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June 2020

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.30.20

By | A Moment To Praise
A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.30.20

Hi everyone!

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

What is your favorite summertime thing to do? Mine as a kid (and even now) was to swim! I spent many days as a kid at the lake with my family.  We would boat, swim, tube, and water ski until we were exhausted! One thing I remember as a young girl was jumping into the very cold water. As soon as you jumped in, it became easy to realize that it was DEEP!  The lake that looked so small when you were on land became quite large and a little scary when you were smack dab in the middle of it. 

I realize that sometimes when I’m afraid, or when I’m in the middle of a scary thing, I feel the same way. Alone, cold, and smack dab in the middle of something that I am unsure of.

God tells us that he is always with us. He tells us that we need not be worried, because He will take care of us!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.30.20 in Scripture

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.”

This scripture tells us that God is in our midst, or always holding us up.  That’s my favorite part about it! This scripture reminds me about my favorite part about swimming: the feeling of floating and being held up by the water. Remember that God will always be with you on all of your life’s journeys. He will hold you up and help you float through anything you’re faced with! Go ahead and splash around in His love for you and sing loudly about His goodness to you. By all means, jump head first into this life knowing that He will be there to hold you up and guide you no matter where life takes you.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.30.20 in Song

This is a great song and makes me want to jump into the water and play along!

https://youtu.be/1gFwpOjF-5o

Deep Cries Out – Bethel Music Kids | Come Alive

Watch “Deep Cries Out” from the Bethel Music Kids album + film, “Come Alive.” Get the album + learn more: http://www.bethelmusic.com/store/product/bethel-mus...

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.30.20 Learn More

Check out these fun beach activities this summer!

https://activeforlife.com/21-active-beach-games/

21 fun and active games for kids to play on the beach – Active For Life

47 responses to “ 21 fun and active games for kids to play on the beach … Active for Life is the place where parents go to learn about activities for kids. Physical education leads to physical literacy, which is critical for child development. Physical literacy also gives active kids the best chance to someday compete in high-performance sport.

activeforlife.com

Enjoy the sunshine!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 6.29.20

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 6.29.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

In Jesus’ Name…

At the end of our prayers, we often say this phrase so flippantly. However, there is so much power in calling on Jesus’ name. How many fervent prayers have been answered by invoking the name of Jesus? Lives have been restored by calling on His righteous name: how many? How many hearts have been able to forgive someone with the strength that only can come from Jesus and calling upon Him? How many seemingly impossible tasks have be accomplished because of faithful prayer?

I remember years ago (somewhere around 1997 to be exact) when I was tasked with putting together a praise team at the church Shawn and I attended. As a retired dental hygienist, I turned stay-at-home mom to Jenna (age 5) and Shay (age 2). No qualifications to take on this job other than my love for God, my love of music, and my years of piano playing were on my resume.

A Calling from Another

I remember clearly when the senior Pastor said to me, “Joyce, you’re going to do this.”, I replied that I probably would not! To his credit, he did not get angry with me or even have a long discussion with me, he just simply said this: “go home and pray about it”.

As I left his office, those six simple words weighed on my heart for an entire week. “Go home and pray about it.” So I did just that. I prayed, but most of the time I said to God, “I know you don’t want me for this job!” Surprisingly, I heard nothing back from Him in turn with those prayers. As the week was coming to an end, I began to feel a strong urging to go into the Pastor the next Sunday morning and say that I would put together the praise team. In fact, that is exactly what I did!

There was a feeling in my heart that I was resigned to doing this, even though I wasn’t even sure I wanted to. I asked the Pastor how to go about forming a worship team. I was sure that he would have miraculous words of instruction that would change my whole outlook on my project and have it make more sense. Here’s what he said to me: “Go home and pray in Jesus’ name for God to lead you to the right people for this team!”

I was a little unnerved. How was this going to work? Was there some sort of magic that would cause talented people to just start flocking to me? I began feeling concerned and frustrated. I did as he had suggested and I prayed every day for the entire next week.

A Calling To Another

When I went to church the next Sunday, I sat in my usual pew. I listened to the message, prayed along with the congregation, and then we all sang. At that moment, I heard it!  In front of me was a women I had never met before who sang like an angel. Her voice literally blew me away. Almost instantly, I heard the voice of God say, “ask her!”

Wow, talk about an answered prayer! I was so excited! The church service ended and I introduced myself. I asked her if she would ever consider singing on a worship team and would she like to be a part of the one I was forming for the church.

Guess what?!  She looked at me and didn’t say a word. She started to cry, and then left! I’m serious! She turned around and walked away from me. I was very devastated and upset. God had not answered my prayer after all. Maybe her silence was God’s answer? I just didn’t know! At home, I had a lot of doubt creep into my heart about what I was doing. I was sure that this wasn’t going to be for me at all.

When I arrived at church the next Sunday, I did my best to avoid everyone, especially the woman that I had seemingly upset the week before. As I was busy slinking around, trying not to be seen, I turned a corner and came face to face with the woman who I had made cry the week before. I tried to run away but she was apparently trying to find me.

An Answer

She quietly stopped me and said, “Can I ask you something?” I replied, “Sure” and she said, “How did you know?” I was confused, so I asked what she meant. Her reply was this: “Last week when you spoke to me, I had just finished praying that God would direct me and show me what I could do to help further His Kingdom! Then you asked me to sing on the praise team!” We both ended up crying together that day.

A Moment To Praise 6.29.20 in Scripture

God answers prayers! Even when you think He isn’t answering them – He is!

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+16%3A+26-27&version=NIV

I implore you to never give up in your prayer life, and to always call on Jesus’ name to intercede for you. He will help to heal you and to forgive you so that you can live and live abundantly in Him. Listen to this great song of encouragement and power – In Jesus’ Name!

God Bless!

A Moment To Praise 6.29.20 in Song

https://youtu.be/TVsRM55_jsE

Thankful Thursday 6-25-2020

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Thankful Thursday 6-25-2020

On today’s Thankful Thursday, my mind continues to travel to thoughts of dad’s creativity. Growing up, we used to watch a show on TV called MacGyver. If you’ve never seen the show, MacGyver is a top agent who uses his scientific knowledge and little more than a paper clip and duct tape to thwart his enemy while fulfilling his mission of righting the wrongs of the world. I loved watching this show with dad.

Real life Macgyver?

While watching the show was fun entertainment, the challenge to use what he had to create what he needed was ever present. While attempting his creations, he often shared about the commission for Christians to be good stewards of the gifts given to us. This included the land we live on, the supplies (or “stuff”) we use to live, and the people in our lives. So while he used clothes pins and tent lines to craft drying lines for the dish towels and wash rags, he modeled repurposing of every day items to gain even more function out of them.

(Im)possible?

There is another “Dad” who specializes in creating the impossible to become possible. Our Heavenly Father. He loves us dearly. When we turn to Him for our everything: guidance, direction, comfort, and joy, our eyes are opened to new perspectives and new thoughts. Mark 10:27 states: Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with Godall things are possible with God.”

An abundant supply of resources surround us waiting for us to use it to create. Where one may see impossible road blocks, God has gifted you with the vision and talent to create something the world needs. Like dad and MacGyver, use what you have to create what is needed. God and the world excitedly await your blessing. Cheering you on!

Blessings!

Thankful Thursday 6-25-2020 Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to Sunday Online Worship at 8:00, 9:15, or 10:30 AM. To know more about these services, click here. Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Wednesdays Be In the Light Activities at Gravel Hill are currently canceled; however, look for worship services online on our Sunday Sermon page.

On Facebook (Gravel Hill Church) and Twitter (@GravelHill): A Moment To Praise and A Moment To Praise For Kids! find postings from our worship leader, Joyce. She shares a small devotional, scripture, and worship song.

Weekly Wink 6.23.20

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 6.23.20

June 23: Wednesday 6:30-8 PM Youth Group meets tonight! In Holy Grounds this evening. You will be greeted at the door to take your temp and get paperwork and signatures. If you have questions, contact Judy.

Sunday school participants: did you escape? Since you were so good at treasure hunting, you now can find an escape room each week (on Sundays). There are 2 levels for you to try. All ages are welcome. Want to be a part of the Sunday School group on Facebook? Search for: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School. Click request to join.

June 28: Sunday 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Service will be available online under our Sunday Sermons. Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.

Weekly Wink 6.23.20 Ahead: Look for us online!

Mondays: A Moment To Praise

Tuesdays: A Moment To Praise For Kids!

Wednesdays: Weekly Wink

Thursdays: Thankful Thursday

Fridays: Sermon/Message Title & Scripture Sharing

Saturdays: Reminders

Sundays: Online Worship

Tuesday 9:15 AM Ladies Bible Study (Room 201) continues its study of Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. Return TBD. Check in with Joyce for gatherings on Zoom during our time apart.

Gravel Hill Yellow Phase:   PDF version here

Current Missions:

Gravel Hill Tithing (Learn more here.) Say thank you for the blessings you have so the Gravel Hill body can support our missions.

Caring for our unemployed Gravel Hill Daycare workers and the Palmyra Postal workers. Find more info by clicking here.

Community Garden Volunteer Opportunities: click this link (impact-palmyra.org) to sign up.

Ongoing Opportunities:

Gift Shopping Made Easy! You can shop for gift cards while at home and benefit Gravel Hill. Purchases support the off-site Ministry Fund. Learn more about Gravel Hill’s Scrip Program by clicking here. You can start shopping now. Create username and password. Gravel Hill’s Enrollment Code is: 21L936DB32931.

Have questions? Please contact Tony.

Email Sign Up (Sign up to receive emails by clicking here. For weekly emails, check: Hill Highlights; monthly emails, check: Beacon Newsletters; for messages from the pastor, check: Pastor’s Pen.)

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.23.20

By | A Moment To Praise
A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.23.20

Superhero!

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hi Kids and Parents!

Do you have a favorite super hero? Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Captain America? Who do you think is the best? No matter who you think it is, it’s so much fun to go to the theater, eat some popcorn, and watch any of them save the world on the big screen. It’s also fun to think that there is a normal-looking person who has such superhuman powers that can take away all my problems and fears!

Hmmm…wait a minute. I do know someone who has superhuman powers who will listen to me when I tell Him my problems. He’ll help me work through them too! You know I’m talking about God! He is so powerful, more so than we can imagine. Nature, the heavens, the earth, and the seas are controlled by His strength. He can forgive us and heal our sad hearts. He protects us from being fearful. And He takes away our worries! See what scripture says about Him!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.23.20 in Scripture

Today’s scripture link:

Bible Gateway passage: Psalm 147:5 – Contemporary English Version

Our LORD is great and powerful! He understands everything.

www.biblegateway.com

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.23.20 in Song

God is powerful and does understand EVERYTHING in your life and mine. He cares about you! You can believe in Him and lay your thoughts and life at His feet when you pray. This song talks about how powerful God is!

My God Is Powerful  https://youtu.be/Y1MDCwirYoQ

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.23.20 Learn More

Take a moment and ask your parents to try some of these fun activities that help you see and understand who God is. And have a great week!
https://www.crosswalk.com/family/parenting/single-parents/14-fun-summertime-activities-to-teach-kids-about-god.html

14 Fun Summertime Activities to Teach Kids about God

14 Fun Summertime Activities to Teach Kids about God, Pam Kanaly – Read Christian single parenting advice and help from a Biblical perspective. Resources and encourage for Christian single parents!

www.crosswalk.com

Enjoy the sunshine!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 6.22.20

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 6.22.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is happening as I write this devotion, so I thought I’d share some memories of my dad with all of you. I was born the fourth child to my parents in 1964. My parents had started a family in 1952 with my sister. Two brothers followed in 1954 and 1957. You can do the math to figure out that they had children in their home for a long period of time.

At the time of my birth, my mother decided that we all needed to find a church to attend. Fortunately for us, there was a small, friendly Mennonite church basically in our backyard. Off my mom walked with me and my three siblings in tow, and my dad opted to stay home. As the story goes, about halfway through the service, I pitched a royal fit! I was a baby after all! My mom told my 12-year-old older sister to stay in the pew with the boys while she took me to the nursery. My mom started walking out of the sanctuary, and just like little ducklings following their mother, my brothers and sister marched right out after her.

At that point, my mom walked us right out the back door and down the hill to our house. That’s when my dad got the news…and this is a direct quote from my mom who just retold this story to me, “if you want these kids to go to church, you’re getting up and going with us next week!” To his credit, he went to church that next week and from that point on until he passed away.  He was going to be a churchgoing, Godly man.

A Moment To Praise 6.22.20 in Scripture

He must have read (or more than likely my mom pointed out to him) the following scripture:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%203:2-3&version=NLV

Bible Gateway passage: 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 – New Life Version

You are our letter. You are written in our hearts. You are known and read by all men. You are as a letter from Christ written by us. You are not written as other letters are written with ink, or on pieces of stone. You are written in human hearts by the Spirit of the living God.

www.biblegateway.com

I read this article today, and I think it’s a perfect definition of the above scripture.

DADS NEED TO EXEMPLIFY A GOOD LIFE. SCRIPTURE TEACHES THAT WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE LIVE IS LIKE A “LETTER FROM GOD.” OUR KIDS READ THAT LETTER, EVERY DAY.  (http://www.allprodad.com/10-things-scripture-says-about-being-a-father/)

Dads: what are kids reading in your life letter? Not only dads, but moms too. We have a heavenly calling to live in such a way that our children are able to learn and see the attributes of God, our eternal father, in us.

Life Letter

My dad was far from perfect, but he tried to live into the example of a who good man should be. He watched his language around us as kids. In fact, I never once heard coarse or foul language come from my dad’s mouth, not even in anger or frustration. He was a hard worker, as if working for the Lord. He never complained about it, even though he had a very difficult manual labor job and certainly wasn’t overpaid for his efforts. I never saw him drink or become drunk, and his only overindulgences were in my mom’s amazing cooking and baking. Other than that, I never saw him give in to other vices.

Now, I know all of these things I have listed do not automatically make a godly man. A good man, but not necessarily a godly one. But, here’s the kicker. I can remember my dad (and my mother) kneeling every night at their bed praying to God, thanking Him and asking for His mercy on all of us every night of my life while I lived at home. What an impact on a daughter’s life to see this strong, natural protector submit himself to the Almighty in prayer. It’s a treasured memory.

I also remember the ways in which my dad showed us love. He loved my mom and treated her with respect and a good dose of playful, silly behavior. I never heard an argument or a moment of anger leveled at her. The same went for us kids, too. He gave us a lot of love, care, and forgiveness. Believe me, some of the kids in my family were a little ornery! Not me, of course. However, we all benefited from his patience and forgiveness.

Care

Finally, he cared for the community in many ways. The most important one that stands out to me occurred when he saw a little child he didn’t even know fall from the top of metal monkey bars to the ground. The resulting blood and cracked head didn’t deter my dad. He pulled out his trusty cloth hanky, wrapped it around the little boy’s head, and ran carrying the little boy to the nearest house to call an ambulance. When the ambulance arrived, he walked away. He did not expect a thank you, and shying away from any recognition, he took all of us to the Dairy Queen to minimize the trauma of seeing what we had.

As I think of my dad’s life letter, I think my earthly daddy wrote a good one. One in which he tried to closely imitate and copy the letter that was first written for all of us by my Heavenly Father. On this Father’s Day as I write this, I miss this lovely man who left us for his eternal home almost 18 years ago. However, two things I know about him are these. First, he is waiting for his family to come to him one day. He expects and looks for us to follow him there. Secondly, even though he loved us deeply, he would never want to leave the heavenly realms for this crazy world. He has earned his reward.

Here is the bottom line to all of you dads and moms. Write your life letter in permanent marker on your kids’ hearts and anyone else with whom you might come into contact with. It’s the most important thing you could ever do. I am living proof and a thankful child of a good, good father and a Good Good (heavenly) Father.

A Moment To Praise 6.22.20 in Song

https://youtu.be/-ak0OoFBw3c

Good Good Father w/ Lyrics (Chris Tomlin)

Good Good Father BY CHRIS TOMLIN

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Thankful Thursday 6-18-2020

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 6-18-2020

Thankful Thursday sits on the doorstep of Father’s Day. A moment where we look at the lesson learned through the fathers and father figures in our lives. Lessons that impact the choices we make each day in the we choose to live our lives. Key components of life for dad include fun, family, and faith.

Fun

My earthly father loves our family and to have fun with us. Memories of tent camping, family Olympics in the backyard (winners earning a willow tree branch “crown”), and playing board and card games fill my mind with the ways he had fun with us. We continue beloved traditions of campfires and whiffle ball games in the backyard instilled from years ago.

Family

Dad is an incredible conversationalist. Nothing seems to hinder him from having a conversation with any random person (a trait I’ve been told hasn’t fallen far from the tree!) While my dad’s profession deals with building and repairing physical objects, his gift lies in building connection. Honed at family family gatherings, his gifts of storytelling and listening blessed those outside our family. Strong relationships grew from these foundational gifts.

Faith

Each day growing up, I would see dad eating his two bowls of cereal while soaking up his daily devotion and scripture reading. Having fueled up for the day physically and spiritually, he went out to complete his jobs and connect with his clients. About once a year, our family lived out our faith by doing family mission trips together where even as kids we began to learn the art of physically, relationally, and spiritually building a home.

I praise the Lord for the gift of my earthly father. Dad will tell you he lives his life in a way that when he comes face to face with his Maker he may be greeted with the words: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Matthew 25:21. As dad continues on the path of life with fun, family, and faith centered in Christ, God is at work. His servant is ready and willing to serve. And the Lord gets the glory of a life well lived in Him.

Blessings!

Thankful Thursday 6-18-2020 Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to Sunday Online Worship at 8:00, 9:15, or 10:30 AM. To know more about these services, click here. Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Wednesdays Be In the Light Activities at Gravel Hill are currently canceled; however, look for worship services online on our Sunday Sermon page.

On Facebook (Gravel Hill Church) and Twitter (@GravelHill): A Moment To Praise and A Moment To Praise For Kids! find postings from our worship leader, Joyce. She shares a small devotional, scripture, and worship song.

Weekly Wink 6.17.20

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 6.17.20

June 17: Wednesday 6:30-8 PM Youth Group meets tonight! In Holy Grounds this evening. You will be greeted at the door to take your temp and get paperwork and signatures. If you have questions, contact Judy.

Sunday school participants: did you escape? Since you were so good at treasure hunting, you now can find an escape room each week (on Sundays). There are 2 levels for you to try. All ages are welcome. Want to be a part of the Sunday School group on Facebook? Search for: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School. Click request to join.

June 21: Sunday 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Service will be available online under our Sunday Sermons. Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.

Weekly Wink 6.17.20 Ahead: Look for us online!

Mondays: A Moment To Praise

Tuesdays: A Moment To Praise For Kids!

Wednesdays: Weekly Wink

Thursdays: Thankful Thursday

Fridays: Sermon/Message Title & Scripture Sharing

Saturdays: Reminders

Sundays: Online Worship

Tuesday 9:15 AM Ladies Bible Study (Room 201) continues its study of Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. Return TBD. Check in with Joyce for gatherings on Zoom during our time apart.

Gravel Hill Yellow Phase:   PDF version here

Current Missions:

Gravel Hill Tithing (Learn more here.) Say thank you for the blessings you have so the Gravel Hill body can support our missions.

Caring for our unemployed Gravel Hill Daycare workers and the Palmyra Postal workers. Find more info by clicking here.

Community Garden Volunteer Opportunities: click this link (impact-palmyra.org) to sign up.

Ongoing Opportunities:

Gift Shopping Made Easy! You can shop for gift cards while at home and benefit Gravel Hill. Purchases support the off-site Ministry Fund. Learn more about Gravel Hill’s Scrip Program by clicking here. You can start shopping now. Create username and password. Gravel Hill’s Enrollment Code is: 21L936DB32931.

Have questions? Please contact Tony.

Email Sign Up (Sign up to receive emails by clicking here. For weekly emails, check: Hill Highlights; monthly emails, check: Beacon Newsletters; for messages from the pastor, check: Pastor’s Pen.)

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.16.20

By | A Moment To Praise
A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.16.20

Joy!

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a joy-filled day! Not just an “I’m feeling good” kind of day but a joy-filled day! I wonder: what is God’s definition of joy? Here is how one biblical author defines having joy.

Having joy includes feeling good cheer and a vibrant happiness. But joy, in its fuller, spiritual meaning of expressing God’s goodness, involves more. It is a deep-rooted, inspired happiness.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.16.20 in Scripture

The Holy Bible says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength”.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Nehemiah+8%3A10b&version=ERV

God wants us to be joyful in all situations, even when things aren’t that great! He wants us to be able to show the world that we are strong in Him and that through His son Jesus, we have everything we need! He wants us to be content (happy) at all times.

Joy in Childhood

I had a very happy childhood. I grew up with great siblings and wonderful parents. We didn’t have a lot of material things, but we certainly didn’t need them. We had joy as we camped, sang in the car, picked vegetables from the garden, and played with our cats and dogs. In general, we had a whole lot of fun.

Then in elementary school, a great thing happened for me, I started taking piano lessons. I loved playing the piano because it was not something that many people got to do and I felt really blessed to be able to do it. Most of the time without being told, I practiced and progressed pretty quickly through my lesson books.

Joy in Church

Every Sunday, I also enjoyed going to church with my family. I loved the singing! I loved sitting next to my mom, who had a very sweet soprano voice and a friend’s mother (her name was Rosalind) who had the most beautiful deep alto voice I ever heard. She and my mother singing beside each other was beautiful music to my ears for sure!

I often would try to find the familiar hymns we sang on Sunday in my piano lesson books. I really wanted to play the songs that I was so used to singing in church. After lots of searching, one day it happened. I found a song called Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, which was on page 12 in the hymnal. Believe it or not, I remembered the page number from so long ago!

I could play this song on the piano! The next Sunday, I couldn’t wait to go to church. I knew that the song leader would ask for anyone to shout out a favorite hymn to sing, and I knew that I was going to yell out page 12: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee. Needless to say, I requested page 12 that next Sunday and MANY additional Sundays after that to the point of becoming annoying! Everyone knew that I was going to ask for that song! The one thing I remember from that time period is feeling complete excitement and joy requesting and singing that song almost every Sunday. 🙂

Joy in Life

God wants that to be how we go about life for Him everyday.  Remember the joy we have in Him is our strength, and we are to use His power and strength in our lives to make this world a better place. Be joyful today and remember to practice your instruments and enjoy the gifts that have been given to you. Attached is a modern version of Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee! Enjoy!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.16.20 in Song

https://youtu.be/kX5zbJswRo8

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee | Cross Culture Norway VBS Music Video| Group Publishing

Enjoy the music…sing and dance along to the Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee music video from Cross Culture Norway VBS! Take this song wherever you go! https://

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.16.20 Learn More

Check out this idea on Pinterest.  It’s about creating a joy journal. In the journal, you can write about being thankful to Jesus, being thankful for others and thankful for yourself and the things God has shown you for that day. This week, make your own joy journal and feel the power in the joy of the Lord!

https://rachelwojo.com/teach-child-journal-thankfulness/

Have a wonderful day!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 6.15.20

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 6.15.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Stop!

How many times have you heard the phrases: “Just Stop!” or “Stop It!”? These phrases are usually said with a healthy amount of loudness and exasperation.

I have to admit that when our kids were little, we said these two phrases quite a few times! When arguments would erupt or some other form of unacceptable behavior would occur, either of these phrases would freely come out of our mouths. I didn’t like the idea of frequently sounding upset with my kids, so I would read books and articles on “How To Change Your Child’s Behavior“ and would try out the concepts that each author presented. However, true change in our method happened when I came across an article.

This particular piece discussed the possibility of a child being a visual learner and needing some way to physically see the change that should be made. I went on to read that if you ask your child to envision a stop sign in their head when they feel the need to behave a way that they know is improper, sometimes it helps.

Knowledge In Action

Armed with my new information, I approached our youngest, who always liked to push the envelope. I explained to her that I would be telling her to “put up the stop sign” in her mind when I saw attitude, mouthy language, or tension arising. It then became her job to sit back and imagine a stop sign in her mind. At this point, she was to decide whether what she was about to do made good sense, or if she should move on to something else before she got herself into a jam.

It took a while, but for her at 4 years old, our new method worked like a charm most days! Eventually, she didn’t need the reminders and she matured past the mouthy outbursts and the temper tantrums. Well…for the most part 🙂

A Moment To Praise 6.15.20 in Scripture

I also feel like this “stop sign” practice is a good example of what this scripture from Psalm means as well:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+141%3A3&version=ESV

Lately, I feel like I need to use this technique when I watch the news, look at social media, or simply try to navigate the world. I think about times when I should have guarded my mouth more closely. Have you ever wished that you had put up the stop sign on your own outspoken thoughts that may have hurt someone? Words that may have caused a friendship to be lost? Maybe you could have put the stop sign up to stop using the harsh tone you took with someone because you were having a bad day. Maybe you could have reserved the judgment or know-it-all attitude that you dished out toward someone who doesn’t believe like you do.

As I have gotten older, I realize there are a lot of things I could say to people that I decide not to. I put up the stop sign. My differing opinion is not more important than the relationship of a friend. My thoughts are not the only right way to think about things. Your preferences are just that, yours, and mine are mine. None of these things are more important than the people we are in Christ and the people of Christ that we portray to the world.

Stop Sign Theory

That being said, try to give the “stop sign” theory a try this week. When you’re on Facebook or in conversation with someone and you see or hear a differing opinion from your own, try putting up the mental stop sign. I guarantee that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice this concept. In fact, it is quite refreshing to actually read or hear someone else’s thoughts and not feel the compulsion to be argumentative or set someone’s thinking straight with your knowledge. It can be a very freeing exercise. And it shows confidence in your feelings and in yourself.

If you feel a strong need to get your thoughts out there, then let’s make them thoughts of praise to our Almighty Maker. Let us constantly have praise on our lips. Let us acknowledge and share the Good News of Christ. We should proclaim all of the good He has done for us; He died for all and under Him, we all are saved!

A Moment To Praise 6.15.20 in Song

https://youtu.be/hDSoMLnUwJA

By the way, my youngest is now 24 years old and living on her own, but here’s what she recently said.

“Mom, I had to put up the stop sign the other day before I got myself into trouble!”

I just laughed because truthfully, I thought that she had forgotten that exercise from her youth.  Even so, it shows that you’re never too old to guard your tongue.

It keeps you out of trouble, it helps to preserve relationships, and it shows the true depths of what’s in your heart. You should hold onto God’s love, not ego, not conceit, and not judgment on your brothers and sisters.

I hope you have a great week. God Bless…and for goodness’ sake…stop! 🙂