prematurely, would you have been willing?”

Her response, “We’ve always been willing.”

Dedicated to God in life and in death.  Powerful.  Poignant.

A mom in our church, whose daughter was in the hospital, said that our Pastor came around to each of the hospital rooms and asked how THEIR kids were doing.  The mom said that they asked Pastor, “Fine, but how are YOU doing?”

His response, “We are thankful for the years God gave us our son.”

Dedicated to God in life and in death.  Powerful.

My husband and I dedicated our oldest to the Lord shortly after she was born.  We did the same for our three younger ones as soon as they were adopted.  But like so many other families, did we realize the full impact of that moment?

We, like Hannah and Abraham of old, opened up our hands to the Lord and said, “Take and use them as only You see fit.  May I not get in the way of your master plan.”

The four we dedicated to God had all fulfilled part of God’s master plan this week.  Though their time was short here on earth, God’s work for them was done.  They had dedicated their lives to His service in life and in death and now they are enjoying the presence of God in Heaven.

So, I am brought face to face with this question:  Am I willing to give my two sons and my two daughters –  the ones that my husband and I claimed I Samuel 1:27 “For this child I prayed and the Lord has granted my petition which I asked of Him” –  to Him daily, without reserves, fully dedicated to God and His service?

Lord, may I be willing.

Dedicated to God                                                                                                                                     As I watch my children play,                                                                                                                               And see them change and grow,                                                                                                                                       I want to keep them young and small,                                                                                                                                                  But I know that cannot be so.

They are full of life and dreams,                                                                                                                                     Each one planning what they want to be-                                                                                                                       A daddy, doctor, policeman, farmer,                                                                                                                         A princess, writer, teacher, mommy.

I have dreams for them as well                                                                                                                            And wonder too what they will be,                                                                                                                              What goals they will accomplish,                                                                                                                                   And what dreams they will achieve.

Yet, as I seek God’s Word for wisdom,                                                                                                                            I am reminded that they are not my own,                                                                                                                                  That these precious children of mine                                                                                                                         Are given to me from God – on loan.

As I bring each child before the throne,                                                                                                              And bow on bended knee,                                                                                                                                          I give each child to the Lord,                                                                                                                                           And petition Him humbly,

“Lord, I don’t ask that they have riches                                                                                                                             Or that they experience great fame.                                                                                                                                               I simply ask that they know, love, serve you,                                                                                                                      And glorify Thy name.

I know these children are not my own,                                                                                                                       You have chosen to give them to me.                                                                                                                          So, I simply give them back to you                                                                                                                                  That they may be used greatly of Thee.

Please take them, use them, and mold them                                                                                                               Into servants and vessels that you can use.                                                                                                            Sharpen them, train them, and strengthen them                                                                                                                      Into Your powerful tools.

May I step back and allow you to work                                                                                                                    Even if your ways I don’t understand.                                                                                                                            May this mother never get in the way                                                                                                                            Of You working Your master plan.

May I hold them tight enough to protect them                                                                                                               From the snares of this World and Satan,                                                                                                                           But hold them loose enough so that You                                                                                                                          May use them, mold them, and shape them.”

So as I watch my children play                                                                                                                                    And see them quickly change and grow,                                                                                                                      I know my time with them is very short                                                                                                                           And pray it is God they will seek, love, serve, and know.

Until Next Monday, Rebekah klink

The Heavens Beckon Our Attention: God’s Glory

Daily Truth:  “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.”  Psalm 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God

The heavens do declare the glory of God.  And, the firmament does show His handiwork.

We serve an amazing God!  The stars are so numerous that we cannot count them.  The sun is at just the right distance to provide heat and light to sustain us and not destroy us.  God’s glory and majesty can be seen every day and night.

It is no coincidence that the sun, moon, and stars are hung above us.  We must look up to see them.  Written in Isaiah 55:9 God tells us,  “The heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”.

Looking up at the heavens we can see this heaven yet in Revelation 21:1 John tells us, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:  for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…..”.  Gazing up at the night sky can prompt questions of the new heaven.  What does it take so we can see this “new heaven”?  It takes the realization that Christ, God’s Son, died for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried and that He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures.  (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)  God’s Word also tells us in Acts16:31 “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”

On the next clear night go outside, away from the city lights, with a blanket and your family.  Lie there and look up.  Can you too declare the glory of God?  God is so good to give us just a peek into the beauty of our eternal home and a glimpse into His full glory.

Some resources for you and your child to find more about the heavens include:

“Creation Astronomy” by Dr. Jason Lisle, “Kids Answers” by Answers in Genesis,  Answers in Genesis Kid Videos:  Habitable Planet and Distant Starlight , to see amazing photos from space see the Hubble website, and  a great app for an iPhone is “Night Sky”.  This app will help you to identify constellations while gazing at the stars.

Until the next “Truth” telling moment,

Cathy Jo

This article first appeared on “Truths for Tots” blog

Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death: God Comforts

Daily Truth that brings comfort: “Yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil.” Psalms 23:4

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This weekend my church family in Indianapolis was plummeted into the valley of the shadow of death.  A few of our families are forced to walk through this valley even deeper due to the loss of loved ones.  Words fail at a time like this.  Yet, God’s Word NEVER fails and brings comfort.

The following are a few of the verses that have brought and continue to bring comfort to me as my family recently traveled through this valley.

I sought the Lord and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.Psalms 34:4

Oh taste and see that the Lord is good. ” Psalms 34:8

He is their strength in the time of trouble.”  Psalms 37:39

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
 My tears have been my food day and night, Psalms 42:1-3

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1

Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalms 46:10

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.  From the ends of the earth I call to you.  I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  For you have been my refuge,a strong tower against the foe.” Psalms 61:1-3

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken”  Psalms 62:1-2

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”  Psalms 73:26

I cried out to God with my voice—To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me.” Psalms 77:1

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.
 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;”  Isaiah 43:1-3

For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts Isaiah 55:8-9

Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” Psalms 56:8

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes”  Revelation 7:11

Sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”  I Thessalonians 4:13-14

I love the last three verses. What comfort they provide!  Each tear we cry God knows about and one day will wipe them all away.  As believers in Christ we have the confidence that we will see those fellow believers who have passed before us again.

Praying God’s comfort for all,

Rebekah

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Just a Boy

Daily Truth:  “There is a boy here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?”  John 6:9

 

                                                 Just a Boy.

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We have been reading through a devotional book entitled “Heroes and Villains of the Bible” this summer in our family devos. Mostly the heroes and villains have been adults – until Saturday night.  That night we read about how a boy’s lunch fed 5000 men.

Just a Boy.

Now, the kids have heard this story before.  However, to hear it light of a “hero” was a whole other view point.  I mean…really…a child as a “hero”?  You could see the question spinning through their heads.

 

 

Just a Boy.

Of course, the number “5,000” means nothing to 4, 5, and 6 year olds.  So, we had to put it in perspective for them.

“Sam, let’s pretend that I pack you a lunch with 5 rolls and two small fish and you take it church.  Now let’s say, we walk into the auditorium and we tell you to share your lunch with everybody in the church.  Would it happen?”

Once again the wheels spinning. “What?!?!”

Micah, “No way that would work!”

Now we have no where near 5,000 members in our church but just the thought of having to share that little with that many was overwhelming.

Just a Boy.

Then Alexandra chimed in, “Dad, I’m sure there were other people that brought a lunch.  How come Jesus didn’t use their lunches?”

“Maybe, they didn’t offer to help like this little boy did.”

Just a Boy.

Then we reminded the kids that we don’t know the boys name, but he is forever remembered as the “Boy with the five loaves and two fish that over 5,000 men”.

I mean can you imagine him running home to his mom and exclaiming, slightly out of breath, “Mom you will never believe what Jesus did today!”

Just a Boy,

Why is this boy remembered through all time?  Why did God say to John, “Hey, remember the feeding of the 5,000?  Tell about that as you write this book”.

Why? Simply because the boy was willing to share in only a way a child could.

He didn’t see the vast number of people.  He didn’t see the impossibility.  He didn’t calculate how much money he would need like the disciples did.  No, he just simply handed his lunch to Jesus – willingly.  No tempers.  No coercing from dad.

Just a Boy.

So, another thought occurred to me as we finished up the devotional.  How was a little boy so willing to share his little lunch?  I’m sure it was hot and had been a tiring walk.

I mean, I have two boys and when they are ravenous, telling them to share their lunch is right up with asking them to eat their broccoli with a happy spirit.

So, how did this boy willingly give away his lunch?

Training.  Parents training him at a young age to share all he has with others.  No restraints.  No questions.  Just a willing spirit.

Demonstrating. Parents demonstrating by their actions how to share and help others with a willing spirit.  Not grudgingly.

Convicting!

It always amazes me how God’s Word can reach all ages with the same story.

Just a Boy.

So, my kids went away with the idea that even though they are little, they can still be a hero for God.

I went away reminded to keep on with the training because God can use just a boy.

Until next Monday,

Rebekah

P.S.  The little maid to Naaman’s wife is another little hero God used for Him.

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“The World Itself Could Not Contain the Books”

Daily Truth:  “And there are also many things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”  John 21:25

Pile of Books

Did you know there were 1,052,803  books published in 2009 and approximately 3,000,000 books published in 2011? (These statistics are from Bowkers, the company in the U.S., that issue ISBN numbers.)  Google actually counted the number of books in existence and as of August 5, 2010 there were 129,864,880 books in print.  Yet, “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” of all that Jesus did while on earth.

All the things that Jesus did if written in books would fill the earth. That is a huge statement.  How big is the earth you ask?  The circumference at the equator is 24,901 miles. (One of those facts remembered from grade school.)  And yet, “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” of all that Jesus did while on earth.

Are you getting the picture?  It is mind boggling to think of how much Jesus did in three years. His compassion was great!  His love was deep!  He could not but help those around him.

When we teach our children about Jesus feeding the 5,000, turning water into wine, meeting the woman at the well, healing the sick, blind, deaf and lame, and raising the dead we are just telling about a few of Jesus’s miracles and teachings. Remember, “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” Do not lose the enthusiasum and wonder of a child.  Get amazed at what the Lord Jesus Christ did!  Share that love, compassion and amazment with the children in your life.

We do not need to wonder what was not included in the Bible because God has included just the right teachings and miracles for us to know and learn. Matthew 5:18 tells us that “no jot or tittle shall in no way pass from the law, until all be fulfilled.”  Everything written in the Bible is for a purpose.  How good it is that God inspired holy men of God to write about Himself and His Son, Jesus Christ, all in one book, the Bible.  Can you imagine needing to read thousands of books to understand the character of God, His plan of salvation, Jesus’s miracles, how to live with one another, and all the other many things God teaches us through His Word?  God is so good to us.

And yet, “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” of all that Jesus did while on earth. How wonderful it is to think about Jesus’s great compassion for the people around him.  Not only in the time he walked this earth but the eternal home He is preparing for those who believe in Him. Jesus gave His life for us that we may live with Him in eternity.  His compassion was and is too great to fathom.  It is also too great to record in volumes of books.  Truly amazing!

Share this concept with a young child, especially a visual learner.  Try going to your city library and pointing out all the books and then discussing that all that Jesus did while on earth could not even be held in that library.  Check out Truths for Tots Pinterest board on Books and Libraries to get another visual on large collections of books.

Also, check out Truths for Tots Pinterest board on Children’s Books that Point to Jesus.

Remember, “And there are also many things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one,  the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25

Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,

Cathy Jo