October 12th, 2018

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Sunday Bible Class

Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life.  The lessons scheduled for this week are:

Spanish Preschool: María y Moisés

English Preschool: Miriam and Moses

School Age: Miriam and Moses

Please take the time to look at the Activity Pages that your children bring home.  You will find the Bible story, suggested Scripture reading for the week, and instructions for how to download the Bible Studies for Life app.

We love seeing your children in Bible class.  The more frequently they come, the more likely they are to build stronger relationships with the other children and with the teachers.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Recognition

-Caleb Bergman did a great job reviewing Unit One and welcomed visitors to class.
-Jacob Bergman participated in class.
-Jonathan Delisma did a great job reviewing Unit One and welcomed visitors to class.
-Aubrey Lopez participated in class.
-Aiden Martinez participated in class.
-Levi Parsard participated in class.
-Sammy Pino participated in class.
-Angela Solorzano participated in class.
-Samuel Valladares participated in class.
-The Preschool Class had great participation from Ayla Acero, Cashton Best, Cody Carroll, Brenda Emokah, Wes Lopez, Levi Parsard, and Maya Pino.
-The Kindergarten-2nd Grade Class had great participation from Alfonso Corro, Gio Delisma, Vanessa Emokah, Aiden Martinez, Luke Parsard, Sammy Pino, and Lucas Solorzano.
-The 3rd-5th Grade Class had great cooperation and involvement in the telling the Bible story.

Mark Your Calendar

Sundays
Bible Class

Wednesdays
Awana Club

October 13
Pumpkin Patch

October 14
K-2nd Grades Picnic

October 28
Fall Festival

October 31
No Awana

November 11
Preschool Picnic 

November 18
Blessed to Be a Blessing


For Parents

Being a mom of five sons, there is nothing that makes me happier than seeing my boys happy. I delight in their delight. Yet I know that their idea of happiness isn’t always a great representation of true happiness.

As you can imagine, life with a house full of boys is a household full of incredibly impulsive behaviors. I have rescued more than one boy from sailing down the stairs in a plastic box, despite their insistence that I was “spoiling all the fun.” Of course I want my children to be happy. But I know their happiness comes with boundaries created for their safety and ultimately their long-term enjoyment of life.

It’s the same way with God. He is the one who gave us the deep desire for happiness. He delights in our delight.

In fact, He tells us to be happy many times in scripture. Just think about that for a moment. Commands such as “rejoice,” “be of good cheer,” “do not be afraid,” “give thanks,” these are all ways of God telling us to be happy.

And just as we know our children need boundaries to experience true happiness, God knows our happiness can only be found inside His boundaries for us. The things in our lives that lead to misery are all things that happen outside of God’s will — pride, selfishness, unforgiveness, lifelong patterns of specific sins. However, the things that lead to happiness are all part of following and obeying God. Inside His will we find loving relationships, healthy community, unselfishness, a sense of awe, and gratitude.

The secret of happiness isn’t the great mystery of the universe. Happiness comes when we seek God and obey Him in faith. I believe that God not only wants us to be happy, I believe He created us to be happy. His Word is so clear about our path to happiness.

Our Happiness Is in His Strength (Psalm 84:5)

God is our strength, and our happiness is found there, in Him. It makes sense to me that when we try to live our lives on our own strength, we won’t find happiness. We are more likely to live lonely, wrestle worry, fight fear, and dwell in despair. God’s strength allows us to surrender the weight of our worry to Him and walk in the joy of that freedom.

Our Happiness is In Our Obedience (Proverbs 29:18)

Guidelines keep me driving in the direction I want to go, and prevent me from veering off the edge of the cliff. Without the restraint of those rails, I will surely lose my way. That is how I feel about God’s law. It is not a set of rules to keep me from enjoying life. On the contrary, I find security, comfort, and joy in knowing He knows what is best for me.

Our Happiness Comes in Helping Others (Ecclesiastes 3:12)

I have one of those mirrors that makes everything look way larger than it really is. I look in the mirror and my flaws seem larger than life. When I focus on myself, it’s easy to become obsessed with what’s wrong with my life. When I focus on the needs of others, I find that my own problems don’t seem so big. Doing good to others is a key component of happiness.

Our Happiness is in Our Faith (Luke 1:45)

The American Psychological Association who says that, “People are inherently wired to believe in something supernatural. It provides a sense of peace and well-being to know that our world has an intentional design.” In short, it gives us hope that the world is going to be okay.

Our faith provides a foundation that gives our world order. Reading the promises of God and then trusting He will fulfill them generates hope, which is a happiness generator.

God created us for happiness, and the only way we will find true happiness in this world is to seek Holy Happiness, the happiness that comes from leaning into our God who loves us and wants what is best for us in all seasons of our life.

As we find our strength in Him, trusting in His Word and loving others selflessly, we will find that happiness is not so elusive after all. Happiness is a gift from a God who delights in the joy of His children.

Condensed from God Created Us for Happiness by Alli Worthington from faithgateway.com.  

EnglishVanessa Pardo