Children

Children

In Awe Of God The Creator

When I walk outside each morning now, the lack of scorching heat surprises me.  As the seasons change yet again, I find myself in awe of God the Creator of heaven and earth.  Even as a child, I could connect to God through the created world.  An appreciation for this beautiful world we live in would prompt me to worship God. Scripture says, “For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since…

For The Least of These

Pastor Marc has started a sermon series on “Do Unto Others” based on the Golden Rule.  What is the Golden Rule?  It is found in Matthew 7:12, “Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them—this is the Law and the Prophets.”  Some people didn’t even realize that the Golden Rule was from the Bible!  Most of us were taught this in school too.  So, as we strive to do for others, what does…

Life Teams Are Back

Have your children been missing their church friends? This Sunday, your children will have the opportunity to meet their friends at CrossRidge Church for Life Team Childcare! We are taking extra steps to keep everyone safe and healthy. Be sure to register today, as space is limited. Childcare is available for children through 5th grade. I know that adults are excited to meet again in their Life Teams. Get Plugged In Are you plugged into a Life Team? If not,…

Giving Children Responsibility

Do your children do chores?  Many people feel differently about having their children help around the house or having a set list of chores they are responsible for.  Children learn life skills when given chores to do.  They may not do them as well as you would, but with time they will get better and better.  Giving children responsibility helps to keep them grounded, be less entitled.  Children do not always love doing chores, but life isn’t all fun.  This…

Love Your Spouse

I would like to take a moment and encourage you.  Sometimes people ask me, “What is the best thing I can do for my child?”  You may think it is giving them healthy meals, or limiting their time on technology, or even taking them to church each week.  But I truly believe that one of the very best things you can do for your child or children is to openly and strongly love your spouse.  Yes, that’s correct, love your…

School Starting, New Schedules, Time For God

The start of a new school year can bring joy, dread, excitement, fear, and all kinds of other feelings.  School certainly changes our schedules.  Whether you have made the decision to homeschool your child, do online or virtual classes or send your child to school, our days are changing.  As parents, we set the pace in our homes for these changes.  We help our children create and abide by schedules that let everything be accomplished that needs to be done. …

Use Your Words Kindly

Something that God is teaching me these days is to not speak unkindly about other people.  You may not struggle in this area at all.  You may have allowed unkind words about others to slowly enter in so much, that they aren’t even noticed as ugly anymore.  You may lie in the middle of these two places.  God is very clear in this area of life.  Scripture says, “Do not speak against one another, brethren.” James 4:11a.  God says that…

Make The Most Of Every Opportunity

Our vision at CrossRidge Church is to glorify God as fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ as we make disciples of all nations. Our vision statement doesn’t change because COVID-19 is here.  The end of the story doesn’t change because of COVID-19.  God is still on His throne and in control of all things.  In Isaiah 43:18-19A God says, “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up,…

Tucking Our Children In At Bedtime…

Parents can love bedtime or dread it.  After long days with our children underfoot, we can long for the time when things get quiet and we can hear ourselves think. Tuck in time is the process at the end of the day where we bathe, love and get our children into their beds for the night.  This was always one of my favorite times of the day with my children.  For one of my children, I had a special side…

Give Thanks In All Circumstances

I have been trying to develop a heart of gratitude in recent years.  I started with a Thanksgiving Journal.  It was a small notebook that I recorded three things I was thankful for each day for a year.  One year, I kept a running list on my computer of gifts from God that I was thankful for.  Another year, I did a study called One Thousand Gifts and kept a journal of things I was thankful for.  1,000 grew to…

Love One Another

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 God’s word tells us to love one another.  That seems fairly simple.  But love is more than a warm fuzzy feeling you have towards someone.  What does love really look like?  Love does.  Love is a choice.  Love is an action word.  Love…

When Things Are Hard

Life is hard.  Life is complicated.  Do you ever find yourself or your family complaining about how things are?  “It’s too hot!  Online learning is too hard.  I hate wearing a mask!  I don’t want to be my child’s teacher!  I hate that everything is being cancelled!  It’s not fair!  Why can’t the stores just be open for usual business hours? I hate drive-bys! COVID is so dumb! All you kids do is fight with one another! Why are there…