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A New Year and Exposure

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I came across this pic the other day over on Pinterest and while it made me giggle just a bit, it also caused me to take a pretty long pause.  It reminded me of the deep importance of my job as a mama to my little gals. While I pray often that they would have a personal relationship with Jesus, have a deep burden for the lost, and care about serving others – it’s not really my “job” to make them “catch” that burden. It is however my job to expose them to the need and the opportunity and the lostness all around them.

But the question that I often ask myself is, am I exposing them to those things?  Am I putting before them the “eternal” things that really matter? Are they seeing in me a burden for the lost? Are they watching me stop to give someone a bottle of water or point them to the nearest homeless shelter – or are they watching me walk by without a care? Are they hearing me pray for my lost friend who desperately needs Jesus and then sharing truth with that friend? Are they seeing me seek reconciliation and forgiveness when I’ve done wrong? Are they seeing me praying for the nations?

I desire more than anything to be intentional about exposing our gals to Jesus and ways that they can serve and love Him and others and  I see that fleshing itself out in several ways:

  1. Making sure that we (my hubby and I) are in the Word of God together as a family. The Bible is the most important book that we will ever read together and on our own. God speaks through His word so therefore we must be reading it and seeking wisdom from it. My deepest burden for serving others has to start here.
  2. Putting before them opportunities to “go”. Maybe it’s across the street to the neighbors house because we baked them cookies after their baby was born. Maybe it’s encouraging them to use their own money to buy supplies for a children’s shelter. Maybe it’s stopping to pray for a different country each night at dinner. The list goes on – but I gotta do the work to create that list. That part is my job. My four year and two year old aren’t going to ask me to teach them about other countries. They can’t plan a playdate where they focus on prayer walking or go Christmas caroling at a nursing home. But I can, if I take the time and do the work which Christ has called me too.
  3. Evaluating my own heart to see if I truly have a burden for the lost? How do I spend my time? How do I spend my money (says a LOT about what I value!) Do I intentionally pray, give, go, welcome, and send in my own heart and life?  And then how does that show up in the life of my children.

As we begin a New Year here over at On Mission Moms, I’m looking forward to seeing how we will lead our little ones to love Jesus and serve Him together and it starts with me, with you. So let’s expose them to all the things that will draw them closer to Christ and His work around the world!

Here are just a few resources to begin to expose them to the world around them:

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Follow along over at our On Mission Mom Pinterest Page for other fun ideas, recipes, books, activities and more that will help you be an On Mission Mom!

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Service Opportunity: Christmas Caroling with Littles

There is just something special and sweet about little ones singing Christmas carols unless it’s Jingle Bells for the 100th time at the top of their lungs. It’s even sweeter when they are singing for sweet friends at a local assisted living center. This morning we had 14 super cute little ones and 7 mamas ready to sing and worship Jesus and it was the sweetest (and shortest 15 minutes) and a fun way to kick off this Christmas Season!

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It was really a simple and easy service opportunity. I asked a friend (who just happens to be an incredible singer and mommy) what she thought, we started chatting and planning and it was pretty much done! I called and chatted with the activities director and confirmed a date and then sent out an invite to our local On Mission Moms facebook group.  For those that were able to come, I sent a short list of songs that we would sing so that mamas could practice at home. We also made Christmas cards and passed out candy canes to all the residents that had gathered. It was super simple and a great opportunity to remind our little ones that it’s not really about Santa or elves or even singing – it’s about Jesus, and loving Him, and making him known through our words and our actions.  It also gave us mamas a chance to serve with our little ones right beside us. There’s something extra special (and maybe a little crazy too) about serving with your friends and your children and their children.

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So, find a date that works, call a local assisted living center, invite a few friends, make a few cards and then sing about Jesus and sing to Jesus!

Let us know when you have a chance to go caroling by sharing pics over on Instagram @onmissionmoms !

And because we can’t just share a couple pics of this cuteness…

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Prayer Walking Scavenger Hunt: Free Printable

 

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If you have followed along for any length of time around here, you will see that one of the most talked about activities for us to use with our children is prayer walking. Our little town has made it so very easy to go for a quick prayer walk around the city center by installing these really cool lightbulbs. So we’ve gone on several prayer walks through our city on a hunt for lightbulbs. So much so that when my four year old finds a new lightbulb, she makes us stop and pray. (Haha)

Prayer walking is easy and fun and a great way to expose our little ones to the constant need for prayer. It also helps them see the needs around them and emphasizes the importance of praying right then. And of course there is always the added bonus of helping them think of other things and people besides themselves. And to top it off, what little one doesn’t love to go on a fun scavenger hunt?!

As the new school year begins, we’ve created a fun “Back to School” Scavenger Hunt Printable that you can print and use with your little ones as you prayer walk at their school or a school in the neighborhood.

As a family you can look for the items and stop and pray together. If you’re one of those competitive families though, make a game out of it and see who can find and pray for the most items in a certain amount of time. Whatever you do, let’s make praying fun! Let’s encourage our little ones to see things like flag poles, school buses, and crayons differently this year!  And most importantly, let’s begin our school year by praying!


Back to School Prayer Walk Printable

 

And as you’re starting the school year, be sure to check out the Back To School Tips for you and your family to start the school year ON Mission!

Be sure to post pics in our On Mission Moms Facebook Group of your fun Scavenger Hunt Prayer Walk or tag us at @OnMissionMoms!
Please only use the printable for your personal use!