Light comes from many places; the sun, the stars and moon, flashlights, houselights, car lights, fire, electronics, etc. Light is what helps us see things and guide us places. Without light we would get lost in the dark. Imagine if the sun never rose. You woke up and the sun forgot to wake up with you. What if our houses didn’t have lights, we wouldn’t be able to see what food we were making or know if we needed to clean the house or not. What if cars or planes didn’t have lights, we would have a lot more accidents. Lights aren’t just for seeing though, light also keeps us warm. If candles and fire didn’t have light we wouldn’t realize that it also produces heat. Light is very important. Without it all we have is darkness and confusion. Not having light is kinda like not having Jesus in your life. You can survive but not for very long. You will get lost and confused, you may crash and get hurt, you won’t be happy and won’t feel the warmth of knowing Jesus. Jesus reminds us that “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness. He will have the light that gives life.” John 8:12. So just like the sun comes up everyday and gives us light and keeps us warm we need to invite Jesus into our hearts to fill us with His light and warmth!
Kings in Bible times were very powerful people. They ruled their kingdoms, owned lots of land and servants , and were very wealthy. There were both good and bad kings. Those who loved God and their people and those who just loved having power. One good king was named Solomon, he was the son of King David. While most of the other kings asked for riches, fame, and glory, Solomon asked for wisdom. He knew that to be a good king he would need wisdom from God. Now wisdom doesn’t just mean being smart, it means having judgement and understanding to make good decisions.
There is another King that is very good. His name is Jesus. He is the only one who has the power to give us wisdom. No matter how old we are we should pray everyday and ask for Him to help us be wise. With His wisdom we will be able to make good choices.
“But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. God is generous. He enjoys giving to all people, so God will give you wisdom.” James 1:5
Just when you think you are all alone and there is no one there to help, you can call out to Jesus and He will be there to save you. When I was about 7 years old I lived in Arizona. During the summer my family would go to the mountains where there was a giant rock slide. The water ran off the mountains creating a shallow river that flowed over smooth rocks making the perfect water slide! I remember being pulled along by the water and having races with my sister to see who could reach the end first. The rocks and water were not all one level however and one day as I floated down the slide the rock that I was on ended and the water got very deep. I held on to the edge and started calling for my mom. The water was rushing over my arms and pushing me so hard that it was difficult to hold on to the slippery rock. I was scared and in need of help. My mom rushed over and I thought she would pull me right out but instead she told me to step down. I started crying because I wanted her to pull me out. I thought I was going to drown. All she did was come close to me, held my hand, told me to step down, and assured me that I would be alright. After more crying and asking “why” I finally put my foot down and what do you know there was a rock right below me. It had been there the whole time but I had been too scared to realize it. My mom saved me. Not in a way that I wanted or would have imagined but in a way that helped me to be brave.
There are lots of times in our lives when we get scared and don’t know what to do in difficult situations. That is why we have a heavenly Father who is our Savior. In second Samuel 22:2 it says that “He is my rock, my place of safety, my Savior.” All we have to do is call out to Him, trust Him, and He will save us.
Have you ever been scared? Share with us how Jesus was there to help you!
Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah. They had always wanted a son of their own and God promised that He would give them one. So when Isaac was born he was a miracle child because he was born to them in their old age. As Isaac grew up he helped his parents around the house. He probably learned how to take care of the sheep, use a sling shot and clean his dishes. He was just like any other boy and was very loved by his parents. However, one day God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac as an offering to Him. Abraham couldn’t believe his ears, but he knew he must obey God. Father and son climbed the mountain to the place of sacrifice and Abraham probably prayed to God to provide a way out. When they finally reached the top of the mountain and built the altar Abraham told Isaac that he would be the offering. Now remember, Isaac was a young man and he could have resisted his father easily or he could have run away but he chose not to. He knew that his father was dedicated to God and Isaac also loved God and would obey Him no matter what. Right before Abraham killed his son, God spoke to him saying not to harm Isaac because now He knew that Abraham was loyal to Him. As soon as the voice disappeared a ram stuck in a bush appeared. God provided a child for Abraham and Sarah and then provided a lamb to take Isaac’s place. Also, do you remember how Jesus took our place by dying on the cross for us. He is our provider and will always take care of us.
Here is a little clip of Abraham and Isaac! After watching share with us about a time when God provided for you.
Heaven is going to be such a wonderful place! When Jesus comes back to take us up to heaven we will finally be reunited with loved ones, we will get our very own crowns, and most importantly we will be able to live forever with Jesus! Did you know that Jesus compares heaven to children? Matthew 19:14 says, “But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like these children.” Some times adults don’t understand the relationship that kids have with Jesus. Just because you are small doesn’t mean you don’t understand the love that Jesus has for you. Jesus wants everyone to have the willingness that children have. So as you go through your day remember that you are an example of what the kingdom of heaven will look like. You are a wonderful child of God. Keep loving others and spending time with Jesus! I can’t wait to see you there someday!
Growing things is always fun. It’s about that time of year, here in Michigan, when all the plants that were hiding start coming out. New little plants and buds poke out their heads. When I was little I helped my mom plant bulbs in the fall and then once spring came around we could watch the tiny green shoots pop up out of the ground. Isn’t it amazing that a tiny seed can turn into a beautiful flower or a huge tree? That seed does not become big and strong all on it’s own however. It needs food from the soil, rain to keep it from drying out and the sun to keep it warm and pointed upward.
In Matthew 13 Jesus tells us a story about seeds that are planted in different types of dirt. Some fell on the path, some in between the rocks, some with all the weeds, and some in healthy soil. Only the seeds in the good soil were able to grow because they had the nutrients they needed. This story is to remind us that we need to fill our lives with good things that way we can grow strong and healthy. When we spend time with Jesus, read our Bible, and share Jesus’ love with others we grow.
To remember how we grow with Jesus I want you to ask your mom or dad to help you get some seeds so you can grow a plant of your very own! It can be a flower, a vegetable, a fruit, a tree, it doesn’t matter. With Jesus we can also grow big in strong, not only in our body but also in our mind and heart!
Fruit is my favorite food. Bananas, mangoes, strawberries, peaches, watermelon, any kind is good. Did you know that there are 9 fruits in the Bible. OK, they are not literal fruits. They are fruits of the Spirit. In other words they are the characteristics we are supposed to have as Christians. You can find the list in Galatians 5:22-23. “But the Spirit gives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. There is no law that says these things are wrong.”
Now I know what your thinking. People don’t grow fruit, that’s what trees and bushes do. But just how a plant produces fruit we should be able to produce good attitudes and behaviors. When we let the Holy Spirit work in us we start behaving more loving, joyful, patient, and so on. The way to produce delicious “fruit” is by spending time the Jesus! Just like plants need to be watered, have good soil and sunshine, we need to spend time reading our Bibles, praying and singing!
I encourage you all to spend time with Jesus everyday and soon you will be producing each “fruit”.
Here is a song to help you remember all the fruits of the spirit!