The Virtue Blog

We didn’t always do what was best for our kids. Pt 3

Sometimes when we obey the voice of God, blessing and favor don’t seem to follow immediately, but hardship and heartache instead. That is a reality I have faced many times and I’m sure you have too! Do we have the courage to walk through these things with our children by our side or do we pull out and go into protection mode? Oh, that is so easy to do! Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   It doesn’t say here “blessed are those who might be persecuted”. People who put the will of God first and walk in faith sooner or later will be persecuted. The blessings of the righteous...

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We didn’t always do what was best for our kids. Pt 2

  When you prioritize God’s voice above all others and honor His word, He opens doors for your children you never knew were there and could not have opened by yourself. This has happened so many times for our family! One example I can think of right now pertains to basketball, which we love and which our oldest son seemed to have a natural gift for. You know how many parents push and shove and manipulate the system to get their kids a place to be positioned in sports? Whew! CRAZY folks! (And its not just in sports) We started Elty (Elton McMillan III) on a team when he was five years old and he was so much fun to watch!...

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We didn't always do what was best for our kids. Pt.1

...That isn't to say that we didn't want to, but sometimes we just couldn't. Have you been there?  A good example of this is when our kids were age 1, 2, 6 and 7 we moved to Liberia. They were uprooted from their friends and their grandparents, we lived in third-world country and a war-torn city with very little security and we drank un-sanitized water, just to name a few hazards. If all our decisions were made by “doing what was best for our children” we would have never gone. But we made this decision based on obedience to the voice of God. He told us to move there, and then He told us to move home 9 months later....

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Bible Memory Games: Part 2

Introducing a New Verse. Say the verse together one time. Ask them to tell you what the most important words in the verse are and underline them. Talk about any words they don’t understand Bible Memory Game: Guess Who? Items needed:  White board and markers Preparation: Write the Bible verse on the white board for the kids to see. Instructions:  Say the verse together one time. Call everyone to the front who has red hair (or other criteria such as: wearing purple, the tallest on their team, brought a friend, etc.) Make the selections fun, not embarrassing.  Have those kids say the Bible Memory Verse together, then send them back and call up another selection of kids Erase the verse...

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The Three Rules: Part 2

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother” -which is the first commandment with a promise-  “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Rule 1: OBEY (The one-word rule.) Rule 2: BE KIND (The two-word rule.) Rule 3: BE A HELPER (The three-word rule.) Our Three Rules are listed in order of priority. For example,  If Sam is helping wipe the table, but he's pushing his little brother's cars onto the floor in the process, he needs to be reminded that "BE KIND"...

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