The von Atzigen house is full of some pretty interesting and often times hilarious conversations. I vividly remember a mother/daughter chat in our home which left me both saddened and encouraged.
- Brenna: “Mommy, guess what?”
- Mindy: [Obligatorily] “What?”
- Brenna: “A girl at school told me I couldn’t be a princess anymore.”
- Mindy: Stunned silence.
- Brenna: “But, that’s not true. I am a princess. I’m glorious.”
- Mindy: [Sigh of relief] “Yes, Baby, you are a glorious princess.”
As the story was later related to me, I began to ponder, is that possible? Can you really take someone’s princess status away? And, though we dodged the tiara blasting bullet this time, the sad reality is that it is very possible for someone to take your princess title away. In fact, it happens all the time.
On playgrounds and report cards, in the locker room and at parties, the identity of our children is always being challenged. Psychologist Carl Jung put it this way, “The world will ask you who you are, and if you do not know, the world will tell you.”
Parents, one of our greatest responsibilities is to teach our children who God says they are before they believe the lies that others have to offer. At age five it means we fight to hold on to their inner princess, but the stakes only get higher as they mature.
Are you taking an active role in positively identifying your children? Have you planted the truth so deep in their hearts that the lies of others can’t root it out? This is the power of the kitchen table and tuck-in time at night, this is the value of long walks and projects together.
I once heard Dr. Dobson share that the primary source of a young woman’s self-esteem is what she thinks her daddy thinks of her. If this is true, then I have determined not to leave my daughter guessing — by God’s grace, may she have no doubt how much her daddy loves and respects her.
By God’s grace, may your children never doubt as well.
“Correctly Identified: The Story of Benjamin,” Part 3 of our “Identity Protection” sermon series is now available online.
On the Radar
Discipleship Training: “Jesus Fulfills the Feasts” continues this Sunday evening at 6 pm. Join us as teacher Peter Lopez takes a look at the beautiful way our Savior fulfills His promises, illustrated though the Old Testament feasts. Childcare is provided.
Art Submissions are being taken for the 2011 EFC Calendar. The deadline has been extended to Sunday, October 3, so get those submissions in to Suzan Kennedy ASAP!
Revelation Bible Study has resumed Tuesdays, 12-1 pm. Bring your lunch and join in the discussion!
Brazil Mission Team leaves this Thursday, September 23! Please be in prayer for Pastor Mindy and Pastor Lorin as they join Global Awakening in Healing Crusades in Brazil.
Get Your Tickets for the Take Everything Tour coming to Sweetwater on Sunday, October 17th, at 7 pm. To purchase tickets or find out how to be a corporate sponsor, log on to the Emmanuel Fellowship Church website.
Check out these resources to connect with our ministry to children and youth.
You Heard it at EFC
Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang? Here is our worship list from yesterday for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself. You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.
- “You Are Here” by Hillsong United
- “Happy Day” by Tim Hughes
- “I’ve Found a Love” Jenn Johnson version
- “Lord, Let Your Glory Fall” Rita Springer version
Join us next Sunday, September 26, as we continue our “Identity Protection” sermon series with a look at what Jesus spoke over Peter’s life and identity.
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