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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Kidsing… Second Generation

I was searching youtube this morning for something that, frankly, is not nearly as positive as this. Sometimes the things you have to focus on are demanding, but draining. In the process, I came across this. I do not even know where this church is, but I know their little people have benefitted if they have been doing the KIDSING cards.  Every little heart that’s ingesting the Word is more fully prepared for the devil’s onslaught. The devil’s onslaught is certain in America, if the Lord lets the world stand for another generation. In fact, any astute Bible student is necessarily shocked by his no-holds-barred attack on the Word and morality as we try to find our way through what many are calling the post-Christian era. Our children will encounter the wolves who are subtly trying to convince them that any passage they read can be understood in so many varying ways, that the Bible is rendered meaningless in any contextually practical way. But worse, the most deviant forms of sin are now not only “out there” for the finding, but they are being crammed down the throats (and into the world-views) of students in government-mandated places meant for learning and development. Our schools are, in many instances, simply indoctrination camps–places in which parents are no longer even allowed access to the classroom even for the briefest of visits. Prayer, persistence and intervention for your children are necessary if you are going to keep the devil at bay. He wants your children.

But this is what I found while searching this morning. From experience, I know that it can be a strong foundational block in a house (life) well-lived for heaven. Take a look at this random site that I saw this morning. Let me know if I can help you in Family Bible Time, in your congregation’s pew-packers time, in your one-on-one time with children or grandchildren in the car, or around your dinner table. We can put the Word in them when they rise up, when they lie down, when they walk by the way and when they sit in our homes (Deuteronomy 6). Every little capsule of immunization “serum” that we give our children from the Word is a dose of preparation for the onslaught. This is not alarm-ism. It’s simply the strong message the devil has heralded in our country.

(There’s never a charge for your use of any Kidsing materials.)

https://www.mainstchurchofchristonline.com/kidsing.html

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Carol Dodd…A Name in the Book

I know God knows best, but I wish Carol could have lived a little while longer because, unlike most people diagnosed with cancer, she came into her spiritual prime AFTER that diagnosis. Not that she wasn’t a force for the devil to reckon with prior to the cancer, but, with all the spiritual tenacity that was characteristic of her whole life, she determined to spend the last months of her life influencing, patterning and preparing for the time when she “being dead, yet speaks” (Hebrews 11:4). And she does speak with clarity now. She went to her long home (Ecclesiastes 12:5) on Saturday morning early and left many of us just longing for the reunion we will know one day. More people will enjoy the reunion because Carol lived. 

Carol was never self-serving and so the book that was published, of her deep Bible studies and lessons presented to women, was presented to her as a surprise. The first run quickly sold out and we have a very limited supply of the second printing. If you want one by which you may remember Carol, but most importantly draw closer to the God she served, order here: www.thecolleyhouse.org

Let me emphasize that all proceeds will be given directly to Don. Although we have the books and are mailing them, no proceeds will go to The Colley House. It’s an excellent book for personal study or ladies classes. 

She was pretty special. She loved Christmas, Harry Potter, eating Mexican food with us and Digging Deep. Most of all, she loved God. She knew this life was a testing ground. She passed. I know she did. That’s the blessed assurance. There is nothing to mourn except for the selfish realization that I will miss her constant encouragement sorely. (And then there’s the painful reality that so many others will miss her in countless ways; especially her devoted husband, Don.) She truly cared about my children. She loved my grandchildren. She taught them and many of your children and grandchildren. She was the brightest source of encouragement that I’ve known in this world in a very long time. The chasm of this void will be deep for many. We should pray for each other as we walk through the valley of the shadow of this death (Psalm 23:4). He is with us.

Once pretty early in our relationship, Carol thought I had unfriended her on Facebook. In typical Carol fashion, she fretted and worried and finally came up with the courage to ask Glenn why I had done that. She was surprised to find that, upon investigation, she had accidentally unfriended me! I laughed so hard. I’m glad there’s another book in which the only erasures are done with God’s blotter.

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels (Revelation 3:5).

A recent letter to encourage a child…It did encourage him.

I’m glad that book will be opened and, once closed, my time and bliss with sisters will have no bounds. Praise Him!

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Teaching Kids to Pray #2: Maximizing the Morning Mindset

Just as in school. young children are taught certain rituals each morning (figuring out the season of the year and today’s date, assessing the weather, and quoting memory work from a literary text or from the Bible in Christian education) children who grow up leaning on prayer begin their days talking to God. It doesn’t have to be long. It should never be arduous, but rather enthusiastic and positive. It should be the verbal and heavenward “prediction” by you and your kids that it’s going to be a great day because God is your Father. 

I know I’m not the expert, but it’s my suggestion, although you’re going to listen to and assist your kids in prayer every day, that this first morning prayer be led by Mom or Dad. At the breakfast table is a great place to do this. 

Your tone of voice is pretty important here. It’s not monotone and it’s not a daily quotation. Your breakfast voice to God should be the same one you would use to a friend who has just brought flowers and dinner for your family. It should radiate amazement at his goodness, because His mercies are new every single morning (Lamentations 3:23). Here’s a sample: 

Oh Father! It’s a brand new day you have given us. That sunshine coming in our window is from You! You let us sleep in our own warm beds and now, here we are …ready to go and do good things to show people how much we love you. You gave us our kitty and our house and our car and…oh God, you gave us EVERY single thing that makes us smile. Oh God, thank-you! We love these biscuits and eggs, Lord. You never let us run out of food and we even sometimes have enough to save for later. Help us to not ever forget that you are our Father. Daddy is so good, but you are even HIS Father. Thank you for taking care of our little family. Help us to have a great day for you. Please keep us safe. Help us to be good and help us to be happy all day. Thank you for giving us Jesus. We love Him so much! And we pray in His Name, Amen.

Remember, the voice they hear should be the same voice you would use to encourage them before their piano recitals or tournament ballgames—excited and confident and supportive. 

Next time: Should kids be required to put their hands together and bow their heads? What about prayer postures? 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Six Winners Instead of Three!

Just like we do not know how many wise men there were serving the baby Jesus, you never know how many really wise women there may be when it comes to serving Jesus, the Savior. (Serving others is serving Him [Matthew 25].) So, narrowing down your service ideas to a mere three was nigh to impossible. I’m taking some of your ideas to present in ladies days about service this year. I’ll credit the diggers, but I cannot wait! Mostly, I cannot wait to try some of them myself. You are the best!

So, six winners instead of three this Christmas. The six ladies below need to message me their postal addresses. I’ll send your tea towels and bracelets. Let me know that they arrive safely. (It’s mayhem season at the post office!)

Meanwhile, I’ll be posting the winning ideas here. Drum roll…the winners are:

Aurelia Wright–California

Nancy Pennington–Ohio

Debbie Deavours–Alabama

Sandra Woolsey–Tennessee

Kerri Epling–Tennessee

Molly Cobb–Missouri

Every reader needs to look at the ideas I’m going to run in the next few days. (You ladies are intuitive about effective service!) I know there’s at least one of these ideas that each of you can incorporate into your own service regime or into the work of your local church. Here’s the first winning entry from Nancy Pennington (trying to get the “Christmasy” ideas in first):

“We have a single mom of 3 in our congregation with no family in the area. My husband and I are taking the three children out to lunch and Christmas shop for their mom. We are giving each child (8,7,6) a set amount of money to buy a gift for mom. The mall is an hour from our home. This has been fun thinking of what to do.
Thanks.” 
Nancy Pennington

 

 

 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Imagine this: Propagandizing and Book Burning

If some very powerful people in government and society have their way, we are going to be making radical changes across the board in rapid fashion. One of the saddest that came across my desk this week is the eradication (a very real present-day book burning) of six Dr. Seuss books from library shelves and coincidentally, the big push through children’s books,  to educate preschoolers in the acceptance and  approval (Romans 1: 32 in vogue) of the LGBTQ movement. I cannot adequately express the eternal inequity to children when we teach them to approve homosexuality, transgenderism, etc…PRIOR to their ability to even comprehend sexuality at all. It is damage beyond our ability to repair. We have to keep saying truth about God’s plan for one man and and one woman for life and about divinely assigned gender. Christian parents and grandparents must see that this is no time to throw in the towel due to our own exasperation and exhaustion with the fight against what is so very vile as to infect pure minds prior to their ability to discern; to strip tender imaginations of their sweet scope and place in them what eventually defiles and damns. It is child abuse of the most severe kind.

Here’s the instagram post by LGBT in which a little boy is being taught the GayBCs.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CLuxwNHl23I/

and here is what’s being removed:

https://apnews.com/article/dr-seuss-books-racist-images-d8ed18335c03319d72f443594c174513

This needs no commentary from me. But it needs exposure. Christian parents must be vigilant.

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

DD–The Children-Training Scripture List

As we close out our study of the fifth commandment, I’m reflecting on how much I learned from examining those words in Exodus 20 about the “honor system: that exists in godly families. I had never spent a lot of time before thinking about how Scripture bears out that the fifth command was every bit as much for adults as it was for children. 

Thinking about the training of children, this morning, I wanted to share the passage list, as promised in the podcast—the list that directs us to a three-fold responsibility in bringing up our children. We must nurture. We must educate. We must chasten, or discipline. Here are some passages that might be helpful as you contemplate this. I know you could add more from your own study. Thanks to Emily Anderson for adding her list to mine.

Nurture: 

Ephesians 6:4

Colossians 3:21

Proverbs 29:15

Genesis 25:28; 26:34-35; 27:41,42

Luke 11:11-13

Matthew 7:9-11

Proverbs 31:27,28

Proverbs 31:21

1 Timothy 5:8

2 Timothy 1:5

Titus 2:4

Education:

Deuteronomy 6:4-7

Deuteronomy 4:9,10

Judges 17:3-13

Exodus 13:8

Exodus 13:14

Exodus 10:2

Exodus 12:26,27

Deuteronomy 6: 20-25

Leviticus 23:31-43

2 Timothy 3:15

Deuteronomy 11:18,19

Deuteronomy 31:9-13

Psalm 34:11

Psalm 78:5-8

Discipline:

Ephesians 6:4

Proverbs 19:18

Proverbs 13:24

Proverbs 29:17

Proverbs 22:15

Proverbs 23:13,14

Proverbs 29:15

1 Samuel 3:13

Hebrews 12:6-11

Proverbs 3:12

Deuteronomy 8:5,6

Proverbs 22:6 (note Hebrew for “train”)