BIRTHDAY BOY

BIRTHDAY BOY

As a family, sit and ask, “Jesus, what do You want for your birthday this year?” You might be surprised to learn what everyone hears. Doing this as a family creates connection, unity, and entering His Presence together. Let’s Ask Jesus!

LET’S ASK JESUS

 “Jesus, when was the last time I made You laugh?” P.S. It is okay to giggle at His reply! Gather as a family in the living room, in the car, at the dinner table, or at bedtime, and ask Jesus together. This is so empowering for children because they get to witness how God communicates with you, which increases their faith, and together you get to encounter Him. Spiritual hearing is a muscle that is strengthened by worshiping and praying. The more you do it, the stronger you become at it.

LET’S ASK JESUS

I want to lead you into an encounter with Jesus. #1. Ask, “Jesus, will You please show me a picture of what my child’s life would look like being connected to You?” #2. Go tell them! “Hey, guess what Jesus just told me about you?” Hearing from God and then releasing it over our children is a way to help them connect to His heart.

LET’S ASK JESUS

Call to your mind when your firstborn baby was born, and you held them in your arms for the first time. Visit that memory for a bit. Then ask, “Jesus, will You show me a picture of how BIG Your Father is in relation to the baby?” Now picture YOU as that little newborn baby. Next, gather as a family in the living room, in the car, at the dinner table, or at bedtime, and ask Jesus together. This is empowering for children because they witness how God communicates with you, which increases their faith, and together you get to encounter Him. Spiritual hearing is a muscle that is strengthened by worshiping and praying. The more you do it, the stronger you become at it.

LET’S ASK JESUS

 “Jesus, will You please show me how You feel about my mother/father/sister/brother?” Ask for each family member and then share what you heard. Gather as a family in the living room, in the car, at the dinner table, or at bedtime, and ask Jesus together. This is so empowering for children because it gives you a chance to model how you communicate with God, increases their faith, and you get to see and encounter Him as a family. Spiritual healing is a muscle that is strengthened over time, like worshiping and praying. The more you do it, the stronger you become at it.

LET’S ASK JESUS

“Jesus, will You show me a picture of something You did for me yesterday?” Gather as a family in the living room, in the car, at the dinner table, or at bedtime, and ask Jesus together. This is empowering for children because it gives you a chance to model how you communicate with God, increase their faith, and encounter Him as a family. Spiritual hearing is a muscle that is strengthened over time, such as worshiping and praying. The more you do it, the stronger you become at it.

LET’S ASK JESUS

Grab a mirror and stare at yourself for at least 60 seconds. Ask, “Jesus, what do You see when You look at me?” Gather as a family in the living room, in the car, at the dinner table, or at bedtime, and ask Jesus together. This is so empowering for children because they get to witness how God communicates with you, which increases their faith, and together you get to encounter Him. Spiritual hearing is a muscle that is strengthened by worshiping and praying. The more you do it, the stronger you become at it.

LET’S ASK JESUS

Ask, “Jesus, if You were here in the flesh, how would You handle my children?” (You may be surprised by the answer).

GIFT OF CONNECTION

Have you ever noticed that December is often the busiest time of year? Does it seem ironic that in our attempt to celebrate our Savior, our children get a little lost in the shuffle? If the Kingdom is righteousness, peace, and joy, then it would make sense that the best gift we could offer back to Him is keeping peace and joy in our homes all month long. The best way to do that is to STAY CONNECTED!! Call a family meeting and come up with 25 creative, yet simple ways to CONNECT. Each day your child wakes up and discovers a new opportunity to connect for that day. Trust me; your child would be happy with it written on a sticky note in crayon. You can simply print this list out, cut it into sections and create a paper chain to be opened daily. If doing something more creative is your thing, go for it, but I urge you to select a creative measure that brings you JOY and where you can remain in the place of PEACE. Each day should be created, planned, and completed as a family. You will be connecting with them as you include, empower and solicit their help. You can manipulate which card they get on which day based on our schedule, but your #1 goal is to CONNECT AS A FAMILY! 

GOD’S GENERALS

Are you looking for a great child gift idea? My kids LOVED the God’s General book series for children. Plant seeds deep of real heroes and what living for the Kingdom looks like.

CHRISTMAS STORY

Years ago, I asked the kids to go into the back room and act out the Christmas story. I said, “Emma, I want you to be the angel. Hudson, you will be Joseph, Lauren will be Mary, and Ellie will be the shepherd.” I gave them 15 minutes to come up with a skit of the Christmas story. They were so excited to usher me to my seat and get in their places. It was raw and organic but revealed to me just how deeply they had grasped the Christmas story. Use this KEY in parenting by first teaching them about something and then testing out what was inside their heart by asking questions, role-playing, or having them act out the story/principle. It gave me a grid for what I still needed to do after teaching them. We have started a new way of devotions in that each child takes a day and leads the family. I am seeing what is inside of them, as well as the areas I need to go after more in teaching and empowering them. Pull on your kids and put them in situations where they get to reveal what is inside of them.