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Parents, our kids are under spiritual attack! It sounds scary, however WE CAN fight for our kids to be victorious against the enemy’s plans for their life. Discover 5 key areas that your kids are spiritually attacked and learn how to pray for them and encourage them!

5 Ways Your Kids Are Under Spiritual Attack

It’s a terrifying thought, but the Bible tells us that we’re in a spiritual war (Ephesians 6:12) and our children have an enemy that actively plots to hurt them.

Our kids are under spiritual attack, and as parents, we need to know how to fight for them.

Parents, our kids are under spiritual attack! It sounds scary, however WE CAN fight for our kids to be victorious against the enemy’s plans for their life. Discover 5 key areas that your kids are spiritually attacked and learn how to pray for them and encourage them!

While our kids may be under spiritual attack, the Bible also promises that nothing, nothing can thwart God’s good plans for our children.

The enemy’s plans can’t snatch our kids out of God’s awesome covering. And speaking of that enemy, we read in Revelation 20 that he has already lost the war. Amen!

As Christians, our job now is to fight! And as Christian parents and grandparents, these great battles for our kids’ hearts are fought in prayer as we use God’s Truth to claim victory, break down half-truths and ask for divine guidance (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

RELATED VIDEO: Inside the War Room: How to Fight for Your Family

However, it’s incredibly easy to be overwhelmed by this task, especially when we have multiple kids!

We know that we’re supposed to be praying for our kids, but what specific areas are our kids most susceptible to satanic attack? And how can we pray for victory in these areas?

Although every child has their own unique struggles, in general, there are 5 areas where our enemy tends to attack this generation of kids. 

Let’s take a look at each of them and discover how we can best pray against the enemy’s evil schemes.

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As Christian parents, we want to raise confident kids who make the right choices. But is self-esteem the answer? This post may surprise you…

How to Raise Godly, Confident Kids (11 Truths)

As Christian parents, we all want to raise confident kids, right?

Children who make godly choices when faced with peer pressure.

Kids who aren’t afraid to take life by the reigns and boldly pursue God’s plans for them.

On the surface, these seem like great parenting goals. Who doesn’t want to raise a child like this?

And yet, friends, I want to share with you that we must give our kids more. Way more. 

We must gift them with a godly confidence—an unshakeable, unchanging assurance—that is founded on a dependence on God.

As Christian parents, we want to raise confident kids who make the right choices. But is self-esteem the answer? This post may surprise you…

 

Perhaps it sounds counterproductive—wrong even—to teach our kids to become dependent on anything! After all, don’t we want to raise self-reliant kids?

No, teaching kids to find confidence inside themselves shouldn’t be the goal.

Instead, we want our kids self-worth to be determined not by their fleeting emotions (or the thoughts of those around them) but by the unchanging, deep riches of the Creator’s love for them.

And that kind of self-worth comes from daily dependence in God.

Imagine how different our world would be if we could teach our kids this kind of godly confidence! Wow.

Wouldn’t you love to develop this same godly confidence in your kids? It’s something that my husband and I continually—and imperfectly—seek to do (with God’s help).

My husband and I firmly believe that if our kids can grasp these 11 biblical truths they will become those joyful, intentional, confident kids that we long for them to become.

11 Truths to Teach Kids Godly Self-Confidence

Note: I’ve written each one from God’s perspective as if He were speaking to our kids directly.

Truth #1: My love for you lasts forever, and it’s because of this love that I’m always wanting to be close to you. (Jeremiah 31:3)

How awesome would it be if our kids were convinced–deep down in their soul–that they were continually being pursued by God’s love!

I believe that if our kids knew that they were wholly and eternally loved by their creator (and allowed that principle to guide their lives), they would set the world on fire for Him!

Truth #2: I know all of your thoughts and I know every part of you. Don’t be afraid to share your heart with me. (Psalm 139:1)

One of the enemy’s most insidious tactics is to tell our kids that they’ve made too many mistakes to be close to God. He wants to break down our kids’ confidence by somehow convincing them that they are irreparably flawed.

And yet, God tells us over and over in His word that He has perfectly formed us and that he knows every aspect of our lives (the good, the bad and the ugly). He is not afraid of our mistakes and in fact, wants us to share them with Him as means to grow closer!

Friends, we must teach our kids that depending on God–trusting Him to love us through all our fears and mistakes–is the key to authentic self-confidence.

Truth #3: You were handmade by me—perfectly crafted by my hands—and I call my creation of you “marvelous.” (Psalm 139:14)

Society has done an excellent job of portraying how we “should” look. What’s in, what’s out. What clothing size is the “right” one to be acceptable and loved. How our individual body parts should look in order to be “normal.”

Of course, as women, you and I know how destructive self-image issues can be to our self-confidence! So imagine how incredibly powerful it would be if our children could grow up knowing that they are perfectly crafted by an awesome creator?

Truth #4: Even when things are hard, let my deep love for you remind you that I will be there to help you through it. (Isaiah 43:2; Proverbs 3:5-6)

Our family is currently going through a difficult trial and, let me tell you, being able to depend on Christ through this challenging time is what has kept our family sane.

It would be easy for my husband and I to allow our confidence to be shaken and to allow the doubts to overwhelm us right now. I’m so grateful that God has proven over and over in my life that He is dependable and faithful! Right now, we are leaning fully on Him and have placed our confident hope in His promises.

Truth #5: I will never stop loving you, my child, and nothing can separate you from my love. (Psalm 136; Romans 8:31-39)

My daughter used to have frequent nightmares. I remember having them too as a child and thus often being afraid to go to sleep.

However, I’m so grateful that my daughter has learned that there’s nothing that can separate her from God’s love. For about a year now, she sleeps with her Bible and with Christian music playing in the background as a reminder that nothing evil can overcome her with Christ in her life.

We tell her that the enemy can try to threaten, but that she can stand strong and confident in God’s promise that He will never leave her and that His love is always with her. This has brought her much more peaceful sleep.

Truth #6: My love for you is not conditional. You can never earn my love—it is simply a gift I give to you. (Ephesians 1:4, 2:4-5)

So many relationships in our world are conditional–you do this for me, and I’ll do that for you. It’s not always a bad thing per se (for example, employers expect employees to work in exchange for pay).

However, it’s easy to let this mindset translate into our self-esteem: If we do certain things or act a certain way then we will be worthy of love.

And that’s why God’s love stands out so brightly! If our kids are convinced of the truth that they are loved regardless by God, they will be equipped with a powerful self-confidence that can change the world!

Truth #7: Stay connected to me and I promise to use you to produce good fruit in every season. (Psalm 1:1-3; John 15:4-8)

If we want to build godly, self-confident kids, teaching our kids the habit of a daily quiet time is perhaps the best habit we can give them! Jesus promises in John 15:4-8 that if we remain in Him like a vine stays connected to the branches then we can produce much fruit.

Life can be incredibly hard, and we need the power of God surging through us if we want to be triumphant through all circumstances. If we allow our circumstances to dictate our self-worth we will be left depleted and searching.

But if we stay close to Him–regularly reading the Bible and listening to His voice–then we can do amazing things for God. What a powerful truth to instill in our kids!

Truth #8: Because I love you and care about you, I want to replenish your soul when you are tired and give you strength to do more than you could hope or imagine. (Isaiah 40:28-31, Ephesians 3:20)

The world is full of tempting solutions to pain and overwhelm. It tries to provide physical comforts for the spiritual and emotional emptiness we sometimes experience.

But what if instead we taught our kids to look to Christ when they are tired? What if we demonstrated to them that they didn’t have to do it on their own but that God was always there to strengthen and replenish them? Knowing that Christ is the fuel behind our strength is a powerful self-confidence builder for anyone, especially children.

Truth #9: Don’t worry about what others think. Choose to let my voice guide you over the roar of the crowd. My truths will bring you the rich, full life that you’re looking for. (Proverbs 4:5-22; John 10:1-10)

We live in a world that is continually shouting for our attention. Without the guide of authentic truth found in God it is so easy to allow other’s opinions and worldly pressures to dictate our choices!

Our kids need to learn how to drown out all those voices and focus solely on the “voice of the shepherd” as described in John 10:1-10. When our children can learn to hear and obey the still, loving voice of God, they can much more easily develop godly confidence and discover their true purpose. They can eschew peer pressure and stand strong in godly truth.

Truth #10: Should you make a mistake, be quick to tell me about it so that nothing comes between us in our relationship. (Psalm 32:3-5). Remember, I love you as-is and at all times.  (Hosea 2:14-23)

Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard. We must recognize that all of us–even those straight-as-an-arrow kids–sometimes make huge mistakes that separate us from God.

My husband and I are doing our best to teach our kids that confession is an important part of keeping our relationship with God pure. We share with them that sin separates, but that we don’t have to live in debilitating shame because of it. God made a way for us to stay confidently connected with Him despite our failures and that’s through a real relationship with Him.

How empowering it is to know that we are loved fully and completely–despite our mistakes!

Truth #11: I love to bring new life out of the sin or difficulties in your life. Let me use them to give you a testimony of my love for others too! (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)

Last, we want to teach our kids that everything in their lives is meant to be used by God. Every trial and every tear has a purpose. Every comfort He gives through difficult times can be used to teach us how to comfort others through their own difficulties (2 Corinthians 1:3-7; 2 Corinthians 4:7-10).

We can boldly seek God in all circumstances–even when things don’t make sense on the surface–because we know that God is the great recycler. He transforms our darkest moments into glorious masterpieces that shine brightly for Him in a dark world.

Just knowing this simple truth can give our kids incredible self-confidence at all times!

3 Principles for Raising Godly, Self-Confident Kids

Of course there’s so much work that goes into pouring these truths into our children! Teaching kids godly self-confidence requires more than just taking them to church. It is a daily layering–bit-by-bit–of these 11 core biblical ideas in their heart.

I don’t want to simplify the process down into a simple to-do list because first, each child is different; second, raising godly confident kids is a divine task that requires the Holy Spirit’s divine work; and third, there are no guarantees in raising children!

However, I do want to give you three good practices for raising godly, self-confident kids:

1) Give them a love of God and his word.

Share with them early and often about God’s amazing truths found in the Bible. When they ask tough questions, dive together into God’s word for the answers. Show them how to find comfort in Scripture when life is challenging.

We currently use these books and Bibles to teach our kids to love God’s word:


2) Teach them at a young age how to have a daily quiet time with God.

My husband and I have taught our kids a simple method for not just reading the Bible but deeply understanding God’s truth. It’s called the “5Rs Method” and it’s something I developed because I wanted an easy, transferable way for my kids (and me) to apply scriptural principles to daily life.

Go here to learn how to do the 5Rs Method.

3) Model what it looks like to have authentic faith in Christ.

Let them see you reading your Bible and praying through every life season.

Don’t be afraid to share with your kids what you struggle with and to share your mistakes! Our kids need to know that faith can be messy.

May teaching these truths to your kids assure them of God’s great love and impart a beautiful, godly self-confidence that can never be taken away!

I’m praying for you as we labor together to encourage kids who are dependent on God for their self-confidence!

 

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Why not use Valentine's Day as a great opportunity to share not just about love... but to teach kids about God's love! You'll love this ultimate list of printables, crafts, freebies, coloring pages, and other activities! What a great resource for parents!

Ultimate List of Fun Ways to Teach Kids About God’s Love

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We all want to teach our kids how much they are loved by God, right?

And yet, that’s not always easy, is it? I totally get it. 

I have four kids and not only do they each have a different way of feeling loved, they each learn differently!

To top it off, learning about God’s love isn’t a one-time deal. It’s something we spend our entire life learning about! 

Here’s my biggest tip. Ready?

 

 

 

We must teach kids about God’s love in whatever stage they’re in, and make having a relationship with God a natural part of life.

And now that I have everything from preschoolers to teens in my home, I know the importance of relating that love to each individual life stage!

Thankfully, there are so many amazing ways to communicate God’s love to our kids!

I want to share with you some incredible resources (our family’s tried-and-true ultimate ideas) that will make sharing about God’s love with your kids easy and fun!

With printables, books, crafts, activities and more, you’ll find great ideas that will be a perfect fit for each of your kids!

NOTE: Some of these are Valentine Day themed, and some aren’t. Of course Valentine’s is a great day to teach about God’s love, but so many of these tips and ideas are wonderful for year-round use too!

I can’t wait to share these with you:

  • 9 Coloring Books About God’s Love
  • 9 Crafts That Teach Kids About God’s Love
  • 6 Printable Activities About God’s Love
  • 36 Free Valentine’s Day Themed Home Decor Printables

 Let’s get started!

 

How can you teach your kids how to not just READ the Bible during personal Bible study time but to UNDERSTAND IT? Here's an easy, 5-step process that my kids and I use to glean deep spiritual truths. Includes a FREE BOOKMARK PRINTABLE CRAFT!

Simple 5 Step Method for Kids Bible Study (+ Free Bookmark Printable)

Reading the Bible changes my imperfect heart. Time and time again, the pages of scripture bring me peace and purpose, slowly transforming me into the woman I really want to be.

And if you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’ve also experienced the power of God’s Word too, right?

Oh, how we want to share that life-changing power with our kids!

We want them to learn how to study the Bible from a young age so that they can develop an unshakeable, intimate relationship with God that carries them through all kinds of life’s circumstances.

However, I’ve learned that children (like all of us!) need a bible study method–a systematic way to not only read scripture but to allow God’s word to change a heart.

How can you teach your kids how to not just READ the Bible during personal Bible study time but to UNDERSTAND IT? Here's an easy, 5-step process that my kids and I use to glean deep spiritual truths. Includes a FREE BOOKMARK PRINTABLE CRAFT!

We need a Bible study method that is:

  • easy to understand
  • easy to memorize
  • transferrable to any Bible verse

and most of all…

  • effectively allows us to deeply understand and apply a Bible verse to our current life situations

Friends, I’ve developed a Bible study method that does all of those things… and more!

In fact, the kids and I rarely do “official” Bible studies anymore and just use this method to discover the riches found in scripture!

An added bonus–the study method consists of 5 words that start with the same letter, so it’s really easy for the youngest of kids to memorize!

And can I just add that this inductive study method isn’t just for kids?!

In fact, it’s the standard Bible study method that my husband and I use in our own personal Bible times, and it’s what I use when mentoring and teaching other women!

I’ve even created a free printable bookmark craft (that kids love to make!) with this method’s steps in order to make memorization fast and simple.

Simply click here to get the free bookmark and craft instructions!

But wait… first, let’s share more about what this “5 Letter Method” is.

How does it work? I’m going to give you step-by-step instructions and even give you an example.

You’ll want to use this Bible study method during family devotion time, personal Bible time or even to help friends and family understand and apply scripture in powerful ways!

I can’t wait to share it with you!

Ready? Click “next” and I’ll introduce you to this amazingly simple (and yet powerful!) bible study method!

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While every girl is different (and the journey is different for each one), we must let our daughters know what it really means to be a healthy, whole woman. This is far from easy, especially since many of us are works in progress ourselves, right?! But isn't that true about all aspects of parenting--we must guide our kids as we are learning ourselves about life? As I grow in my own discovery of what it means to be an 21st Century Christian woman, here's what I want to tell my daughter. Would you agree with this list? What would you add?

7 Things I’m Teaching My Daughter About Being a Woman

While every girl is different (and the journey is different for each one), we moms are given a unique call to demonstrate to our daughters what it really means to be a healthy, whole woman.

This is far from easy, especially since many of us are works in progress ourselves, right?!

But isn’t that true about all aspects of parenting–we must guide our kids as we are learning ourselves about life?

As I grow in my own discovery of what it means to be an 21st Century Christian woman, here’s what I want to tell my daughter.

While every girl is different (and the journey is different for each one), we must let our daughters know what it really means to be a healthy, whole woman. This is far from easy, especially since many of us are works in progress ourselves, right?! But isn't that true about all aspects of parenting--we must guide our kids as we are learning ourselves about life? As I grow in my own discovery of what it means to be an 21st Century Christian woman, here's what I want to tell my daughter. Would you agree with this list? What would you add?

NOTE: I wrote this as if I was writing a letter to my daughter. You are welcome to share this with your daughter(s) as well, or feel free to modify it for what you’d say to your little one.

It’s never too late (or too early) to share these truths with our girls! Decide today what you want to share with your daughter too, and be intentional!

7 Things I Want to Teach My Daughter About Being a Woman

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1) True beauty is not what the world says it is.

Although you are strikingly gorgeous on the outside, more than anything I want to encourage you to always grow deeper with God, allowing his “gentle and quiet spirit” to flourish in your heart. The Bible describes this as pure beauty (1 Peter 3:4).

Of course this doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy a mani/pedi from time to time, or that we can’t share a love of clothes and fashion. In fact, I can’t wait to share more of those moments with you!

I just want you to understand that these things don’t define who you are or determine if you are beautiful or not. You are beautiful because you are His amazing creation, and your soul grows more lovely the closer you get to him. Period.

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2) Don’t place your worth in how you can (or cannot) gain a man’s attention.

Oh my daughter, I spent so many years chasing this… only to find that the true void I was trying to fill was never going to be filled by a romantic relationship.

You will turn the heads of boys. I have no doubt about it. With your easy smile and your daddy’s sky blue eyes, you will get many looks (sometimes even when you won’t want them). 

But don’t fall into the trap of needing to have a man’s attention in order to feel beautiful. Your outward beauty (and your ability to turn heads) will fade, especially as your body changes after kids. You can’t let anyone’s approval or disapproval of your physical attributes determine your worth.

You are more than just an object to be desired. You are precious and loved regardless, and your worth has nothing to do with how little or how much attention you get from guys.

That’s why I encourage you to dress yourself in a way that honors your body as a gift from God, not as an object to be consumed. There’s lots of grey areas here, but when in doubt, err on the side of modesty.

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3) Use your fearless spirit to follow God without hesitation.

Earlier this week you told me (in your matter-of-fact way) that you were going to be a missionary. This didn’t surprise me since you’ve already been on a few missions trips, and you have an intimacy with God unlike that of many other kids your age.

And let me say this: If anyone has the gumption and passion it takes to proclaim the Gospel to every nation, it’s you, my darling daughter! I love your fiery passion for God!

But whether full-time missions work ends up being part of your adult future or not, I want to encourage you to follow God in whatever you do. We are called to share God’s love in whatever job title we’re given.

There are no right or wrong answers! Your daddy and I are here to help you discover what talents you’ve been given and to guide you toward your beautiful future.  Whatever God calls you to do, never be afraid to follow him.

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4) Emotions are OK. They are part of being human.

With all that gumption comes lots of (sometimes unbridled) emotion. I have that same passionate, driven heart as you, and I get what you’re feeling. I want you to know that I’m always here to listen and to help you understand where those emotions are coming from.

But I also want you to know that it’s not OK to let our emotions fly unchecked, and that we must continually bring our feelings before God for help in sorting them out.

He is the creator of emotion and He put that fire in your heart! Learn to listen to his voice in the moment, so that you can learn how to best handle those emotions in a healthy way.

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5) Choose humility. Always.

Serving others and wanting to help seems to come naturally to you, and it is beautiful to see you use this gift.

While humility is a character trait that every person should strive for, God’s word specifically tells women to do good (Titus 2:5).  There are times when you must just let things go and give people space to be imperfect (Ephesians 4:2-4).

Look for ways to serve others, and be quick to help in whatever way is needed.

Regardless of your right to be angry, do your best to not return evil when you are mistreated (Romans 12:17) and instead exercise humility and gentleness.

In these simple ways, you will be changing the world–one moment at a time!

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6) Develop authentic, real relationships.

One of the greatest blessings I’ve been given in this life is the women I’ve encountered. But in order to know these women, I’ve had to take off the mask and learn how to be real. 

As a result, in every season of my life, God has always been so good to surround me with a myriad of women who each, in their own imperfect way, taught me about the woman I want to be.

These have been young women and old women. Some of them I’ve known for years, and others I only knew for a season. Regardless, as I look at the big picture of the woman I am today, I see tiny facets of each of these women reflecting back at me.

God arranged for my path to cross with each of these ladies. But, my daughter, I had to choose to invest time in deep, honest relationship with them. Sometimes I had to boldly pursue friendship, especially when I was in a brand new social situation.

And that’s my hope for you, my dear one. I pray that you would not be too busy or too afraid to open yourself up to authentic relationship with women who also want to live their lives intentionally for God.

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7) Remember that the only constant is God Himself.

You will have good seasons and bad ones. You’ll have times when you are on top of the world; and other times you wonder if you’ll ever get out of this slump.

People–even the closest people in your life who love you profusely–will disappoint you sometimes and hurt your feelings.

Money will come and go. You may live in poverty at times or even possess extreme wealth.

There really is no guarantee in life. Everything you count as “constant” can all change in the blink of an eye.

Except for one thing: God’s love.

Let His love be your foundation. Let His words be your standard of right or wrong, regardless of what the world says. Let Him carry you and comfort you when you’re too weak to keep on fighting.

God’s love is real, never-changing and unconditional. Let His love fill your heart and be the overflow for how you can love others.

My daughter, I will always be here to listen and I will do my imperfect best to model all that I’ve shared here.

There’s so much I want to protect you from, and yet, I must hold you loosely. I can guide you and set an example, but ultimately, you are in the driver’s seat. And the older you get, the more I must slowly turn the steering wheel of your life over to you.

You can determine the type of woman you want to be! I pray that you will take small steps–even today!–toward that woman you dream of being. Don’t be afraid of falling down or messing up. Just keep moving forward.

I also pray that God will continue to give us a wonderful closeness and special bond so that we can continue to grow together. There’s so much I learn from you too!

You are my small-but-mighty girl, and I always will be in your corner cheering for you! 

I’m so blessed to know you through every stage of your life!

Love,

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While every girl is different (and the journey is different for each one), we must let our daughters know what it really means to be a healthy, whole woman. This is far from easy, especially since many of us are works in progress ourselves, right?! But isn't that true about all aspects of parenting--we must guide our kids as we are learning ourselves about life? As I grow in my own discovery of what it means to be an 21st Century Christian woman, here's what I want to tell my daughter. Would you agree with this list? What would you add?

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Not sure how to help kids memorize Bible verses? This post has 3 easy (and powerful!) ways for scripture memorization. These 3 keys make memorizing scripture easy and do-able! You've got to check it out!

3 Keys to Easy Scripture Memorization for Kids

I have happy memories of Scripture memorization as a child.

Most of the verses I learned at home, one line at a time, day after day. By the time I turned double-digits I had dozens of verses tucked in my heart.

They shaped my life. And they still speak.

So when I became a mom, I was determined to give my little ones the same gift – and raise a well-versed family.

But it didn’t take long before my good intentions were derailed. Enticing distractions and hectic schedules were stubborn obstacles.

Arr. I needed a fresh approach.

And that’s when I discovered 3 keys to easy Scripture memorization. And they work!

Not sure how to help kids memorize Bible verses? This post has 3 easy (and powerful!) ways for scripture memorization. These 3 keys make memorizing scripture easy and do-able! You've got to check it out!

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This guest post by Caroline Boykin of WellVersedLiving.com is Part 1 of 2 in a series on helping kids effectively memorize scripture. You can read Part 2 (“21 Ways to Memorize Bible Verses with Music, Games and Art”) here.

Key 1: Learn it.

Long-term memory doesn’t happen overnight.

Neither does long-term scripture memorization. It takes repetition and review – going over and over a verse across time until it’s locked in our memory.

For example, saying a verse twenty times in one day is not as helpful as saying it twice a day for ten days.

My suggestion is:

Twice daily said,
Over a ten-day spread –
Will embed in your head.
(my apologies for the painful rhyme)

Scripture Learning Ideas:

  • Take turns reciting the verse using entertaining accents, like a deep southern drawl or Shakespearean stage voice.
  • Sing the verse to an operatic style, rap beat, or familiar tune.
  • Display the passage where your family can see it daily.
  • Place a verse card beside your child’s bed for cozy nighttime review.
  • Keep a verse card in the car for when you are out and about.

Key 2: Link it.

Associating and connecting a verse to something else – a picture, activity, motion, or melody – enhances our ability to recall. This also makes for easy scripture memorization.

Bible memory links are especially important for young children. Good links connect their concrete thinking to abstract spiritual concepts. It gives them a “hook” to hang the words on.

Scripture Linking Ideas:

  • The butterfly is a helpful illustration of our new life in Christ. “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Purchase a butterfly kit. Tape a verse card to the outside. Then watch as the caterpillars transform into new Masterpieces.
  • A flashlight is a handy learning link for Psalm 119:105, “Your word in a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Give your child his own flashlight and write the verse on the handle.
  • A wilted Mother’s Day bouquet is an visual {and smelly} learning link for Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Write the verse on an index card and tape it to the vase.

Scripture memory links are everywhere: in the sky, at the park, around home. It’s simply a matter of seeing them and seizing them!

Key 3: Live it.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “I have a horror of words that are not translated into deeds, of speech that does not result in action.”

Application moves the Word from our heads to our hearts. Brainstorm how your family can live a verse – and then do it. Put feet to your faith, and motion to your scripture memorization.

Ideas on How to Live Scripture:

  • Pray for someone who has wronged you and ask God to bless him.
  • Send a card or make a call to encourage a military or missionary family.
  • Bring dinner and a bag of groceries to an elderly widow and keep her company for a while.
  • Some verses are lived by believing they are true. After all, “the righteous shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).

3 Keys: Learn, Link and Live Scripture

In his book Faith Training, youth expert Joe White says: “Scripture memory is the single-most-effective life-shaping tool in a parent’s toolbox!”

I couldn’t agree more!

So learn, link, and live God’s Word…with a smile. These three simple steps make for easy spiritual memorization.

Think spiritual Happy Meal for your child’s soul (not castor oil). And your child (and you) will soak it up like a sponge. I promise.

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These tips are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to helping kids grow in their faith and live out the truths of Scripture.

Caroline’s book, The Well-Versed Family: Raising Kids of Faith through Scripture Memory, is full of great tips like these to encourage kids to memorize Bible verses and to put their faith in action!

You’ll love her easy, conversational style and all the great ideas hidden in this gem-of-a-book!

Get your copy today here!

Welcome to Week 5 of the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Random Acts of Kindness Challenge! It's our final week! This week’s challenge is about secret agent kindness. We’ll explore some simple ways we can show kindness to each other in fun, stealthy ways (with kindness activities, family discussion questions, Bible verses, and more). Join us and let’s spread kindness! Remember–every act of kindness counts!

30 Days of Kindness Week 5 of 5: Kindness Appreciated

Welcome to Week 5 of the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Random Acts of Kindness Challenge! It’s our final week!

This week’s challenge is about secret agent kindness. We’ll explore some simple ways we can show kindness to each other in fun, stealthy ways (with kindness activities, family discussion questions, Bible verses, and more).

Join us and let’s spread kindness! Remember–every act of kindness counts!

 

Welcome to Week 5 of the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Random Acts of Kindness Challenge! It's our final week! This week’s challenge is about secret agent kindness. We’ll explore some simple ways we can show kindness to each other in fun, stealthy ways (with kindness activities, family discussion questions, Bible verses, and more). Join us and let’s spread kindness! Remember–every act of kindness counts!

Just joining us? Awesome!  Go here for more info about the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Kindness Challenge!

Go here for the Week 1 30 Day Kindness Challenge post (Kindness to Family).

Go here for the Week 2 30 Day Kindness Challenge post (Kindness to Community).

Go here for the Week 3 30 Day Kindness Challenge post (Kindness to Our World).

Go here for the Week 4 30 Day Kindness Challenge post (Secret Agent Kindness).

Our Week 4 Results:

Secret ninja kindness was a hit in our house! Not sure if it was the secret part (which was fun) or the ninja part (my kids are totally into ninjas right now) but it worked!

I loved all the “secret” kindness I got:

…vases of flowers…
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…beautiful displays…

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…treasure hunts

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with a special reward at the end! A massage (I was told that it had a $1.99 value! LOL!)

It was also fun to do my own secret acts of kindness. What were those? Now, come on… I can’t tell… that would spoil all the fun.

(And alright fine… I didn’t take pictures of them. It was supposed to be secret, right?)

But seriously… this week was a great reminder to me too that kindness—any kindness—needs to be done out of a heart that isn’t looking for self-praise or admiration from men, but is simply wanting to spread God’s love and to serve Him (Matt 6:1-4).

God is so faithful to shower us with blessings here on earth… I can’t imagine all the “stored” blessings He has for us in heaven when we choose to quietly serve and love our world through His strength!

Overall Kindness Challenge Results

I’m glad we did this challenge! It got all of us out of our comfort zone (handing out flowers in front the store, anyone?) and got us thinking outside of the box.

It made us aware that there are so many needs all around us… and an equal amount of opportunities for the everyday, average person (like you and me) to meet those needs.

Our family had many wonderful discussions around these topics and God was so faithful to give us incredible insight into His word during those discussions.

Now it’s your turn!

Let us know:

What were you biggest take-aways from participating in this challenge? What did you learn? How were you and your family blessed by giving kindness to others?

This leads me directly to this week’s challenge (the final one for our series!)….

Kindness Challenge Week 5: February 28-March 5

Kindness Appreciated

Suggested Kindness Activities: 

This week we have a final twist on the challenge.

We’re going to give kindness (to those who have been kind to us) by paying the kindness forward.

There are two practical ways we’re going to explore that this week.

1) Simple, Purposeful Thanks

The Who:

Our lives are blessed DAILY by people who show us kindness. Even in the darkest times, our lives are FILLED with kindnesses to be thankful for. You probably know who you need to thank for these kindnesses, but here’s a list to get you started:

God. (for his mercy, his salvation, his provision, his love, his peace… need I go on?!)

Your spouse

Your kids

Your parents and extended family

Friends

Co-workers

Leaders of groups you or your family participate in

Others in your community

Local businesses or organizations

Local government agencies or officials

The How:

How can we say thank you for these kindnesses? We can:

—tell them (notes, emails, in person)

—show an act of kindness to them (meeting a physical need, spending time with them, offering words of affirmation, sharing a hug, giving them something they’d appreciate)

—pray for them (what are their biggest needs right now? How can we help them through by lifting their cares up to God on their behalf?)

2) Develop a Kindness Dream

My husband and I have a dream of building a small stand-alone structure on our property so that others (such as traveling missionaries or needy families) could stay for free.

Now this isn’t a kindness that we can give yet, but, it’s a kindness dream that we have. God has planted it in our hearts and we are trusting that He will make it a reality for us someday.

It makes me so happy to think about it. Here’s how you can have a kindness dream too!

4 Ways To Developing A Kindness Dream 

1) Dream big. What would you love to do to show kindness to your family, to your community or to your world? It’s OK if these things aren’t achievable right now. Just take some time to dream and imagine what God could do through you! Invite your kids into this process too! What are their dreams?

2) Pray about it. Give these visions and plans to the Lord. They may not happen this week, this year or even this decade. But keep giving them to God and ask Him to confirm if this is His will, and if it is, how you can slowly (in some tiny way) begin moving toward this bigger plan.

3) Keep your eyes peeled for doors of opportunity. “Doors of opportunity” may not be obvious. They may even be minuscule in comparison to what the ultimate dream entails. But if there are small step (even a mindset shift) toward the ultimate kindness dream, then pray about them and consider if this is part of God’s plan for the dream.

4) Trust in the dream-giver. If He has birthed these dreams in your heart, then you can trust that He will be faithful to make them come to fruition. Keep asking Him to confirm this in your heart, and for eyes to clearly see what steps can be taken to make this dream a reality.

Write, Discuss or Draw Activity

  1. How did it make you feel to be kind to someone?
  2. What were the favorite kind acts that someone did for you?
  3. What is your big kindness dream?
  4. What kind acts (or words, tone, etc) do you want to make a habit beyond the 30 days?

Bible Verses to Write, Discuss or Draw

I had a hard time narrowing these down to only a few verses this week (in fact, I included twice as many than normal). There are literally pages and pages of verses that we could study! I pray that you are blown away by these verses—I was!

  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
  • Psalm 136
  • Psalm 139:1-18 
  • Psalm 32:1-5
  • Hebrews 13:7
  • Hebrews 12:1-12
  • Galatians 5:22-25
  • Ephesians 1:3-11

Tell Us About Your Kindness Journey!

  • Invite Others. Share this post on your own FB page, Twitter feed, Pinterest page (or whatever social media you enjoy) and invite others to join us! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #YVF30DayKindnessChallenge!
  • Share Ideas! If you have other kindness ideas, resources or Bible verses that can encourage others, please share them in the comments below!

Thank you for walking with our family on this kindness journey!

Welcome to Week 4 of the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Random Acts of Kindness Challenge! This week’s challenge is about secret agent kindness. We’ll explore some simple ways we can show kindness to each other in fun, stealthy ways (with kindness activities, family discussion questions, Bible verses, and more). Join us and let’s spread kindness! Remember–every act of kindness counts!

30 Days of Kindness (Week 4 of 5): Secret Agent Kindness

Welcome to Week 4 of the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Random Acts of Kindness Challenge!

This week’s challenge is about secret agent kindness. We’ll explore some simple ways we can show kindness to each other in fun, stealthy ways (with kindness activities, family discussion questions, Bible verses, and more).

Join us and let’s spread kindness! Remember–every act of kindness counts!

Welcome to Week 4 of the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Random Acts of Kindness Challenge! This week’s challenge is about secret agent kindness. We’ll explore some simple ways we can show kindness to each other in fun, stealthy ways (with kindness activities, family discussion questions, Bible verses, and more). Join us and let’s spread kindness! Remember–every act of kindness counts!

Just joining us? Awesome!  Go here for more info about the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Kindness Challenge!

Go here for the Week 1 30 Day Kindness Challenge post (Kindness to Family).

Go here for the Week 2 30 Day Kindness Challenge post (Kindness to Community).

Go here for the Week 3 30 Day Kindness Challenge post (Kindness to Our World).

Our Week 3 Results:

We had more good discussions this week. The verses have been really speaking to the kids (and me). All of the verses on God providing for (and taking care of) His creation were a great opening for us to talk about all the incredible ways He provides for us.

In terms of kindness to our world…

We made some of our own toys this week out of stuff around the house, such as these old school snake-from-a-paper-plate toys:

In case you forgot how to do this, simply draw a two-lined spiral on the back of a paper plate. Start the spiral in the middle, and then cut around and around until you get to the outside. Leave a wider part for the snake’s head. Then color them in with your favorite crayons or markers! Easy peasy and done!

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Kindness Challenge Week 4: February 21-27:

Kindness to Each Other Through Actions

Goal: To continue talking about kindness and why it’s important; to discover how we can bless family members and friends by showing kindness to each other; to continue to experience how good it feels to both get and give kindness; to build habits of kindness in our everyday family interactions.

Suggested Kindness Activities: 

Secret Agent Kindness!

This week is a little different. Like Week 1, we’re going to work on spreading kindness within our immediate family. However, instead of focusing on kind words, tone and body language, this week we’re going to focus on actions. What specific actions can we take to be kind to a member of the family?

But there’s a super fun element: All of the kindness activities are going to be done in secret!

That’s right! We’re going to be like kindness ninjas! We’ll be working our awesome black belt kindness skills (we’ve had three weeks to learn and practice) to bring more love and blessings into our family.

But where do we start? How do we direct all these mad ninja skills into incredible (but secret) kindness missions throughout our week?

I’m suggesting that we have a family discussion around kindness before we embark on our stealthy secret missions. Call it a kindness reconnaissance mission. Specifically let’s discover how our individual family members best receive kindness; and what actions, words or activities make them feel most loved. I’ve explained below.

Step 1: Family Discussion and/or Write/Draw Activity

love-languages-bookAre you familiar with Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages? In this landmark book, Chapman explains how each of us tend to have a certain “language” or manner in which make us feel most loved. Chapman describes these five languages as:

  • Words of Affirmation
  • Quality Time
  • Receiving Gifts
  • Acts of Service
  • Physical Touch
  • This book focuses on marital love languages, but these principles can be applied to any relationship. (Chapman does have other “love language” books such as love languages for children, teens; plus a singles edition, men’s edition, and a military edition).

Talk to each other about this. Ask each other simple questions such as:

When do you feel most loved?

Do you feel most loved when:

  • we spend time together doing something special?
  • when we tell you how much you are loved?
  • when we give you a gift?
  • when we do something special for you (such as doing a job for you)?
  • when we give you a hug?

We tend to feel loved in all of these ways, but most people have a certain one or two that really stands out. Try to identify the key love languages for each family member and write them down in a place where everyone can see them.

Next, brainstorm some practical ideas of how to love family members in each of these ways. For example, under “Words of Affirmation” one idea would be to put a “you are special” note on a dresser; or for “Acts of Service” an idea could be to do a chore for that other person.

Write these ideas down and make sure everyone has a copy.

Step 2: Plan Your Secret Missions

Challenge each other to show kindness this week through one of these love languages in at least one way to each member of the family. But remember–these kindness actions have to be done in secret!

Note: Um… “physical touch” kindness activities can’t be done in secret. Obviously.

You may want to incorporate the Write/Draw ideas listed below into this discussion.

And moms–let’s show our husbands the secret agent kindness love too! This is a great opportunity for us to give to our spouses without expecting anything in return.

Write, Discuss or Draw Activity

1) Ask God to show you how you can bless each person at least one time this week. Write it down or draw it out. Don’t show it to anyone (Moms, you can help younger kids out with this, of course). It may be a simple pledge to only say nice things to that person for one day; or to do someone’s chores for them without knowing it; or to send them a note (type it to make it more secret!).

2) Read Matthew 6:2-4. Why do you think that God likes when we practice kindness in secret?

 

Bible Verses to Write, Discuss or Draw

Of course these aren’t the only ones on this topic. These are just the ones we’re going to talk through this week—one for each day of the school week. All references are in the NLT.

Ephesians 6:1, 4: Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do… Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Titus 3:4-5: When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 4:2-3: Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

Galatians 5:14: For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

James 2:14-17: What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, ‘Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

 

This Week’s Kindness ResourcesMirror-Messages

Disclaimer: My family and I haven’t personally participated in all of these activities or resources, but they look really fun and/or useful!


67 Awesome Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids
 from Your Vibrant Family

4 Tips that Teach Kids to Be Kind from Your Vibrant Family

Your Vibrant Family “Teaching Kids Kindness” Pinterest Board

Kindness Crocodile idea from Pennies of Time

Cool Object Lesson on Acts of Kindness from Pennies of Time

Mirror Love Messages (a personal family favorite of ours too) from Pennies of Time

134 Random Acts of Kindness from And Then We Saved

60 Random Acts of Kindness for Kids from Feels Like Home

Showing Kindness to Others, Sandpaper People from Layered Soul

 

Tell Us About Your Kindness Acts!

  • Invite Others. Share this post on your own FB page, Twitter feed, Pinterest page (or whatever social media you enjoy) and invite others to join us! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #YVF30DayKindnessChallenge!
  • Share Ideas! If you have other kindness ideas, resources or Bible verses that can encourage others, please share them in the comments below!

 I look forward to hearing your stories this week!

30 Days of Kindness (Week 3 of 5): Kindness to Our World

Welcome to Week 3 of the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Random Acts of Kindness Challenge!

This week’s challenge is about showing kindness to our world. We’ll explore some simple ways we can show our world kindness (with kindness activities, family discussion questions, Bible verses, and more).

Join us and let’s spread kindness! Remember–every act of kindness counts!

This week’s challenge is about showing kindness to our world. We’ll explore some simple ways we can show our world kindness (with kindness activities, family discussion questions, Bible verses, and more). Join us and let’s spread kindness! Remember--every act of kindness counts!

Just joining us? Awesome!  Go here for more info about the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Kindness Challenge!

Go here for the Week 1 30 Day Kindness Challenge post (Kindness to Family).

Go here for the Week 2 30 Day Kindness Challenge post (Kindness to Community).

Our Week 2 Kindness Challenge Results

We had two big highlights: in-depth spiritual conversations, and the chance to make and serve food to those in our community who were homeless. 

I also wanted to share about the time we gave out flowers in front of the grocery store. Although this actually happened a few years ago during a previous kindness challenge, it was such a positive outreach to the community that I want to share it here!

1) Sharing a meal with the hungry in our community

making food to feed the homeless for a random act of kindnessMy kids are part of a homeschool charter school, and a few of the teachers coordinated this event with a local meal distribution outreach in our community.

My eleven-year-old and I had the opportunity to participate in this event, and it was a wonderful evening.

Each family was asked to bring an dish, and my son chose Chicken Alfredo Pasta with Broccoli (what I’d guess to be his favorite if we still ate pasta in our house!). Although he’d never cooked in large quantities before, I knew that he would love the opportunity to make the food. I was so proud of him as he put our part of the meal together!

While we were at the event, we prayed with the guests, helped distribute food and made it a point to start conversations and to smile at each person we saw.

serving food to the homeless as part of a random acts of kindness challenge

It was a wonderful way for both of us to step out of our comfort zone and to help feed empty bellies in our community. We are actually hoping to do this again, perhaps with other families from our church.

2) Handing Out Flowers in Front of the Grocery Store

What an amazing experience this was! I asked a fellow homeschooling mom and her two little girls to join us in the flower distribution efforts. They brought adorable little pictures to hand out as well.

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We prayed before we started that God would bring us people that really needed to be encouraged today. We prayed that each and every flower would be a messenger of hope and healing, and that each person would be touched deeply by these simple gifts.

And we prayed for courage. Because, let’s face it, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to stand in front of a store and give things away (even when there are no strings attached).

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It was kind of funny to watch each encounter unfold. First the person would look at us with an confused expression (why are there a bunch of kids–and their moms–holding flowers in front of a store?) Some would go in another door (which is fine–I may have reacted the same way too).

Usually if we just said, “Hi, we’re giving out flowers today just as a random act of kindness. Would you like one? They’re free,” most people would stop, soften their face, smile and give a genuine “Thank you… how sweet!” kind of comment.

Some still didn’t want our flower, even after we did the explaining. Perhaps they really didn’t believe that we didn’t had an alterior motive other than to be kind. Maybe they were allergic to Gerbera Daisies (or, as I surmised in some cases, allergic to small children!). Nevertheless, we kept handing out flowers.

One lady was so touched that she went inside and bought huge sunflowers for each of the kids! She said, “You were so kind to me to give you a flower… may I repay you and show you how grateful I am?” It was lovely.

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Another older gentleman stopped in his tracks when we gave him the flower. He looked almost as if he was going to cry. He just stood there for a second and finally said, “This is just… this is just a really wonderful thing you’re doing. Thank you.”

Those kind of moments made the experience priceless.

Kindness Challenge Week 3: February 14-20

Kindness to Our World

Goal: To continue talking about kindness and why it’s important; to discover how we can unite with other family members and friends to show kindness to our world; to continue to experience how good it feels to both get and give kindness; to continue to build habits of kindness in our everyday family interactions.

Suggested Kindness Activities: 

Remember, these are just suggestions. Check out the 67 Awesome Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids post for more ideas.

Activity #1: Park, Beach, Trail or Forest Cleanup

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This activity is fairly simple and straightforward.

Group Option: You can either do some online searching to see what clean-up activities are going on in your community; or you can gather a few friends and make your own clean-up day!

Solo Option: Or just grab a bag, head out with the kids to a local nature area and get to work.

How to make this fun for kids:  Maybe make a game out of it:  Who can pick up the most trash? Have a small prize at the end for the winner. I also think (if you have the time) it’s fun to make a nature study time out of it. Just think… if you live by the beach you could have a beach morning doing clean-up (with a little wave action in there as well) and call it school!

Activity #2: Plant a tree or flower.

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This is another simple and fun activity with kids. There are organizations where you can plant trees together in a specific area, but perhaps the simplest way to do this is to plant a tree in your own yard (or a small bush or group of flowers if you have little to no yard, or if you just don’t want a tree).

How to make this fun for kids: You can talk about how trees clean our world by filtering out carbon dioxide and releasing life-giving oxygen. You can talk about how trees and plants give us a large majority of the food we eat. And then… you can go play in the dirt (mud pies, anyone?).

Activity #3: Recycle.

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Gather up items around the house that you’ve been meaning to recycle. Many of us have regular curbside recycling pickup as part of our sanitation service. However, what about those old batteries, paint, computer hard drives, old appliances or other electronics? Contact your local sanitation service to see if they take these items. If not, search online to see who collects these items in your area.

How to make this fun for kids: Challenge your kids to make at least one new toy out of “found” items around your house (think toilet paper rolls, tissue paper boxes, empty bottles, etc). Set out some tape, glue and other general crafting supplies on a table and see what they can come up with.

Here are some ideas to get those creatives juices flowing:

Top 10 Recycled Art and Toy Projects from Modern Parents, Messy Kids

100 Ways to Creatively Reuse Old Magazines from Always Chrysti

5 Creative Toys Made from Recycled Materials from Petit and Small

Top 10 Recycled Art and Toy Projects B-Inspired Mama

 

Kindness Write, Discuss or Draw Topics

—What were your favorite “moments of kindness” from last week?

—What are some ways that God calls us to be kind to our world?

—What are some everyday habits that our family can practice to be kind to our world?

—If you had $100, how would you spend it to change the world for the better? 

Kindness Bible Verses to Write, Discuss or Draw

Of course these aren’t the only ones on this topic. These are just the ones we’re going to talk through this week—one for each day of the school week. All references are in the NLT.

Genesis 1:28: Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

Psalm 104:10-11: You make springs pour water into the ravines, so streams gush down from the mountains. They provide water for all the animals, and the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

Psalm 65:9-10: You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The river of God has plenty of water; it provides a bountiful harvest of grain, for you have ordered it so. You drench the plowed ground with rain, melting the clods and leveling the ridges. You soften the earth with showers and bless its abundant crops.

Psalm 145:9 The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.

Zechariah 10:1: Ask the Lord for rain in the spring, for he makes the storm clouds. And he will send showers of rain so every field becomes a lush pasture.

This Week’s Kindness Resources

Disclaimer: My family and I haven’t personally participated in all of these activities or resources, but they look really fun!

67 Awesome Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids from Your Vibrant Family

4 Tips that Teach Kids to Be Kind from Your Vibrant Family

Your Vibrant Family “Teaching Kids Kindness” Pinterest Board

Community Service Opportunities from Adventure Hollow

Over 30 Simple Random Acts of Kindness Resources from Thirty Handmade Days

Using Books to Inspire Acts of Kindness from The Educator’s Spin on It

Pay It Forward Activities and Free Printable from Mother’s Niche

How to Love Like Jesus Does: 28 Random Acts of Kindness from Tirzah Magazine

 

Tell Us About Your Kindness Acts!

  • Invite Others. Share this post on your own FB page, Twitter feed, Pinterest page (or whatever social media you enjoy) and invite others to join us! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #YVF30DayKindnessChallenge!
  • Share Ideas! If you have other kindness ideas, resources or Bible verses that can encourage others, please share them in the comments below!

 I look forward to hearing your stories this week!

This week's challenge is about showing kindness to our community. We'll explore some simple ways we can show our community kindness (with kindness activities, family discussion questions, Bible verses, and more). Join us for the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Kindness Challenge and let's spread kindness to those in our community! #YVF30DayRandomActsofKindnessChallenge

30 Days of Kindness Challenge (Week 2 of 5): Kindness to Our Community

Welcome to Week 2 of the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Random Acts of Kindness Challenge!

This week’s challenge is about showing kindness to our community. We’ll explore some simple ways we can show our community kindness (with kindness activities, family discussion questions, Bible verses, and more).

Join us and let’s spread kindness to those in our community!

This week's challenge is about showing kindness to our community. We'll explore some simple ways we can show our community kindness (with kindness activities, family discussion questions, Bible verses, and more). Join us for the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Kindness Challenge and let's spread kindness to those in our community! #YVF30DayRandomActsofKindnessChallenge

Just joining us? Awesome!  Go here for more info about the Your Vibrant Family 30 Day Kindness Challenge!

Go here for the Week 1 30 Day Kindness Challenge post (Kindness to Family).

Our Week 1 Kindness Challenge Results

How did last week go for you? What did you and your family learn about the effects of small acts of kindness in the family?

Over and over, I watched my kids be changed by their choice to be kind. 

There were comments like this one from my 11-year-old: “Mom, I really loved your message for me on the ‘Kind Pages.’”

And from my 13-year old: “This was this first time I really understood how good it feels to give and get kindness.” Huge stuff for him!

We had some incredible conversations around kindness (love it when the Holy Spirit takes over and we end up dissecting a verse in ways I never expected).

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Note the lovely—but un-eraseable—marks on the board. Please tell me you also have a four-year-old who loves experimenting with a Sharpie around the house.

Week 1 Kindness Jar Results

We used the kindness jar a little differently than we’d planned.

Every day the kids started with all the beans in one jar. If someone was unkind, we moved a bean to the other “unkind” jar. They then had to work as a team to do a kind act to get the bean back into the “kind” jar again before they could have free time.

This worked like a charm.

If someone was unkind and I had to move a bean to the “unkind” jar, I was touched at how quickly they worked together to get that naughty little bean back in the right jar.

They did everything from sharing pencils, to helping each other with chores, to just offering unusual amounts of grace to someone that was having a bad day.

And one day (after a day of lots of naughty little beans), I came home to find this:

(COLLAGE OF PHOTOS OF WHAT THEY DID THAT DAY)

Yep, they’d completely cleaned up the house. Without any prompting from me. And they worked together to do it!

To me, that’s real kindness in action. It’s kindness being integrated into the everyday trials and annoyances that just happen in families.

This is what I’m praying carries over to this week! And beyond!

Week 2: February 8-14

Kindness to Our Community

Kindness Goal for the Week: 

To continue talking about kindness and why it’s important; to discover how we can unite with other family members and friends to show kindness to our immediate community; to continue to experience how good it feels to both get and give kindness (“honey”); to continue to build habits of kindness in our everyday family interactions.

Family Discussion Time About Kindness:

  • Explain the 30 Days to Kindness Challenge and some of the ways you may be participating this month.
  • If there has been some hurt and resentment between family members, you may want to offer an opportunity for anyone to apologize for past actions (sometimes this is easier if the parents lead the way by apologizing for a recent action or attitude).
  • Ask each other—how can I be more kind to you with my words, tone and body language (again, parents lead this and listen)? 

Suggested Kindness Activities: 

Remember, these are just suggestions. Check out the 67 Awesome Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids post for more ideas.

Activity #1: Hand out flowers to strangers (such as in front of a grocery store).

Step 1: Purchase flowers or trim some from your garden.

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            Step 2: Trim a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock into small notecards and have the kids write simple messages on them (brainstorm a few ideas with the kids such as “You are special,” “You are appreciated,” “Have a wonderful day,” “God loves you,” etc).

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Step 3: Gather your supplies: flowers, scissors, hole punch and wrapping paper ribbon.

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Step 4: Once the notecards are written, hole punch the top left corner of the notecard and string a piece of the ribbon through it. Wrap it around the stem twice and tie a knot. 

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Step 5: Gather each person’s flowers/cards into the leftover plastic sack that the flowers were packaged in (Note: Plan ahead and get one sack per person when you’re grabbing the flowers). If you’ve gathered flowers from home, a rolled up piece of newspaper would also work nicely.

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               Step 6: If you are a Christian, pray over each flower, asking God to bring people that really need an acts of kindness or encouraging word today.

               Step 7: Hand out the flowers! (Note: If you choose to hand them out in a privately owned location such as a grocery store, be sure to ask permission from the store management.)

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Activity #2: Write a letter (or draw a picture) for your local police, firefighter or military personnel and hand-deliver it. 

Check out these awesome free printables from Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations.  They are perfect for this activity!

You could also include cookies or other treats if you’d like.

Activity #3: Prepare and deliver meals to those in your community that are home-bound, dealing with ongoing illness or tragedy, or just need to know that they are loved.

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Churches, local food pantries or perhaps even assisted living facilities may be able to link you up with those in need.

We are working with a group of homeschool families to provide meals for a local homeless soup kitchen for the evening (the kids are making the food!).

Or, who wouldn’t like a whole bunch of freezer meals made for them? Freezer meals are especially appreciated by moms about to give birth or those anticipating an upcoming surgery or other difficult life situation. Here’s a post I did on how to make up several freezer meals in bulk.

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The world’s easiest-to-assemble freezer meal: Make a stir fry with pre-packaged chicken breasts, sliced bell peppers, broccoli, onions, a jar of teriyaki sauce and pre-cooked rice.

Activity #4: Kindness Jar

This is the same activity we started last week. Let’s continue to build the habit of kindness to our family members!

Kindness Write, Discuss or Draw Topics

  • What were your favorite “moments of kindness” from last week?
  • Explain how it made you feel to receive kindness. How did the kindness you got from others brighten your day, improve your attitude or reshape how you handled a difficult situation?
  • Share how it make you feel to give kindness. If it felt good to give kindness, was this surprising? If so, how? Did it make you want to give more kindness?
  • What are some ways that God calls us to be kind in our community?
  • Why do you think it’s especially important for Christians to show kindness to our community?

Kindness Bible Verses to Write, Discuss or Draw

Of course these aren’t the only ones on this topic. These are just the ones we’re going to talk through this week—one for each day of the school week. All references are in the NLT.

Titus 3:1: Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.

1 Kings 3:9: (can be a prayer for our government leaders): Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?

James 1:27: Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Deuteronomy 24:19: When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don’t go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all you do.

Psalm 68:5: Father to the fatherless, defender of widows— this is God, whose dwelling is holy.

This Week’s Kindness Resources

Disclaimer: My family and may or may not have personally used all of these resources.

I have these and other “kindness project” resources on this Pinterest board.

325-x-475-67-Random-Acts-of-Kindness-Ideas-for-KidsNEW POST: 67 Awesome Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids by Your Vibrant Family

25 Ways to Encourage by Pickle Bums

Ideas to Help Families That Really Need It by Rants from Mommyland

Recipe List by Take Them A Meal

“Survival Kit for Police” by Gifts U Can Make

More Blank Thank You Letters for Firefighters, Police Officers and Soldiers from Erica’s Ed-Ventures

Tell Us About Your Kindness Acts!

  • Invite Others. Share this post on your own FB page, Twitter feed, Pinterest page (or whatever social media you enjoy) and invite others to join us! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #YVF30DayKindnessChallenge!
  • Share Ideas! If you have other kindness ideas, resources or Bible verses that can encourage others, please share them in the comments below!

I can’t wait to see all the beauty that will come from a deliberate focus on kindness to our community! I look forward to hearing your stories this week!