Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bible Story: God's Green Thumb

Every Wednesday, I post a Bible story. The current stories are from Genesis.

Our second story is called God's Green Thumb.

Keys for Kids
Daily Devotion for January 30, 2008 "Because He's Lost"

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Woman at the Travel Plaza

This story is about a woman that I met at a travel plaza. Travel plazas are service centers along the interstate roads with restaurants, restrooms, and gasoline pumps.

About 8 years ago, our family moved. We drove 3000 miles to a home and town that we had never seen. It was adventurous, but also scary. Moving is expensive and we didn't have much money. So, we planned to keep the travel expenses as low as possible.

I remember being in a travel plaza in Pennsylvania. My husband and I were discussing which fast food we should buy for our family. We walked between the different menu boards in the food court, comparing the prices. Well, there was a woman who was watching us. She came up to me and handed me $20. She said that she was traveling with a group of women from her church. She noticed the size of our family and knew that traveling could be expensive. She felt like God wanted her to come offer this money to us. I quietly said a thank you. Then, she smiled and rushed away. I stood there with my mouth hanging open. Nothing like that had ever happed to me before. Hoping to thank her again, I looked around the crowded room. But she was already gone.

I don't know this woman's name and I will probably never see her again. God prompted her to do something and she obeyed Him. She showed my family kindness. She really had an effect on me. It was like a message from God. He was reminding me that I didn't need to worry about our current situation or the ones we may face in the future. God would always provide for my family.

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Keys for Kids
Daily Devotion for January 24, 2008 "Two Mirrors"

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bible Story: And It Was Real Good

I'm going to be posting a Bible story every Wednesday. We'll start at the beginning - in Genesis. The first story is called And It Was Real Good.

Photo by Steve Mandel

Keys for Kids
Daily Devotion for January 23, 2008 "Rude or Respectful"

Monday, January 14, 2008

How to Run Your Race

Hebrews 12:1b "Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us."

We have a race to run. It's God's plan for us. But there are some things that can hurt our Christian walk. They are like heavy weights that slow us down.

  • hanging out with the wrong kids
  • having wrong ambitions
  • having bad attitudes
  • having bad addictions
  • having bad entertainment
The Bible tells us to get rid of these things. We need to just lay them aside.

In order to run my race better, I need to get rid of some heavy weights: bitterness, worry, impatience, eating too many foods that aren't good for my body. These things are just weighting me down and keeping me from serving God better.

How about you?
Are there any weights that you need to get rid of? Feel free to share, if you want to. Your comment may encourage another kid who is reading this post.

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Keys for Kids
Daily Devotion for January 14, 2008 "The Dusty Doll?"

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Fun Ways to Pray with Your Friends

Here are some ideas that will make it extra fun to pray with your friends:

Private Prayer Blog
Create a blog just for your friends or relatives to use. You can get one for free at Blogger. Adjust the settings so that it is a private blog just for the participants. There is also a setting that lists the names of the people that can contribute posts. Use this blog for sharing prayer requests with each other and for praying online.

Email Your Prayer Lists
On a certain day of the week, you and your friends can email your prayer lists to each other.

Have a Prayer Party
Get your friends together for a Prayer Party. Bring your prayer requests, a list of praises, and snack food.

Keys for Kids
Daily Devotion for January 9, 2008 "The Memory Box"