Posted in Kids Ministry

Teaching bible verse to kids – The story of wise and foolish builders (Matthew 7: 24-27)

Hello everyone!! How’s everybody’s long weekend?

The 3 days off have literally been a whirlwind for me. So many things to do, that I forgot I was assigned to do the Friday teaching. My bad! Buti na lang teacher Jen was very efficient of reminding us of our schedule.

When I read her message I hurriedly open my email to see the lesson . I don’t have much time of preparation na so I need to improvise things.Swerte coz the topic is quite easy to discuss with kids. Swerte din kasi hubby printed and even helped me in preparing all the paper houses for our memory verse activity.

Our topic: The story of the wise and foolish builders (Matthew 7: 24-27)

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Aim: To show the children that as Christians, we need to build our lives on Jesus Christ, so that when trouble comes we will be able to stand firm with faith in God.

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I used little A’s toys..playdough and lego works well..

Presentation: In this passage Jesus used a parable to explain how we want to built our foundation with him. The story tells us about a man who builds his house upon a rock.  Think about what a rock is and what it feels like.  It is very strong and sturdy.  Jesus is like a rock.  When we have Jesus in our lives it is like we are standing on a rock.  We are not going to fall down when Jesus is holding us up.  We have to rely on Jesus with every part of our lives.  If we do rely on Jesus, He will not let us fall.

The second part of this story is about a man who built his house on the sand.  What is sand like?  It is squishy and it moves when you walk on it.  The world is like sand.  When we build our lives on whatever we want, but not Jesus, it is like standing on the sand.  When life is hard the foundation we are standing on gets squishy and we will fall down.  Without Jesus we fall down.  The foolish man’s house fell down when the storm came.

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For review I asked the kids few questions like:

  • What did the wise man build his house upon?  The Rock
  • What did the foolish man build his house upon? The Sand
  • In our lives, who is really the Rock? Jesus

I also told them that like wise man if we listen to his word and put it into practice no matter what troubles we may encounter, Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us.

Memory Verse: Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

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kids in action

For the activity, each of them decorate their own house. And when they’re done we helped them to assemble the house by gluing each side of the paper. Hubby was very supportive and he’s really helping me with the needs of the kids. That’s why I always encouraged him to try Kids Ministry kasi it’s very challenging and fulfilling, right teachers???

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the little boy was the very first one na natapos. He’s very active and excited to show his house to me. Infairness, he’s not calling me mommy. He’s calling me teacher mommy..haha
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the kids are all willing to pose to show their artwork! – Thanks Teacher Jen for all the pics..
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Kids artwork..

Special thanks to teacher Jen for assistance. By the way, have you noticed our tables? Ang saya noh..di na nahihirapan ang kids!! God’s blessing talaga for kids ministry..Yipeee!!

Have a blessed Sunday..

Posted in Family matters, Married Life, Parenting style

Destination: Purity with Julie Hiramine

Generally, Friday here  is what we call “family day.” But we can’t just miss this parenting seminar at Trader’s Hotel Deira.

“Julie Hiramine and her team at Generations of Virtue have been helping moms and dads instill character in their children for years now. Guardians of Purity combines common sense and biblical wisdom to help parents guide their kids through the choppy waters of our sex-saturated culture.”

Basically, it is a seminar to help equip us (parents) with tools to empower our children for purity in our world today. I seldom see this nowadays, and so it quite refreshing and encouraging especially for us newly parents.

During the seminar Julie emphasized that “family should be the big influence of our kids’. That building a strong relationship with our kids is the main key.In a world where behavior-modification  is so often encouraged.It is so much more convenient to be willing to talk with our children and walk through things and get into their music, and into their social media and all different things. It doesn’t mean that we accept  everything that our children are doing. We have to explain the reasons behind our “NO’s” so we have strong boundaries, but a lot of positive input.

Having good behavior is one thing; Having the right heart– a heart transformed and turned toward God, is another thing. We discipline because we want to take what is shown to us externally, to address the issues that are internal. We discipline not just to make our children do the right things, but for them to have the right heart.

The seminar is very timely since Angelo is on the stage of exploring world. Julie specifically mentioned about family devotions.I totally agreed when she mentioned this. This is one of the best ways to grow closer to God as a family. With our busy lives sometimes all we can manage is an impromptu prayer session where each member of the family shares a prayer request and we all pray together. But there are lots of other ideas are taking turns reading through a devotional book or listening to the Bible online.

Family devotion can only be 15-30 minutes of our time but anything we do to come together before the Lord as a family can be a family devotion!

We want to raise children whose hearts are turned toward God— children who would love Him with all their heart, mind, and strength. It’s important to show to our children what a healthy relationship looks like, choosing to worship God.trusting HIM to be our source, and fill our needs.

I remember the bible verse from 1 Peter 5:7 (Leave all your worries with God for HE cares for you. Most of the time we tried to shelter our children from the real world because of our fear that it may lead them into the wrong directions. But the goal of the seminar is to see more parents and children involved in each other’s lives (in a positive way)— even beyond their teenage years.To see more of the next generation rise up as a response to the mentoring and discipleship that occur in their homes. I am believing for more children who will grow up to embrace the values that their parents would teach them.

Of course, I also pray for the parents, that we will be the first ones who will lovingly guide and shepherd our children’s hearts. I pray that we will not need to shove our values down their throats, but that as we live our lives with integrity, they would want to embrace our faith and values as well. I pray that the things we love and believe in, would be a family affair— in agreement with our spouse, and owned by our children.

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Posted in Family matters

Prayer and Fasting Thoughts

Couple of days ago I asked Raquiza if she has a list of her faith goal for this year. And she replied me with “wala ate” I am fasting because I have been so much blessed for the year 2012 and I am just giving back all the honor and praise for him. Then I said “ako din ” wala kong maisip na faith goal ko as in empty list.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, let me explain as briefly as I could…

Every start of the year, our church calls on everyone (whoever wants to join) to go on a five-day prayer and fasting. This is the time when we consecrate ourselves to God corporately, and together we believe God for breakthroughs in every area of our lives. In line with this, we usually make a list of the many things we are believing God for– be it in the area of ministry, family, health, finances, etc. We call this our “faith goals“. This list is usually an acknowledgement that with God all things are possible!

For the past year I never tried doing the prayer and fasting because I am so afraid na magutum..joke! But seriously, this year, however, is a bit different I am now on my third day of our journey and I must say that it’s not easy to commit on a liquid fasting type.
On the first day I survived with corn soup and sinigang soup for the whole day and lots of water.
Yesterday was almost same except this time I cooked Alphabet soup and again lots of water.I also drank chocolate drink because I can feel that I’m beginning to become restless, I was so exhausted and feel so weak that I almost tempted to bite the pastillas in our fridge.Yay! It’s very close to biting it but God gave me wisdom to exercise my self-control. I put back the sweet and closed the container.When I returned to our dining table and sipped my soup again I realized that ganon lang ba kaliit ang faith ko in just a matter of small pastillas I will break my fast.

Fasting is like humbling myself to God and dedicating five days of feeding my soul with his word is much worthy than filling my stomach with delicious foods.

Back to my faith goal list,I haven’t come up with a list yet, and I feel that God wants me to come with a blank list instead.I will just let HIM fill up my list with HIS own plan for our family. Not my will but his will.He wants me to come to Him– to seek Him, to be fully satisfied with Him.
To believe by faith the 2013 is a year or miracles and answered prayers.

Happy fasting everyone..

Posted in Family matters, Holidays, Married Life, Parenting style

Training for Victory Graduation

Last Friday was the big day for daddy A and the rest of his batchmates.

 As you know hubby committed his time to be part of Training for Victory class.

Basically it’s a ten – week course designed to equip each students to lead,follow Jesus and make disciples.

It’s nice to see the smiles of the graduates. Their faces were so warm and very encouraging ready to face the journey.

  Being a proud and supportive wife we all came there to grace the occasion. This is one of his dream and I wanted to thank God for letting hubby experience this great blessing.

Daddy A was all smile while marching and getting his certificate.

Congratulations daddy A!!

“Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
– Matthew 4:19 (NIV)
Posted in Family matters, Married Life, Our little man, Parenting style

A day with teachers..

In our church we have a ministry called Kids Ministry. We are a group of believers (parents or singles) who are willing to faithfully teach/share God’s word to kids.  We have level one ranging from 3-7 years old and level two aged 8-12 years old.

The class starts with praise and worship.I love seeing those kids singing and dancing.It’s so cute! Followed by a simple discussion with props so kids can easily grasp the lesson.

For a several weeks now we are training little A to attend the class. We’d like him to be passionate for God while at the same time developing his social skills by interacting with same age group.

Part of our training/motivating him every Friday are:

  • sleep early so we could all wake up without a fuzz.
  • while inside the car we will talked something exciting about learning,sharing,playing with kids to make it more exciting for him.
  • that teachers are preparing great lesson about Daddy God and Papa Jesus.

First few sessions wasn’t a success. He was very shy,timid and doesn’t want to participate in the lesson. Which is quite normal at his age. But last Friday was not one of those “NO, I don’t want to listen to teacher” nor “No, Mommy you come with me”moments.Those days were suddenly over.

The sun began to shine, the birds began to chirp and miraculously, my cheeky naughty little boy began to be more cooperative and friendly.Life was grand, I must say. At this point I think it helps that we attended afternoon class. The little boy became jolly and cheerful again.

Oh boy! I wasn’t sure whether I was ready to let him go and be there alone.Hahaha..stage mother lang ang peg!

But hubby insisted paano daw masasanay so before leaving I talked to the teachers and informed them that everything was in his bag. His milk,his water and his food. I gave my mobile number so they could easily reached me if something happen. Thank you Teacher Wowie and Teacher Clarisse for the patience..

What a comfort to know that our children are in such loving hands so parents could attend the service without worrying that their kiddos were running,playing and worst crying around the church. It was a great pleasure for parents like us that there were committed teachers willing to take care of them even in few hours.

When we fetched him he looked at us with this big goofy grin and showed his artwork. We are so proud of him because he didn’t throw a fit and his teachers said he’s participating and sometimes he’s becoming naughty pero nakikinig pag napagsasabihan.Wehehehehe..

When he’s daddy was putting him in his car seat he was making pa- impress

Little A: Daddy look  (showing his artwork)”Jesus read the scriptssss (he can’t read the scripture properly..hehe) Luke 4:16

I was amazed that he can atually read the verse. Though hirap siang mag prononunce ng scriptures at least he’s trying. Good Job Little A!!

I hope this will be the start of our goodbye drama Fridays..