Can I hear ya say...."YAY IT'S FRIDAY!!!" Woo hoo!! Yippee!! And...they are saying it's gonna S-N-O-W today....and for us down South.....Big Snow!!! Like 2-4 inches!!!! WOO HOO!!!
Ok....I got a sweet God Stop for this week.....thank you sweet Patty for being the best hostess of this wonderful weekly thing we got going on here!!!
Let me say quickly how much I just adore each one of you that come here and encourage me in this thing called life!!! You are the real deal. And, we are connected in the Name of Christ and that is far greater than anything I know!!! It is completely irrelevant that we have never met!!! Isn't that just the funniest?! :) So....I love ya dearly. And, I do pray for you every day!
Ok...God Stop for this week began last Wednesday night at church. I have the honor of teaching our 4th and 5th graders during mid-week programming. Well, this past week we were talking about Ecclesiastes 4:10......such a great verse.....
"If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!"
We spent so much time talking about "falling down." This can look so many different ways in the eyes of a child.....Here's a few....
1. Seeing someone make fun of another kid
2. Seeing someone on the playground or during recess that has noone to play with
3. In a group of kids and being a part of tearing someone else down with gossip
4. Having an attitude of "I'm too cool to mess with you."
These are ways to be on the receiving end of "falling down" and also on the giving end of causing someone to "fall down."
We talked about how God has truly set us as Christians apart to show His love and Himself when people are in need. Heck...we all fall down. (I instantly had ring around the rosy pop into my head!)
So...what does Ecc. 4:10 say that you are to do when someone falls down????
PICK THEM UP! PICK THEM UP! PICK THEM UP!
Our kids that night made cards for some homeless men that will be able to stay in our church tonight. Its a program called "Room in the Inn." During the winter months, an organized "thing" is put together and allows these people a place to stay.....and feed them.....and pray with them....and share scripture with them.....and even play games with them!!!!
This is Jesus!! This is Jesus!!! He is all over this!
Our 4th and 5th graders made cards for these men to have on their cots when they go to bed tonight. They will be given a scripture of hope...Romans 15:13....and they will know that compassion was alive in these young hearts and they are seeing Ecc. 4:10 in action.
These men are down. We are there to help them up. We are showing them the love of Christ.
These kids need to live out compassion. They need opportunities to serve, help, and be involved. You can't just tell them things. They need to live it out.
Without saying a corny thing here...."They are the future of the church."
I loved seeing God stir something within their 10 and 11 year old hearts Wednesday night.
It's beautiful to see Him do His thing in ALL ages.
As I read over at Stephanie's blog.....God is able and adequate!!!
He sure is!! And, I love Him dearly.
Friday, March 7, 2008
posted by Fran at 10:33 AM