Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Prayer Encouragement: "We love you Sky Moms! Your labor is not in vain!" by SkyMom, Terrie Chevaillier

We love you Sky Moms! Your labor is not in vain!

They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord and their offspring with them.
Isaiah 65:23

Do you ever feel like this labor of love of raising children is in vain?
Ruts, routines, hard seasons, disappointments, discipline issues, setbacks. These are all the result of living in a fallen world.  We cannot control these things not being a part of our lives.

However, we can control how we maintain our focus and vision as we walk through them.  And that is exactly what the ministry of Sky Moms desire is.
To Help you! Encourage you! Love you! 

This summer I have had the privilege of meeting many of you.  For those who don't know what Sky Moms is about, when I get to tell you that it is to minister to the heart of the mom....eyes light up and you want to know more.

We want you to know that your labor is not in vain.  Sky Ranch has a LOVE for your kids to see them be and become all that God has intended for them to be.  And for that reason, Sky Moms wants to come alongside you in the journey to help equip moms as you seek God's vision for your child and then see that come to pass.

Let's Pray God's Word:
Thank you Father that our labor of raising children is not in vain. You have a plan and a unique purpose greater than we can imagine for them.

We pray they know You fully and experience Your love deeply.
We ask for Your help as we labor.  We don't want to get to the end of our time with them in our homes and regret that the focus of our labor was in vain.

What areas are we laboring in that do not honor you or make a kingdom difference? Are we laboring with Your love? We trust You to help us shift our focus on Your plan and off of our plan.

Your word says we shall not bring our children forth for trouble. Some days it feels that trouble might be the outcome in this fallen world.

But we thank You that Your Word guides us to labor toward a blessed promise. That they will be Your children and continue on to a legacy of a Godly generation of offspring.  That gives us hope.

Bring many to Sky Moms that need help laboring.  Bond us together for the purpose of raising these precious children to be partakers of the rich blessing You have for them and their future.

~Terrie Chevaillier

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Check out our Sky Ranch Launch Camps!

Not quite ready for overnight camp? Check out our Launch Camps! With several locations across the DFW area, Sky Ranch brings camp to YOU! Enjoy wild and crazy activities, silly songs and skits, and amazing counselors. What are you waiting for? Sign up today!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Lisa Life Lesson- "Mom, I have NO FRENZZZ!!!"

Mom, I have NO FRENZZZ!!!

It really is a devastating statement.  You’re the mom.  You’re supposed to fix stuff, ya know? So when that brick is thrown at you, you go into mom fix it mode.  “Well honey of course you have friends!” “No I don’t.” “Yes you do…what about Sarah?” “Sarah hates me.” “Well, what about Susan?” “She only likes the soccer players.” “Oh, well you and Carla have always gotten along so well.  She’s your friend!” “No she isn’t.  She moved.”  And then you go all hyperChristian and give the obligatory, “Well sweetheart, Jesus is your friend.  Yes.  Jesus loves you and He’s your friend.  So go be friends with Jesus while I finish dinner.  K?” 

And you did it.  You played the Jesus card.  Again.  What would we moms do without the Jesus card? It is true.  Jesus is our friend.  He’s actually our best friend.  But a 3rd grader might need a friend in the flesh, too.  Someone to play with on the playground and confide in and make stupid noises with.  Friends are good.

Whether your child is extremely social or a loner, he’s still going to want an occasional buddy.  We all do.  And some kids make friends easier than others.  I told my girls more than once, wait for it, wait…”You have to BE a friend to HAVE friend.”  One of my all time favorites. 

1).  When your kids are feeling friendless, identify with them.  You’ve felt alone before, too.  Share your experiences.  Comfort them and remind them this is temporary.

2).  Brainstorm.  Sometimes kids get stuck in ruts with friends.  They need new blood.  Remind them of the new neighbor on the street who needs a friend.  Or of the girl they sat by in Sunday School and talked about non-stop on the way home from church.  Or the boy on the team that you took home after practice.  

3).  If appropriate, coordinate a fun activity to get kids together.  I wouldn’t do this for juniors in high school.  But elementary/middle school, yes.

4).  Pray with your kids about their friendships.  Jesus had friends.  You have friends.  Your kids want friends.  You want them to hang out with kids who are like minded.  Not ones who will lead them astray or down the wrong path.  And you want your kids to represent Christ and your family well.  There are lots of reasons our kids attract the wrong friends.  PRAY.  (Proverbs 13:20)

5).  Don’t panic.  If your child has one true friend he/she is blessed.  They don’t need a posse.  

Proverbs 27:17 – “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”

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