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Perhaps as many as adults have. And when the human heart is disappointed, it's natural to ask "Where was God? When we teach our children, at an early age, to heed the instructions of 1 Thessalonians and be thankful in all things even the disappointments of life we are reaffirming to them that God is a good, sovereign God who has their best at heart.
We can then lead our children in thanking God, even when the disappointing or heart-breaking things happen, modeling to them how to be obedient and expectant of God in spite of disappointment. Don't underestimate the vulnerability of a child's heart.
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Whether their pain is from being cut from a sport, experiencing a relationship breakup, rejection from someone they were crushing on, the loss of a friendship, or even the pain of their parents' divorce, let your child know you are there for them, and so is God, and He can still work all things even the disappointing things together "for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose" Romans Children have multiple insecurities that include feelings of inadequacy, fear of failure, poor body image, uncertainty about their likability, and so on. Yet, a child who is convinced that he or she is loved is a child on a firm foundation.
A child's deep need for acceptance is often at the heart of every choice he or she makes concerning friends, dating relationships, activities, and where and how he or she spends her time.
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When your children know they are deeply loved and accepted for who they are, it will cause them to set their standards higher in relationships, rather than making decisions so they'll "fit in" or "feel loved. One of Satan's strategies is to lure your child toward friends or places or choices that will make them falsely feel loved or accepted.
Deter that move head-on by convincing your children they are loved by you - and their Creator - so they will not be vulnerable to the attacks and distractions of the enemy to fill their love tank elsewhere. Share with your child Psalm , which tells them they are fearfully and wonderfully made, no matter what other kids are saying about them, no matter how they feel about themselves, and no matter what taunts the enemy is sending their way.
Just like with adults, children who are busy, over-scheduled and. So Satan will start with his subtle messages like "You're too tired to go to church.
Just tell your parents you need the extra sleep," and "You have too much homework to participate in the youth group again. Tell them you'll do it next week. A wise parent will notice that "next week" never comes because the enemy's voice or the child's flesh will continue to hold out. Encourage your children to rest, and keep God as a priority in their everyday lives. As they honor Him, He will honor them and that applies to their actions, their priorities, and their schedules, as well. Our children will often live lives as hurried and overscheduled as they see their parents live.
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So model a balanced life of work, rest and worship. God speaks to us in the stillness and Satan screams at us in the busyness. Ask God for discernment in how to keep your child's life simple and sane so Satan doesn't step in and confuse. Remember, your best strategy to defeat Satan is not through endless conversations with your child about priorities, morality, and honoring God. Instead, have endless conversations with God about your child's priorities, morality, and choice to honor God.
My Enemy's Cradle
There will come a time, especially when Satan is on the attack, that it is far more effective to talk to God about your child, than to talk to your child about God. Service Times Sunday School a. Capital Campaign. Award-winning novelist Carol Matas brings readers into the heart of Nazi Germany with the harrowing story of Marisa, a Polish Jew whose blond hair and blue eyes make it easy for her to pass as a Christian.
With the Nazis ready to herd the remaining Jews of her town into a ghetto, and with her family either scattered or dead, Marisa takes the papers of a Polish girl and goes to Germany in a desperate attempt to survive as a Polish worker.
Marisa finds work as a servant for the Reymanns, a German family that treats her with respect. But she must never forget that Herr Reymann is a high-ranking Nazi.
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Marisa is hiding in plain sight in her enemy's house. This unflinching account of Marisa's dilemma as a Jew living a lie in order to survive will give readers a new perspective on the nature of good and evil, even as it touches their hearts. Marisa's ordeal is compelling, moving - and deeply disturbing.