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What Do I do with my Kids??

We all want to raise our kid well, but let’s face it, some days are just harder than others.  We all, especially children, need an encourager by our side.  Encourage your children from the very beginning. A two year old should know you believe in him/her. Your eight-year-old should be free to dream big. You will be happy to know that it is never too late to begin encouraging your children. Young or old, they love to know you are confident of who they are. You can be their loudest cheerleader through every stage of life. We all have the potential for wonderful opportunities during these long at home days but don’t beat yourself up if you have a “fail” day.  Here are a few activities that your kiddos might like that maybe you haven’t thought of. These activities can help them build skills and will give them exposure to new and fun activities. They will also give you opportunities to encourage and challenge them to explore and develop new skills.

**My kids loved it when I got out their raincoats and boots and let them stand on a chair at the sink and splash in the water

** Set out blankets and all the pillows you can fine and build tunnels and forts

**Put a couple drops of food coloring in yogurt and let them paint their highchair tray—they will be so excited when they can lick their fingers and find out that the “paint” tastes good too

**Put your little one in the bathtub in their swimsuit, with no water yet, and let them paint the tub with yogurt. Easy clean up since that is where they will need to end up after the 3rd idea as well?

**Kids LOVE to dress up—pull out a few items from your closet, jewelry, shoes and let them play dress up.

**Another painting idea is to use bingo daubers from the dollar store. They can actually paint pictures with these if they are a little bit older.

**I’ve been out for walks this spring and am already seeing lots of sidewalk art—go invest in some sidewalk chalk and let the kids draw, leave kind messages, play hopscotch games, think up their own games.

**In the church library we have many kid’s movies—call the office and make an appointment to come check some out, especially if the ones you have are getting old.  780-826-4801

** Give your grade schooler a roll of tape (.50 cents really) a ball of string and let them go.  They will be blocking you out of their room (and blocking themselves in:), creating all kinds of designs in doorways. Give them scraps of colored paper and tape and let them design.

**Older kids will enjoy designing targets then shooting at them with their nerf guns, balls, bean bags whatever you have

**I have put together a sheet of our Missionaries, their names, what country they serve in, you could have your child choose a missionary and research that country, find it on the map, what foods they eat, how they dress, their weather, etc.  It could be presented to the family with some kind of reward for completion. Let me know if you would like this sheet. I will mail it to your child.

** Institute a “Quiet Time” - works really well if you have varying ages of children, while the baby or toddler naps the older kids have to quietly entertain themselves in their room—legos, marbleworks, kinects, draw, read etc.

Above all pray for your children.  They have had to make many adjustments as well and this time can be richly rewarding if we all work together with a commitment to nurture harmony and peace in our home life.

Blessings,  Vaunda

Focus on the Family has a great site with many free streaming resources available for families. Check them out at https://info.focusonthefamily.ca/focus-at-home

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The Problem of Evil: Is Covid-19 Evil? (Part 4)

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I just realized something. I don’t fish. Hmmm. I guess that I’ll have to find other uses for the jigs... I’ll tell you one thing, it’ll be a crazy looking Christmas tree.

OK, where did we leave off? Our question is still the same: who do you think is responsible for the evil that is brought about by the Covid-19 virus? And we’re part way through our list of who is, and to what extent, people are responsible for the Covid-19 virus evil. Once again here’s the list starting where we ended: 

  1. The guy who ate a raw bat or pangolin, 

  2. The Chinese Government for covering it up, 

  3. Our government for not being prepared for it, 

  4. Adam, Eve, 

  5. Satan, 

  6. God. 

Firstly: Who eats a raw bat? OK OK, the person could have been cleaning it, it’s all bloody and everything, and some bat blood could have entered through a nick or cut on their hand. I am NOT sure how the Covid-19 virus transferred from a bat to a pangolin to a human, but as of the time of the writing of this, that’s the prevailing idea. So how much to blame is that person for the evil of the Covid-19 virus? Did this person knowingly spread the Covid-19 virus? No. He had no idea that it was happening. Is it immoral to eat a bat? Hmmm. I don’t think so. It’s not my sort of thing, but while I find it distasteful, I don’t think that it’s evil.

 Number 2: Ohhhhh OK. The next one might get me banned from international flights to a certain unnamed country. Is the Chinese government evil for covering up the disease and the spread of it? Yes. The information that I am using, as I write this, is that on December 31st the Chinese government told the World Health Organization about a novel strain of coronavirus that was causing severe illness. The Chinese government was not forthcoming with information and actually stopped useful information from being released. There are many more details, but we already have enough to be able to judge whether what the Chinese Government did was evil or not. If the information I have shared is true, then yes, what they did was evil. I think that the Chinese government has the lion’s share of purposeful irresponsibility and therefore they have done the most evil. This evil originated from the highest placed person in their government who made the decision to hide that the disease was a concern and was spreading. As well as to not allow people in who could help and to not share useful information with people outside of China who could have used it to help stop or minimize the spread of the virus. The evil from this person, or small group of people who made the decision, is shared by the people who enforced it. 

3: Is our Canadian government responsible for any of the Covid-19 virus evil? It appears not. Perhaps people did not do things perfectly, perhaps mistakes were made, but for it to be said that evil was done, people would have to have done things incorrectly on purpose. Somebody somewhere would have had to do something that purposefully allowed the spread of the disease. I know of no such evidence and if there are no such cases, then our government has committed no evil act in this.

4: Adam and Eve. How could  they be guilty at all in any of this? After all, they lived a long time ago. Yes they are. Without them, sin would not be in this world. More specifically, the Covid-19 virus simply would not exist. (Unless it was a useful virus but then it wouldn’t harm humans) So even though they are removed by space and time, they are responsible, in a way, for this pandemic. Without them, none of this could happen, so they are not directly responsible, but indirectly. And yes I am saying that Adam and Eve committed an act of evil. They brought sin into the world so it can be argued that they may have committed the greatest act of evil of all time. Well, actually, I can think of  one or two other acts that are in competition for that title. I’ll mention one and not comment, and then the following paragraph is all about another act of evil that is in the running for the greatest act of evil of all time.

The first is the crucifixion of Jesus. The only truly innocent person ever convicted of a crime. Not only was He not guilty of the crimes He was accused of, He was not guilty of any crime in His entire life.

5: Now we come to Satan: his greatest act of evil was what got Him evicted from heaven. (It would take a lot to be thrown down from heaven, I think). Satan wanted to be like God; to sit on His throne. With that act, the dominoes leading to sin entering our world started to tumble, all the way to the Covid-19 virus pandemic. There are large and significant differences between the evil committed by Adam and Eve, and that by Satan. The differences that I am thinking about are that Satan knowingly and purposefully committed his acts of evil. Evil was the intent. As much evil as possible was/is the intent. With Adam and Eve, they knew what they were doing, but their intent was not to have evil enter into the world. At least I see no indication of that in the Genesis stories.

Lastly God. Is He responsible for any of the Covid-19 virus evil? The short but truthful  answer is no. The explanation as to why not, is a little longer: God did not put this evil upon the world; however He is allowing it. Allowing evil is not the same thing as creating or doing evil. Now you may not be convinced: “You’re splitting hairs” or  “Come on! He created everything!” or  “Why would God allow it though?” and those are good questions. Whiiiiiiiich I’ll try to answer in the next blog post. See you there!

 

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