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4 Important Principles to Teach Kids When God Says “No”

4 Important Things to Teach Kids When God Says "No" - Parenting Like HannahA few months ago, my husband was encouraged to interview for a promotion. He wasn’t sure getting it would be the best for our family or his ministry, but he went through the process. When someone else got the job, he wasn’t too disappointed and honestly, I forgot all about it. Until the other day. The man who got the promotion instead of my husband was laid off after years of loyal service. The entire level of management was gone and those people no longer had jobs.

What we could have viewed initially as a disappointment, we now realized was actually God’s way of protecting us from a season of unemployment. It wasn’t God trying to deny us a blessing of higher pay or more power, but rather loving protection of our family.

Your children will be disappointed in life. If they view God as some giant Santa Claus or magic genie in the sky, they may transfer that disappointment to God. It’s extremely important you teach them four important principles about God and disappointment.

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Join Our New Parenting Like Hannah Community - Parenting Like HannahWe are so excited about our latest free resource for Christian parents! Many of you have been asking for a private community Facebook group. We heard you and it’s live now! The Parenting Like Hannah Community is a safe place for Christian parents to be encouraged and challenged on their Christian parenting journey.

 

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Thanksgiving Gratitude Fun to Reconnect Families

Fun Gratitude Activity to Help Families Reconnect - Parenting Like HannahLet’s be honest. Thanksgiving prayers and sharing can become a bit routine over the years. Sometimes, it may seem the thanks to God are standing in the way of all of that good food you are about to enjoy. You may also have people at your table whom you haven’t seen in months or not know well at all. Why not switch things up a bit and make the mealtime conversation a prayer of sorts to God and have fun reconnecting in the process?

You can start with the normal prayer for the meal. Instead of ending the prayer, have the person leading it pray that the entire mealtime conversation is a continuation of this prayer as you thank Him for the many gifts you may have even forgotten to thank Him for during the year.

Then ask diners to share their thankful answers to the following questions (or add your own):

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Kids, Car Time and God

Kids, Car Time and God - Parenting Like HannahSchool starts here in a little over a week. Extra curricular activities will start soon after. In a few weeks, the only “quality time” you may have with your kids is when you are in the car together going from place to place. (And no, I am not a fan, but it is what it is.)

One of my favorite scriptures for Christian parents is Deuteronomy 6:6-7. “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You should impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (NIV) Only today, we may need to add “while in the car along the road”, but I think you get the point.

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Praying Proverbs

Praying Proverbs - Parenting Like HannahProverbs is one of my favorite books in the Bible to encourage kids and teens to read independently. It is relatively easy to understand and is filled with lots of great practical advice for living a godly life. It even has 31 chapters – removing the stress of missing a day of Bible reading. Just read the chapter with the same number as the current date.

I was interested when offered an opportunity to review Proverbs Prayers by John Mason. I was in hopes it would include a discussion of the types of prayers reading Proverbs might prompt the Christian reader to pray. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

Full disclosure – I am not a fan of authors who write prayers for the reader to pray. I believe it sends a probably unintended message that the reader is incapable of praying “adequate” prayers and needs help from the author.

As a result, I am really torn about this book. On one hand, I appreciate that the author printed the entire book of Proverbs within the book and in a version known for its accuracy (New American Standard) – not a paraphrase – which may have more “common” English, but can shift the meaning.

I also can (to a point) appreciate the prayers. I am sure there are instances when these prayers can help others. Personally though, I was disappointed. It almost seemed as if the prayers assumed I couldn’t understand what I had just read on my own and needed to have it written down for me so I could pray intelligently to God (ignoring the fact the Bible says the Holy Spirit “translates” for us when we don’t know the right words). On the other hand, the English used in the prayers was a little formal and almost stilted.

My bottom line? I think it could be used to generate discussion in a class or study of Proverbs – would you pray these things after reading that chapter? What else would your pray? Why would you change what the author chose to write? People who enjoy books with written prayers will probably love this book- all of Proverbs and a prayer specifically tailored to almost every chapter. While I appreciate the effort, I personally would not purchase this book. As the saying goes though – “To each his own”.

 

This book was given to me for free in exchange for my honest review. An affiliate link is included for your convenience.

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 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. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)