They are NOT miniature adults. Kiddos do not have the attention span, emotional/cognitive maturity, and likes of adults. Their worship time, if it is to be meaningful, needs to have different characteristics than an adult worship service.
Below are bullet points from this video.
- It has energy, wiggles, and attention-deprived behavior.
- Expect kids worship to look like your kids look everywhere else.
- Do NOT think that kids will worship like adults.
- Kids are multi-sensory.
- Kids worship God in the context of the size of their world.
- You’re not training them to sit still; you’re allowing them to connect with God.
- Don’t worry if the time you spend in kids worship doesn’t fit some artificial formula.
- Worship loud.
Your Turn . . . Do you agree or disagree? . . . What have you noticed that is present when kids worship well?
Today I’m looking over my past week to see where some of the blessings are. Doing this shows me that my life has enough. Enough connections, enough answered prayers, enough happiness.
To share your blessings and show that you have enough leave a comment here. Or go to Susanne’s at Living to Tell the Story and link up your FFF post.
1. I finished a book: Carpe Mañana: Is Your Church Ready to Seize Tomorrow? by Leonard Sweet. Here are some of his thoughts that are making me THINK!
- We are now living in a world where each person can create their own world. Do you share the same media life as your children? What about you and your spouse?
- What are the implications for faith of living in a world where everyone inhabits different realities? (p 60)
- In every arena of life, we are facing the inconceivable. Everyday existence has become s sci-fi chapter. In fact, science fiction can hardly keep ahead of reality. In the lifetimes of most natives [folks born after 1962] and the lifetimes of their children, there will be raised the most stupendous ethical challenges and brow-knitting puzzlements ever faces by humankind. Life is now a moral chess game of enormous complexity. (p 91)
- The people of planet Earth are getting fatter . . . while the people of planet Earth are starving to death. In 2000, half the world’s population is struggling with obesity, while 1.3 billion people live on less than a dollar a day. (p 129)
- In a world of doomsayers, how can the Christian be a doomslayer, one who has, in G.K. Chesterton’s words, “hardened his heart with hope” and sings and slings that heart at a lost world? (p 29)
2. I bought 4 tops to go with 4 skirts for my India trip. Now all I need to get “clothing-wise” is a poncho and travel towel.
3. I now have complete funding for the missions trip to India. THANKS to all who supported me through donations, encouragement and prayers. We leave July 29th.
4. On Sunday I met with a couple of gals from my college cohort. We haven’t met for 7 years. We started with an even dozen folks in our cohort at William Jessup University. By the time the 2 year program ended, we had 4 women and 3 men.
5. A friend sewed for me. I needed a queen sheet folded in half (length-wise) and sewed together like a sleeping bag. Since that turned out to be a smallish space, Michelle sewed in an extra strip along the long side. Now I am ready to sleep anywhere when in India. And Michelle is going to sew two more: one for my sista and one for my niece. THANKS, Michelle.
1. India dinner Fundraiser. On Saturday we fed about 75 paying customers. Our hope was that everyone would get excited about India. I think that goal was achieved. After expenses we made a little more than $1,000. That in itself was a blessing.
Other blessings included: Consistent help in advertising from a friend (Pam) who also brought in half of the raffle prizes, unexpected help (Gennifer), last-minute raffle entry (from Dan), lovely food (Mike & crew), and beautiful tables (Mark). Another friend (Gillian) helped me to make Chai ice cream and ginger cookies. There are more folks who helped and we are GRATEFUL. This truly was a team event – thanks everyone.
2. Framed photo collages. When my daughter was here she filled 2 (empty of pictures from folks I know) photo collages. One frame has photos from family members. The other frame has photos from my New Zealand trip (including 2 from Hobbiton). These photo collage frames have been on my office wall (empty) for at least a year!
3. Skirts. When we teach and go to church in India, we have to wear skirts. I don’t wear skirts and so needed to buy some. Have you priced skirts lately? $60 is a common price and they weren’t the style I needed (long and untailored). So I went to a thrift store and found four! What’s even better is that my sister and I can share them. Now she doesn’t have to go shopping. Tops are next – but that’s for next week’s Friday’s Fave Five.
4. Friend time. Friend time included watching Despicable Me 2, eating shawarma and frozen yogurt, and having a chat. It was a refreshing and encouraging time.
5. Quote to live by. I found this a couple of weeks ago, but I keep referencing it, so needed to share it.
Your Turn . . .
- Leave a comment sharing one or more of your favourite blessings from this week.
- Or write a post and link up at Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story.
- Leave a comment about one of my faves. It is always encouraging to get a comment!
What happened this week that makes you grateful? Below are five “grateful” things I am sharing with the gals who participate in Friday’s Fave Five (FFF).
ONE: Completed Visa. Some of the India Team Members met on Wednesday night. First we dined on hot dogs and chips. Then we tried to sort out the complicated mass of instructions for the visa. I will mail it today and pray I/we did it properly. Please join me in this prayer. NOTE: Our yard sale fundraiser was a success.
TWO: Thinking God’s Thoughts. The below verses are my verses for this birthday year. I can remember where it is because I am fifty-five this birthday year and the verses are found in Isaiah fifty-five: 8-9. Sometimes I need a reminder that God’s thoughts and plans are way different from mine. And that’s good.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
THREE: Decluttered Kitchen. My daughter, Elizabeth, was here giving an “Art and Martial Arts” Camp for 3 families. She had some extra time for me. One thing I am especially grateful for is that she decluttered my kitchen. I actually have empty spaces. I am not in the kitchen like when my children were growing up. So I don’t need a service for 12 or tons of pots, utensils, etc.
FOUR: Art for the Hallway: As part of Elizabeth’s camp, she and the kiddos created an art tape mural. It was layered onto 1.5 walls of the children’s ministry (cm) wing. It is a spectacular and fun sight to greet all who enter into the cm wing.
FIVE: Community Prayer Meeting. As part of the July 4th festivities, our community had an outdoor worship service. This 2 hour service interspersed singing with praying. Various community clergy led us in prayer about our community: schools, first responders, homeless, etc. This was an encouraging event because of the prayer and praise but also because it brought a majority of the churches together.
NOTE: I didn’t celebrate the 4th of July this year (no fireworks, parade, waffle/ice cream breakfast) because of the flu. However, I AM very grateful to live in America despite her flaws: 5 Reasons I Love My Country.
Your Turn . . . Share your five faves in the comments or write a post and link to Susanne’s FFF.
Even though our yard sale happened on a HOT day (106 degrees), we had lots of traffic. We also had plenty of stuff, about 12 tables full. We started at 6am and by 1:30pm everything was cleared away (thanks to several trips to the Goodwill).
One lady even changed her mind about what she was going to pay us. Her first thought was to give us $20 for a $9 purchase = Generous!
BUT, there’s more to this story. I took the purchase to her car and she said, “I think God is leading me to do something different. I believe He wants me to give you this.”
Imagine my shock and awe as a $100 bill was put into my hand!!!
God did do an awesome work. We made a little over $800 at the yard sale on Saturday. . . . I KNOW that HE will provide the rest of the money that each of us needs.
Thanks, also, for being part of this awesome story about the India trip. We cannot do it alone. Our victories are your victories. Our blessings are your blessings. Thanks for your encouragement, help, donations, and prayers.
1. Rainy days in northern CA in June are rare. I love warm rain and the fact that the temps were not in the 100′s.
2. Meeting with a Sunday preschool teacher had an unexpected ending. One of our main preschool teachers (Lynette) was just hired for a full-time (preschool) job in the Fall. I thought for sure she’d have to resign from her Sunday duties. But, NO! We talked about how to make it work for her. I am chuffed! She is an excellent, intuitive teacher who loves the kiddos and they love her.
3. Meeting with a Kids Church teacher was encouraging. This teacher, Jeanne, has great ideas and loves teaching the kiddos. I recently sent her this book: Teaching Kids Authentic Worship: How to Keep Them Close to God for Life. She is a musician as well as a teacher and found some ideas that will work for our Kids church program. She is keen to help our kiddos worship and make a relationship with God their own.
4. I am finally using a present I got back in March. I don”t use many scented products because they upset my stomach and many are too greasy. But this gift passes the “stomach” test and the “no-grease feel” test too. I love the smell and feel of CO Bigelow Lemon & Pomegranate Body Cream.
5. Grand-daughter photos always brighten my day. My daughter-in-love sent one via text and posted one on Facebook. I think there is no such thing as getting too many grandchild photos!
BONUS 1. If you are looking for a TASTY cake dessert, you MUST try this Upside Down German Chocolate Cake.
You won’t be sorry.
BONUS 2. A friend killed a black widow spider for me. We were in the church garage and I felt the tell-tale sticky web and then saw the tell-tale red hour-glass. Marsha, with no shivering, took off her shoe and used it to smack that beauty and her egg sac. Marsha is my hero!!!
Your Turn . . . Post a fave of yours or go to Susanne’s Living to tell the Story to post your own FFF.
I like to make several batches of these yummy burritos at one time. I foil wrap them to keep in the freezer. Besides a dinner entrée, these are great for a snack or even breakfast.
I made a batch for my daughter-in-love’s freezer after the baby was born.
- 5 sweet potatoes or jewel yams
- 2 Tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 large onion, sliced into crescents
- 1 medium yellow or red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
- ½ teaspoon ground oregano
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- Dash salt & pepper
- Dash crushed red peppers
- 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed
- 1 (14 ½ ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 12- 8-inch flour tortillas
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (Can use as little as 1 cup.)
- Non-stick spray
DIRECTIONS FOR SWEET POTATOES
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Put whole oil rubbed sweet potatoes into a shallow baking pan. Use 2 Tablespoons of oil. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes or until done.
When they are done, skin and then mash them.
While potatoes are baking, prepare the filling.
In a large skillet, heat remaining cooking oil (1 Tablespoon) over medium heat. Add onion, cook and stir for 3 minutes.
Add bell pepper, cook and stir 5 minutes more.
Add corn, garlic, oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and red peppers. Stir and cook for one more minute. Add black beans, undrained tomatoes, and mashed sweet potatoes. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. . Cool down. Add cheese.
MAKING THE BURRITO
Soften the tortillas according to the package.Fill the tortilla with 2/3rd cup of filling, roll up burrito style.
Place in a greased 12” x 9” baking dish.
Spray enchiladas with non-stick spray.
Bake in a 375 oven for 20-30 minutes or until crisp.
 You can use a 29-ounce can of sweet potatoes packed in light syrup or water. Drain and rinse thoroughly before mashing and proceeding with the recipe.
Your Turn . . . Do you have a vegetarian burrito recipe to share?
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