January Orange Slices



Hi Parents!

And just like that, it's a new year!  Time is a funny thing, isn't it?  We tend to move through our lives measuring various things based on how much or little time we have allotted to it.  Some days we want time to speed up and other days we want it to slow down. There are days we can't wait till they're over, and others that we want to last forever.  But we each get 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (sorry, next leap year isn't till 2020!).

So at the start of a new year, maybe you're assessing... what will you do with your days in 2017?  As a parent, it's hard.  There are no doubt ways you want to invest in and develop your own physical, emotional and spiritual self in the new year.  And you know it's important to help your kids do that as well. With only so many hours in a day and days in a year, what comes first? What do you drop? What's best to focus on? 

May I suggest.... start with your spiritual life.  And even more specific, gratitude for Father God's never-ending love for you and His presence.  There's a saying: "What if you awoke tomorrow morning with only the things you thanked God for today? Would that change how you prayed today?"

One of the easiest ways to pray, and to teach your kids to pray, is to go throughout the regular rhythm of your days -- the ups and downs, the ordinary and the extraordinary -- with a heart and mind focused on gratitude to God.  In fact, it's His idea for parents to teach and impress His love and character on their children in this way ...

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.Deuteronomy 6:4-7

When you're at home eating dinner, playing a game, or bathing the kids.  When you're walking the dog, walking to school, or riding in the car.  When you're getting your kids all snuggled in at bedtime.  When the alarm clock goes off and you're prodding them out of bed in the morning.  The regular rhythms of a family's life. 

May God's daily provision, protection and favor for your family in the new year become daily prayers of gratitude as time marches on. 


Praying for you and cheering you on,

                                             Jan Hanson
                                 Kids & Families Director