November 9th, 2018
Sunday Bible Class
Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life. The lessons scheduled for this week are:
Spanish Preschool: Joás y el pueblo trajeron sus ofrendas
English Preschool: Joash and the People Gave Offerings
School Age: Joash and the People Gave Offerings
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!
-Daniel Gomez had a birthday on October 27.
-Dylan Lopez had a birthday on October 23.
-Marvin Lopez had a birthday on October 30.
-Savannah Lowrance had a birthday on November 4.
-Phoebe Nchi had a birthday on October 20.
-Luke Parsard had a birthday on November 7.
-Samantha Ruiz has a birthday on November 15.
-The Preschool Class had great participation from Brenda Emokah, Wesley Lopez, Levi Parsard, Maya Pino and Samuel Valladares.
-The Kindergarten-2nd Grade class had great participation from Jacob Bergman, Alfonso Corro, Gio Delisma, Vanessa Emokah, Nicole Leon, Aubrey Lopez, Oliver Lowrance, Luke Parsard, Sammy Pino, Angely Reyes, and Jaylen Rose.
-The 3rd-5th Grade Class had great participation from Caleb Bergman, Jonathan Delisma, Anabelle Delvalle, Moises Delvalle, Marissa Navarro, Dustin Padilla, Bishop Skinner, and Dayleen Valdes.
Mark Your Calendar
Hurricane Relief Trip
Blessed to Be a Blessing
3rd-5th Grade Picnic
My youngest daughter and I have the best talks on the way home from school each day. It’s just the two of us. I hear about her day, and she hears about mine. As we drove recently, I was dwelling on a decision that I regretted. I don’t actually remember what it was, because all I remember is what Autumn said next. She said “You know what you always say, Mom – You can’t change the past. It’s done. So, just learn from it and move on.”
I have a love/hate relationship with my children remembering what I tell them.
I did take her advice, but it took me a few seconds to get over the feeling of having my advice thrown back at me. She was right, and her advice was timely. Still, sometimes you don’t want to hear it, especially if it’s tough to apply. But, moving on is an idea that is Biblical. Paul says in Philippians 3:13-14: “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Paul had his mistakes. I have mine. We should not dwell on the past, but instead press on to the goal.
Sometimes it’s easier to forget our own mistakes than it is someone else’s.
We have another phrase that comes up often at our house – one that I turned around on myself recently: Who are you pleasing?
Sometimes the kids are arguing, or one of them is hung up on something that keeps them from moving ahead.
When they refuse to get over something, I ask them “Who are you pleasing right now – God or Satan?” No one likes to answer this one. Including me. Because we know the answer.
The truth is that our actions and thoughts do please only one or the other. My thoughts are either in line with what God wants, or they aren’t. When they aren’t, Satan wins that battle. I really don’t want Satan to win anything in my life.
Those little battles bring to mind this passage: “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.” Hebrews 12:14-16
That root of bitterness is one that I have to pull out again and again in my own heart. I get my feelings hurt – and I dwell on it. I feel unappreciated – and I dwell on it. If I’m not careful, I become bitter. And that bitterness defiles me. It grows and chokes out the good that God wants to be inside me. And when I do that, Satan wins that battle in my heart. (Ephesians 6:12)
I am quick to remind Autumn of this when her brother throws a basketball and it hits her in the face. But when I’m irritated at my husband for not telling me he would be late for dinner, that’s another story. I want to hang on to my irritation, which makes me bitter, which keeps me from being fruitful.
We need to remember who the enemy is: Satan. When we spend our time focused on our own hurts and the mistakes of others, he wins. I don’t want to be like Esau who gave up something amazing because he couldn’t see past right now.
So, this week I’m trying to take my own advice. I’m trying to not dwell on my past mistakes or those of others. My heart is the battle ground. I am asking myself often who my thoughts are pleasing, and trying to root out the ones that please Satan. And as I turn my advice on myself this week, I have gained another morsel of motherly wisdom to share with my children…
“Be careful when you give advice. You never know when it will get thrown back at you!”
Condensed from “You know what you always say, Mom…” by Susan Ling from childrenoftruth.com.