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Jesus Birthday Party

 

For the past few Christmases, my Good Morning Girls group and I have gotten our kids together to have a “Happy Birthday Jesus” party. In the past I would decorate my house preparing for the upcoming celebration with red and green candy jars, streamers and a “Happy Birthday Jesus” sign strung across the fireplace. I would have Christmas treats for the moms and kids, a craft to do pertaining to Jesus’s birth, Christmas music playing and a special story read to the kids explaining why we celebrate Christmas. Previous years I had our kids each bring a gently used toy or a new toy with them to the party to donate to a local charity. This year since our kids are starting to get a little older, my friend and I decided to do it a little differently. Instead of having our kids bring a toy to the party, we wanted to use this opportunity to teach our kids the importance of meeting the needs of others.

We decided to combine the “Happy Birthday Jesus” party activity that I talk about on page 40 in the Advent ebook with the GMG Christmas Challenge……teaching our children that THEY can make a difference in our world by meeting the needs of others.

Heroes are not determined by their age or their size but by what they allow God to do through them.

We want our children to learn early in life that God can use them powerfully for His Kingdom……NOW.

This year my sweet friend, Kristi, hosted the party and did a FABULOUS job! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH Kristi!!! She invited a mutual friend’s son to come to our party and tell our children about The Last Well. We each had talked with our kids about The Last Well but we thought it would be more powerful hearing about it from someone their own age.

Today, I’ve decided to bring our party to YOU. Please note the video footage is well……the best I could do. You’ll hear my sweet little Brinnley occasionally in the background as she crawled around me, pulling on my leg and enjoying the festivities of the backyard….. hey, I’m a mom just like you!

A mom who is trying my best to encourage my girls to see the needs of others outside our little community.

A mom who safely wants to broaden their view of the world and help them learn how to be Jesus’s hands and feet to those who are hurting whether they are near or far.

A mom who is trying to teach her kids the importance of what it means to “be a neighbor.”

A mom who wants her children to learn to look at others with love…..just like Jesus.

I want my children to love others well. I believe that starts when we teach them to see the needs of others.

I love this quote by Katie Davis from the book Kisses from Katie (if you’ve never read the book I highly recommend it!)

“…I have one purpose, in Uganda and in life, and that is to love.
I could ask for no greater assignment.”- Katie Davis

 

Welcome to our Jesus Birthday Party

{Click here if you can’t see the video}

After a little time of playing together, we gathered our kids and had the wonderful opportunity to listen to Hayes, who’s heart and passion for The Last Well is so inspiring.

After Hayes’s informational and passionate speech we had a sweet devotional reading out of the Jesus Storybook (which I LOVE!!)

Then it was everyone’s favorite time……singing Happy Birthday to Jesus and eating some cake!

 

I’d like to take this time to thank my sweet friend Kristi for hosting the party and taking these beautiful pictures!!! You are a blessing to me! I’d also like to thank Hayes and his parents for allowing him to speak to our kids about The Last Well! We LOVED hearing you speak, Hayes……you did a WONDERFUL job! :)

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Click here to learn more about our Christmas Challenge with The Last Well.

How much does one well cost?

  • ONE dollar gives ONE Liberian clean water for ONE year.  How many people can you help?
  • Purchase a water well for a community in Liberia for $3000.  The average well serves 1000 people!
  • Purchase a bio-sand water filter for one family in rural Liberia for $102.  You can give an entire family clean water!

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Add The Last Well to your Christmas list.
  • Talk with your family about The Last Well and give a family gift.
  • Give up a Christmas gift(s) and instead donate the money to The Last Well.
  • Invite your children to give up a Christmas gift(s) and donate the money to The Last Well.
  • Have a “Happy Birthday Jesus” party with your friends and their kids. (I talk about this idea in our Advent eBook on page 40) Instead of having children bring gifts to donate, have them donate the money online and learn more about the need for clean water in Liberia, building awareness of how other children live around the world.
  • Tell friends about THE LAST Well by sharing this graphic on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, informing more people of this wonderful organization and the great need of physical water and the “Living Water” in Liberia!
  • PRAY! Pray God will use us mightily in this nation for HIS GLORY!

Please join us as we strive to make a difference in our generation for Christ by serving one of the poorest countries in the world. Imagine what 17,000 Good Morning Girls could do by giving just $10 each. We could provide clean water and the Gospel to thousands of Liberians, saving lives now and changing eternal destinies as well.

Please join us this Christmas and help change a nation in the name of Jesus, one water well at a time!

 

Click here to donate.

 

 

Love God Greatly!

-Angela

 

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Disney, Sea Shells and Easy ways to be intentional with your kids {Link-Up}

My family and I recently had the opportunity to go to Disneyland in California and boy did we have a blast! Seriously one of the best vacations yet! I loved it!

When we got back home, I asked my girls what they wanted to show their friends from our trip…..their response surprised me.

“Our sea shells.”

Your sea shells……but we went to Disney!!! Don’t you want to bring one of the stuff animals you won or don’t you want to show your friends some of the pictures we took of you meeting the princesses and other Disney characters?


“No.”

They wanted to show the sea shells.

“Why the sea shells?” I asked.

“Because you helped us collect them.” Was their response.

We spent a few days at Disneyland…..and enjoyed EVERY minute of it but what really touched my girls hearts was the one day we took a break from Disney and traveled to the beach.

I wanted my girls to see the ocean. I wanted them to see God’s beauty, His power……experience what He created.

In Sally Clarkson’s book, Ministry of Motherhood, she talks about giving our children the Gift of Inspiration.  Her whole book is wonderful and I highly recommend it, but that particular section spoke directly to my heart and I wanted to open the eyes of my children to the awesomeness of their God.

“A child who does not have the opportunity to marvel at the bigness of God, the wonders of his creation, and the reality of his supernatural work will tend to measure the questions about “who God is” according to his or her finite, limited perspective…”

“When we take the opportunity to expose our children to the glory of God displayed in a rainbow or powerful ocean waves or a star-studded night sky, we are helping them understand that there is a Being much bigger than themselves who created the universe and holds it together with his power. “-Sally Clarkson

I wanted my girls to experience their God in a much bigger way.

Being at the ocean does that.

The beauty alone takes your breath away.

The sound of the ocean waves roaring to shore, the soft breeze touching your face and the birds singing above……all testify to God’s reality and greatness.

As we walked the beach picking up sea shells I talked to my girls about how wonderful and powerful our God is. We talked about how beautiful each sea shell was that they picked up. We talked about God’s creativity, about the size of the ocean and the power of the waves……I wanted them to see God in His creation.

I wanted to be intentional and give them an opportunity to experience God in a whole new way. To open their eyes to the bigness of their God.

This week we see from our verses (Proverbs 31:1-9) that King Lemuel’s mother was an intentional woman. She was a mother who was intentional in how she taught her son, teaching him the virtues of a noble wife as she taught him the alphabet,…connecting his learning to something valuable that he would later be able to easily recall.

Using her as an inspiration, here are a few ways we can be intentional with our kids……everyday

  • Write “I think you’re amazing because...” notes in their lunch boxes, their rooms, their cars.
  • Go out on a special date with them….
  • Send them encouraging text messages
  • Pray together
  • Read the bible together….and discuss what you read
  • Read books together
  • Serve together
  • Intentionally slow down……look them in the eyes and tell them how much you love them
  • Give them a hug
  • Talk with them and rub their backs as you do……my girls love that!
  • Laugh with them
  • Smile at them

Being intentional is about turning off the TV, not answering the phone or the emails, the tweets or the Facebook comments, and really seeing your family. Giving them undivided time and attention. It’s talking with them over a meal. It’s asking them questions, doing things together like coloring, drawing, tickling and laughing together. Not necessarily spending money, but spending time together………that’s what’s truly priceless.

Being intentional is about really seeing them and purposefully investing in their lives.

 

What are some ways that you are intentional with your kids? I believe we learn best from one another! I’d love to hear your ideas! What would you add to my list? Which ones are your favorite?

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Women around the world are IN THE WORD! Every Wednesday we will have a link-up. If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week. We ask that you put our button in the post or on your sidebar so we can find each other. We do not have code for this link up button. Just right click and save as. Then link it to http://www.goodmorninggirls.org

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Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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