A Heart for Christmas
Parenting pointers for 5 love languages for adults after kids: silence, uninterrupted sleep, showering or going to bathroom without an audience, maid or laundry service, nobody touching me unless I ask.
Parenting tips from Pastor Sam:
Children need a minimum of 8 touches per day from their parents to feel a connection.
Young children need physical touch.
One meaningful eye-to-eye conversation per day.
There are 9 minutes during the day that have greatest impact on a child. The first 3 minutes right after they wake up, 3 minutes when they first come home from school, the last 3 minutes before they go to bed.
A few things we can do to prepare our hearts for Christmas:
Jesus born in Bethlehem but grew up in Galilee.
Micah 5:2 & 4 - prophecy that Jesus would be born.
Just as we are waiting for the 2nd coming of Christ, Israel was waiting for the birth of Christ (the first coming).
Holidays can be the most difficult season for people to go through alone.
Remember those who are without.
P Sam did not like going to church as a kid. For ~6 months he skipped Sunday school and played on playground. He flushed $1 offering down the toilet every Sunday so his parents would not know he was skipping Sunday school. His parents caught him on Easter Sunday. If somehow God can reach P Sam, he can reach anybody. No matter how distanced you are from God, it only takes one step to come back to him. Humble fellowship with God is having a child like dependence on God. Jesus can give you a new heart and a new mind. 3 things that Jesus came to earth with:
Love and kindness
Serve the lost
Love and kindness – having a heart that shows mercy. Deeds of justice, an active life especially for people that are disadvantaged or marginalised. As we prepare for Christmas, P Sam challenged us to show these same 3 things.