Marshmallows, Pretzels, and Love

We recently held a “Pumpkin Run” party club in which we played a unique game. The goal: create the tallest structure possible using big marshmallows and pretzel sticks. The tallest structure still standing at the end of five minutes wins.

There was a flurry of little hands and minds attempting to make the greatest structure possible. One of our builders got a little derailed as he partook of some of the building materials, but then the desire to win washed over him and he was back in the game. We had first, second, and third place winners. We had songs, a Bible story, a memory verse, and more games. Then at the end of club, each child got some pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and more prizes. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable time.

Later, I felt like the Lord was impressing on me that His heart is to see children grow in love, godly potential, energy, joy, and faith and hope. Children need godly adults to support them in love, and to uphold them in prayer. They need us to call them up with kindness so that they can experience Jesus through His Word, and through our example of His love.

Children need the adults around them to show God’s love, not just tell them. They need loving guidance and leadership. We need to seek the Lord on their behalf, so that we have the words and attitude that will impart His love. And some of the ways we can do this are just by spending time with them, listening to them, and even building marshmallow and pretzel structures. God says that:

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Psalm 127:3 (NLT).

I pray that whether you are with your own children, grandchildren, or any children God has placed in your life, that you will ask Him to show you their potential. That you will pray His will, love, and protection over them. That you will ask Him to give you the words they need to hear, and that you may be a conduit of His love for them.


Jacquie ♥

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I am a writer and counselor, who embraces joy and holds tight to hope. I live with my husband Ken, of 44 years, and he is the love of my life. I enjoy inspirational and devotional writing, home decor, gardening, and being in community. My husband and I are missionaries to children in Washington State, and love the privilege of being with them.

32 thoughts on “Marshmallows, Pretzels, and Love

    1. Thank you Stuart, it was a lot of fun. Ken and I just had to try it out before we brought it to the kids, and we had a blast…nothing like being a kid again 😀 Plus we are more likely to spend time with our kids when we can engage in something that’s fun for everyone. ♥♥

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  1. What a sweet prayer, Jacquie ❤️. Our children need His love, and we are His hands. We need to be sharing Jesus with our little ones in prayer, in love, and by example.

    And I can’t wait to try this game with my kids! They will just love it 😊.

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  2. Sounds like it was a fun time! We definitely need to stay in prayer for the kids. They are coming up in perilous times. They need to hear God’s Word and have our love and support. Thanks for the prayer and for the work you’re doing in ministry to touch young lives.

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  3. What fun, Jacquie! And an interesting game! I would have loved to seen pictures of that LOL.
    Thank you for sharing!
    I have nominated you for the 30 Questions Tag. Please do not feel obligated to participate! If you do, there is no hurry! Just want you to know you are thought. If you are Award and Tag free, just know that you were thought of too! God loves you! ❤

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  4. LOVE this Sister Jacquie! What a great message! I will be playing the marshmallows, pretzels and love game. I know that my children will have a blast! Thanks so much for sharing!

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