Trusting God Around Lions-18th Day Of Advent

Today is the eighteenth day of Advent. Each day I will post a short blog aimed at kids that will help tell God’s story from the beginning to the birth of Jesus. And each day Meghan, my wife, will make a Christmas Tree ornament that helps us to remember the day’s Advent lesson. If you want to make them along with us all you will need is some felt, some glue, and some ribbon.I hope you will join us each day this Advent.You can catch up on any post you may have missed by clicking here.

My parents have a cat which I think is kind of mean and grumpy. And not grumpy in the ha ha internet kind of grumpy. He is grumpy in the ‘I am going to jump in your lap so you will pet me, but then I will decided that if you touch me I will scratch your face off‘, kind of grumpy. I am exaggerating a little. He has never scratched my face off, but he has given me a few good whacks, and more than a few scars to my sister.

Animals make me nervous. I think they are all teeth and attitude. But my (middle) name sake, Daniel had more reason to be nervous around animals. You see Daniel faced an issue. Some very powerful people didn’t like him, they didn’t like that the king liked him, and they didn’t like that Daniel loved God. They came up with a plan to get Daniel in trouble.

If Daniel worshiped God he would be tossed to hungry lions. He did, and he was. God did something I don’t think Daniel knew God would do, he ‘closed’ the mouths of the lions, he kept Daniel safe.

You won’t likely be thrown to lions, at least I hope you won’t be. But you will likely face things that make you wonder if faith is worth it. It is times like these that we have to trust God. He can close the mouths of lions. He can help you face your problems too.

Today on the eighteenth day of Advent we remember that we can trust God in the face of any problem.

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Listening For God- 17th Day Of Advent

Today is the seventeenth day of Advent. Each day I will post a short blog aimed at kids that will help tell God’s story from the beginning to the birth of Jesus. And each day Meghan, my wife, will make a Christmas Tree ornament that helps us to remember the day’s Advent lesson. If you want to make them along with us all you will need is some felt, some glue, and some ribbon.I hope you will join us each day this Advent.You can catch up on any post you may have missed by clicking here.

Do you know what I realised the other day? I am never in the quiet. When I am alone at work I listen to the radio. When I am at home with my family we have music on, or we are watching TV. When I go to bed I hear Asher’s sleep time music over the baby monitor (fun fact I have been listening to those same 12 ‘sleep songs’ since Simeon was born. At this point I think I am incapable of falling asleep without them). No matter that I am doing there is noise around me all the time.

The story of Elijah is a pretty dramatic one. He challenges the people to test God and see if he is worth worshiping or not. God comes through and performs a miracle. The Queen was not happy about this and she tried to kill Elijah, but he ran away. After running away Elijah became really sad and hid in a cave. It turned out this was a pretty crazy cave. There was a wind storm, a earthquake, and a fire (I always imagine this as a volcano erupting). Noise, noise noise.

The bible says God wasn’t in any of the noisy things. But after the noise ended God spoke in a still quiet voice. When God speaks we expect God to show up with a big, loud, and booming voice. But I think he speaks more often with a quiet voice. The question is can we find a quiet place to listen?

Today on the seventeenth day of Advent we remember that we have to find a quite place to listen for God.

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Saying I’m Sorry- 16th Day Of Advent

Today is the sixteenth day of Advent. Each day I will post a short blog aimed at kids that will help tell God’s story from the beginning to the birth of Jesus. And each day Meghan, my wife, will make a Christmas Tree ornament that helps us to remember the day’s Advent lesson. If you want to make them along with us all you will need is some felt, some glue, and some ribbon.I hope you will join us each day this Advent.You can catch up on any post you may have missed by clicking here.

Have you ever been forced to apologize to someone? I make my kids do it all the time. If one of them bugs the other too much, or if they hit each other, or if they take each others toys, or if they do one of the other hundred things kids do to bug each other I make them say sorry.

I know that when you have to say sorry to someone it’s not the best kind of apology, the best kind is when you realize that you did something wrong and say sorry without being told. But sometimes I just can’t wait for them to figure that out.

You know David from the bible is called, ‘A man after God’s own heart’. That might make you think that David never did anything wrong, that he was perfect. He wasn’t. David sometimes lost his temper, sometimes he hurt people, sometimes he lied, and sometimes he took things that didn’t belong to him. In other words he was just like us.

David didn’t get that special title by being perfect. I think he got this title because was willing to say sorry to God when he realized that he did something wrong. This is something that we have to make sure we do too. I know I will do something wrong eventually, something I will need to say sorry for. I will probably do that something today. I hope I can be a person after God’s own heart too.

Today on the sixteenth day of we remember that there are times when we need to say sorry to each other, and too God.

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