My grand kids, Miles & Addison tell the Christmas story for our Christmas Eve services. Can you tell they are cousins?
In a previous post I announced that I was going to giveaway 3 sets of TRUTHCARDS. There were so many great responses that I hated to pick just three! But, with the help of a site called Random.org, we did it.
And the winners are:
Congratulations! We’ll be in contact with you by email soon.
If you didn’t win and would like to order TRUTHCARDS you can do that HERE.
Earlier I posted about a great idea my daughter in law, Jenna, had to teach her kids God’s word. She made flashcards with scripture verses on one side and recruited me to take corresponding pictures on the other side. She called them TRUTHCARDS.
We encouraged her to make them available to a wider audience, so she did. In just a few weeks, several hundred families have ordered TRUTHCARDS as Christmas gifts.
Evidently some families are opening them early Here’s an email from a mom in Virginia:
“I have three children. They are ages 10, 6, and 3. I originally thought the cards would be helpful for my youngest who is a preschooler, but after looking through the cards today I found they were even helpful for me…..the adult! I believe the cards are going to help all the members of our family with verse memorization…not matter what age.”
Pretty cool, huh? If you would like to order TRUTHCARDS you can do it HERE.
Jenna said that I could give away 3 sets of TRUTHCARDS to the readers of my blog. Here’s how it works: Just put your favorite scripture in the comment section and we will choose three of them for giveaways on Monday morning. (If you are already using TRUTHCARDS, why don’t you leave a comment about how they’re working for you.)
“Our kids are experiencing something unique today. Adolescence is expanding on both sides. Young kids are hungering to enter adolescence early, wearing suggestive clothing, pierced ears, wanting cell phones, and even tattoos. At the same time, young adults are taking longer to grow up and be ready for adult responsibility. Several college deans have told me: 26 is the new 18.
One of the marks of maturity is perspective. A mature kid sees the big picture; certainly he or she can see beyond his/her own selfish needs. So how do we build perspective in our children?
If you have a globe in your house, gather your kids around it and play “Spin the Globe.” Have them spin your globe and point their finger on a spot. When the globe stops spinning, notice what nation they are pointing to and talk about it. Maybe Google some facts on that country and talk about what some of their greatest needs are socially, materially, economically, and spiritually. Then pray for that nation.
But don’t stop with this. Next, talk about your children’s school campus. What’s happening on their campus? After some conversation, ask them to name one problem at their school that really needs to be solved. Get as specific as possible.
Challenge them to “adopt” that problem as their own. Have them list the steps that could be taken to solve the problem. (These may be imaginary steps depending on the size of the problem they’ve chosen.) Get them thinking about their vision to make the school better instead of complaining about how bad it is.
Finally, have them write about it, draw a picture or clip out photos from magazines that depict the vision they have for their school. Have them create a mural if they wish. Then, post these pictures in their room as a reminder to both pray and act on their vision. This kind of activity cultivates both vision and a big picture perspective in kids.
“Where there is not vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law.” (Proverbs 29:18)
Join us tomorrow at Daniel Decker’s blog (http://www.danieldecker.net/) as we discuss ways to develop kindness in your kids (and maybe yourself!) during the holidays.”
You can follow Tim Elmore’s personal blog at http://blog.growingleaders.com, and learn more about developing the next generation in his latest book: Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future. (http://www.SaveTheirFutureNow.com)