God, Me and My Parents

God, Me and My Parents

by Indria Sidarta

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ISBN-13: 9781482829624
Publisher: Partridge Singapore
Publication date: 02/13/2015
Pages: 66
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.17(d)

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God, Me and My Parents


By Indria Sidarta, Emmi Ojala

PartridgeSG

Copyright © 2015 Indria Sidarta
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4828-2962-4


CHAPTER 1

I love you, mommy and daddy


Point to ponder

Discuss and find a new way to show your love to each other, and tell each other your commitment.


Read

John 3:16 (NLT) to learn about what God did to show His love to us. Read James 2:15–19 (NLT) to read about what He wants us to do.


How do we express our love to Mom and Dad apart from telling them we love them? Sometimes we show it with kisses and hugs.

Love is much more than just a feeling. It is an action. It focuses on others instead of ourselves. Love thinks about what others like-what they need and want, rather than what I need and want. The key word is others, not me.

Jemma has set her mind on buying a special toy, and finally she sees what she wants. But when she looks at the price tag, she is reminded that Mom and Dad have worked hard for the money she is going to spend on toys. Jemma loves her parents very much, but it is really difficult for her to let go of her desire to buy the toy. She struggles with her desire until she sheds tears. But because she loves her Mom and Dad, she decides to return the money, just to show that she loves her parents. When her mom praises her with kisses and hugs, Jemma feels so good that she knows she would never exchange that feeling for anything-especially for a toy.

Love is the opposite of selfishness. It requires that we do the opposite of what we want to do. Many times, it also involves sacrifice. But the love feels so amazing that we don't want anything less.


Prayer for today

Dear God, I thank you for the parents you gave me. I love them so much. I love You so much too. Teach me to be a good daughter so that Mom and Dad can see and feel my love for them, amen.


I am the boos of my own feelings

Point to ponder

Can you remember moments when you have been in a bad mood? Tell Mom and Dad how you feel, and if you know the reason why you felt that way, tell them about that too. Discuss what you should do if the feeling comes back again.


Read

James 1:14, 19–20 (NLT).


Olga wakes up in the morning feeling grumpy. She does not know why she is grumpy. She just knows that she has a bad, uneasy feeling, and when things do not go as she wants, she gets angry.

A bad feeling or bad mood inside your head is not you. Bad feelings are like birds on top of our heads. They will not be able to build a nest on our heads if we don't let them.

There are moments when you feel sadness or a bad mood without reason, and that is okay. You are the boss. You need to shoo them away, just as you would chase away birds if they were flying around your head. When you decide not to respond to negative feelings, you are the boss of your own feelings. Choose to cheer up and have faith that God has a beautiful plan for you today.


Prayer for today

Dear Jesus, please help me to be the boss of my own feelings. Pour out Your Holy Spirit to strengthen me so I can tell this dreadful feeling inside to go away. In Jesus's name, amen.


I am honest and smart

Point to ponder

Can you remember a time when it was difficult for you to be honest? Discuss with Mom or Dad how you can answer well—and truthfully—if such a time happens again.


Read

these verses from the Bible:

Proverbs 16:23 (NLT)

1 Corinthians 2:6–10 (NLT)

Exodus 20:16 (MSG)


Jemma asks Nadia if she looks pretty in the new dress her mom bought for her. Nadia loves her best friend and does not want to hurt her feelings, so she feels compelled to say yes, even though she does not think so.

Is a well-intended, little white lie still considered lying? God says that we should not lie. 99 percent obedience is still disobedience. So we should not lie at all.

Nadia quickly prays for the Holy Spirit's guidance in answering Jemma's question. Then she hears her mouth say, "You looked prettier in the dress you wore yesterday."

Jemma then says, "Yes, I think so too. I like yesterday's dress better than what I put on today." That is a clever answer. Nadia has obeyed God and has answered Jemma's question nicely.


Prayer for today

Dear God, You know my heart. I want to obey you 100 percent. Please give me a wise heart so that what comes out of it shows my obedience to You and is a blessing to the hearer, amen.


Sharing

Point to ponder

Do you have a brother or sister who takes your toys all the time? What should you say or do to him or her the next time it happens?


Read

Read in Genesis 13:7–15 (MSG) about the time when Abraham allowed his nephew Lot to choose first the piece of land he wanted. Abraham loved God, so he offered to take whatever land was left. He knew that God was in control and would bless the land Abraham ended up with.


Jonah and Alessandro really like to play their iPad games, but they have to share the iPad. Sometimes it is difficult to give it up and share when they are already in the middle of a game. At first they try to exchange places with each other every five minutes, but when that is still not enough, they become irritated with each other.

Mom asks Jonah to have a bigger heart and to let Alessandro play with the iPad all he wants. It is difficult for Jonah, but he decides to do it. He closes his eyes and gives the iPad to Alessandro quickly, just like he is taking off a bandage—painful but fast. He sheds some tears, but Mom is so proud of him that she gives him a big hug and lots of kisses.

God says that sharing is about loving someone else more than games. The more you love someone, the more you give, even when it is difficult. The more you are able to share with others, the more God looks at you with a smile.


Prayer for today

Dear God, when it is difficult for me to share with others, please remind me that I love my best friend more than games. Please remind me that You are in control and that You look at me with a big smile when I share, amen.


Living for the audience of One

Point to ponder

Do you remember when someone became angry at you for no reason? Tell Mom or Dad about it.


Read

these Bible verses:

2 Corinthians 5:9–10 (NLT)

Psalm 146:5 (NLT)

Colossians 3:23–24 (MSG)


Jemma has broken Sarah's toy, though she didn't mean to. It was an accident. Jemma is sad because Sarah is very angry with her. She tries to explain, but Sarah doesn't want to listen. Instead, she yells at Jemma.

The Bible teaches us how to resolve conflict. When Sarah doesn't want to listen, Jemma should talk to God first and tell Him what she wants to tell to Sarah. God knows the girls' hearts and understands them. He is able to soften Sarah's heart and mend Jemma's relationship with her.

There may be times when you try to talk to your best friend, but your friend takes your words wrong. Just look into Jesus's eyes. Let Him search through your heart and find it beautiful in His sight. That is all that matters. We are living for an audience of one: God. He likes to see us triumph over the many tests of life, including ones like this.


Prayer for today

Dear God, even though my friend may think wrong things about me, please help me to be content at heart, knowing that Your approval is the only thing that matters. And please help me to mend my relationship with my friend, amen.


Words are power

Point to ponder

Are there any bad words that you would like to stop saying? Make a commitment now not to say them anymore.


Read

these Bible verses:

Ephesians 4:29 (MSG)

Proverbs 21:23 (NLT)


Matthew is helping his younger sister do her homework. Before long, he is irritated because she cannot understand quickly what he is teaching her. Impatient, he mumbles, "Ah, you are no good." Then Jemma cries. Afterward, Matthew does not feel good about himself.

The Bible says that words have power. Nothing good can come from saying negative words. We need to be careful with the choice of words we use.

Matthew decides to apologize to his sister. He hugs her and tells her that he loves her and that he didn't mean what he said earlier. He promises not to say such things anymore.


Prayer for today

Dear God, pour out Your spirit on me so that I may hear Your soft whisper telling me if I have responded wrongly to others. And give me the courage to rectify my mistakes so that all things that come from my mouth are good for those who hear. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.


(Continues...)

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