Dealing With Jealousy {Growing in Godliness Series for Kids}

It begins with a seed of discontent. A thought of insecurity. Jealousy is a green monster that must be slain. Helping our children understand why jealousy is harmful is a step in the right direction on the narrow path of godliness. {Deuteronomy 5:32}jealousy

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Using Prayer Stations with Children

And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. ~ Matthew 6:7

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Prayer. You need it, your kids need it. Like water to our very souls, the importance of prayer cannot be overstated. But how do you keep kids engaged in praying, more than rote words or “God bless my puppy”?

Sometimes, you need to do something different to engage their senses and spark their minds. I have found that Prayer Stations are helpful to show kids ways to pray and to keep them focused. I have used them with great success with ages from preschoolers through adults. Continue reading

Teaching Kids to Pray for the Future

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

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The future. It can be scary. It’s the unknown. But we serve a mighty God who was the same yesterday, today, and is the same tomorrow. That should bring us hope.

And hope is what our kids need. Continue reading

Teaching Kids to Pray When Reading the Bible

How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. ~ Psalm 119:9-10

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I love Psalm 119! It is full of verses that talk about loving God’s commands, statutes, law, and precepts. Of course, all of those words mean the Bible.

If you and your children have worked your way through this Prayer Series, then I commend you, and I’m sure you already have a quiet Bible time set aside. Continue reading

Teaching Kids to Pray During Trials and Peer Pressure

Be prepared parents! When you train your children up in the Lord and teach them to walk in the light, they will look different than the world…and that is ok!

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So many parents are concerned with making sure their kids have friends and that they have what others do… high end clothing, latest phones and what seems to be on the rise… “privacy”

We are weird parents, my husband and I. We, for the most part, only buy what we need, drive older cars and have very high standards for what we watch on TV. We also monitor our children’s electronic usage. We have 4 teens and we know their passwords and they know that we do random checks often. With the amount of evil roaming on the internet, something that can be very good and fun can turn to bad in a heartbeat. Why do we do these things? Are we over the top? Continue reading

Teaching Kids to Pray During Times of Suffering, Abuse, or Death

Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings; From the wicked who despoil me, My deadly enemies who surround me. ~ Psalm 17:8-9

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**Preface – Suffering, abuse, and death are emotional and highly sensitive topics. I am no expert, but I do know my God. If you are someone who can give wisdom to others who might be dealing with these issues, then please add biblically solid counsel in the comment section. Also, if you EVER suspect abuse, please call the authorities. Thank you. ~ Anne Marie **

Suffering children can be found anywhere in the world. Walk into any local school and talk with the teachers and you will hear stories that break your heart. Children’s ministry leaders deal with broken-hearted children as well. Those of us teaching Bible to kids deal with not only the hard problems, but the spiritual brokenness that comes through the hurt. Continue reading

Teaching Kids to Pray Aloud and Through Song

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father. ~ Ephesians 5:18-20

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“But what about praying in one’s prayer closet? Aren’t we supposed to keep our prayers to ourselves? Isn’t my relationship between only God and myself?”

Yes.

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway ~ Keep Your Marriage Strong in the Lord

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S Day!! Ok. Well, it’s a few weeks early, but I wanted to get this out to you so you can enter before the holiday! You do not want to miss this giveaway of fabulous resources that will help you to strengthen your marriage. Enter at the bottom of this post. Don’t wait!

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Teaching Kids to Pray for the Ability to Forgive Others

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. ~ Hebrews 4:15

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Children are growing in maturity and understanding. When young, they do not have a full grasp on human behavior and why people treat others the way they do.

Our kids can be hurt by others unintentionally or intentionally. Turning our children to prayer in such situations will help them to have their hearts healed by the High Priest who has been through as much, or more, than them. Continue reading