In this video, Dr. Kathy sincerely wishes you a very merry Christmas. And, she encourages you to not lose track of something or someone during this season. Curious? It will take you just a minute to find out. Merry Christmas!
Have a very Mary Christmas!
This Christmas, even more than usual, I’m pondering Mary’s words. Join me (if you dare!).
Mary, as the mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ, was included in one of the most important miracles ever performed. Scholars have determined she was just 13- or 14-years-old when the angel visited her to give her the news. “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” (Luke 1:30-31)
In your opinion, what is life about? Slow down and think about it. Then think about whether your actions line up with how you answered this question.
What if I suggested life should be about helping people value themselves? Might you agree? This is certainly modeled for us by Jesus. That’s an understatement!
We especially celebrate Jesus’ birth because He is valuable and eternally priceless because of Who He is.
“I just have to have it!!!” Perhaps you’re hearing this from kids more than you’d like as you’re shopping. Let’s talk with them and help them think through their thoughts and opinions. Let’s respond respectfully. And, let’s listen to ourselves. Do they hear us proclaim “I just have to have it!!!” after watching a television commercial? Conversations and wise uses of “I want…” and “I need…” can help during this season.
Why are multiple intelligences so appealing? Whether people hear me discuss them on the radio, attend a short seminar, or learn through a full day of training, the response is the same. People are grateful, enthusiastic, and encouraged. In different amounts, all of us are word smart, logic smart, picture smart, music smart, body smart, nature smart, people smart, and self smart.
During trainings, I notice parents, teachers, teens, and children sitting up straighter and straighter as my teaching continues. Some appear to move to the edge of their seat as they wait expectantly for the next insight. They want to discover another way they are smart.
There is an easy explanation for their eagerness. They find hope in our smarts and that’s part of the appeal.
We all have a drive inside to know ourselves better. The “smart” information about why we like what we like and do well on some things and not others is comforting and helpful. Learning about our smarts gives us the language we need to know ourselves and explain ourselves to others. This self-knowledge empowers us to be who we were created to be. Not only does this increase our hopefulness, we also find fulfillment. That is exciting!
At Celebrate Kids, we focus on children and we want you to, too. If you’re here for the first time because you heard me on Focus on the Family Radio, welcome!
We encourage and support parents because you are your children’s first and most important teachers. The ways you love them, mentor them, and teach them matter!
We inspire teachers to rise above any discouragement and face challenges head on because children deserve the best. We greatly value educators!
We equip church-based teachers, leaders, and volunteers to love, lead, and teach well during these days when Truth isn’t respected like it used to be, but it’s just as important as it’s always been.
We share with children of all ages in all types of schools, churches, and camps to convince them of truths like these:
- I can be smart with my smarts.
- I am created on purpose with purpose.
- I have present value, not just future potential.
- I am who I am supposed to be.
- I am a human being, not a human doing.
- I am a unique, one-of-a-kind, created-in-the-image-of-God miracle.
- I will control my technology. It will not control me.
Radio is an efficient way to influence people and we’re grateful to Focus on the Family for the opportunity to be a guest on their show. Speaking at events sponsored by Christian schools, public schools, homeschool groups, churches, camps, corporations, and conventions is the most common way we meet needs. Providing hope and direction is a privilege! You can learn more here.
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Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope that through it, the radio broadcast, and our other resources, you’ll find solutions for today and hope for tomorrow. It’s why we do what we do!
We might not be able to guarantee what gets wrapped up and given to us for Christmas, even if we share a list of what we want with family and friends. But Dr. Kathy believes we can get some of what we want and even need when we make wise decisions and choices. It starts with knowing what we want and need for ourselves and others that can’t be wrapped up and put under the tree. Curious?
“Come prepared for crazy and practice your Spanish so you can talk to ….”
This is part of the text I received after letting a friend from church know I’d accept her kind invitation to join her, her family, and other friends for Thanksgiving.
What did I text back? “Oh no! I was afraid of this. I don’t do crazy well and I don’t know any Spanish. I will survive.”
“Yes you will! Ha ha ha”
“I trust you and I’m looking forward to it.”
I really meant that. If I didn’t trust my friend, I wouldn’t have accepted the invitation. I knew her husband and her mom and had some brief encounters with two of her adult children. I wanted to meet the other two so this was a great time to do that.
After a fabulous meal and rich conversations, we gathered together and I knew it was about time to play a game. I like some games. I dislike others.
They chose one I knew I would dislike. I was able to observe without being hassled. They didn’t make me feel bad. They didn’t make a big deal out of it. I was safe. I stayed in the room and enjoyed watching others have fun.
I want to challenge you to listen to yourself to discover how much you say, “I have to.” Think about it: I have to go to work. I have to clean the house. I have to lead the Bible study again this week. We have to eat at home again. We have to go to Grandma’s house. How many have to’s do you say in a day?
What might happen if we make a subtle change in our language? I get to go to work. I get to clean the house. I get to lead the Bible study. We get to eat at home again rather than fighting restaurant crowds and noise. We get to go to Grandma’s house.
Do you hear the difference in tone made by that one little word change? It’s huge!
To have to go to work can imply drudgery and unhappiness. Now, to be sure, we may not always (or ever!) be thrilled with our jobs, but we get to go to work. That is, we have jobs. We can help to support our families. We can use our God-given abilities. We can even make an impact there.
In a similar way, when our kids hear us say “I get to clean our house,” it speaks volumes. We have a roof over our heads. I’ve been entrusted with its care. I am able-bodied enough to do this work. Praise God.
To be truly grateful, honestly thankful, and regularly aware of all we have that we don’t deserve – that’s life and life-giving. What might it look like in your home? What if gratefulness was a family value?