Hi Medical Mama fans and followers. I wanted to talk about something personal today. Our faith is very important to us. It is very important to us, as parents, that we teach our children about God and how to bring God in to every day events and moments. The holidays are a great way to remind them that God is the reason. “Jesus is the reason for the season” as everyone likes to say.
1) Have You Children State What They are Thankful for Daily During the Month of November
This one might seem like it is over done. We see if on Facebook and social media that everyone posts something they are thankful for daily in the month of November. Sometimes we get tired of seeing it. HOWEVER, reminding your children is important. They need the reminding. They need to remember to stop and see how God impacts their life daily. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV) says “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Earlier this week my daughter said she had a bad day at school and continued to say “Just because I had a bad day at school doesn’t mean I have a bad life though.” That brought a huge smile to my face. I asked her what she likes about her life. She continued to say things she was thankful for. She has a big house, a baby sister, parents who love her and give her lots of toys, a good school…she continued on. It was so heart warming to hear this from my 6 year old daughter. I am glad she doesn’t take things for granted (most of the time).
2) Give to Community Helpers
We have so many wonderful community helpers. We have police officers, nurses, fire fighters, mailmen, veterinarians, trash men and women, etc. These people make a difference in our community daily. Have your children make a special “Thank You” card for a community member throughout the month of December. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV) says “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing”. We should show our children that these people DO make a difference throughout our daily lives.
I haven’t tried this yet, but I thought it would be a great idea to bring our community helpers baked goods, or special presents. Has anyone tried this before? Make sure you comment below please so we all know.
*DON’T FORGET ABOUT OUR SOLDIERS OVERSEAS!*
Nothing says giving back and loving one another like volunteering. We do things out of love in our hearts, not for rewards. The reward is that “warm” feeling we get inside for doing something nice for others.
Our church does a community outreach program where we serve a meal to LUM (Lafayette Urban Ministry). Galatians 6:10 (ESV) says “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith”.
We should give back to others, especially during the holidays. We need to show our children to help someone who needs it.
4) Give, Give, Give
Find a local church or organization that does the stockings. Usually you can find them at churches. You pick a name off a tree and it gives you a child’s age and sex. Then you buy him or her a toy for Christmas. It’s to help the less fortunate. Acts 20:35 (ESV) says “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’.”
With that being said it is important to show your child to give out of the kindness and love of their hearts because that’s what Jesus would want us to do.
5) Help, Help, Help
Help others. If you see an elderly lady in the grocery store struggling then please stop and help her. If you see your neighbor in need of raking your yard please stop and help them. Even if it’s just for five minutes you are still being watched by your children. They are watching you doing an act of kindness for others.
*6) Pray, Pray, Pray
The single, most important thing we can do as Christians is to pray for one another. If there is a kid being mean to your kid teach your child to pray for them. If you see someone in need, but that person does not want to be helped teach your child to pray for that person.
TO MY READERS: If you have others ways to show your children how to show appreciation and thanksgiving please show below.