Day four of teaching VBS to our kids was on the topic of salvation. To start the lesson, I had the kids participate in a skit addressing the evidence and testimonies for Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. After that, teaching assistant David led the class with the felt board Gospel presentation that we had been discussing on a daily basis. We had started the lesson time a bit late that day so I kept watching the time to see if we would have enough time for everything on the agenda. At some point I decided that after David gets finished we would have to cut the Bible highlighting activity and move straight into the salvation colors bracelet. But, one question remained in my mind. Would we have time to let Andre share his illustration before the frenzy of bracelets and beads?
The Moment of Awe – for Everyone!
After David finished with the felt board, I went for it … I asked teaching assistant Andre to come and share his illustration of the cross with the kids. As Andre made his way up to the white board, the full room of 30 kids fell completely silent. Every eye was on Andre and every ear was hyper attentive to his words. Not a stir or sound came out of the students as Andre drew and explained his illustration. It was a complete God moment – one that He cleared completely for the sharing of this story. I was completely amazed. You see, Andre is very shy and does not talk much, if at all. During our last three evenings of VBS, I don’t think he said more that two words to the kids, but on this last day, God assuredly gave him the platform as he stepped out in faith and shared his illustration of the cross with the kids. (Below is my reiteration of his drawing.)
I give thanks to Jesus for blessing me with this awe-struck moment of watching Andre step out of his comfort zone and share with the kids. I praise God for the sensitivity in the classroom and most of all, I praise God for giving me a heart of patience to let Andre share his words and illustration. May we do all things with grace and patience as His great love abounds.
Exodus 34: 5-6
Then the LORD came down in a cloud and stood there with him; and he called out his own name, Yahweh. The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
: the emotion evoked by well-being
: a state of happiness or felicity
Two years ago I was going through a heart break situation. In that, I visited a church in which the pastor spoke joy over me. A year later I visited another church and again the word joy was given to me in prayer. Then again just a few weeks ago, I visited yet another church and there the pastor also prayed for me to receive the joy of the Lord. All different churches, all different people but the same message. I think the Holy Spirit is trying to tell me to receive joy as my healing strength! But how do I do that?
… the JOY of the Lord is my strength. – Nehemiah 8:10. This verse of scripture packs a punch of truth in such a short statement! (Read this awesome commentary) When I earnestly meditate on God and the great and amazing work He does for me and through me, I in turn take on an attitude of praising Him. When my attention is turned outwardly away from my selfish “pitty-party-of-one” attitude and onto Him and serving others, I see joy in Him – in His work on the cross for me. In His little day-to-day acts of love towards me. And in seeing His amazing hand go forth as I serve Him. The enemy wants me to focus on myself, but the Lord wants me to focus on Him. Thank you Jesus that my joy is found in all things You and that you give me strength to refocus my life.
After several weeks of amazing experiences in serving Christ, His people and in hearing and meditating on His amazing transforming power, I think I have a better understanding at what it means to have a glimpse of joy in Christ. I pray and hope that I continue to receive deeper understanding of this joy as I draw closer to Christ, and that I can give you further encouragement as I go along. May joy become our normal beattitude of living!
For fun, here are a few new songs to listen to and enjoy!!
Today in VBS, we taught the kids about miracles. At the beginning of the lesson, we extensively discussed what a miracle is, how much Jesus went around doing good and healing people, and that all the books in the world cannot contain all the good things Jesus did and continues to do for us.
As an activity after the lesson, I had each student make a get well card for any friend, neighbor or family member that they know is sick and wants to get better. I also asked each student to include one of these three scriptures in their card:
- These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. – John 20:31
- Jesus went around doing good and healing. – Acts 10:38
- For nothing is impossible with God. – Luke 1:37
If the student did not know a friend or family member that was sick, I asked him to make a card for my friend’s little girl, Mei-Lyn. I told them that Mei-Lyn is one year old and that she is scheduled to have stomach surgery in a few weeks.
At the end of class, I was so touched to get 13 wonderful cards for little Mei-Lyn. Together, we hope and pray that Mei-Lyn gets full healing and restoration in her body and that she may ultimately receive eternal healing through Jesus Christ. I also pray this for her parents, as the mother is currently not a believer. Here’s to faith in reaching out to God for healing, as our lesson from the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment! (Luke 8:40-48). In Jesus’ Name.
A few months ago I joined the Singers group at our church. The Singers is a small contemporary choir that sings on stage with the worship team leaders. It has been such a blessing to me to be a part of the Singers! When I sing, I am filled with so much delight to God. I absolutely love looking out to the congregation and seeing everyone worshiping Jesus. As I’m on stage I look up to the people on the upper level and my spirit says, yes, I sing and raise my hands in praising God with you! When I look at the bottom level my eye catches a lady singing along with us in sign language, and my spirit rejoices with hers. In these moments, my heart leaps with joy, and I can’t even imagine the fullness of joy in brings to God as His glory resounds.
Maybe I sound like a dork in all this, but I absolutely love worship to God. So much so that just recently I bought an authentic djembe drum to join others in playing worship music. I have always wanted to play the drums but I never have. In May I took a few lessons to get comfortable with it and a few weeks ago I joined my fist drum circle in worship to God.
Yes, praise God. I wanted to share these experiences with you because earlier today I came across one of my older blog posts (My Hear Sings) about singing to God and He has heard my desire and has brought joy to my heart! Psalm 28:7 … My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
Recently my sister shared with me that the song “How Can I Keep from Singing” by Chris Tomlin reminds her of my heart to worship. It brought tears to my eyes, but yes, that’s exactly what it’s like. Thank you Jesus for filling the desire in my heart to offer you a full heart of worship through singing and instruments. May the glory always be yours!!
It’s Houston Project time again, and this year I am Über excited to be teaching VBS to 10-11 years! I have never taught kids before, but I am up for the challenge and eager to see God’s amazing work in the hearts of these kids. I will be teaching four evenings in a row with this curriculum:
- Day 1: Creation (and Adam & Eve and the Ten Commandments if time allows)
- Day 2: The Birth of Christ (Yes, Christmas in July!)
- Day 3: The Healing from the Hem of His Garment
- Day 4: God’s Plan for Salvation
So far I’ve only done day one and I absolutely loved it. The kids were very well behaved and they caught on to the teaching quickly. I am so blessed by them and their shining faces! (I hope to show you some pictures soon.) And, I am very grateful for all the awesome teaching assistant tools available online.
For your learning pleasure, here are a few fun teaching tools you can interact with: