Persuasiveness with a Serpent and a Dove - 2 crafts included
I have had seasons of having reminders in the environment that help me to remember to pray for certain things. When I was a teacher, I would pray for my students when I would see a school bus. I might pray for my community when I see a public bus. I might pray for people I know that are sick if I see an ambulance. I might pray for my family every time I see a yellow flower. Just simple visual reminders to keep my prayer life going. As I was leaving the school today, admittedly with tears in my eyes, I prayed for my girl. One of the things I seemed to focus on was the friendships she would make. Who your children choose as friends can be so influential in their future. I prayed she would make friends who would build her up and that she could encourage. I prayed for friends who make good choices. I pray for friends who we can positively impact as well. I have decided to make the drop off process a time of prayer about these friendships. It is my visual clue to remind me to pray for this important component of my child’s growth.
We want to teach our children the reason why we do things in this world. A bunch of rules without reason will never penetrate their hearts. So, why do we treat people well? Is it because we like them or they can benefit us in some way? Is it because they are talented or nice or fun? Of course that is a draw toward friendship. However, we treat people well because God breathed life into them. He created them and says they are valuable, so we have to treat them that way. Teaching kids this important tip will help them get to their heart with a “why” solution to how they choose to treat people. I am praying for my kids to have kind hearts as well. Abby will be entering school soon. I told her if I received a report that she was struggling a bit in reading and math, but the teacher said she is such a sweet girl who is so nice to everyone, I would be thrilled. We can work on the other stuff, but I am more concerned about her heart.