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Christmas, What Can I Give Him?

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CHRISTMAS SONGS FOR KIDS

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Hi kids,  are you excited about Christmas!  Our family is buzzing with activity and anticipation of Christmas Day.  I have a treat for you today, it is a song by a little girl – it has a very special message too.  Merry Christmas and don’t forget that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

This precious little girl is singing a story about her wish to give Jesus a gift for Christmas; because after all it is His birthday.   She knows that Jesus gave everything, even His life, for her.  She sings, “What can I give Him?”

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Give Him My Heart

In the song you will hear her trying to figure out what she will give Jesus for Christmas.  She finally has a GREAT idea.  She will give Jesus the gift of her heart.  It is not a gift He can hold in his hand …  NO …  her present is way bigger than that.  It is the BEST and most important gift she could ever give to Jesus because it is the GIFT he wants most.

You see this little girl understands that Jesus loves her more than anyone in the world could ever love her.  Why, Jesus love is so gigantic that He could not stand the thought of living in Heaven without her or without you.

Even though Jesus gave His life so we could live forever, we all turn our backs on Him and we do what we want to do no matter if it is good or bad.  We want our own way!  God calls this SIN.  There is always a punishment for sin and doing wrong.

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Sin Separates us from God

Here is the BIG problem.  We learn in God’s word that the payment for our sin is DEATH.  Whoa, hold on there Georgie!  Now that’s a thought to stop you in your tracks!  You might be thinking, You got to be kidding me?  No Way Hosea!   Nope I am not kidding you .. not one little bit!

Let me explain to you why the payment for sin is death.  You see Father God is perfect and Holy; He has NO sin and He cannot have sin in His presence.   He cannot let sin (any thought or action that is displeasing to God) into Heaven.   But we have ALL sinned and decided to live our lives exactly the way we want!    If God cannot let sin into Heaven that means none of us can go to Heaven or even talk to God.

Here is what God says in His Word:   “The wages (or payment for sinning) of Sin is Death BUT the Gift of God is eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”   Romans 6:23

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Cookie Monster

Have you ever been punished for doing something wrong?  Your payment is what you get for doing wrong.   If you take a cookie without asking permission, it is the same as stealing.  Your mom knows she must punish you for stealing.  She gives you a punishment and sends you to your room to be alone for 30 minutes.  Afterwards she talks to you about the sin of stealing and you tell her you are sorry and ask her to forgive you.

God also punishes wrong doing or sin.  He tells us in the Bible (TRUTH) that the punishment for sin is death.  That’s a deadly punishment that lasts forever.

When the word death is used in this verse it means to be separated.  Our sin separates us in two ways.  It makes it so we cannot talk to God and He cannot hear us.   It also keeps us from Heaven;  Forever separated.   Now that you know the bad news, let me tell you the GOOD NEWS!

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GOD HAD A PLAN

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All We Like Sheep

God tells us that we are just like sheep.  Sheep are sort of dumb animals.  They just wander all over the place and away from the Shepherd who is there to take care of them and protect them.  They wander off  the path and get lost and even worse sometimes they are attacked by wolves.

God says we are like sheep.  We go our own way and get into trouble all the time … BUT God loves us and He made a plan to bring us back home to His heart.   “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD (Father God) has laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity (sin) of us all.”  Isaiah 53:6

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Jesus Loves

Jesus Loves

Do you understand how much God loves you?  Even though you and everyone else turns their back on Him,  He still made a way to save us from death (the punishment for our own rebellion and sin.)

Jesus, God’s one and only son, so loves us too.  Jesus has NO sin and He is the ONLY way to Heaven and the only one (without sin) who could take our sin in His own body and die for it.

God’s plan was to send Jesus to earth to die.  It should have been me and it should have been you who died for our own sin BUT Jesus took our place and paid the price for our sin.   He wanted to do this because He could not stand the thought of living without you.

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The Cross

Yes, we deserved to die for our own sin BUT Jesus willingly gave up His own life to pay for our sin.   The wicked people, blinded by sin, were so angry with Jesus  that they hit Him over and over again with leather whips.  They beat Him until he had huge sores on his back and legs.  His body was bruised and bloody.  They made fun of Him and spit on Him.  Eventually they forced Jesus to carry a heavy wooden cross on his bleeding beaten back.  He carried it through the crowds and up to a Hill where they nailed Him to that cross through his hands and into his feet.  He hung on that cross until he died … His very last words were,  “It is finished!”   The payment for our sin was finished or complete when Jesus died that day.

He suffered all of this for you and for me.   Jesus did not have to die for us.  He could have saved Himself the pain and shame of being nailed to a cross by those rebellious people.   But Jesus knew that He was the only one who could pay for your sin.

He gave His life’s blood for you and for me.   He gave His all to save us from the penalty of our own sin .  That’s how much He loves you and me!  Today, anyone who believes in Him and gives their heart to Him becomes part of God’s family.  As God’s child we bow down and say thank you Jesus for giving your life so we could live.

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Baby In Womb

We give God our lives because of what He did for us.  When we give Him our heart  He wipes away the sin and ugliness inside of you and me.  He even gives us a new heart and a new life as a Child of God.  He adopts us into His family … how cool is that!

We trust God the Father and Jesus the Savior after-all, we were made by Him.  The Bible says He knit us together in our Mother’s womb.   He knows you inside and out!  In fact He knew you before you were in your mommy’s tummy.  He even knows the number of hairs on your head.  He is God and He knows everything.  He is almighty and powerful.

The God who created you wants your love and loyalty.  He wants you to trust Him with your whole heart.  He asks you to confess your sin and He will forgive you.  When God forgives your sin you can  talk to Him any time – He loves it when His children pray to Him.  Someday His children will live with Him forever and ever and ever.

He is a gentleman and He will never force His way in .. He knocks gently and asks if you will let Him in.

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Baby Jesus

Merry Christmas to each of you.  Don’t forget the reason we celebrate this special day … Jesus came down from Heaven and He was born in a manger knowing He would someday die to pay the price for our sin.

It was the ONLY way we could be restored to our Father God.  Listen to what Jesus tells His disciples:   “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.  There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.   If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going …. No, we don’t know, Lord,”  Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”

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close to Jesus

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Jesus is calling to you.  He wants you to get close to His heart.  He talks to you through the Living Word of God.  Be sure to thank Him for ALL He does for you, Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  James 1:17   

Thank Jesus for giving His life up so you can live BIG and have peace on this earth and live eternally in Heaven.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  Luke 18:17

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CHRISTMAS  FOR KIDS

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by Susan Ream

Forgiveness – Resource for Parents

FORGIVENESS

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As Parents we are entrusted by God to raise up a godly generation.  My hearts desire is to light the fire of responsibility that belongs to you.

Your children are dependant upon you to teach them about life, morals, God’s word, and how to live life victoriously and abundantly.  God made each of us uniquely, like a snowflake, no two are alike.  Each child must be raised according to his/her bent and it’s up to you, the parent, to learn your child’s bent and raise them accordingly.

God loves us and longs for us to draw near and know that He is God.  Read the verses below and weave them into your every day experiences teaching them to observe ALL things.  Watch them thrive as the word of God shapes them into the kids God blesses and uses for His glory.

 

GOD IS FORGIVING                                                                                             

Psalm 86:4-5   “Gladden the soul of your servant,  for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.”

How Far is the East from the West?   When do they ever catch up with each other?            

Psalm 103:12  “As far as the East is from the West so far has HE removed your sin from you.”

The Lord Abounds in Steadfast Love                                                                                    Psalm 103:8-11The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him”                           

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JESUS INSTRUCT US TO BE RECONCILED

Matthew 5:22-24 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

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FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER

Ephesians 4:31-32                                                                                       “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”  (attitude: loving and forgiving just like God forgave you)

Be Forgiving as God has forgiven you.  He gave His son who gave His life so that we could be forgiven.

Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. “Love one another even as God for Christ’s sake forgave you.”

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BEFORE YOU PRAY – FORGIVE

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Mark 11:25  “But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

“Forgive your enemy, do good to those who persecute you. ” Matthew 5:44

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Famous Quotes on Forgiveness

 “A forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note, torn in two and burned up, so that it can never be shown against the man. “ ~ Henry Ward Beecher

“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

“Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” ~ Billy Graham

“You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.” ~ Lewis B. Smedes

“Forgiving and being forgiven are two names for the same thing. The important thing is that a discord has been resolved.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” ~ Alexander Pope

by Susan Ream

Forgiveness – Emily’s Little Life – Chapter Four

Bad Behavior

TEMPER TANTRUM

After Miley stomped home, Emily had to figure out what to do about her friend’s bad behavior and temper tantrum.   She did not like it when Molly tried to control people to get her own way.  Selfishness only spoiled a kids day and made everybody feel bad.

As Emily was thinking about what to do next she looked over at the girls and observed that Sara was twisting her hands and Katie was looking down as if studying her shoes.

Emily determined right then and there that she would not let Miley’s  bad behavior ruin everybody’s day.  She knew what she must do first.

A Heart of Forgiveness

Prison of Unforgiveness

Emily’s Mama had talked to her about having a heart of forgiveness.  She warned Emily about the dangers of holding un-forgiveness in her heart.

Mama also explained that when we allow someones bad behavior or angry words to make us feel guilty or out of sorts we are actually giving them power.

When Emily was little she used to think mama meant supernatural power, like in fairy-tale’s with wizards and magic wands.  Emily could never figure out how that worked.   How could she give people magical power?

One day Emily asked Mama about it; Mama laughed softly as mouth turned to a smile.   She explained that the word power, in this case, meant that you give someone else permission to control how you feel.

Mama said, “Let’s say your friend does something mean to you or to some one else.  How do you respond?   If you let that bad action affect how you feel .. you give your friend power to control your feelings. You don’t have to do that Emmy.  No one can  ruin your day unless you give them power to do that.  It is your choice honey.”

Mama said, “Emily, we have choice, to forgive or to allow the hurt to grow inside of us.  When we choose to hold on to angry feelings toward anyone  …  there are consequences.  Your feelings will not stop with just being angry, it will grow into really bad feelings like bitterness, maybe even hatred.   When we allow our feelings to take us to a bad place you are actually giving that person permission to  control how you feel.”

Emily was beginning to understand that she did have a choice about her own actions.  Mama took a moment to form her next words. “Emmy when we give our power away to someone else, by NOT forgiving, it’s kind of like putting ourselves behind bars and becoming a prisoner.  “But my dear Emmy, it is even worse than that.  Not only do we put ourselves behind bars (as a prisoner to anger, bitterness or hatred) but we also hand the key right over to the person who was mean or unkind.  The key is yours Emily,”  Mama said, “Don’t give it to anyone.”

Emily knew what she must do.  She needed to forgive Miley before she did anything else.  She needed to let the bad feelings go.   She reasoned that she did not have to feel bad because she was not the person who made Molly choose bad behavior.  She was NOT going to be a prisoner on this beautiful sunny day.

Who is the Boss?

AS Emily was praying for Miley she pictured herself holding hands with her.  Then as she talked to God she let go of Miley’hand as she put it into Jesus strong hand.   “Dear God,” Emmy prayed, “Miley tried to ruin our day and she hurt our feelings too. 

I pray for Miley God and I hope you will teach her how to share and be kind.  I am choosing to forgive her right now, like mama taught me.  I give her to you Jesus … and now I will be free to be happy.  Thank you Jesus, Amen!

Emily turned towards the girls while thinking, We’ll just start over. “Girls, What do you want to do?” asked Emily.  Katie said that anything was fine with her as long as they were together but then she paused and asked, “Who is the Boss Emily?”Lt’s just talk about what we all want to do and decide together okay?” answered Emily. Katie smiled as she shook her head happily;  “And you ….?”  Emily asked Sara as their eyes connected.   Sara thought a moment and while twisting her hands asked, “Well, I still would like to play house, can we take turns being the mom?”  “I think that is a great Idea Sara.” answered Emily enthusiastically.  Turning to Sara’s sister she continued, “Katie, how would you like to be the mom first?” Katie smiled brightly and jumped up and hugged her pretend daughters as she said, “Okay girls, let’s play house.”

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Emily began their play time looking at Sara and asking,  “Mama, can we make chocolate chip cookies?”  “Why, of course sweetheart,” answered Sara in her most grown up voice, “What type of cookies would you like to make?  We can make chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies.”

Emily thought it was adorable when Sara pretended to be a grown up because, as hard as she tried to sound like a grown up, she still had a squeaky little girl’s voice.  “I’d like chocolate chip cookies please” answered Emily politely.

The girls played for a long time.  They went grocery shopping by the big Pine Trees imagining the place to be Pine’s grocery store.  Pretending to gather ingredients they picked up pine cones.  As they did Emily carried the basket as the girls dropped each ingredient they would need to make cookies.  Katie smiled at her girls, “You girls are such BIG helpers to Mama, I don’t know what I would do without you.”  Emily and Sara beamed back at Katie (Mama) delighting in her kind words.

When they got back to the playhouse the girls pretended to make the cookie dough.  Sara and Emily were making a mess with the flour.  Some, they pretended, was falling on the floor.  Katie, in her serious grown up voice said, girls, girls, pay attention – look at the floor.  Both girls stopped and looked down at the imaginary flour covering the floor.  Katie (Mama) told Emily to get the broom and she told Sara to grab the dustpan.  She instructed Emily to sweep slowly so the flour dust didn’t fly all over the place.  The girls worked together quickly and carefully.  They then joined Katie to  put the cookie dough on the pans.

They plopped a scoop of dough, one at a time, on the cookie sheet. Next they put the cookies in Emily’s play oven.  After about five minutes the girls looked excited as they pretended like the whole house smelled like chocolate.  “Oh, I can hardly wait to eat my cookie!” Sara spouted as she jumped up and down.   Katie told Sara she could take the cookies out of the oven.

Sara put on imaginary hot pad gloves as she opened the oven door and pulled out a tray of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.  She expertly served up 2 pretend chocolate chip cookies on each girl’s pretend plate.  As the girls lifted their imaginary cookie to their mouths they made sounds like mmmmm and ooooo to show how delicious the cookies tasted.  Suddenly Emily realized she was hungry.

Just then her sister Molly called for Emily. “It’s time for lunch Emmy.” Emily told the girls she had to go but they were welcomed to stay and play.  The girls told Emily they were hungry too.  Sara said, “We’ll go home to eat too Emmy but we will be back as soon as we are done.”  “Great!” replied Emily, “See you after lunch.”

Forgiveness

As Emily and Molly were walking to the house they saw Miley slowly making her way towards them. “Emily,”  Miley, began with a sadness in her voice, Emmy noticed her head was bent down,  “I’m sorry I was being bossy again, can we start over?”   Emily smiled big as knelt down so Miley could see her face,  “Of course we can Miley!”  Emily said with joyful conviction.  “I have to eat first and then the Anderson sisters are coming back.   It will be fun to have you play with us too.”   Miley let out a big breath of air as a smile of relief traveled across her face, “Oh thank you Emily, I know I need to work on my bad behavior and I am so thankful that you forgive so quickly.”  The girls hugged each other and then Miley turned and skipped all the way back to her house.

Mama had taught Emily to be quick to forgive.  She said that forgiveness was very important.  In fact it was so important that Jesus said whenever we pray, we need to forgive.  Emily understood what Mama taught her and she  always took time to think before she prayed.  Mama called it examining your heart.

Before praying she would ask herself if she was mad at anyone or if anyone had hurt her feelings? If she was mad or hurt she knew she needed to forgive that person. Even though Emily would sometimes feel very angry, Mama said it did not matter how she felt, Emily should forgive with her words in prayer to Jesus.

Mama explained that as we obey, Jesus heals our heart and turns our anger into compassion.  Emily knew one thing for sure; She always felt so much better after she forgave people.

Selfishness – Emily’s Little Life – Chapter Three

Selfishness

Don’t Be Selfish

In Chapter three of Emily’s Little Life, Emily will be spending her Happy Saturday with her friends Miley, Katie and Sara.

The girls will experience some trouble in this chapter when one of them tries to take over and be the boss.  Emily takes a stand that results in one of the girls getting mad and stomping home.

What happens when Emily is left to try and help her friends and herself get past Miley’s blow up.  It is her favorite day and she doesn’t want anything or anyone to spoil it.  What will she say to help her friends to move away from bad feelings and into play?

PLAY DAY

Happy Saturday

Now that Emily’s chores were done, and mama approved, she ran out the door feeling like a bird set free from its cage.

It was a bright sunny day and as Emily stepped outside she squinted her eyes tightly. The brightness of the sun was almost blinding. She stood still as her eyes gradually adjusted.

The sky was filled with big, fluffy white clouds that were scattered here and there. Emily closed her eyes and bent her head back so she could feel the warmth of the sun on her face. Oh, how Emily loved the outdoors, especially on a warm and sunny day.

 Emily’s Friend Miley

Emily had a friend named Miley who lived across the street. Miley was Emily’s age but she went to a private school.

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Miley was taller than Emily and she wore glasses. Emily thought the glasses made her look smart. She had short, dark brown hair that poofed out in the back.   Miley  said her hairstyle was called a Bob.  Emily thought it was a peculiar name considering Miley was a girl.

Emily liked to play with Miley most of the time but sometimes she didn’t.  It was usually fun to play with Miley but at times she could be difficult.  Miley always wanted to be the boss and tell people what to do.  Emily liked to be the boss too but Papa taught her that she could not always be in charge.  He explained that when you only think about what you want without thinking about what others want; you are being selfish.  Emily figured Miley had not yet learned that it was selfish to try to be the boss all the time.

Emily shared her little life with Miley from time to time. Today she decided to ask Miley to play. Emily didn’t always need a playmate, she was quite content to play in her own little world but sometimes it was fun to bring someone into it with her.

MUFFIN PUTS ON A SHOW

Molly’s Dog Muffins

As Emily walked toward Miley’s house she heard Muffin barking wildly.  It didn’t take much to get Muffin going, especially when someone came to their door.  Muffin was Miley’s pet dog;  Muffin was a playful ball of fluffy brown and white fur.

When her fur wasn’t combed she looked just like the mop Mama used to wash the kitchen floor.  It was hard to see Muffins eyes because her unruly floppy fur covered them up.  In spite of the fact that her eyes were covered it did not slow her down at all.   No, in fact Muffin knew exactly where she was going and as she took off she looked like a crazy, messy mop tearing through the house on a frantic mission.   Muffin put on a show that was so comical that her antics never failed to send Emily into fits of laughter.

Emily got ready to greet Muffin as she knocked on Miley’s front door. When Miley opened the door Muffin jumped up on Emily as if to exclaim, “Finally, you came to play with me!”  Muffin barked and danced happily jumping up on Emily over and over again.  Her tail was wagging like it was on fire. Emily laughed at Muffin and then bent down to hug her neck.  In return Emily received a slobbery kiss right on her cheek.

As Emily backed away Muffin continued her show by spinning and dancing around in circles on her back legs.  Miley and Emily laughed as they watched Muffin show-off.   Miley glanced at Emily and smiled affectionately.   She was so happy Emily came to her house.   Miley liked Emily because she was kind and fun to play with.

As Muffin tore through the house on another mission Emily asked, “Hey Miley do you want to come out and play with me?” “Sure” answered Miley, “I’ll go ask my mom and grab a jacket.”  As Miley took off toward the kitchen Emily hollered after her, “You won’t need a jacket, the sun is out and it is getting warm.”

Miley quickly asked her she if she could play with Emily.  Mom told Miley it was fine but to play in Emily’s yard or their own year.   Molly told her mom she would probably be in Emily’s yard playing in Emily’s playhouse.

THE SUN FOLLOWS ME

As the two girls crossed the street Miley was chattering away about how they were going to pretend that she was the mom and Emily would be her little girl.  As she looked at Emily to see what she thought about her idea she noticed that her friend had that familiar glazed-over look in her eyes. The stare meant Emily was in her own little world.  Miley felt her cheeks get hot;  She knew Emily did not hear a word she said. “Emily!” Miley scolded, “I’m talking to you!”  Emily, as if in deep thought responded, “Miley have you noticed that everywhere I go the sun follows me?” Miley wrinkled up her face in confusion, “What do you mean?” she chided. “Look,” explained Emily as she pointed to the sun, “When I walk this way, the sun follows me and when I turn, the sun turns with me.”

THE MORE THE MERRIER

Anderson Sisters

Just when Miley was about to tell Emily that the Sun most certainly does not follow her, the Anderson sisters, Katie and Sara, came running up to them. “Hi guys,” Sara called out, “Can we play with you today?”

Emily quickly answered the girls question before Miley had a chance to say anything, “Yes, of course you can play with us. The more the merrier,”  that’s what mama always said.

Emily thought the sisters were so cute. Sara was 6 years old and she had blonde hair that sometimes looked orange when the sun shined on it. Her big blue eyes were the color of the sky; When she was afraid or excited she had the habit of twisting her hands over and over.  Sara was shy but Emily could always get her to talk and forget about being afraid.  Her sister Katie was 8 years old.  Katie’s hair was straight and very long.  The color of her hair was a brown but it changed when the sun shined down on her.  Like magic the sun revealed many sparkling shades of red, yellow and brown.

Emily found it interesting to watch Katie’s green eyes because they were curious and an unusual shade, almost the same color as an emerald.   Emily thought of Katie as Sara’s other Mother because she was always close-by making sure people were nice to her sister.

Katie and Sara’s mom home schooled them and Emily liked how polite and considerate both girls were.  They were just like their mom.

Who is the Boss?

The girls all ran to Emily’s playhouse. Their hair was flying in the wind and all had happy smiles on their faces. As Katie was about to go in, Miley yelled, “Hey, wait a minute, take your shoes off before going in the house!” Katie stopped and sighed deeply before taking her shoes off.

Once all the girls were inside Miley started to tell them her plan. She said that they were going to play house and that she would be the Mom and the girls would all be her daughters.  Emily studied Katie and Sara as they looked at each other as if to say, “Here we go again.”  Emily decided someone had to stand up to Miley.  She turned to Molly and said, “Miley you can’t always be the boss.”  She took a deep breath and continued, “There are four of us playing together, we can take turns being the boss or maybe we can talk about what we all want to do.”

Miley’s face turned red and as her eyes darkened she glared at Emily. “Well!” said Miley with a huff, “If you don’t want to play house and be the daughters then I am going home!”  The sisters never said a word but silently waited to see what Miley would do.  When Miley realized that they were not going to let her be the boss she turned around and stomped out of the playhouse while hollering out,  “FINE, I know when I’m not wanted!”

Chores and Responsibility – Emily’s Little Life – Chapter Two

EMMY’S FAVORITE DAY

Saturday was Emmy’s favorite day of the week. On Saturday, after doing the chores on her chore list, she was free to do whatever she wanted to do. One Saturday morning Emily was so excited to go outside that she almost forgot about her chores. I say ‘almost” because little Joe caught her just as she was rushing out the door.

“Mama,” Little Joe yelled, “Emmy is going outside and she did not do her chores. ” Emily stopped dead in her tracks and looked back at little Joe, “Oh, little Joe,” Emily said frowning, “I might have gotten away with it if you had not opened your mouth and tattled on me.”

Happy Saturday

Little Joe shrugged his shoulders and smiled innocently as Mama entered the room. “Emily dear, is it true you were going to sneak out before doing your chores?” “Well,” Emily said with hesitation, “I was not really going to sneak out. The truth is I wanted to get outside because the sun is so shiny that I did not want to miss any of it. I just plain forgot, mama.”

Mama smiled and Emmy saw the kindness and understanding in her eyes. Emily loved her Mama.  Looking at Emily with her kind eyes Mama said, “Emmy, I know how you love the sunshine and how you love to play, but you must remember that there are chores to do and as your Mama it is my job to teach you responsibility.

Do you remember what that word means Emily?” Emily tried to be pleasant and answered, “Yes Mama I do. Responsibility means to do stuff I’m supposed to do so I can grow up to take care of myself and not be lazy.” Mama shot her a bright smile and said, “Okay then Ms. Emily, let’s get to it.”

RESPONSIBILITY

Story Books

Emily quickly ran to the hallway to look at the chore chart hanging there on the wall. She started with her bedroom by making her bed. She carefully tucked in the corners and smoothed out the wrinkles on her pink and green quilt.  Next she shook her pillow to make it full and fluffy.  She stood back and admired her work. A happy feeling skipped across her heart, just as it always did when Emily did an excellent job. Next Emily picked up the toys and books that were on the floor and placed them on the bookshelf arranging them all neatly.

Red hair and freckles just like Emmy.

The last toy Emily picked up was her doll Melinda.   Melinda was a Christmas present to Emily when she was only 3 years old.  Emily still remembered opening the present and finding an adorable  new doll who looked just like her with red hair and freckles. She named her Melinda, after her cousin who also had red hair and freckles. Melinda was her favorite playmate and the one who knew all her secrets.

Before placing Melinda on the shelf, Emily hugged her close and kissed her on the top of her head.  She lovingly tucked her between her Teddy Bear named Berry and Scotty her stuffed Puppy.

The last thing she had to do is to pick up the clothes on the floor.  She gathered the clothes, she should have picked up the night before, and hurriedly carried them to the laundry room.  Now it was time to check off the boxes on the chore list.  Emily always got excited to check off the chores she completed.

Chores and Responsibility

Her extra chore for the week was to clean the sink and mirror, using mama’s special green cleaner, in the kids bathroom.  Emily was a pro at this job.  Mama had taught her how to squirt just enough of the cleaner into the sink to get rid of yuck and dirt. While the cleaner was working, mama says to let it set, Emily took a soft cloth from the cupboard and sprayed a tiny bit of cleaner on it.  She rubbed the faucet with the cloth until it was sparkling.

Next she grabbed the scrubber from under the sink.  Emily scrubbed hard being careful to scour every inch of the sink.  When she was sure every bit of dirt was gone, she rinsed the sink being careful not to splash all over the place.

The sink was real clean and sparkly.  She looked up from the sink and into the mirror.  She reached under the sink to grab the window cleaner.  Emmy went to work.  When all the splatters and smudges were gone, Emmy stepped back and admired her work.  Then smiled at herself thinking, Mama says my freckles are angel kisses .. but I sure wished they weren’t so red!

Even though cleaning was not Emily’s favorite thing to do, she always felt proud of her work.  Emily learned a wise saying when she was a little kid, “Many hands make light work.” Emily was glad that she could help make the work lighter for her Mama.

Bear Hugs

Emily had finished all of her chores and felt as free as a bird.  Walking past her room she caught sight of her bookshelf.  Emmy smiled at how cozy her favorite doll and stuffed animals looked on the bookshelf.  Berry and Scotty were hugging Melinda between them.

Satisfied with her work, Emily took off running toward the door. As she ran she called back, “Momma, I’m done with my chores, I’m going to play outside now.” “Just a minute Ms. Emily,” she heard Mama call “Let me check your work.” Emily once again stopped dead in her tracks. Another failed attempt to get outside, thought Emily trying hard not to be grumpy.

Mama came around the corner and smiled at Emily, “Honey, you know the rules; after you do your chores you need to ask me to check your work … right?” “Yes Mama,” answered Emily as she was thinking, if I always did my chores like mama taught me, she probably would not have to check them every time. Emily told herself that from now on she was going to be more consistent when doing her chores; After all, she reasoned, she was not a baby anymore.

Way To Go!

Following Mama to the bedroom, she stopped and watched mama’s eyes as they surveyed the room. Mama smiled as she said, “Great job Emily, I like how neatly you made your bed.” Emily was pleased that mama noticed; it

made her feel happy inside. “Thank you mama.” Emily replied. Next, Mama walked down the hallway toward the bathroom. As she turned through the door and walked into the room, Mama stopped suddenly putting her hand across her eyes. “Oh My,” she exclaimed, ” The light bouncing off the faucet is blinding me.” Emily giggled and said, “Oh Mama you are silly.” “Yes,” Mama agreed, “I am your silly mama, and I am glad to say you did a super job with your chores today; now out the door with you before you miss any more of this beautiful day.”

Meet the Family – Emily’s Little Life – Chapter One

GREENSBERRY AND THE SUMMERFIELD’S

Country Church

In the small town of Greensberry, there lived a wonderful family who were well known for their warm hearts and ready smiles.   The Summerfield’s were nice people who lived a good life.  It seemed as if life was more exciting and filled with fun and laughter when spending time at the Summerfield homestead.

The Summerfield’s were known for their love of people and love for God. The family could be seen on any given Sunday morning heading toward Greensbury Community Church walking hand in hand.  Some of the kids skipped, some hopped and others just strolled thoughtfully.  As they shared their stories smiles lit up their faces and fits of laughter broke out and echoed happily through the streets of Greensbury.

Most everyone who knew the Summerfield family wished they were a Summerfield.  If you played at their house, Mama and Papa Summerfield made you feel like you were one of the family. The Summerfield house was always open; especially to the neighborhood kids.

Papa and Mama Summerfield

The Summerfield’s Front Porch

There were six people living in the Summerfield house. Papa Summerfield, the Dad, was tall with a head full of  dark curly hair.  After work each day he would head for the big porch with an energetic walk and an expectant smile on his face.  Papa Summerfield always had time for the kids on the block. When a kid wanted help with a problem, Papa listened closely and helped as best he could. When he played basketball with the kids, Papa played hard.  Most say that he let the kids win a lot of the time. He was not like most Dads who were always busy with so much to do.  No, he was like a big kid, except when he needed to be a grown-up.  The kids could count on seeing the grownup side of Dad Summerfield when one of them acted up by being rude or disrespectful. They liked it when Papa Summerfield ruffled their hair and patted them on the back exclaiming “that a boy” or “that a girl.”

Mama Summerfield was pretty, caring and kind. There was always laughter in her eyes and a curling up at the sides of her lips. Her long blonde hair sparkled in the sunshine. No one could ever remember Mama Summerfield ever getting mad. That does not mean the kids didn’t get a Mama Summerfield talkin’ to if they misbehaved.  If one of us kids were being selfish or rude or contrary, Mama Summerfield would stop us and take us aside to impart a little wisdom.  After the talk, no one could be mad at her because her eyes went from serious to soft and twinkly.  All the kids loved her and she loved them right back. Hugs, laughter, cookies along with a listening ear could always be found on Mama’s Porch.

The Summerfield Kids

The oldest Summerfield kid was Emily, affectionately called Emmy by her family and close friends. Emily was 9 years old. Her hair was soft red which blended perfectly with her red freckles which danced across her nose.  Every day her mom would put her hair into a ponytail or braid but by the end of the day the neatness was gone as bits of hair came loose and blew wildly in the wind.  I guess that’s because Emily played hard. Emily had a lot of spunk, and she knew how to stand up for herself but she was kind too. If somebody was mean to a kid, Emily fearlessly stood up to the bully to protect the kid. The thing is, bullies backed down when Emily got through talking to them. Emily was a little mysterious too. Sometimes it was as if she got lost in her own little world. She was always thinking, and you never knew what was going on inside that red head of hers, that is of course, unless she chose to tell you.

Molly was the next kid  in the Summerfield family – she was the middle child but she liked to say she was her Mama’s baby girl.  She was 7 years old and pretty like her mama, but her hair, that was usually pulled back neatly in a pony-tail, was dark like her Papas.  Her beautiful green eyes made her look like a princess.   Molly was one of those rare girls who was courteous to everybody at all times.  Molly saw the best in people, and she did not choose favorites … so guess what?   Everybody liked Molly, except for the mean kids who were mad when she would not join their group.  Their group stuck to themselves pretending like no one else existed.  Nope, Molly would not do it; it was mean to ignore some kids thinking you were better than them.

The youngest of the Summerfield’s was little Joe.   His Papa called him Wee Man.  Little Joe was 5 years with blonde hair that sparkled in the sunshine just like his Mama’s.  He too, like Emmy, had freckles spattered across his nose.   Mama Summerfield called the freckles angel kisses.  Little Joe’s eyes were twinkly and bright blue, they seemed to smile whenever his mouth turned up on the sides.  Little Joe was always ready with hugs for anyone who opened their arms to him.  He was very animated when he played with his toy cars making those horrible, loud boy noises.  When Papa wrestled with him they filled the whole house with laughter.  One of Little Joe’s favorite tricks was to hide on everybody. Many an afternoon the family could be found trying to find Little Joe.  One day, after Mama had searched all of Little Joe’s hiding places, she began to worry.   She prayed and asked God to help her find him. Right after she prayed she walked into Little Joe’s bedroom, opened the closet door, and found him curled up with his fuzzy, blue blanket sound asleep. Mama had a serious life talk with Little Joe after that and he never hid on her again.

Uncle Joe

Uncle Joe

Uncle Joe was the extra member of the Summerfield family.

Little Joe was named after his Uncle Joe.  Joe was Papa Summerfield’s favorite brother. Uncle Joe had a walking stick, a patch over one eye and he always wore his black trophy hat. He was tall like Papa Summerfield but his hair was bright red.  He had ginormous freckles splashed all over his face. Sometimes Uncle Joe held a faraway look in his eyes but at other times he was right there whistling, singing or wrapping a kid in one of his big hugs. Uncle Joe was a Vietnam Vet and though he did not talk about his life in Viet Nam much; we knew he was proud that he served his country. Somebody said Uncle Joe got hit when a grenade blew up in his face. Papa told us Jesus is the one who saved his life and brought him back home to our family.

The kids knew not to ask personal questions of Uncle Joe. When one of us would forget and blurt something out about the war, the rest of us would hold our our breath and cringe as we watched the pain escape from Uncle Joe’s eyes. He never answered but quietly turned away and busied himself with a chore. We learned to wait until Uncle Joe was in the mood to tell us about the days of war. When he told his stories about his soldier days in Vietnam, we were his captive audience.

As Uncle Joe got deeply into his story his freckles seemed to fade to the back and his eyes would glaze over. It seemed like Uncle Joe left us while he went back to the days he was in charge of a group of very brave soldiers; the days when he gave orders and protected his soldier’s as best he could. Uncle Joe felt responsible for the men who did not make it back home. Sadness would cloud his face when he told the stories of the ones who didn’t make it home.

The neighborhood kids all loved Uncle Joe and felt like he was their uncle too.  They all claimed that his brave service to our country was for them, he did it for each one of us so that we could live as free people.

KIDS STORIES THAT BUILD CHARACTER

Years ago I took a creative writing class in children’s literature.   It made sense to take this class because I loved to write and I understood the importance of investing in a child’s life.  The pen is a powerful tool as it set’s it’s tip to paper and engages the reader into its story.

I have always been drawn to children and their unabashed love for life, their transparency and teach-ability.  It was a natural process for me to take my passion for writing and fit it to a child’s heart.  I didn’t want to write  nonsensical cute stories, though they have their place.  I want to make a difference in children’s lives.  This website will be the place I will endeavor to write kids stories that build character.

This blog is dedicated to kids and any adult who takes the time to invest in their lives.  The stories are designed to capture a child’s attention and give practical examples of character qualities like  integrity, gratitude, honesty, forgiveness and more.  If I accomplish this vision I believe it will be an incredible worth while use of my abilities and time.

I believe that we, as influential adult’s in a child’s life, have been given a sacred responsibility to invest in that life. Children are the future.

CHILDREN ARE TEACHABLE

Young children are impressionable and teachable. It is vital to instill these character qualities in a child’s life while they are young. My desire to communicate character qualities grew stronger after having children of my own.

A properly nurtured child who has been protected from the evils of this world is filled with innocence, wonder and gratitude. They are like a blank slate waiting to be filled. Children are learning by what they see, hear and experience through their sphere of influence.

INVEST IN A CHILDS FUTURE

Have you ever taken the time to look deeply into a child’s eyes and listen to their words? I observe many adults who seem to ignore children. It is almost as if they do not think children are real people with the capacity to think and to feel. Children are real little people who deserve to be heard, nurtured, directed and loved well.

Children intuitively know when an adult cares about them. When they find an attentive grown up their hearts fill with gratitude. We must open eyes and our hearts to these little people because they need dependable and caring adults in their lives; adults who want to and are willing to invest in a child’s future.

MORALS AND CHARACTER QUALITIES

when my children were growing up I purchased a series of books with stories that taught character qualities such as integrity, honesty, gratitude, responsibility and More. I have searched for this category

of children’s books for years with no success. A vision was birthed when it dawned on me that I could write a children’s series that teaches morals.

The story’s name popped into my head as I was thinking of the  best way to teach a child important truths about morality. It appealed to me to write a story that would capture a little girl’s thoughts and impressions of her World. I named the children’s series Emily’s Little World.

As the story of Emily’s Little World unfolds character qualities and lessons learned in Emily’s world will be sprinkled throughout. The child reader will learn from story characters who possess character and morals. The characters in the story will be learning lessons about integrity, responsibility, honesty and many attributes of goodness.

My goal has been to convey these character qualities through the thoughts, feelings  and inner workings of living life and learning lessons in Emily’s Little World.

KIDS SAY THE DARNEDEST THINGS

Kids say the darnedest things. Over the years, I have collected the unique sayings and words I have heard from the kids in my life. Most of the sayings have come from my grandchildren but I also have used the words of other children.

I saved these words because I wanted to save the memories. I now realize these words, thoughts and winsome conversations are treasures to be used in my writing from a child’s perspective.

I have kid tested the first three chapters of Emily’s Little Life with my grandchildren who laughed, “awed” and smiled as they listened to me read. They recognized phrases, sayings and situations which were clearly something they said or did.  After reading the story to them, they asked when the next chapter would be finished.

It was just what I had hoped I would hear; like music to Nana’s ears.  I have also incorporated thoughts and comments from parents who have shared their funny kid quotes, so if you know me do not be surprised to find a quote from your kid in one of Emily’s Little Life Stories.

Your input is welcomed with open arms.  I would love to hear how your child responds to one of my kids stories that build character.

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