The Easter story retold by our little ones April 1, 2016 08:56
He is risen! We are made alive in Christ! It is by grace we have been saved! Hallelujah!
We wish you a wonderful Easter season and hope you experienced precious moments sharing the Easter story with your little ones. We have prepared a special Easter series for you and hope it will bless you and your family.
In the garden of Gethsemane, shortly before Jesus was crucified, Jesus asked his disciples to keep watch & pray with Him, but they kept falling asleep. Jesus went to pray: "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.“ When Jesus came back, he found his disciples sleeping and told them: "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mt 26:40)
Aren't we sometimes tired, had a tough day and are trying hard to resist losing our cool with our child? Jesus loves us. He has accomplished it all at the cross. Let's remember that we can come to Him as we are!
And how does the story continue?
Remember when the crowd asked Peter if he knows Jesus? Peter denied Jesus three times with cursing and swearing. The rooster crowed and Peter remembered that Jesus told him during the last supper: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter went outside and wept bitterly. (Matthew 26, 69 - 75)
I love how the bible is so honest about great people of God. How often have we been in a situation where someone asked us about our church, our belief or why we do certain things. Let's be honest. How often have we used the opportunity to preach the gospel and how often have we tried to escape the situation, felt a bit embarrassed and shied away. But even in our imperfection, Jesus loves us anyway.
Isn't our Lord amazing that he restored Peter after his resurrection and asked Peter three times to feed his sheep? (John 21: 15-19)
Mary Magdalene was the first woman to see the risen Lord (John 20:11-18) and Peter was probably the first man to meet Jesus “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon [Peter]!” (Luke 24,34).
ALLELUIA, that is our song! Let's remember that through the perfect work at the cross, our sins are forgiven and we can come to God as we are. We do not have to perform certain rituals but we can just pray: "Abba, father!"
“According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)
And what happened a week after Jesus rose from the dead?
Sowing Faith Seeds August 17, 2015 15:26
Every new born is a miracle of God. Every baby is a creation of the Creator. Every baby comes into this world because of the breath of God that gives them life.
To me, every single child is therefore so precious, so beautiful and so extraordinary. It is this revelation of Whose we are that gives me tremendous confidence that every child can connect with the love of God and encounter Jesus personally.
My almost three-year old niece and eighteen month old nephew are wonderful testimonies of this truth. From their birth, they are exposed to songs that tell of the love of God and His Son Jesus. My favorite CDs are those from Stephen Elkins including the albums "100 ways to Know God Loves Me". I hope it is their favorite too!
Speaking blessings over them is precious too.
Although their parents are not yet believers of Christ, today my niece knows Jesus, in her own way. She places her hands to her heart and declares that Jesus is with her. She would twirl her hands and launch them into the air to teach her young brother - that's how you praise Jesus!
Indeed no child is too young to worship Jesus.
I see God's favor on my niece and nephew. I see them protected under His wings. I see them growing up to be God's champions for His Kingdom.
They are the inspirations that God has placed in my life, to give me the courage to start Glorious Seed and to sow faith seeds with children.
The journey of Glorious Seed has just begun. I pledge to remain faithful to the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God by blessing infants with the love of Christ Jesus.
It has to be all of Jesus and none of me, or this journey will be one of strife instead of joy.
Thank you for reading this post.
God bless you and your family!