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KiDs speak it.
They love making noise and mess. They love repeat story telling and surprise. They love spontaneity and discovery. They love play and laughter. In short, they love fun!
I believe that fun is one of their love languages.
KiDs resonate with laughter.
I have a loud laugh! It used to get me in trouble when I was a kid, like, when I had friends for a sleepover and it would be past curfew. Guess who would often be pinned as the instigator? Yup, the one that my parents could hear laughing. I was the only evidence that they had. Ha! So funny to think of now!
I actually have a conversation with God recorded in my journal about my laugh. It wasn't a planned conversation, at least not planned by me.
I had asked Jesus how He saw me and was expecting to hear something from the usual (great) answers (you know, the 'Who I am in Christ list') but this time was a bit different. Here is a piece of the conversation of what I felt to be His response...
"Ha, so full of joy, so full of life! I love your laugh! It rings out in a room. I made it that way on purpose ... to permeate the atmosphere with joy ... with laughter ... with kids. They resonate with that and need your thoughts and encouraging words and songs. They need to dance and know that all is well with me and that I really am life! There is a serious tune within them so watch for those moments, but mostly they still live in the land of joy. That's what they are made for."
KiDs need to dance and know that all is well with God and that He really is life!
We can give children this! We can give them the joy of God through our demeanor, words and music. We can give them songs that teach and speak their language, ultimately leading them right to the Father's lap. Yes, it's in that place they will discover a Daddy / Abba Father who is:
God loves joy!
Still not sure? Check out this sampling of verses: Deuteronomy 12:7; Psalm 100; Philippians 4:4; 1 Chronicles 16:33; Psalm 95:1; Hebrews 12:22
"Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
All Around is an upbeat song inspired by Psalm 23.
The line 'only goodness and kindness pursue me' was jumping out at me.
Where did it come from?
All Around came from a morning time when I was reading Psalm 23. This chapter has long held a special spot in my heart, possibly stemming back to a difficult season in our family's life when my dad was really sick, so it was no surprise when God started talking to me again, reminding me of His always present love and kindness.
My journal that day
KiDs Need to Know
KiDs need to know that God is personal and that He is love. He is not just capable of love, He IS love and cannot be otherwise. Love is in every aspect that flows from Him. Jesus is our amazing personal Lord, displaying Himself to us even when all of hell is watching and waiting for opportunities to destroy. When we feel the impact of trouble, God is always present, defending, protecting and comforting us as we keep holding on to His heart & ways.
Children follow those they look up to.
Let's give them Jesus through our life's example.
May our personal shepherd and companion emulate through everything we say or do. May we be people who give KiDs something great to follow!
We will share articles here that might be helpful to all those who lead KiDs - parents, teachers, pastors. We will also talk about the story behind some of the songs.