Easter Sunday

In our movement, I serve at the Kids Church Ministry… and last Sunday, I was teaching the preteens.

The class size is 12 but half of them were on vacation I think, yet still i had a great time with the six kids. We talked about the history of Easter Sunday and the significance of Resurrection.

Kids had a great time too… painting their own Easter eggs… from our lesson we all learned that eggs are symbols of new life… it used to be color red because it also signifies the blood of Jesus Christ.

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Quest on Potty Training

I have a 1 yr old, 11 months, 3 weeks and 5 days old baby boy… and having a toddler at home is more than a handful. It is demanding and rewarding at the same time.Right now, we are on the quest of potty training. It had been two weeks that he goes to the bath to pee. But pooing is definitely hard for him to do on his potty. But last night, he made it. It was just 3 nights of really bringing him to the bath… and those trips in the bath is simply to make him sit on his potty. Last night was the night. He made it.

So how do you potty train a child?

There is no specific age for it. I saw some parents started early. But I saw some also started late, their child was already three years old. My two older kids were a bit earlier than Zoe.

Readiness is the key to start the potty training. Parents know when the child isready. We bought the potty last year, when Zoe was barely 1 year and 3 months. We let him get familiar with it but it really didn’t work that time. We knew, he wasn’t ready yet. So we kept the potty away because he hates it. Then 2 weeks ago, we took it out again and placed it in the bathroom.

Modeling is also important. Zoe has an older borther Jason. Jason is so patient and cooperative during the training. He routinely brings Zoe with him every time he needs to take a leak. Zoe imitated his older brother. And like I said, Zoe has been going to the bath whenever he needs to urinate. Zoe and i also browsed pictures in the internet of baby’s pooing in their potty. I believe that actually works because Zoe seemed to comprehend the idea that babies should defecate in the potty.

Praising should wrap every success in the toilet. Kids love praises. When they are being praised, they will habitually do the things that are praiseworthy.

These are just simple steps in potty training the child. These tips work for me. I hope it will to other parents. Things apply differently to every child. But be glad to share these things in my blog.

Amazing Love

My whole week was too stressful…my kids got sick. My youngest, Zoe, has been sick thrice already for this quarter alone. He had German measles, then nasal infections, and now amoeba and UTI. My only daughter has stomach flu. Then today my eldest son who had recently been operated on is having fever. All three are sick this week.

If I can only carry their illnesses instead… I would do that. And then… I came to realize that Jesus did that. He carried all our sin… He bore the cross that symbolizes the sins of the world… every single sin. He took the penalty of death so that we can have life in His name. By His blood Jesus paid the price for our transgression…

Back to my children, I saw how my kids wailed each time a needle pricks their finger. And I cant simply look at it bravely. It hurts me more hearing them cry in pain and helpless. If only there’s another way other than those needles, I am gonna take that option. But there was no other means, the only way to get the cure is to submit to the process of laboratory tests. And needles are no exemption.

Looking at my kids and realizing my powerlessness, I could only imagine the agony of God seeing His innocent Son bearing it all. I am sure there is no word that can describe how crush God’s heart would be at the sight of the most painful and shameful death that Jesus went through. Though He is God, He let things happened because He knew it was best for us. His unconditional love is amazing. It is so hard to comprehend.

My feelings of seeing my kids twinged may be not comparable to the hurt that God felt at that time. I can only draw a little analogy of both scenario and how apt it is to present it in this time of lent. I can only praise God for His Love for us.

Spare The Rod

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.”- Ps 13:24

John is away for three weeks now and still be away for three weeks more, He is attending company’s training. So basically, I am the only parent at home. We have three kids, ages 10 (Jason) , 8 (Yanni) and 1 (Zoe). The two eldest are attending home school, so we all are together at home 24/7.

Though they are really wonderful and good kids but sometimes they tend to get attitude that needs to be arrested or else it’ll infect their spirits. There are three major rules in the house… that is OBEY, RESPECT and TELL THE TRUTH. If these rules are not followed, they surely get disciplined.

And now that I am the only one here with them, I always get to wear the hat of a disciplinarian. And it always break my heart whenever kids get disciplined. But knowing the Word of God in Psalms 13: 23, I can not let my emotions rule over my best judgment based on God’s Word. I want my kids to walk in the straight path, and if the way to get them there is to carefully discipline them… I let my heart bleeds as I hear them cry and sobs. I only want the best for my kids. I want them to grow obedient to God, respectful to all and honest in their dealings.

If the Shoe Fits

I have been a full time mom for more than three months now (I dropped promising career for the second time now, this is in obedience to God’s Word). Staying home with my children maybe taxing but on the other hand made me experience the joy of motherhood (by God’s grace).

I always look at my kids as babies; young, dependent, and helpless to some point. But the more I spent time with them the more I see them growing and maturing. There was one night as I peeked in their room, I caught Jason covered sleeping Yanni with her blanket, not only that but there were many instances that he tried to tie Yanni’s hair. Yanni too has sense of yielding to authorities in the family. Growth is inevitable. It is something that you can’t stop from happening because it is a natural process. Regardless in physical size and shape, it progresses to its own nature. Otherwise, each becomes abnormal.

Similarly, our spiritual growth (Lk 2:52; 1 Pt. 2:2) is a natural development of our spirit as we exposed ourselves to the Word & remains in the Lord (Jn 15:4). It compels us to grow, mature, thus makes us bear fruits and multiply, quality and quantity-wise.

I can only imagine our Father in heaven pleased as we willingly do his will for us. Like in our own children, no joy has brought me this much when I saw them on their own doing bible study, Jason reads to her sister their bible and briefly processes Yanni what the story is all about and how they apply it. They do this not because we imposed it on them, not because they want to please us to get something in return but because they now understand it by heart that we belong to God, and they want to know God through His Word. I often hear each one reminding the other what Jesus says for them to do.

What a challenge to us adults who know better by far than these children.

In Joshua 1:8 God told Joshua “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, SO THAT you may be careful to do everything written in it…” Much as Joshua 1:8 is a promise of material blessing and successes but we forgot (or chose to forget?)that beyond the blessings God is more interested with the purpose of this verse… SO THAT YOU MAY BE CAREFUL TO DO EVERYTHING (not a few but everything) WRITTEN IN IT.

God desires our obedience (Dt. 30:9c,10-14)more than sacrifices we made for the Lord (1 Sam. 15:22). Others have the misconception that as they attend bible study, serve ministry, and do charity, then it is already the greatest act of love for God.

But the Lord says in John 14:15 “ IF you LOVE me, you OBEY my commandments.” Jesus rebuked those who called Him “LORD” and does not obey His commands. (Mt. 7:21; Lk 6:46). Bible knowledge is nothing unless you put them into practice. What you are going through then is simply a literary appreciation, no spiritual assimilation of the Word. Service in the church or ministries is not the “everything” of faith. The greatest adoration one can show to the Lord as a sign of faith is our OBEDIENCE to His word. Activities in the church are just a parcel of the entire calling. It could only be an expression of gratitude from the love that God has lavished on us.

Looking back intently with my own children, I came to gain deeper understanding when Jesus said… “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 18:3, NASB). There are three of the many facets that I’d like to single-out in this passage and I saw in the heart of a child. First, kids are dependent on their parents. Their trusts are enormous. Whatever their parents say they obey. My son would always come to me for help, or would always take our word and do it, say, we told him to take care of Yanni and he does in his little brotherly way takes care of his little sister. Second, kids are goal-focused. What they want that’s what they go for and strive to do or have. Like Jason, he likes basketball a lot. He dreamt to be a basketball player someday. So what he does now whenever he is physically good , he goes with his dada playing basketball every Monday. He observed his dada and constantly practice basketball. And lastly, kids do things to make their parents happy. My daughter will always ask me if I’m happy with her or with what she’s doing. Every time I said yes, I can always see her distinct delight and the sparkles in her eyes. My answer is already an achievement for her… and she sticks to doing it because it brings satisfaction in her heart.

To wrap all this, I pray all of us adults will get to have a heart like a child. God-focus and God-dependent, obedient, and strive to do things that pleases and glorifies God. Because in everything it’s not about “us” but GOD. Yeah… if the shoes fit…take them…put them on and wear them.

[from my blogspot published in 2006]