Moment To Praise For Kids 11.10.20


Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

I was a fairly well-behaved kiddo when I was your age. Just don’t ask my brothers about me at that time. They still call me, I think lovingly, “brat”! Haha!

Anyway, I really did try to behave as a kid, but still have fun. One day though, I decided to push the envelope. My father had called me in for supper and I was playing on my new swing. I didn’t want to come in, and I thought that I would eat after I kept playing. Duh! 🙂

I heard him call me again and I decided to pretend like I didn’t hear him. The third time he told about dinner, we were face to face! Disobeying to this point, he came looking for me and said very clearly to my face that it was time to wash up and come in for dinner. I said, “No! I don’t think so! I’m going to keep playing.” Hmmm! That didn’t go so well. It still makes me cringe to this day! 🙂

My dad firmly laid a spanking on me and then sent me to my room without supper for disobeying. I was in shock. You see, Dad and I were tight. He never yelled at me. He never punished me, and he certainly never gave me a swat on the backside. Yet, that’s what had happened. I was devastated. I pleaded with him to reconsider and let me take everything back. You know, start all over again. But his answer was a firm “no!” So, off I went to my room, without supper and for the night. I fell asleep crying and woke up the next day very tired, very hungry, and very sorry for how I had behaved. In my room, I had spent that time feeling very out of sorts. I had no peace!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 11.10.20 in Scripture

Read this scripture about having peace in the Lord.

Isaiah 48:18 NIV – If only you had paid attention to my – Bible Gateway

If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.

In this passage, God is talking to the Israelites because they are stubborn people. They disobeyed him a lot, just like I disobeyed my father so that I could do what I wanted to do. That’s the same way that the people of Israel acted. They did things to satisfy their own wants. God is telling them in the verses before this one to listen to Him, but they refused. So, God tells them that if they had just paid attention they would have had peace that flowed like a river! This meant that they would not feel bad, sad, hungry, or ashamed!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 11.10.20 in Song

Remember, God always wants what’s best for you and He tells you about it often. All you have to do is listen. Then, you can have peace that flows through your life like a long and windy river! Check out this song, Peace like A River!

Peace Like A River

The classic hymn I’ve Got Peace Like A River. Fun for all ages! Buy the DVD at Featuring Harvest Parker on lead vocals. Check out …

I’m sure this year, you have seen peace rocks scattered around your neighborhood. Peace rocks are a great way to spread a kind word of cheer or comfort, and hopefully give the reader peace. Below are the instructions on how to make peace rocks. Give it a try and spread some joy, and more importantly, peace!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 11.10.20 Learn More

How to Create Peace Rocks

Painting Peace Rocks is fun; it’s easy; and it changes the world one person at a time. Here are 5 easy steps:

  1. Gather smooth river rocks from where you live. This is a fun activity to do with family and friends. It’s introspective to collect rocks by yourself.
  2. Once you have gathered your rocks, paint them with non-toxic, craft paint. This is an activity that draws people together. Host a Peace Rocks painting party! We have painted Peace Rocks with family members as well as friends. We have also painted Peace Rocks with strangers, yet after the hour or two we spend together sharing and learning about each other while we were painting our rocks, we are no longer strangers. Leave rocks to dry about 24 hours. You can also use a hair dryer or craft heat gun for faster dry time.
  3. Once the rocks have dried, paint words, phrases, or images on the rocks with paint pens or with paint and thin paint brushes. Paint words of peace, love, joy, or any other words or phrases that hold special meaning to you. When you are in the mindset of peace, love, and hope, begin to imagine the possibilities of how these thoughts will promote like-minded thoughts to those who receive your Peace Rocks. This intention of love, peace, hope, joy will ripple out into the world.
  4. Once words are dry, use clear, acrylic spray for Peace Rocks that will be placed outside and exposed to the weather. The words and paint will last longer if protected. Even if the words or phrases fade a little, it’s okay. Your intention will have already been released out into the world.

What’s Next?

Step 5: Now, if that wasn’t fun enough, now comes the magic. You get to share your Peace Rock masterpieces with the rest of the world. You have specially chosen, painted, and inscribed these wise river rocks with your messages of wisdom and now you get to share them with people of the world. It’s time to release them out to touch the lives of all who see them. Give them to friends and family members, strangers you meet throughout your day, co-workers, professors, employees of businesses you frequent, and especially anyone you hear who’s traveling.

If you are shy like we were in the beginning of our Peace Rocks Project, and you don’t want to walk up to someone and present them with a Peace Rock, it is okay to leave Peace Rocks for people to find for themselves. The perfect person will find that one-of-a-kind creation you have gifted to the world. It seems like such a small task, but the implications are life-changing.

Sharing Peace

We get to decide what we want to do with our lives. We get to decide if we want to build people up or knock them down. It our decision. What if we all decide today to choose to have our words be used to help people – to help build them up – whatever they are going through on a particular day. Can you remember a time when you could have used a positive comment from a stranger instead of an unkind word?

We are each here on this Earth to show love and kindness to one another. We have the power to change the world. We’ll never know how many lives we can touch with a simple action of handing someone a Peace Rock or leaving a Peace Rock on a park bench for someone to find. We’ll never know how a Peace Rock can change someone’s life and what that person will do tomorrow because of the impact of that little painted river rock today.

Take this first step in changing your life and the lives of those you can touch through a simple act, a simple yet powerful message painted onto a little river rock that will change your world – our world- forever. Create a ripple effect today by creating a Peace Rock!

Have a great week!

Miss Joyce