I hope you’ve enjoyed our weekly countdown to the release of The Winter War. I sure have! Throughout the weeks, you have offered such great advice on how you personally handle many of the obstacles our young ones face. Thank you for sharing each and every week.
If you’ve missed any of the previous weeks, you can find a link to them below. Head on over, watch the video and peruse through comments that others have posted.
If you’re young ones are patiently waiting for The Winter War to hit bookshelves . . . you aren’t alone. We are toooo! The release is just days away but we will definitely shout it from the mountaintops (or social media . . . ) when it does. So be sure to follow us!
CONGRATULATIONS TO WEEK FIVE’S WINNERS:
We had an extra prize that wasn’t claimed so we are passing that on to you! We’ve selected THREE winners instead of two!
Jennifer Saake, Norma Jimenez Boyd and Amy Dressler
Jennifer, Norma and Amy, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address.
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Below are a few of the comments shared from last week’s topic – dealing with doubt. You can read more here!
Annie B. says: One of my favorite ways to help children overcome doubt, is to pray with them, and then wait on God to answer. If they can see that God answers prayers, big and small, they are intuitively going to conquer doubt and build their faith.
Carol L. says: When my grandkids are doubting themselves I always tell them “you are the head and not the tail, you are above and not beneath” (hmmm, where have I heard this?! 😉). I encourage them to be who God created them to be and seek answers in Gods word. I play up their attributes.
Gamellia D. says: I have recently dealt with this type of situation with my daughter. I shared with her that sometimes as adults we have doubts and fears too. However, we also have to learn to pray, trust and believe God for an outcome that works in our favor. I shared that even if things don’t work out in what we think is our favor we must ask God what it is that He would have us learn from the situation. I also shared personal testimonies and experiences that she could relate to.
Jennifer S. says: A couple of weeks ago, health issues prevented our 12-year-old from attending the church summer camp he had been waiting for. We prayed and asked God to make clear why this sudden, disappointing, closed door. Two things happened. My son was then able to go on an amazing, last-minute, but once-in-a-lifetime, trip with grandparents, a trip he wouldn’t have been available to go to if he had been away at camp. We learned that the young lady who had been on the waiting list for camp, who took our boy’s spot at that very last moment, entered into a personal faith relationship with Jesus, because she went to camp! God quickly brought peace, followed by providing gifts better than ever imagined.
Kiji M. says: I have a 15 year old son who accepted a challenge during a message to ask God for the impossible. He asked for additional height because he had an x-ray and knew that his growth plates had closed so he wanted to prove God still worked like in the days of Joshua when the sun stood still & Hezekiah when He added 15 years to his life. He asked and believed with his whole heart that it would come to pass. It did not come to pass and he began to doubt himself, his experience, his faithfulness (thankfully he didn’t doubt God). Though he did grow 1/4 inch; he was looking for a huge growth spurt. It was very disheartening for him and I just had to remind him that though he hadn’t grown much in stature, SURELY he had grown spiritually. He slowly realized that he had not done something wrong, that not everything we ask is always God’s will.
Bonnie S. says: I would remind that young child that we are not perfect. In Jesus He can take our weaknesses to strengthen us. We just have to put our faith in what we do not see which is Jesus working all things out for our good. It may be hard to trust God who we don’t see but we can look back on His Word, how He never broke a promise and He still keeps His promises. Give examples from the Bible. Like Moses and Joshua to name a few. He promises to never leave us or forsaken us. We just need to ask Him to help us in our unbelief and He will.