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Parent Cue Weekly :: 7/13/15

 

 

Parent Cue Weekly

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Bible Story: Daniel Interprets Another Dream (Tree Dream) • Daniel 4

Bottom Line: If you want to stand for what’s right, listen to someone who listens to God.

Memory Verse: “Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10, NIrV

Life App: Conviction—standing for what is right even when others don’t.

​Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what

Passing Down Faithby Nina Schmidgall

My daughter plays the violin. She started when she was just four-years-old, playing Twinkle, Twinkle on her little miniature instrument.  Now, she’s eight and plays in a youth orchestra, sitting tall and poised, reading music written by famous composers. It feels like a little miracle, especially since I have never been trained to play an instrument myself.

In fact, there is nothing that convinces my daughter of my absolute use-lessness more than our regular practice sessions. My ignorance becomes painfully obvious any time she needs help or guidance.

I mean, I sometimes try to fake it. I sit-in during her lessons and furiously write notes, scribbling, jotting, memorizing, in hopes that I will at least understand the specific instructions for that week.

“What is the difference between a C sharp and C natural?” “How many sharps are in the key signature for the G major scale?”

These questions might as well be on a calculus quiz. Well, except that I have actually taken calculus, so that would be easier.

My heart feels heavy when I realize I am ill equipped to help her when she gets stuck or feels discouraged.

This feeling is familiar. I have wrestled with that same self-doubt as I seek to pass on faith to my kids.

I did not grow up in the church or in a family of faith. I met Jesus when I was older and did not have a foundation of faith in my childhood. So when I had kids of my own, I often wondered if I had the tools necessary to guide them, not having an example from which to draw.

But, I have learned I don’t have to be an expert, and I have discovered a few things that have brought me comfort and confidence in my hopes to pass my faith along to my children. Whether you came to faith later in life or if you ever feel unqualified, here’s a few things you can do:

Live it out

Even if you are new in your faith, you can live it out in front of your kids, sharing with them both your mistakes and triumphs.

One of the best things I have ever heard Reggie Joiner say is, “We can give our kids a front row seat to the grace of God in our lives.”

There’s no better way for our kids to understand the true meaning of grace than when we invite them to witness the journey, letting them see first hand the miracle of us being transformed right in front of their eyes.

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Attention Parents

Parent Summit 2015 is coming very soon. Sunday, August 2, from 5 – 7pm. You do not want to miss it. No matter what stage of life your child is in—preschool to high school senior—you don’t want to miss the opportunities that are unique at that age to growing in Christ. At Parent Summit 2015 you can learn strategies for capturing these moments and providing lasting substance to them.

Register today!

*Childcare is not available for this event.

25% of 4th graders and 39% of fifth-graders own a cell phone #JustaPhase

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