Posts Tagged "God's Will"

Why We Do What We Do (God’s Guidance in Little Voices)

Recently, I have been praying for God’s guidance related serving him in Children’s Ministry.  I know what I want his will to be, but I’m praying to make sure I’m in sync with his will before I make a final decision.  This morning when I was stretched thinnest, he made his will clear to me through some very little voices. Here’s the story:

Sometimes in Children’s Ministry, it is easy to get frustrated.  This morning was one of those mornings for me.  I moved offices this past week and hurt my back lifting an old printer I had no business trying to lift.  So, when I sat down in the little chairs in kid’s church this morning, I was already a little hurt, and a little distracted.  As the children started to file into the room, the first three or four to sit at my table were the most rambunctious kids in class who seem to feed off of one another.  One boy in particular was in rare form this morning and required way to many reminders and way to much retention.  Children’s Ministry requires a lot of patience, and this morning I found myself praying for more as the time ran on.

After the the large group teaching, we came back to our room for some small group time.  We were tealking about God’s gift of salvation.  The first game was akin to Hot Potato with a gift box with the child who got stuck with the potatoe opening up the box and pulling out a clue to what God’s gift was.  As the music ended, the first child pulled out a card that said “God Gave.”  I asked them what God gave, and one of the six year olds in the room started to quote John 3:16 – “his only begotten son.”  As the other cards came out of the box, this six year old started to “teach” the other kids at the table the Gospel based on John 3:16.  I had to help a little bit, but it reminded me why God says we have to have faith like a child to enter his kingdom.

So, things were looking up!  The second voice God talked to me through was a little boy in the class.  He’s been coming for four or five months now.  He saw me once at lunch after church and I said “hi” which he thought was really cool so we’ve developed quite a bit a rapport over the last several months.  He is always one of the last kids in the class to get picked up because his Mom volunteers elsewhere in the church.  That always gives us a little extra time just to chat.  This morning when his Mom picked him up, she asked if she could talk to us for just a second.  She wanted to let us know that starting on Friday he had started to pester her because he couldn’t wait to get to church.  She said that he looks forward to it every week!  Talk about encouragement from little voices.

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Blog Patrol (May 26, 2009)

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Welcome to the Memorial Day week edition of the Blog Patrol. I must have seen 50 or so blog posts on Monday about Memorial Day. I’ve only included one here in this week’s Blog Patrol. That said, I would like to take a moment to thank all the brave men and women who are currently protecting our country or have in the past. Your service is invaluable, and we should remember it and offer you thanks more than one day a year!

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Are You Open Minded?

  • In this article, Barry Wallace looks at the interplay between arrogance and supposed open-mindedness that has become such a popular notion in our society.

In Love with Being in Love with God

  • From Elemental Children’s Ministry, this post looks at the issue of putting high value an emotional reactions in Children’s Ministry.

Tuesday (May 19, 2009)

Talking About Talking About Abortion

  • This article includes Dr. Albert Mohler’s take on President Obama’s recent commencement speech at Notre Dame University.

Can I Know God’s Will?

  • Tim Challies steps away from reviewing books for a moment and offers this exceprt from R.C. Sproul examining the age old question of whether or not we can know the will of God.

The problem with Sunday School

  • Kenny Conley offers his observations on problems with the Sunday School model for teaching children as opposed to a small group format.

Sons

  • For any parents of sons out there, this article looks at the fact that many of the things we see a negative characteristics in our sons are reflected of our attitude towards God.

Out of the Mouths of Babes …

  • Thomas Jefferies offers yet another verification that God talks to us through our kids. In reading about his reaction, I was reminded of the time I had a similar experience with my seven year old. I wrote about it here in a similarly titled post: From the mouth of babes….

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