Living Out the Message of Kindness – Even to Enemies

Image result for images teaching kindnessOn Sunday in Treasure Seekers our passage was from Leviticus 19. We talked about some ways to live out the teaching to love our enemies.

We talked about the directions to leave part of the fields for strangers and what that could mean in our time and place.

Leviticus is in the first part of the Old Testament or Hebrew Scriptures.

Your family might enjoy reading the different ideas shared in this passage.‎ Related image

Celebrate by Sharing God’s Love

Image result for valentine's dayAs Valentine’s Day approaches, perhaps your family would like to talk about 1 John 4:7 – “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”

The stories and teachings of scripture tell us that God is love.

Where do you see God’s love alive today?

How can we share God’s love this week?

Raising ‘Adults’

Hi! It’s Sharon again.

I’ve been reading some articles and a couple of books that are focused on raising kids who are independent (but not reckless), capable (but not arrogant), compassionate (but not naive). You get the idea, right? Adults!!

Well, thanks to a FB friend, this article seemed ‘spot on’ and reasonable. I especially like the beginning where the author, Amy Carney says,

Don’t judge me if you happen to see my kids eating packaged Ritz crackers for school lunch.
Don’t judge me if they’re on the sidelines of PE because they forgot their uniform.
Don’t judge me if they didn’t turn in their homework because it’s still sitting home on their desk.
What some may view as a lack of parenting, is what I deem parenting on purpose, as we work to build necessary life skills in our kids.

There are lots of resources out there, but I think trusting God to drop the right people into your kids’ life, praying for them and their friends, and reading common-sense blogs and articles like this one will help populate our world with young people who will be adults worth knowing and with whom the future is safe.

Here’s a link to the whole article: http://redtri.com/stop-doing-these-8-things-for-your-teen-this-school-year/

Choose

It’s Sharon, today, and I’ve just read an essay by Michael Josephson called “The Power of a Positive Perspective”. I found it at his website, http://www.whatwillmatter.com

Image result for good mood imagesThe essay describes a young man who always seemed to be in a good mood. He said that every morning, he looked in the mirror, told himself ‘Good morning!’ and looked at the note on his mirror that said CHOOSE. That note reminded him every day that he could decide to be in a good mood, no matter what happened. Even when things went wrong, it made him feel better, and usually made those around him feel better and happier, too.

We can do the same. CHOOSE to be upbeat today!

You can watch the video at https://youtu.be/1y2EPCD55H4

Being SALT

Sunday in Treasure Seekers, our Bible passage was from Matthew 5 when Jesus calls his disciples to be the salt of the earth.Image result for salt of the earth

What does it mean for us to be the salt of the earth as Jesus’ disciples today?

Salt can make things we eat taste better. It brings out good flavor. We can bring out the best in people by being kind and helpful.

Salt can also melt the ice and keep it from hurting us. We can be warm and friendly and maybe keep our friends from arguing or feeling hurt.

There are probably lots of other ways you can think of that people can be like salt and follow Jesus’ teachings.

Blessed are…..

Thank you to Mrs. Carrie for leading Treasure Seekers Sunday. I heard that she taught you a special tip for remembering the Beatitudes — a list of qualities that Jesus taught were good ones for us to have — blessings to us and to others.

I look forward to hearing all about it.Image result for beatitudes

Maybe you’d like to talk about the Beatitudes with your family this week. You can find them at the beginning of Matthew chapter 5.