December 24/2017

The Family Kitchen Table

a moment for families and couples

 

It is my prayer that this Christmas you and your family will experience all that Jesus intended for you as a family. As parents we desire our family get together's to be meaningful and memorable. Take time this Christmas to encourage your children to seek the Lord Jesus Christ by spending time praying too Him. Encouraging older children to prayerfully read the Christmas narrative in Luke is a great way to help them focus on what is truly important. There are many things around us that we can use to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas- here are a few:

Gift giving- Let the gift giving be a reminder that Jesus gave us the greatest gift, the gift of salvation the gift peace and the gift of great joy.
Candy Canes- The white of the cane can represent the purity of Jesus Christ and the red stripes are for the blood he shed when he died on the cross
Christmas Tree- reminds us of ever lasting life with God through Jesus Christ.
Christmas Lights- Some people like to think of the lights representing the Star of Bethlehem, the sign that marked that Christ was born. Symbol of the light of Christ: Candles are a symbol for Jesus and the light he brings to earth even in the darkest times.

December 12/2017

The Family Kitchen Table

a moment for families and couples

 

Almost every week I talk with kids who admit they spend way too much time on screens. As parents it is imperative that we teach kids to say no tho things that although good, can become habit forming. God gives us so many good things to enjoy. Teaching our kids self restraint can be challenging but we do them a greater service when we do! It’s not a bad thing to let kids go without something or an activity they want. Saying no and developing habits of self restraint helps kids become grounded in reality and helps them become grateful. Removing video games and screen time may be painful at first and offering an alternative such as spending time outdoors or with friends is a positive alternative to screen time. Saying no to phones at the table or during family activities is a great start. Setting aside screens for other activities delays the instant gratification that comes with video games and social media. There will be pain at first, however once you get past the pain of self denial, there is actually relief on the other side. We can all develop unhealthy affections for things.

1 Cor. 10:13 says “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

Learning to discover God’s way out builds an endurance with in and helps us live self controlled lives.

 

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