May in Kids Connect

posted May 1, 2013, 12:26 PM by Linda Koetz   [ updated May 1, 2013, 12:26 PM by Adam Olson ]

Playing it Cool:  Patience

As a fruit of the Spirit, patience is a foundational way that we reflect God’s character. When we show patience, we are less likely to hurt our relationships with others. We are more likely to trust that God has something better for us in the future.

Patience is waiting until later for what you want now. Waiting isn’t always easy. When having patience seems too difficult, the Lord will give us strength to wait. At its core, patience is fueled by faith. We trust that what we’re waiting for is best for us. But patience is more than just waiting. It’s also about our attitude while we wait. A patient person can wait with joy even when the situation might be stressful or anxious. A patient person avoids searching or settling for a quick fix.

The Bible has a number of examples that we will learn from this month including Esau who was so hungry that he couldn’t wait to eat and foolishly traded his inheritance for a bowl of stew, and the Israelites who grew impatient for Moses to finish meeting with God and convinced Aaron to build an idol for them to worship.  From the book of Proverbs, we will learn the wisdom of being patient.

The monthly memory verse is: “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIrV Sometimes it feels too hard to be strong while we wait, but our trust in God gives us the strength to wait well.

Check out the website orangeparents.org.  It offers terrific podcasts, articles and blogs on many parenting issues.  If you have a smart phone, the Parent Cue App is a fantastic way to stay connected with what your kids are learning each month.  There are also videos and activities on this app for your kids.  Take advantage of all these free resources!  

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