Greetings from Jill
There are so many reasons to celebrate this week including teachers, nurses, and mothers. All of these roles are essential and each person puts the needs of others above their own. In whatever way possible, big or small, show these people in your lives how grateful we are for their sacrifices. Whether its with a handwritten card or drawing, a gift card toward a meal, or organizing a virtual group meeting to sing their praises, any act of kindness will be appreciated. But these people mentioned do not function out of a need for praise or rewards. Love is what keeps them energized and moving forward. Love for their children, students, and patients, and all of human-kind.
As a mother of two small children, I work tirelessly to make certain their needs are met daily. Now more than ever before, my days are filled with household tasks including what seems like constant cooking, cleaning, therapy and referee sessions, helping them with online schooling, and finding time for fun. I am encouraged by the unlimited possibilities of their bright future. And my highest priority is making sure my kids know that they are loved and have a supportive network of family and friends. Because with that love and support, they should not be afraid to reach for the stars. The Bible story for this week reminds me that with a small seed of hope, an enormous tree of wonder can grow.
"A farmer plants the teeny, tiny mustard seed. But from that little speck of a seed grows a tree so big that birds can sit on its branches." Matthew 13:31-32. Amen.
To help illustrate this bible lesson to children, we encourage you to click on the puppet show link and copy of the bible lesson pages below. In addition, Nancy McGovern shares meditation and breathing exercises for children.
We have also put all of our family resources together on the
Heart & Home page
on our website for easy reference.