Teaching Children to Trust God in All Things

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Teaching children to trust God in all things is not always easy. When life is tough, children aren’t afraid to ask the hard questions. Questions like:

  • Who made God?
  • Why do we have to breathe?
  • Where do babies come from?

You knew that last question was coming, right? But seriously, I love that my mom taught me a very young age to trust God in all things. Here are 5 ideas for teaching children to trust God in all things:

1. Teach children that God created everything.

When your child makes their own artwork, whether at home, school, or church, talk to them about how they created their art. Explain the creator of the art owns and loves the art. Using their own artwork as an example could help them to understand that just as they love their coloring creation, God loves His creation. He takes care of the whole world and He can be trusted to care for His creation.

2. Teach children what the Bible says about trusting God.

Here is a list of 15 Bible Verses for Trusting God in Tough Times. Take one at a time and talk through them. Remind them that God’s Word is always true and never changes.

3. Remind children of the answers to your family’s prayers.

One of my favorite answers to prayer in our family is when one of my daughters prayed for a baby sister. She prayed faithfully for a sister for many months and I love how God answered her prayer in such a beautiful way. If you’d like to read the entire story, you can find it in my book, The Sensational Scent of Prayer.

4. Teach children that God is bigger than our scope of understanding.

When I personally need the reminder that God’s plan is bigger than mine, I read the book of Job, especially chapter 38. To help children understand this concept, take a trip to the planetarium or use a stargazing app on the smartphone or tablet in the backyard at night.

5. Check out this awesome DVD resource from Hermie & Friends, I Will Trust God.

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This wonderful DVD beautifully teaches children to trust God with the good and the bad. With two stories from the garden, Max Lucado provides the narration and Tim Conway provides the fun. What a wonderful way for children ages 4-7 to enjoy the lesson of learning to trust God!

If you’d like to order this 2 DVD set, you can do so here.

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Rachel

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Mom’s Night Out Movie and Whimsical Wednesday

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Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday! Each week we have a linkup party of 100% Christian encouragement and I feel confident that today will be no different. Some fabulous bloggers link up each week and you are so welcome to join us!

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Tonight I was privileged to attend a screening of Moms Night Out movie with a friend. We laughed and I actually cried a bit at one point in the movie.

The movie centers around a character named Allyson, who is a stay at home mom with three kids. The internal mind war she encounters each day is relayed in the midst of the craziness of her busy household. While the movie portrays the various stages of motherhood and the daily dilemmas that can escalate quickly, the storyline holds many more interesting twists and turns.

Honestly I was a bit afraid that this movie might bash men as being incapable because there are so many movies that don’t give dads much credit. And my husband is a stellar multi-tasker and one incredible dad. But this movie was a great balance of  the true picture of parenting teamwork. Besides the main characters in the movie, single moms and moms of teenagers  are also saluted.

I truly enjoyed the movie, though it did hold one or two dry moments for me. For the most part, the engagement factor was strong and all in all, I would recommend it for all moms, especially if life is feeling a little stale and you need a good laugh.

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Releasing Mother’s Day weekend, May 9th, this would be a great movie for families, date nights, or obviously, a fun mom’s night out!

Enjoy the preview and be sure to check out the awesome bloggers linking up today!

PS: Trace Adkins is my favorite actor in the movie!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Rachel



Easter Bingo Activity

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Teaching younger children about the true meaning of Easter is so fun! There are many special ways of helping them begin to understand that God is personal and Jesus loves them very much .

For this post, I was researching a few Easter ideas and I came up with this idea to combine storytelling with participation. This is an adapted idea from several different ideas I discovered of this nature.

Easter Bingo for ages 4-7 is designed to give the teacher or parent an opportunity to tell the Easter story using picture symbols. As the pictures are discussed, the children place their markers over the corresponding pictures. Each child has the same bingo card that looks like this:

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Click on the graphic above or HERE for the free PDF to open.

The order of events for the story is:

Jesus praying, bread for the Last Supper, silver  pieces, rope for  scourging, crown of thorns, nail, cross, 3 days later, stone rolled away, empty tomb, He has risen

Cut one of the bingo cards and choose one of each picture to tell the story. The children can place a marker over the pictures as the story is told. Be sure to let the children know that there may be more than one picture of each section of the story. All the children will complete the card at the same time.

I thought it would be fun to use jelly beans as markers and then the children can eat them when their card is full and the story is completed. Having children interact with the story is a great way to help them remember the points of the story. While Easter bingo is fun, taking a child to another level of understanding what Jesus has done for them is this wonderful resource from bestselling author, Stephen Elkins.

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Introducing children to Jesus at an early age is critical and today I’m privileged to introduce the beautiful Jesus and Me Bible Storybook to you as another wonderful tool to tell of Jesus’ love for us. This storybook has one feature that I love in particular, every other page contains a “Jesus and Me” paragraph that explains promises and principles of living for Jesus today.  I really wanted you to see this feature so I snapped a couple quick photos:

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Isn’t that awesome? I love the way the questions prompt critical thinking skills and provide an opportunity for practical application.

Today I’m giving away one of these sweet books to provide one blessed winner the wonderful opportunity of encouraging a child to begin walking with Jesus. Just follow the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway. If you’d like to check out this sweet book designed for ages 3-7 just a little more or purchase one,maybe to place in an Easter basket, then you can do so here.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel

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