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How to cultivate spiritual gifts with annoying kids

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in slider | 0 comments

Ever since my oldest sister had her three children (my niece and two nephews), our family reunions have undergone a few changes. Where once they featured board games, quiet dinners, and long trips into the city, they now mostly consist of tripping over Hot Wheels, hearing why Elsa is the best Disney princess, and occasionally enjoying the latest virus my nephew infected us with. Now, I love my niece and nephews dearly, but children have never been my strong suit. I’ll usually retreat to some dark corner of the house and contemplate a life of celibacy, but my sister takes it all in stride. It’s no exaggeration when I say she’s one amazing mom who always finds a way to bring out the best in her children.

For a while, I had no idea how she did it. I’d leer down at her like the Grinch from his mountain and ponder how she got my niece to stop crying and start laughing. Then one day it hit me: she knew her children. As their mother, she understood their different personalities and knew how to cultivate the gifts within each of them. Jen Wilkin, a Christian speaker, writer, and teacher, had a similar epiphany while growing flowers outside her house.

Instead of trying to eradicate a child’s annoying personality, Wilkin believes parents should cultivate the spiritual gifts that accompany such traits. She writes,

“…every bloom cultivated in an orderly garden grows as a wildflower somewhere. Children’s untamed and sometimes frustrating personality traits are no different. Before you work to uproot them, consider whether behind that annoying trait is a strength waiting to be trained up. So often, the quality that manifests as a child’s greatest weakness holds the potential to be his greatest strength.”

“So the next time your child’s personality trait annoys you and you’re tempted to shut it down, remember this principle: Don’t eradicate, cultivate.”

  • By all means, gently help your talkative child learn when to stop speaking, but also cultivate his or her love of dialogue by inviting conversation on topics they love. You might have a future teacher or salesperson in your home.
  • By all means, gently help your bossy child learn to let everyone manage their own business, but also cultivate his or her love of leadership by giving appropriate responsibilities. You might have a future CEO or ministry leader in your home.
  • By all means, gently help your energetic child learn to be still when being still counts, but also cultivate his or her love of movement by suggesting activities that channel that energy in productive ways. You might have a future entrepreneur in your home.
  • By all means, gently help your sensitive child learn that not everything merits a meltdown, but also cultivate his or her sensitivity into appropriate expressions, particularly on behalf of others who hurt or lack. You might have a future counselor or missionary in your home.
  • By all means, gently help your imaginative child learn to focus when focus is necessary, but also cultivate his or her imagination by feeding it experiences and books and activities and time to dream. You might have a future inventor, writer or painter in your home.

Remember, parenting can be a tough job, but the love and guidance you instill in your child will last a lifetime.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6


Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in slider | 0 comments

Psalm 61:2

When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.
Most of us know what it is to be overwhelmed in heart; emptied as when a man wipeth a dish and turneth it upside down; submerged and thrown on our beam ends like a vessel mastered by the storm. Discoveries of inward corruption will do this, if the Lord permits the great deep of our depravity to become troubled and cast up mire and dirt. Disappointments and heart-breaks will do this when billow after billow rolls over us, and we are like a broken shell hurled to and fro by the surf. Blessed be God, at such seasons we are not without an all-sufficient solace, our God is the harbour of weather-beaten sails, the hospice of forlorn pilgrims. Higher than we are is He, His mercy higher than our sins, His love higher than our thoughts. It is pitiful to see men putting their trust in something lower than themselves; but our confidence is fixed upon an exceeding high and glorious Lord. A Rock He is since He changes not, and a high Rock, because the tempests which overwhelm us roll far beneath at His feet; He is not disturbed by them, but rules them at His will. If we get under the shelter of this lofty Rock we may defy the hurricane; all is calm under the lee of that towering cliff. Alas! such is the confusion in which the troubled mind is often cast, that we need piloting to this divine shelter. Hence the prayer of the text. O Lord, our God, by Thy Holy Spirit, teach us the way of faith, lead us into Thy rest. The wind blows us out to sea, the helm answers not to our puny hand; Thou, Thou alone canst steer us over the bar between yon sunken rocks, safe into the fair haven. How dependent we are upon Thee-we need Thee to bring us to Thee. To be wisely directed and steered into safety and peace is Thy gift, and Thine alone. This night be pleased to deal well with Thy servants.

Life @Phxarabicbible 9/20

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in slider | 0 comments

Way to go kids!!!

>We were very blessed to hear the kids perform three songs this last Sunday with their teacher Ms. Holly Francis.

A special thank you to all those who participated to make the nursery’s songs a blessing to those in the adult service. Video is forthcoming so stay tuned… :)