October 26th, 2018
Sunday Bible Class
Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life. The lessons scheduled for this week are:
Spanish Preschool: Rut, Boaz y Obed
English Preschool: Ruth, Boaz and Obed
School Age: Ruth, Boaz and Obed
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!
-The Preschool Class had great participation from Wes Lopez, Levi Parsard, Lyla Sensing, Angela Solorzano, and Samuel Valladares.
-The Kindergarten-2nd Grade class had great participation from Sophia Barcenas, Alfonso Corro, Joshua Crawley, Gio Delisma, Isaiah Ferguson, Manuel Lamada, Nicole Leon, Aubrey Lopez, Alyson Osejo, Luke Parsard, Angely Reyes, Robert Skinner, Isabella Solorzano, and Lucas Solorzano.
-The 3rd-5th Grade Class had great participation from Caleb Bergman, Jonathan Delisma, Moises Delavalle, and Dustin Padilla Paz.
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Blessed to Be a Blessing
Our lives have gotten so cluttered with things we think we “should” do, we can’t figure out what we were meant to do. Setting boundaries in our lives is the only way to ensure we stay healthy physically, mentally, and spiritually. Jesus Himself set boundaries around His time. One of my favorite stories is in Mark 4:35-40. Jesus and his disciples got caught in a storm to take a break from the crowds. The Disciples woke him with fear that they were going to drown. Here’s what is so great to me about this passage: Jesus sees that there is work to be done. He sees the crowd. He knows people need to be healed, demons need to be cast out, and lessons need to be taught. But He still tells His disciples to get in the boat, and once there, He falls asleep. Yes, the needs of the people are urgent, and their requests for healing must have been compelling, but Jesus knows that He needs to stop and rest.
If even Jesus needs to stop and rest in the midst of a chaotic world, with all of the important things He has to do, don’t you think we need rest, too? I think we need to follow His example and set boundaries on our time, in order to do live lives full of what we were meant to do.
As a friend often says to me, “You don’t burn out doing the right things. You burn out because of what you don’t do.” We can say no to nonessentials to do lots of great things in our lives. We can work all day and all night doing what God calls us to. But without adding in time to connect with Him and others regularly, we will burn out even on good activities.
1. Add in time to stay connected to God through prayer and Scripture.
One of the best reminders I have of the importance of spending time with God is found in Matthew 14. John the Baptist has just been beheaded, and Jesus wants to be alone, so He goes to a private place to grieve. The crowds hear that He is there and follow Him. He has compassion on them and heals the sick. Then He performs the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand. Then he tells the disciples to leave by boat while he goes to a mountainside to pray…alone.
Once again we see Jesus leave the crowd, with work still to be done, to take care of what is important. He knows He needs to connect to His Father, to pour out His heart to Him, to rest in the comfort of His arms as He grieves the loss of John the Baptist. He doesn’t rush around to fix everything for everyone. We too must add into our lives what is important to the well-being of our souls.
I knew I had to learn to become a morning person and get up to pray and have quiet time before the kids woke up and the hurricane of morning activity in the household started. So I began to wake up earlier every day to pray and read my Bible. When I stay connected to God and prioritize that time, I am more likely to spend the rest of my day focused on the important instead of the urgent. There’s no right or wrong way to spend time alone with God each day.
2. Add in time to connect with others.
We have to be intentional about connecting with others. It’s easy to allow our work, even our work for the Lord, to keep us from connecting with those we love.
Throughout the Gospels, we see that Jesus spent time with those He loved. He spent weeks on end traveling with His disciples. They did ministry and performed miracles together. But Jesus also went to weddings. He visited His mother and brothers. He hung out with His great friend Lazarus and Lazarus’s sisters, Mary and Martha. Jesus was understood the importance of spending time with those He loved and He modeled it throughout His time on earth.
3. Add in time to take care of yourself.
Just as you would make an appointment to go to the doctor, make appointments during the week to exercise, to read that book you have been putting off, to take a bubble bath, or even just to lie on your bed and stare at the ceiling. You have permission to take care of you because the world needs what only you can bring to it. Your colleagues, your family, they need you to be who you were created to be, and you were not created to be overstressed and overbusy.
Are you doing things today that are urgent? Or important? When we put every choice through that filter, we are able to prioritize how to spend our time instead of living a life of crazy busy. We have to start breaking busy before the busy breaks us.
Condensed from Breaking Busy: Jesus Needed Rest and So Do You by Alli Worthington from faithgateway.com.