When the World Is a Scary Place & Children’s Book Giveaway

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Last week our family experienced quite a scare. Michael, our 12 year old, had an episode of vision loss. Upon visiting the eye doctor, his testing revealed a serious peripheral vision loss and we were sent directly to the emergency room. While the doctors fully anticipated an abnormal MRI scan, many people began to pray for Michael and his MRI scan returned completely normal. Though his vision has not returned to 100% normal, we are thankful for this good report and are praying that he continues to improve.

There are times when the world is a scary place. In fact, in my adult life, I honestly can’t remember when the world was ever a scarier place to live than it is right now. It seems I am acutely aware of the wickedness in the world in this season of my life. I read Proverbs 31:25 this morning:

…she laughs at the time to come.

The famous virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 did not fear the future; she trusted in the Almighty because she knew his track record to be 100% trustworthy.

I don’t know about you, but when the world is a scary place, I find myself whispering to the Lord that I need him more than ever, that we need him more than ever. I also find myself reassuring my children that God is good. All the time. All the time. God is good.

god is always good book

When I was introduced to this beautiful children’s book, God Is Always Good, I fell in love with it right away. This book is designed to provide comfort for kids facing grief, worry or scary times. With strong memorable statements, this book is a wonderful reinforcement for teaching children that God is good. Here are some of favorite examples of those statements:

  • God has good plans for you!
  • God is bigger than any badness.
  • God always keeps watch over you.
  • God is with us when we are hurting.
  • God keeps every promise he makes.

The above are just a few of the wonderful points in this sweet book designed for ages 4-8. I thought you would enjoy a preview:

Today I’m privileged to give away one copy of this beautiful children’s book. My prayer is that the winner will read this book and be comforted with the knowledge that God is always good. For more details on this super book, you can find it here: God Is Always Good: Comfort for Kids Facing Grief, Fear, or Change

Just follow the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel

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Helping Adopted Children Understand They Are Loved (and book giveaway!)

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Some of you may remember that my sister-in-law and brother-in-law adopted a little guy from China back in the winter. As extended family, my husband, myself and our family began loving on Toby as soon as we met him. Through our smiles and hugs, he could feel the love of his parents and siblings, as well as his extended family, which includes our immediate family.  Toby has an extra physical need because he is deaf. Long before he needed a family, God prepared my sister-in-law, MaryBeth, to be his mama. MaryBeth grew up with a deaf brother and learned sign language fluently; both of these life circumstances were part of God’s future plan for Toby. Teaching Toby how to communicate was at the top of the priority list when he was adopted, but helping him begin to understand that he is loved has been even more important than that.

I’ve not adopted a child, but through being a small part of Toby’s life over the last six months, I’ve seen the strong need for helping adopted children understand they are loved. MaryBeth and David, Toby’s parents, made the decision to love Toby. Oh, they fell in love with Toby, no doubt, but Toby didn’t come into their family by natural methods. They decided to love Toby.

A big part of showing Toby that he is loved is helping him understand that there are differences in each of us. Toby chose signs for the names of each person in our family. The signs sometimes symbolize a strong physical characteristic of that particular person. For example, my daughter, Tarah, has very long hair. Toby’s sign for her includes a long sweep of his hand to mimic her long hair. Toby understanding the differences between each of us was a part of assigning sign names for us.

Toby is still very young; he’s just 4 years old. He has three older siblings, my nieces and nephews, who are crazy about him. But as he grows older, he may question the love of his parents for their natural children versus their love for him. I don’t know- maybe he will grow so confidently and securely in their love that he will never question that.

Either way, I do believe that it is important for all children to know that each of us are unique and that no matter the color of eyes or hair or skin, God loves each of us. As parents, we love our children, no matter their differences.

i love you all the same book giveaway

Donna Keith is a writer who wants all her grandchildren to know just how much how they are loved and cared for. Her sweet book for children, I Love You All the Same, is a tremendous resource to help children understand that no matter their differences, they are loved. No matter the means of becoming their parents, whether natural labor or the labor of adoption, children need to know that they are loved.

I’m so privileged to be giving away a copy of this fabulous book today! This book would be great for the church preschool classes or to give as a gift to families newly adopting. Check out this fabulous book here: I Love You All the Same

Follow the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway and I’ll see you tomorrow with the next part of the series, Lessons in Hope.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Rachel

PS: Check out this awesome video of Toby signing the National Anthem this past weekend!

 

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Teaching Your Child that God Uniquely Creates and Loves

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Many blessings have transcended on our family as a result of having a child with different and special needs. One of my favorite blessings is that my children have a heart for those who need extra help in this world.  The kids just naturally have grown up serving Taylor, from picking up her cup when she drops it to running to get items from her room that she needs.   What a beautiful thing it is to watch them care for her without being asked. They just see the need and fill it.

Another beautiful blessing/lesson our family views each day is that each person God created is valuable and cherished. That little saying “When God created you, He broke the mold” applies to each and every one of us.

Just as God created each of us with a unique design and plan for our lives, every human recognizes individuality in a different manner and span of time. Today I wanted to talk about teaching your child that God uniquely creates and loves people. I’d love it if you’d join in the conversation with your suggestions on helping children to understand that God loves them individually and created them uniquely.

1. Find ways to help children serve people in tough circumstances. 

Whether it is a soup kitchen, nursing home, or hospital, the setting doesn’t matter. What matters is the opportunity to see people in situations that are unlike their own so that they can begin to think what life is like when things don’t go exactly as it seems they should. Children need to be taught that each of us are different and God created us that way.

2. Teach your children Bible verses that explain how God created each of us uniquely.

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.  Psalm 139:13-16

3. Look for everyday opportunities to love on people.

As you go throughout the day, wherever you are, be aware of those in need. Help the person who needs an extra hand in the grocery store. Ask God to open your eyes to the needs of those around you.

4. Create opportunities to deliberately be an encouragement to hurting hearts.

For the last 12 or so years, our family has hosted an event for families who have children suffering from MPS, the same disease as our Taylor. We host a big party each summer at a local church just so we can provide the opportunity for families to connect and love on each other. Giving your children the opportunity to be a part of the bigger picture, outside their home, in their community, expands both their horizons and their hearts.

5. Read books on individuality and discuss differences of those in the family.

My son has brown hair and my youngest has blonde.My husband’s favorite dessert is apple pie; mine is chocolate. Neither is right or wrong; just different. One of my favorites books to truly teach this concept is Everybody Can Help Somebody. Love, love, love this book. You can read the full review here or purchase here: Everybody Can Help Somebody

legend of the three trees

6. Watch media that teaches principles of God’s unique design and plan for every person.

Most recently I was introduced to a DVD of The Legend of the Three Trees. This story goes back a looonnnng way with me. I first read this story in a flannel graph teaching packet when I was about ten years old. Alright, yes, I grew up in the flannel graph era. The story is a beautiful traditional story that reminds children they are significant and God has a plan for their lives. I know you’ll love it! To order- click- The Legend of the Three Trees: The Classic Story of Following Your Dreams.

I’m super pumped to be giving away a copy of this sweet DVD today! Just follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel

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