Kid’s Christian Devotional {On Fleek}

On fleek, flawless, on point – these are all words that describe the same thing – perfection.  We long to be perfect, and we celebrate perfection with our friends. It is easier for us sometimes to think that other people are perfect and we are not.  Sometimes we think this because people act like they are perfect. We might even think our parents are perfect. But I can tell you that this is not true.

One thing we must remember is that God loves us no matter what and understands that we are not perfect.  We might work towards perfecting some things in our life, like our grades, talents or hobbies – but that does not mean we obtain perfection.  One reason this is good, is because God does not require us to be perfect to be in His presence. Since his Son, Jesus died for us, we only need a relationship with Him to appear perfect and blameless to God the Father.  God knows, as it says in the Bible, that “ for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

We may really want to be on fleek, with our hair, our eyebrows, clothes, shoes – our reputation (which is how others see us), but we do not need to stress or beat ourselves up to try and become perfect.  God reminds us of this in today’s chosen verse “Consider the lilies, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (Luke12:27, WEB).

Solomon was a king who was very rich and could afford any clothes, shoes or things that made him look nice in the eyes of his people – yet God said that He wasn’t even arrayed (or dressed) as nice as the lilies of the field.  Lillies are flowers that bloom (or show their petals) only once in their lifetime, and they only live for up to four weeks – In perspective, humans live for an average of about 80 years! If God dresses and takes care of plants in a field that are basically here today and gone tomorrow, think of how much He cares for you – no matter what you are wearing!

The big idea here is that God loves us just the way we are.  We do not have to prove our worth to Him, we just need to believe in Him and His Son Jesus Christ.  This relationship will bring us more joy than trying to be perfect ever could!

Remember to say to yourself today:

I am perfect in the sight of God because of His Son Jesus.

I am chosen, loved and accepted by Jesus, no matter how I look!

Though I can’t be perfect on my own, I can with Jesus.

Prayer:

Lord, please help me to understand that You alone are perfect.  I can try to be perfect all I want, but only You Lord, can bring perfection.  Please help me to understand today how much you love me, and help me to love others.  In Jesus name, Amen

If you are just now hearing something like this for the first time, and do not know Jesus – there will be a link below for first steps to getting to know Jesus on the englishinkmedia.come website.  For God so loved the world (that means everyone) that He gave His One and Only Son, that whosoever (which means anyone) believes in Him should not perish (never die) but have everlasting life (meaning live forever!).

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Have a great day lovelies!

Kid’s Christian Devotional {To Be Honest}

“To be honest” is something we say when we want someone to know that we are about to give an opinion that might be offensive, but we are going to say it anyway because, it just needs to be said.

We all know we are supposed to tell the truth.  But, what about when it is hard to tell, or we know it will be hard for someone to hear?

One example of this is when Jesus went to Mary and Martha’s house.  When Jesus and his group arrived, Mary sat down with them to be personable, and Martha immediately got to work, putting together food and cleaning up.  Mary did not lift a finger to help, and it upset Martha (made her mad).

She came to Jesus, basically to tattle on her sister.  She said:

“Lord, don’t you care that my sister [Mary] left me to serve alone? Ask her therefore to help me.”

And Jesus, in that moment in time broke out the old to be honest …  he said:

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

That is not at all what Martha expected to hear.  In fact, she might have expected him to say – “to be honest, Mary, you are being a bit lazy…”

But, Jesus did not see it that way.  He saw that Mary was worshipping Him in the way she knew how, by being close to Him, listening and sitting at His feet – just being in His presence.  Martha was wired differently, and she was worshipping Him by serving, which by people standards seems more important because it is harder – but Jesus did not see it that way.  She was also probably surprised to learn that she could not force her sister to help her – even by telling on her!

I think we could all use a little dose of to be honest from Jesus – and take away a lesson from this time in which He spoke it to Martha.  Jesus doesn’t expect us to run around trying to please him by overworking ourselves all the time. He doesn’t want us to worry or stress – He wants us to calm down and simply be in His presence.  He also doesn’t want us to think we can control other people and how they worship Him either.

This does not mean we can forget about or not do the things that we are told to do each day, like our routine (which may be different for everyone) but in our house it is wake up brush your teeth, get dressed, and do your schoolwork in the morning, and then at night to take a shower and put on pajamas.  It means that we might need to add a time that we choose to acknowledge the most high God as our Creator and Savior and simply be in His Presence.  

We still want to do our best at our school work and each task, sport or talent that we have – but we need to know that is NOT why God loves us.  In fact, if we spend more time with God, it is likely we will be better at all of these things because we will feel better about ourselves and not worry as much about failing because it will be easier to remember that God will always be there for us.

To be honest, God just loves us because we are HIS children, and no matter how hard or little we work will not affect how much love He has for us.  This is called unconditional love, also known as Agape love, which means God loves us no matter what! Jesus has given us His Holy Spirit, inside of us, so that we are able to talk with Him all day.  Anytime we want we can just stop and take a moment to tell Him how much we love Him or ask for help from Him. We can be anywhere, have our eyes opened or closed, speak out loud, or quietly in our heads.

Read the story in Luke 10: 40-41, maybe even read the whole chapter – and then some!  To be honest, it might help you out!

Remember to say to yourself:

I am accepted and loved by the God Most High.

God likes it when I spend time with Him, I can talk or be quiet.

God is honest, and I want to be honest too.

Let’s pray!

Lord, help me to be honest all the time – to myself, to others and especially to you – as you already know the truth anyway.  When it is hard to tell the truth to my parents, or others, please be with me to strengthen me. Please allow my words to always lift people up.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

If you are hearing something like this for the first time – it is important to know that “God so loved the world – that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” which is written in the book of John chapter 3 verse 16 of the Bible.  Once we believe and put our faith in Jesus, God’s Son, as our savior, who came down to earth, died for us, rose from the dead three days later and then went up to heaven back to the Father, we get the gift of being saved, but also the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us through life here on Earth.

Get a good caffeine buzz today – on National Coffee Day!

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It is National Coffee day, and there are some stories a brewing from our favorite places to grab our java.  

First, Dunkin’ Donuts has decided to permanently drop “Donuts” from its name, effective January 2019.  Why? In a press release from September 25, Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer, Dunkin’ U.S. said, “By simplifying and modernizing our name, while still paying homage to our heritage, we have an opportunity to create an incredible new energy for Dunkin’, both in and outside our stores.  We are bringing the iconic name Dunkin’ to the forefront in a bold way that brings to life how we refill optimism with each cup and bring fun, joy and delight to our customers each and every day.” a

But never you fear!  The brand might be dropping “Donuts” from the name, but they still plan to remain America’s #1 seller of the sweet, fried goodness that is donuts.

Today you can expect to get a buy one get one free hot coffee when you visit Dunkin’.  They are also running a few other promotions that you can check out at the link below.b

Next, you might think Starbucks would be jumping on the bandwagon to give out free coffee, but that is not the case.  Instead they have decided to amp up their philanthropic efforts, donating $20 million to temporarily relieve impacted smallholder farmers until the market becomes more stable.c

Here are some other great ways to score free things!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/09/28/national-coffee-day-deals-freebies/1377465002/

  1. https://news.dunkindonuts.com/news/releases-20180925
  2. https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog/blog_custom-20180927
  3. https://news.starbucks.com/press-releases/starbucks-commits-20-million-for-emergency-relief-to-farmers

Happy National Good Neighbor Day!

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What is a neighbor? We pass people on the street and in stores all the time. Who is considered our neighbor? The traditional definition is that our neighbor is the person that is living next door to us. However, I think it has been generally adopted, especially in Christian circles, that our neighbors are all people. One of the people most responsible for bringing about this change of definition is Mr. Rogers. He looked at everyone as a neighbor. He also treated everyone as a person with dignity. One of his quotes is, “Love is at the base of everything, or the lack of it.” I have always admired Mr. Rogers and how he lived life.  He was a man that lived for his neighbor and was kind, generous, loving and accepting of people’s faults and failures. A man I strive to be more like.  So, on “Good Neighbor Day” I think we should all try to be a little like Mr. Rogers in our own neighborhoods aka, lives. In the words of Mr. Rogers on Good Neighbor Day: “Please won’t you be, My Neighbor.”

National Chocolate Milk Day!

It’s National Chocolate Milk Day!

According to a good ole Google search, September 27 is national Chocolate day.

The drink was invented by a botanist named Hans Sloane in the 1680’s while studying in Jamaica .  It is said that the locals were accustomed to drinking cacao mixed with water, but when it was offered to Sloan he did not like it very much.  He then mixed the cocoa in milk and found that much better!a

Here are some quick facts about chocolate milk:

  1. It has about 5 mg of caffeine per 8 ounces when using the Hershey recipe.b
  2. It has been touted as a great post-workout recovery drink due to the carb to protein ratio and the electrolytes it offers.  Studies have even been done on this!c
  3. Milk has 9 essential nutrients: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, protein, riboflavin, niacin and vitamins A, B12 and D.d

a.  https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/local/valley/2015/09/27/national-chocolate-milk-day-sept-27/72758976/

b.  https://www.caffeineinformer.com/caffeine-content/hersheys-chocolate-milk

c.  https://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/why-chocolate-milk-is-the-perfect-post-workout-recovery-beverage/

d.  https://www.healthyeating.org/Milk-Dairy/Dairy-Facts/Chocolate-Milk

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Enjoy this coloring sheet as an homage to the drink!