KIDZ ☮ PEACE … It’s that time of year when you see friends that you haven’t seen for awhile. The new school year also gives you a chance to meet some new friends. It is important for you to know that God loves you and he wants this time of your life to be filled with peace and joy.
1. God doesn’t want you to be stressed, worried or unhappy.
• Are you concerned about what others think of you?
• Afraid that kids will make fun of you because of your size … too thin, a little overweight, too short, taller than others your age?
• Self-conscious because of new braces, new glasses, or new hair style?
• Worried that you don’t have the perfect wardrobe or the coolest school supplies?
• Uncomfortable because you aren’t super smart or have trouble in a particular subject?
• Or maybe studies come easy to you and you get embarrassed because you always know the answers?
2. Good News. God loves you just the way you are. How you look, the clothes you wear, or the book bag you carry aren’t WHO you are - they are just material things. You are what is on the inside… and God knows your heart. He knows your thoughts, your likes, your dislikes, your moods, and your feelings, too. He gave you creativity (like music, art, writing), talent (sports, cheerleading, skateboarding, dance), interests (books, video games, riding bike), and personality (outgoing, caring, helpful, friendly, humor). You are Perfect in God’s Eyes!
3. What does God’s Word tell us? When we go to God in prayer and read our Bible, we can find words that give us confidence, comfort, peace, hope, strength, and a whole lot more. Check out these verses: 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 120:1, Romans 12:2, Psalm 139: 14.
Sometimes we can’t stop how we are feeling - we just need someone to talk to. Here are a few suggestions: parents ... older brothers and sisters ... friends ... or other trusted adults such as... teachers ... school counselor ... pastor ... youth group leader.
Remember God loves you and so do I ... having confidence, comfort, peace, hope, and strength doesn’t mean you are perfect – because nobody is perfect - it is knowing you are priceless and important to a lot of people. And last but not least, never try to be someone you are not, because you are worthy of being loved, respected and accepted just as you are ... YOU are “beautifully and wonderfully made.”
Kidz Thought for the Week: “Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.” - from Bill Copeland
Keeping you in my prayers. 'til next week, Don't Worry, Be Happy!God's Peace, Donna