Posts tagged ‘children’

Short and Spiky and Out!

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When 5-year-old Ethan Clos showed up to school with a short, spiky mohawk, his fellow kindergarteners thought it was cool. But, not the administrators at Reid Primary and Middle School in Springfield, Ohio. They said the hair was “too disruptive” and sent him home “until he adopted a tamer style.”

Are you kidding me?! You’re telling me a kindergarten teacher couldn’t keep control of the class because Ethan’s hair was so disruptive? I’m not buying that. So Ethan was different looking…so what.

God doesn’t buy that either! What you look like has no bearing on how God treats you. He loves you…period. Have you ever gone to a church where you, or others, were judged by their looks? My advice? Don’t go back! Find another church, they’re all not the same.

Remember the children’s song: “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” Let me assure you…you can add short, spiky-haired mohawk to that list.

(Paul speaking) As for those who were considered important in the church, their reputation doesn’t concern me. God isn’t impressed with mere appearances, and neither am I. Galatians 2

 

 

You Can Call Me Sophia Grace

Can you ever get too much of Sophia Grace and Rosie?!  I think not!!! You CANNOT watch this and not laugh!

 

IT’S MARCH! What’s not to like about a month that starts on a FRIDAY!!!

About X-rays, Bottle Caps, and Mozart

In Paraguay a chamber orchestra of 20 children uses instruments fashioned out of recycled materials from a landfill, performing the music of Beethoven, and Mozart, Henry Mancini and the Beatles. The sounds of a classical guitar come from two big jelly cans. Used X-rays serve as the skins of a drum set. Bottle caps work perfectly well as keys for a saxophone. Check out this clip from an upcoming documentary.

Amazing, huh. Out of garbage something beautiful is created. And, that’s exactly what God can do with you and me. Out of the garbage that is your life he can create something original and beautiful…a new you! Life can become part of a landfill, trash just taking up space. God takes that life and somehow recreates that rubbish into a person headed in the right direction. Then, he sticks by to keep you on the right path.

It takes your breath away just thinking about what God can do with your life. Think today about choosing not to be part of the landfill, but to allow God to make you part of his orchestra.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  2 Corinthians

What Happened Last Night

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You know that person who is the most annoying person you have ever met? Yes! That one! It’s so hard to be even-tempered with people like that. They drive you crazy; it’s demanding to deal with them. But, here’s the thing. Have you ever wondered what that person’s life was like? What it would be like to be…that person?

Be patient with difficult people; you never know what they’re going through.

I learned this lesson when I was volunteering at a school recently. I was tutoring a middle school student who was way behind in his homework. He wasn’t paying much attention so I stopped and asked him what was wrong. He told me he, his mom, two brothers, and sister had no house of their own. They just moved from place to place. There was always noise and incessant interruptions. Just the night before they had moved in with Mom’s new boyfriend.

The situation was sad. I wasn’t in a position where I could do much about it. But as we got back around to working on the lessons, I was much more patient with him. And, I continued to be in the weeks that followed.

Who will you come in contact with today or tomorrow or later this week? Maybe it’ll be a difficult person to work with. Give the person the benefit of the doubt. You don’t know what they’re going through that day. Ask God for patience.

But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. Psalm 86

Getting Through An Atrocity

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Looking at the horrific tragedy in Connecticut the past week, I’m sure you, like me, are asking: Why? My answer? I have absolutely no idea. What I do know is, it happened and now people must deal with the aftermath.

How do you get over the loss of a child? Not just the loss, but under these appalling circumstances. The truth is: You don’t get over it. You never get over it. But, you might get through it. With help. Much help from family, friends, professionals, support groups, any place you can connect.

Even so, I believe the greatest help you can seek is God’s. He promises to stand with you in the most difficult times. To carry you when you can no longer walk.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41

The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you. Psalm 9

Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. Psalm 68

Do you find yourself in difficult times? God’s promises are for everyone, you included. Think about connecting to greatest of all power sources…he’s waiting.

***I’d like to encourage you to pray for and think about the families of Newtown, Connecticut, in the following weeks and months. Too often after a terrible event and the initial grief, we tend to just forget and go on with our lives. But, for those involved the horror lives on, as they try to come to terms with what has happened. So, maybe we can pray for and remember the broken hearted just a little longer  as they make every effort to mend.

Jesus and Those Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days

Hard breaks are part of life. You hear about tragedies everyday. Bad things happen to and move you to the point where you’re not sure you can even cope. It can get to the place where just living day-to-day is a struggle. Where do you go for help? What if you don’t think you can get through it all?

The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Luke 7

One place you can find help is Jesus. He’s compassionate, he feels concern for your sufferings. It says in the scripture today “his heart overflowed with compassion” for this widow who had lost her only son. When something overflows it’s so full the contents just run all over the place, going everywhere. Now, that’s compassion, concern. That’s who you want to care about you.

Good day. Bad days. Horrible days…on those days try looking to the one whose compassion is so big, it just can’t be contained. He’ll be there to help you get your life back.

Facebook Ultrasound

How do you know when your friends are pregnant? Facebook! “We’re having a baby!” The concern for that child starts early and we can usually follow it on facebook. First, the ultrasound pictures. Boy or girl? Does everything look all right? Then, the post: “Felt the baby kick for the first time today!” Even before we see our children we’re involved with them. We begin considering what we’ll be able to do to help them grow and thrive and develop. We already love them and we haven’t even met them yet!

That’s Jesus. He came to earth to seek you out. He was thinking about you before you knew it. It’s sort of like when you were still an “ultrasound” picture, he already loved you. That’s not so hard to believe, considering the way you love your own children before you officially meet them. He’s a good parent; he wants to help you to grow and to thrive and to develop. He’s always thinking about what’s best for you.

What if Jesus had a facebook page. And the ultrasound picture of your life was proudly displayed there. And, he posted about how he loves you as he watches you develop into a wonderful person. How would that make you feel? Loved?

This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son…. 1 John 4

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