Quick Tip to Teach Your Kids to Pray

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Teaching your kids how to pray can be intimidating.  When it comes to prayer, many of us feel inadequate.  We believe we don’t pray enough, aren’t spiritual enough or don’t even know how to do it right.  But the good news is that teaching your kids to pray can be a really simple thing.

In the two minute video below, I’m going to give you a quick first step to teach your kids to pray.  It’s easy, painless and fun.  So check out the video and give it a try.

So what do you think?  Will you give drive-thru prayers a shot?  If so, let me know in the comments and I’ll be praying for your family.

Family Devotion: Groundhog Day


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Verse to Remember: 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIrV)

Talk About This:

Where do you look when you want to check the weather? Do you watch the Weather Channel?  Check a weather app on the phone?  Or do you chase down a furry rodent to see what he has to say?

Groundhog Day is a funny holiday, isn’t it? All across the country people watch a cute little groundhog come out of his hole just to find out if he can see his shadow. The tradition says if he sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter weather, but if he doesn’t see it, we can expect an early spring.

Sounds a little silly, doesn’t it? Do you think a groundhog can really predict the weather? Of course not.   It’s just a fun tradition and an excuse for people to celebrate.

If you really want to know what the weather is going to be like, you check with the experts. Weather forecasters have all kinds of scientific instruments and computers to help them know if it’s going to be hot or cold, wet or dry, windy or calm or something in between.

Can you imagine what would happen if we relied on the groundhog instead?  We’d show up for school on a warm, spring day wearing a toboggan and gloves or we’d end up in shorts and flip-flops when there was snow on the ground.

Of course no one really thinks a groundhog can predict the weather.  No one decides how they’re going to dress or when they’ll go outside based on what the groundhog says.

When it comes to weather decisions, we listen to the experts.  But what about other decisions?  Bigger decisions,  Who do you listen to when you have to choose between right or wrong?

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Tuning Into the God Dish

dishDo you remember when people had satellite dishes the size of a circus tent?  They were enormous.  They were expensive.  Back in the day, however, if you lived in the country, they were your only ticket to TV and lots of it.

At my house we had a trusty old antenna that pulled in at least two whole channels, NBC and CBS.  On a good day we might be able to tune into ABC, although it was usually fuzzier than a peach.  On a really, really good day we could pull in the elusive 41, which is now FOX.  Back when it was an independent station, 41 was TV gold because they played cartoons and Gilligan’s Island reruns.

But, like I said, with our antenna we only got UHF stations on rare occasions, like if the skies were clear and Saturn and Neptune were aligned.  It was very hard to predict.  Even with NBC and CBS, though, you’d still have to make someone go outside and turn the antenna just to fine-tune the reception.

For all you youngsters who grew up on cable and Direct-TV, an antenna is a tall, aluminum lightning rod we used to strap to our houses to get TV reception.  You got better reception on different channels depending on which direction you turned the antenna.

This was a two man job.  One person would go outside and rotate the antenna while their co-pilot would stand by the TV and yell a steady stream of commands out the window like, “A little more, a little more, GO BACK, GO BACK, GO BACK!  Too far.  TOO FAR!”  Meanwhile the poor antenna turner was either freezing to death in the winter or, in the summer, getting stung by the wasps who like to build nests by our back porch.

By the time we actually got the station tuned in, the show was either already over or we forgot what we wanted to watch in the first place.

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