This is a new segment of my blog where I will be sharing a variety of thoughts, scripture verses, and “sparkle” ideas just for kids. Feel free to pass them on to your children, grandchildren, or any other young people that God has put in your life.
KIDZ ☮ PEACE ... Most of us have already started
"preparation" for the busy season ahead. This week it will be all about getting ready for Thanksgiving. Thursday may include a huge family get-together with all the fixings, or a quiet simple meal. Whatever our tradition’s are, we need to remember to take time to prepare our hearts to give “thanks.”
On Friday, we begin preparation for “giving” Christmas gifts. The busiest shopping day of the year will offer some of the best bargains. We will see the generosity of some shoppers and the greediness of others. But as we prepare for our Christmas celebrations, we need to remember the real “reason” for the season.
Once the shopping has begun, then the decorating, baking cookies, and holiday parties begin. Our “to-do” list get’s so long, and our
busy-ness stresses us out. With all of the hustle and bustle, our
“preparation” can quickly change us from “holiday angels and elves,” to a bunch of “Scrooges.”
1. Preparing our hearts ... Advent begins this coming Sunday and should be a time to prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, so ask yourself the following questions:
How will you prepare your heart for this Christmas season?
How will you keep Christ as the center of Christmas?
How will you reach out to others and share the real meaning of Christmas?
2. What does God’s Word tell us? When we read our Bible, scripture can explain more about “preparation.” Check out these verses: Psalm 46:10, 1 Peter 3:15, Isaiah 40:3, Ephesians 2:10.
3. We’re going to “sparkle” ... You might be asking yourself what I mean by the word “sparkle.” As Christians, we have a light inside each of us that comes from knowing and loving Christ. We have to remember to be an outward reflection of that light. When we pass on the joy, peace, and love that we have within us, we “sparkle.”
Beginning next week thru Christmas, I will be posting a weekly Kidz Peace Advent blog. Each Wednesday there will be a special message for kidz and their families. We will be finding time to “be still” ... preparing our hearts and minds for the Christmas season. I will be including a scripture verse, short devotion, and fun ideas on how the whole family can “sparkle” together. So be sure to stop back next week and let’s countdown the Advent weeks together.
You might want to gather the following items and place in an “Advent Box.” We will be using ... 4 candles, a Bible, and paper & pencil. Also, if you have a nativity, don’t set it up yet - we will start next Wednesday and add pieces each week to tell the story of preparing for the Christ child.
Kidz Thought for the Week: "Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts." from Janice Maeditere
Keeping you in my prayers. 'til next week ... give thanks with a “grateful heart.”
God’s Peace, Donna