For my first blog post, I would like to share all of my good ideas with you.
Not really. This post was hard for me. I don’t normally talk with adults. As the Children’s Ministry Director, I spend most of my time thinking up fun ways to tell children about Jesus. I have no issue making myself a fool for our children, but coming up with a well-thought-out blog post aimed at adults…not in my wheel-house.
So, my first stop was my Bible. Good idea, right? Should find something in there… Well, there are many good ideas in that particular book, but maybe it was a little too broad unless I was willing to open to a random page and just start. It works until you realize that you could open up the Bible to one of those “interesting” Old Testament stories. My next good idea was to pull an idea out of one of the ministry books I’m reading, but that was a bit too narrow.
So, where did I go? A classic, that leads right back to the Bible. Little Visits with Jesus by Mary Manz Simon. This particular copy of the book even has a signature from the author herself with a dedication to my brother and I. Now, I’m on to something, even if it seems like a stretch. The devotion for the day was about a little girl who was tired of the hot summer weather, and since this book was printed well before Ipads and most game systems, she was terribly bored. Her mom comes up with the idea to build an ice castle with ice cubes to get her outside. The prayer was one thanking good for the people in our lives that help us to come up with good ideas.
Now, to the actual point of the blog post is twofold. (If you can’t tell by now, or haven’t met me, I tend to be a short story long kind of gal)
1. I don’t actually need to have any good and grand ideas, not for this blog post and not for anything else I’m doing. Hebrews 13:20-22 says “Now, may the God of Peace,…equip you with every good thing that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” Our Lord gives us what we need, when we need it. Even if what we need is a children’s devotional.
2. Good ideas, I do have some for our Children’s Ministry, at least I think they are good ideas. I have loved getting to understand what my role is, and will be at Peace these last few months, and I am very excited to start our “normal” school year ministries in a few weeks.
My hopes and prayers are that I am able to serve our amazing God in a powerful way with our children and their families. I look forward to serving with my church family as we prepare our children for the future, and I welcome any good ideas that you may have as well.
Lydia Massie, Director of Children’s Ministry