Wait! Before we begin, do you have your journal or notebook and a Bible?
The Apostle Paul lovingly explains to his church family that he prays for them “to be filled.” (Col. 1:9) What does that mean? Jesus explained it when He taught, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Would you say that you and your kids are living in the “abundance” of life that Jesus intends for you?
If you ask most kids to define an “abundant” life, they will more than likely talk of money, big houses, electronic and digital devices, clothes, and “stuff.” Sometimes, even though parents mean well, we model a love for things and status by how we spend our time, money, and energy.
Think about how the virtual world tries to swallow our kids with more options and thrills than we could have ever imagined. More video games, more instant movie options, endless streaming of entertainment. But still we hear our kids complain, “I’m bored!”
Recently my out-of-town guests came running in from the backyard calling, “Come look at how God is painting the sky tonight!” When I turned to see what they were talking about, I was mesmerized by what looked like pink cotton candy stretched from one side of the sky to the other, wrapping the clouds like a warm hug. Wow! We watched for a while “oohing” and “ahhing” as the pink dripped like glitter onto the blue lake water, creating a sort of mirror. It wasn’t long before darkness fell, erasing the beauty, and Universal Studios began its nightly fireworks show just behind the other side of the lake.
We watched for a few moments as the electrifying show filled the sky, but all of a sudden the delight was over. As we started back to the house, the conversation went back to the sunset and the absolute magnificence of its beauty. Now, no disrespect to the theme park because they put on a fab fireworks show, but nothing compares to what the Creator can do! Within a flash, we had switched from chasing the next thrill to speaking of praise to the God who shows His love in such creative ways. It was that spontaneous and wonderful.
Be careful not to choose a few moments of “fireworks” over the abundance of life God intends for you and your family. His power is everywhere – just slow down, turn off the devices and electronics, and look around you.
TODAY: Come up with at least two ways to experience quiet joy this week with your kids. As you pray, the Lord will lead you to ideas, events, and people. Think simple and free, and watch the conversations flow and the memories grow.
Here’s some ideas to start you off:
- Outdoor games
- Cooking and baking
- Walks in the rain (without lightening!)
LASTLY: Pray that in the midst of a noisy world, your children will be personally touched by the Holy Spirit in a way that will allow them to find a quiet peace and the joy of the Lord and to be filled with the fruits of the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” Galatians 5:22-23