Showing posts from October, 2015

Prayer Works!

I've been teaching children's ministry for nearly a decade. I've come across many lesson plans, curriculum, and books that describe prayer for kids in an easy-cheesy way. In fact, just a few weeks ago I went through a prayer curriculum series with the kids at church and had to supplement and add to to give it any substance. And then this week I received a copy of "Prayer Works" by Stephen and Alex Kendrick (known notably for their Sherwood Pictures films Fireproof and Courageous) with Amy Parker from B&H Kids . The Kendricks and Amy Parker use a Biblical model and Scripture to show children that God not only created them and loves them, but that He desires a relationship with them. It lets parents (or teachers) guide kids through many questions that they have about prayer - who can pray, what to pray about, where to pray, when to pray - and provides prompts for prayer that build on each other to grow in their faith journey. Highly recommend i

Fall Favorites and Being Intentional

October is the best month. You can debate me all you want, but this is my reality. I L.O.V.E. October. The first full month of fall, it's my anniversary month and my birth month, the leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler, there is pumpkin everything EVERYWHERE... and... football. It's a great time to look back at the past year and look forward at what's to come. For the past few years I've done a 31 day writing challenge each October as a fun way to document my reflection. But this year I have no time. I honestly don't ever have time to write for 31 days straight. I've never made it through posting every day for the 31 days. As I was reading through posts about people preparing for the challenge last year and this year I came to the realization that many people who participate don't - they pre-write and schedule their posts. So this year I'm trying something a little bit different - 31 days of being intentional. It won't be