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A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.13.20

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Moment To Praise For Kids 10.13.20

Apples

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

How many of you have visited the apple orchard this fall? It’s the thing to do! I see all kinds of pictures on social media of friends and families going and picking their own apples. If you have gotten to do this, don’t you love how good it smells in an orchard? The sweet delicious fruit has a smell that makes your mouth water.

Of course, there are all of the yummy things that can be made with apples: applesauce, apple fritters, apple juice, apple cider, apple pies, apple cobbler, apple butter. Is your mouth watering yet? I know that mine is!

Did you know that apple trees are not the only living things that produce fruit? I’m sure you know that. You know that there are all kinds of other fruit and vegetable trees and plants that make some delicious treats as well. But, did you know that you can produce fruit too?

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God tells us that we can produce fruit in this scripture: Galatians 5:22-23

This Bible verse tells us that if we have accepted Jesus into our lives and believe in Him, God will give us the fruit of the spirit that others will see clearly in our lives. Look at the list again:

Love

Joy

Peace

Patience

Kindness

Goodness

Faithfulness

Gentleness and

Self-Control

I know as an adult, this list is hard to accomplish every day, all of the time. Fortunately for us, God is always gentle and lovingly working on our hearts to help us get there. Think about it. This list shows us the actions that God demonstrates toward us! Thank goodness He treats us the ways in which He does and not the ways in which we deserve to be treated!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.13.20 in Song

Listen to this song, Fruit of the Spirit by Go Fish, and enjoy looking for the fruit of the spirit in your life. See if you can remember them all.

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When you’re done listening, you might want to get an adult to help you make a treat from those apples you collect next time you go to the orchard or the store!

https://www.pre-kpages.com/classroom-recipes-slow-cooker-applesauce/

Have Fun!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 10.12.20

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A Moment To Praise 10.12.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Trust

Disney Movie Quiz anyone? What movie boasts the line, “Do you trust me?”

 

If you said Aladdin, you are correct!

It is hard to trust, isn’t it? Let me give you some examples in which you may not be so trusting. In this political climate, it’s hard to know who is telling the truth and who is not. After each ad, the line “do you trust me?” could be applied. How about when you’re in need of a new vehicle? Picture yourself at a used car lot when you see a car you like. Suddenly, the sales person is giving all the “too good to be true” facts. You might start thinking, “do I trust you?”

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I can tell you one place, beyond a shadow of a doubt, in which you can have complete trust! That place is in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ. Let me share with you some scripture that speaks to God’s promises for your life!

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

These are but a few of the promises that God made to us, His people, when we trust in Him and believe in His Son.

At this website, you can read all of His promises as written in the scriptures: https://www.openbible.info/topics/gods_promises

Remember, God is ALWAYS on your side. He is the only thing in this world that is trustworthy and true. People will fail you, politicians will fail you, family members will fail you, religious leaders will fail you. Guess why? It’s because all of those people are human beings. God is not human. In fact, He is far and above our human minds. When you learn to trust in Him and the promises He gives through His Son, Jesus Christ, you will truly be able to say, “Yes Lord, I trust You and You alone to supply all of my needs!” It will definitely be a sweet realization!

Proverbs 3:5-6

A Moment To Praise 10.12.20 in Song

It is sweet when we learn to not follow our own thinking, but rather, to rely on God and trust in Him! Take a listen!

‘Tis So Sweet | Caleb + Kelsey Cover

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Have a great week!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.6.20

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Moment To Praise For Kids 10.6.20

Pumpkins

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hi kids,

I love fall! The weather, the colors, trick-or-treating, and pumpkins. I love big pumpkins, little pumpkins, orange ones, and other colors too. I like them whether they are misshaped or perfectly round! Pumpkins are cool!

A while ago, I saw a cute story about how being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. I have included this story here:

lady recently being baptized was asked by a co-worker what it was like to be a Christian. She replied, “It’s like being a pumpkin: God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off you may have gotten from the other pumpkins. Then he cuts the top off and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”

It reminds us that God has made us to be a living, breathing, walking advertisement for Him! He wants us to shine His light and His love out into the dark world. Maybe you don’t know what I mean when I say a dark world. Think of it this way. There are times that we come across people that don’t want to be nice, and people who do or say mean things to others or us. That makes the world dark and sad. Sometimes, we hear stories all around us of things that happen that might cause us to worry about our day to day life. That’s also a part of dealing with a sad and sometimes scary world. But God reminds us in scripture that He is more powerful than this world and He has beaten evil.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.6.20 in Scripture

John 16:33

John 16:33 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV). 33 “I have told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have troubles. But be brave! I have defeated the world!”

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He tells us that He has planted his light in us so that we can shine into the world and show others what it’s like to walk with Him instead of walking in the ways of darkness and shadows. This all sounds pretty scary and “halloweenish”, but it’s not meant to frighten you. It’s meant to give you courage and joy. God’s light lives inside of each and every one of you and you have a great and important job to do! Go out and let everyone see Him and His love for this world in the way you live your life, the way you talk to friends and the way you help others out so that they can feel better! They might even start shining like you. And remember this scripture:

Philippians 2:15

Philippians 2:15 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV). 15 so that you will be blameless and pure, children of God without any fault. But you are living with evil people all around you, who have lost their sense of what is right. Among those people you shine like lights in a dark world,

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You are meant to shine like a light in the darkness!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.6.20 in Song

I have a great song attached that talks about all of this – it’s called Shine! Take a listen!

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I’ve included here some kid-friendly and easy pumpkin carving ideas for you to try as a family! Have fun!

15 Kid-Friendly, No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas – California Grown

It seems as though every year about this time is the same story. We start seeing all the pumpkins arriving at the store; lining the walls, strategically stacked on each other. Big, beautiful California pumpkins and gourds. Different sizes, shapes and colors just begging to be taken home. My kids get super excited to buy […]

californiagrown.org

Have a great week!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 10.5.20

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A Moment To Praise 10.5.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Songs

Recently, I was saddened to be made aware of the number one song in the country this week – which has been number one for a long time. It is a song that, in my opinion, speaks in a very degrading way about the female body, male and female relationships, and women in general. I have to say that when I researched a little bit more into the song and the lyrics of it, I was extremely shocked and saddened for our young people, the world, and for society in general.  But, beyond that, I had a deep spiritual feeling of pain. I believe that the Holy Spirit within me was grieving. This scripture immediately popped into my head:

A Moment To Praise 10.5.20 in Scripture
 Philippians 4:8-12
Philippians 4:8-12 New International Version (NIV). 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.

This is a passage that I used quite often in the rearing of my daughters. I believe that it speaks to a state of mind that God is telling us to have. It is also a great parenting verse to consistently remind your children what expectations there are on them, not only from you but from the Almighty Creator.

I’m well aware that God created the human body and He created us to enjoy our lives. However, He also has given us parameters which we are to follow to keep ourselves holy and pure before Him, before our mates, and before the world. We truly can have no witness to His power in our lives if we cannot have self-control or restraint in regard to the things of this world. How can we say we believe in God and that the old is gone and the new is here, if our lives do not reflect the Master’s hand in everything we say, do, and sing about?

Praiseworthy

There are many praiseworthy songs that are more worthy of singing than the one that I am talking about today. These are songs that glorify God’s creation and His desire for us. These are songs that speak to godly relationships with potential mates. Songs that lead us to a deeper understanding of who we are as spiritual beings. Uplifting songs that don’t speak merely to our physical attributes and how we can use them to manipulate people and relationships.

Our God wants us to be free of sin of all kinds. He also wants to be free from the guilt and shame that come with sin in our lives, in our futures, and for our eternity. Consider what and who you are listening to in life. If they don’t glorify God or have a happy, positive vibe, I would suggest tuning them out.

Here’s a great song by a Christian singer talking about what she considers to be the way to dream about her future. It tells us how she feels about relationships and how she chooses to keep her body a temple before God! Pure, noble, holy and right!

A Moment To Praise 10.5.20 in Song

Praying For You by Mandisa

Have a great week!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.29.20

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Moment To Praise For Kids 9.29.20

Super Strong

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hi kids,

The other day, I was flipping through YouTube as I do sometimes when I’m bored. As I was scrolling, I came across the “Strongest Man In The World Competition”. It looked so crazy that I had to watch to see what was going on! The men who were competing against each other were showing how much weight they could lift by carrying, rolling, or raising different items that weighed even more than I can imagine!

I was totally mesmerized as I watched them lift heavy weights, and then pick up weighty medicine balls and lift them onto a platform. I believe they had to do ten repetitions of those in a short period of time. One of the things they did was roll what looked like a huge tree that had been cut down with the leaves removed. Even though all of these crazy things happened, none of them prepared me to see the competition’s final test of strength and power.

Guess what the competitors had to do? They had to carry, YES, CARRY a Volkswagen Beetle car across the stage! I’m sure you all know what that car looks like. It looks just like its namesake, a beetle, but it’s much heavier than a real life beetle!  Here’s a picture so you know what the car looks like. These cars weigh 3,239 pounds! These men were carrying this kind of car across the stage! I couldn’t believe it. What an amazing show of strength!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.29.20 in Scripture

Later on, as I read God’s Word, I realized that God is much stronger than those guys! And so much more worthy of our praise! Take a glance at this passage.

Psalm 65:6

Bible Gateway passage: Psalm 65:6 – New International Version

who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength,

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God is strong enough to create and move mountains. All through the Bible, God showed incredible acts of strength. To name a few: parting the Red Sea, creating man and woman, causing a flood to come over the land and destroy it all, and speaking from a burning bush. There are so many more. Finally, we cannot forget God’s most incredible act, raising Jesus, His son, from the dead!

God wants you to know that He is strong enough to deal with the things in life that weigh you down. He can take care of these things easily! Do you know why? God is more powerful than the most powerful man in the world. Think about it! He created that guy!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.29.20 in Song

Here’s a great kid’s worship song that brings this thought closer to home! Enjoy!

Super Strong God – Hillsong Kids

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Parents – we know how to make our kids physically strong with good nutrition, lots of rest, water, and physical exercise.  Let’s also keep them spiritually strong. Check out this article!

5 Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Spiritual Development ⋆ Parenting with Personality

The most important job as a parent is helping direct our child’s heart toward God and the awareness of His love for them. From the very beginning, even in the infant and toddler ages, we are helping establish a foundation for their spiritual development. We start them on this path of spiritual development that will lead them down a course of the basic awareness of a God who created them …

parentingwithpersonality.com

Have a great week!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 9.28.20

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A Moment To Praise 9.28.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Breaking Free

A few years ago, the ladies Bible study group was studying Beth Moore’s book called Breaking Free…Making Liberty in Christ A Reality In Life. It was a great study which lead to wonderful discussions about circumstances in this life that bind us. The things that cause us to feel imprisoned by our sins and past indiscretions.

The book cover had an illustration to further drive the point home.  It was an image of chains, similar to those that would have physically imprisoned Paul and Silas.

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Acts 16:25-27

This scripture and the memory of this Bible study always remind me of the immense power of God. He has the strength to break the physical chains of imprisonment, as in the case of Paul and Silas. Not only that, He also has the ability to break the chains of sin that hold us captive as well.

Sin can have an overwhelming and very tight grip on our lives. It can cause us to deviate from the path that God has laid out for us. It can ruin relationships, leaving us empty and lonely inside. Wouldn’t it be great if we could acknowledge these disrupting forces and habits in our lives, repent of them, and allow the freedom that only God can give to wash over us? Just like the effects of the mighty earthquake in scripture, sin would be loosed from our flesh and we would be free! Enjoy this song about God, the ultimate chain breaker!

A Moment To Praise 9.28.20 in Song

Tasha Cobbs Leonard – Break Every Chain

Have a great week!

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.22.20

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Moment To Praise For Kids 9.22.20

Best Friend

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hi kids,

So, how has school been going for all of you? I have heard that there have been some new ideas to adjust to. I also heard from some friends that it can be lonely, and that you’re not able to be on the playground laughing and playing together. In the classroom, you have to be distanced from each other, and in some schools, you can’t eat with friends or sit with them on the bus.

I’m sorry for you all! That is not a fun way to go back to school. I will keep praying that things start getting better and back to normal as quickly as they possibly can!

Even though that’s true, I think that the way things are right now creates a great opportunity, too! There’s a chance for you to learn to rely even more on Jesus that you have in the past. Our Savior promises that He will never leave you and that He will be there for you when times are difficult. When you feel alone and lonely, He will be able to help you.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.22.20 in Song

Take a listen to this awesome song, My Best Friend, written for kids just like you!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.22.20 in Scripture

Jesus is our best friend. He never will leave us and there’s nothing in this world that can take Him away from us! Read this scripture:

Bible Gateway passage: John 15:14 – New English Translation

You are my friends if you do what I command you.

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Jesus will always be there for you from the age you are now, until you’re a very old person. He never will change. Do His will in your life and always praise and honor Him in everything you do. If you do that, you will never be alone or lonely. Whether you’re at school, at home, in church – He will be with you wherever you may be!

Jesus is your best friend and He’s mine too!

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Check out these cool friendship bracelet patterns!

Have a great day!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 9.21.20

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 9.21.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

You and Me

I’m going to take you on a trip back in time with this week’s devotion and matching video.

Imagine this. It’s 1997 and I am a busy stay-at-home mom running errands with my then 2-year-old daughter, Shay. I had just dropped off my eldest, Jenna, at school and I was playing the newest WOW 1997 – Top Christian Songs CD in my car’s CD player. I know that last sentence might not make sense to some younger people, but yes, we played CDs in our cars! 🙂

A Moment To Praise 9.21.20 in Song

Anyway, this song came on by DC Talk called, “Just Between You And Me”. It was a song about forgiveness and healing. You can take a listen here: https://youtu.be/6kXJdshVNq0

At this time in my life, I was trying to deal with a hurt that I just couldn’t get over. The bitterness and anger that I felt constantly plagued me. Then, I heard this song. The lyrics absolutely drove me to tears. I nearly had to stop the car so I didn’t get into an accident.

This was the verse that grabbed me:

In my pursuit of God, I thirst for holiness

As I approach the Son, I must consider this

Offenses unresolved, they’ll keep me from the throne

Before I go to Him, my wrong must be atoned

The ‘Secret’

That’s when it hit me. The ‘secret’ to getting rid of all of my negative feelings was nestled right into this verse of that song. This song had been written by someone who didn’t know me at all, but that person was faithful to God. God knew what I needed to hear and the best way to speak it to me – through that song! Here’s what I heard clearly that day:

I needed to ask for forgiveness as well as give forgiveness to others!

In life, if we hold onto past hurts and bitter feelings, the only person that feels bad in the end is us! We torture ourselves with thoughts and emotional reactions that, in reality, may not be true. Most times in my life when I have perceived that someone has been out to get me or out to hurt my feelings, I was not correct! Holding on to our own perceptions only causes us pain. The last two lines of the song cement to me what God expects from us.

Read them again:

Offenses unresolved, they’ll keep me from the throne

Before I go to Him, my wrong must be atoned

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I do not want my silly pride and inability to let go of something to keep me from His throne. Nothing is worth keeping me from my eternal life with God! Scripture tells us this:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%201:18&version=NIV

Isaiah 1:18 NIV – “Come now, let us settle the – Bible Gateway

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

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God is saying that we we all need to settle the matter before it eats us up inside, so we can start living again and be forgiven!

The person that I had experienced conflict with? They are still in my life. I learned how to accept them for who they are and to not take their words to heart. Letting things go, I do not stir up bitterness or discontent in my heart. I have forgiven.

Just between you and me, (see what I did there?😁) I’m not always good at this. I have times of insecurity and a very overactive mind, but with the help of God I continue to try. I absolutely have to, my eternal life is at stake!

Have a great week, and be happy!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.15.20

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Moment To Praise For Kids 9.15.20

Loving

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hi kids,

Do you ever play that game “he/she loves me, he/she loves me not” while you pull the petals off of a daisy? Or is that old school, old timer stuff? Regardless, it was always a fun way to think of someone you liked and then play the game until the last petal fell and you found out if the person loved you back or not. The game was simple, non-electronic, and definitely old school, but it was a game we always played when I was young. When I remember playing it, I think about how unsure I always was of what the outcome would be. Does he love me or does he not?! And of course, I thought that it was a foolproof way to figure out if I had a secret admirer. Was there someone special who loved me?

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.15.20 in Scripture

I wonder if God ever wonders the same question about me. “Does she love me or does she love me not?” Sometimes, my actions don’t show that I love Him with all my heart. Here is what scripture tells us about loving God:

Matthew 22:37

We are not only supposed to love our God with our whole heart, but also with our whole soul and our whole mind. That’s quite a task! God is asking for you to give over your heart, where your emotions reside.  He’s asking you to give over your soul, where your conscience lives and where you know right from wrong. Last of all, He’s asking for you to give over your mind. That’s where a whole lot of things happen: thoughts, feelings, anger, and joy. The bottom line is that God wants you to just love Him all the time with all of your being and that way, you’ll never go wrong! The great part is He promises to always love you back, no matter what!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.15.20 in Song

Here’s a great song, Love the Lord, to remind you of how to love God! The best part? It’s the scripture we just shared together, too!

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Check out this cute video which is a flower advertisement, but it shows the flower game I’m talking about and the bottom line of “He (God) loves me!”

Have a great day!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 9.14.20

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 9.14.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Praising God

I have to tell you…it was SO good to be back in worship together at the church. I know that the surroundings had changed a bit from the last time we were together, and we had to adhere to some guidelines that we may not like having in place, but should be used to by now. The one thing I did notice was this: if we allowed ourselves to remember that we were entering into God’s Holy House, and if we had prepared our hearts to meet the Holy Spirit there, none of those outside worldly issues mattered! And I felt that they didn’t. On Sunday, you could feel the genuine atmosphere of joy and excitement of being able to worship together again! Hallelujah!

The thing that I have most missed most during our time away from the church was being able to sing praises together as a group to God in His house. There is such a feeling of unity and closeness when we worship with each other that cannot be found anywhere else. The scripture today talks about that exact feeling:

A Moment To Praise 9.14.20 in Scripture

Psalm 34:1-4

Let us praise the Lord together and exalt His name! Amen to that! Think about how much better the world would be if we saw acts of mercy and praise plastered on our television daily. How much more hopeful and joyous would our souls would feel? Think of how God would delight in us if we, His people, publicly praised Him in all situations. In times of joy and in times of persecution, He has told us to lift up our lives to Him! In return, He has promised to be our Savior, Healer, and our Deliverer in all things!

I don’t know about you, but I need to remember that! I get caught up in the world around us, as I’m sure some of you do too. We start to think that we are the only ones who don’t agree with the anger circulating in this world today. Then I read this passage and see that God expects us to be more focused on Him and what He did for us than the world and the things of this life.

Remember His Word

We must remember that Jesus told us that in this world, there will be trouble, but He has overcome this world. That is something for us to think about! If everyone would remember that and then make the choice to worship God and elevate Him and His ways, not elevate this world and its ways, things would look a whole lot different around here!

Let’s be the ones who start a new world trend.  Let us show the world God’s love through praise to Him in all times and in all situations. Let’s not let the world dictate how we feel, but instead let the truth of God’s love and grace guide our thoughts and actions.  Wouldn’t it be great to see Christians who flow out into the streets and spread God’s joy on the evening news? We can show people that there is a different way to live!

A Moment To Praise 9.14.20 in Song

Check out this new favorite song of mine! I would love to see the activity in this video on the 6 o’clock news!

Every Praise” by Hezekiah Walker: https://youtu.be/UuuZMg6NVeA

Praise God and have a good week!