October. It is the perfect month to talk with kids about the power of God!
Everywhere they look they will be confronted with Halloween décor. Witches, ghosts, skeletons emerging from graves… the power of darkness is on full display. It can plant seeds of fear in a child’s heart. Fear that there just may be some truth behind the scary stories, movies and yard displays. Fear that evil may be stronger than…God. How do you combat darkness? Shine the Light!
You can flip the script on the enemy of our souls and make October the month you shine the light on God’s power for your kids! Let them know that HE is the biggest and the strongest! There is no person and no thing that is stronger than God. You can show them how to claim His power when they’re afraid or feel weak. You can start today by sharing with them the story of Minnie Moorehouse:
Minnie Moorehouse was an amazing little girl with wisdom well beyond her years…
Of course not. Like most children, Minnie would probably have bounded up the stairs on her own power without even a backward glance. It was Minnie’s weakness that made her depend on her dad’s power.
I don’t know about you, but my first reaction when my kids wrestle with a weakness is to figure out how to “fix” it. But when “fixing” it is my top priority I’m afraid I miss the most important thing… and so do they.
Do we want our kids to learn to work hard at overcoming obstacles? Absolutely.
Do we encourage them to persevere even when the odds are stacked against them? You bet.
Do we want them to think they can do it on their own? Only if we want to set them up to ultimately fail.
Here’s how this played out in our house one morning…
My sweet daughter was 4 years old and as strong willed as they come! It wasn’t even 10 a.m. and she had already been disciplined 5 times. I was so weary of the battles. She was weary too, but not as much. I sat on her bed as she cried, crushed that I would be so cruel as to condemn her to another time-out. Between sobs she gasped,
There were two dynamics going on. The tear-stained princess before me thought it was extremely unfair that I would hold her responsible for something she couldn’t help doing. She also truly believed she could not be obedient, thus there was no hope for the rest of the day.
I rubbed her back and laid out her options.
Defiant hazel eyes looked into mine.
Fifteen minutes later she appeared in the kitchen. Beaming with joy she declared,
It wasn’t the last time she had to learn the lesson, but it was a powerful first step! The rest of the day did go much better.
Happy and empowered daughter.
–I Corinthians 12:9,10 NLT
Go to Family Adventures for a great family devotion that includes the story of Minnie Moorehouse!
P.S. I encourage you to watch the podcast Brad and I did on Halloween. We believe Halloween can provide a tremendous opportunity for you to reach the kids in your community with the love of Jesus. It is also an opportunity to model for your own kids how to be light in the darkness.
By Kathy Bright
©2023 Copyright Kathy Bright. All rights reserved.