A wise teacher once brought balloons to school, told her pupils to blow them up and write their name on one. After the children tossed their balloons into the hall, the teacher moved through the hall mixing them all up.
The kids were given five minutes to find the balloon with their name on it, but though they searched frantically, no one found their own balloon.
Then the teacher told them to take the balloon closest to them and give it to the person whose name was on it. In less than two minutes, everyone was holding their own balloon.
The teacher said to the children, “These balloons are like happiness. We won’t find it when we’re only searching for our own. But if we care about someone else’s happiness…it will ultimately help us find our own.”
Whose happiness can you help find and in what way?
Here is a link that shows you how much fun bringing happiness to others can be.
Perhaps we can learn to care and pray for one another learning from the eternal youth of Peanuts. Please pray these words slowly, and carefully and lovingly. Parents please encourage and help your children to pray both prayers included.
Please wrap Your arms around my family and friends. Keep everyone in this world safe and protected from the harm we face. In recent days/weeks, we’ve all been fearful and afraid of what is coming next. It’s so heartbreaking and draining to our souls to see what is happening in the world we live in. I thank You, because even when I’m feeling sad and unsure if I can go on, You give me the strength and wisdom to make it through another day. Please continue to hold us all in the grace of Your arms and in the mercy of Your care. Thank You again for being a comfort to my heart and being there for me on the darkest of days. I trust You are working hard to end this storm and place peace in our hearts.
I just received this from a musical friend in South Africa and thought it would be a fun thing for the kids to do. Let them copy the paperwork and then put the video on so that they can hear it and try to follow the pattern with the music.
Bless you as families as you have some fun together.
Here is a small challenge to you. Sit and think and then make a list of all the things you should be thankful for. This should fill at least 4 or 5 pages with things to thank God for. Once you have written your list, then pray the list and give God thanks for all the things you have written and for the things you have forgotten.
This process is not only for the kids and youngsters, but a wonderful exercise for us all.Here is a list of adult things to give thanks for in relation to our children.
Here is something that you can choose to participate in the holiday if you want to.
Here is a link for a clip of some fun drawing tips from France. Enjoy doing these with your parents.
I also include a song clip of a beautiful song by Colin Buchanan. Play it many times and learn it and we can sing it together.
Firstly, here is a link to the Australian blessing. Listen, learn it, as we gather back in the church building for worship.
Here is a story of how Christ helps us to put things together:
A pastor was struggling to prepare his sermon and didn’t want to be disturbed by his five-year old daughter, so he removed a map of the world from his study, tore it into pieces and gave it to his daughter to assemble with the promise that he would answer all her questions and play with her when she was done. He knew she would never be able to fix it.
To his amazement, in less than five minutes, she returned to him in his study with the map in perfect shape, every continent and every country in its place.
The surprised father asked, ”Honey, you don’t know anything about geography, so how did you fix the world so easily and quickly?”
The five year old girl smiled sweetly and replied, ”The picture of JESUS was at the back of the map and I knew that if I have JESUS in the right place, the whole world would be in perfect shape.”
That was just the right inspiration he needed for his sermon. He thanked his daughter and prepared a powerful sermon on the subject – ‘Fix your world by placing JESUS at the right place’ ….. and your life will be in order.
Do you really understand this?
Parents please read this story to your young children and try to emulate this for your children and show them how the child was able to put the map of the world together without even looking at it.
Here are some ideas for a scavenger hunt.
Here is a saying or two for you to think about and to tell others about and to talk to others about.