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December 19, 2018

Good morning, Father. Children are an amazing gift from You. I have a Nativity set that I put out every Christmas. As I take the figurines out of the box, I can’t help but wonder about this odd assemblage of people. What kind of relationship with God did they have to merit such a prominent role in His story? First, we’ll take out Baby Jesus. He is after all Savior, Christ, and Lord. Place Him in the manger in the … Continue reading

December 12, 2018

Good morning, Father. Children are an amazing gift from You. A Legend of the Candy Cane August was a candy maker in Cologne, Germany. And one Christmas Eve, many, many years ago, he brought a special gift to the grand cathedral in Cologne. It was the very first candy cane. August had made it himself. “I gave it the shape of the letter ‘J,’ the first letter of Jesus’ name,” August told the king. “And, as you can see, when … Continue reading

December 5, 2018

Good morning,  Father. Children are an amazing gift from You. Father, I want to take a prayer journey to Bethlehem with my preschoolers. Help me teach them how to worship the KING this Christmas. True worship expresses itself in giving. The wise men followed a star to find the King. They were so enthralled with His majesty and holiness that they brought Jesus gifts: Gold – representing the treasure of the heart; the most precious of metals Frankincense – used … Continue reading

November 28, 2018

Good morning,  Father Children are an amazing gift from You. Father, You knew before Creation that we needed a Savior. Jesus left glorious heaven to be our Rescuer. He didn’t remain a baby, but grew up to be a man, died on a cross, rose from the dead, and lives forever so that we can, too. Help us day by day to worship Jesus for who He is and what He means to us. Bethlehem changed everything. May we look … Continue reading

November 21, 2018

Good Morning, Father Children are an amazing gift from You. The word advent means “arrival.” As someone who works with preschoolers, it is important that I set aside time to prepare myself for the most awe-inspiring thing that has happened in the whole of history. Grace has entered in. Help me to teach my preschoolers what it was like to wait for the Messiah. May each of our lives be set on holy time to keep the season of Christmas … Continue reading

November 14, 2018

Good morning, Father Children are an amazing gift from You. Pray Five BLESSings for Thanksgiving B – Body: health, protection, food, energy, see oneself as God sees you L – Labor: as a wife or husband, mother or father, daughter or son, friend–time management, wisdom, adequate family income, love E – Emotional: inner peace, joy, wisdom, insight, patience, open dialog with God S – Social: healthy relationships between spouses, parents, children and friends, reconciliation, love, creative ideas for family time/spouse … Continue reading

November 7, 2018

Good morning, Father. Children are an amazing gift from You. Lord, we learn a lot about prayer from Jesus’ examples in the Bible. Help me to demonstrate to my preschoolers how to pray for the simplest things that touch their lives. May they influence their families to pray at home in thanksgiving and love of who You are. ACTS A-  Adoration C-  Confession T–  Thanksgiving S–  Supplication In the name of Jesus, Who has all power in His name, Janet … Continue reading

October 31, 2018

Good morning, Father. Children are an amazing gift from You. Father, if we were honest, we would admit that there is a little rebellion in all of us. I would say that has something to do with our sin nature. With preschoolers as they grow in their love and knowledge of Christ, they begin to understand self-control. But preschoolers are a work in progress. Help me to teach my preschoolers to follow my requests without rebellion–just a baby step towards … Continue reading

October 24, 2018

Good morning, Father. Children are an amazing gift from You. I remember once when my son was about three years old and learned a valuable lesson from a grocery store visit. We had just gotten home and he showed me the package of gum he had in his pocket. He thought the items by the checkout stand were free. I had never explained that these items were for sale. I took him back to the grocery and he returned the … Continue reading

October 17, 2018

Good morning, Father Children are an amazing gift from You. Father, disagreements and arguing are common among people. As I pray for my preschoolers today, I ask that You protect them from quarrels about meaningless things. You know, like who is first in line, whose turn it is, sharing, and other common issues that relate to their age. Help me to teach them what is important and what is not. “What were you arguing about on the way?” (Mark 9:33, … Continue reading