Transformed in Truth and Love

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Good News Club is filled with activity, busy hearts and minds receiving the eternal seed of God. This month, we have been sharing aspects of the early Church with our club kids, and watching what Holy Spirit does best. We have the privilege of witnessing heartwarming, life transformation in our sweet first-graders.

“Darren,” came to us this month with pent-up anger and frustration. He has lots to say, but isn’t allowed to speak much at home; which hurts and upsets him. He spends a lot of time being sent to his room, and told to stop talking. (My sister was like this growing up, so I understand). At the beginning of the month, when Darren became frustrated, he would pull his shirt over his head and slump down, disregarding anything that was said.

Darren is intelligent and personable, but because he’s been stifled in communication, he has a tendency to “make the most” of his opportunities to speak. He asks good questions, and along with our acknowledgment of this, and our consideration in replies to his questions, we have seen him settle.

Once children know they are valued and heard, Holy Spirit brings understanding and appreciation for God, His Word, and relationship with the Godhead, Hallelujah! Darren has gone from feeling out of control, and like he couldn’t measure up, (raising his hand every few moments, and pulling his shirt over his head), to a child that experiences God’s peace and love. He enjoys being with the other kids at club, and has wonderful leadership abilities. Above all, he is learning how much God loves him!

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When our identity is wrapped first in the foundation of God’s love, we begin to live a life of purpose and fulfillment. We become transformed in truth and love, which produces a heart to serve and love those around us. As for Darren, in our last club meeting, he announced to me before the missionary story that he was going to follow the rules so he could have a good day, and you know what? He did.

If you have children in your life in any capacity, I hope this testimony encourages you to hang in there:

  • When we remain calm and provide understanding for God’s Word, rules, and other important information, we give children the opportunity to apply what they are learning.
  • We instruct our kids (sometimes at the beginning of each activity) with our “Up Rules” Sit Up, Look Up, Listen Up, Hand Up, Zip Up. When you have a “Darren” who likes to keep raising their hand, just let them know you will get back to them, then they won’t worry about being heard; which frees them up to listen.

We all want to be accepted, loved, and to belong; and when these things are available to us, we respond (or at least begin to) in kind. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” I Peter 4:8 NIV. And love frees us up to be the best version of who God created us.

Blessings,

Jacquie ♥

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21 comments on “Transformed in Truth and Love”

  1. Thank you, Jacquie.

    I’ve been feeling pulled in every direction lately, and the easiest things to push off are my kids. Which is sad.

    Lord, I don’t want to hurt my children. Please show me what I need to let go of in my life so that I can give them the attention they need. Amen.

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  2. What a powerful post, Jacquie! And what a blessing for Darren to be loved and valued by you and your husband – and more importantly, to learn that he is loved by God. You’re showing God’s love to Darren, and you have reminded us to do the same with the ones in our lives. Thank you!

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  3. Wonderful story about Darren! He is living proof of how God’s love changes people. Your ministry is a blessing to the young generation. Praying God continues to use you and your husband greatly. Blessings! 💛

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, and your prayers which make what we do possible. We are grateful for the opportunity to witness transformation in young hearts as a result of hearing the truth in love. The more I’m with these kids, the more I see the Father’s love for them. God bless you Dawn!

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  4. Jacquie, what amazing things God is doing through you! I struggled with belonging as a new Christian (my early 40’s). My heart is heavy for those who don’t feel they have a place. I pray for the lost often. I am praying now God bless little Darren with good things from His Father in heaven. Love in Christ, Julie

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    1. Thank you, Julie! God is our never-ending source of love, energy, and encouragement. Not sensing we belong is such a tool from the enemy of our soul. We are family and need one another. I love that the Lord is using your experience to cause you to pray for the lost – God bless you for that! Your prayers make hearts ready to receive the seed of God and His Word. Love to you my friend.

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    1. How great is this?! I’m always heartened to hear about others with a heart to share the Good News with children, youth, and teens. CEF is a wonderful ministry, and I speak a blessing over the work of your friend’s hands. Blessings to you, Nora!

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