Thursday, July 5, 2012

Lessons from a Child

"It's Only A Dollar"
 A Generous Heart in Action

A young college sophomore from North Buffalo Community Church, 
who is currently working 2 jobs this summer decided to give his younger 
sister (8 years old) a one dollar gift. What would you expect an 8 year old 
girl do with a one dollar bill? If I were her I’d head straight to the store and 
buy as much candy as I could, as quickly as I could.

This little girl instead inserted the dollar into a church envelope and wrote on 
the outside that this was an offering from her and her 2 other brothers 
(one older and one younger). She split her gift 3 ways (33 and 1/3% ea.)
and gave it to God. That’s what I’m talking about, a generous heart in action.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

7 Lessons I Learned from The Children in My Life

My wife and I have raised two children together. We lost a third child, which was very painful. Over the years we have learned to appreciate the little people God has placed in our lives. They have been our teachers in so many ways. We have learned so many wonderful lessons from our young instructors. In fact I will tell you 7 lessons I have learned from the many different children I have interacted with over the years.
(Lesson # 1 - Place My Faith in God) I now know the importance of placing my faith in God for my life. Children trust the loving adults they have inherited. They lean on them with everything they have. That is a picture of faith in action.
  (Lesson # 2 – Power of Innocence) I have learned the power of innocence from the little ones in my life. They are innocent and they need for us big people to honor and protect their innocence.
  (Lesson # 3 – Role of Parents) I have learned first hand that children want parents in their place. They want a mother and a father to guide them along the path of life. If you won't be that for your children they will look for these people some where else.
 (Lesson # 4 – Priority with God) Children are high on God's priority list. Jesus demonstrated this while He was on the earth. In fact He scolded some very important adults for standing in the way of the children meeting Him. God loves little people.
 (Lesson # 5 Process of Growing Up) The development process for children is a short period of time. They have to learn a lot in a short period of time. There is no time to waste; in fact time is of the essence.
 (Lesson # 6 – Power of Love) I have learned that kids are the most loving creatures on earth. They give totally inhibited love and expect you to participate in the process. Look at me, hug me, kiss me and let me sit on your lap.
 (Lesson # 7 – Proven Honesty) The children I have spent time with have proven to be very honest people. No not really, they are brutally honest and with no malice intended.

 I am so grateful to the little people in my life. They have taught me valuable lessons that have blessed my life and made me so rich.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Help for Raising My Kids

It takes a lot of different skills and learning to bring
up children. You have to study the child and mark his
or her bents. A bent is a specific way that children flow.
Each child has been given a special set of gifts, talents
and characteristics. You already know that some children
are all over the place. Climbing the walls and swing from the ceiling fan.
They never seem to run out of energy. Go go go is their motto. Then there
is the one who seems to be lethargic and or in deep thought.
Maybe they are just planning their getaway, who really knows? Some kids
are neat freaks, while others are messies.You get the point they are all
unique and needed to be treated with care according to their personality.
One way for you tackle this job is to commit to learning from others.I'd like
to recommend a great resource for your library. This book will go a long
way to equip you to deal with your child.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

How to Raise Awesome Kids!

7 Tactics to Raising Awesome Kids!
Raising kids today is not an easy task. Our world
is a very complicated place to live. There are forces
that even we adults have to deal with that make a
person scratch their head.

How can I even think that I could write advice on how
raise awesome children in a world like ours? I know it
can be done. Almost 40 years of marriage and two grown
children I know it is possible. Let me introduce you to the
7 Tactics to Raising Awesome Kids!

1. Follow guidance from the author
2. Make a commitment to follow through
3. Develop a team of supporters
4. Learn from other leaders
5. Understand the goal of raising kids
6. Get over your mistakes quickly
7. Stay up close and personal

Let's take time to look at each tactic individually.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Child's Tipping Point

Growing up in a hard cruel world places young people in a box that seems almost impossible to get out of. Many children get it from the mean father, their uninterested mother or from their insensitive sibling. No matter who it is all young people from the moment they enter this world are faced with huge challenges.

What does it take for this child to make it out of this box? What does it take for this child to become an adult who will be a contributor to our world in positive ways? Maybe what they need is one person who will influence them for good from their school or church. Could it be an uncle or grandparent? What about an activity that was so difference and so good that it would make an impact like nothing else. One week of camp might even be an open door to meet someone who loved you like no one else has. One quick week of camp could make a huge difference for the rest of your life.