We trust you have enjoyed the sunshine this week! Some of you posted on the FBC Facebook page how you have enjoyed the sunshine! Great to hear from you. Welcome to the second week of Stay Encouraged & Equipped. Each Friday you will find encouragement and digital resource links in the
areas of :
• Freedom to Worship
Keep scrolling and reading all the way to the end to find all of the resources for this week.
We challenge you to make use of this time of staying in place to explore and grow in Jesus!
You Can Do This!
Growing up, I was fortunate to be around people who encouraged me to try to do things I didn’t think I could do. And it happened quite often. Why? Because I was a child and all of those “things” were new experiences. They were things I had not attempted before and I had a hard time trusting that I could do them because my fear was greater than my belief in myself. I was scared!
I remember learning to ride a bike and seeing my Dad running alongside me with a big smile on his face telling me how good I was doing and that, “I could do this”. And when I fell he would pick me up and say, “you’re doing great, let’s try it again”. And I did! I remember my Mom telling me I could do, well… anything! And she continued reinforcing that until the day she died. I remember my math teacher staying after school with me helping me learn how to do math problems and telling me how smart I was. I remember my football coach shouting at me not to quit…it was more like, “You better not quit on me Grube, YOU CAN’T QUIT!!!!” and to keep going when I thought I couldn’t go anymore. And not only do I remember how scared I was going through those moments but I also remember how proud I felt after I got on the other side of them. And, how much easier those things were from that point forward.
You see, all of those experiences were new at the time they occurred. New feelings, new challenges and new risks. But I never would have had any of those experiences without the encouragement I received from my Dad, Mom, teacher, coach etc. They already knew what I didn’t know. That I had the capacity to do everything they were encouraging me to do.
Isn’t that the way it is in our spiritual life? We go through times when God brings us into new experiences that make us fearful and we have a hard time trusting whether we have the capacity to get through whatever it is? And it’s scary! But here’s the good news. He already knows what we don’t! And with him we have all the capacity we need to handle anything. So how does he do this? One way is by bringing someone into our life to be his ambassador, his representative, to let us know they believe in us and implore us to keep going and persevere. They run alongside us so we’re not alone and give us words of encouragement. Another way is reading the Bible and the promises God has given us. Here are a few.
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
James 1:12 “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised those who love him.
Philippians 4:13 “I CAN do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
2 Corinthians 5:20 “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”
Whatever challenge, fear or experience you are going through today…God is right there running alongside you with a big smile on his face saying,
“trust me …you can do this”!
Focus on the Family has a lot of useful information for families covering a wide array of topics. They also have a free, downloadable activity document for younger kids focusing on Easter. Look for the “Enjoy Free Easter Fun for Your Family” link near the top of the homepage.
For something to listen to, there are a few free episodes- scroll to “New to Odyssey?”
Answers in Genesis features a ‘Kid Mode’ for kids under 13 with lots of resources for your child to interact with directly through the site. Includes videos and activities about Creation, Easter, and other topics.
If you have access to a printer, there are many biblical coloring pages and activities to print. These can be great opportunities to pass time and to open discussions with your kids!
FREEDOM TO WORSHIP
Tunes of Thankfulness compiled by JD Dulinsky
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