Children, Children's Bible Study, Family

Being a Good Friend- Children’s Bible Study

Being a Good FriendWe are so excited to announce our newest children’s Bible study, hot off the press! This Bible study is called ‘Being a Good Friend’ and it’s geared toward younger children so it’s a simple but effective walk through scripture passages each week night over the course of a month. Each day highlights a Bible verse that talks specifically about friendship. Of course the greatest display of friendship was when Jesus laid His own life down for His friends so moving through these scriptures with your children will give them a clear understanding of what a good friend looks like, both being a friend to others and also what a friend should look like to your child.

This is a great time to talk about being a good friend with school starting back up. It’s so easy for children to gravitate toward unhealthy relationships in school and in the neighborhood. But when you plant seeds of scripture in their hearts when they’re young, they will better be able to discern between good and not so good choices. And when they find friends that bring out their very best, your children will grow in healthy and strong relationships that they will come to depend on when things get tough.

As far as Bible study goes, you can never start too early with your children. This simple, quick study gives you the time with your child to study the scriptures together. For you to model what Bible study looks like, and for your child to begin her journey with Christ.

Encourage your child to journal during the process- for him to write down his thoughts. And for her to put into her own words what the scriptures mean to her. Not only will you have a precious keepsake, but your child will be developing Bible study skills along the way.

We sure do hope you like this simplistic children’s Bible study. And we pray that this precious time with your child is a blessing to you. Here’s the link for you to sign up to receive the free Bible study: Bible study

Children, Family

What’s going on in that little brain?!

img_1413Baby girl’s imagination is exploding lately.

At any point, I can find her chatting blissfully away with her animals in a carefully crafted tea party. Her little mind runs constantly with dialogue between baby dolls, stuffed puppy dogs, a stuffed sting ray and a little pink fuzzy snake…all while she carefully and lovingly prepares her magic appetizers for her guests.

I hear her talk to each guest with unique conversation and I also hear their replies to her inquisitiveness in their own voices, no less. It’s kind of like listening to Christof talk to Sven in the Disney movie, ‘Frozen’. Each animal has it’s own voice and it’s own opinions.

She’s so intentional and genuine in her conversations with her little friends gathered at the little pink tea party rug.

She’s so patient with each one when they don’t quite stand up right or when they fall into her tasty treats she’s placed in front of them.

She enjoys their friendships.

She appreciates her little stuffed friends.

She’s also very specific on how she interacts with her stuffed friends. Some get to come with her on outings, others need to stay behind with the group of¬†friends. Some get sick, some get boo-boos, some get scared and some get lost.

We try not to interrupt her meetings with her little friends…there’s important things happening in those moments. It’s a great opportunity to see what’s going on inside Baby Girl’s mind and heart:

  • How she manages her little friendships
  • How she processes fairness
  • How she consoles and comforts her little friends
  • How she takes pride in her tea party presentations
  • How loyal she is to her friends
  • How freely she invites new stuffed animals into her party of friends

I can’t help but think I’m watching her develop her actions, feelings and coping skills for the friends that await her later in her life.

Everything I’m seeing so far looks good so I owe many thanks to Baby Girl’s stuffed animals!

 

Children

The story of Teddy

FullSizeRender-9This bear.

He has been with us for a really long time. Well, sort of. He is actually the second version of the original “Teddy”, who met girl child when she was three brand new days old.

Original Teddy was given a very special job one day while girl child was on an outing at the mall with Grandma. Without warning, Teddy left to go help another little girl who needed a friend. Unfortunately, Teddy wasn’t able to say goodbye and this was very hard for girl child, who was only about three years old at the time. One minute Teddy was with her, enjoying their outing and the next minute, he was gone.

Girl child was so sad about losing Teddy- he was such a good friend and they went everywhere together.

So, we began the hunt for a new Teddy. We found an exact duplicate of original Teddy and we showed girl child on the computer. We told her how this new Teddy didn’t yet have a friend and he needed one very badly. We asked her if we could bring him to our house so girl child could be his new friend.

She thought for a moment and happily agreed…but she had to wait.¬†Teddy lived in Miami, Florida and would be traveling leisurely via the United States Postal Service. So we waited and prepared for Teddy’s arrival. I must admit, this was a long and difficult wait as girl child had to do so many things without her friend for the first time and that included going to sleep all by herself. But, she did it and the day Teddy arrived she was so happy.

Since then girl child has been very careful to watch out for her little friend and even though she’s getting older now, she still has a very special place in her heart for her little pink friend. He still goes everywhere with her, though sometimes he stays in the car.

When I look at this ratty little bear, I can’t help but think of how loyal girl child is to this particular bear. He’s covered in wear spots and dingy stains that prove he’s been on every adventure and every trip with her. He’s got a floppiness about him that shows how many hugs he’s given and received. He’s got a worn little nose that shows how much he’s been snuggled.

What a great friend he is!